Match Report

Match Report - 22 Oct 2011, Leeds Modernians Football Club 3rds beat Ealandians Reserves

Old Mods.......3
T. Hill / o.g.
S. Blake
J. Douglas

B. Charlesworth

The winter may not have fully arrived as yet but it’s got one foot in the door as there was a subtle bite of chill in the air and the appearance of sunshine was more like a fleeting reminder of weekends previous, not cause for optimism regarding an extended foray into late October.

Optimism was, however at the forefront of both teams today, with good reason as well. Modernians currently sit on top of the pile in division 3 having won all there games so far, and prior to today Ealandians are in 3rd place winning 4 from 5 games. Despite Mods impressive record so far their were whispers amongst some of their piers suggesting an “easy ride so far” and today’s match would be the Cookridge side’s first real test.

After two previous weeks playing a 4-4-2 formation, the visit of Ealandians saw Andy Hick return to 4-3-3. Once the game was under way it seemed like the pre-match talk had disrupted the home side and it was the visitors who looked most likely to trouble the scorers. However, a real strong point so far for the Mods has been their defence and Dan Bradford the current central defensive incumbent alongside Aston Rowe, they dealt with everything Ealandians could muster. Andy Shirley impressed at left back for his defensive display, particularly in one on one situations against right winger who was the visitors main attacking outlet. Damian ‘flypaper hands’ Daultry between the posts showed his handling ability as he held onto several Ealandian efforts despite the bobbley conditions underfoot.

The first goal came against the run of play as the ball was whipped in from the left hand side and it was allowed to bounce and Tim Hill was on hand to ensure that a Ealandians player stuck it in his own net. The goal seemed to give the home side a well needed boost and they started playing the better football and creating the more clear-cut chances. Ealandians are a good side though and if you keep giving good sides to put you under pressure they will punish you. Mods had been giving free-kicks away all the way through the first half, so there was no surprise then that the equaliser came from a set piece. A corner put in from the left saw an Ealandian player sneak in front of the keeper to head home the equaliser, only the second goal Mods had conceded in the league, worth nothing that the other goal they conceded also came from a set piece.

Brave heart right back Ryan Kerr pick up a knock just before the halftime interval and soldiered on into the second half but had to be withdrawn shortly after the re-start. This saw a mini reshuffle as Ryan Leadbitter replaced Kerr and slotted in centre midfield alongside messes Stenger and Blake, and skipper Jodie Lazenby filled in at full back.

The second half was much better for the home side as they began to look like a team at the top of the league, it was a strange goal that gave to Mods the lead in the game for the second time, good pressure from Dan White on the defender and goalkeeper saw the latter shank his clearance to Simon Blake, who showed no mercy slicing the ball over the keepers head from fully 35 yards out.

The introduction of Adam Binns and Stu Astel replacing Tim Hill and Dan White gave the attack some fresh legs and a different kind of threat for Ealandians to deal with. They were both involved in the 3rd Mods goal when a swift counter attack saw the Mods switch the play from left to right ending with James Douglas to fire a right footed shot home from an tight angle. Douglas had been terrorising the Ealandian left back all afternoon and his performance deserved that goal.

Mods saw out the remaining time without incident as they clocked up win number 6 and continue to light up division 3. This has to be the sweetest victory so far for manager Andy Hick, his side were no where near their best, but still defended well and managed plenty of attacking threat themselves against an Ealandian side that will be in mix at the top of the division come the end of the season.

Leeds Modernians Football Club 3rds 3 - 1 Ealandians Reserves ()

Name Goals Details
1 Damian Dawtry  
2 Ryan Kerr  
3 Andy Shirley  
4 Simon Blake   1
5 Dan Bradford  
6 Ashton Rowe  
7 Tim Hill   1
8 Jodie Lazenby  Jodie Lazenby Yellow card
9 James Douglas   1
10 Dan White  
11 Tommy Stenger  
12 Ryan Leadbeater   For Ryan K 55 mins
13 Stuart Astall   For Tim 65 mins
14 Adam Binns   For Dan W 70 mins