After a scrappy first win of the season, Adel men’s 1st XI took on their second road game in succession, making the long drive out to western Siberia aka European City of Culture 2017. All involved knew that an improved performance would be necessary to build on the previous week but also to put right the wrongs of last season’s result against this side.
Big Ben’s men were subject to line up changes as unavailability continued to give the Head Coach and the Solihull Xavi selection headaches. However, a twelve-strong cohort of Adel players beat the rush of the Birmingham City fans to get parked at the KCom Stadium and ready for the game.
The early arrival of the visitors didn’t equate to a fast start. Some sloppy play on the ball by the Oranje saw Hull take an early lead in the game. However, Adel slowly built into the game and, thanks in particular to a stunning save by Berry the Ginger Ninja in goal, the deficit remained as a single goal. The improvement by Adel resulted in an equaliser from last season’s top scorer Purdy, who slotted from close range.
Adel joy was unconfined before the half-time whistle. Lewis controlled a difficult ball that ballooned off the Hull keeper to the top of the ‘D’ and fed the big money signing Simon Ball. An unorthodox finish from Ball saw a goal-line scramble ensue, with Moorhouse hovering and waiting to slot home, but his touch was unrequired as the shot dribbled over the line.
This was the catalyst for a Hull implosion, and verbal indiscipline cost them a player on the stroke of half-time.
Big Ben encouraged the Adel players to continue improving, and to maintain their discipline. Following the restart the numeric advantage continued in Adel’s favour and was exploited to the maximum. Purdy bagged his second of the game, this time from a penalty corner. Even when Hull were back to 11 on the field, Adel continued to be the better side, moving the ball more efficiently and protecting their goal well.
A fourth goal was just reward as Hull again saw their numbers reduced for unnecessary ill-discipline. Deadline day signing Sam Harris notched his second goal in as many games from a lovely slick passing move, to virtually seal the win for Adel.
Following in the great line of villain left backs (think Phil Neville, Ian Harte, Cafu or John Arne Riise), there was still time for club captain Lewis to rile the home players and fans after being struck ‘quite strongly’ on the foot. It is understood that the small bruise is still quite sore, and his foot remains attached to his leg.
Hull scored a late second, but Adel comfortably closed out the game without further alarm to maintain their perfect start to the season.
This coming week sees Adel host their first home game of the season at Church Lane, and will seek to deliver a further improved performance.
As ever we’re grateful to the umpires and ultras who follow us home and away.