Men’s Friars vs Sittingbourne 5 (Home) | 22 Jan 22

Won 1-0

Scorers: John Aikin

MoM: Paul Donovan

DoD: James Curtiss for the schoolboy error of forgetting his hockey shoes.


Not a huge amount to write about as until the 60th minute or so it was a nil all thriller with the Friars defence earning their half-time Jaffa cakes and end of match pints in spades.
The match started a little auspiciously as the promising young Adam McHale had injured his knee the day before and James Curtiss showing off a go-faster very trim haircut had forgotten his hockey shoes. His fragrant wife Tasha came to the rescue returning home for them – obviously not without cost – a huge Brownie point deficit looming and a list to be presented for Sunday!
Still …. onto the hockey and Dono was constantly in the action along with his stalwart backs of Mike Barton, Pete Neville, Chris Ward and Kevin Ward. Numerous short corners were stoically kept out including one big heap of bodies with Dono at the bottom of the pile.
There were midfield forays from Jamie Harris, the aforementioned JC and Mark Lister and a blinding save by the Sittingbourne keeper to keep out an Exocet from John Aikin but a 0-0 half-time score was something the Friars were happy to take into the hutch.
The second half started with more short corners for the opposition and it seemed only a matter of time before Friars would concede but Dono and his troops held out including a stick-on-the-line save (see pic) from Curtiss in his proper shoes. Not a lot of action from the forwards apart from a damaged hand in a tumble from Hayward. He went off which enabled Tom Parkin to go higher just missing out on a reasonable chance. Deep into the half It was Aikin who pounced on a move started by Brian Hurlow at the back ending with a Pete Bowell pass to Aikin who yet again (after last week) with a back flip clinched the winner with 8 minutes to go. All agreed that Sittingbourne woz robbed of a point but hey ho!

Many thanks to umpires Martin Twyman and Phil Sandey.

Squad: Paul Donovan(GK), Brian Hurlow, Tony Jones(C), Geordie Hayward, John Aikin, Mike Barton, Jamie Harris, Kevin Goulden, Pete Neville, Pete Bowell, Tom Parkin, James Curtiss, Chris Ward, Mark Lester,