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T’was a spicy affair

T’was a spicy affair, not too hot to handle, just the right amount of spice to be thoroughly enjoyed by the 2s. Claims of “that hit the spot” and “just what we needed” were heard. Indeed it was, and for the few old pros in the 2s there was a certain delicacy to be enjoyed if you know how to sift through the layers and pick up each individual nuance. In relative terms some claimed it would be about a 12a, for some a 15 and for others a pg but enough about shams curry we had post match, on to the real competitive action. After a tense and nervous affair that could have gone any which way it came down to a ‘donut off’ between Rich, Crocker, Tim and Phil, slowest to finish a donut would lose to be dick of the day, Crocker rammed it all in and then tried to deal with it which proved unwise, Tim went at it like a man and Rich a gentleman but Phil hit turbo and gave the desired mouth open, all gone, “aren’t i good mum” to finish first ,after much hilarity and suspense Rich lost and was the DoD!

On to the game, still smarting after last week’s underwhelming performance and determined to right wrongs we lined up, back to everyone’s favourite set up, 3-2-3-2 but with the skippers brutal benching of Jackson for Tom “what Tom from the 3s? SERIOUSLY?” Beale keeping everyone focused and on their toes.

It paid off and we smashed ’em 9-0, we played some great hockey, absolutely grafted for each other, bigged each other up, missed possibly more than we scored – the away keeper played pretty well and we were tighter than a mouse’s chuff at the back. It all seems a bit distant if I’m honest as we probably only spent a maximum of 10% of the game in our half thanks to Tom, Wadey, Crocker and Kieran, screened admirably by sham and rich (1), suffocating their forward attempts allowing Miles (4) Phil (2) captain Holford (0 goals but MOM much to the consternation of a free scoring FOURward who’ll remain nameless), Tim (1 from right wing no less) Sam (1) and Beale to run riot, the oppo weren’t brilliant but we worked as a unit to totally nullify them and then really make use of the ball in a complete 180 to last weeks showing pleasing all of us

Stand out moments

– our 3rd goal, long angled v pass from left back into midfield onto Jackson who performed the J-run of J-runs on the left from the halfway line right round the back to set up a fairly simple slot home -champagne hockey that’s worthy of a £290 wand

– use of 3-2-3-2 I know it seems anathema to a keeper and we maybe can’t deploy it every week but I love it, the least defenders we can get away with and attack attack attack

– Miles going full length at the back post to try get his 5th goal off a Wadey rocket ball with not long to go left on the clock , love the commitment

– negligible warm up gripes this week and no injuries, has the balance between age, fitness, ability and general level of being arsed finally been struck?

– a clean sheet, is the ADU (you know who you are) albeit a new possibly improved version, back in business? I only had 1 save and a kick away so £4 match fees per touch seems steep but it costs in more ways than one to be part of the legendary ADU apparently. Some one said something about a tattoo next week??

– Holfords man of the match performance – not on the score sheet this time round but a proper captains performance, sttrrummmrrr you have a big job to follow when Tesco next let you out

– Beale not falling over, he does it quite a bit

– Partner getting DoD despite bossing the midfield and scoring because he couldn’t eat a donut faster than 3 men twice his size

– Wadeys one handed reverse smash clearance sweeping the pads which I think set up a goal – tekkers!

– the continuation of Toms post marriage form, thank s Mary, we don’t know who gave Tom this new found ability as a wedding present but please thank them on behalf of the 2s he’s been immense

– the return of Herbert the iceman

– shams curry, awesome thanks mate

There were some low lights such as chances missed, Tom’s AWOL trainer? Sham’s pinpoint pass to the umpire, we attempted no D to D aerials, we lacked an angry southerner and a gammy handed hobo with a £5k fox, Jackson’s brutal blow by blow recounting of stories from his week of midwifery, look in his eyes, it has genuinely changed him, right through to Phil’s reverse shot from the top of the D ,when he had acres and acres to turn, get it strong, tee it up, check for wind interference, tie his shoe etc and which only just clipped the top of the fence- that really high bit too!

