Farnborough Old Boys 1-4 Reigate Priory Vets.
Sunday saw the Priory return to play Farnborough Old Boys in Kent, following on from our fixture last season. This time the game was on their main pitch and again Farnborough Old Boys hospitality was excellent.
Priory went with a squad of 12 players for this match with a number of regular players unavailable. Also 3 of the squad had played for the Priory on Saturday with Nigel Lomas and Brian Freeman having run the equivalent of 2 marathons in Priory’s C Teams 12-0 defeat on the Saturday. As a result Priory called up Billy Kirsch and Paul Hayter for this game. This was only Priory’s second outing this season compared to Farnborough Old Boys 12th game to date.
Despite the smaller squad and a number of work commitments straight after the game (Gunnar was due to collect the King and Queen of Norway that afternoon!!), and Terry King arriving without any boots after realising his son had borrowed them, the fixture went ahead.
The game got off to a competitive start with Farnborough Old Boys getting straight into their stride early on with some excellent movement and passing. You could tell they played regularly. Despite their possession the Priory defence held firm against the early pressure. Priory had few chances in the first 20 minutes.
However the attacking combination of Rob Stratts and Gunnar started to open up the Farnborough Old Boys defence. Stratts pace was having an impact and finally his cross found Gunnar free on the edge of the penalty box. Despite the cries from his team mates of “you’ve got time”, and with the prospect of the match ball being blasted into the next county, Gunnar choose to ignored all of this advice and hit the ball first time into the top right hand corner of the net (his first goal for the Priory).
Stratts then made it 2-0 to the Priory with some great attacking work resulting in him taking the ball around the keeper.
However Farnborough Old Boys continued to push forward and a speculative cross managed to beat the reliable centre back pairing of Andrew Norris and Chopper and the Farnborough Old Boys striker hit the ball into the bottom corner of the net.
The second half continued with Farnborough Old Boys playing the better passing football. However the midfield combination of Terry King, Darren Turner, Stuart Lawson and Brian Freeman kept Priory in the game. Their fighting spirit saw both Freeman and Lawson go to the ground with head injuries (well Stuarts was, as Brian regular falls down nobody was sure).
At 2-1 the game was evenly poised until Freeman decided to grab an Farnborough Old Boys attacker around the neck in the penalty area. The referee had no hesitation in awarding a penalty, even Arsene Wenger couldn’t have missed it!!. However Paul Hayter came to the rescue with a great penalty save.
After this the Priory stepped up a gear and went on to score another two goals, making it a hat trick for Rob Stratts.
Whilst it was a competitive game if you looked at how clean Johnny Vezza’s kit was after 90 minutes you would have never known.
We would like to thank Farnborough Old Boys for organising the fixture and we look forward to the return game at the Priory on March 16th.
Squad: Hayter, Kirsch, Chapman, Norris, Vezza, Lawson, Turner, King, Freeman, Moberg, Stratts, Lomas
Scorers: Stratts x 3, Moberg x 1
Next Game: Reigate Priory Vets v Highfield Old Boys, Sunday Dec 15th