A cold morning at Fortress Adel meant that the Ladies 1s patiently waited for the pitch inspection to take place, and were relieved to hear that the big game against Didsbury Greys would go ahead.
After a motivational team talk from Coach Paul Lewis the team were ready to go, and knew that winning was the only option.
The warm up saw the Adel sniper out nice and early with Hannah stacking it (at least you got it out the way before the game started…unlike some).
Adel started strongly from the opening whistle, pressing high up the pitch and not letting Didsbury into the game. Fluid passing and quick breaks lead to an early goal from Anna, which helped settle the nerves, and gave the ladies the belief that they could win this. 1-0 Adel.
A short corner quickly followed, with Rosh slipping the ball right to Jess who hammered the ball across goal and into the backboard. Celebrations erupted all over the pitch and side line as the Adel ladies finally get back to winning ways. 2-0 Adel.
Not long after the team decided to play a bit of tennis in the D, with Jen volleying home another goal into the back of the net, only for it to be disallowed moments after.
Adel then did a spot of defending, with some great saves by Sazzle followed by Gibbo casually stopping a strike on her reverse on the goal line. A few minutes later and Adel found themselves defending a short corner, which was cleared quickly from the defence, allowing the ladies to do what they do best and break quickly up the pitch, leading to a well-worked goal by Rosie, with Jacs claiming the assist. 3-0 Adel bang on the halftime whistle.
The half time team talk was a nice change from previous weeks with smiles all around, with the ladies knowing they just had to keep doing what they did in the first half to see out the win.
I think its safe to say the second half was not quite up to the standard of the first with green cards for rebels Rosie and Tay Tay, which meant a tense few minutes for the team, but the ladies held strong not letting Didsbury take advantage.
As legs started to tire towards the end of the game we thought we’d let Sazzle have something to do, with Didsbury winning a short corner, a well worked routine saw them deflect a goal into the back of the net. Making the final score 3-1 to Adel.
Overall a fantastic team performance, which saw some cracking goals and 110% effort from all the girls.
A massive shout out to the side line supporters, your encouragement made all the difference. Also big thanks to Bally for the pics!
MOM – Joint winners Katy and Jess, looking forward to double buns at the weekend
DOD – April, who knew there were so many different ways to fall over in hockey?
The next few weeks are key for the ladies 1s, where they look to pick up some more points in the last 4 games of the season, and hope to move out of the relegation zone.