Round two saw Adel hit the road for an early start at Pendle Forest. Both teams were looking for a win to take the advantage into the final round.
The rather compact travelling loyal support would be treated to a blistering start, Adel racing into a 1-0 lead in the first few seconds, C.Goacher with another finish at the back post. As quick as the advantage arrived it was gone again, Pendle Forest leveling the scores inside 2 minutes with a penalty corner conversion. 1-1 quickly became 2-1, an almost carbon copy of Adel’s opener from the same player, C.Goacher restoring the Adel advantage, six minutes gone.
The teams began to settle, the Adel defence of Love, Byers, Jeavons, Straughan and Henry, pressed by the Forest forwards, H.Goacher, A.Blyth, Hesselwood and K.Blyth enjoying the space created in midfield as Adel looked to increase their lead. It would be Forest who would level the scores, despite numerous fine saves from McCall, a close converted finish brought the scores level, quickly followed by another to take it to 3-2 at the break.
The game was effectively sealed shortly after the break, a couple of fortunate deflections following good pressure from the home team taking the game to 5-2. For the next 25 minutes the team would push forward in search of goals, Smith, C.Goacher, Wood and Bickley, pressing high and looking for chances. The home defence stayed resolute despite Adel finding their third through A.Blyth and the game finished 5-3.
It took 21 league games for Adel to concede 5 goals, so credit to Pendle Forest who were effective with their attacking play and it is clear to see why they have the best goals for average of the four playoff teams.
The final game starts 1230 at the bottom pitch at Weetwood on Saturday, only a win will give the team a chance at promotion, needing results and potentially exact scores to go their way on the top pitch simultaneously. We hope to see you there