Once again memories of last season’s defeat to Lincoln were skeletons in the closet ahead of Saturday. Lincoln turned up in 2014/15 with a game plan, and succeeded in executing that by causing a 4-3 upset. Post merger with nearby Lincoln Roses, now Lindum 2s turned up on a misty day more familiar at a Haunted House.
This season Adel started the game strong putting the visiting side under pressure from the first minute and Evans gave the hosts the perfect start after some excellent play down the right hand side from Watkins. He drew in the ‘keeper before presenting Evans with the easiest of chances to flick home.
Following this Lindum gathered themselves, and grew in strength spooking the home side at every opportunity. Adel fell foul of one of the new rules as a free hit just outside the D was upgraded to a PC with the defender encroaching. Lindum took the opportunity to level things as the ball was deflected past Taylor, Bird and Hill on the Adel line. The visiting side, buoyed by this went on to add another as they stole the ball in the midfield to counter and comfortably finished to take the lead.
As Hemming, Watkins and Jackson struggled to find space in the midfield, a reshuffle from the bench coupled with a yellow card for Lindum, boosted the home side which reaped instant rewards as Watkins forced a PC witch was duly put into the back of the goal by Purdy. As the half drew to an end the frantic pace of the game took its toll on both sides as opportunities were to be had at both ends, firstly Taylor was forced into a good save whilst Fuller and Evans were frustrated by the Lindum ‘keeper and defence. The teams looked more like zombies, low on energy, trudging in to half-time. 2-2 HT.
In the second half Adel maintained the fast pace, which pushed Lindum all the way. Space opened up allowing Bird to find Purdy to put the home side ahead once again. However the lead didn’t last for long as a bouncing ball in the Adel D was driven to mid-on by Bishop and a PC was conceded. Lindum dragged the corner home to level things once more with 20 minutes remaining.
Tensions grew as both sides tried to gain the upper hand little realising there was so much time left on the clock. Adel were pushing for the winning goal as Watkins hit the bar, which surprised Purdy as he could not finish the rebound.
The away side pushed Adel all the way, but the home side were putting the Lindum defence under the cosh. However Lindum will certainly feel aggrieved when the umpire awarded a harsh PC which allowed Purdy completed his hat-trick and restored Adel’s lead. The work rate and composure from all in the final 10 minutes denied Lindum any chance of levelling the game allowing a jubilant Adel team effort rewarded with their 6th win out of 6 against a strong side who will certainly be near the top end of the table come the end of the season.
Leeds Adel HC 1st XI 4:3 Lindum 2nd XI
The Adel men return to the road for the next two weeks – firstly a visit to Slazenger HC on the 7th Nov.
MotM – Hat-trick Hero Purdy
DotD – Some shots are left on the cricket pitch! Bishop for scaring the Adel defence with his shot.
Thanks as always to the umpires and the Ultras who show their support.