Adel 6 : 1 Kingston-Upon-Hull

Adel Men’s 1st XI took full advantage of bottom of the league Kingston-Upon-Hull 2nd team on a chilly day at AWMA. Most other games in the division were cancelled, but the new Adel pitch held up well in the face of polar blasts, allowing the 1st team to notch up a healthy victory.

No doubt inspired by the Ladies 1st XI’s impressive win prior to their game, the Men’s 1s came out of the traps quickly, ensuring the visiting team couldn’t get into their stride. Three goals were knocked in over the first twenty minutes, effectively ending the match as a contest. A fourth before half time really was the nail in the coffin.

This good start may have come as a surprise to Player-Coach Walker, who was no doubt worried about the fragile condition of some members of the team. However the late-night Call Lane planning session had clearly brought about some benefit…maybe.

The match was not much of a spectacle, and the four goal difference at half-time could have been even more significant.

As a result, the second half became something of a chore for both sides. Kingston-Upon-Hull scoring a scrappy consolation from a penalty corner, and Adel knocking in two more. As with the first half, the Adel side will no doubt be disappointed with their conversion rates as more good chances went begging, despite the final impressive sounding score. There was some spirit from Kingston-Upon-Hull, lead mainly by their two youngsters, but the difference in class between the sides was clear by the end.

Scorers, in no particular order: Hill, Hemming, Watkins, Horse, Evans and…erm, oh yes, Mayhew.

The Men’s 1st XI are now over halfway through their season and loom ominously at third place in the table as the highest scorers in the division. Grimsby, Harrogate and Airedale are all worth adversaries in the four horse race for the two promotion spots, meaning the second half of this Yorkshire Division 1 season will be fascinating. Adel know they can’t afford too many lapses in concentration, but so do their rivals.

Thanks to the officials and the Ultras who support us home and away.

MoM – Jimmy, it’s not you. It’s Gwyn.

DoD – Charlie. Some hangovers never clear.

ATID