This past Sunday if this project had still been running in the Swindon area a photographer may have captured the sight of Jovial Monk player Luke Richards, Scouse to his team-mates, making his way home after a night out. Nothing wrong with that, except he was due to play for Monk just 6 and a half short hours later. The consequence was that Manager Shaun Smith's day started with a trip to Scouse's to pick him up for the game due to the player being "in no fit state to drive". Ah, Sunday league!
On the pitch Monk started well against Mario's and aside from a problem finishing, should maybe have put the game to bed before the break. As it was they were only a goal up at half-time, Daniel "Bondy" Bond scoring the goal.
HT Mario's 0 Jovial Monk 1
The second half was a different matter. Monk took their foot off the accelerator and let Mario's back in. They duly equalised and then went on to miss a penalty. A lucky escape for the Monks.
They took full advantage of this and got themselves back in front with a goal from Jono Peachey-Score, only for their game management to let them down towards the end. With just a few minutes left they tried to play out of trouble rather than finding "Row Z", gave the ball away and conceded an equaliser.
FT Mario's 2 Jovial Monk 2
On the bright side, Monk have now played 2 of the "big 3" in the league and have not lost to either of them. Next Sunday they make the journey to Chiseldon who are one place below them in the league having lost one and drawn one so far. They'll be looking to get their first win under their belt and to push on towards the top of the league.
Why not go along and cheer on The Monks?
Chiseldon v Jovial Monk KO 10:30
Chisledon Recreation Ground, Hodson Road, Chiseldon, Swindon, SN4 0LE