Match Report

Match Report - 10 Mar 2012, Leeds Modernians Football Club 3rds drew with Almondburians


C. Hicks

Old Mods…………..1

J. Douglas

Third hosted second this week as Old Mods made the long trip to Almondburians as the two fancied sides in the division met for the first time this season in what was a top of the table six pointer. However, both sides had to settle for a point as a goal apiece, both scored in the first half was not enough to separate these two title contenders.

Mods lined up with a 4-1-2-2-1 formation, Damo Dawtry in goal with Ashton Rowe and Dan Bradford continuing their partnership at centre back with the returning Ryan Kerr and rugged Andy Shirley flanking them at full back. Tommy Stenger provided the defensive protection which allowed the dynamic duo of Tim Hill and Jodie Lazenby to get about the middle of the park. The width would be provided by James Douglas and Ben Bowman who would also be tasked with the responsibility of providing support to lone front man Jake Willaims. Aide Shaduwa, Stu Astel and Mikel Keeney were kept back in reserve.

It was the hosts who started the brighter and caught Mods a little cold when their continuing attacks down their left flank eventually bared fruit. A low cross was turned in from close range which gave Dawtry in goal no chance. If Almondburians thought the early goal would demoralise their opponents then they were mistaken. Mods began to impose themselves on the game. Jake Williams was linking up with Douglas and Bowman on the flanks and began to test the keeper from range. Set pieces seemed to cause the problems for the home side as well, a period of sustained pressure from corners and long throws eventually brought the equaliser. A poor defensive header under pressure was met on the half volley by James Douglas who’s hot streak continued as his right footed strike flew past the keeper to level things up.

Both teams had some half chances but nothing guilt edged, the back four of Kerr, Rowe, Bradford and Shirley was well protected by Stenger in midfield and anything that did evade them was gobbled up by the faultless Dawtry between the posts. On the attack Mods grew as the game went on Tim Hill’s energy in the middle of midfield was there for all to see once again. But two games without a goal must constitute as a goal drought for the pint sized dynamo.

In the second half, playing up the slope Mods looked the likely scores, Jodie Lazenby picked up uncharacteristic caution after he politely told his latest victim that he possibly, may have, slightly exaggerated his fall. That minor indiscretion aside Lazenby’s was a constant menace to the opposition, and sometimes the ref. Mods created their best chances when using the width of the pitch, the introduction of Shaduwa, Keeney and Astel freshened things up but the all important goal proved too illusive. The two best chances arrived when Keeney did well on the right but couldn’t find a pass to match his approach play. Then Stu Astel’s delivery from the left was pin point but Jake Williams header did not trouble the keeper. Mods had some pressure late on from a series of corners and perhaps over committed as Almondburians broke and were unlucky not to score with the last kick of the game.

A point away at a fellow title contender on a terrible playing surface is probably a decent result albeit if Mods probably felt they did enough to take all three points. Attention now turns to a cup semi final, followed by another big game against the current league leaders. The big games just keep on coming!

Almondburians 1 - 1 Leeds Modernians Football Club 3rds ()

Name Goals Details
1 Damian Dawtry  
2 Ryan Kerr  
3 Andy Shirley  
4 Tommy Stenger  
5 Ashton Rowe  
6 Dan Bradford  
7 Ben Bowman  
8 Jodie Lazenby  
9 Jake Williams  
10 James Douglas   1
11 Tim Hill  
12 Michael Keeney   For Ben 75 mins
13 Adie Shaduwa   For Tim 65 mins
14 Jake Williams   Stu Astall for Jodie 85 mins