Slazenger 3’s match was away against a tough and resilient Leeds Adel side. In a fast and furious encounter both sides were quick in attack and very resilient in defence. The Horbury side took the early initiative with captain Byron Dean and Ian Hedges linking up well with winger Dan Levitt in attack. They created several attacking opportunities but the opposition always managed to snuff out the danger with numbers in the penalty area and when relied upon the Adel keeper was there to make some good saves. Slazengers throughout the game just couldn’t get a decent strike on goal, either being denied the opportunity or taking too long to get the shot away.
In the other goal, Jack Mumford proved to be an able deputy, marshalling the team well and dealing with the few shots Adel had. His centre halves James Higgins and Mark Kitchen were immense on the day and half backs Simon Taylor and Robin Brearton never stopped working both in their defensive roles and providing attacking options down the flanks.
The Horbury team had to endure lots of pressure both sides of half time but came through this to finish the game in the ascendancy. Alan Perry worked well on the left wing and debutant Tom Pitchforth was man of the match playing in an assured manner in whatever position he was asked to play and was unlucky not to score the winner right at the death.