Big Ben boys welcomed Sheffield Uni Bankers for this week’s fixture, who arrived without Phil and Grant Mitchell who were believed to have had scheduling issues with BBC and Sky. Following Adel’s previous week’s win against York meant a win today could cement our position at the top of the table.
The fast start that Adel wanted arrived inside the first minute, the ball moving from right half to the back post in a four pass move which saw Bayford convert from close range with a rather subdued celebration, very out of character but possibly the result of the threat of the drop from the previous week.
Adel applied pressure with the determination to put the game to the bed inside the first quarter. Ten minutes in there were hysterics on the pitch that came from Sam Bishop in the right half position who was clearly distressed that ‘he couldn’t run that far’, the noises were more suited to a hospital delivery room than a hockey pitch, the Adel bench looked on in bewilderment. Lewis stripped, ready to step in.
Adel increased their advantage with a well work short corner called by the Captain which saw Jimmy Mayhew slide the ball under the keeper. The score line further increased when Mayhew doubled his tally by firing home from a tight angle in another clinical move.
With the score 3-0 at half time Big Ben stressed that the 1’s had been in a similar to position to this at half time the previous two weeks and failed to put in a second half performance and now was the time to send a message the teams below them in the league.
The team duly obliged and added a further four goals in the second half. Following his ‘fish and chip’ supper the night before and his recent facebook official ‘in a relationship’ status a rampant Mayhew added a third marking his hat-trick in front of Will ‘what’s app predator’ Purdys fan base on the side lines. A masterstroke of a substitution from Big Ben saw a ‘tired’ Buller hit the bench, with Watkins replacing him and converting a slick one two with Mayhew into the bottom corner inside a minute of the change. Bayford doubled his tally with a broken down short corner and followed with his usual over the top celebration with arms abreast and a lap of the opposition half. A further goal for Buller was added, it’s not worth mentioning as he’d previously spurned five chances before scoring.
Adel could have converted further but strong gusts of wind on their downswings resulted in Watkins, Mayhew and JSS all swinging and missing.
A complete performance from Adel sees them remain top of the league with the 7-0 win, still plenty to work on but a satisfied Big Ben come Saturday night.
Special mention to Mrs Hemming who no doubt had to put up with the same mood at home that the Captain arrived for the game in, absolutely foul. However he did leave in more upbeat spirits only to return to his foul mood with the cancellation of Sundays cup game.
M.O.M: Mayhew, hat-trick. Hope his mum reads this!
D.O.D: Watto, air shot and green card!