After the Isle of Wight we ferried to Southampton and had some hours to kill. We wondered around and made a stop at the museum which had exibits of the First World War, Southampton history and the history of the Titanic, although Stef found the cafeteria more enthralling.
We then headed to Middleton on sea in the town of Bognor Regis to take on Middleton Sports Club who proved to be a very tough side. We lost 2 5 setters at 4 and 5 before Kyle got a good win in 3 sets against the 6 foot '8 Brandon Hanley. Michael did well to close out against Phil Bull in 3 where the matches were then drawn at 2-2 with the 1's deciding the fixture. Stef played a great game and gave it all he could but Steve Wykes proved too strong for him on the day, ending the match 3-1. It was a challenging day and we were gutted to have lost so closely.
The guys spoiled us with some delicious beef stroganoff and chicken tikka on rice, accompanied by lager and cider which some of the guys mixed to make a 'snake-bite.' Phil Bull the proceeded to teach us the most complicated and pedantic drinking game any of us have ever heard of, with the innocent name of 'tink.' It has a particularly steep learning curve for novices as we would find out. The ridiculously long list of rules are only explained once and present players with plenty of opportunities to 'consume their beverages from the receptacles.'
Nevertheless the Knights, not shy of a competitive game like this, put the home team through their paces and left with our reputation intact.
Stef, Dan and Charl were hosted by Brandon whilst Mike and Kyle stayed at club chairman Spencer's home. We all got a good night's rest and filling breakfast in the morning. Thanks to Middleton Sports Club and our hosts!
Knights Lost 2-3
5-11 11-8 7-11 4-11
11-2 11-7 11-9
8-11 11-6 6-11 11-8 8-11
12-10 8-11 12-10 10-12 7-11