Match Report - 04 Apr 2015, Leeds Modernians Football Club 1sts lost to Carlton
Mods welcomed high flying Carlton to Cookridge Lane as they sought to move on from last weeks poor second half performance at a rain soaked Wyke.
The build up to the game was dominated by team selection news. James Lee had been suffering from a headache all week following winning his first header of the season against Wyke. Lee sought medical attention for this ailment and whilst the doctor confirmed that Lee is generally not a well man, he stated that all that is medically wrong is a mild case of hypochondria. Lee was advised to forget worrying about his bowling averages for the forthcoming cricket season and promptly told to stop wasting NHS time. Jimmy subsequently stormed out declaring he cant wait for Farage to sort the NHS out after his request for a doctors note to show Rob was denied.
However Lee's week was not getting any better as he proceeded to pick up a virus in the doctors waiting room whilst perusing a Nov 2013 copy of Bella. If only he still had his BUPA cover from his Yorkshire days (those were the days). The world of cricket is praying that Lee pulls through and is ready for the start of the cricketing season next week, the Mods don't really care.
It was nice of Lee to vacate his sick bed and stop updating his Wikipedia page
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_Lee_(cricketer,_born_1988) with past glories to join his mate Pouncett on the sidelines who was absent due to a slight ankle knock. They were joined pitch side by representatives from Teflon who had travelled to Cookridge after hearing reports of Mods number 1 Lewis's amazing ability to prevent the ball on the pitch and any criticism off it sticking to him. They weren't to be disappointed.
Turner assembled his troops in the home dressing room and read out this weeks roll call. Jock O'Raw was the surprise but welcome inclusion into the starting 11, adding a touch of foreign culture. The eleven were Lewis in goal (see above). Damo, Jamo, Claxton and Wilkinson at the back. Hurul, Mikey, Gillett and Jock in the middle with Waz and BT9 up front. Subs were Joe H, Declan and Matt Gibbons.
During the early periods of the game the Mods were pinned back into their own half by Carlton who were rewarded when a shot from the edge of the area was parried by Lewis across his six yard line and the ball was poked home by the Carlton forward. Mods got back into game midway through the half when a long ball from Wilkinson was delicately flicked on by BT9 and Waz slotted the ball home calmly from 12 yards. Mods had the opportunity to take the lead later in the half however Gilletts goal bound header was expertly tipped over the bar. Towards the end of the first half Carlton piled on the pressure as Mods resorted to a 4-5-1 formation to try and contain them. This pressure won a series of corners which tested the Mods resolve. However, with the referees watch bleeping for half time the Mods zonal marking system was undone by a header from six yards.
At half time Jockey O' Raw was sacrificed for Matt Gibbons, who did not appear to be his usual self. From the start of the second half it was all one way traffic with Carlton the far more aggressive and disciplined side. Carlton's big money spring signing from Thornhill was causing most of the damage as the Mods defence was bullied and penetrated on numerous occasions. Carlton promptly scored two goals in quick succession to kill off the Mods, but in all honesty it could easily have been more. Hippy Declan and Joe Hebb came on to help the Mods cause, as they struggled to gain possession. Phil Gillett struck an excellent 25 yard half volley onto the post which was the only Mods highlight of the second half.
The game from a Mods perspective was very similar to last weeks, an okay first half followed by an abysmal second. Carlton are now almost assured of promotion and should do well in the top division if they keep the same squad together. Back to the drawing board for the Mods who will be aiming to put this game behind them as quickly as possible and show more hunger to gain 9 points from the remaining 3 games.
Leeds Modernians Football Club 1sts 1 - 4 Carlton ()