Match Report

Match Report - 13 Oct 2012, Leeds Modernians Football Club 2nds lost to Stanningley OB (Terry Marflitt Trophy)

Mods' combative midfielder Brendan Gilligan gives a historical report on a match that happened at some point in the distant past... Gilligan has gone for the Olde English spelling of many words.

All the pregame talk was of how Stannigley were going to kick Modernians off the park and of who would happen to pick up one of them mysterious yet serious injuries that would only last one week. When Saturday morning arrived there was a look of surprise on many faces as Adam Matthews rolled up and it would be Andrew Atkins who would declare himself unavailable. With resident stoner Dougie called up to replace the fiery haired wideman the mods set off to Hoguh Top.

The mods arrived at the White Horse Pub and were thrilled with the facilities, which included a private gym with warm up area. As the mods got changed in to the famous red and black manager Began announced that Gilligan was to continue as stand in skipper for the injured Leadbeater despite the #GiveJakeTheArmbandCampagin, Which managed to get an impressive number of backers…… 1. Began was also able to name the unchanged back four of Bowman, Bergan, Bradford and Mellor. Lewis was given the opportunity to redeem himself after conceding 6 goals the previous weekend. The midfield consisted of Matthews, Gilligan, Blake & Mordue. Upfront, Williams was back in his favored position and partnered the inform Clarke. Douige and Unsworth started on the bench.

Gilligan yet again won a coin toss and the game got underway. Mods started quickly and didn’t allow the home side to settle. Dominating the early possession the mods failed to create any notable chances. Despite the good start it would be Stannigley who would draw first blood.

A corner was flicked on towards the back post that allowed a Stannigley player to nod home. A real sucker punch. 1-0.

Despite Stanniglys reputation for being a tough tackling side it would be Clarke who would provide the first big clash. A long ball down the field contested by Clarke and their center half left the latter in a heap. The home side claimed use of an elbow and Clarke protested his innocence but the referee cautioned him nonetheless.

Half time came soon after with Stanningley shading the latter periods in what was an equally contested 45 minutes, mods were unlucky to go in behind. The Mods retuned to the field spurred on by a half time team talk from club legend John Ramsden and recharged by his Asda Isotonic beverages.

However, Stannigley started the half the brighter and began to exert their authority on the game forcing Lewis into making a string of saves. Mods on the other hand were limited to chances on the break, the best of which fell to Matthews who linked well with Williams and Clarke but couldn’t beat the on rushing keeper.

Around the mid way point of the second half after some good work down the right, by I think Unsworth and Bowman, the ball fell to Gilligan who was fouled on the edge of the area. Up stepped set piece specialist Jake Williams who smashed home his fourth freekick of the season. If he could just learn to hit a moving ball as well he could become a decent player one day. The away fans went wild, all 3 of them.

For what was reaming of the second half Stanningley dominated possession but the mods back four soaked up the pressure excellently and managed to hang on to take the game to extra time. Towards the end of the half Dougie and Unsworth were brought on to replace Mordue and Matthews who both had work tirelessly. With no more subs reaming the mods would have to go the additional 30 minutes with 10men as Bowman retired with a pulled hamstring.

Mods, sporting a 4-3-2 formation battled bravely for the first half with Stannignley piling on the pressure. Lady luck seemed to be smiling on the mods as an uncharteristic slip from Bradford allowed the Stannigley no10 a one on one that he somehow managed to blaze over the bar. Half time in extra-time. The game still tied.

However the odds were getting slimmer for the Senior B side as Clarke went AWOL and didn’t return to field for the second half much to the bemusement of his team mates.

With Mods backs against the wall holes began to appear in the now unconventional 4-3-1 formation as the home side cranked up the pressure. Stannigley continued to knock on the door but Lewis, Bergan, Blake, Bradford & Mellor kept the it firmly bolted. With 7 minutes reaming a goal mouth scramble led to what seemed a simple tap in for a Stanningley forward only for Gilligan to heroically clear the ball off the line.

Recharged from his extended rest Clarke decided to return and it looked as if Mods were going to force pens. Mods began to push up the field with Williams & Unso managing to relive the pressure on the tiring back four and midfield. However, with minutes remaining a clearance from a stannigley centre half was chased down by the by their attacker who fired off a half volley from 30 yards at a ridiculous angle into the top corner. 2-1 Stannignley.

Mods tried to push on and again changed their formation to some kind of 2-3-4 with Blake and Bergan pushing up. Mods tried but couldn’t find the back of the net with late chances falling to Dougie, Clarke and someone else from a corner. The full time whistle blew and it would be the pre game favorites whose name will be in the hat for next round draw.

An exciting game was then marred by some ugly scenes after the full time whistle which saw the Stanningley keeper shown a red card for a foul mouth tirade on the referee.

Overall it was a top performance from Old Mods who really put the current Senior A champions to the sword. Still I feel if we had managed to have 11 players on the pitch for the duration we could have achieved an upset.

Stanningley OB (Terry Marflitt Trophy) 2 - 1 Leeds Modernians Football Club 2nds (2-1 AET)

Name Goals Details
1 Matty Lewis  
2 Ben Bowman  
3 Damien Mellor  
4 Dan Bradford  
5 David Bergan  
6 Dale Mordue  
7 Jake Williams   1
8 Brendan Gilligan  
9 Nathan Clark  Nathan Clark Yellow card
10 Simon Blake  
11 Adam Matthews  
12 Ryan Unsworth  
13 Andrew Atkins  
14 John Ramsden