The Mens 1’s had spent the last 7 days doing some soul searching following their first defeat in 3 years to local rivals Leeds 3’s last weekend and were raring to go against another North East side in the shape of Marton Furness. None more so that Jimmy Mayhew who was playing against his home club and was delighted to show his current teammates that he had other ‘Hockey Friends’.
Adel welcomed the return of Andy Bird to the backline for the first time this season and he reminded us of his quality with some piercing balls from the back. It wasn’t long into the game where it was obvious Marton were struggling to cope with the attacking threat of Adel who soon took the lead through a sharp James Moorhouse finish from good build up play.
Adels high tempo pressing caused Marton problems and they started to revert to large aerials to relieve pressure however when the ball broke to captain hemming in the middle who thread the ball through to the front line, a slick move combining Ball, Aldred and Harris found Harris on the back line who crossed for ball to slot into an empty net for a great team goal 2-1. Sam Bishop added a third from a short corner drilled into the bottom corner and Harris got a 4th before half time when Marton couldn’t clear their lines.
Josh Berry made some great saves to keep the score to nil however just before half time a Marton midfielder found himself at the top of the D and finished well into the bottom corner…4-1 at half time.
After the interval Marton continued to throw aerials without great success until Stroomer watched his man deflect a in from a disguised pass to make it 4-2. Adel were always comfortable with solid midfield performances from Mayhew, Hemming, Maver and Aldred controlling the centre of the park. Further pressure lead to Ball adding 2 more goals for his hatrick, the first from good work down the right by Bishop and the second from a well worked short corner.
It took some good saves and wasteful shooting to keep it at 6-2 but overall a good bounce back performance after the disappointment of last week, against a team who finished 4th last year sends a signal of the intent to get a 3rd promotion in 3 years for Ben’s boys. The team currently sit in 3rd and play second placed Durham University 3’s next week who will provide a stern test of the sides promotion credentials.
Big thanks to the Adel ultras, Umpires and Rob Higgins and the Brownlee Arms for some more excellent teas. Also big thanks goes to Phil Bayford for providing the team with some Sunday morning amusement with his miss from close range, not for the first time this season.
MOM – Jimmy Mayhew – actually for hockey reasons
DOD – Jimmy Mayhew – we get it, you’ve got some other friends