This week Adel welcomed third placed Rotherham to Church Lane looking to avenge the painful defeat suffered early season. This fixture would not have happened without the sterling efforts of the AWMA hockey, football and rugby contingency, who’s efforts to clear the pitch followed by the excellent pitch preparation by our trusted green and bluekeeper, Steve, would lead to the home Adel teams smashing a collective 16 goals across Saturday afternoon to the cost of only 1 conceded (more on that to follow).
The aforementioned early season defeat, was at the front of the mind in the lead up to the game, further stats suggested this was more than a potential banana skin, Adel collecting a sum total of two points in the last three meetings. Inclement weather had halted Tuesday’s preparation and whilst Adel undefeated in six, Rotherham themselves could claim and unbeaten run of five. To add to this, Hesselwood, never one to miss a challenge, had her work cut out elsewhere due to emergency circumstances, could Adel make amends for the history of this fixture?
The game started with a flow of passing from both teams, the rustiness of the Christmas break evidentially melting away with the snow as the early minutes passed. Rotherham maintaining pace with their hosts, as the teams exchanged early chances, although none able to find the clear cut chance required to break the deadlock. It was anticipated that this game would be won and lost in the middle of the park, the Adel trio of H.Goacher, A.Blyth and K.Love with required relief provided by Smith, resolute in their defence and creative in attack. K.Blyth and Wright, powering forward and motoring back on turnover, even C.Goacher and Parson knowing when to drop and provide an option in the middle whilst maintaining height in attack as required. The breakthrough coming just before the break with K.Blyth finding the back of the net following a sustained defensive effort by Adel following a Rotherham attack
The second half started very much in a similar fashion to how the first half ended, both teams showing the passing and movement that have taken them to the top of this league. Whilst the lead was just the one goal, Adel with confidence and a new found calmness maintained the quality for sustained periods, and as the Rotherham attacks became less frequent. Byers, Barson, Hopper and Henry defending with confidence and control, protecting McCall in goal. It was clear to see why Adel boast the best defensive record in the league.
This game needed putting to bed and the re-introduction of K.Blyth proved to be the critical input. Adel, having shown calm and control for much of the game, exploded into 5th, 6th and 7th gear. A further two goals for K.Blyth to secure her first hat trick of 2015. A expertly executed short corner routine, for which we shall not publish too much detail was finished off, by the Blyth sisters connecting and the ball rifling into the bottom corner, 3 goals, 3 points secured!
Just enough time remained for the clean sheet to be given way, the only blemish on a fantastic win in the beautiful sunshine!
And so the team march on, next week to the Olympic pitch where Sheffield Hallam await. 7 games to go!
Team: McCall, Love, Barson, Byers, Henry, Hopper, H.Goacher, A Blyth, Smith, Wright, C Goacher, Parson, K Blyth
Goals: K.Blyth x 3
MOM: K.Blyth, the best performers save their best performances for when the team need them.
DOD: Jacs, a whole load of waffle and rubbish, including calling coach a ‘puddle’