Following a 3 hour training session at Church Lane on Tuesday, the soreness that followed would prepare Leeds Adel to get back to their best.
Wakefield were this week’s visitors, the last team to take any points from Church Lane some 15 months ago, the 18 consecutive home wins gave Adel the confidence not to drop any points in this early January fixture.
The talk before the game was of possession hockey and slowly building into the game, this was not to be the case as K.Blyth gave possession back to the opposition in the first two minutes, smashing the ball against the backboard, competing a fine short corner routine. The scoreline would not remain stagnant for long, Smith and C.Goacher tormenting halfbacks, and penetrating the area. Another short corner, another smart conversion, H.Goacher drag flicking the team into a 2-0 lead.
Wakefield may have been relieved to see the first round of substitutions, Adel introducing Straughan and Wood into the front line. A.Blyth and Hesselwood taking their turn to run at the Wakefield back line, Straughan running the right wing and Wood holding centre forward. Six minutes into the game and Adel made it 3-0, Wood converting a chance from a more suitable angle than normal.
Wakefield now reacted to the early onslaught, chances started to become less frequent, and Wakefield eventually started to venture forward. Love, Jeavons and Henry, would now have to start to play a little more defensive, dropping wide to pick up the outlet passes from Byers and Gibson. A couple of defensive short corners dealt with comfortably, McCall calling the shots and dealing comfortably with the half chances created.
The halftime break presenting a stoppage in proceedings, a quick break and the game recommended, Adel keen to build in the good play so far.
This half would take some time to get started, Adel struggling to find the flow of the game, Wakefield presented with opportunities to break forward, Gibson and Byers staying alert to protect the home goal. C.Goacher picking up a green card for a small misunderstanding (!)
As in the first half the goals would come in flurries, Wood picking up her second of the game from a more typical angle, K.Blyth adding her well deserved second with a slightly less powerful boom than her first.
The three points surely secured, Adel pressed forward, numbers flying forward and the ball moving across the width of the pitch, chances becoming frequent and the Wakefield keeper making some fine stops. Just enough time for C.Goacher to pick up a goal with a light reverse stick touch at the back post. Final score 6-0 and the ninth clean sheet in twelve games this league season.
Thank you and welcome back to the umpires and support at Church Lane.
Next week sees a tough double away header versus West Yorkshire rivals Halifax and Huddersfield.
MOM- Claire Byers- Mrs Byers teaching some of her students playing for Wakefield a lesson or two.
DOD- Katy Blyth- Latching onto a beautiful 40yd cross field ball by falling onto it, amongst other slippy incidents.