Despite the best attempts of Storm Brian (more the absolute deluge of rain later in the day than any high winds) and a minor panic over the floodlights not working, Adel managed to play 10 senior games on Saturday with an impressive collection of results.
As a club overall we won 6, drew 1 and lost 3, scoring 38 goals and only conceding 18 goals. Three clean sheets for the ladies 2s, 3s and 5s keepers although a late goal against the mens 4s spoilt Andy Miles clean sheet in front of his watching family. Whoever is coaching the ladies keepers is clearly doing a good job.
The early starters this week were the ladies 3s who cruised to a 5-0 victory against Colne Valley and have bounced back from losing their first couple of games to be challenging at the top end of the table once again. Goals were shared around the team with Morag, Rosh and Georgie rumoured to be among the scorers.
The mens 3s then played at high noon against an experienced York (sorry (City of York) side, although the Adel 3s looked to be strong with mens coach Hendley having a run out ahead of coaching the mens 1s in the game after. Early goals from Jackson, responding in the right way after being omitted by the 2s and then skipper Beale suggested as though the 3s were heading for a comfortable victory. However, York fought back, drew level before the interval and then took a lead early in the second half suggesting as though the tide had turned in the game. This seemed to wake Adel up and they scored a further 6 goals to run out 8-3 victors in front of an increasing crowd. Will Powley helped himself to a hat trick via a couple of well taken penalty corners and a reverse stick drive and Damian Greig celebrated his promotion to the 3s with a couple of late goals supplemented by skipper Beale completing the scoring.
The mens 1s were up against another team who has started the season strongly in Halifax who will be familiar to many from their many years supporting our summer league. Halifax soaked up some early pressure and then scored two quick goals in the first 10 minutes with their only entries into the D to leave the home team having to come back from a 2 goal deficit for the first time in several seasons. The recalled Phil Bayford pulled back the first goal with a neat deflection within minutes of being released from the bench and then two penalty strokes were confidently put away by Will Purdy before the interval. No doubt some stern words at half time from coach Hendley (having got his breath back from his game for the 3s) had an impact as Adel pressed on in the second half with strong running down the right wing from the returning Paul Watkin creating further goals for Sam Harris (2), another for Bayford and the final one for Purdy to complete the second hat trick by a Will P on the day for Adel. Despite maintaining the 100% record for the season, the 1s are surprisingly in 2nd place in the league table on goal difference due to Bradford’s thumping 11-1 win against Lindum who clearly don’t travel to West Yorkshire that well after losing 10-0 to Adel a couple of weeks previously. The table looks to be a 2 horse race at the moment and our games against Bradford will be crucial to deciding the outcome of the title and promotion in all probability.
The mens 4s also maintained their 100% start to the season with a 3-1 win over Chapeltown with young Charlie Sutton bagging another goal and “not quite so young” Andy Grindrod topping off a man of the match performance with a goal too.
In the final game (having finally sorted out the floodlight problems) the ladies 2s took on Airedale in the driving rain with skipper Sandra Clarke still hot footing it back from the airport after some mid-week high altitude training in Spain. With Katie Wood absent due to a late call up to the 1s the 2s squad were down in numbers but still confident of keeping up their strong start to the season. The opening goal will probably be claimed by Jane Holmes whose shot from the edge of the D was deflected high into the sky before looping nicely into the top corner of the net and a second goal before the interval from Laura Pantelli from a fierce short corner strike gave Adel some room for comfort. The second half was more a case of wishing for the final whistle with both teams appearing to be happy with the result and the scoreline but late goals from Robyn Lindsay and Gaby rounded off a successful day at the Adel astro with 5 wins from 5 games for the home team.
Thanks must go to all the umpires but in particular Steve Ball who stood in at the last minute for the 10.30 game and then officiated for the mens 1s later in the day.
Our away sides did not quite fare as well although the result of the day was probably the ladies 5s securing a 2-0 win away at Chapeltown and finding a new centre forward in the process with Sophie Bunker among the goals. The ladies 4s also had to battle with the horrendous weather conditions down at weetwood and lost narrowly 1-0 to Leeds but Hannah is confident of turning this around in the home fixture after Christmas to restore bragging rights in LS16.
The ladies 1s had the shortest away trip of the season to Ben Rhydding 2s and were hoping for a change of luck and their first victory of the season. A 2-0 lead looked to be the turning point for Adel but a strong Rhydding side featuring a GB Olympian, an Irish international and an England Over 40s player fought back to win 3-2 and leave the 1s still searching for that elusive first win to kick start their season.
The mens 5s had a late game away at Wakefield and in a thrilling 7 goal game they were unfortunate to go down 4-3 but John Holden’s eagerly awaited match report will provide more gloss on the battle.
And finally the mens 2s travelled to Halifax to play on the side of the mountain with the winds no doubt whistling along the M62 corridor. A 3-3 draw still sees the 2s challenging for the promotion spots and perhaps the one highlight was the return of Andy Boag from his hand injury.
A few final reminders if you are still reading this far – first please pay up your subs promptly if not already done so. Second, please get along to the first big social of the season, the Beer Pong at the club on Saturday evening!