Adel ladies 2s made the long away trip to Hull for the second time this season, hoping the BBC weather app was right and there was no snow and ice by the coast. Half way along the M62 the temperature increased by 3°C and the sun was out, game on!
The opposition were bottom of the league Hull Uni, with a depleted squad due to exams. Although Adel’s spirits were high the match needed to be taken seriously, as Hull came out of the blocks at a fair pace. Adel started the match with good passing play, utilising the pace of Emma and Lolly on both flanks, and Sandra distributing well from the middle. Adel were managing to feed the ball through to forwards Sophie, Robyn and Twedds well, which ended up with lots of chances but nothing to show for it. There were balls that hit the wheel of the goal, a ball that hit the oppo’s foot on the goal line, an optimistic goal attempt from Twedds that looped over the bar and so on. But some say that patience is a virtue and this is something that the 2s have developed this season, with a renewed confidence that our pressure will eventually pay off. This was the case late in the first half. After numerous unfruitful short corners (maybe because everyone is too polite – ‘you take it, no you take it, no really you should have a go’) another saw Twedds slip from the top of the D to Sophie, whose shot was parried by the keeper, but Summers was lurking, ready to dink the ball past the keeper and defender to get Adel off the mark.
1-0 to Adel at half time. Thanks go to Emma for the half time sweets and oranges, which seemed to get us into gear for the second half. A change in personnel meant Lolly played top diamond after the break, which worked out very well as she scored after only a few minutes! Hull’s heads seemed to go down at this point, though only playing with 10 players for some time might not have helped. Adel’s defence of Mellor, Whiting, Jones and Leyshon hadn’t really been tested so far in the match, though were helped on more than one occasion by Claudia appearing from nowhere to make some great tackles and start more Adel attacks.
The second half had seen more chances for the Adel defence to push up, meaning Nat enjoyed a few meandering runs up into the attacking third without sustaining any nose bleeds. Three more goals from Sophie ‘hat-trick’ Powley followed; a clean sweep across the goal, a deflected ball in from Emma’s pass and a beautiful weave from a short corner. Spectators might have thought we’d practiced that in training! Final score 5-0 to Adel.
The 2s march on with a 100% record so far in the league. With a tough double header next weekend the team will be looking forward to trying to keep up the unbeaten record. Maybe we should all take Lolly & Sophie’s lead and have a pre-match sauna so we all score!
MOM: Sophie for a superb game and three fab goals
Muppet: Captain Jones for no reason in particular (unless going into the shower with underwear still on counts?)