Absentee captain Edd Holfold deigned to grace the Mens 2s with his presence this week, after a scrappy but functional 1-0 win the week before. He’s been away soul-searching in Thailand, in case you haven’t heard. The extent of his self-learning is yet to be fully explored, but he has at least learned the fine art of delegation, seamlessly passing off responsibility for the team talk and pre-match tactics to the defensive line. He did, however, see fit to take charge enough to start himself, ahead of the previous weeks matchwinner Sam Jackson and Andrew Boag, who came to the game fresh off the back of an emotionally draining few days castrating his dog.
The game itself started scrappily, a bare 11 Thirsk team seemed happy to sit back and defend, struggling to escape the press imposed upon them by the thoroughly drilled Adel front 5. Wingers Joe, Rich and world traveller Sam Jackson found plenty of space in the wide areas, but the team were unable to apply the finishing touch. Eventually, Thirsk conceded a penalty corner, put away by new guy Richard “Beans Means” Hinds. The first goal settled the home side and they continued to apply pressure, capitalising with a further three goals from one of the Dans and two (uncontested) goals from Miles Buller. The score could have been higher, several short corners were disappointingly spurned by the shinjections of professional goblin Miles Buller and a mahogany Boag. At half time, at 4-0 down, a Thirsk player was heard to remark, “this is the worst team we’ll play all year”. Context currently unknown.
The away team’s inspiring team talk appeared to work, they were much better in the second half, making several meaningful advances into the Adel half. These were invariably dealt with before goalkeeper Jack Robinson was required to intervene, he kicked footballs off the pitch more times than he was required to make a save. Adel pulled themselves together towards the final 10 minutes, once again creating chances and limiting Thirsk’s midfield options. Miles Buller personally oversaw the win by guiding goal-bound shots from Jackson and Holford into the net, from a combined 4 yards out. The first home game for Adel 2s ended 6-0 to the home side. With a +7 goal difference and 6 points from 2 games, captain Holford and friends will be confident ahead of a tough game away at fellow promoted side Harrogate next week.
Teas were excellent, (possibly) homemade pasta with Bolognese sauce, accompanying an unexpected jug from keeper Jack (auspiciously not Miles, who scored between 3 and 4 goals). Notable fines included Holford and other Dan for wearing the exact same shirt, other new guy Ben helpfully clarifying the spelling of his name and Luke for picking fights when we were 5-0 up and cruising. MOTM – Miles, DOD – Miles: Love him or hate him, you probably hate him.