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This festive elephant happy with another clean sheet

 

Following two disappointing weekends of cancelled fixtures due to inclement weather, Leeds Adel Ladies 1st XI drove to the far end of the M62 for a game against Hull. The motorway travel conditions were treacherous and whilst others may have been put off, this only made the team more determined to make the fixture. Needless to say the full squad of 15 players, 1 coach, 1 canine and a gabble of brave supporters arrived at the venue intact if maybe a little wet.

As the team attempted to warm up in a horizontal downpour, news was starting to arrive of a ladies’ 3s massacre in Barnsley, Gabby’s ruthless army providing some inspiration in very bleak and cold conditions.

The game started a little more brightly, Adel’s defensive lineup of Jeavons, Byers, Gibson, Henry and Love quickly settling and asserting control at the top end of the pitch. McCall rarely called into action, absorbing the rain like a sponge in the Adel goal.

Hull defence were also alert to the early danger, following the 11-1 scoreline at Adel, the opposition seemed organised and did a much better job to match the forward line of Bickley, Smith, Wood, Straughan and C.Goacher. The Adel forwards showing great ‘composure’ in the area, however unable to breach the Hull goal, which was resolutely defended by a determined opposition.

The half rolled on, and whilst Adel looked like they were unlikely to concede, they were unable to carve out the clear cut chances to score. A quick reshuffle enforced by the withdrawal of Byers and K.Blyth through injury, the half time whistle blew and the teams ran for cover.

Adel started the second half reorganised and determined to make the breakthrough.  H.Goacher, A.Blyth and Hesselwood asserting their dominance in midfield. As they finally found the space to move, the chances came in greater frequency, however the team could not find the breakthrough, surely it was only a matter of time.

Time however was not in abundance and as the game rolled into the last ten minutes, Adel became nervous that maybe it wasn’t their day. Hull were now pinned back in their half and Adel continued to press, confident that at least 1 point was secure. Adel not content with this finally found the breakthrough. A short corner routine finished by Hesselwood lit up the grey skies, relief all round and the team delighted to see the game out 1-0.

A 1-0 win may not be Adel’s usual style, but the team finish 2015 with some impressive league stats. 11 wins from 11, 8 clean sheets and no away goals conceded. A total of 16 players used across the 11 fixtures so far shows the full commitment of the team.

Many thanks to the umpires and loyal support, always greatly appreciated.

 

MOM- Jacs Smith. Sporting a fluffy headband with rolled up sleeves in December, an interesting look. Controlled agressive press play and great creativity under pressure.

DOD- Anna Blyth – It’s called Secret Santa for a reason, the recipient is not meant to be broadcast!