Shaun opted for a change of formation to accommodate the players he had at his disposal.
The change worked to a certain extent. The game was close but Casuals took the lead, but The Monks persevered with their new formation and it paid dividends when Maher Ali equalised. With 5 minutes remaining in the half and the score still 1-1 goalkeeper Ben Pres pulled of a couple of "worldies" to keep it all square. Unfortunately, the saves weren't the only thing he pulled. His hamstring went with them, presumably because he didn't have his suspenders holding it together (see here for details), forcing yet another change. Luckily for The Monks they had another keeper in the squad. Step up the Karate Kid, Jesse Seward-Nice.
HT Casuals FC 1 Jovial Monk 1
The Monks had to withstand plenty of Casuals pressure between then and the end of the game but with some sound game management they managed to pull it off.
FT Casuals FC 1 Jovial Monk 2.
A superb win for The Monks which sees them sit fourth in the table, now just four points adrift of Casuals but with a game in hand. Next Sunday The Monks entertain Purton Redhouse at Lambourn. The big question is, will the seven missing players from this week get their place back? There's only two places to find out. The first is to be at Lambourn Sports Club, Bockhampton Road, Lambourn, RG17 8PS at 10:30 on Sunday 24th October. #WatchTheMonks, the second is to tune in to this blog next week #ReadTheMonks