But all in all we won 9-0, Palace beat Chelsea (that’s £5 in the fines pot please Phil!) We had a good banter, good food, tolerable company and go to bed with that smell of victory curry in our nostrils happy in the knowledge we are learning last weeks lesson but with a steely determination to be better again next week away at Halifax.

p.s I found Tom’s shoe the following day exactly how it is in the picture above.

Adel Mens 4s Vs Driffield 3s

Match Report by Ross Nichols

A bright and sunny Sunday morning at the Adel fortress was our mid-October treat as 3s and 4s had the first bout of their respective cups. The weather is courtesy of the storm that will apparently bring about the end of time but we take what we can get. There were multiple players (and supporters interestingly) feeling less than 100% as the previous night at the Adel club quickly escalated. We think introducing the club to Skittle bombs was a mistake…

A few rough heads were scattered throughout the squad but optimism was as high as ever for the Mighty Phwoars as the game begun at exactly just after 3pm. New member Iain Mitchell was making his debut for us as a striker while the returning Matt Brown took up a defensive midfield role. The game started fairly slowly as the 4s advanced up the pitch as a whole squad while the younger wingers for Driffield preferred playing on the counter attack. Eventually our organised attacks paid off when Damian Greig slotted home the first goal of the day at around the 15 minute mark.

This proved a bit of turning point as we started to camp more and more in their half and eventually Stefan slotted home the nicest goal we’ve seen all season. A ball slipped through the defence which was lifted, then half volleyed straight into the net past the advancing keeper.

After this Driffield pushed back through our tiring midfield (Tom Beale noticeably more than the rest but this was his 4th game of the weekend) and spent an awful long time sitting 5 players in our left corner. This unusual tactic worked well however as we struggled for ten minutes to move the ball forward more than a few feet and eventually they managed to get a goal back. 2-1, game on.

Not content with scoring his first screamer of a goal, Stefan once again found some room in opponents D and scored again from what would normally accrue a fine for the ridiculous angle. Getting the two goal lead just before the half ended was a big relief and gave us some breathing room as we knew Driffield were going to come out strong.

When the game restarted it was once again Driffield, as predicted, piling the pressure on in our left corner. Some excellent stops from our defensive line Greg, Luke, Ben, and Tom, kept our 2 goal cushion intact while Andy Miles made some cracking saves to keep their crosses from ever becoming a real threat. Multiple short corners came and went with the pace of Matt Brown closing down their strikers so fast they barely had time to receive the injection let alone get a shot away.

After this it was Adel once again on the front foot, pushing down the right hand side with some excellent through balls from Luke “cannon” Taylor. Our 4th goal came courtesy of Matthew Brayshaw who celebrated like he’d won us the league title. 10 minutes to go and Sam Ellis who missed a plethora of chances the day before, took a lovely flick in the D to the far post to take the score line to 5-1. That said, it doesn’t quite make up for the jug avoidance in Sheffield.

Our MotM and DotD was decided by Sam Ellis since no one else voted. MotM given to Stefan for his cracking goals and DotD to Brayshaw for refusing to play for the 3s in their match despite several knackered phwoarth team players putting a shift in. Mentions to Damian for telling Beale to put some intensity in despite playing 4 games in two days and Matt Brown for a very successful return to 4s.

Next week sees us at home to Chapeltown 3s, playing after the Men’s 1s who are also having a very strong start to the season. Also the second round of our cup is the day after on Sunday and a win in that fixture would see us in the final next April! As ever, onwards to the next game.

Wingman flies in to help Men’s 5s to 4-1 win over Slazengers

Tom Poll set off for work bright and early Saturday morning, only to find when he got to his desk at the airport that he had in fact booked a week’s leave, so he was available for hockey after all. Team mates were surprised and delighted to see the speedy winger on the pitch at 3pm, but there was a grim inevitability about the fines session afterwards. That’s DoD sorted, then.

