Words by Paul Lewis
Leeds Adel HC 1st XI 9 : 2 Leeds HC 5th XI
“You can’t put a limit on anything. The more you dream the farther you get” – Michael Phelps (just the 22 Olympic Medals).
Following the shellacking dished out by the Ladies 1st XI the Men’s 1st XI third home fixture in a row saw them rack up their biggest win of the season against struggling Leeds Hockey Club. In unusually sunny conditions, Adel worked hard in attack with the aim of improving their goal difference and keeping up the pressure on the leading teams in the league.
In reality this was a one-sided contest which was over by half-time despite Kastelik limping off, due to his “grippy” shoes, after less than twenty seconds of the game forcing a change of formation. This didn’t adversely affect Adel and goals from Evans, Watkins, Coach Walker and Butterworth saw the hosts take a 4-0 lead at half-time. The pick of the finishes was arguably from Walker who later told the press; “Purdy made a great penetrating run into the Leeds 23 and found me outside the right post in acres of space. As the keeper closed me down I managed to dink it over him”. The shirt off celebration and swan dive into the snow was probably excessive, but the emotion was understandable for the former Leeds player.
Maintaining momentum in such a lopsided fixture was always going to be tricky. However, the forwards were sent out in the second half with strict instructions to improve their outcomes in the attacking circle. However some sloppiness in midfield saw Leeds get a goal back from a penalty corner. This seemed to re-awaken Adel who proceeded to score four more without reply. Walker getting his second of the game and of the season to tie with the absent Norman, Purdy highlighted his man of the match performance with a finish from a penalty corner and what can only be described as a ‘worldy’ into the top corner following a driving run, and Mayhew joined the party with his first of the season.
More slackness gave Leeds a second goal, much to the audible frustration of the Adel defence, but Mayhew responded for Adel and scored his second of the year to take the final tally to 9 (nine).
Adel travel to lowly Kingston-upon-Hull next week before embarking on the season defining run-in. However they recognise that every match allows them the opportunity to play to the Club’s principles and to work towards the dream of promotion.
The cumulative total at the end of the match for play at Church Lane: Adel 20 – 3 Opposition.
Thanks to the officials and the Ultras who support us home and away.
MoM – Purdy. Probably good enough to deliberately get fined for jug avoidance.
DoD – Mayhew. Learned about stopping teammate’s shots with his foot from Evans.