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Ladies 1s back to winning ways

Words by Coach Ransley

It’s been a while since the last write up for the ladies 1st XI. The Christmas break has passed and general holidays and festivities seem a distant memory. Adel signed off 2016 with a comfortable home victory, beating Didsbury Greys 5-2, Wood and Jones picking up a brace each and the fifth from A.Blyth. The game also saw an impressive debut in goal from Abby Cook who brought her fine form from the 2nd XI. After the long Christmas break, the team recorded their 4th straight win with a 1-0 victory against Whitley Bay 1.5 XI. Hesselwood grabbing the late winner after a lengthy absence through injury. Last week the team suffered defeat at the hands of rivals Ben Rhydding, going down 2-0 in bitter conditions. Ben Rhydding deserved their victory and the result has kept the chasing pack close together, meaning at the moment every point counts in the chase for promotion.

This week Adel travelled the very short distance to Harrogate looking to rebuild after last week’s disappointing result. Harrogate themselves would be looking to recover after shipping nine goals to a team with an average age probably not much higher than this, also on the previous match day away to Alderley Edge.

The game started at a frightening pace, both teams showing a determined effort to make an early breakthrough. Whilst the Adel forwards of Gannon, Jones, Smith, Wright and Bickley applied immediate pressure to the Harrogate defence, Harrogate’s midfield and attack would show some speed and strength in breaking against the Adel formation given half a chance. McCall called into early action as she pounced onto an early one on one, everyone relived to see her win the ball and the Harrogate player able to return to the game from a tough impact. Adel’s line of inners, Blyth, Hesselwood and Blyth were creating their own chances, and it was A.Blyth who broke the deadlock, converting a short corner with a fine low strike. Adel continued to build pressure, Smith picking the ball up wide on the left, passed one, passed two, three and four, umpires waving play on as the defence threw in some poorly timed challenges, finally entering the area a little lift over the keeper, the lead doubled with a fine solo goal, Smith clearly showing her excitement with the classic ‘aeroplane’ celebration.

Harrogate would grab themselves a goal back before the break, not undeserved and the game went into the break 2-1.

The game restarted from where it left off, fast paced and exciting. The Adel defence now settling, Love and Gibson solid in the middle of defence, Fowden and Straughan, speedy and yet hardy from half back positions. Harrogate’s chances now minimal and Adel continued to pile pressure at the far end. The high press causing all sorts of problems for Harrogate, who resorted to trying loopy balls over the top, Leadbitter happy to collect and send the ball back on its way goal bound, Adel finally getting their third as Hesselwood put the final touch on a well worked attack. Adel would go close again Gannon and Jones particularly unlucky as the Harrogate goalkeeper made some great saves to prevent them joining the list of goal scorers. Much to the delight of the baying crowd Hesselwood and Bickley picking up green cards simultaneously, a nervous two minutes of playing with nine players, however the score never changed.

The game played out to full time, Adel happy to collect the maximum points allocation for the fixture. The result leaves the team well placed with just two points separating positions two to five in the league and still another eight fixtures to play. Next week the team welcome one of these placed teams as the host Bowden at Church Lane. 

Many thanks to the travelling two and four legged support, NHUA and the well-travelled umpires. Finally Harrogate for a well hosted and competitive game. 

MoM and DoD for Jaclyn Smith, for a wonder goal and a terrible celebration, the beaming smile summing up the day.



Men’s 1s match report vs. Halifax

The Men’s first team arrived at fortress Adel on a gloomy wet day, with calls the night before of ‘It’ll be far to cold for hockey’ – Andy Bird (2017). Later it was revealed he had a date with an American man at the Etihad. So, with the guaranteed cards of Jimmy, Watto and Purdy unavailable, we looked to the return of the great Jim Heslip and a rare, if not brief, showing from coach Ben. With some re-shuffling we managed to cobble together some sort of front line (and what a front line it turned out to be).


