Adel Men’s 4s hosted Harrogate 5s in the chilly 4.30pm start.
With doubts over the fixture going ahead the squad were happy just to get the game in.
El Capitan opted for the 4-3-3, a little out of the 4s comfort zone, and they stepped up to the challenges of a new formation excellently.
Despite some skillful H’gate players the 4s defended very well throughout, particularly on a flurry of first half short corners against the run of play, giving Milesy a relatively quiet afternoon bar a few good saves.
Adel made the most of a new attacking impetus and we’re off the mark fairly early – Greig picking out a great switching run by H. Ellis,  who shimmied the keeper then lifted into the net. Provider then turned scorer; Greig driving home a low, hard strike onto the backboard from the top D.
Palenski and Brayshaw found themselves in acres of space out wide, and both worked the ball successfully into the oppositions D on a number of occasions. This was maintained by replacements Lister and Brown.
Brayshaw’s prolific form continued, converting a pass to the back post from H.Ellis. 3-0 at half time, with a performance that was not always plain sailing but strong nonetheless.
The second half opened up significantly,  providing opportunities for Grindrod and M.Ellis to marauder into the unchartered territories of the H’gate D. Perhaps the most audacious of these came from Capitan Sam, who rounded off a silky weave through the H’gate defenders with a swing and a miss (which inevitably earned me DOTD in what was a clear cut example

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Did you know? Harrogate hosted the 1982 Eurovision song contest.

of collective, selective memory.)
Adel weren’t done yet – H. Ellis placed his second, as did Matty who posted up brilliantly from a H.Ellis pass.
If either Matty or Harry had in mind the fame and glory that come hand in hand with a hat-trick, they made a good job of hiding it, and we’re justly punished for the avoidance.
Final score 5-0. MOTM Harry for his contribution across the field. DOTD myself. H’gate clinically dispatched, first clean sheet in 3,  now on to a top of the table clash with Thirsk.

Match Report by Sam Ellis.