We’ve had a win, a draw and a loss already this season, so you can forget about those other Adel teams who score 10 every week. If you want real drama and excitement, it’s the Men’s 5s who bring the crazy. Once again the squad featured a random assortment of youths, super vets, and 5th team debutants having a mid-life crisis …. Andy Hedge, for goodness sake, caressing the ball and arguing with the opposition like he’d never been away. At the back Skully was an absolute rock, with multiple outlets down the left through Tom H (another fine game from the relatively new guy) and Tom P, and on the right through flying Finlay and new guy Stef. (Editor’s note: remember to say Stef was rubbish). Sadly Stefan had a very bad game, can’t pass, can’t tackle and definitely can’t dribble. It is probably best if he stays in the 5s for a long time while he tries to find his form again.

Mikey showed once again that he is the best keeper for his age in West Yorkshire and maybe the north east, with a commanding performance, standing up tall whenever Slaz got a shot on goal. Richard Poll joined in the fun at regular intervals, with a bit of abuse from the opposition who said “all he can do is hit”. Which may be true, but resulted in a succession of 100mph rockets straight through the Slazengers ring to pick up out an orange shirt with pinpoint accuracy. Maybe hitting is not such a bad thing after all?

And so to the goals: two in the first half from living legend Ian “Snifffer” Phillips, who broke the deadlock after about 15 minutes with an absolute screamer from the top of the D (Editor’s note: nobody will believe you) and then doubled his tally with a sprint from the halfway line ending in a reverse hit into the roof of the net (seriously?…).

We’d been two-nil up at half time the previous week and only finished with a draw, so the general mood at half time was “please don’t screw up”. Given that Ian was now desperate to avoid buying a jug, we had to find the goals from somewhere else, but who could we turn to?

Cometh the hour, cometh the Max. The 5s forward line is a blend of youth and inexperience, and we are proud of our talented, fast and hardworking attackers, Max Holley, Tom Alldred, and Matty Snow. Regular readers of this column will know that the boys take it in turns to torment opposition defenders, and this week it was Max who finished off the collective effort, with a couple of well-taken goals, firing in from close range for the first and then a cheeky flick for the second. Voting was tight in the bar afterwards, but Max deservedly triumphed as MoM. Slaz got a consolation goal which was fair enough; they were a nice bunch and we made them wait about an hour in the bar for a plate of stodgy garlic pasta, so the least we could do was give them a goal.

So – two wins and a draw from the first four fixtures, everyone’s having fun, and some attractive passing hockey that looks pretty good for this level. Half term next week, usual selection crisis due to family holidays etc. Bring it on. #atid


Ladies 5th XI Pictures vs Epworth 1st XI – 14th Oct 2017

Adel Phwoars vs Wakefield 7s

An overcast morning at the Adel fortress seemed to suit the mood from Sam Ellis after he enjoyed one too many beverages the night before. After watching the Men’s 1s beat Lindum 10-0 we decided to head down to Wakefield with all the intentions of showing them what a real score line looks like… It didn’t quite turn out as hoped.

Despite being the home team for this game, it was the 4th team on the M1 once again. The fixture had been rearranged as the Adel fortress was booked up. You can take the team out of Adel, but you can’t take Adel out of the team.

The game started off with their midfield, who must have had an IV drip of pop rocks before the match, using their pace to try and break us down in the middle. As ever the defensive duo of Andy Grindrod and Bob Sibley, with Luke Taylor stepping up to in the absence of Nic Crocker, didn’t allow them to get many chances. That said, something clearly went wrong as they were 1 goal up in 15 minutes.

Adel then turned the gear up and we pushed back to their end of the pitch making several chances for ourselves. Eventually our grit paid off when, Damian managed to bewilder the opposition with a completely intentional topped shot that managed to bobble over several sticks and past the keeper to level the goal line. We could almost feel Paul shed a tear of joy over our well worked, textbook goal.

