The Adel men’s 4’s were looking to push on from their draw against Thirsk in the last game of the season and make a statement for their first game back. Where better to start then at home against Bradford; the first time the 4s played Bradford hockey club this season. The game started evenly as Bradford’s centre-half held off Adel advances, with some key tackles early in the first five minutes. But it was only a matter of time before Adel broke through the Bradford lines with some strong link up play from Harry and Damian. Harry notched his name on the score sheet first with a great move into the D from the Bradford 16 and putting it straight into the back of the net. This proved to be the tipping point and the Adel players started to press even deeper into the Bradford half, making it difficult for Bradford to have anytime on the ball. Adel were starting to hold most of the possession when captain Sam lead by example and went on a storming run from the left side of the pitch and slapped one home to make it 2-0. Sam was then subbed for new player to Adel Michael Whytock and he spent little time in linking up with Damian. Between them they worked their way into the Bradford D where Whytock quickly turned two defenders and calmly flicked the ball through the Bradford keepers legs, leaving the keeper flat footed and scoring his debut goal but this would not be the last. Joe Morris was next on the score sheet with a well-timed run and clinical slap shot. Damian continued the attacking play and skilfully worked his way around the Bradford defenders with ease scoring 2 more goals for Adel and taking the score to 6-0 at half time. The second half saw much of the same from Adel with Damian and Harry both scoring in quick succession. There was some strong tackles from Bradford in the middle of the pitch, allowing them to break Adel on two occasions leaving good one-on-one scoring opportunities, however Adel’s keeper Andy Miles was quick off his line making some crucial sliding tackles to keep his clean sheet intact. Ross Nichols made his mark on the game for Adel by bursting from midfield and scoring another well worked goal. By this time in the game Bradford were struggling to get out of their own half, Whytock again flicked another passed the keeper in a calm fashion, increasing Adel’s lead, and was then substituted for Damian, who rounded off the scoring with another 2 goals taking his personal total for the day to 5 and the score finish 12-0 to Adel. The dying seconds say some controversy as Damian broke into the D once more scoring a fantastic snap lofted shot into the top left hand corner, completing a double hat-trick that was not to be: the umpire disallowed the goal, as he had already started to blow the final whistle. Adel have made a real dominant statement with this performance and again proved they are the team to beat in this league.

Match Report by Michael Whytock

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