After bringing home 3 points from a long away trip to Lincoln last week, a home fixture versus title rivals Hallam was on the menu at Adel. Crocker and Holford rang the changes after injury and returning players required a re think from last week’s team.

Hallam started brightly after their narrow defeat to Harrogate in last week’s top of the table clash.  Adel switched off and Hallam found a free player in the D (1-0).  After the resumption Adel took control of the rest of the half and were soon level as Wade’s splitting pass found Holford in space in the D.  Holford’s shot foxed the keeper who padded the ball into his own net.  Hawkeye has been requested to decide if the shot was goal bound for the dubious goals panel weekly review (1-1).

Adel now in full flow were soon 2-1 up after Buller demonstrated once again superb ability to deflect the ball. How many runs does Buller score in front of the wicket v’s nudges and nurdles behind square in the summer? More pressure saw Adel convert a short corner for 3-1 as Stroomer, on his lunch break with his meal deal, shot through the Hallam Keeper.  Boag then confused the keeper with his control, balance and skill leaving him on his back, only to make one more turn back into the turtled keeper rather than towards the goal. The Adel defense and midfield now in full control with Bishop and Stroomer running the legs off the Hallam players.

Hallam then resorted to dirty tactics employing Lee Harvey Oswald positioned on the grassy knoll to take down Partner and Taylor with single shots leaving the ‘experienced duo’ having to make saving tackles to prevent counter attacks.    With half time approaching Hallam broke from an Adel short corner and Higgins produced a leap and dive that Sir David Attenborough would have described more akin to a graceful bottlenose to keep the score at 3-1.

Keen not to let Hallam back in, Adel continued to press in the second half but a break and sharp cross saw Hallam peg the score back (3-2). The next 5 minutes saw Taylor demonstrate his 3D control skills, first with a neat chest on the goal line which saw Hallam convert the flick (3-3).  His second demonstration was a no nonsense control with the forehead and midfield burst to set up another Adel attack. With less than 10 minutes to go Adel were not settling for a draw. Bishop took one for the team and nullified the creative midfield option for Hallam and Stroomer unleashed a rocket shot that the Adel fan base, lead by Jackson and co, only saw as it glanced the angle. More pressure saw a bullet Bishop pass make its way to the back post only for it to deflect wide off Partners stick.  The deadlock was finally broken with another fine Stroomer strike which sent Jackson into raptures (4-3).

Stroomer’s Lunch time was up, but he’d forgot that he needed a card so Poll offered him a green one to take back to work along with his many nominations for MOM. Skipper Holford declared those votes null and void due to non-attendance at fines so second placed MOM Partner (for recovering from being shot) and Higgins (for his graceful diving save) were about to go to the vote when Jackson challenged head chef Higgins’ authority.

He was shot down like a Gordon Ramsey pot washer and Higgins was awarded MOM preventing Partner taking both match day awards. Brutal Fines saw a £150 pot created with this week’s fine pot switched for a table which challenged Brazier & Primmer’s weight coin passes.

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