Plenty of league action on Saturday with the Ladies section unbeaten and the customary win (and clean sheet) for the 1s who maintain their 100% league record.
The 2s won 3-1 against determined opponents from Dewsbury but three penalty corner routines were enough for the 2s to remain in 3rd place in their division but heavily reliant on one of the teams above them slipping up between now and the end of the season. We can but hope.
The 3s must have used up all their goals in previous weeks double figure victories and were held to a goalless draw with Otliensians but the 4s grabbed the only goal of the game to overcome Batley.
The mens 1s managed to maintain their healthy scoring streak scoring 4 away at Lindum…. but sadly the home team scored 6 to grab the points and leave the 1s with some nailbiting between now and the season end as the promotion spots are now between Adel, Rotherham, Lindum and Slazengers with our destiny no longer in our own hands.
The 2s probably had the result of the day despite only drawing as their opponents were runaway league leaders Hull. The 2s are mathematically safe from relegation but promotion may require some results elsewhere to go their way.
Sadly the 3s opponents were unable to raise a team but at least this gave Rich Bingham plenty of time to practice his umpiring skills. At least Hull did the honourable thing and did not get their 2s to play as their 3s on the same pitch shortly after….
The 4s and 5s both had battles against Bradford teams and it was honours even with the 4s going down 2-0 but the 5s restoring some pride with a 2-1 win and the encouraging signs of many juniors contributing to the win.
Sunday saw the big EH Cup game for the Ladies against another team running away with their league in the Midlands, Leamington. Strong home support and a determined effort were sadly not quite enough and the Adel Ladies went down 4-2 with the bizarre stat being that Leamington scored as many goals against Adel in one game as Adel have conceded in 15 league fixtures this season.
At least the Ladies lost fair and square on the pitch. Sadly another cup run also came to and end this week as the Mens over 40 Masters had to concede in the quarter finals of the EH Shield. Having overcome Durham last month, the over 40s were keen to do battle with Preston in the next round but a fixture back log meant that this game was already a few weeks behind schedule and Preston in the knowledge that they could not go to Wisbech (where??? ask Nic Crocker or Scott Wardle if you really want to know but its in deepest darkest Cambridgeshire) for the quarter final fixture, kindly conceded.
However, the game against Wisbech was due to take place this Sunday – now Wisbech is about a 3 hour drive from Leeds, the game is in half term week and its Valentines Day. With several players away skiing, several in fear of asking wives for permission to play, skipper Akroyd had no choice but to concede the tie and the second cup run came to an end (sadly more of a whimper than a bang).
So, we can all now concentrate on the league…..