The game started well for Adel creating chances and building pressure, however, it went downhill quickly from there. 0-1 Halifax… 0-2 Halifax, from a couple of breakaways. Fears of previous seasons slip ups came to mind, however, some brilliance from Andy Bird with a textbook rollout (Ben Hendley eat your heart out) firing home into the bottom corner and then some brilliant work from Heslip provided Miles with a trade mark tap in, 2-2. Half time was approaching; with plenty of chances for Adel to seize the initiative they could have easily gone in at half time a couple of goals up, somehow Halifax managed to clear their ball from their own baseline on the reverse to their forward close to our D. Despite our best efforts to hack him down he managed to scrap a short, which they duly converted in equally scrappy style. 3-2 HT.


Coach Ben’s team talk comprised mainly of ‘lets sort this press out’ and ‘be wary of the counter attack’. But despite being able to fix this, Adel managed to dominate most of the second half. Quick goals from Heslip x2 and Hemming meant Adel went 5-3 up. Positively dominating proceedings. The next 15 minutes were end to end, saw another scrappy Halifax goal, 5-4, then another goal for Heslip, rounding off a superb hat-trick made the score 6-4. Despite a number of superb saves from Rob Daring, Halifax sneaked a further goal making it squeaky bum time (quite literally), for Adel, 6-5. Good game management meant the next 10 minutes were managed superbly by the hosts, holding the ball up well, wasting plenty of time and still creating a plethora of chances, these were however, not taken. Until ‘back-post’ Miles managed to steal a further goal from a well worked (dysfunctional short), a classic deflection. This gave Adel a comfortable last 5 minutes to manage. A nice easy victory, no further issues, nothing to worry about, nothing went wrong… Adel finished the game with 10 men; something about a stick up the back passage and a lack of dinner and drink meant Miles was sent to the bench (where he usually starts), for the remaining 90 seconds.


A Superb victory for a weakened Men’s 1s team, arguably the best victory of the season. They strive for a push for promotion in order to play some decent hockey in subsequent seasons. Many thanks for the contribution of Jim Heslip returning to the team. Roll on Ben Rhydding next week, hopefully a more comfortable fixture for Big Ben’s Men.


MOM-Jim Heslip


DOD-Miles Buller (not for hockey reasons)


Goals – Jim Heslip x3, Miles Buller x2, Nathan Hemming and Andy Bird


Match report by Miles Buller

Adel Men’s 4s visit a UNESCO World Heritage Site

Adel Men’s 4s versus Airedale 3s.

The 4s started the game mighty as always with a high intensity from all pressing a strong Airedale side deep in their half. A few early chances from Greig and brayshaw gave the 4s hope of the opening goal – firstly an open net missed by brayshaw then a few shots saved by what was an impressive Airedale keeper.  Not long before the first half ended Brayshaw had a shot on goal which resulted in a rebound

Airedale currently play their home games in Saltaire, a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2001

off the keeper which Damian was there to smash home.The second half began with a very determined Airedale performance  that pushed us straight from the off. But as

Titus Salt, founder of Saltaire, made his fortune by selling Alpaca Wool.

always our defence was mighty: the defensive cannon was always there from Luke Taylor, the brick wall of Bob Sibley, a nosebleed for Craig, and a beast performance from Andy Miles. On the counterattack Adel played a fantastic ball to the back only for Beale to shy away from the diving header and open goal opportunity. The game drew to a close with Airedale trying to find the equaliser but as always we are mighty and held our own right up to the final whistle. 1-0. A great performance from everyone on the pitch. MOTM Joe Morris, DOTD Matthew Brayshaw.


Match Report by Matthew Brayshaw. Images and commentary by Sam Ellis.

York 4’s V Adel 2’s

Extra counting, contract negotiations, stunning finishes, moments of madness, severe injuries, last minute drama and where’s Jim? It’s got it all. Read on.

7th January


After finishing 2016 on a high note with the demolition of Doncaster on their travels, the 2’s looked to take another away scalp at York for the second time this year. Having dominated against their 5’s in 15 minute spells making a convincing win seem like a half hearted performance, they were keen to put in a 70minute performance akin to the Doncaster fixture.

