Match Report

Match Report - 27 Oct 2012, Leeds Modernians Football Club 2nds lost to Beeston St. Anthony's - YOB Shield

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Before kick off Sir David of Bergan announced a new club record as the defensive unit remained the same for the fifth consecutive game, this meant Lewis in goal was once again protected by a back four of Bowman, Bergan, Bradford and Mellor. The midfield quartet was Mordue, Gilligan, Blake and Matthews with Mods historians trawling the archives to see when the last time a midfield remained the same for two consecutive games, as the same four started previously against Stanningley. Unsworth and Clapham started up front in a new look front pairing which left Jonny Hick as the lone ranger on the bench.

On a very impressive pitch Beeston started the brighter, showing determination in the tackle and a willingness to move the ball quickly but Mods grew into the game and took the lead after 25mins. A corner from the right was only cleared as far as Bergan who volleyed the ball back towards goal from the edge of the penalty area, the Beeston keeper struggled to deal with the flight of the ball as it looped over his head and into the far corner.

Beeston have struggled with their league form but it seems to have only ignited their passion which they showed in abundance straight from the restart, causing problems through Big T and DoDo up front they immediately went on the front foot looking for the equaliser. From their resulting pressure Beeston won a corner and Mods zonal marking was brought into question again as a back post cross was wonderfully volleyed home by the Beeston centre back.

As the half continued the game went from end to end with both teams looking threatening but it was Mods who converted their best chance to take the lead. Flash lofted a free kick into the Beeston penalty area which Mellor headed back across goal for the unmarked Clapham to sweep the ball home. (HT 1-2).

In the second half the game continued to be an end to end contest and Mods couldn't find the 3rd goal to kill the game off which probably gave Beeston some belief. As Beeston applied more pressure Big T managed to dribble past 3 static Mods defenders and finish majestically past the exposed Lewis.

Mordue left the game injured after an hour replaced by Hick on the left hand side of midfield. Even though there were chances to win the game for either team most notably for Mods from Mellor once again the Reserves found themselves playing extra time.

Two tired teams gave it their all but it was Beeston who found the winner after 110mins, the ball falling to their right midfielder on the edge of the Mods box for him to rifle home, a goal worthy of winning any game.

Although the Mods lost there were several positives to come out of the game: Clapham slotted in well and got a deserved goal. Jonny Hick came on and looked very dangerous. Brendan Gilligan continues to lead by example.

On another day the amount of chances created by Mods would have led to victory. However, today belongs to Beeston who are a good set of lads and we wish them well for the season.

On a separate note the referee (Eugene?) had an outstanding game.

Beeston St. Anthony's - YOB Shield 3 - 2 Leeds Modernians Football Club 2nds (3-2 AET)

Name Goals Details
1 Matty Lewis  
2 Ben Bowman  Ben Bowman Yellow card
3 David Bergan   1
4 Dan Bradford  
5 Damien Mellor  
6 Dale Mordue  
7 Adam Matthews  
8 Simon Blake  
9 Brendan Gilligan  
10 Joe Clapham   1
11 Ryan Unsworth  
12 Jonny Hick  
13 Andrew Atkins   Unavailable
14 Josh Smith   Injured