It is not surprising that a full squad of 15 were available for the last home league game of the season. Not only did the team learn their fate of league champions after last week’s game, there was the added promise of babies, so unsurprisingly there was a fair crowd too at Church Lane.
This week’s visitors were Slazengers, themselves sitting lower mid table, a vastly improved side since their last visit in 2015.
Adel started the game confidently, early possession through the midfield of A.Blyth, H.Goacher, K Blyth and Hesselwood, as they tried to stamp early dominance in the middle of the park. As the Adel defence pressed forward, the best of the early chances would fall to Slazengers, breaking with purpose, McCall making some vital early saves, half-backs Love, Straughan and Henry recovering their positions quickly and moving the ball forward. Smith, Bickley and Jones moving quickly in behind the Slazengers defence, early chances creeping past the posts.
Wood was introduced to the front line, to try and make a break through, however the chances were not converting. Eventually the deadlock was broken, a short corner converted by Hesselwood to take the lead.
Adel would be foolish to think the goals were about to flow, Slazengers continuing to press forward, Byers, Jeavons and Gibson under pressure from numerous Slazenger attacks, McCall although tested time and time again, comfortably dealing with the shots coming her way.
The game hit half time 1-0. Somewhat unfair on the travelling opposition.
Fitness and numbers win matches. Luckily Adel has plenty of it. As the second half wore on, Adel’s 15 players would continue to rotate, Slazenger’s minimal squad would suffer from their own lacking numbers. Hesselwood added her second, a rifled rebound into the roof of the net. C.Goacher adding the third with a cheeky and delicate reverse flick into the opposite top corner. The game finished 3-0, not the most comprehensive victory, but another win none the less.
Many thanks to the neutral umpires and continued home support.
Sunday would be slightly easier, 3 points awarded as Rotherham could not raise a team. As Adel won they away fixture 6-0, a 5-0 walkover may help Rotherham in their quest for a mid table finish.
MOM- Sarah McCall – Although very busy, looked comfortable collecting her 16/19 clean sheet!
DOD- Millie Jeavons – Decided that she would shake one of the York 8ths Men’s hands as they left the pitch having suffered at the hands of our Men’s 5ths. Friendly if nothing else!