Only a handful of games last weekend with same table top clashes to excite the crowds, raise the tempo and act as an aperitif to the main event of the day which was the Christmas social. Thanks to Phil and Gaby for managing to organise everyone.
The mens 5s had an early start with an away trip to Airedale who are desperately playing as many home games as they can before Christmas due to their new pitch being installed in early 2016. The 5s went down 2-0 but continue to provide the chance for a talented bunch of younger players to be introduced to senior hockey and by all accounts the mix of youth and veterans is going well.
The mens 2s travelled away to York, keen to restore pride in view of York’s win at Adel earlier in the season and also keen to sample the Michelin starred York teas that are famed throughout the county. Sadly the star chef must have been elsewhere last weekend and Adel came away disappointed with the festive food on offer but of more significance was the hard earned 3 points Adel did bring back with a gutsy 4-3 win which leaves them in 2nd place in the division going into the Christmas break. They must be the only team in the country to be in a promotion spot in their league but have a negative goal difference so it looks pretty clear which areas of the pitch need some attention!
The mens 1s had the top of the table clash v Rotherham with the winner being able to enter the festive break as the top placed team in the division. Rotherham, like Adel are hoping for a return to higher leagues that they used to frequent and are a well organised and competitive team. Adel started strongly but were unable to beat an inspired performance from the Rotherham keeper in a number of early chances. Rotherham then opened the scoring when a cross shot from just inside the D was beautifully deflected past Tom Taylor by an Adel defender’s stick when it looked like the ball was going well wide of the goal. Adel fought back and levelled through Gwyn Evans following a quick turnover on the half way line but Rotherham retook the lead from a well worked short corner for their only shot on target in the whole game. The second half was like the Alamo as Adel peppered the D, the Rotherham keeper pulled off several more fine saves and when he was beaten the post saved him twice. Agonisingly the second of these was during the final play of the match with Adel awarded a penalty corner knowing a goal would see them go into the break in top spot. Sadly, Ben Hendley’s drag flick rebounded out off the upright and away to safety.
The mens 4s then entertained Halifax but were well beaten 4-1 and the ladies 3s keen to maintain their promotion push were held 1-1 by Otliensians in a keenly contested game. They do however look well placed in 2nd place in their league.
The ladies 4s produced the result of the day with a 4-2 win away at Batley, all the more impressive for playing without a keeper (get well soon Charlie).
And finally, the ladies 2s travelled to Dewsbury keen to maintain their run of recent form that has seen them rise up the table. A 2-1 win means they are currently 3rd in the table with the two teams ahead of them being Leeds 2s and Leeds University 2s. Now if only they had merged along with the rest of the teams playing at Weetwood…
So a short summary of how things look at the moment. Four teams in promotion spots, another well placed to push for promotion and no team in the relegation zones. Surely a first for Adel!
Have a good Christmas break and hope Santa is kind to you all with the hockey related gifts.
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