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.
1 down, 21 games to go! Encouraged by last week’s loss and with a squad of 12, the Ladies 1’s returned to Fortress Adel for the first home game of the season. This week’s opponents, Newcastle University 1st Team.
Warm ups completed, Newcastle provided a very questionable pop culture soundtrack. Adel a colour clash on the fluorescent spectrum, Orange, Pink and Yellow
Adel dominated the first portion of the game, quelling attacks and disrupting the momentum of Newcastle. The wingers of Baker, Smith and Wood pressing as high as possible forcing the Newcastle defence further and further in their own half. Midfield of Blyth, Gwen, Richardson and Hesselwood plugging the gaps and pouncing on the oppositions wayward defensive passes. Adel advanced and advanced penetrating the Newcastle numerous times, Wood unable to round the keeper on the first attempt, more chances, and more near misses.
The breakthrough came mid first half, unfortunately at the wrong end. The defensive line of Gibson, Henry, Taylor and Blyth unable to sustain the carbon fibre wall anymore, a shot expertly saved by Sazzle, only for the ball to pop out from under her pads to the surprise of the attacker hugging the far post. 1-0 Newcastle
Adel responded, a lovely threaded ball sent through by A Blyth set Woody up for 1 v 1 attempt number 2. Keeper dives right, Woody goes left and casually pushes the ball over the line, 1-1.
Second half, both teams attacked, both teams defended, the ball whizzing from one end of the pitch to the other. Break away after break away initiated by the midfield quartet. Adel 2-1 up with less than 10 minutes to go, a goal scored by Gwen but set up by Baker, alas not to be, umpired ruled disallowed!
The game finished 1-1, a disappointing final result, but more to build on for next week
DOD- Catherine Henry, formation and positioning not her strongest attribute
MON – Katie Wood, a Woody special on her return
Thanks to all those who came out and supported! A special mention to Henry Henry who lit up the day in his orange onesie!
By Katy Blyth
After a scrappy first win of the season, Adel men’s 1st XI took on their second road game in succession, making the long drive out to western Siberia aka European City of Culture 2017. All involved knew that an improved performance would be necessary to build on the previous week but also to put right the wrongs of last season’s result against this side.
Big Ben’s men were subject to line up changes as unavailability continued to give the Head Coach and the Solihull Xavi selection headaches. However, a twelve-strong cohort of Adel players beat the rush of the Birmingham City fans to get parked at the KCom Stadium and ready for the game.
The early arrival of the visitors didn’t equate to a fast start. Some sloppy play on the ball by the Oranje saw Hull take an early lead in the game. However, Adel slowly built into the game and, thanks in particular to a stunning save by Berry the Ginger Ninja in goal, the deficit remained as a single goal. The improvement by Adel resulted in an equaliser from last season’s top scorer Purdy, who slotted from close range.
Adel joy was unconfined before the half-time whistle. Lewis controlled a difficult ball that ballooned off the Hull keeper to the top of the ‘D’ and fed the big money signing Simon Ball. An unorthodox finish from Ball saw a goal-line scramble ensue, with Moorhouse hovering and waiting to slot home, but his touch was unrequired as the shot dribbled over the line.
This was the catalyst for a Hull implosion, and verbal indiscipline cost them a player on the stroke of half-time.
Big Ben encouraged the Adel players to continue improving, and to maintain their discipline. Following the restart the numeric advantage continued in Adel’s favour and was exploited to the maximum. Purdy bagged his second of the game, this time from a penalty corner. Even when Hull were back to 11 on the field, Adel continued to be the better side, moving the ball more efficiently and protecting their goal well.
A fourth goal was just reward as Hull again saw their numbers reduced for unnecessary ill-discipline. Deadline day signing Sam Harris notched his second goal in as many games from a lovely slick passing move, to virtually seal the win for Adel.
Following in the great line of villain left backs (think Phil Neville, Ian Harte, Cafu or John Arne Riise), there was still time for club captain Lewis to rile the home players and fans after being struck ‘quite strongly’ on the foot. It is understood that the small bruise is still quite sore, and his foot remains attached to his leg.
Hull scored a late second, but Adel comfortably closed out the game without further alarm to maintain their perfect start to the season.
This coming week sees Adel host their first home game of the season at Church Lane, and will seek to deliver a further improved performance.
As ever we’re grateful to the umpires and ultras who follow us home and away.