L-R: Henry, Sam, Adam, Fin, Seb, Patrick, Ben, Tom, Simon, Dan, Kuoros, Charlie…. and Sholto

Adel boys’ u16 squad held on to their place in level 3 of the Yorkshire League, after a tough final round of group matches on Sunday.   They now progress to the play-offs in April, with the chance to finish as high as 9th in Yorkshire. This is a great achievement for an age group where we didn’t even have a squad until last season.

First match was a gritty encounter with Wakefield, who Adel had beaten earlier in the season, but came out on top this time winning 1-0 in a tight contest. Next up was Sheffield – another 1-0 defeat for Adel, after a rare defensive slip-up, with the added frustration of a fine goal scored by Dan deflecting Fin’s shot just as the umpire blew to award a short corner for a previous infringement.

In the end, staying in the division, and doing justice to a season full of  progress and promotions, all came down to one final 25 minute game.  Ben Rhydding’s young and hardworking team gave it their best shot, but didn’t quite have enough to stop Adel from powering to a 5-0 victory. Dan scored four, bullying the defence and taking all his chances, while Tom Core (Adel’s very own garlic pasta chef!) finished things off with a fifth.

So, well done Simon Sutton and the lads, who now look forward to the end of April, and a date with destiny that will also be a farewell for many of the boys who finish their youth hockey careers this summer. Fortunately they’ve stuck with Adel and are increasingly moving up to join the men’s teams throughout the club.  The future’s orange, etc….