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The plight of a midfielder listed as a forward on Fantasy league. AKA Mens 2s Vs Worksop 1s by Andy Boag

So I got tasked with writing the match report but it turns out I don’t remember a whole lot of what goes on in a match so I’ve decided to retell this from a first person play by play.

It was a strikingly bright and clear Saturday morning. Unfortunately, it turns out this was largely due to the fact I still had my contacts in from the night before. Somehow we made it to 1200 and Crocker and Holford were starting to get passive aggressive around giving me a lift and ‘timekeeping’. We turned up bang on time with Greggs & Anadin in-hand to what can only be described as chaos, ‘Captain-in-waiting’ Sam Jackson couldn’t organise a changing room. Luckily Rich turned up and sorted it out and then proceeded to spend the next 15 minutes telling us exactly how Worksop were going to play… I listened dutifully. After a quick attacking line strategy master-class from Bobby we were all pumped up and ready to go with the exception of Ed Holford who was collecting the balls and working out how best to start warming the bench.
The match started as planned with Adel having the majority of possession and slowly the chances started to come, Sam Jackson missed a sitter or two and bobby flashed a couple drag flicks past the top corner. Eventually a great ball by bobby from outside the D found Phil Bayford just outside the near post to deflect the ball in first time. A Great goal accompanied by a trademark Bayford roar 1-0 .The match then began to slow down to the point our defence decided to go to sleep and watching in horror I saw one of Worksops more ‘veteran’ players waltzing past 2 of our young highly athletic defensive players (Ed,Tom?) before playing a great ball across goal for one of their players to slap into the roof of the net over our new keeper   (not sure who he is?) 1-1.

Adel were rocked and needed a hero.. time to step up. Receiving the ball on the left wing the always inspirational Boag (gone into 3rd person for this one) managed to cut in side and beat his man to play a great ball to Ed Holford who skilfully bounced it off the keepers pads about 6 times before finally nestling it in the back of the net. 2-1 up and my job done I decided to take a well deserved break on the bench, I am sure the Hockey kept on going in the background but I was keenly focused on my mango & passion-fruit lucozade and no one scored so it couldn’t have been that good.

-Half time- 2-1 Adel

Some great words were said at half time, mostly the announcement that I would be coming back onto the pitch.. happy days. Adel began to dominate the game with some great stuff from Rich Partner controlling our tempo and pushing the team forward as always (dont drop me Rich). But suddenly disaster struck; I found myself on the floor..dazed and with a very numb face. Turns out I had run full pelt into a solid Worksopian shoulder. The crowd were silent in shock & fear but the words of Balboa rang true “It Ain’t how had you hit.. its how hard you can get hit and keep on moving forward’ needless to say about 2min later after some admittedly decent work by Holford in the D I was able to deflect his ball across the D into the goal. 3-1 Adel and some would say that the most crucial goal had just been scored.

Unfortunately my high impact collision had resulted in a nosebleed so I had to take my second trip to the bench. This time as the hockey played out the club doctor Dave Mattison interestingly instructed me that you actually hold your head down to stop a nose bleed and not up like in the movies. While this valuable information was sinking in I am reliably told that Ed Holdford miss-hit/scooped a shot from the edge of the D for Sam to finish with great aplomb from 2 inches out.
4-1 Adel and we started playing some of our best hockey. Consistent patience and pressure in the build up with Bayford linking well with his midfield resulting in Sam Jackson lost with the ball in the D, luckily for all of us Max Lockyer was on hand to help him by taking the ball off his stick and finishing it in the bottom corner for 5-1 and overall a satisfying performance.

MoM – As always Ed Crocker got a plethora of votes for just ‘tackling people’ but it ended up going to Rich Partner for a commanding performance in the centre of the park
DoD – Should have gone to our keeper but no-one actually knows or cares about his name so I got it by default for non hockey reasons. 

A Match report written by Andy Boag

Mens 4s travel to York

Mens 4s Versus York 9s

Match Report by Tom Beale

The mighty phwoars were up and out the traps early on a sunny Saturday morning to the recently merged uni and York team.