The shuffled pack of players took to the field with Perkins stepping in for Berry who was called into work to perform some important counting. Lewis took his chance in for the once again injured Diego Cockburn. Tabloid press from LS16 have reported Cockburn may be in contact talks given the number of parental notes received with a new injury each week.    Order was restored thought with Primmer returning after impressing playing for the old buggers.

The game started with York panicking at the back as they failed to deal with the Adel press.  Short corner number 1 was dispatched with ease with a Holford standard routine.  Adel maintained the pressure for most of the half but York began to take back field position and show some attacking promise.

Half time came and the importance of the second goal highlighted.  2 minutes into the half a defense splitting pass form Partner to the on running Boag saw the ball in the York net again 2-0.  Job done………..

No.  York tried a long range pass of their own almost straight from the KO and for once the York man got ahead of the ever reliable Crocker (and stayed on his feet). Carrying the ball with one of those strange grips that looks like he’d been given a stick for the first at Christmas, the York forward unleashed a miss hit scuff type shot that then took a deflection taking it into the corner of the Adel goal. 2-1……Must not switch off now.

York gained early turn over within seconds of the push back and another tame dribble and shot some how leveled the game………Squeaky bum time. The momentum clearly with the York players now they forced a short corner and took the lead as the ball was crashed through the legs of Perkins.

With 10 minutes to go Adel knew they couldn’t throw away 3 points after that 5minute spell of madness and started to put pressure on the York goal.  A string of short corners came to nothing.  The Adel front line were starting to get their Mojo back, however chances were being spurned.  Pass of the match nomination (a new fine apparently) split the York defenders setting Boag 1 on 1, rounding the keeper. 3-3 surely? Picture Boag wheeling away shirt over his head celebrating rescuing a point. Or picture the still apparently concussed Boag rounding the keeper before the severe concussion impacted on his peripheral vision.  Yes the latter. Double vision must have meant no double strike for Boag this week.

Last minute, panic or patience? Short corner gained. Drag flick Ahmed called (yes drag flick Ahmed – think of it like a 10 yard pass with slight elevation). The drag out was perfect and ‘open stick’ stopped to draw the runners!! Slipped to Ahmed who with all the power in the world just managed to get the ball to the line for it to cross the line.  Picture Ahmed wheeling away shirt over head celebrating rescuing the point – Sorry if you were eating.

Post match spirits lifted by the point MOM and DOD proved hard to split as players received votes In both categories.  By the narrowest of margins, Perkins’ gap between the legs won the DOD vote with Boags’ Neat finish taking the MOM (not the post concussion finishing).

Has anyone seen Cockburn since the Christmas? Answers on the back of a bottle a tequila please.

Next week sees the 2’s take on the University students  – no wait they don’t want to play Saturdays any more so we will rearrange the game for mothering Sunday.

Report by Richard Partner

Hard work goes unrewarded

Its the time of the year when the weather starts to intervene in weekend fixtures and the overnight snow on Thursday had left the Adel astro with a covering of snow on Friday.  Despite the sunshine, the pitch inspectors turned up at 8.30am on Saturday morning to find a quarter of the pitch still covered with snow/frost/ice although the junior footballers were running around safely on the other three-quarters of the pitch.

With the 10.30am game rearranged to allow the students from Leeds Uni time to revise on a Saturday for their exams (I don’t recall Saturday’s ever being for revision in my student days and it is a time-consuming journey from Headingley up to Adel….) there was plenty of time to try and clear the pitch for the 12 noon start for the ladies 1s against local rivals from up the road at Ben Rhydding.  You would think travelling would not be an issue but for some reason the 2 umpires appointed were coming from Liverpool and setting off at 9.30am so a decision was taken to go ahead with the game and to spend the next 3 hours trying to clear what was left of the snow.  Many thanks to Jim Cockburn, Dave Mattinson, Gaby Neusenbaum and Rosh McEwan who along with me spent the next few hours doing our best to allow the games to go ahead – perhaps some of us had hidden agendas so that we did not have to rearrange fixtures, umpires and changing rooms for games being replayed on a Sunday!

