While most of the games this weekend were cancelled due to the weather, the topical climbs of Rotherham had withstood the frost and an away game beckoned for the Adel Men’s 3s.

The weather had however caused Adel’s regular keeper to be called in to work, and after his Friday night replacement cancelled in the morning, the 3s once again off without a (volunteer) keeper.

After some begging and bribery, Tom Gabbott stepped up and donned the pads like an Adel hero. For the first 10 minutes, it was an even game, the Adel defence of Tom Ibison, Scott & Jack (making his 3rd team debut) tracking the home attack and working the ball out calmly, through to the midfield of Si & Carl. Some good attacking work by Andy A down the right and Jack down the left gave the away team some hope, but the pace of the Rotherham attack told and they scored the opening goal. and
another. and another. and two more. Unfortunately in the first half, the handsome captain injured himself making a desparate goal saving challenge (this may not be true), a pity as Adel did not concede in the four and a half minutes he had been on the pitch…

HT 5-0.

Adel raised their game for the start of the second half, with a re-jigged formation that saw James Pellow picking up lots of possession & dominating in the middle of the pitch and Sam J covering every other
position (as usual). Passes from Si and Carl started to reach through to Dan and Andy B, the latter who started trying harder when the Sheff Uni ladies team turned up. After about ten minutes (and one well worked goal from Rotherham), Andy’s extra effort led to results and he finished a tricky chance with a fine reverse stick touch under the on-rushing home keeper after some great build up play from Dan and Sam. (Blowing a kiss to the sideline was a bit much though Andy…) Just six more needed for the win. Unfortunately the unlikely comeback was not to be, even despite some lovely footwork from Sam in the oppo’s D. Every Rotherham player seemed to be dying to get their goal for the day and their workrate & pressure told as they added three more before the final whistle (eventually) blew.

FT 9-1

Yet again, having a unconventional goalkeeper costs the 3s away from home.

MOM – despite a great debut from Jack and some great defending from Tom I and Scott, the award has to go to Tom Gabbott for a brave performance on the start of what is no doubt a long, reluctant goalkeeping career.

DOD – The handsome captain managed to avoid this honour regardless of his Jack Wilshire-like mercurial performance and the award went to Dan A-B for his astounding, relentless lack of workrate, saving himself for the big games, like a real pro…