Match Report - 30 Nov 2019, Leeds Modernians Football Club Reserves drew with Otley Res
Leeds Mods vs Otley Town
Having been beaten by Otley comfortably at the start of the season it was a fixture Otley were probably looking forward to playing but with the much improved form of Leeds Mods and the confidence of claiming their first points of the season a fortnight ago, it was always going to be far from easy.
From kick-off the game looked fairly evenly match with Otley having most of the ball but failing to create any clear cut chances. Some great pressing from the midfield and forwards meant Otley were reduced to just playing a long ball out from the back which on most occasions was dealt with by George, Cowie and Matt with Pierre quick off his line to clear up anything else.
Otley became even more frustrated when they had a goal disallowed for a push on a Mods defender from a corner. As well as having a penalty claim turned down when George and their striker had a coming together.
Chances were hard to come by for The Mods with Jack coming closest in the first half with an attempt at goal that landed on the roof of the net.
Tempers reached boiling point l just before half time when the Otley Town winger landed on the Matts back, this led to a 20 man brawl on the side of the pitch which led to both the Otley captain and winger getting booked as well as The Mods manager Josh seeing yellow. Subsequently Otley's winger again left a foot in on Pierre which did not go un-noticed by the Mods. The cheb-end was subbed off at half time, one can only assume for his own sanity and to save the blushes of being sent off later in the game #Karma
This incident resulted in a step up in intensity which led to a series of big tackles flying in. David Cowie with the best of them taking down the striker who had broken through, somehow avoiding a yellow card yet again.
Mods shooting downhill in the second half had a lot more attacking play, the ball going from defence through the the striker with great link up play from James France, Adam Gillot and Mitch Buxton playing in an unfamiliar position.
The first chance of the second half came from a corner when a low cross ended up at the feet at Matt who proceeded to hit the ball straight into the keepers hand. 2 minutes later a long ball over the top from Otley fell to the winger who calmly lobbed the ball over Pierre for a tidy finish and give Otley the lead.
In previous weeks, this would have been disastrous for The Mods however the improved attitude and determination over the last few weeks meant that the game was not over. Furthe pressure was applied from the Mods and the defence of Otley was tested. The breakthrough came when Hugo’s strike hit the head of the Otley centre half and went past the wrong footed keeper. The dubious goals panel are still to decide who will be awarded the goal.
The tough tackling continued throughout the second half with everyone on the Mods team getting well stuck in, shaping the desire to win their individual battles. Sam and Charlie providing the width for the Mods throughout the game, both beating there men, on several occasions and providing crosses for the strikers to get on the end of.
Arguably the best chance of the second half fell to the Leeds Mods number 7, Mitch Buxton who found himself in the Otley penalty area with the ball at his feet. Unfortunately his shot narrowly missed the target and the wait for his first Mods goal continues.
Sam and Liam came off the bench to provide fresh legs with some great hold up play form Liam and Jamie Vardy like runs in behind the defence from Sam the Otley defence couldn’t handle it. Some impressive link up play from the newly introduced front pair led to a perfectly weighted through ball from Liam to Sam who placed the balk in the back of the net only for the referee to give it offside.
With minutes left on the clock, a hopeful long ball again fell the an Otley player inside the Mods penalty area, his shot firing past Pierre and dealing a hammer blow to Mods chance of getting anything from the game.
Most teams would give up at this point, but the Mods has worked far too hard to not get anything from the game. With 30 seconds to go, straight from kick off the ball was launched into the Otley half where, even after 90 minutes of intense football the Mods battled hard to win the ball. It fell to centre half George who used his quick feet to control the ball but before had chance to make an attempt at goal was brought down, penalty given.
Up steps, Jack Sewell, taking a penalty is never easy, but when it’s the last kick of the game at 2-1 down, nerves of steel are required. A well struck shot hit the fingertips of the keeper but it wasn’t enough as the ball nestled in the back of the net.
There was barely enough time for Otley to kick off as the game finished 2-2. Mods pick up a well earned point to lift them off the bottom of the table.
To go behind twice in the second half and still come away with a point shows how far the team has progressed this season and to still have the energy levels to score in the last minute shows that hard work in training is paying off. Every player put a shift in and if that continues with over half the season it’s only a matter of time the team climb higher up the table
Leeds Modernians Football Club Reserves 2 - 2 Otley Res ()