words by Bally
Bens boys returned to action following the snow break and were looking to bounce back to winning ways after a heavy defeat at the hands of Driffield last time out.
This game was the most eagerly anticipated game of the season – more because of the night out Jimmy had arranged to show the lads the sights of his home town…and the world famous Parmos he had arranged for teas.
The lads knew the game would always be a tough and physical and the lads matched Marton from the outset determined not to be intimidated. Marton took the lead after a 60 yard aerial it to the sun wasn’t dealt with but Adel were quickly on level terms with debutant, Will Powley dribbling past 3 Marton players setting up Bally to finish first time into the bottom corner.
Adel soon commanded the game but were unable to add to the score with Stroomer seeing a rocket shot hit the post and several chances going begging. Marton were always dangerous on the counter with massive aerials and a handy drag flicker. The front 3 of Moorhouse, Purdy and Harris combined just before half time for the latter to slot home to make it 2-1 going into the interval.
Adel extended their lead through a second of the game for Bally after some more good team play however a short corner pegged the score back to 3-2. A red mist seemed to descend over some of the Marton players mid way though the half leading to a couple of green and yellow cards for chat, tackles and hitting the ball away. Adel used this to their advantage and Harris added to his tally with a composed finish into the bottom corner when the defence failed to close him down – 4-2.
Adel kept their cool and further goals from Moorhouse and Purdy put the game out of reach before a second drag flick made it 6-3. The game ended with a technical red card for repeated chat from one of the Marton players but it was Adel who calmly saw out the rest of the game.
For the rest of the night Jimmy was in his element leading the lads with games of 16 heads, the parmos and a pub crawl around Middlesbrough.
MOM – Will Powley for a commanding and assured debut at the back
DOD – Jimmy – non-hockey reasons