With the start delayed by half an hour to allow a little more time for the top corner to thaw out, the crowd (boosted by a sizeable contingent from Ben Rhydding who had cancelled their early home games and had avoided a trip to Whitley Bay for their ladies 1s) were given an entertaining but in the end frustrating game for the Adel faithful.  The pitch proved to be perfectly playable  and the umpires and their assessor were more than happy with the playing surface but sadly Adel were unable to penetrate the Rhydding defence and a well organised and well drilled Rhydding team scored a couple of goals to take the points back to Ilkley with them.  A disappointing result, particularly so for Emma Bickley who was celebrating her 18th birthday over the weekend.

The game after saw the Mens 5s take an early lead with a goal from new boy Alan Carvallho, against a strong looking Driffield side who looked to have some players more than capable of playing higher up the leagues.   Eventually, Driffield settled into a rhythm and passed the ball around well and the Adel defence was eventually breached despite some heroics in goal from young Sholto who made a number of outstanding saves, especially from penalty corners.   A 4-1 half time score was perhaps a little harsh on the mens 5s but they came out for the second half with some renewed energy and fight and a penalty corner strike from Vets skipper Dave Akroyd gave a little hope of a comeback before Driffield pressed on and secured a 7-2 win.

Sadly, the following games were postponed due to the frost setting in and making part of the pitch dangerous and unplayable which will have been more than frustrating for Gaby and Rosh in particular whose efforts to get the pitch playable were successful for other teams but not their own!

The away sides fared much better and special mention to the ladies 5s who had the early 10.30 start away in Chapeltown and travelled more in hope than expectation with a squad of only 8 players.  A 3-1 defeat highlights the battling spirit from those who played and bodes well for when we can field a full team again. The ladies 2s had a tough away game at Selby, made worse by their keeper dropping out sick on the morning of the match.  However a 3-0 win with all 3 goals from penalty corners (including another Rachel Barson effort) was much deserved and sees the 2s in 3rd place in the table with an outside chance of a promotion spot still on the cards.

The mens 3s succumbed to the weather, the 4s won a close fought game 1-0 courtesy of yet another Damian Greig goal and the mens 1s found that Hallam at home are a different side to Hallam away as the men of Sheffield put up much sterner resistance and even had the audacity to take a second half lead against Ben’s table toppers.  Fortunately, the team showed they are capable of fighting back from being a goal down and whilst it was far from comfortable, a 2-1 win maintains the lead at the top.  I am reliably informed by my Sheffield correspondent that they had no ringers!

Sunday saw the mens over 40s take on Stockton (or should that be Stockton/Norton/Hartlepool/Marton Furness) – we are finding out that in the EH mens veterans competitions, its fair game to enter a collective team from a number of local sides (last season Durham included players from Sunderland and Darlington).  I am not sure if we want to go down the route of bringing in players from Bradford, Boston Spa and Acomb to boost our chances and it was with some pride that the 13 players, coach and umpire were all long established Adel stalwarts with most going back far enough to remember the days of green and gold.  Once again, the oppo also looked to have an average age of around 43 as opposed to the Adel average of over 50… perhaps we need to enter the over 50s tournament next season.

A competitive (particularly so at some times) game saw Stockton dominate possession and territory for all of the first half although Adel did get the ball in the net from a first time volley from Julian Baker only for it to be disallowed for being lifted into the net.  At the other end Stocknortlepool Furness did everything but score and on the one occasion the ball did cross the line, their umpire had just blown to award a short corner.  Milesy was at his best making multiple saves and Scott Wardle made several goal line clearances.

At half time, the plan was to basically defend like Trojans, hit them on the break and use Giles pace and skill to eke out a shot on goal, followed by a backs to the wall defence for the remainder of the half.  After 15 minutes the first part of the plan was achieved as Giles gratefully accepted a generous pass from their defender and hit a mis-timed shot that fooled the keeper.  This clearly upset some of the opposition who as well as falling out with the men of Adel, started to fall out with the umpires and themselves.  Sadly, we may have scored too early as the away team soon struck back with one of their forwards finally locating the backboard and then Milesy perhaps with his view limited by some red mist wiped out the centre forward to allow the inevitable penalty stroke to be converted.  Adel fought back and had the better of the closing exchanges and Stocktons defenders resorted to strong arm tactics to stop our assaults on their goal but at the final whistle we could at least console ourselves that we were a club team from Adel, giving about 10 years away to our opponents and we would not have to venture to an away game on Valentines day somewhere south of Watford for the next round.

