Leeds Mods 4 v 1 Baildon
Off the back of a great performance and result in mid-week, Mods returned to Cookridge lane hoping to put back to back wins together for only the 3rd time this season, and the first time since January. 3 points would guarantee that relegation was not a mathematical possibility assuming Thornhill failed to pick up points in their game. Baildon already down themselves, were the visitors, and Mods owed them, after they stole a point early in the season.
With Capitano suspended, Hurrell away and Jimmy Lee cricketing, Mods lined up:
On the bench were Damo, D Todd and Dec… although Dec never finished his paper round, and thus never turned up.
Mods started brightly and were controlling the tempo of the game, and retaining possession well. Forrest was typically strong in the tackle, and breaking up any advances that Baildon did manage to muster up. Si Oliver was causing all sorts of problems down the right, and his defensive work was excellent. It was Si that was the instigator of the first goal (I think), stabbing the ball through to BT19 who finished well to make it 1-0. A deserved early lead.
Platten was wreaking havoc with the Baildon back line also down the left, carrying the ball well, and delivering balls into the box for the front 2 of Toddy and BT19, the movement from these 2 was excellent and it was only a matter of time before Mods added to their lead you felt.
It came from a familiar source, another through ball to BT19 and he again finished well, lobbing over the keeper (I think) and into the net. 2-0 Mods.
Mods were now running the show, creating chances left, right and centre, a quick kick from Gibbons down the left to BT19 had him in behind, only for the keeper to save.
On the one occasion Mods did switch off, the Baildon #10 found himself in behind, Gibbons out to his feet, he lifted it over him, and over the bar, a warning, although he was about 3 miles offside.
All Baildon were offering was the long ball, which was being swept up well by Jamo, Claxton, and even a header/facer clearance from Gibbons. (Sorry Burchy, I did venture outside of my area twice).
Mods have developed a well-rehearsed corner routine of late, with a pretty good success rate, the instruction was to employ this again, Platten however, had other ideas. He floated a great ball into the area, and Claxton rose highest to power a header home into the top corner. 3-0 and Mods were bloody cruising.
HT. Instructions: More of the same.
Baildon kicked off the second half, and Mods were a slow to get going, the wind was playing a part, with the Baildon long ball tactic now receiving a bit of help from the elements. A through ball was chested cooly and cleared (almost on the halfway line) by Gibbons, almost causing Burchy to explode.
However, Baildon did manage to get one back, the ball was collected on the Mods left, he was allowed to cut inside too easily and float, literally float, a shot into the top corner passed a despairing Gibbons, dreaming of being 6 foot and being able to reach it. 3-1.
Mods began to pick up the tempo again, and were looking stronger as the half went on.
Damo came on for Jamo at CB and D Todd on for somebody, I can’t remember.
Baildon were however creating more this half, and a shot from 12 yards was saved to the right from Gibbons, before a corner, from which the ball broke 12 yards out, and Gibbons saved low to his right. (I think Claxton said it was ‘match winning’ after the game).
It seemed as though Mods had now weathered the storm, and a break down the left found Platten (I think, but it could have been Toddy) who crossed low and BT19 finished. Again. Hat trick for Ben. Again. 4-1. Game over.
There was still time for Claxton to spank the bar from 10 yards out on the half volley, and BT 19 to do the same after a great flowing move from back to front.
A good win to finish the home games for the season, and 3 good performances inside a week.
2 away games to go, Featherstone and Aberford, with the end of season do sandwiched in between.