Match Report - 07 Dec 2013, Leeds Modernians Football Club 3rds beat Grangefield OB Res
Mods came from behind twice with four second half goals to overcome Grangefield and record their fifth league win of the season. Despite trailing at the interval, doubles from Tommy Stenger and Jonny Wilson turned the game around to put Dan Bradfords side back in the hunt for a promotion place.
Mods went behind when a fortunate 30 yard lob come cross just had enough on it to evade Phil Gillet, who managed to get someing on it but just couldn’t prevent the ball dropping in. The visitors main hope of an equaliser looked like coming from set plays and Grangefield were surrendering several free kicks around the area. The same could also be said of the Mods side, as both teams were conceding a lot of free kicks, possibly down to the slippery conditions underfoot. The hosts could have doubled their lead when the tricky winger cut inside and saw his effort cannon down from the underside of the crossbar, no-one appealed for the goal but replays confirm that the ball did in fact cross the line.
The second half got underway and Mods immediately looked the more likely to score, Dan White was proving to be a useful foil to Jonny Wilson and Tim Hill and the forwards looked to get in behind. The equaliser did come when a deep cross from Tommy Snowdon was dropped by the Grangefield keeper and Tommy Stenger was on hand to provide the simple finish.
The hosts then retook the lead against the run of play, a loose ball was struck from 25 yards out, which rocketed into the corner, it was a fantastic strike that two keepers would have struggled to stop. As Mods looked to get back into a game which they really had to win Stu Astell was introduced and he effected the game immediately with a fantastic crossfield pass that Jonny Wilson fired into the top corner with an emphatic first time finish.
Mods took the lead for the first time in the game with about 15 minutes to play, Stu Astell again involved, his corner was met by Tommy Stenger, who’s headed home from 5 yards out.
Mods now had to soak up some pressure as Grangefield pushed on looking to level the game again but the back four did well dealing with everything Grangefield could throw at them in tricky conditions. As the final whistle approached Grangefield pushed more and more men forward looking for the equaliser, this left a lot of room in behind and Jonny Wilson beat the offside trap and finished with great composure the make the final two minutes comfortable for Mods to see out.
Next week sees Mods travel to Woodkirk, a team just one place below them in the league with pretty much an identical record.
Grangefield OB Res 2 - 4 Leeds Modernians Football Club 3rds ()