As winter draws closer, the clocks turn back and X factor reaches the live shows, the results from the Adel Mens 1s are lighting the way, however the neutrals will certainly not want to be replaying this game.

Most of the Men’s sides in the Yorkshire leagues had a week to rest their feet, but the Adel men travelled to Hull to face a Uni side struggling to score. Last season’s result was a talking point pre-match and a point was to be proved that the umpires should not affect the away side’s performance.

The game started in typical frantic fashion, both sides trying to get a hold on it. Hull Uni had strength in the middle of the park which denied the space available to Mayhew, Watkins and Hemming. Evans and young Fuller were finding space but dropped too deep to cause too many problems to the University defence. On the ball Hull Uni were struggling to find that decisive attacking touch.

The introduction of the returning Purdy was a turning point, as more composure was demanded up front to balance the solid platform that Hill and co provided. The forwards duly supplied, and forced a PC which was eventually stopped on the line by a defender’s knee. Watkins showed no nerves comfortably finishing from the spot.

Hull growing in confidence managed to breach the Adel D, however returning Darling was not willing to give anything away. The GK showed time and time again that he wanted to keep his first clean sheet for over 3 seasons!

Short spells for the forwards reaped rewards in order to manage their performances and provide changes in the style of attack. Purdy showed once again what the Adel faithful have been missing by coolly finishing into the bottom corner of the Hull Uni goal, having been supplied by Evans, with around 10 minutes left of the first half.

2-0 HT.

Stern words from Walker at HT as he grew frustrated that Adel were far from their best, requesting more in the second half.

It certainly stayed ringing in their ears for the next few moments as Evans and Purdy combined for the second time within the first minute of the half.

Following this, the game grew very scrappy as Adel looked to shut down and protect the lead – the University sideline gathered a large and vocal support which encroached too much for the umpires liking stopping the game a number of times to calm them down.

The decisive attacks from both sides grew, however Adel were left waiting, where a decision did not come, whilst Hull Uni could only find Darling still in impervious form who even took time to juggle with the ball in the D.

Leeds Adel HC 1st XI 3:0 Hull University 1st XI

Not so much reflection taken from the game but 3 points were secured, another clean sheet, now going over 300 minutes since last conceding and maintaining the 100% record keeping distance between them and the following pack.

The Adel men now return to Church Lane to take on Lindum 2s on the 31st Oct, hoping not to be spooked. In the meantime the side will be catching up on some bedtime reading at the umpires request…

MotM – Darling

DotD – We travel far and wide, however somethings will never change, Mayhew for doing his best to pick up as many colours as possible.

Thanks as always to the umpires and the Ultras who show their support.