Match Report - 08 Aug 2020, Leeds Modernians Football Club Reserves lost to 1sts
Saturday 8th August 2020 – Leeds Modernians 1sts vs Leeds Modernians 2nds
Official Sponsor – Pizza House
“A monumental occasion at the Modernians following months of football exile”
From afar, socially distanced spectators were in for a fiery encounter with both squads looking to impress.
Debut’s for Will Buckton for the 1st team squad, and for Du Ndlovu and James Flint with the 2nds.
It was a belter of a day; many said it was too hot to play football, they said we should be at home, they said football should not be a priority. We said NO! We are the Mods and this is our club! Following weeks of intense pre-season training and a stacked schedule this was the first time the Modsmen have stepped onto the blessed turf on Cookridge Lane since March. Credit due to the Tony Keegan and Dave Clapham for all of the hard work, the pitch looked and played exceptionally well.
With 14:00 upon us, following a parade of young men pouting in front of the camera for the club website we were off. Dave Cowie losing the toss, and Danny Claxton electing to play up hill first half, a decision that proved pivotal to the result.
Playing a new system across both West Yorkshire League squads, both teams starting well with no clear cut chances, partly due to solid defensive work from both teams but also a strong possibility of rustiness in front of goal. Despite the strong bond that the players have formed during pre-season, no love was lost in this game with both squads battling to take control of the fixture. Notable collisions during the games; Dan Kluska/Was Khan, Charlie Glossop/Du Ndlovu, Charlie Glossop/Sam Langley, great to see!
The first goal came Nathan Hunt found himself with the ball at his feet in the box following good work from through the midfield from Jack Sewell, James France and Du Ndlovu. Alex Hay had no chance with a clinical finish. Reserves take the lead, 1 – 0.
A second opportunity came for the 2nds, with Kyle Mangan unable to find the composure needed to find the back of the net from 6 yards. You can’t help but think that with slightly more flexible hamstrings, he might have been able to double the lead.
More good defensive work from both teams, and with little opportunities being created it took a stroke of fortune/genius from Waz Khan to level matters. Aggressive and relentless pressing from Waz and Adam Hamilton found Matt Gibbons with no option but to force Waz wide as he broke into space, a slight touch from the Mods keeper could have forced a less honest man over, making an almost impossible angle for Waz to put the ball back into the box for Adam. Was had other ideas and lobbed the ball into the back of the net, if intended, a special goal.
Half Time 1 – 1.
Liam Dove and Will Buckton make way for Mikey Hall and Sam Walker for the 1st Team, with Kyle Mangan making way for Tom Stacey to come into midfield for the 2nds. A small tactical change from the 2nds putting 3 in the middle of midfield leaving Jack Sewell up top as a lone striker.
The pitch was holding up nicely, as was the sunshine. Both teams finding it hard to keep the ball and create clear cut chances with neither keeper really being asked too many questions. It took a moment of class from Danny Claxton who picked up the ball deep into the opposition half, a quick drop of the shoulder and a shimmy to the left leaving Matt Gibbons with no chance, the ball clattering into the side netting. 2 – 1.
James Flint, feeling the pace of the game was replaced by an ever youthful Scott Morrison, sun cream on hand slotting in to left back and Sam Langley making the switch to right back.
Further changes, introducing Nick Stubley and Centre half for his first appearance for the 2nd team and Pierre Domel on the right hand side of midfield, replacing Dan Kluska and Du Ndlovu. The decision to pull Du off was instantly ratified with Pierre’s shot-come-cross finding a wondering Tom Stacey in the box for a composed finish. 2 – 2.
The game, as it often does now began to open up, with Henry King finding himself with more time and space on the ball going down the slope, with Dave Cowie, Scott Morrison and Sam Langley finding it ever challenging to clear their lines, and Alex Briggs and Sam Griggs also having the pleasure of more ball at their feet. Consistent good work by both teams, leaving little between them and it looked as if the game was heading towards a stalemate.
Cometh the hour cometh the man, a young Phil Daniels found himself twisting and turning inside and out, and proving to be clinical in front of goal during what appeared to be a fortuitous opportunity squandered for the 1st team, but the ball could not seem to get out of the box and Phil capitalised. 3 – 2.
Full Time – 3 - 2
In summary, a fantastic occasion with all lads involved leaving everything out on the pitch. Clearly, more work to be done by both teams, with shirts to be claimed and position in both squads by no means decided.
Leeds Modernians Football Club Reserves 2 - 3 1sts ()