The game restarted with box to box action as Damian Greig, Sam “unloved” Ellis, Joe Phelps, and Ross Nichols battled with their pacey midfielders up and down the pitch. Despite receiving constant jeers from their supporters and someone who looked like he should be in primary school, we managed to reward ourselves with another goal. Placement over power was what worked in the end despite Damian winding up a shot that looked like he was practicing for a Happy Gilmore remake. Halftime came about with Adel 2-1 up.

The second half started with more box to box action and our midfield once again getting a work out that would put Sam Jackson’s warm ups to shame. Several chances came and went with some absolutely cracking efforts from youngster Charlie Sutton going, as ever, for the ambitious reverse and some blinding shots into the top corner only to be saved by a Salmon diving Wakefield keeper.

The final ten minutes of the game were nervous as we only had a one goal lead and knowing one mistake would be punished by this Wakefield squad. In our desperate time, up stepped the centre back, Luke Taylor and his infamous cannon (Christened by Harry “much loved” Ellis). After a slap into the D from Damian Greig, in comes the thundering reverse cannon from Luke to lift the ball through the wide open legs of the keeper for it to land on the exciting side of the white line in the goal.

With a 3-1 lead we could almost relax. Apparently some of our members took this a little too seriously as with only a couple of minutes to go, the score suddenly became 3-2. Fortunately our resolve held and with the final whistle securing us a further 3 points and extending our continued unbeaten streak to 22 games.

A lovely Mexican tea was put on by Wakefield while fines were collected. MotM was a close call between Luke Taylor for finally unleashing his cannon but he was pipped by one vote and our other junior Ben Carlin took the medals for managing more tackles in one match than N’Golo Kante. DotD ended up being given to Luke despite his best efforts. A close call for Ross Nichols who received several votes for shouting at the aforementioned primary school child.

Next game is yet another trip down the M1 to Sheffield where we take on the Hallam 8s.


Adel 1’s vs Lindum

Adel 1’s vs Lindum Match report

After starting the season with arguably two of the most difficult away games of the season at Huddersfield and Hull and coming away with battling wins, the Men’s first team took to the Church Lane turf for their third game, entertaining Lindum second team.

The first team squad continued to be troubled with availability issues due to poorly planned holidays. This weeks absentees Watto, Harris, Sim, Tino and Gaz, just showing the strength and depth of this years squad. Phil Bayford got his chance following a strong start in the 2’s – rumour has it he paid Ben and Nathan as he was too scared to take on Ramgaria!

12 of Adels finest began the game with Simon Ball rushing up after doing a morning clinic in Sheffield making it 13 for the match. During the drive Bally had aspirations of turning up with the team struggling and stepping onto the pitch to save the day…

Making good time on the drive, he ran up tearing his shirt off like Superman with his Adel top underneath…He had just missed the first 12 minutes – The boys already 3-0 up – his dream shattered as he mumbled “well played boys”! 1 goal for Purdy, 1 for captain Hemming (a classic off drive that was more suited Headingley than the hockey pitch) and 1 for the Phil “backpost bandit” Bayford. The link up play from Moorhouse tearing the Lindum defence to pieces and he duly put another on a plate for Bayford who celebrated in his usual subdued fashion whipping out his pom poms hidden in his socks and jumping around like an over excited cheerleader. 4-0.

Adel spent the rest of the half camped in the Lindum half creating chance after chance however by this time Bally had made it onto the pitch and the previously clinical Adel turned somewhat wasteful. A short corner converted by Purdy made it 5-0 at half time.

Back down to 12 men for the second half (by now Paul “Club Captain, leader, coach, team player, no hair” Lewis had decided that his day was done and he would rather go and head to Manchester for the rugby final than see the game through) – we gathered in the goal to hoping for some wise words from Coach Hendley…none came, so out we went for the second half.

Adel continued to dominate with excellent press and pressure all across the pitch and when the ball did get through Green and Bird tidied up with aplomb – 5 minutes into the second half Birdy bent down to tie his shoe lace and felt a pop in the back of his leg – his hammy had gone, back to 11 with Paul “ronny the rhino” Lewis well and truly in the distance.

