Match Report - 01 Sep 2012, Leeds Modernians Football Club 3rds drew with Almondburians Huddersfield
Mods new campaign in Division 2 began the same way last seasons finished, with a draw at home to Almondurians. But this time there was no post match celebrations and euphoria. James Douglas had put the home side 1-0 up against the run of play in the first half and when Aidan Gilligan scored an early contender for goal of the season to double the lead halfway through the second half Mods looked to have secured all the points.
However, take nothing away from the visitors, they continued to put Mods under pressure with balls into the box and got one back with 20 minutes to go, and found an equaliser within the final 10 minutes.
Mods lined up with Sam Lawson between the sticks, Andy Shirley at left back, Tommy Stenger and Ashton Rowe at the heart of the defence with Ryan Kerr at right back in what has to be one of the best looking back 5’s in living memory. Andy Thorpe and James Douglas lined up on the flanks with Jodie Lazenby and debutant Rich Burns filling the two central midfield berths. Aidan Gillian and another debutant, Antony Bell would provide Mods main goal threat, leading the line up front.
After much confusion and deliberation regarding which pitch to play on, the game got under way and on a relativity peaceful day elsewhere across the city region, Tinsill Top was again ravaged by wind. Mods however dug their heels in and managed to keep Almondburains at bay as they lay siege the Sam Lawson’s goal in the opening exchanges.
Despite the early pressure, which was expected given the manner in which the title was clinched last season it was Mods who took the lead. Good work down the right hand side of the pitch allowed Andy Thorpe to continually cut inside until he met opposite winger James Douglas who with some neat interplay dispatched a right footed shot from the edge of the area into the bottom corner. 1-0, and it remained like that going into the interval.
The second half’s opening exchanged forced off young Ryan Kerr with a facial injury, which prompted James Haworth introduction, but after an initial worrying 30 seconds Mods started to impose themselves on the opposition for the first time, and midway through the second half Aidan Gilligan pick up a bouncing loose ball, 40 yards out and let fly to double the lead for Andy Hicks team. Both sides continued to have chances, Mods clipped the top of the crossbar following a back post corner, and Almondburians missed a one-on-one when the striker dragged his shot wide.
A two goal lead would usually be enough to see the game out but Almondburians never gave up and put themselves right back in the game when their striker reacted quickest to hammer the ball home from close range, following a smart save from an unlucky Sam Lawson. Then just ten minutes later Almondburians were level when the ball broke for the visiting team, and the striker managed to get to the ball first and lift it over the keeper into the net.
2-2 the game finished with both sides probably deserving a share of the spoils as once again as they could not be separated in what is becoming a healthy rivalry. But with a point on the board in the opening game, attention now must turn to next weeks game against the recently relegated East Ardsley Wanderers.
Leeds Modernians Football Club 3rds 2 - 2 Almondburians Huddersfield ()