The Mens 1’s made the ‘short’ trip to Richmond, their second closest away game of the season. Ben’s 13 strong team arrived in the sleepy North Yorkshire town ready to take on a side who are notoriously difficult to play against at home.
A lacklustre warm up led to a slow start and Richmond began the stronger team forcing several short corners, a goal line clearance from Andy Bird and some sharp sweeper keeping from Josh Berry. Finally, the pressure told and Richmond converted a short corner with a low drag flick.
Adel struggled to get a hold on the game, with misplaced passes and the usual slick link up play missing as well as some poor finishing when the chances came. It required the super subs Aldred and Bayford linking up to pull Adel level, Aldred picked the pocket of a Richmond midfielder drove forward, laid the ball off to Bayford who tapped in underneath the keeper to level the scores.
The disjointed nature of Adel’s performance continued and the team struggled keep their feet on the slick pitch. Birdy was the first one to lose his feet making a great sliding challenge which was more akin to the challenges of his beloved Roy Keane – down to 10. Watto then followed suit sliding through the back of a player much like his favourite Birmingham midfielder Robbie Savage, the only surprising thing was it was a green card and not a yellow – down to 9. Not one to be left out, Jimmy got in on the action much like his Sunderland idol Lee Cattermole and was awarded a yellow – Adel down to 8!
Adel’s backs were up against it and had 7 players behind the ball with Harris deciding to keep a high line! Finally, Richmond took advantage of their numbers and slotted home a short corner to make it 2-1 to the home team going into half time.
Half time came at a good time allowing Adel to regroup and also allowed Ben to deliver his version of the hairdryer treatment.
A more assured Adel came out in the second half and began to control possession through the calm leadership of captain Hemming with the composure and distribution of Birdy and Crocker at the back. A fantastic through ball from Harris found Moorhouse on the top of the ‘D’ who took one touch and smashed the ball into the top corner to bring the scores level at 2-2 – goal of the season in his own words – pity Carol was not around to film it!
A lapse in concentration saw Richmond take the lead with a tap in at the back post. Adel kept their heads this time and pressed high forcing mistakes from the Richmond back line. Moorhouse turning provider for Harris who continued his fine form in front of goal before Bayford added his second of the day poaching in from a short corner to make it 4-3 and Adel took the lead for the first time in the game.
Richmond pressed for an equaliser but their attacks were shut out by the defensive line up of Bishop, Bird, Crocker and Berry. Adel’s devastating forward line wrapped up the points with 2 minutes to go when Moorhouse pounced on an error from the Richmond defence and fed Ball who deflected under the keeper and into the net to secure a hard fought 3 points to continue their quest for a 3rd promotion in a row.
Next weekend Adel face the leagues bottom club Sheffield Bankers 2’s at 1.30 and will be hoping to add to their impressive goal tally of 45 – 14 more than the next closest team.
MOM – Crocker who managed to keep his head and calmly get on with his job