Match Report - 29 Nov 2014, Leeds Modernians Football Club 3rds beat Middleton Park Res
Two wins on the spins now for the Mods, with the latest coming in a fairly unconventional game. After such a sterling defensive performance the week before against Norristhorpe, Mods changed 4 of the back 5 to keep things fresh.
Mods took to the pitch confident that they could continue on from where they left off last week and pick up another three points. Mods were a little worried for a time as there seemed to be no opposition but Middleton started to turn up in dribs and drabs, so at least there was going to be a game.
Unfortunately, no ref turned up, so after some consultation with the Middleton Management, it was decided that our sub would ref the first half, and theirs the second.
Sam Lunt took on the “Man in Black” role for the first half and did a good job. Credit to both sides, who played the game in good spirits and made things as easy as possible for the ref(s).
Mods started brightly and pushed for an early goal, but this left space at the back and with a better final ball Middleton could have taken advantage. The Mods opener duly came and the men in red and black settled down and started to play some lovely football. More goals came and but the half time whistle Mods were three up and comfortable.
Unfortunately for Middleton, their influential centre midfielder got injured during the first half so they had already used their sub and the injured player was ib no state to be able to ref the second half. So up stepped Dave Willis to take up the reffing duties whilst Sam Lunt replaced him in centre midfield.
Mods started the second half as they had finished the first scoring 3 goals in quick succession (one of which with hindsight was probably off side so I apologise to Middleton for that). At six nil Mods were not done and they kept pushing for more playing some lovely football at times, goals number seven and eight came and Mods continued to push on with every player thinking they could get on the score sheet. This obviously led to Middleton creating some chances as Mods lost their shape and but for the good work of Tom Day in the Mods goal, Middleton could have had a couple of goals themselves. As the game came to a close, Mods got a couple more goals, one of which was from the spot, delightfully put away by Michael after Adie had seen an earlier spot kick superbly saved by the keeper.
The game finished 10 nil to the Mods with Stu, Michael and Reece getting one goal each whilst Hugo bagged 7 (seven) and picked up man of the match as a result.
Thanks to Middleton who played the game in great spirits and really made things easy for the stand in refs, who undoubtedly made mistakes and Middleton may have had good cause to complain but I can promise that there was no bias from the refs, just lack of ability to do the job properly.
Next week it is Norristhorpe at home which will be a tough test as they will no doubt be out for revenge given Mods win at their place only a couple of weeks ago.
Leeds Modernians Football Club 3rds 10 - 0 Middleton Park Res ()