There have been a few close shaves this last few seasons but last Saturday saw all 6 of the mens teams victorious against a variety of opposition. The club is renowned (at the moment at least) for being prolific in front of goal so perhaps one of the most pleasing aspects in the 6 wins on Saturday were the 5 clean sheets with only the mens 1s conceding any goals. The 1s ventured north once again after a couple of disappointing weeks away at Driffield and then the postponement due to frost against Durham Uni and some recent injuries led to a few registration challenges in the week to get new players registered to play in time.
The trip to Marton Furness is always the chance for Jimmy Mayhew to catch up with some old mates and Marton are currently above Adel in the league so the traditional “six pointer” was at stake for both teams. The full match report is already up on the website with the Adel goal machines back on fire with goals from usual suspects Ball, Moorhouse, Harris and Purdy but the new look backline of Ed Crocker and Will Powley will have brought back happy memories for their Dads when they played together in Adel’s defence around 30 years ago (whatever happened to them I wonder). The 1s have been in the top 2 or 3 teams in the whole of the country for goalscoring over the last couple of seasons and this season the team have already netter 85 times in 15 league games as they push hard for 2nd spot and automatic promotion in the new league structures for next season. If we can tighten up in defence over the coming weeks then this is a realistic outcome with some big games to come v Durham University and Brigg.
The mens 2s are also firing on all cylinders in front of goal to top their league but it was a single goal that secured the 3 points courtesy of a rebound from the post that Phil Bayford was alert to pick up and slot the only goal of the game. Leeds 5s had come along keen to do their team mates in Leeds 4s a huge favour as the nearest rivals to the Adel team. In a scrappy game that ended with 3 Leeds players in the sin bin it was one of those games where “winning ugly” was all that mattered and the 3 points were the priority more than anything else.
The 3s have found some form since the Christmas break and won well against Doncaster by 2-0 to continue their climb up the table. A youthful side due to illnesses to some of the older players but the team played great team hockey and Sam Jackson and Harry Ratcliffe goals secured the points. The 4s were the early birds away up the road at Ben Rhydding and came back with a pleasing and satisfying 4-0 win with Paul Horsey scoring his umpteenth hat trick for Adel. The 5s had a long trip to the seaside to play Scarborough 2s and President Phillips bagged another one yard special with further goals from Stu Blair and Andy Hedge seeing the 5s stay in the top half of their league. Already several of the juniors who started the season in the 5s have moved onwards and upwards but the new raft of juniors coming through from the under 14s continue to show the success from our junior section integration.
the 6s are still playing catch up but stormed to an 8-0 victory over Hallam with Joe Harrison taking the individual honours scoring 4 goals.
But lets give a special mention to all the mens keepers who kept the clean sheets, Jack Stephenson (who will be delighted as it was against his old club), Rob Higgins, Sholto Rowe, Mikey McWilliams and Andy Miles.
Over on the ladies side of the club there were great wins for the 1s and 5s but sadly the 2s, 3s and 4s all lost narrowly. The 1s arrived in Hull to find that the scheduled venue was unfit due to some fire activity causing damage so they moved to another pitch – the pitch switch did not upset them and goals from Kate Smith (2), Becky Louth and a late Rosie Baker winner meant there was a happy team returning along the M62 with a 4-3 win. Special mention and credit must be given to Ffion Scott who stepped up 3 teams to make her 1s debut and did not look out of place against a strong opposition side.
The 2s played Harrogate 2s and were 2-0 down at half time but a rousing half time talk from injured skipper Jane Holmes saw the team fight back in the second half and apply more pressure. A goal for either side meant the final 3-1 loss was just about a fair reflection of the overall game – thanks again to another debutant keeper, Nicole for stepping in to solve our keeper crisis.
the 3s found a new solution to not having a keeper – ask Jane Goode who broke her finger the previous week to play in goal with the finger protected by the glove! Sadly the 3s could not quite find a way to overcome Huddersfield and lost narrowly 2-1 although it was good to see Ursy Walton return from injury to score the Adel goal.
The 4s were another team to go down 3-1 against Harrogate with Alice Wilton scoring our goal but the 5s with another early start won 4-0 v Leeds University and were back at the club in time to cheer on the rest of the sides. Two goals for Meg Curtis, and a goal apiece for Judith and Lauren.