Well, this Sunday league remember so, of course, Monk had to start slowly and go a goal done in the first half. In fact, it was still Jovial Monk 0 Purton Redhouse 1 at half-time. Not exactly going to Shaun's plan.
However, the gaffer is not the gaffer for no reason. A half-time change of formation and personnel soon put things right for the Monks. Jono Peachey-Score, fresh from last week's Geordie jaunt and Maher Ali, who also got on the score sheet last weekend, put the monks 2-1 ahead.
Of course, it's never that straight-forward with The Monks and, true to form, they made life difficult in the last 10 minutes when Luke Richards and Kristopher Redford got themselves sin-binned to leave their team-mates having to fight a strong rear-guard action. Luckily for the two sinning Monks, the remaining nine held on.
FT Jovial Monk 2 Purton Redhouse 1
Monk remain in fifth spot but are now only a point off the top spot and remain unbeaten in the league this season.
Next Sunday, 31 October, sixth placed Gorsehill Borough make the trip to Lambourn.
Jovial Monk v Gorsehill Borough
Lambourn Sports Club, Lambourn, RG17 8PS