Friars vs Old Bordenian 4Ds (Away) | 07 Dec 19

Lost 3-5

Scorers: John Aikin (3)

MoM: John Aikin and Neil Birch

DoD: Pete Bowell – for turning up at the wrong hockey club – Gore Court!


With a small league of 10 and now at the half way point, the Friars embarked on a series of friendlies and first up were Old Bordenians 4d’s. Their (new) name sounded like a school class and indeed that is almost what they were with a squad brimming with 13/14 year olds whose combined ages hardly added up to our two senior pensioners Corporal Tony Jones (76) and Chris Biggles Ward (71) well into their eight decades. Nonetheless OBs are top of the league below Friars with maximum points and by half time and 3-0 down we could see why. A combination of fine goals and a defence on shall we say 40watt brightness contributed, along with a couple of missed chances at the other end of the pitch.

After half time and with an attempt to bribe both umpires with Jaffa cakes (both accepted) another home goal soon came and at 4-0 down it looked bleak. However Hayward went off for a breather and Jonesy came on – things began to look up; John Aikin switched on his skills and allied with some fine assists from John Ratty Ratcliffe and one from Jones himself produced a hatrick (and copious amounts of ale later on) to put us within one goal of parity. With the 3Bs in defence – Biggles, Birchy and Barton digging deep, Ratty from a nice cross ball from Bowell went agonisingly close for an equaliser. OBs clinched another moments from time to come out deserved 5-3 winners in a spirited game. Paul Donno always striving for his best felt (wrongly) he was not on his best form and at the end of the game some hockey toys amusingly came out of the pram (see pic) but made a passable imitation of a still life entry for the Tate Modern. He had had a difficult week defending the nation so all is excusable. Onto next week.

Squad: SQUAD: Paul Donovan (GK), Tony Jones (C), Brian Hurlow, John Aikin, Geordie Hayward, Chris Ward, Pete Bowell, Neil Birch, John Ratcliffe, Dr Nick Tan, Tommy Tan, Mike Barton, Jamie Harris UMPIRES: Lorraine from Old Bordenians and Martin Twyman – thank you to you both