With the Ladies teams having games postponed due to frosted pitches or a slip week with no game to play, there was limited hockey on show at the War Memorial last weekend, with only the first team managing to get any pitch time.
The Ladies First team of Adel have had a mixed season so far, thankfully there have been more victories than defeats leaving them close behind the top three in their league. A double-header weekend faced the Ladies First team, as they hosted Doncaster on Saturday, then travelled the short distance to Sheffield to take on University Bankers on Sunday morning.
Two wins would have seen the Ladies on a five-game winning streak, but as it turned out, they would have to settle for a five-game unbeaten streak instead. Sophie Bell and Rosie Baker got their names on the scoresheets, unfortunately they scored in separate games as Adel were held to two 1-1 draws.
The results see the Ladies Firsts position in fourth, just two points behind third placed Boston Spa and still very much in the battle for promotion. However, with only twelve points separating first from seventh, Adel will be hoping to get back to winning ways as they prepare to take on Thirsk this coming weekend.
On a cold morning, the men of Leeds Adel First XI travelled up the A1 to take on Morpeth.
The previous meeting between these two teams, was the first day of the season and Adel dominated that contest with a 7-1 win. The fortunes of the two clubs has been as contrasting as that result, as Adel are sitting pretty on top of the league with Morpeth struggling on the verge of relegation.
The match on Saturday once again showed the gulf between the sides, as the home side were unable to contain the travelling oranges; the game finishing with a near identical score line as before with Adel comfortably winning 7-0. Goals from James Moorhouse, Alex Belshire, Ollie James, James Stroomer and Joe Greer, along with a brace from Sam Harris, overwhelmed the Northumberland side. Morpeth were never allowed into the game, as Adel controlled the tempo right from the start.
Coach Ball was rightly proud of his team’s performance as he looks to ensure an unbeaten end to the season and promotion for the second time in two years.
The Men’s team were due to have a double-header of matches this weekend, but their game at the War Memorial on Sunday against unbeaten Driffield was postponed due to frost. This is the second time the match has been delayed due to weather, and both sides are hoping third time is the charm to get the fixture played.
The Men’s Second XI were surprisingly beaten by Sheffield Hallam on Saturday. This was an upset for Adel, as Hallam are rock bottom in East Division Three and had only won the one game prior to this meeting. Adel had been chasing the top teams, and this defeat put a serious dent in their hopes of a top three finish. There is a faint glimmer of hope for Adel however, as three of the four teams above them had games postponed due to the weather and will now have a backlog of games to play – a situation that always takes its tolls on the players.
The Adel sides playing in the Yorkshire Hockey leagues suffered a poor weekend with two defeats and a draw, leaving the teams with a day to forget.
Adel Threes lost to near rivals Wakefield in a game that promised a lot and delivered minimal. Adel found themselves unable to convert their many chances and were left scratching their heads as Wakefield took the advantage of a rare shot on goal and scored the games single goal. A disappointing result for the home side as the loss sees them slip closer to the danger area in their league.
Barnsley defeated Adel Men’s Fours with a comfortable score line of 4-1, and with two games in hand over their nearest competition it can be assumed that the current distance of four points will increase.
Adel Sixes suffered a small bump in the road to promotion, as a strong Worksop team held them to a 3-3 draw. The loss of two points for Adel let Sheffield Hallam open a small gap between second and third places, as they beat bottom placed Doncaster with a comfortable 7-2 win.
Adel results in full;
Men’s Ones 7 Morpeth 0
Men’s Twos 0 Sheffield Hallam 1
Men’s Threes 0 Wakefield 1
Men’s Fours 1 Barnsley 4
Men’s Sixes 3 Worksop 3
Ladies Ones 1 Doncaster 1
Ladies Ones 1 Sheffield University Bankers 1 (Sunday game)