Wednesday night saw RHP head to Collingham for a friendly against the Saturday side.
Collingham FC who play Step 7 football in the Central Midlands league hosted the friendly at their ground under the floodlights.
A few faces were missing for RHP due to work commitments, injuries and illnesses. Debutant Chris Bennington played in goal in the place of Kieran Conway who was away due to work commitments. Bennington adding depth to the squad and a good signing to the already impressive squad.
It also saw the debut of Joe Stanley, brother of Rhys, who impressed managers in his first game for the Green and Whites. His pace and tenacity at full back excited fans and will be a welcome addition.
There was also a long awaited return for vice captain Ben Hage who has been regaining match fitness due to a back injury. His long awaited return was capped off with a brilliant performance leading from the back as he did many times last year and why he will always be regarded as a fans favourite.
A 4-1 win victory for the away side captured yet another win against a top Saturday side for RHP.
The Green and Whites started the game positively and got there reward with a Chris Self goal who will be happy to start firing and looked sharp all game and was a real handful alongside Adam Boddy who made it a nightmare night for the Collingham defenders.
The second half was as fast paced and exciting as the first for RHP with the other goals coming from Joe Powell who finished brilliantly and two more goals for Rhys Stanley who has been in red hot form already this season for RHP.
Praise went out to all of the players on the night. Craig Self and Joe Powell playing brilliantly together in the middle of the park working hard and pulling the play together to give managers Neil Reilly and Dave McClymont a real selection headache in the middle of the park.
Rhys Stanley and George Ryan with plenty of energy and made the Collingham full backs night a very tough one to endure.
Last season’s unsung hero Kyle Nicholson playing a cameo and providing some excellent play in spells when he came on which was hugely appreciated by all watching.
Huge applause for the defence who stood firm and were very composed and calm on the night to minimise any threat from Collingham attackers.
Neil Reilly said “We turned up at Collingham and gave them a footballing lesson. In my opinion, it was a complete team effort. Everybody worked hard for each other, and moved the ball around like pros. We defended like spartans and took our chances when they came our way. Another Step 7 side brushed away, I think we are wasted in Sunday league”.
Club captain Chris Self added “Great win and team performance from the boys, great attitude and commitment from start to finish. We out worked the opponents and played some of the best football we’ve played this season so far, well done to the lads”.
Another huge scalp for RHP beating Collingham after also beating a Bingham Town side 3-2 in pre season with a very hard working performance.
The side is looking stronger and stronger each game and the season looks very bright for the Green and Whites. The current Willie Hall cup holders will be looking to hold onto that silverware aswell as challenging for the title and the other cup competitions on offer.
The same venue plays host to the next league meeting for RHP as we go up against the newly-promoted Collingham Sunday side to try and make it 2 wins out of 2 after a hard fought win against fellow league contenders Holy Trinity.