Leeds Adel Ladies 1st XI continued their impressive run of form with a fifth straight victory despite a stern test from Wakefield.

Having left Leeds under a blanket of snow, the Adel elite ladies squad were somewhat dubious as to whether this game would go ahead, Fortress Adel had succumbed to the overnight freeze, no play at Church Lane today.  However after a short journey the team arrived in Wakefield where they were met by the glorious Yorkshire sunshine, with two games already underway in the cool conditions, Adel were able to prepare in the knowledge the game would begin on schedule.

In this previous fixture the teams had played out a goalless stalemate, the one highlight in the memory, a fine penalty save by McCall to make amends for carving down a lone forward in the area. Wakefield may have been relieved to see a change in goal, however Critchley, making her second league appearance of the season, would prove a stern test for the Wakefield front line.

Adel , known for their intense hockey from the whistle, started somewhat slowly, met by a Wakefield defence who had clearly spent the christmas break practicing their hand/eye co-ordination chopping firewood. As Wakefield opened the scoring, it was clear this was going to be a good old fashioned slog, rather than the flowing hockey to which Adel have become accustomed. The rotating back line of Byers, Barson, Love, Warburton and Henry, calming the play in the defensive half, slowly and methodically taking control and reducing the impact of the Wakefield attacks. With H.Goacher now able to push slightly further forward, this brought freedom to Hesselwood and A.Blyth, who burst forward with attack after attack, riding challenges and trying to dance clear of swinging sticks. Adel finally found the back of net  just before halftime, to level the scores. Coach Ransley, without assistant Baxter who had been suspended to the stands for foul play, would need to be at the top of his game, to manage the halftime water bottles and jackets unaided.

Adel started the second period, which much greater control, the height offered by Parsons and C.Goacher combined with the width of K.Blyth, Wright and Hopper, stretched the Wakefield defence, Adel, despite not being allowed to play the flowing hockey that have won games in previous fixtures, were now showing their flexibility and beating Wakefield with their own game. Pressure mounting, Adel struggled to find the end product as chances and penalty corners went begging.  However the belief in this squad is high, Adel securing a 2-1 lead half way through the second half.

Wakefield, showing themselves to have the ‘never say die’ attitude, quickly responded to level the scores, a solid high press catching Adel out, as the forward finishing from the top of the area with an accurate strike. This game was going to the wire.

Tension was heightening, tempers starting to flair. Adel had banished their poor behavior from early autumn, which had seen a flurry of cards. It turned out to be Wakefield’s undoing. First a green for breaking too early on a penalty corner, as Adel took the lead, a yellow for a scything tackle on the Adel captain, the umpire finally having enough of this repeat offender. Following another green for decent, Adel secured the victory, finishing off a penalty corner routine, to record their fourth goal, three points on the road and top spot in the league.

Adel march on, spirits high and determined to maintain form and points. This Saturday they will look to avenge the defeat in November, as they welcome third placed Rotherham.

Team- Critchley, Byers, Love, Barson, Warburton, Henry, H.Goacher, A Blyth, C Hesselwood, K.Blyth, Wright, Hopper, C.Goacher, Parson

Goals- K.Blyth, A.Blyth, Hesselwood, Wright

MOM- Claire Byers, attacking play and a nosebleed from the heart of defence. Anna Blyth, distance covered, discipline and goals, a skipper’s performance.

DOTD- Ransley, If you ask for a yellow ball, that’s what you get! How dare you change the ball halfway through!








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Claire Byers

Claire Byers · 23rd January 2015 at 7:41 pm

Did you just call me a nosebleed Sam Ransley?

Sarah McCall

Sarah McCall · 23rd January 2015 at 8:21 pm

And carving down a lone forward Sam Ransley?!…I got the ball(ish)

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