Following last week’s victory over second placed Boston Spa, Adel looked to firmly edge closer to league victory with an away trip to Sheffield Bankers. Sheffield are the only other team in the league with a 100% home record and their own victory against Boston Spa, meant that this was a contest between the two in form teams in the league.
With a minor RTA on route (not on the M1) and a succession of lost players, other teams may have turned back. The team finally congregated in the sauna changing rooms for what was to be the briefest of chats before heading to the pitch.
In a very short amount of time, Adel quickly dominated the possession and play. Sheffield put 11 behind the ball, Adel taking turns to try and unlock the defence. Halfbacks Love, Jeavons and Henry overlapping the wingers Smith and Bickley to get into the area along the baseline. Adel pushed forward and pressed high, C.Goacher breaking the backline transfer to add even more pressure to the already tired looking opposition. The deadlock broken midway through the half by Hesselwood with a calm but powerful strike.
Sheffield were not without a chance of their own, the occasional attack turned into a moment of danger, McCall making a full stretch diving save across the goal, the rebound cleared from the line by a composed Gibson.
The half ended 1-0, it could have been 5-1. The performance was good though.
Adel quickly asserted their dominance in the second half. A.Blyth, H.Goacher, Hesselwood and K.Blyth dominating the midfield against some now tired opposition. The team flooded forward, chance after chance not finding the net. As the half rolled on it would be clear that Gibson and Byers would need to remain alert, as the goals would just not come for Adel. The pair making sure that the half was simply not penetrable for Sheffield. Adel breathed a sigh of relief as the ball eventually found the net once more, Wood with another composed reverse finish, this time into the top of the net.
As the time rolled on, Adel would have to settle for the 2-0 victory, whilst frustrated by the lack of goals, credit must be given to the Sheffield keeper, who put in a fantastic display. It would be however our number 1 McCall who would record her seventh straight league clean sheet, the team still to concede an away league goal this season. Heroics in the first half ensuring the team pushed on to victory.
MOM- Clare Goacher. dangerous from the very start, tireless in the press to great effect.
Many thanks to the umpires and travelling support, apologies for the weather again!