When Rich Jones opened the scoring from the penalty sport against Stage Security he notched his 50th goal for the club.
It is quite fitting that the goal came from the spot as the bulk of the centre back’s recent goals have come after one of his team mates has been felled in the area.
Rich took over the penalty taking duties in 2008, scoring 13 out of 13 before two misses in the 2013/14 season. Since then his record has been immaculate, scoring his last 6, meaning a total of 22 of his 50 goals have been from 12-yards out.
However, many of Rich’s strikes have not been so straight forward. He opened his Playford account against Rust & Kemp in 2006 with a dipping 30-yard half volley and the following season he scored a hat-trick against Copleston, which included a curling effort from the edge of the box. His other hat-trick came in 2014 against Gladstone Arms, the only time a defender has netted three in one game for Playford, and it contributed to his highest return for one season – a total of 12.
Other notable goals include a free-kick against Murray Rangers in 2011, a long-range bullet away at Holbrook Swan Reserves in 2014 and his infamous strike straight from kick-off against Kitchener Taverners Reserves.
His goals are made up of 49 for the First Team and one for the Reserves.