Match Report - 29 Nov 2014, Leeds Modernians Football Club 1sts drew with Ilkley Town
A threadbare Mods travelled to Ilkley for the Clive Symth derby, with the club legend watching from the bench in the guise of a normal member of society.
Ilkley were always going to be well motivated after we drew 2-2 with them in the cup earlier this season, whilst Ben beat them 5-0, totaling a 7-2 victory for Mods.
Mods lined up in an unfamiliar 3-5-2 formation. ML21 in goals, Joe Hebb, Daniel Jamieson and Danny Claxton as a back three. Jimmy Lee and Declan Keeney wing backs. Gillett and Hurrells playing centrally slightly behind Adam Platten, with Mono and Ben Turner up top.
Eyebrows were raised when Daniel 'The Temperament' Jamieson was given the captains armband after his antics last week. Stepping in for the Hoarder Pouncett, who was given a week off following his calamity last week, time he decided to spend in Anaheim watching his beloved Mighty Ducks. Quack Quack.
Mono broke the world record for shortest ever appearance as he signaled he needed to come off after 1 minute and without going near the ball. Platten went up front and Al' Jim Kent slotted into to what was now the oldest, slowest midfield trio north of Cornwall.
The game started on a fairly even footing, with Ilkley in control of most of the possession as their three nippy, mobile midfielders took advantage as their counterparts struggled to come to terms with Thatcher's departure as PM.
Mods looked very comfortable in the new system defensively as Phillipino Claxton had 'Adam' in his pocket. Ben Turner was set free and looked certain to do what he does until being clearly pulled back. Unfortunately it was That Scottish Ref and he gave nothing but an arrogant riposte.
The deadlock was broken by a piece of individual brilliance. Declan Keeney picked up the ball on the halfway line wide left, outpaced 2 defenders, cut inside and fired into the near post with his right foot. Standard left back play.
Ilkley piled on the pressure and had a couple of decent attempts at equalizing, Matty Lewis excellently stopping a deflected effort a his near post. He then, and it pains me to type this, pulled off a genuinely world class save. Somehow getting a strong fingertip to a free kick that was destined for the top corner. Truly magical.
Mods conceded at a bad time as another free kick was whipped in dangerously and a header deflected in off an unlucky Claxton.
At this interval I would like to mention Adam Platten was on a Hen Do the preceding evening.
Mods repeated their second half antics of Otley at home as they can out a bit flat and struggling to be keep hold of the ball. Ilkley were getting on top and their striker fired them ahead with a long range, looping shot that ML21 got a big, soggy popadom hand to, but disappointingly couldn't keep out of the top corner.
It looked ominous for Mods, as Ilkley took control of the game. They nearly secured the three points but for another wonderful Lewis save, tipping onto the post from a 1 on 1.
In times gone by, with our ice hockey captain at the helm we may well have crumbled. But today was different. We had a lunatic scouser with the armband on. And looking at the sidelines, with no subs and multiple players carrying injuries, the spirit of the Altoft Lions took over. Mods went 4-4-2 with AJK slipping as assuredly into left back as he would into a comfy pair of slippers, Mods took the game to Ilkley. Ben finished delightfully but was offside for the 63rd time of the game (none of them correct apparently). Ex professional sportsman James Lee rolled a free kick into their goal keepers grasp from 35 yards and pressure was building.
Declan, now playing in an advanced role, was looking his unplayable self from last season. He won a free kick in the 92nd minute, which Hurrells whipped in at the same pace as most of his passing. Gillett got a grey curl on it and it was deflected goal wards, well saved by the keeper but the ball fell the the right man in the right place. Keeney rifling home despite El Capitano trying to block it on the line with his fat arse. 2-2.
The final whistle came and the Mods were good value for their point. Time to build on this display of grit, togetherness and fine leadership. #UTM
Ilkley Town 2 - 2 Leeds Modernians Football Club 1sts ()