Despite some excellent results coming from across the Adel hockey club this weekend, it is in fact a week of mourning as something rather special finally came to an end.
The Mens 4th team had been unbeaten since March 2016, accumulating 31 league wins, 2 draws, a goal difference of +129, from 157 goals scored vs 28 conceded, 17 clean sheets, and 1 league title spanning 22 months of sterling work from all our players. This was all brought to a halt by Wakefield in our second trip to their pitch this season…
The game got underway with Wakefield holding possession but not making many advances to threaten our goal. The possession Adel did have was often quickly wasted with less than stellar passing and running too quickly into contact. After 10 minutes of this, we suddenly got our game heads back on. A free hit started with a pass from central midfield out to Sam Ellis on the left hand side who then picked Allan out in the D. Turning to face the goal he slotted home the first of the day with a neat flick into the far right post. 1-0 up and with more chances coming our way we thought we could grab another couple of goals to give ourselves a comfortable cushion to start this challenging game off well.
Notable chances came from Allan who found himself in the same position as the first goal but the keeper managed to block his attempt. Matty Brayshaw who mis
sed a bit of a sitter after Luke Taylor put it on a plate for him. And a deflected pass from myself to Joe Morris at the back post that, once again the keeper got in the way of to keep the goal tally at 1 for the day so far.
After this Wakefield then got through to our D and scored two rather scrappy, rebounded goals after we failed to clear our lines as effectively as before. Then a moment of madness came about where Luke Taylor saw a green card and had to spend 2 minutes on the naughty boy chair, fortunately Wakefield didn’t capitalise on this advantage so the score stayed at 2-1 to the home team. Halftime came about with some serious work to do in the second half. To keep our attacking options open young Charlie Sutton was moved to CAM with Allan staying as our lone striker up top.
The second half was then a back and forth battle between the two teams with Wakefield firing balls to their players who snuck behind our defence and Adel working up the pitch with good passing (on some occasion) and Charlie strolling past everyone with his skills on the break. It didn’t seem to be our day however as Allan struck the post followed twice more by Charlie.
The final 5 minutes saw us sit in the Wakefield half with us applying constant pressure while Wakefield defended to the bitter end to keep us from snatching a point. The fulltime whistle eventually blew and that signalled the end of our first league defeat in over a season and a half. With some very tough away fixtures coming up against Sheffield Hallam and Worksop we know we have to up our game in order to maintain our positions as the league heavyweights.
MotM was a draw of 5 votes a piece between Charlie who kept us in the game in the second half and Nic Crocker for being a rock alongside his senior colleague of Bob Sibley throughout the game despite recently returning from a rum filled holiday in Cuba. I ended up giving the award to Nic as Charlie forgot both of the MotM medals…
DotD started off close with lots of potential takers. Craig for going for a side-line hit, the umpire told him to take it back a few yards to which he responded by just walking off. Sam for subbing off Matt Lilley and then forgetting his stick. But eventually Luke Taylor walked away with it for being carded. Next week sees us occupy the 3pm pushback at the Adel fortress as we welcome Sheffield Hallam 8’s for the reverse fixture where we took a 9-0 victory from them in 2017. Despite the small blip in our record this week, morale remains high. Onwards for the Mighty Phwoars.