Fresh faced and hangover free the phwoars meant business in what was sure to be a sterner test than last weeks mauling.

The opening 20 mins was played exclusively in the opponents half with Beale, Greig and Brayshaw pressing hard up top. The press and and slick passing resulted in a number of chances that due to inspired goal keeping, the frame of the goal and some wasteful shooting Adel failed to capitalise on. Defender Beale doing his best to not add to his tally hitting the post twice and missing the ball altogether on a rather bouncy surface.

As Adel were beginning to get impatient they were finally rewarded as the influential Greig broke through the middle placing a delightful through ball to Brayshaw who tucked it home under the advancing keeper at the near post. 1 nil the orange and most deserved.

Hockey clichés
Hockey clichés

Half time came and went with a lot of huffing, puffing and hockey cliches but essentially we needed to score more and not concede.

York then scored on the counter-attack as all 4 of Adel midfielders decided to play right wing. The York team moved the ball down the vacated flank and made the most of the overload to level.

Angered at the loss of fantasy points and a potential slip up and drop of points Adel clicked and put together another spell of sustained pressure that resulted in two beautifully struck Greig finishes passed the impressive York keeper.

Grieg winds up for Adel’s second.

Skipper Sam found that the bouncing ball in the D was not the easiest to convert at the death and a Matt brown strike was ruled out for a rather blatant through ball with the inside of his right boot.

Final score 3-1 which reflected a well fought for victory against what is likely to be one of the better sides in the league.

Mom Brayshaw
Dod Ellis senior – unsure on reasons as the unsocial sec left early and skipped fines. I hear it was for poor parking and sitting on the ball?

Top of the league unbeaten and playing some good stuff. Come on the phwoars

“Adel”ightful weekend

I had the fortune to spend most of the weekend watching or officiating in games at Adel and once again the Adel fortress stood strong with all home teams undefeated.  The even better news is that all away teams also remained undefeated and there is a chance that the whole of the ladies section might go through October undefeated on the pitch.

For me, the team of the week was the Ladies 4s who were up against Pickering, one of the clubs who only have one team in the leagues so they have some strong players who might play higher up if they were at other clubs.  In front of a tremendous crowd made up of the mens 2s and ladies 1s who had played earlier plus the added support of the Mens 4s who had returned from their away game, the extra man on the sideline (assisted by bottles of beer from the bar) were entertained for 70 minutes as the Ladies 4s battled hard, ran all game and came out deserved 3-1 winners with Charlie among the goals once again.  The game before saw the Ladies 3s also face strong opposition from Wakefield Wanderers and after taking an early lead from a well converted penalty stroke they were pegged back by a Wakefield equaliser and despite the efforts of Gaby and her team mates the 3s could not quite find the winning goal their efforts deserved.

The opening game of the day for the Ladies 1s has been reported on elsewhere by coach Ransley and for those who were there, another great game of hockey which looked like a comfortable win for Adel after being 2 goals up by the mid point of the first half.  However, Chester showed some resilience and came back into the game before half time with a couple of goals. The second half saw Adel regain the lead through fitness coach Jenny Wright but Chester then threw the proverbial kitchen sink at the Adel defence for the last 10 minutes and with the rub of the green going in their favour they scored an equaliser from a penalty corner after the final whistle.  The team may have been despondent but I am sure they will soon pick themselves back up again for next weeks cup and league double header and return to winning ways.

The ladies 5s had an early start away at Huddersfield and came back with a point in a well earned draw.  The Ladies 2s went to Abbeydale to play Sheffield Hallam 2s and took an early lead before the game had to be abandoned due to a head injury to young Maddie Bickley (courtesy of Twedds deflection….).  Fortunately, Maddie seems to be ok and we all wish her well and hope she is back in action again this weekend.

So another undefeated weekend in the ladies section which was then matched by the mens section across both days.  The 1s had the toughest game of their season to date playing Slazengers away which has often proved to be a tricky fixture in previous years.  A 3-3 draw still leaves the 1s in equal first place and with some newcomers strengthening the side, promotion challenge is still the number one target.

