It was going to be difficult for the mens first team following the highs of last weekend. After beating Bradford 2-1 in front of a packed crowd at the Church Lane cauldron Bens boys had to pick themselves up to continue the push for promotion and 100% record against a Huddersfield team who had pushed them all the way in the first game of the season and only 2 very late goals ensuing a 4-3 win. This week the crowd had gone from 100 to the usual 10 Adel ultras, led by Mr Maver.
Promotion is now in our own hands and goal difference could still be a deciding factor, Ben reminded the lads of this fact asking for good decisions in front of goal and clinical finishing.
The game started slowly, with Adel keeping possession but a structured Huddersfield team were difficult to breakdown. Finally, a well worked move down the Adel right ended up with Ball slotting home in an almost carbon copy of the goal which was chalked off against Bradford, thankfully this week it counted.
Adel continued to dominate possession with the central midfield of Hemming and Mayhew playing with contrasting styles. The ice cold composure of Hemming, always available but doing nothing special compared to maverick Mayhew diving in, making dodgy tackles before the occasional magical skill and Fabregas like distribution.
Finally, the Adel possession told and Harris doubled the score with a volley from 2 yards after a sympathetic cross from Ball. Purdy added the third with a clinical finish from a short corner, Ball got his second from and acute angle and Bayford rounded off the half with a tidy finish. For all the possession Huddersfield still threatened on the break and only an excellent save from Berry kept the half time clean sheet intact.
The 5-0 score line flattered Adel who had barely got out of 3rd gear.
Adel hoped to build on the first half by adding more goals to ensure the goal difference between Bradford would be like an extra point come their final game of the season, a week after Adels last game…a strange decision by the Yorkshire league to allow this with what could turn out to be a decisive game. According to Chairman Powley back in his playing days, Adel were denied promotion by such a game back in 1956, hopefully the Yorkshire league will see sense.
Adels usually good decision making and clinical finished deserted them for the next 35minutes. A stack of good chances being wasted a combination of poor decision making, good goalkeeping and poor finishing, Ball, Moorhouse and Purdy being the main culprits.
Finally, a flowing move starting from the solid backline of Bird, Maver and Green spread the ball to Harris on the left side of midfield, exchanging passes with Mayhew and Moorhouse before a beautifully weighted cross found the onrushing Savage to deflect pass the stricken goalie. A contender for goal of the season and a goal more akin to the Camp Nou than Church Lane.
A spell of Huddersfield pressure told with a goal mouth scramble lead to Berry being unsighted and the ball finding its way into the back of the net.
All in all, a 6-1 shouldn’t be something to be sniffed at but with the standards the first team have set themselves this season the boys walked off the pitch disappointed.
Thank you to the excellent umpires, the Adel ultras and our thoughts go to the Huddersfield keeper who took two rockets to the left arm and will certainly be sore for a few days and probably logging onto Barrington sports* for some arm guards on the journey home.
The next 4 hours were spent refreshing the Yorkshire Hockey website and checking twitter for news about the York vs Bradford game…finally at 7.10pm Bradford uploaded the result – a 1-1 draw!!! A loud roar could be heard across Knaresborough at the Adel poker school. Promotion is well and truly in Adels grasp…4 more games to go and nothing less than 4 wins will do.
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MOM – Sam Harris, playing a key role in the goal of the season and being the least shittest forward on the day
DOD – Bally, missing a hatful of chances including an open goal and green card
Next week Sheffield Bankers make the trip up the M1 for a 1.30 game.