Spring had finally sprung, at least there was blue sky, and Monk were back in action this past Sunday. Looking to bounce back from the 2-1 defeat at Gorsehill Borough in their previous game and consolidate their place in the league over their opponents, Mario's FC. At kick-off the sides were separated by a single point, with Monk just edging it. However, Mario's had, and still have, a game in hand.
In typical Jovial Monk and Sunday League style, the game was far from straight-forward. Monk found themselves a goal down but got back on level terms just over 10 minutes later through Jono Peachey-Score.
Daniel Bond then put Monk 2-1 up and shortly afterwards Scouse made it 3-1. Of course, it would not be a Jovial Monk game if it stayed that way. Sure enough Mario's pulled a goal back to 3-2, before Kris Redford made it 4-2. Game over now, correct? Well, no. Once again Mario's hit back to make it 4-3. Then both Monk keeper Ben Pres and the Mario's captain got themselves involved in an altercation that saw them both earn red cards, before the referee finally called it a day.
A much needed win for Monk.
FT Mario's FC 3 (Axford, Zenonos*2) Jovial Monk 4 (Peachey-Score, Bond, Richards, Redford)
The result consolidates 5th spot for Monk but still leaves them two point adrift of AFC Stratton. DPR's 1-0 win over second placed Gorsehill Borough saw them open up a six point lead at the top of the table.
No game scheduled for Monk next weekend