Men’s Friars vs Folkestone Optimists 7 (Away) | 30 Oct 21

Won 2-0

Scorers: Tony Jones, John Aikin

MoM: Jamie Harris (see pic of him with goalscorer Jonesy)

DoD: not awarded

As if on cue the heavy rain came to an end as we arrived and the Friars, matching the weather, started their quest brightly to stay 2nd in the League under the back drop of the South Downs with a Spitfire weaving overhead before flying over the nearby Battle of Britian memorial…….anyway back to the hockey……..
The Friars had started brightly…..probing the Folkestone defence with young Adam Mchale obviously having had some high protein cornflakes constantly terrier like in his running and never-give-up attitude..
A few Folkestone forays gave the Canterbury defence, marshalled by Pete Neville and yet another youngster on his adult debut – this time Thomas Long in goal -some opportunities to shine with Jamie Harris especially excelling.
After 20 odd minutes a run down the right and pass into the D from Hayward saw Tony Jones, one of 2 ageing internationals in the Friars, in trademark fashion get the end of his stick cleverly on the ball to make it 1-0. Jolyon MIles, the other slightly less ageing and more debonair international of Irish origin, soon settling into playing in a mobile Friars midfield soon settled down and bossed that part of the pitch!
Half time and a few Jaffas (cakes) came and went which saw the Friars pressing high in the Folkestone half enabling left-back Jamie Harris to cover large amounts of ground and when needed do his job in defence also.
10 minutes from the end a perfectly executed short corner routine of a Jones hit out to Miles, to Aikin to fire home firmly saw the Friars lead extend to 2-0 and there the score ended and with relief Chris Biggles Ward didn’t get injured at a notorious ground for him.
Thanks to the two Folkestone umpires for officiating what was a match played in excellent spirit and this continued as we retired to the bar to watch England thrash the Aussies in the T20 World Cup match – Happy Days!

Squad: Thomas Long(GK), Brian Hurlow, Chris Ward, Jamie Harris, Tony Jones(C), John Aikin, Jolyon Miles, Adam McHale, Pete Neville, Pete Bowell, John Ratcliff, Geordie Hayward,