The mens 2s took on Worksop and in one of the strongest 2s teams I have seen for a long time, led by the man of the match Rich Partner who controlled the midfield and marshalled his troops excellently, the 2s came away with a convincing 5-1 victory against a skilful and physical opposition.  The goals were shared around and this looks to be one of the teams strengths with goal threats from all over the team.

The 3s had a solid 3-0 win away at Thirsk who are definitely a club on the up with a strong junior section being integrated into their senior sides and the 4s maintained their 100% record (the only team in the club who can claim this) with a 3-1 win away at York.  Matty Brayshaw bagged a brace of goals to earn man of the match and seemed to celebrate his day well into the early hours of the night.

Sunday saw the usual round of junior fixtures in the morning and then the Mens 1s began their quest to win a national trophy with a game against Keswick in the EH Vase.  Again, one thing that stood out was the strength of the Adel support on the sidelines and they were treated to one of the best games of hockey I have seen on the new astro with both sides playing attractive, open and fast hockey.  The first half saw Adel take the lead twice only to allow Keswick to strike back with equalisers and the second half saw Adel once again take the lead and then extend their advantage before Keswick again pulled a goal back to set up a grand stand finish.  Some green cards and a couple of yellows for two of the Adel players did not make life easy for the Adel defence, but they were superbly marshalled by Mens Captain Paul Lewis who stood tall at anything Keswick could throw at him and when they did get round him, 1s debutant keeper Josh Berry pulled off several fine saves.  The good news for fantasy league managers was another couple of goals from star man Will Purdy.  The bad news is that this was undone by a late yellow card which sees points deducted.  The next round sees the 1s have to travel across to Liverpool Sefton who play in the same league as Keswick on the other side of the Pennines.

Thanks to all club members, friends and family who came along to watch the various games over the weekend.  In previous seasons this has perhaps not always been as apparent as it has been this season but support from the sideline makes a huge difference to the players on the pitch and it is particularly pleasing to see the club pulling together as one hockey club with men and ladies supporting each others teams.  Keep up the good work!

This weekend sees a slip week for the men but there are still ladies fixtures on Saturday and then on Sunday there are some EH cup games for various teams including the mens over 40s with a tricky away tie at Alderley Edge.  Now where did I leave that stick from the last veterans game in February…..

Up, up and up!

This weekend support was out in full for the last home match of the day Adel Ladies 4s vs Pickering 1s and we gave them good reason to cheer!

Adel started positively and we soon had a short corner. Helen injected to Pam at the top of the D but Pickering were fast out and Adel unable to get the shot away found a foot. Short corner number two. This time Pam slipped it right to Charlie who got the shot away, bang went the backboard. 1-0.

Pickering got a break on and even after a frantic scramble back they had a 1 on 1 with GK Stella who came out to challenge for the ball. She went down, got the ball and the defence were back with Kat clearing the ball out wide. We breathed again.

Hattie on her 4s debut showed off her skills down the left wing creating more chances on goal with Sarina waiting eagerly on the post, but unable to tap it in due to strong defence by their GK. The press was set by Adel with Becky at CF, Jenny and Iona as the Inners and Helen as CH refusing to let the ball through. Katie stepped up in defence as they pressed high to giving an option to work the ball around Pickering back to create more chances in the D. We had another short corner. Their player broke early and was sent to halfway, it was looking good.. And another short corner, just sent wide – so close! A few minutes later and we had another chance, Pam slipped it right to Charlie who smacked it home again, big cheer from our supporters. Adel were 2-0 up with 5 mins till half-time. A short corner and the half-time whistle meant everyone was up and ready to dominate, Pam slipped to Hattie who swung… and missed. Earning her a well-deserved DOD.

Pickering started strong in the second half with Bish and Ellie working hard in the middle to gain possession back so we could go on the offensive. Great passing between Becky and Sarina up front kept the pressure up but that wasn’t enough to deter Pickering who made a break down the wing. Heavy defensive pressure in the D wasn’t enough to deter Pickering who found a foot and short corner it was. Well defended by Adel but we couldn’t knock it clear and it was another short corner. Pickering managed to convert this one and it was 2-1.

