On a cold, wet and windy day Big Ben’s men arrived at Adel’s oldest rivals not only to play for 3 points but club pride.
Although the opposition are sitting near the foot of the table, Adel knew it would be full of well drilled and technically sound players. With this in mind the team talk focused on being well drilled and getting an early goal.
The game started as expected with Ben Rhydding passing confidently around the back but not making any headway through the well organised press. One attempted pass to the forward line was picked up by Chris on the half way which he duly slapped towards Jimmy who neatly left it to fall to Phil at the top of the D, one touch bang bottom corner 1-0 Adel. Further chances fell to the forward line with the oppositions keeper notably making a great save off the line when a goal seemed certain. The second goal came from a brilliantly taken PC – Bish using his disguised slap hit to powerfully find the back board 2-0.
Half time talk was about pushing the press higher at every chance and catching them on mistakes as they had to come out and take chances.
The pressure started to pay as a neatly worked short corner was passed around the defenders and keepers leaving Kieran with an easy tap in to make it 3-0. With Ben Rhydding maintaining their tactics playing good hockey out from the back, Miles made a quick move to catch out a defender, step into the D and finish calmly from the top – 4-0. The final 10 mins became a little more open and Ben Rhydding arguably had their most attacking phase of the game. When through on goal they found a man mountain making some worldy saves that maintain the clean sheet and a solid performance all round. Phil also fell over once or twice due to the wet pitch. Thanks to the supporters who came down in the wet!
Adel now move on to next week with a double header at home Hull Uni and then Leeds on Sunday.
MOTM – Rob some unreal saves at the end of the game
DOTD – Phil falling over
Match report by Phil Bayford