With a tense, but exciting victory the week prior against Halifax the Men’s phwoars were looking for a more comfortable win this Saturday with a home game against Slazengers 4s. Everyone was on time for once with the exception of Iain who was busy snaking his way up to the third team game where they took another win as they push their way up to the top of their league table.
With Bob Sibley enduring a terrible hardship on the beach in Lanzarote, Luke Taylor was moved alongside Crocker Snr in central defence and rest of setting up in a new exciting formation. 4-4-bloody-2. Pete, Craig, and sleepy Ben made up the rest of our defence. Andy Grindrod as our usual holding midfielder and then a motley bunch of attacking mids and strikers making up the rest.
The game started and were on top of Slazengers from the get go. With a lot of their older boys at the back of their team we playing simple hockey around them to drive into their D. With Allan and young Charlie Sutton linking up nicely to build our play forward, Allan was able to drive along the baseline and pass to Charlie who could slot home our first goal to an open net.
Our second came from Matt Brown, eager to make up for a previous week when two short corners went straight under him at the back post, where he deflected Allan’s shot past an outstretched keeper. Charlie was also on the hunt for his second and let fly to the far post where the Slazengers keeper made a great save to keep the scoreline at 2-0. Some great defensive work from Luke and his defensive cannon making an aerial reverse clearance to stop a breaking Slazengers player. Bingham was through on goal at one point and simply needed to flick the goal into the net. We have no idea what happened but he managed to hurl the ball about 20 feet into the air straight over the net and out for a 16. You can probably guess which way the DotD vote went…
The second half was largely the same with Adel pressuring their half constantly, the Slazengers team were tiring and our 3 subs ensured we had fresh legs on the throughout the midfield and upfront. With Iain using his speed to work it round players, Allan with excellent hold up play, and Charlie with his dribbling, we were expecting to take another 3+ goals in the second half. Unfortunately, Charlie seemed to forget how to pass for the remainder of the game after a good first half of linking up with Allan and Iain.
Our third goal came from Matt Lilley on the right wing after a charging Slazengers keeper didn’t clear the ball properly and it appeared to be lifted over and drifted into the net to take us up to 3-0. The game finished with few clear cut chances coming to either team with all the action in the middle of the pitch.
The game finished 3-0 to Adel to keep us unbeaten for the 28th consecutive league game and another clean sheet for Milesy. MotM went to Milesy for keeping a clean sheet and DotD was a close call between Charlie for not passing for an entire half, and Rich Bingham for his aerial shot/pass/cross off the pitch, Rich ended up taking it from Charlie by 5 votes to 4. Special mention to Sam Jackson who very kindly turned up to support but sounded like a little girl on the side-line with his excited cheering.
Next weekend sees us play another 2 league games. The first of which sees us play Sheffield Hallam 7s who should be a challenge for us as they’ve had some good results this season. The second is a game against Bradford 4s and due to our standard Saturday evening antics there will probably be some less than clear heads on the pitch. Two wins would see our lead in the league increase to a minimum of 6 points, potentially 9 depending on other results