Their sense of triumph didn’t last long as Adel wanted more and incidentally, Hattie wanted to make up for a sure DOD nomination from earlier. Roared on by our sideline support and utilising the inner formation to our advantage, some lovely passing followed. This set up a lovely cross from Becky into Hattie, who managed to lift it pass the keeper in spectacular fashion to make it 3-1.

MOM: Sarina for great play and movement around the pitch. Special mention to Ellie, Kat and Helen who came in joint second.


This finish takes us to second in the table and is our third win in a row! Thanks to everyone who came to watch and to coach Sam! Cracking work everyone, I’m really proud of you.

Ladies 1st XI Remain Unbeaten

Leeds Adel Ladies were looking to improve on their 4th place position in the league as they welcomed Chester to Church Lane on Saturday.

Adel somewhat replenished in numbers started the brighter of the two sides and quickly asserted control of all areas of the pitch. The midfield of Byers, Blyth A , Blyth K and Hesselwood pushing forward from the very start. A couple of very early chances missed, however they took the lead after only four minutes as Wright picked a goal from a familiar back post position. The girls continued to flood forward, Smith, Wright, Bickley, Wood and Jones causing all sorts of trouble for the Chester defence and the lead was quickly doubled, Chester unable to clear the defence, K.Blyth opening her account at home this season.

Whilst the general expectancy was for the game to continue into a comfortable victory, Adel wasted several opportunities to further add to the scoreline, and Chester, slowly at first started to come into the game. Whilst McCall, Love, Taylor, Pugh, Hairsine and Straughan had been fairly untested early on, they were soon under pressure from a rejuvenated Chester,  who were looking to get back into the game. Chester pulled one back and as Adel looked to regain their margin, they were hit with an unexpected equaliser. Half time 2-2.

The second half was a much more even affair, Adel unable to break away from the deadlock, the Adel defensive line however looking solid. Adel finally got their goal courtesy of Wright will a lovely finish from the top of the area following a signature break. Chester now moved forward and the defence were now being tested. Calm and composed they saw away the danger. As the game entered the final exchanges, Chester picked up a penalty corner, final whistle blown. An Adel defender sent from the defence for no clear reason, the four remaining players defended three consecutive corners against the full Chester side with great courage, however averages say that eventually one will hit the goal and much to the delight of Chester, they got their equaliser.

Many thanks to the NHUA for providing officials and TD Big Blyth. Chester were good opponents and we wish them well for the rest of the season. Lastly the big Adel fan club, who yet again were put through an emotional rollercoaster.

MoM- Abbie Taylor. A fantastic addition to the 1st XI this season and we see improvements every week. Defended confidently and with great character.

DoD- Anna Blyth. Give Gandhi back his pants!







Men’s 2nd XI Cup Vs Bowdon

The Men’s 2nd team played in their first cup game of the year vs. Bowden 2s.

The match got off to a lead for them scoring a quick early goal but Bobby quickly equalised from a short with a lovely hit to the bottom left. At half time the score was 2-1 to them.

In the second half we sought to take the win having a dominating first few minutes, but this did not last, as they were a very tough side, nevertheless we played with a spirited effort creating lots of chances. During the match Boag managed to take out a kid with a ball the face. Within the last minute Lockyer received a yellow card for trying to fight their defender, questionable decision but the umpire had already given plenty of greens and warned both teams.

The final result didn’t reflect the team’s performance as everyone gave it their best.

Final score: 1-5

Many thanks as always to the umpires and supporters for the day.

MOM – Josh for his great keeping
DOD – Max Lockyer for his yellow card

Words by Max Lockyer

Phwoars want more! Adel Mens 4s vs Airedale Mens 3s

Match Report by Damian Greig.

On Saturday Adel 4s hosted an Airedale side that only brought 9 players with them, one of whom was a stand in goalkeeper, who in fairness made some outstanding stops and saves.


