Following last weekend’s two victories Adel prepared for this weekend’s fixture bouyant and confident of securing another three points at home. Sheffield Bankers secured promotion to this league last year and whilst they have had some mixed results, 3 wins, 2 draws and a loss, they have shown themselves to be somewhat of a force since joining the North League.
Adel started the brighter of the two teams, the crowd were able to enjoy the crisp autumn sunshine and help to spur the team on. Early chances dealt with by the Sheffield keeper. The midfield of H.Goacher, C Goacher, Hesselwood and A.Blyth enjoying some space as the Sheffield team sat deeper and deeper. Credit where credit is due, their defence able to hold out Adel’s attack, and made the most of some chances on the break. Straughan, Jeavons, Gibson, Love and Henry being kept on thier toes, high sat halfbacks working back when needed to keep Sheffield out.
Adel continued to set a high press, K.Blyth, Smith and Bickley pressing thier halfbacks into the corner. Wood picking up a green card for pressing a little too high, a two minute breather for her sins.
The chance of the half would fall to Sheffield, breaking fast out of thier defence, some good passing and a low shot looked to have opened the scoring had it not been twarted by a low diving stick save by McCall, determined to get her 5th clean sheet out of 7 in the league this autumn. the rebound cleared away by Hesselwood after an 80m chase back.
Adel for the first time this season would not be leading at the break. 0-0.
The second half started, Adel with a fresh determination to go forward, as further chances stayed out of the goal, it would need something to break the deadlock. It looked to have come as Adel broke into the D, the keeper making a lunging foul, surely a penalty stroke, the umpire rightly waiting for an advantage, Wood missing the open goal from 2 yards out! Even our most prolific goalscorers miss every now and then!
Sometimes it is fine margins that separate opposition. Sometimes it takes a lot of effort to make those margins. One thing Adel do know is that they’re the fittest team in the league. As Jenny and Phil from Primal Gym watched from the sidelines, the Adel squad of 14 contined to push and push to make the breakthrough. A summer and continued programme of fitness would be the decider. As the game entered the last 15 minutes it would need something special to make the breakthrough. A.Blyth breaking out of the middle of the pitch, building up to full speed, powering across the 23m line and breaching the area. A low shot rifled across the goal, the keeper helpless as the ball crashed against the backboard.
Whilst the tense crowd and bench breathed a sigh of relief, the players were not content with just the one, Woody unlocking the defence with a pinpoint pass, K.Blyth calmly lifting the ball over the keeper and inside the post. 2-0 and Adel firmly in control.
Adel would now see the game through, resolute defending, two green cards issued to A.Blyth and Love in sonewhat of a misunderstading, some quick chances from the bench and Adel would see the game out with 9 players, securing another clean sheet in the process.
Many thanks to the super support, parents, friends, players, coaches, ex players and canines. The umpires who were kept busy in a highly competitive match.
MOM- Anna Blyth – The team needed their captain this week and she didn’t dissapoint, a memorable goal which may turn out to be a pivotal point in the season.
DOD- Emma Bickley- Our HiPAC star worryingly confuses hockey with lacrosse. Thankfully lacrosse were honest enough to hand the teas back so they could be given to Sheffield