Despite the injury forcing a change in formation Adel continued to create chances. The forward line of Purdy, Moorhouse and Bayford worked well and combined to find the latter in the centre of the ‘D’ with a sharp turn and reverse stick finish into the corner – Hatrick – cue the Eric Cantona god celebration.

Moorhouse then turned from provider to scorer with a bobbled back stick reverse hit. Further good work from Purdy down the baseline and a terrible pull back somehow led to a stroke and whilst the players all looked for guidance from the Coach, Moorhouse had snaffled the ball was sat cross legged on the penalty spot refusing to budge unless he took it…a trick he has seen work time and time again for name sake – Greg at Wakefield.

Mayhew added his first of the season from a well worked short corner and the Bayford rounded off the scoring from another corner with a deflection from a Mayhew cross, he finished off his celebrations with the Klinsmann. 10-0.

A convincing performance however by no means perfect – increasing availability will begin to prove a headache for Coach and Captain.

Next weeks game is away to Boston Spa which sees former Spartans, Ball and Harris take on their former club in what is sure to be a feisty affair especially after Harris’s deadline day move and Spa not being able to find a replacement.

MOM – Phil “four goal” Bayford

DOD – Simon “should have stayed in Sheffield” Ball

Sheepscar’s most dangerous vs. Adel Men’s useless team

Despite captain Holford’s pregame rally cry for war on whatsapp, the Men’s 2nd team turned up in nothing other than lacklustre fashion. The day started off with some pre-match tactics in the changing room, focusing on keeping our game simple and passing the ball around the ageing population of Ramgharia.

The usual warm-up from Sam drew moans and despair from the travelling team, leaving some of the ‘less fit’ of the team struggling for air – I do agree Sam; it would be positive for the 2s to work on their fitness.

The game started with nothing short of absolutely no energy from both teams. Within 3 minutes we lost the wise legs of Giles Primmer to a gruesome hamstring injury. To then lose ‘Strommer’ 2 minutes later, to the weakest of yellow cards was a less than ideal start.

Some distinctly average hockey from both sides and some very slow play from Ramgharia led to possibly the dullest first half I have ever partaken in. Safe to say the idea of playing ‘simple hockey’ had not yet sunk in. The highlight being their 60-year-old ‘winger’ managing to keep the ball in our corner for upwards of 5 minutes.

The second half thankfully brought a slightly more open game, allowing our midfield and forwards chance to carry the ball into the opposition half with ease, but that’s about as far as it got.

The best outlet for the opposition was some frankly embarrassing frying pan aerial/squarial attempts. These aerials soon became lifted hits, thankfully nobody was hurt, as the bloke sending them had absolutely no clue where anything was going. It took till about 20 minutes to go for the simple hockey to kick in and some surprisingly good but simple work from Jackson fed ‘Strommer’ through, who drew a defender and gave a pass across goal for Miles to guide the ball into the bottom corner. 0-1 to Adel.

Frankly from this point on it was downhill. New arrival Luke managed to get himself a 2-minute rest in the sin bin for lifting his stick too high, whilst the rest of the traveling side lacked any basic skills or intelligence, making numerous simple mistakes and failing to play simple 5 metre passes. Safe to say it was a far from enjoyable experience.

Ramgharia managed to score a goal, with special thanks to our back line for playing their forward in with a through ball.

The opposition was then awarded a pretty average flick for obstruction; with 3 minutes to go we could do nothing to change the outcome. Safe to say 2-1 Ramgharia was probably a fair score, given the abysmal lack of ability portrayed by the travelling Men’s 2nd team.

In conclusion, things to work on:

  1. If everyone could get to training and work on passing the ball 5 metres that would be grand.
  2. Get Giles a new hamstring.
  3. Using the 3 acres of space on the left hand side of the pitch may have been beneficial.
  4. Boag needs to stop avoiding hockey just because he owns a fox.
  5. Stroomer (a.k.a Strommer) – don’t miss the fines pot with a fiver. Speechless.
  6. Don’t rely on Sam for a tap in.
  7. Below are Sam’s SMART targets for adapting his warm up regimen.
  8. Everyone be better – cos that was poor.

