Leeds Adel Ladies’ 1st XI hit the road this week in search of victory to maintain their 100% start to the league season. Rotherham were to be this week’s opposition, confident themselves having claimed three points in this fixture last season.
The game started in cautious fashion, Adel holding onto possession well yet somewhat lacking the creativity going forward, as half backs Love, Henry and Jeavons pushed forward, Rotherham took their chances to break, however thwarted by the defensive work of Byers and Gibson, McCall comfortably mopping up anything that came through.
Whilst the goals didn’t immediately flow, there was a sense that it was only a matter of time. A.Blyth and Hesselwood starting to get up to pace, comfortably supported by Goacher, marshalling the midfield in easy fashion. As the game looked to somewhat meander into half time goalless, Smith had other ideas, finding space to attack on the wing, some slick passing through K.Blyth and Wood, Hesselwood hitting the net to finish off a fine move. 1-0 at the break.
The second half started with what potentially could have been a disaster for Adel, talismatic captain A.Blyth taking a ball to the head. Luckily the ball survived but Adel would quickly have to re-organise under Goacher. Quickly would be an understatement, K.Blyth filling the void left by injury, Smith and Bickley destroying their halfbacks. A fired goal from Hesselwood, and her hat-trick completed with a well finished penalty stroke. Wood adding another to take it to 4-0, still at least twenty minutes left on the clock. Hesselwood claimed her fourth to ascert her midfield dominance and just enough time for Bickley to claim her first and most deserved goal of the season, another assist for Goacher in the game.
Four wins from four, three clean sheets, 28 goals scored and only 1 consolation goal against. Four points clear at the top of the table, Adel next week welcome Boston Spa in what will definitely be a clash of colour and a tough game.
Many thanks to the umpires and spectators as always.
MOM- Emma Bickley. Second MOM in a row, first goal for the team. Takes some doing to take MOM from a midfielder who scores four goals!
DOTD- Claire Byers, Gilly Henry and Baxter B Byers- Despite being given a booklet of all away fixtures, dates and postcodes, they went to Chapeltown two weeks early. You would have thought Baxter would have more sense.