The game started at a fast pace and very soon the Airedale defence were tested as Greig had a shot deflected over the bar and out of the pitch. This was a plus for Adel as when Studholme went to retrieve the ball he returned with three. It wasn’t long before the defence were tested again, a 3 on 2 attack where both supporting players were screaming for the ball. But this was to be to no avail as being a defender Beale very rarely gets up that end of the pitch and saw nothing but his name in lights. Screams of “slip the ball” and “yes, Tom yes” quickly turned to “or score”. A great placed finish saw the team take a one goal advantage, which was soon doubled and then tripled by Greig. Scoring one on his front stick and the other on his reverse some might say he was on the way to a perfect hat trick. All that was needed now was a flick…………

Thinking this was going to be a walkover Adel pushed forward, forgetting that there’s a defensive part of the game too. This was proven when Airedale on the counter attack, watched by the majority of the Adel side, won a short corner. With lots of squeaky bums and fantasy points at stake the hopes and dreams of a free Chairman’s pint (with a shed load of straws) were soon put to rest as Airedale converted their opportunity well. Low and behold just moments later Adel displayed some amazing passing play taking the ball from the defence through the midfield and finding Beale in the D. The ball passed the keeper off his line but was then stopped by an unaware, or very clever, youngster behind him with his foot. The stroke was awarded and Beale unselfishly gave it to Greig for the chance of obtaining his hat trick. Greig stepped up and slotted home providing him with his first half hat trick.

Studholme then came onto the pitch to show Brayshaw how an impact sub should respond by slotting home a first time slap from the furthest away from goal he’d ever scored. Brayshaw, inspired by what he’d just seen the silver haired veteran do, came on himself to score and celebrated the occasion as if he’d won the Euromillions with a pound he’d found down the back of a sofa in a lap dancing bar.

Whilst playing his debut as a midfielder ‘defender Taylor’ first missed a hat trick of chances, whilst slipping and falling over, before surprisingly slotting the ball home through his own legs.Taylor’s second goal of the game came just before halftime taking them into a comfortable team talk 8-1 to the good.

There were some inspirational words spoken by lots of people at half time but none more inspirational than “It doesn’t matter if you win or lose, it’s what you do with your dancing shoes”.

Returning to the pitch for the second half, and even though the clean sheet and the pint were gone, Adel were hopelessly devoted to not conceding any more goals. Putting Airedale at an even bigger disadvantage Ellis Jnr tried his luck at starting the last 35 mins with 12 players on the pitch.

So the second half started in a very similar vein as the first, lots of fast paced passing from back to front through a very rampant midfield up to the forwards. Some amazing runs from Nichols saw him serve appetising balls on silver platters for both Brayshaw and Beale to double their tally for the match. Not to be outdone Ellis Jnr made some great bursts, winning the team several short corners, the first of which Greig did a good old fashioned ‘Stop it, smash it’ and scored his fourth of the day.

When the legs of the Airedale players were starting to give in Adel knew they had to up the pace. A midway point in the second half provided some unusual antics by Airedale, leaving sticks in challenges, playing people’s legs instead of the ball, sticking elbows in backs, ribs and anywhere else, and the odd kick. Not impressed with these new found ‘bully boy’ tactics Greig took it upon himself to address the issue.

Unfortunately for Greig this was not how the umpires interpreted it and without hesitation and faster than greased lightning Greig was shown a green card, to which Greig responded “there are worse things I could do”. This act was received with mixed reviews as some members thought this behaviour was that of someone who should be awarded ‘DOTD’ where as others were saying it needed to be done and gave ‘man of the match’. Either way this behaviour wasn’t what was wanted or needed so ‘Skipper Ellis’ had a word, or two, in his ear which resulted in him also getting a ‘DOTD’ vote.

The umpires reminded both teams “Let’s keep it clean, people. Let’s keep it clean”. Adel, although still having a man advantage, were now down to 10 players and allowed the pressure to show slightly. With Ellis Snr at the back and Grindrod just in front Airedale had no chance and just as Greig’s suspension ended Adel won another short corner. So with fire in his belly and a point to prove he stepped up and struck home again.

