“Best performers save best performances for the big games”
Jaclyn Smith 2015 (several times)
Back in the depths of autumn, Doncaster were the last team to take points from an Adel side that went on to record seven straight victories after a 0-0 draw. With the squad not at full numbers, Doncaster presented a stern test of the Adel team in search of the league championship.
Without the regular presence of Parson and C Goacher leading the line, K Blyth stepped in field, and without the ever (well normally) reliable Hopper, the team would have minimal rotation options. Twelve more than capable players would need to team together.
Early exchanges were cagey, both teams somewhat unsettled, very clear that A Blyth, H Goacher and Hesselwood would need to stay calm as swinging challenges went unpunished time and again. An early short corner from Doncaster, hit into the net, and a goal temporarily awarded, and then correctly rescinded as the umpires deliberated and calmed the situation.
Leeds Adel so many times this season are met by teams resolute to work hard against them, as with so many teams at the top of the table, teams come out hard and fast. However the frantic play cannot last forever, whilst Doncaster began to tire, The efforts of the fitness support from Primal Health began to take control. Chances for Doncaster became rare, as the settled defensive team of Byers, Barson, Love, Henry and Warburton began to take control, with McCall alert to anything that might slip through. The team determined to move the defensive record up from second overall in the six northern leagues.
The game inevitably went to 1-0, Wright latching onto a ball on the back post, a fine finish, something off the training ground maybe? Doncaster somewhat shocked by the pace of Wright and Smith on the wings, K Blyth smashed a second to continue her fine form in front of goal. The rout may have started here, however the young Doncaster keeper, showing maturity well beyond her few years, repelled the ever-growing pressure on the Doncaster goal. 2-0 half time.
Not content to settle Leeds Adel started the second half with the aim of adding to their tally, however the free fluid passing through the midfield was being stifled somewhat legitimately and often not by the opposition. One challenge too far saw the first card of the game. Obviously this was not for the team in orange, who have not seen a card in the last twelve league outings.
With Doncaster skating on thin ice (who said ice? We don’t like frozen!) Adel again took greater control of the game. K Blyth and top scorer Hesselwood adding to their growing season tallies. K Love changing another position, not content with playing anywhere for more than five minutes.
We had the ice cream, we had the squirty cream, who would add the cherry on the top? Up step Smith, the big game player, unleashing a low, open strike into the goal (no not reverse and high!). The crowd went wild as the comfortable victory was rounded off.
Off to the seaside next week, expecting a big traveling crowd at Hull. Before that, sangria time!
Team: McCall, Barson, Byers, Love, Warburton, Henry, H Goacher, A Blyth, Hesselwood, K Blyth, Smith, Wright
Goals: K Blyth x 2, Smith, Hesselwood, Wright
MOM: Jaclyn Smith, ran her legs off, for the whole game other than the thirty seconds she was on the bench. Her best performance of the season sealed with a goal. Who said keen isn’t cool?!
DOD: Josie Warburton ‘Umpire will you take a step left so I can see?’ Umpire ‘No’. No harm in asking I guess?! #rudeboy