On a glorious morning at AWMA Leeds Adel 1st XI kicked off thier league season with a tough game against Halifax. Adel were confident after their North Challenger victory last week, but also wary of a team that have finished runner-up at the event two years in a row.
Adel were forced into some changes, the impressive defensive pairing of Byers and Gibson both unavailable, Goacher and Love with big shoes to fill, Hesslewood slotting into centre-half.
The game started as one would expect, both teams straight out the blocks, the home and away support aware that they were in for a great game. Halifax first to apply pressure on Jeavons and Straughan at half back, pressing high, the backline would have to be fully on their game to offer some protection to McCall. However as always, the middle of the pitch battle was beginning to favour Adel. Hesslewood, A.Blyth and Jones starting to find some space, Halifax legs starting to tire. Eventually the front line of Bickley, Smith, Wood and K.Blyth not only came into play, but the added creativity we have seen this season was to become the undoing of Halifax. Jones finishing off some well linked play and passing through the team to take the lead. If the first goal was a team effort, the second was some indivudual class. A.Blyth breaking at speed to supply a 60yd pass on the run. Wood making sure the pass was not forgotten, comfortably finished the move to double the lead. Halifax would prove thier own toughness, some late testers for McCall easily dealt with.
The second half would prove to be a little more comfortable for the home side. The efforts of fitness coach Jenny Wright showing fine fruition as Adel continued to dominate. Henry and Smith finding space down the right, the later breaking in along the baseline several times creating several chances for Adel to add to the score. Eventually it would be Wood again to take the score to three, another fine finish, maybe less surprising but always great to see. Three became four, as Smith found the backboard, with a low powerful shot following up a drag flick from Goacher, the keeper happy to get a stick to it, not so pleased as the ball was quickly returned past her foot.
That was to round off the scoring for the day, lots more chances created, Straughan and Bickley pressing as a pair and making thier own chances. A comprensive display from the home side. Eight clean sheets in a row for Sarah McCall. Next up Wakefield away!
MOM- Millie Jeavons. Another fine performance, tackles hard, passes harder, runs faster.