Match Report - 22 Sep 2012, Leeds Modernians Football Club 2nds beat Collingham Juniors OB (Terry Marflitt Trophy)
Mods' least adaptable player, Damien Mellor, attempts a match report this week.
For others as illiterate as me, profligate = wasteful.
"Saturday saw Mods travel to sunny Collingham for the first round of the Marflitt trophy. Mods began the game with the same backline that featured the previous week at Wigton Moor, with Matty Lewis in goal, Bergan and Bradford at centre halves, Mellor at left back and Ben “better than Steve Wilkinson” Bowman at right back. Injury to Leadbeater meant that Flash and Brendon occupied the central midfield spots, while Akie and Jake Williams took up the left and right flanks respectively. Up front Ryan Unsworth partnered a bulked up Danny Todd. The current strength of the Mods’ squad was illustrated by a strong bench consisting of Dale Mordue and Richard March.
Mods arrived early at the picturesque Collingham ground and as such were afforded the luxury of a good warm up during which Matty Lewis was happy to see that the phantom bobble which had been the cause of his embarrassment the last time Mods played at Collingham had been remedied. As to whether the bobble ever existed is a question which remains unanswered.
Bergan’s pre-match team talk centred on the need for the Mods to continue their good start to the season; winning is a habit and a good one at that. With Bergan’s words still ringing in their ears, Mods took to the field and started the game brightly. From the off the Mods’ supremacy was evident as the attacking forward line began to exert pressure on the Collingham defence. Mods were unlucky not to take the lead early on in the game, with the bar being hit on at least two occasions, however, pressure was building and it was only a matter of time before the beleaguered Collingham defence would give way. The breakthrough came on the half hour mark as good work down the right saw the ball fired across the area where Akie managed to pull off an accurate first time pass to an unmarked Danny Todd, who calmly slotted home. 1-0 Mods. The first half continued with Mods dominating possession and looking comfortable in defence despite Mellor’s constant slicing of any attempted long ball. As the referee blew for half time Mods could consider themselves unlucky not to have added more to the scoreline.
The first ten minutes of the second half saw Collingham enjoy their best part of the game, as they put together some decent passages of play. Despite their possession and attacking intent, Collingham were, nevertheless, restricted to long shots, and thankfully they could only produce tame efforts. Mods saw out Collingham’s pressure and then the floodgates opened as the profligacy which had characterised the first half was put to bed and it began to rain goals. First came a deft finish from Akie who strode into the area and lifted the ball over the oncoming keeper. Next to get his name on the scoresheet was the industrious Gilligan, who showed good close control and composure to slot home. Danny Todd, who had menaced the Collingham defence all afternoon, then finished well from the edge of the eighteen yard box. At 4-0, Bergan brought on his substitutes and the changes paid immediate dividends as Mordue rattled the back of the net with a close range effort following a Mods corner. By this time Collingham were well and truly beaten; Mods were confident, composed and controlled in their play and as the game neared its conclusion good work by Jake Williams down the left provided a chance at the back post for Richard March who stooped low to head home. Full time, 6-0 Mods.
Mods can be pleased with this performance. In truth, Collingham didn’t provide much of a test but Mods were clinical in the way that they dispatched of what was put in front of them. After the game both teams retired to the stunning Collingham club house and as the Mods basked in the late-afternoon sun, and their latest triumph, thoughts began to turn to next Saturday and what promises to be a much sterner test away at Bainbrige in the Yorkshire Old Boys shield. If the Mods can take their current form into next week’s game then a cup upset could be on the cards."
Collingham Juniors OB (Terry Marflitt Trophy) 0 - 6 Leeds Modernians Football Club 2nds ()