The next few weeks see several Sunday games, rearranged league and national cup competitions so please come along and support your club.

Men’s 1s unbeaten run continues

The Mens 1st team traveled Sheffield Hallam with a few extra pounds after the christmas break. Not ideal as it looked like we would be playing a stronger Hallam ‘4s’ side than we beat 8-0 earlier in the season! 


After a slow start for the Adel men and a harsh green card awarded myself (Purdy) Adel slowly started to get a grip on the game and dominated most of the first half creating a number a chances but not quite able to covert. 0-0 at half time! 


In the second half Hallam came out of the blocks quickly and scored in the first minute quickly followed by the inevitable but again harsh yellow card for Mayhew. However this yellow galvanised the Adel team and a scrap in the box was finished off by Buller who slotted the ball past the keeper into the bottom corner. This was quickly followed by some sharp link up play ending with Bayford (who had mastered stopping the ball on the olympic pitch!) paying the ball across to Savage for an easy finish. Adel dominated the rest of the game and looked solid at the back. 


A gritty performance overall that keeps us top of the league!! 


Next weeks sees the arrival of Halifax to the fortress! 

MOM-  Chris Green- A class above in this game! Out best attacking player from centre back. 

DOD- Purdy- Some interesting maths from Mayhew on the votes but probably deserved!

Match report by Will Purdy

Adel Mens 4s versus Bradford.

The Adel men’s 4’s were looking to push on from their draw against Thirsk in the last game of the season and make a statement for their first game back. Where better to start then at home against Bradford; the first time the 4s played Bradford hockey club this season. The game started evenly as Bradford’s centre-half held off Adel advances, with some key tackles early in the first five minutes. But it was only a matter of time before Adel broke through the Bradford lines with some strong link up play from Harry and Damian. Harry notched his name on the score sheet first with a great move into the D from the Bradford 16 and putting it straight into the back of the net. This proved to be the tipping point and the Adel players started to press even deeper into the Bradford half, making it difficult for Bradford to have anytime on the ball. Adel were starting to hold most of the possession when captain Sam lead by example and went on a storming run from the left side of the pitch and slapped one home to make it 2-0. Sam was then subbed for new player to Adel Michael Whytock and he spent little time in linking up with Damian. Between them they worked their way into the Bradford D where Whytock quickly turned two defenders and calmly flicked the ball through the Bradford keepers legs, leaving the keeper flat footed and scoring his debut goal but this would not be the last. Joe Morris was next on the score sheet with a well-timed run and clinical slap shot. Damian continued the attacking play and skilfully worked his way around the Bradford defenders with ease scoring 2 more goals for Adel and taking the score to 6-0 at half time. The second half saw much of the same from Adel with Damian and Harry both scoring in quick succession. There was some strong tackles from Bradford in the middle of the pitch, allowing them to break Adel on two occasions leaving good one-on-one scoring opportunities, however Adel’s keeper Andy Miles was quick off his line making some crucial sliding tackles to keep his clean sheet intact. Ross Nichols made his mark on the game for Adel by bursting from midfield and scoring another well worked goal. By this time in the game Bradford were struggling to get out of their own half, Whytock again flicked another passed the keeper in a calm fashion, increasing Adel’s lead, and was then substituted for Damian, who rounded off the scoring with another 2 goals taking his personal total for the day to 5 and the score finish 12-0 to Adel. The dying seconds say some controversy as Damian broke into the D once more scoring a fantastic snap lofted shot into the top left hand corner, completing a double hat-trick that was not to be: the umpire disallowed the goal, as he had already started to blow the final whistle. Adel have made a real dominant statement with this performance and again proved they are the team to beat in this league.

Match Report by Michael Whytock