The ladies 2s could be forgiven for thinking that the season ended several weeks ago when they played their final league game to finish a credible 3rd in the Yorkshire Premier Division following their promotion the previous season.
With Leeds 2s and Leeds University securing the top 2 spots for automatic promotion, the ladies 2s reflected on another successful season on the pitch and thoughts turned to the club dinner, the appointment of a new skipper for next season and most importantly, Becky’s hen do at Ripon Races.
Then an email from the league alerted us to the fact that if the ladies 1s were successful in their play offs for promotion to North Div 2, our ladies 2s would be the team asked to play off against Lindum for the additional available spot in the North East League. Lindum have previously played in the East leagues and whilst their mens teams have integrated into the Yorkshire leagues over many seasons now, the Lindum ladies 1s have only recently applied to switch to the Yorkshire leagues (lets not worry about whether Lincoln (or Lindum) is actually in Yorkshire!).
Of course, there was the minor issue of the Ladies 1s securing promotion to contend with first of all and after the first 2 play off games this looked to be an uphill task with other teams favourites to accompany Alderley Edge in the top 2 spots. Whilst the 2s spent the day backing losers at Ripon, the 1s last minute winner in overtime meant that the 2s needed to get back to the training ground for the play off game against Lindum.
We understand this will be played at Doncaster on Saturday 7th May at 1.30pm and it would be great to see the same level of support over the past 3 weeks for the ladies 1s play off fixtures repeated for the Ladies 2s game.
Usually in this situation, the team who is wanting to apply to join the league enters at a slightly lower level than their true ability suggests and this means the ladies 2s have a difficult task on their hands based on form etc. However, determination and commitment run through all of the ladies teams at the moment so I have every confidence that Hannah and her team will look to raise their game once more and see if we can secure a 5th promotion in 2 years across all our ladies teams (and a second successive promotion for the 2s as well).
With summer league up and running, the 2s training has already begun although last night a “keeper confusion” saw Stella being asked to play for the 2s as well as the Under 18s team on the same night… and at the same time. The 2s decided that a kicking back was the way forward and it also meant that the outfield players would get more pitch time in preparation for the play off game. Despite only having 6 players, Bingley took the lead when kicking back Barson went AWOL and the Bingley forward slotted the ball into an empty net whilst Rachel was on the half way line!
At half time, with Bingley up to the full complement, it was agreed that Stella should continue to play for the under 18s (convincing winners in their game by the way) and the 2s continued to shake off the after effects of over exuberant celebrations at the club dinner and Becky’s hen night.
The Bingley keeper however was having an inspired game, saving anything the Adel forward line (and attacking kicking back) could throw at her. Bingley scored a second against the run of play but eventually the Adel forwards worked out that passing the ball around the keeper rather than trying to go directly through her was the key to success and shortly after drawing level with goals from Tina and “Player of the Year” Twedds (I think), Hannah strode confidently forward from the back to slot home the winner with 5 minutes to go – her first goal of the season as well.
Overall a scrappy and hard fought win with summer-skipper Sophie and Lolly showing the necessary pace and width to stretch teams defences, retiring Secretary Laura stepping in at left back and providing solid defence and distribution alongside retiring skipper Hannah and retiring Fixtures secretary Rachel (more retirements than Frank Sinatra here…). Rosie’s strong running through the middle combined with Twedds and Tina;s battling determination up front saw Adel dominate possession and territory but some smarter finishing will be needed in a couple of weeks time.
A 3-2 win in the bag, the ladies 2s have another game next week before the play off. The coaching team are already drawing up plans and tactics and the support from a large Adel following would give them an additional boost. Please try and make every effort to offer your support!