Match Report

Match Report - 31 Mar 2012, Leeds Modernians Football Club 2nds beat Old Batelians

Mods continued their run of good league form with a 2-1 away win at Batley. The result means that Mods have taken 17 points from their last 8 league games, with the only defeat in those 8 matches coming at the hands of Grangefield.

Player absence forced Mods into a back 3 and for the first 15 or 20 minutes it was obvious that Mods were unable to play their customary style of football. With no full-backs to recieve the ball it was difficult for the midfield trio to keep posession and open the game into the wide areas. It was in these opening exchanges that Batley had their best period in the game, spurning a couple of decent, if not clear-cut, chances. Mods then settled and started to dictate the game. Ryan Unsworth was making some excellent runs to give the Batley defence a lot to think about, and Si Blake, Leadbeater and Gilligan were beginning to find gaps for Unsworth and Wilson to exploit.

Mods struck first through Ryan Leadbeater, who managed to beat the keeper after a period of Mods pressure. 1-0.

Mods were now comfortably on top, and Ryan Unsworth doubled their lead after a superb arced run was met with a perfect through ball. Unsworth then finished superbly from the angle, beating the keeper with a powerful shot at his near post. 2-0 HT.

The second half began with with Mods controlling the tempo and at 2-0 looked comfortable. Chances came and went, Matthews re-entered the fray after 4 months injured and Josh Smith made his 2nd team debut. Batley were given a lifeline with 15 minutes left, Shaduwa adjudged to have been leaning on their forward while challenging for a header. Penalty saved by Lewis but the rebound slammed home. 1-2.

The final stages of the match saw Batley throw the kitchen sink, but their goal was the first Mods had conceded in around 200 mins of football so confidence was high that the 3 points would be safe. And so they were.

Full-time 2-1 Mods.

Old Batelians 1 - 2 Leeds Modernians Football Club 2nds ()

Name Goals Details
1 Matty Lewis  
2 Ben Mallinson  
3 Steve Wilkinson  
4 Brendan Gilligan  
5 David Bergan  
6 Ryan Leadbeater  
7 Adie Shaduwa  
8 Simon Blake  
9 Jonny Wilson  
10 Ryan Unsworth  
11 Richard March  
12 Josh Smith  
13 Adam Matthews  
14 Aidan Gilligan