Match Report - 19 Sep 2015, Leeds Modernians Football Club 1sts lost to Grangefield OB Firsts
Threadbare Leeds Mods hosted an ever strong Grangefield OB team at Cookridge Lane. With drop outs from Platten with a bad hamstring/training injury after being kicked by his captain and Toddy, suffering from having to carry his massive arse around for 25 years. Mods were able to only name one sub, in Wids, who injured himself in the warm up by kicking the floor to the surprise of absolutely nobody ever.
After a very quiet warm up, with the only sound cutting through the boiling afternoon air that of Old Man Hurrell running through his usual array of Sunday league clichés you would have been forgiven for losing all optimism of the 90 minutes ahead. The referee started the afternoon as he meant to go on, by acting very weirdly. Upon telling the players that he would not tolerate any swearing Professor Plum Claxton saw it fit to ask if “we can swear at you ref or just to each other?”Again, no level of surprise anywhere in the room.
Mods lined up:
The Mods made a good start to the game and looked a lot more organised and disciplined than in recent weeks. BT19 missed when through one and one (step by step evidence of this on Twitter) but it felt as though there were going to be goals up for grabs. There were a couple of scares as Grangefield rattled the post and forced a good low save from the funky Gibbon. After last week’s aerially difficulties Gillett was pushed slightly further forwards in order to Kevin Davies as many flick ons as possible, this Neanderthal tactic worked to perfection as a Gibbons clearance was flicked into the gaping hole between the two centre backs to BT19 who expertly lobbed the keeper to give Mods a 1-0 lead going into half time. It could have been doubled but for an absolutely outrageous save from the Grangefield keeper after some lovely footwork and volley from Ben.
Half Time Info: David P Cowie was in Phil Gillett’s house at 1am on Saturday morning.
The second half continued in a similar vein with Mods defending rigidly and looking likely to score as BT19 found himself in a number of positions from which we now expect him to score. However, as seems to be a bit of a running theme at the moment, Mods conceded a worldy. Possession was conceded in midfield, as a unit we take responsibility so the culprit will remain nameless (it was Mikey Hall). The Grangefield wide man cut inside and smashed a rising drive into the postage stamp of the top corner to make it 1-1. It was a deficit soon after as Gibbons was beaten to a through ball he maybe should have ignored and neatly rounded for a tap in for the striker. The game was being overshadowed somewhat by the strange official, sticking to his word and booking anyone who said drat aside from when Gibbons launched an expletive ridden rant at Lord Lee. An embarrassing referee; a good judge of character.
A couple of very good chances went begging before the chance of all chances came in the last minute. A cross was flicked to the back post, where skipper Jamieson found himself stood in the back of the net, holding onto the post. Instead of letting the ball hit his big, dumb head, he inexplicably tried to direct his open goal chance into the very corner of the net. With one eye already on a silly Ronaldo celebration by the corner flag, or perhaps on what kind of side he would have with his caviar that evening. Jamieson steered his big moment wide and Mods were left kicking themselves, and missing.
A good performance, a committed performance but just not the rub of the green. There is another cup game next week and a chance to put things right, we will get there eventually.
Leeds Modernians Football Club 1sts 1 - 2 Grangefield OB Firsts ()