Scorers: John Aikin, Jonny Devereux
MoM: Pete Nevill
DoD: Geordie Hayward for somehow breaking his elite Isogenix drinks bottle before the match had even begun – totally hopeless
Old Willies turned up more promptly than Old Friars and went into impressive pre match routines for a team with a hefty number of under-20s in it. Had we got the right pitch some wondered as we dawdled into our “warm up” chatting and gossiping about the previous week and commenting on the new, radical and severely reduced arctic blond hairstyle of skipper Tony Jones as you can see below or above!
However (once again) on with the hockey. Our lackadaisical approach did not seem to matter too much for once as after 20 minutes the score was still 0-0 despite Old Willies certainly having a turn of speed over The Friars. There were chances on both sides but after several PCs a penalty flick was finally won and John Aikin put it away nicely and so the score remained 1-0 at half time but not without some sterling defence work from the Friars back line marshalled by the baritone vocal chords of stalwart centre back Pete Neville exhorting us to higher efforts.
Old Willies came out of the blocks well in the second half and soon equalised. This was followed by them gaining the lead from some midfield domination – and deservedly so as they passed the ball better than the Friars and seemed to have a game plan which never features highly in Friars “pre-match planning”. However immediately after that lead was gained some individual brilliance from young Jonny Devereux who from inside his own half took the ball up the middle of the pitch between all the opposition defenders and struck home cleanly to beat the keeper to equalise with us all standing around watching! Tom Parkin, Ratty Ratcliffe and Pete Bowell all had active games and Biggles Ward didn’t get injured.
And so the score remained – a draw which both teams were probably happy with, the Friars a touch more given the much higher average age of the Canterbury Old Boys.
Thanks to Kevin Goulden and Stu Mears for expertly umpiring in a tough competitive game.