Snow and freezing temperatures put pay to Adel’s last 16 England Hockey Cup game last month, but created the opportunity for a European style Wednesday night cup game – coming up this week!
The last 32 Cup fixture in December, against a very talented Nottingham Trent Uni, ended in a penalty stroke drama with Adel goalkeeper Tom Taylor and the five Adel flick takers successful in front of a raucous crowd after it ended 2-2 at full tine.
8:15pm, Wednesday March 9th will be Leeds Adel Hockey Club’s 3rd XI face off against West Derby (Liverpool) 2nd XI. Gates open at 7.30pm with free hotdogs on offer for supporters and £1 drinks bottle bar!
Fog, flairs and celebrations are a distant memory ahead of the last 16 fixture but the atmosphere and excitement is rising for this fixture. For junior members it’s likely to be an evening to really inspire.
“You thought the last game was big, think again this one is bigger” – Cian, 3rd XI Inside Forward.
Before the team head into their next knockout fixture, they have reached out to the Leeds Adel community for supporters, children, dogs, brothers and sisters. Such was the influence of the crowd during the last fixture. The team would welcome your support. Come down wearing orange and ready to make some noise! Let’s show them what Adel is all about!
Adel will face Doncaster Independent 1s (away) on 23rd April in the quarter final of the national cup should they get through this game. The semi-final is a week later on the 30th. The final is to be played on May 15th at the Lee Valley Hockey centre at the Olympic Park in London. Get the dates in your diary!
Last 32 match report-Dec 2021
One day deep into December the fog circling around Adel, the men’s 3rd XI proved conclusively the better team on the day. Facing off against Nottingham Trent University 2nd XI the odds were stacked against the team from the start.
What a day, what a game , what a result. The crowd packed to the rafters, pushing the 4,000 person limit, flares going off left right and centre the fog painted Adel orange. Nottingham Trent didn’t know what hit them as the roars of the supporters greeted the anthems and Adel started brightly beautifully controlling the game from the back before springing into life with an outrageous opener from DC.
The game hotted up, and Trent got an equaliser with their first D penetration. A rough patch for Adel followed with Trent getting a second but then we really woke up.
Superb running up top from Jackson, Milo, Percy, Hans and Robbie linking up with some blistering balls down the wing from Scotty, Archibald and Louis. Meanwhile in the middle the battle was fierce but the tempo was controlled by the stalwarts of the two Simons’ and Matthew
Half time 2-1.
Trent started chatting as the second half began but coach Mike had been chatting at half time too. In such safe hands, how could we lose. Adel had a number of brilliant efforts at goal with Trent also putting more pressure on our D, the crowd drinking in the beautiful standard of hockey.
60 minutes in and we scored. Jackson seamlessly picking an aerial shoulder height before threading a through ball to Robbie who, seeing the keeper of his line, slapped first time bottom corner.
The bellows from the crowd nearly lifted the roof from the dugouts and we knew we had them on the run. A tense finish left the game tied at 2-2.
After some controversy, what cup game is complete without it, of disallowed and retaken flicks ended with an Adel victory.