Match Report - 13 Apr 2013, Leeds Modernians Football Club 2nds beat Beeston St. Anthony's
After last weeks debacle against Dire Academics Mods arrived in Beeston knowing that only a win would suffice in their quest for promotion. True to their North Leeds, Tory heartland roots Mods observed a minute’s silence in the changing rooms prior to the match and even wore black tape around their socks as a mark of respect for the late, great Iron Lady RIP.
Mods talisman and goal machine Nathan Clarke was absent for the 11 mile trip to Millshaw. However, gaffer Bergan and former captain Mellor returned to the squad adding a teaspoon of pace, agility and scoring prowess to the squad.
The gaffer read out a team of ML2 in goal, Bowman, Berganbauer, Wilkinson and Keating at the back. A midfield trio of Toddy, Smith and the silver fox Dale Mordue. The line-up was completed by Atkins and Unsworth supporting Williams in attack. The unlucky Gillet and Mellor where put in charge of warming up the goalkeeper and running the line.
A rousing speech by Berganbauer drilled home the importance of the game and a focussed and determined atmosphere descended on the away dressing room. This mood was soon shattered by Unsworth’s announcement that he was going to beef up and get stacked for next season. A wild statement from the part-time scarecrow who obviously wishes to further complement his latest addition, a new hairline courtesy of local hair transplant clinic. It remains to be seen if Unsworth will ever weigh more than 6 stone soaking wet but we wish him well. This jovial banter lightened the mood in the camp and was a welcome change from the usual ‘Confessions of an architect: A collection of fictional sexcapades’ which the team were forced to endure last season from a well known fibbing Modsman.
On to the match. Bright sunshine greeted the players as they walked out onto the pitch. Adam Todd became Mods 51st captain of the year with more senior members of the team once again overlooked. Beeston settled the quickest out of the two teams and took an early lead when hitman Tony Garth swivelled on a sixpence and smashed home from 8 yards following a bobbling ball into the Mods box. Matty Lewis’ displeasure at his lack of protection was evident for all to see. No other incidents of note occurred in a very poor first half by the Mods.
The second half began much the same until the introduction of Gillet and a minor tactical tweak on the hour mark. A couple of minutes later as the heavens opened the Mods drew level. Good work down the left sent a ball across the Beeston box which Unsworth did his best to miss as he scored via the underside of the crossbar from two yards. His first goal for Mods in 878 minutes.
Almost straight from the resulting kick off Mods won back the ball and Williams spotting the Beeston keeper off his line unleashed a screamer from 40 yards which sailed into the net. A goal worthy of winning any football match. Williams later remarked on Twitter 'Ere Maddogg mi goal wa lik Beckhams v Wimbledon want it bruv :/' A reasonable comparison for a layman, however to local football connoisseurs it was surely more akin to Jonny Wilson’s goal vs St Nicks of last year, albeit with chavier undertones.
Beeston had late chances to win the game, mostly as a result of the portable bobble which was following Wilkinson around the pitch, allowing their strikers a series of one-on-ones. Luckily for Mods these chances mainly fell to the aptly named Dodo and were all thwarted by Lewis who overcame his misdemeanour from last week. With Dodo's shooting Beeston's chances of getting back into the contest where soon extinct and the Mods hung on for invaluable 3 points. The result ensured that the Mods travelled back to Cookridge Lane in high spirits breaking into a chorus of ‘Lets all laugh at the thirds’ for 12th week on the bounce.
A real game of two halves. Beeston are a good set of lads and hopefully they can survive this season. A special mention must go to Big Col the referee who officiated the game superbly.
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