Shaun Smith (Manager)
Zak Keegan (FW), Jake Kimber (CM), Jono Peachey-Score (FW), Daniel Bond (FW)
Anthony Collett (LB), Kris Redford (CM), Dean Kennedy (CM)
Jesse Seward-Nice (CB), Luke Burroughs (CB), Adam Burroughs (Assistant Manager)
Shaun's start as a safe pair of hands did not go quite as planned. Early on, and already a bit bored of playing in goal, the Gaffa decided against clearing the ball and went for a wander, got tackled and then had to watch as the opposing captain tried his luck from halfway. Luckily for Shaun Zak Keegan had covered his boss and was there to clear off the line. Lesson learned for Shaun? Time would tell.
With normal goal-machine Jono Peachey-Score playing centre-half, Shaun decided to set him a challenge by betting hi that he couldn't get on the scoresheet from defence. "Hold my beer", replied the striker and, sure enough, 5 minutes later Monk are a goal to the good.
Wanderers only managed one more shot in the first half which, apparently, was repelled by a cat-like save from the gaffer (remember, he sent me this text).
HT Jovial Monk 1 Swindon Wanderers 0
At half-time Monk made a couple of changes. Josh Riggs, a centre-half by trade, came on for Jesse Seward-Nice and Jake Kimber was replaced by Maher Ali (CM) to play alongside Jono in the centre of defence. Maybe that unsettled the team because early in the second period Wanderers scored to make it 1-1. However, the genius move (or surprise of the day, depending on your viewpoint) of playing a centre-back up front soon paid off for Monk as Josh Riggs scored twice to make it 3-1.
Not wanting to make things too easy though, Monk managed to find a way of giving Wanderers a foothold in the game. A little mix up at the back led to The Cat being lobbed from quite a long way out to make it 3-2. Clearly that early lesson was not learned. Luckily for all concerned Luke Burrows and Anthony Collett popped up with a couple of goals to make it safe for the home side.
FT Jovial Monk 5 Swindon Wanderers 2
The lesson of the day, when in goal, stay on your line.
If you want to catch Jovial Monk in action, their next game is away at second-placed Mario's FC this coming Sunday (26/09/2021).
10:30 KO, Meadowcroft Recreation Ground, Addison Crescent, Swindon, SN2 7JX