Warm-up – Sam got no eyes Jackson

I have received several pieces of feedback regarding the warm ups I lead for the Men’s 2s. Here is a brief overview of the comments I have received and how I plan to implement or ignore them going forward.

Some of the comments I have received are too graphic for a family club, but it basically comes down to this:

  1. The warm ups are too long
  2. The warm ups are too short
  3. The warm ups do not start with stretching
  4. The warm ups start with too much running

(Specific) – Decrease the amount of running in the pre-game warm up by 2 minutes.

M (Measurable) – Reduce the amount from 7 minutes to 5.

A (Achievable) – I am confident that I can tell the time.

R (Realistic) – I believe the team can run for 5 minutes without dying.

T (Time-bound) – Next warm up routine.

Thank you to Miles for the opportunity to write a section of this match report*.

*Disclaimer – This is not part of the match report, you will still get  £1 fine next week for not having written a match report*.

Another busy weekend….

Plenty of matches for all our senior teams at the weekend, plus the start (and end) of some cup runs and then some excellent news from our junior teams playing in the Yorkshire Youth Hockey Leagues.

Saturday began in wind and rain with the ladies 2s having to get out of bed early to play against Slazengers who are looking to bounce straight back up to the North East leagues after being relegated last season.  A competitive game saw the lead exchanged several times, the frames of both goals helping defenders, some goal line clearances helping goalkeepers and one memorable save well above her head by Lily Reynolds to deny the Slazengers forwards.  With the game evenly poised at 2-2 and the clock ticking down, Adel had defended like Trojans as Slazengers tried to throw the kitchen sink in search of the winner.  Just when it looked like the Adel dam would burst, the ball was overturned in the Adel half and two quick passes later Katie Wood was through on goal in a 1 v 1 against the Slazengers keeper.  Those on the sidelines knew what to expect and Woody did not disappoint as she feinted one way and went the other leaving herself the chance to roll the ball into an empty net to secure a 3-2 win and her own personal hat trick.  First 100% record maintained and the 2s are top of the league after 3 games.

The Mens 3s followed in what can only be described as a lesson in how to play the game with an exceptionally strong Scarborough team playing with pace, skill, movement and clearly a team playing far too low down the divisions.  The 9-1 scoreline looked a tad harsh on the 3s who stuck to their task and worked hard but the Scarborough team have bossed all their games this season and look to be heading for promotion even at this early stage.

The next game also saw 10 goals although this time the Adel team were on the right side of the scoreline as the 11 men from Lindum 2s were further reduced due to a back injury to one of their players and the Adel forwards ran riot by scoring double figures for the first time this season.  Another 100% record maintained, a top of the table slot after 3 games and goals shared out between the recalled Bayford (4), Moorhouse (2), Purdy (2), Mayhew and the goal of the day with a well executed cover drive from skipper Hemming.

The ladies 3s then finally got their season up and running with a 3-0 home win v Sheff Uni Bankers to put a birthday smile on skipper Gaby’s face and the ladies 5s rounded off the day with a similar scoreline against another team from Sheffield, but this time it was Sheffield Hallam making the trip back down the M1 without the points.

Our away teams did not fare quite as well with the ladies 1s battling hard after a long journey to Chester but going down 2-0 and the mens 2s with a shorter journey away to Ramgarhia losing narrowly 2-1 with the opposition scoring a controversial winner.  The Mens 4s had a closer game than they might have expected with a 3-2 win away at Wakefield and the mens 5s came back with a point from Huddersfield with the excellent write up elsewhere giving the full story of the game.  It sounds like a policy of playing the youngsters up front to score the goals whilst the oldies at the back try and keep them out but they nearly came unstuck in the last few minutes but some valiant goalkeeping from Mikey secured a point.

And finally the ladies 2s came from behind at Cleckheaton to get a draw in a 2-2 game.

