After recent cancellations due to the winter weather Slazenger 3’s started their recent game against Leeds Adel Carnegie rather sluggishly. That and the addition of a couple of new players, Aidan Hopkinson and Robin Whawell into the midfield, ensured that Slazengers struggled to gel as a unit initially and this encouraged the away team to take the initiative.
It was no surprise, if a little unfortunate, when they managed to score a scrappy goal at the far post, when the home defence failed to clear their lines.
The home team didn’t panic and continued to try and play their game, which slowly but surely they began to do.Luke Gueli drew the sides level when he squeezed the ball between the keeper and his post after a previous shot had only been deflected across the goalmouth.
It wasn’t long before Ste Roberts took the initiative with another pacy attack and deftly placed the ball into the corner of the goal whilst on the floor after loosing his footing. Despite taking the lead Slazengers still struggled to get a grasp on marking opponents when defending, due to the oppositions fairly fluid team formation.However, the home team went into the half-time break with the goal advantage.
Second half was just as tough for both teams. In a fairly end to end game Mark Kitchen and Tony Walker had to be at their best to fend off several attacks. Half back Alex Calderley had an outstanding game nullifying Adel’s attacking options down their right hand side.
The game was finally decided when captain Andy Fisher converted a short corner to give the home team a 2 goals cushion with 5 minutes to go.