Another weekend of busy fixtures for mens and ladies teams.  The ladies 1s generosity in giving their opponents more time to travel across from Lymm meant a change in the usual start time from 12 noon to 3pm.  This triggered off alarm bells with the North league who requested a copy of the lighting certificate which then proved difficult to track down.  Lots of emails to try and locate the certificate, rearrange the start time and look to move other fixtures all came to nothing when Lymm advised they could not get across for the earlier start so the 1s game is to be rearranged for a later date and a lighting certificate should be with us following an inspection tomorrow night.  I am sure the ladies 4s and 5s who normally get the graveyard slot at 4.30 at home will tell you that the lights are more than adequate!

Another team with a problem with a different start time was the Ladies 2s who started at 10.30 rather than their usual 12 noon starting time.  This might explain why they were 2 goals down within 20 minutes although co-skipper Sandra rifled home a short corner to pull one back before the interval. The second half saw an onslaught on the Airedale goal but the equaliser would not come, Adel not helping themselves by playing 3 periods of the 2nd half with only 10 players for a variety of indiscretions.  A disappointing result and a first league defeat for the 2s this season.  Thanks to Chris Bale from the neutral scheme for helping us out with our umpiring needs this weekend when his scheduled game at Adel was cancelled.

The 3s had a big away trip to Hull and were unfortunate to lose 3-0 with skipper Gaby also taking a blow to the mouth to cap off a disappointing day for her personally.  The good news was that the 4s and 5s both had resounding wins against local rivals Leeds University with the 4s taking advantage of the early start at Weetwood when their opponents had not yet fully woken up and a 2-0 win maintains their strong promotion challenge and then the 5s having a thumping 11-0 win over the University 8th team in the late slot at Adel.  Result of the day for the 5s who have a number of talented players who should be looking to progress through to higher teams over the course of the season.

On the mens side the 1s had another resounding home win over a team from Sheffield, this time with a 7-0 win over Bankers with Jimmy Mayhew scoring a hat trick and Phil Bayford a brace of goals with the first timed at 28 seconds – Phil thinks this is the fastest ever goal scored on the new astro so please can someone share a quicker goal to burst his bubble!

The 2s took the long road to Lindum and came back with a point with a well earned 2-2 draw, however the 3s were another team to suffer from an early start away to Wakefield and went down 2-0.  Coach Ransley was unfortunate with a missed flick on his day off from coaching (April, don’t look to Sam for advice at training this week on flick practice!) – particularly as the game was being played at his girlfriend’s home club.  Plus Brinkley felt he could have taken a better flick too…..

The 4s took on Scarborough 2s and soon took a 2 goal lead and looked as if they were going to rack up a cricket score.  Damian Greig fresh from umpiring the game before was amongst the goals once more but further goals did not materialise and they allowed Scarborough back into the game which with 5 minutes to go was evenly poised at 2-2.  Then another Adel attack saw the winner struck home by Stefan – very pleasing for Paul Lewis in particular who ran the summer Back to Hockey sessions where Stefan was one of the regular attendees and its wonderful to see the club begin to benefit from these sessions in the senior sides in the winter months.

And finally the 5s ventured up the road to Ilkley to take on local rivals Ben Rhydding, on their home patch.  A 3-0 win for the 5s was perhaps the most satisfying result of the day with the 5s showing the progress and development of a number of our junior players coming through from the under 14s and under 16s.

Several of these boys were then representing the under 14s at Harrogate on a glorious Sunday morning where all teams observed the minutes silence impeccably.  Either side of this, the under 14s lost to Hull (2-0) drew with Huddersfield (0-0) but then saved their best til last with a 3-1 win over Wakefield with a hat trick for Charlie Sutton.

Ahead of this weeks fixtures please make sure you have paid your subs which are now overdue.  Please also note the Christmas social being organised by Gaby and Claire on 10th December at Adel. Beer, curry, disco, good company (ok perhaps stretching it here with the last one) in plentiful supply so don’t miss out.