Adel 2’s welcomed newly promoted Acomb in their bright orange kit causing an early morning search for bibs. Acomb, after 2 seasons of successive promotion, nearly caught the Adel defence napping in the first few seconds as the colour clashes seemed to encourage the Adel defence to pass directly to the Acomb centre forwards. Last ditch defending and keeping from Hardaker and Berry covered up such errors only for Hardaker to play no further part in the game after 30 seconds. Partner stepped into the centre of defence for the rest of the game as Coach Hendley re organised. Adel regained composure and began to dominate further up the pitch. Pressure began to show and the Acomb players began to realise the umpires knew what they were doing as Acomb went down to 10 men after a green for their back chat. Lockyer exposed the extra space and was unfortunate not to be rewarded with a goal as a goal bound shot was saved by the body of a Acomb player. Bhogal slotted the flick home, 1-0 to Adel. Adel then continued to carve out chances but failed to be rewarded for their dominance.
The second half mirrored the first with Adel failing to put the game out of reach of Acomb. Acomb relying on counter attacks were marshalled by the reorganised Adel back line. Berry on his home debut organised what was in front of him and never looked in trouble throughout. Adel started to create space on the pitch as the vice captain and ladies coach vacated the pitch. Lockyer then showed composure beyond his years to find the ever working Holford to slot home number 2. Bhogal then produced the champagne moment of the game with a skyward pass foxing the Acomb defence only for Holford to miss the cover drive finish that was required. Black and Boag, out on their feet with their extra defensive efforts, were please to see the returning Jackson who was found on the edge of the D in space. Jackson neatly controlled the ball, with the same number of touches as green cards in the game, before calmly slotting the ball into the bottom corner. 3-0. Acomb had one final venture into the Adel half and forced their first short corner of the game as the final whistle was blown. Three attempts were defended for a well earned clean sheet much to the delight of those with Mens 2’s defenders in their fantasy team.
3 points, 3 goals and progress from last week but much to improve on still for this growing squad.
MOM Black for his constant efforts in Midfield
DOD Jackson for his lack of fitness needing visits to the bench
Many thanks to the umpires for the day, supporters and coach
Next week sees the matches against Leeds Uni and Bowden