Mens 1's Match Report - 6th October 2018
By Henri Williams
Leeds Adel M1s 8 vs Driffield M1s 2
Driffield faced Leeds Adel 1s at the weekend for the first time since the Leeds team was promoted into North 2 East this season, having won all of their games in Yorkshire Premier. The Woldsmen expected them to be a strong side but riding high having won their first two games of the season they were confident of securing more points.
However, the game was to provide a dose of reality to the Driffield players who were to encounter a very fit and well drilled Adel team with a strong core of ex National League players. Driffield almost immediately learnt that they would be punished for any mistakes in the danger areas on the pitch and within 15 minutes found themselves 3-0 down. The Driffield players were finding they had very little time on the ball and whenever they conceded possession Adel would break with pace and intelligence that they found very difficult to deal with.
Driffield had a glint of hope when Levitt received the ball at the top of the Adel D and brought the ball onto his reverse side before striking the ball cleanly into the goal off the right post to make the score 3-1. But it was really no surprise when Adel extended their lead to 4-1 by half time, with another clinical finish from one of their excellent forwards.
Coming into the second half Driffield were still confident they could get something out of the game, but unfortunately it was to prove more of the same. Adel continued to pressure the Driffield D and Jackson had to summon all his speed at centre back to keep them at bay. But the situation was unsustainable and Adel started to increase their goal tally. At 6-1 down Levitt managed to score what was very much a consolation goal when Cherry fired a ball into the Adel D and the canny forward was able to deftly deflect the ball past the approaching keeper.
However, Adel clearly weren’t satisfied with the scores at 6-2 and put away two more before the final whistle blew to put insult to injury for the Woldsmen. Driffield were shown by Adel that there is still a lot of work to do if they are going to compete with the best teams in the league and they should take it as a free lesson in how to play top quality hockey.
But the Driffield players won’t be too despondent by the defeat as 6 points out of 9 this season still leaves them 6th in the table and they will be hoping to improve on that when they entertain Morpeth at the Leisure Centre next Saturday.
Thanks as always to the sponsors Yorkwold Pigpro Ltd and Cherry Hire.
Team: Falkingham (GK), Lee, Needham, Jackson, Bell, Gate (C), Shepard, Dewhirst, Robson, Wallace, Voase, Martindale, Cherry, Levitt.