Match Report

Match Report - 05 Dec 2015, Leeds Modernians Football Club 1sts lost to Headingley AFC

Saturday saw us in the cup against Headingley at home, a tasty affair on the cards. Hoping to keep the cup run going and build a bit of momentum for our league form and with seven changes to the squad being made from the previous week, who knew what would happen.

Starting line-up Matty Lewis Jamo Phil Damo Xav Hurrell Kent Wasim Declan Platts Ben, Subs Rossi, JP& Mad dog

As the gale force wind blew down the pitch causing havoc putting the nets up, cries of “This is worse than Kippax” and “What am I doing here?” were heard! As Rob asked the old heads Hurrell and Gillett to take charge and help the younger lads, much to Phil’s heartbreak!!!!! We set about our pre match banter and warm up.

We won the toss and changed ends, playing up hill and into the wind first half. We set our stall out to be disciplined and hard to break down, keeping a high line as much as possible expecting to be under the cosh. However, it was us on the front foot for most of the first half. The back four and two holding midfielders breaking up most of Headingley’s attacking play and winning their battles whilst keeping hold of the ball. This was allowing our front four to run riot. Although playing well and dominating for large parts, chances were few and far between with Ben flashing a shot wide of the target. Headingley got a foot hold towards the end of the half with a flurry of corners which brought out a tremendous save from Matty followed by a great block from Phil. With the half seemingly coming to an end we lost possession just inside their half, leaving us for the first time stretched and out of position. A quick pass to their make shift striker seemed to be getting cut out by Phil but sparrow legs lost out to the striker and a one two later, the ball was in the back of the net. A short time after the half time whistle sounded and with that a strange decision to trudge back to the dressing room for our debriefing. At this point, as usual, we were happy with our 45 minute shift and still in the game. The usual “we need to keep this up”, “Don’t leave it in the dressing room”, “we know what we need to do”, etc. etc. etc.!

HT 0 – 1

As ever, and at the minute the Mods way, it didn’t take long for the wheels to come off in the second half. With Declan and Wasim carrying knocks and forcing two early changes and a change of formation we took a while to get going again. We soon conceded a second goal, which can only be described as ‘a mile offside’. The ref could not decide who played the striker on, so “someone” was mentioned! A third goal duly followed and from a set piece. As the corner came in, turtle neck Jamo shrunk to 3’ 2” and they headed home. We lost our shape and started chasing the game and seemingly shadows. A fourth goal came after a quick counter saw a ball into the corner, again screams of offside, albeit through hope and tiredness, to the striker (probably a mile onside), who cut inside and cut the ball back for the runner to finish in off the post. Apart from a sublime piece of control from Ben after a wayward pass and shot from 30 yards, we didn’t have much to talk about second half. We were huffing and puffing more than the weather. Down hill and with the wind second half, we barely had the ball to trouble Headingley. Left everything in the dressing room at half time again. Although Headingley were superb second half, we never competed and just rolled over. With some positives against a good team, still a disappointing Saturday afternoon having been very much in it at half time. Time to get our backs to the walls and grow a pair. Big six pointer next up

FT 0 - 4

Leeds Modernians Football Club 1sts 0 - 4 Headingley AFC ()

Name Goals Details
1 Matt Gibbons  
2 Ryan Capitano  
3 Xav Baines  
4 Daniel Jamieson  
5 Phil Gillett  
6 Paul Hurrell  
7 Wasim Khan  
8 Danny Forrest  
9 Adam Platten  
10 Ben Turner  
11 Declan Keaney  
12 James Lee  
13 James Kent  
14 Ross Mackenley  
15 Chris Roy  
16 Alex Pouncett  
17 Mick Birch  
18 Clive Smythe  
19 Robert Turner