On a cold and chilly morning, Adel travelled the short distance to their nearest rivals in terms of distance and points, Boston Spa. Whilst other teams may have been put off by the windy travel conditions, Adel recognised that as grown adults, it wasn’t really an excuse to call off a match.
The game started somewhat brightly for the girls in orange, early possession helping to settle the nerves. The back line of Byers, Gibson, Jeavons, Straughan and Love transferring the ball confidently on the slow pitch. Boston Spa applied pressure with a very high press, wingers Smith, Bickley and C.Goacher dropping in to allow Adel to safely navigate the ball around the press, interchanging passes through H.Goacher, Hesselwood, A.Blyth and K.Blyth in the midfield and starting to apply some pressure of their own. A few crunching and somewhat clumsy challenges breaking the play down, however Adel were finding their rhythm and before not too long Hesselwood finished a fine move to claim a 1-0 lead with her 18th goal of the season so far.
The incoming sleet storm dulled the rest of the half for both teams, just easing enough to allow play to continue into half time.
The second half started and it was clear that both teams would have to play the weather as well as each other. Adel defended resolutely and reverted to counter attacking hockey. Wood looking to receive the high ball, unlucky not to grab a couple of goals. McCall had her defence well organised, forced into a quick change of formation with the short term dismissal of Gibson, a tackle to forget if it hadn’t been caught on camera. The wingers dropping in to provide some safety cover until Gibson was finally reintroduced.
The game was finally put to bed on 60 minutes. Smith scoring the all important second goal, much to the delight of the onlooking crowd. As Boston Spa pushed forward, Adel countered again, this time the finish came from the left wing, Bickley scoring her third goal in the last two games and Adel’s third for the day.
As the final whistle blew, there was still a penalty corner to defend for Adel, runners out like lightening, a deflection on the ball, McCall safely seeing the ball over the cross bar to secure her sixth league clean sheet in a row. Adel still concede an away goal this season.
Many thanks to both umpires who were excellent, even though at times the lines were not visable. The travelling support is always appreciated.
Next week sees a Saturday away trip to in form Sheffield Bankers before Sunday’s EH Trophy clash with Leamington Spa, a 1pm PB at Church Lane, where all support is greatly appreciated