A busy weekend of fixtures with the Adel fortress holding strong once again as all 5 home teams undefeated and only one team defeated on their travels (the long journey down the road for the Mens 2s to play Leeds University).
Star performers of the day were the mens 4s who romped to a 16-1 victory over Airedale 3s in what could be the highest ever score by an Adel team ever. Unless you know differently. The biggest I can recall is a Mens 2s team in the late 90s beating Grimsby 15-0 so is this a record? No doubt fantasy league managers will be looking at the 4s forwards in their next foray into the transfer market. The 4s are top of their division with 3 wins from 3 and look to have developed a strong squad of players who should sustain a title challenge after last seasons relegation disappointment.
Not to be outdone the Mens 1s also maintained their 100% record with an 8-0 win over Sheffield Hallam 4s and go into this weekends fixture away at Slazengers (also with a 100% record) knowing this will be a tougher battle. Congratulations to Rob Darling for keeping a clean sheet and costing me a pint (he did touch the ball once in the game I believe) and commiserations to Will Purdy who missed a flick to avoid scoring his third hat trick in 3 consecutive weeks.
The Mens 3s had a good even tussle with Bradford 2s and shared the points with a 3-3 draw, remaining unbeaten for the season, with young Daniel Agar-Brennan among the goals once again. The 5s perhaps had the biggest challenge of the day in simply raising an 11 to go away to Driffield for a 3.30 start but the trip was worthwhile with an impressive 7-3 victory to kickstart their season.
And finally the mens 2s had a busy weekend with a narrow defeat (the first in the mens section to “external” opponents as the only other defeat was the 5s in their league clash v the 4s!) against Leeds University. They then faced a tougher challenge with a draw against Bowdon 2s in the EH Cup on Sunday. A spirited performance saw the 2s in the game until midway through the 2nd half but sadly a couple of Bowdon goals then saw Adel chasing the game and the scoreline of 5-1 was not a fair reflection of the closeness of the overall match.
Overall a great start to the season and keeping up the commitment, availability and motivation will be the key challenges for promotions to be serious propositions for all of our teams.
On the ladies side there was another great set of results with the ladies section undefeated over the weekend. The 1s write up is covered elsewhere but its great to see that despite several absentees, the Adel strength in depth, team spirit and fighting qualities all combined to deliver an impressive away draw against a strong Bowdon team. Nobody expected it to be easy this season after promotion but the team continues to reach new levels and compete against bigger clubs whilst fully justifying their EH accolade as team of the year.
The 2s suffered the knock on consequences of the 1s absences as well as still having injury problems of their own to contend with. A tough game against Dewsbury could have seen them wilt under pressure but they battled hard and a Rosie hat trick with a late equaliser saw them take a deserved point and remain unbeaten for the season. The 3s and 4s both had impressive victories against tough opposition and the 5s completed the day with a 2-2 draw against Chapeltown after the disappointment of the previous week when they were unable to raise a side to travel to Sheffield.
The new goals once again stood up to some serious testing from the Adel strike force with 32 home goals on Saturday whilst conceding only 9. Thanks to all the coaches, umpires, spectators and pets who made the effort to support the Adel teams and we look forward to your continued support over the remainder of the season.