Men’s Friars vs Gore Court 5 (Away) | 12 Mar 22

Drew 1-1

Scorers: John Aikin

MoM: Hugo Fassum

DoD: N/A

So this week the Friars headed to Gore Court for an early morning fixture in the spring sunshine. The first half was dominated by Gore Court, but the Friars defence (Kevin, Biggles & Jamie) well marshalled by Trigger this week held firm against the onslaught of continued attacks, but sometimes struggled to get the ball clear from the restart. The halftime score was 0-0.

Nobody knows what supplements acting Skipper Brian and the manager (recuperating Tony J) had added to the halftime Jaffas but the second half was a much more competitive affair. A revitalised midfield (Pete, Tom and Ratty) battled tirelessly with the younger Gore Court side, unleashing our own youngsters (Thomas, Sam and Hugo) who grew in confidence and took the battle to the opposition. Gore Court scored first on the break, but the Friars scored shortly after with a well worked move by the young newcomers feeding the lumbering but ever goal hungry Aikin to equalise.

In the closing moments the Friars (who had not shone at short corners this week) executed a textbook training ground move with Pete B slotting home from the near post and the umpire signalling goal. However, in the spirit of fair play and Corinthian heritage (orig. Sir Mike Green aka Lord Lucan) that the Friars are well known for it was acknowledged that the ball had also glanced a foot and the goal was disallowed.

The final score was 1-1.

Thereafter, we headed back to the Gore Court clubhouse where the Friars were provided with a self-service ham, cheese and baguette picnic, while they gazed enviously at the rugby club President’s dinner that was being set up next door.

In summary, there were no pirate spoils and treasure this week for the Friars, but we do at least have a Friar at his leisure in the Caribbean…

Squad: Samuel Schuuring, Hugo Fassum, Thomas Newell, Simon Triggs(GK), Pete Neville, Pete Bowell, John Aikin, Tom Parkin, John Ratcliff, Kevin Goulden, Jamie Harris, Chris Ward, Brian Hurlow (C), Manager: Tony Jones