We are now getting down to the business end of the season with several teams competing at the top of their leagues and hoping to gain promotion and bring home some silverware to Adel. Sideline support is often a crucial factor in close games as the mens 1s will testify from their home game against Bradford a couple of weeks ago so please get along to support the other teams if you are able to do so before or after your own games each week.
The ladies 2s have a massive 6 days ahead of them with 3 away games starting tonight at Selby and then trips to Bridlington and nearest rivals Slazengers at the weekend. Hopefully the weather will not intervene and cause further fixture headaches for everyone involved. The 2s then have home games v Brigg (3rd March) and Harrogate on the final day of the season on 17th March with an away game in between on 10th March at Leeds Uni. After two seasons of finishing as runners up can the 2s finally go one better this season?
The ladies 1s have a huge home game this Saturday against Didsbury Greys who are bottom of the league but only by virtue of having an inferior goal difference to Adel. Its been a difficult season for the 1s after several years of success but recent games have seen improved performances that results have perhaps not reflected fairly. Following this weekend there are some tough away games for the ladies at runaway leaders Pendle Forest and then Brooklands and Harrogate before concluding the season with a home game on 24th March v Bowdon 2s.
The ladies 3s 4s and 5s all have a few games left too and will be keen to continue their progress and improved results since Christmas although promotions are probably out of reach for each team. But I am sure they will all welcome your support if you are at Adel watching other games so please give these teams encouragement and I am sure in return they will be vocal on the sidelines for other games.
On the mens side of things, the 1s are at home again this Saturday against Sheff Uni Bankers and then again the following Saturday against York who pulled off a surprise result last weekend drawing with Bradford. The eagerly awaited return fixture against Bradford is on 10th March with the 1s completing their season on 17th March with a home game against Harrogate 2s starting at 1.30.
The 2s face their nearest rivals this Saturday when they take on Hallam 4s at Abbeydale with the winner having the upper hand going into the final 3 games. The following weekend sees a tough away game against Harrogate 3s who will be keen to atone for their loss at Adel before Christmas which ended their long unbeaten streak. The final two games are at home to Acomb and then away at York in what could be a must win game to decide the outcome of the league title.
The 3s have had a strong run since Christmas and gradually climbed the table but the one guaranteed promotion slot has long since been taken by Scaroborough and Sundays loss at the seaside will hopefully not see the 3s lose momentum as they push hard for 2nd place. For some reason they have a free weekend but have a rearranged game with York to fit in somewhere and then a home game on 3rd March v Halifax followed by a tough game against local rivals, Boston Spa who are also aiming to get 2nd spot in the table. The 3s wrap up the mens league season at Adel with the 4.30 home game on 17th March v York.
The 4s will be needing to win all their remaining games and then hoping they can overturn their inferior goal difference relative to rivals Worksop to see who comes out as the top dogs in their division. A home game v Halifax this Saturday is then followed by an away game at Bradford (3rd March) and a home game on 10th March v Rotherham with their season concluding away at Slazengers on 17th March in what could be a crucial game with goals being needed to overturn any deficit relative to Worksop who will already have finished their season with a 12 noon game at Chapeltown earlier in the day.
And finally the 5s with nothing to play for other than pride and enjoyment have games v Hallam 7s at Abbeydale this Saturday and then Hallam 8s make the return trip on 3rd March to Adel followed by games against Chapeltown 4s back in Sheffield and then Chapeltown 3s at Adel at 3pm. I am sure by then Adel, Hallam and Chapeltown will be sick of the sight of each other!
So plenty at stake, with every weekend having at least one fixture that is a crunch match involving one of our teams. Good luck to all involved.