Brayshaw then found himself one on one with the keeper who was lucky to find himself on the pitch after straying well out of his ‘D’ to kick the ball. Brayshaw, still looking for his hat trick, wound up tighter than Phelp’s speedo’s to unleash a fierce shot. It was soaring, tearing, speeding……………….past the post, then the keeper swung out his foot and directed it back inside his own goal. Brayshaw celebrated his hat trick like Nobby Styles after winning the 1966 World Cup. His face was priceless when he was told it was an own goal….. but we all know that there’s no such thing anymore so hat trick it was. The next goal came as the keeper, trying to make up for his earlier error, slid out to take the ball away from Greig’s stick end. Greig rolled out just like he’d been taught by the coaches at training and slotted home between the two scurrying defenders. The last goal of the match then came when Greig turned provider as he unselfishly set Beale up for his hat trick knowing he had come so close in the previous two weeks, after failing by one goal in each match.

Well, you know, there are a lot of other sports that don’t require any physical contact. This wasn’t one of them and although the Airedale side turned up light, it was the Adel side that were definitely the heavyweights in this bout.

Triumphant to the score of 16-1, great teamwork all round, MOTM Greig (6 goals) DOTD Greig (Til I’m gone, no letting go, pass out, girls like).

Next week sees the undefeated Phwoars on tour to York an early start… so plenty of time to wind down afterwards in the bar.



Adel 4 Bingley Bees 2 by Gabby Nusenbaum

After last weeks first win of the campaign against Thirsk, Adel were taking no chances away to Bingley Bees who had come back down into Div 2 from Div 1. Being another one of those stubborn teams, Adel decided to set out their stall – and go out with a ‘go hard, or go home’ approach..

Straight after the Bingley pushback, the ball was intercepted by Vicky, who tapped the ball up towards Gabby on the wing, who drove down the to get a pass off against the line of goal – only for Annabel to run in for a tap in. One minute in, and 1-0 to Adel. After a large wake up call, Bingley decided to get set up early, and attack and break as quickly as they could. Adel responded well to this, and carried on pushing and setting the press – with everyone doing well to stay in their own positions. After dominating much of the first twenty five minutes, Bingley managed to get a quick break and a ball pushed up to a high centre forward – this left the score 1-1.

Adel used this as their wake up call, reset themselves and came out straightaway from the pushback. With all the girls working collectively as a team, this led to a ball from Lilly and Vicky up to Georgie – who waited until the ball came over the line of the D to shoot and score. Half time came – 2-1.

After a quick half time turnaround and pep talk – Adel started the second not as ideally as we’d started the game originally…   Within five minutes of the second half, Bingley had already been given two short corners and a shot on goal. Thankfully the “Adel cleaning service” was out in force to mop up those uncomfortable moments. The team then stepped up, and the formation worked perfectly given all the communication throughout the team to each player from then. Adel kept pushing and breaking – which meant much of play was within the Adel attacking D… Given the coaching that Katy B has kindly been giving in regards to rebounds from the keepers – the girls in the D worked together to make sure that the ball ended up in the back of the goal – and a calm and collected pick from Annabel round the keeper made it 3-1.

With ten minutes to go Bingley carried on testing Adel, and carried on making play, and pushing harder. The girls trying to work hard together, unfortunately couldn’t break down Bingley pushing – and with a slight dip in concentration, Bingley scored to make it 3-2. With everything still to play for, Adel woke up – and used Jane and Lilly along with wings with help from the defence of Emily, Lucy, Katie and Rachel. Everyone carried on those last few moments of working to the maximum (down to the fitness training!) where Bingley became tired – Georgie managed to get round the defence to score her second of the game – for it to end 4-2.

All the girls played collectively very well as a team. Charlie made some brilliant saves. Teamwork was the key in seeing off the game, and enabling a positive end result for the second week in a row. Many thanks to Jim for umpiring, as well as to Bingley for making sure they found another pitch with no problems also.

Next week sees it all start over again with a home game Vs Wakefield Wanderers, but Adel are 100% ready for the challenge.

DOD – goes to Annabel for injuring herself in the warm up before the game, bleeding all over herself and potentially tripping up Jane in the process.

MOM – goes to Georgie for a great first performance – and two great goals

Sweet Sixteen….

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.