Men’s 5s v Rotherham 3s

In a 3-1 win against Rotherham 3s, the total age of our Men’s 5s goal scorers was 41, and there were three of them, which tells you everything you need to know. Fair play to the opposition, who also brought a mix of youth and experience up the M1, and it was an enjoyable game played in the right spirit. Big thanks to Pam and Polly for helping it flow.
Unusually we had subs – not quite sure how that happened – but our 14 man squad looked well balanced in all areas. Mikey M. made a series of crucial saves from short corners, and kept Skully, Dave Marg and Greg on their toes which was great to see. In midfield the silky skills of Joe Grier, Andy and Ball jr were complemented by robust contributions from Tom Poll and Holden senior. Up front the electric pace and tireless running of Matty Snow, Finlay Holden and Max Holley gave the Rotherham defence a torrid time, and the wizarding skills of Charlie Sutton looked a class apart. Sniffer Phillips ran from end to end – honestly – and looked back to his best until he had to retire with a niggling injury.
Snow scored early in the first half, finishing off a nicely worked move and some great work by Grier, but then we relaxed and somehow allowed Rotherham to equalise. The view on the touchline was “we could lose this” which would have been a travesty, so it was a big relief when Charlie finished off one of his mazy runs by spanking a shot across the keeper to score from the far side of the D. After that Adel kept it solid and as legs tired our superior passing and strong defending began to tell. Some legs never tire, and the juniors had one trick left up their sleeve with a nice passing combo sending the ball to the far post where Holden jr. slid in with a trademark dive to seal the win.
We didn’t really do awards as only three old lags made it to the bar afterwards , but DoD was probably Greg for getting carded in front of his family (again); MoM could have been any one of several but let’s give it to Mikey for the key saves, and not being afraid to give his defence some tough love.
First win of the season under our belts, and great to see the Adel juniors Friday night academy now making an impact right through the 5s, 4s and 3s. The future is Orange!