Words by Paul Lewis
Adel 5 : 0 Sheffield University Bankers 4th XI
Clean sheets; something that Adel Men’s 1st XI once specialised in obtaining, memory goes back two seasons to the successive 0-0 draws that the brave men of Adel fought for. But like on Jimmy Mayhew’s bed, clean sheets are not often seen these days, this being only the second of the 2014/15 season. However, Adel put together a strong performance following the previous week’s disappointment, delivering one of their most complete games of the season. The pitch was playable thanks to the effort of many of the squad and other hardy volunteers clearing the snow on Thursday night.
Coach Walker was in the rare position of having almost a full squad to select from, only the aforementioned Mayhew unavailable this week. I’m sure we all join with Jimmy in wishing Mrs Mayhew a happy 60th birthday.
She has extra cause for celebration following this win. A dominant 70 minutes saw Adel keep and maintain the initiative for much of the match. Token Welshman Gwyn Evans opened the scoring following a prolonged period of pressure. The ball was worked forward by Kastelik and Watkins, who found the onrushing forward with a flourish.
Debbie Norman followed this up with a neat finish in a goalmouth scramble following a penalty corner. Practise of these routines is clearly paying dividends as the third came from the same source. Both the Solihull Xavi and Evans claimed to apply the final touch this time. The outcome from the dubious goals panel is still awaited (final verdict may well be delivered by Captain Butterworth on Thursday).
As would be expected, Bankers tried to come out fighting in the second half. Adel matched this and continued to perform well across the park. Bishop, Fletcher, Hill, Kastelik and Lewis protecting the underworked Taylor in goal, supported admirably by Hemming, Purdey and Watkins in the middle. The solid base provided the platform for the attack minded players to complete their task, and Andy Reid’s Ben Hendley’s strike to make it 4-0 was very much a team goal. In the meantime, Portnell, Purdey and Hendley all missed presentable chances to significantly increase the margin of victory.
A final flourish was provided by Kastelik with another penalty corner routine to make it 5-0.
Next week the students of the local university come to Adel on Sunday as the hosts seek to maintain their promotion push.
Thanks to the officials and the Ultras who support us home and away.
MoM – Purdey. The new boy has settled straight into the team.
DoD – Portnell. May well be late for his own funeral.