Last weekend big bens men effectively won the league after having gained promotion without hitting a ball.
The long away trip to Leeds was particularly enjoyable given the brilliant following we took with us. Leeds had started the season as an early contender before starting to slip and so Adel were fully focused in the preparations and warm up. This enabled the game to get off to a quick start with Adel enjoying the majority of possession and territory pinning Leeds back with a very effective press. This led to some really good chances with Purdy on hand to put the first away. Chance came quickly Bayford missing narrowly after a Purdy shot rebounded off the post. But the next goal came, Birdy found himself in space in the middle of the pitch whilst the defenders split wide open a route one ball into the D was neatly tipped into the net by Bayford. The next goal came from a slight miss hit from Purdy that was expertly deflected mid air by Bayford nicely into the path of on rushing Mayhew converting for 3-0. From the resulting pushback Adel pressed the Leeds into an error that forced a save from the busy Leeds keeper, it came straight out to Bayford who finished nearly on the reverse. The crowd were certainly being entertained “best hockey I’ve ever seen” and “greatest Adel team in years” were a few of the comments that could be heard on the sidelines.
The second half continued in a similar manner however a bit of poor discipline caused Adel to be less impactful. Mayhew added another to his tally particularly exciting the fans as his shot found its way into the top corner. A couple green cards latter Purdy finished the scoring with a neat drag flick from a short. 6-0 and effectively the league title.
Promotion and champions with 3 games to spare he next aim is to break the 100+ goal difference.
Thanks to all the supporters who came down and made it feel like a home game! Our last game of the season is at home on he 25th so feel free to come down and join the celebrations.
Thanks also goes to Ben Rhydding and Halifax for providing the early results to give us promotion.
Motm – Andy
Dotd – Phil
Report by Phil Bayford.
Sorry it’s late