Sunday saw the boys under 16s have another successful day (well written up by John Holden once again) and then the Mens 1s supplemented by half of the mens 2s took on Doncaster 3s in the first round of the cup.  In a ding dong game where both sides held the lead on at least 2 occasions, the game looked to be heading for penalties but Doncaster stole a late winner to go through to the next round.  In a game when penalty corners looked like being crucial, Jackson had opened the scoring from open play after good work by Moorhouse, Hendley making a rare foray onto the playing surface had taken the lead from a penalty corner and Moorhouse scored in the second half from another penalty corner but only having 11 players finally told as an injury to Tom Ibison and the lack of fresh legs on the bench gave Doncaster the advantage late in the game.

Thanks to all spectators but in particular our umpires this weekend especially Jim Cockburn who managed to do 3 games on Saturday and another on Sunday (just don’t be in the same room as Jim and Sam Jackson in the next few weeks and bring up officiating!).

Double promotion for u16 boys

The Yorkshire youth league involves a series of mini-tournaments every month, with one team promoted and another relegated from each division.  The boys u16s have now won their first two tournaments of the season, playing some slick passing hockey and showing nerves of steel when it matters.

In September, the boys began with a cagey 1-0 win over our hosts for the day, Ben Rhydding “B”, thanks to a Charlie Sutton chip past the keeper’s left ear.  Charlie and midfield dynamo Joe Greer have stepped up from the u14s whenever required, and look totally at home in this age group despite often much larger opposition.  The second game was another tight squeeze, against Chapeltown, until Finlay Holden brought the ball down out of the air and rolled it under the flailing keeper: 1-0 again.  Both sides in the final fixture had maximum points so it was a clash of the titans against Rotherham, augmented by players from the now defunct (but very talented) Sheffield Bankers u16s.  Everyone expected a close contest, but the boys had other ideas and ran out 5-0 winners with another goal from Finlay, two from Seb Wilkinson (voted man of the match) and two more from Dan, our returning centre forward.

So – promoted to Div 4, and in October we were up against stronger sides, although we were safe from relegation since Sheff Hallam didn’t fancy the trip to York and stayed at home.  In the first match, a hard-working Northallerton side gave us the opportunity to self-destruct, which we nearly did, conceding a p-flick (missed) and doing some comedy defending which really wasn’t that funny since they scored from their only real chance.  Fortunately Paddy had brought his big stick, and drilled an unstoppable shot into the bottom corner, which was the cue for a period of strong Adel attacks, resulting in a well-taken goal for Charlie high into the net across the keeper, and a richly deserved, nicely finished strike for Ben Wheatcroft, his first (of many we hope) at this level.  3-1.    In the second game, against Harrogate B, the tempo was high and so were some the tackles, as both sides showed they could play but struggled to find any real fluency against well-matched opponents.  Finlay claimed a goal for a deflection through the keeper’s legs, but neither umpire saw the touch and so it stayed 0-0.  Because they had identical records, the teams agreed to an Olympic-style penalty shuttle shoot-out to decide promotion.  Charlie sent the keeper the wrong way, 1-0.  There should be a video clip here if I can master the technology.

Harrogate did the same, 1-1, then Ben Carlin came next and smashed it though the keeper’s legs, 2-1.  At last, time for our x-rated goalkeeper Sholto to restore his reputation, showing great agility to put the striker off and force a miss – advantage Adel.   Patrick Haywood coolly slotted number three, and after another Harrogate goal, Simon Littler converted to make it 4-2.  All the pressure was now on Harrogate’s striker, up against the might of Sholto, and he missed, giving Adel a 4-2 shootout win.

There’s no league fixture in November; instead a cup competition against three of the very best sides around.  We just might not win that one, but it will be excellent preparation for the dizzy heights of Div 3 when we return to action in December.   Congratulations to all the boys for an outstanding season so far, hard work on the training ground is paying off with great results on the pitch.  Over the two tournaments we have benefited from squad rotation to cover the gaps and share out the pain – so well done to all involved – Sholto, Simon, Ben C, Theo, Tom, Max, Adam, Joe, Mathew, Seb, Ben W, Dan, Charlie, Paddy & Fin