Match Report - 10 Dec 2011, Leeds Modernians Football Club 2nds lost to Leeds Medics Reserves
Mods suffered consecutive defeats for the first time this season despite having much of the posession in a game more enjoyed by the neutral than the Mods players & supporters.
The returning Adam Matthews added an attacking threat on the right flank, matched by reserves debutant Danny Todd on the left. Brendan Gilligan continued his good form in the centre of the park along with Si Blake, having an excellent season himself with spells in the first team under his belt. The back four was reshuffled due to the absence of Mallinson, with Steve Wilkinson returning at right back. Unsworth and Wilson continue to be the strike-partnership of choice, with Matty Lewis developing into a first class keeper.
The first half posession was dominated by Mods but a very well organised Medics defence kept the regular attacks and posession in the final third at arms length. Despite having posession in good areas the Medics keeper did not make a significant save in the first half - indeed it was only in the 89th minute that he had to turn a shot round the post. Medics were content with breakaway attacks that were well supported by their midfield, and as the half progressed became more dangerous from set-pieces. Poor marking lead to the Medics opener as the ball was flicked on from a cross and was met by a solid finish from the Medics forward. Despite their lack of posession, Medics closed the half looking the more organised and disciplined side.
The second half must have been a great spectacle from the sidelines as the Mods midfield, galvanized by the oncoming Ryan Leadbeater, gave everything to win good posession and create chances. It was from a corner that Leadbeater rose and powered a thundering header past the helpless Medcs keeper. 1-1 and Mods were confident of getting all 3 points. Medics brought on last seasons Senior B top scorer and now 1st team regular who offered high workrate but was no more effective than the player subbed off. Medics took the lead from a corner after superb work from the central midfielder who showed superb poise to take 3 mods players out of the game with one dummy and was eventually finished low into the net by their number 11.
At 2-1 Mods had to chase the game and a breakaway attack saw Medics seal the game with a cool finish from their midfielder.
Mods players were understandably left frustrated and disappointed with the defeat. The organisation and discipine of the Medics players left no gaps or weak areas to expose, as is the trademark of all Medics teams. Mods must stay positive and remain confident that their ability in posession will lead to goals and points in the upcoming games.
Leeds Medics Reserves 3 - 1 Leeds Modernians Football Club 2nds ()