The 3s continues their great start to the season with a well fought 2-1 win over Rotherham 2s to make it two wins from two. With many of the usual 3rd team faces missing and several debut appearances, Rotherham started the stronger team but having weathered the early storm and settled more comfortably, the game started to turn and pressure was put on the Rotherham goal.
After some great saves from the Rotherham keeper from James Florance drag flicks, the breakthrough eventually came when Edward Blight made a fantastic reverse stick tackle in the D and his resulting shot was only parried by the keeper to captain Tim Brazier who flicked home high into the net.
After this the game opened up with more chances at both ends until Rotherham eventually forced in a scrappy effort with the ball finally lifted over the keeper and tapped in at close range.
With the game still open and more short corners coming Adel’s way producing even more saves for the camera from the Rotherham keeper, debutant Edward Blight was the one to give Adel the lead again with a flicked effort over a diving keeper following another save from a James Florance short corner drag flick.
The second half remained open, but Rotherham’s chances were limited thanks to a fantastic debut performance from Chris Harler, again and again stifling the breakaways.
A long period of Adel pressure ensued with short corner after short corner saved or blocked. The spell ended when another saved shot fell to the outfield Thomas Taylor who expertly delivered a reverse flick into the back of the net. Needless to say this was followed by wild celebrations. However just before the restart the Rotherham captain, who had obviously spent the summer examining the rule book commented to the umpire that the Adel keeper had come out past the 23 line. Following discussions with the other umpire and the Rotherham captain, the decision was reversed, despite protests that he had only ran out to celebrate the goal.
The rest of the game remained open with further chances for both sides but some great saves from a fired up Rob Higgins meant Adel held on for the three points and justice was served.
MOM – Chris Harler
DOD – The Umpires