Plenty of matches for all our senior teams at the weekend, plus the start (and end) of some cup runs and then some excellent news from our junior teams playing in the Yorkshire Youth Hockey Leagues.
Saturday began in wind and rain with the ladies 2s having to get out of bed early to play against Slazengers who are looking to bounce straight back up to the North East leagues after being relegated last season. A competitive game saw the lead exchanged several times, the frames of both goals helping defenders, some goal line clearances helping goalkeepers and one memorable save well above her head by Lily Reynolds to deny the Slazengers forwards. With the game evenly poised at 2-2 and the clock ticking down, Adel had defended like Trojans as Slazengers tried to throw the kitchen sink in search of the winner. Just when it looked like the Adel dam would burst, the ball was overturned in the Adel half and two quick passes later Katie Wood was through on goal in a 1 v 1 against the Slazengers keeper. Those on the sidelines knew what to expect and Woody did not disappoint as she feinted one way and went the other leaving herself the chance to roll the ball into an empty net to secure a 3-2 win and her own personal hat trick. First 100% record maintained and the 2s are top of the league after 3 games.
The Mens 3s followed in what can only be described as a lesson in how to play the game with an exceptionally strong Scarborough team playing with pace, skill, movement and clearly a team playing far too low down the divisions. The 9-1 scoreline looked a tad harsh on the 3s who stuck to their task and worked hard but the Scarborough team have bossed all their games this season and look to be heading for promotion even at this early stage.
The next game also saw 10 goals although this time the Adel team were on the right side of the scoreline as the 11 men from Lindum 2s were further reduced due to a back injury to one of their players and the Adel forwards ran riot by scoring double figures for the first time this season. Another 100% record maintained, a top of the table slot after 3 games and goals shared out between the recalled Bayford (4), Moorhouse (2), Purdy (2), Mayhew and the goal of the day with a well executed cover drive from skipper Hemming.
The ladies 3s then finally got their season up and running with a 3-0 home win v Sheff Uni Bankers to put a birthday smile on skipper Gaby’s face and the ladies 5s rounded off the day with a similar scoreline against another team from Sheffield, but this time it was Sheffield Hallam making the trip back down the M1 without the points.
Our away teams did not fare quite as well with the ladies 1s battling hard after a long journey to Chester but going down 2-0 and the mens 2s with a shorter journey away to Ramgarhia losing narrowly 2-1 with the opposition scoring a controversial winner. The Mens 4s had a closer game than they might have expected with a 3-2 win away at Wakefield and the mens 5s came back with a point from Huddersfield with the excellent write up elsewhere giving the full story of the game. It sounds like a policy of playing the youngsters up front to score the goals whilst the oldies at the back try and keep them out but they nearly came unstuck in the last few minutes but some valiant goalkeeping from Mikey secured a point.
And finally the ladies 2s came from behind at Cleckheaton to get a draw in a 2-2 game.
Sunday saw the boys under 16s have another successful day (well written up by John Holden once again) and then the Mens 1s supplemented by half of the mens 2s took on Doncaster 3s in the first round of the cup. In a ding dong game where both sides held the lead on at least 2 occasions, the game looked to be heading for penalties but Doncaster stole a late winner to go through to the next round. In a game when penalty corners looked like being crucial, Jackson had opened the scoring from open play after good work by Moorhouse, Hendley making a rare foray onto the playing surface had taken the lead from a penalty corner and Moorhouse scored in the second half from another penalty corner but only having 11 players finally told as an injury to Tom Ibison and the lack of fresh legs on the bench gave Doncaster the advantage late in the game.
Thanks to all spectators but in particular our umpires this weekend especially Jim Cockburn who managed to do 3 games on Saturday and another on Sunday (just don’t be in the same room as Jim and Sam Jackson in the next few weeks and bring up officiating!).