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Reserves vs Thornesians Match Report (29/11/12) - Only at the Mods!
Seven goals, two men sent off, two hospitalised and mods winning despite ending the game with 9 men ... what more can you ask for on a November's Saturday in Cookridge?
Mods started this cup game in a slovenly fashion: misplaced passes, not enough pressing and a general lack of commitment seemed to characterise the first thirty minutes and it was no surprise that Thornes found themselves two goals to the good with a pair of well taken headers. However, towards the end of the first half mods began to come alive and exerted sustained pressure which was rewarded with a goal for Dan White after good work down the left from Michael Keeney.
Half time 1-2.
The second half began with the words of Birchy ringing in the mods players's ears. The call had been for more communication at the back, better distribution in midfield and more intelligence up front. From the outset mods responded and pinned Thornes in their own half for large periods. The mods resurgence was up an running and when Waz found the back of the net with a poacher's finish it seemed that mods would go on to roll Thornes over. However, all was to change in an instant as a hopeful Thornes long ball was expertly flicked on by their impressive centre forward to the on rushing winger. Bearing in on goal said winger was brought down by a genuine attempt at playing the ball by Wayne Vernon. Last man. Red card. Mods down to 10.
Things seemed to be going from bad to worse for mods in the moments that followed as injuries meant that they soon found themselves down to 9 men; the excellent Waz receiving a particularly gruesome injury which would require stitching up at St James's later that afternoon and probably see him miss the next couple of games. With 9 men playing against 11, the seemingly inevitable began to play out. Thornes exploited the vacated space and scored to put themselves in the ascendancy as the game moved into the final 15 minutes.
A goal down and with a third of the mods team now back in the changing rooms or on their way to hospital, all seemed lost. Not so. Ben Clapham, impressing at centre half after a team reshuffle, found space in the opposition area to power a header to bring the scores level. But that wasn't the end of the scoring. Next up was a corner kick and the so called "ghost goal". It seems that all concerned (apart from the ref) recognised that the ball had been nowhere near crossing the line but to the disbelieving pleasure of the mods players, the ref pointed to the centre circle. 4-3 with two minutes to go and in the remaining minutes there was still time for Thornes to have a man dismissed for dissent and for Keeney to get a whack from an elbow which would see him making a post match trip to A+E. Finally, following a last minute, top drawer save from Matt Gibbons, the ref blew his whistle and brought proceedings to a conclusion.
A fantastic performance and a result to match. Onwards to the next round.