Match Report - 08 Oct 2011, Leeds Modernians Football Club 3rds beat Trinity OB Reserves
MODS 3 TRINITY 0
Preparation for this game was hampered due to a number of absentees -
forcing the gaffer to make some changes to his squad, drafting in the
talented duo of Ben Bowmen and Alex Higgins to provide much needed cover,
with Hicky naming himself on the bench.
In stark contrast from the previous weekend – Saturday was cold and wet but
even the one hour warm up due to the ref running late couldn’t dampen the
mood amongst the Mods faithful - as they got off to a flying start in
search of the opening goal – Kerr releasing Binnsy down the right hand side
- only for him to give the ball back to the keeper with his second touch.
The first 25 minutes was scrappy but full of half chances for Mods, with
the forward pairing of Astel and White linking up well with both Binns and
Bowmen down the flanks to cause the opposition defence problems and with
the Mods defence of Dawtry, Kerr, Rowe, Hollins and Shirley on top their
game it was now the turn of the midfield to get involved in the action –
the terrible twosome of Blake and Lazenby stamping their authority on the
game with a number of crunching tackles and good link up play which
eventually lead to the first goal of the game – Blake with a half volley
from outside of the box, which rocketed through the Trinity defence into
the top corner of the goal.
Mods, now relieved to have nicked the first goal of the game - started to
apply more pressure through to a number of well-rehearsed Astel corners,
all of which had previously gone unrewarded until Rowe connected with one
on the volley, placing the ball into the top corner of the opposition goal
to make it two nil – his first goal of the new campaign.
Two – nil at half time.
Half time saw a number of changes, with Hollins having to leave to go and
watch “The lion king 3D”, he was replaced by Higgins who went up front to
partner White, Astel moved onto the left wing, Bowmen moved into left back
and Shirley adopted the role of centre half.
The second half started similar to the first with Mods applying pressure
but failing to convert a number of half chances through White Binns and
Astel. A re-arranged Trinity eleven - who were defending well, looked to
pinch a goal on the counter and almost did as panic in the Mods defence let
the their to forward get in on goal, following a mix up which allowed the
ball to bounce between the centre backs and into box, before being hoofed
The Mods work ethic was second to none with great closing down, tracking of
the opposition players and tackles galore from the front to the back,
Bowman and Kerr supporting Astel and Binns to great affect. This work was
eventually rewarded with a third goal, White, who had held the ball up well
all game, somehow managing to shake off the opposition defender in the six
yard box before turning and lashing the ball into the bottom corner to kill
off any hopes of a Trinity comeback.
Managers man of the match – Lazenby.
Overall - a scrappy but rewarding victory for Mods against a better team
than the current league table suggests, that’s five wins from five and
another clean sheet – Manager Hicks and Captain Lazenby proud of the boys
but with tougher games ahead, our feet need to remain firmly on the ground
and our performances need to continuously improve.
Trinity OB Reserves 0 - 3 Leeds Modernians Football Club 3rds ()