Match Report - 19 Sep 2020, Leeds Modernians Football Club Reserves drew with Boroughbridge Reserves
Saturday 19th September 2020 – Leeds Modernians vs Boroughbridge
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"Risk vs Reward"
In a game that saw opportunities missed by both sides, finishing all square was probably a fair result.
We turned out with a very strong and experienced squad, albeit with a few lads playing in un-familiar positions and a couple of new faces keeping energy and experience on the bench.
A youthful and hungry looking Boroughbridge side thought that they were in for a comfortable afternoon. This was made very clear by their Manager who was all too pleased to tell us that his side were unbeaten so far this pre-season it was clear he was expecting his side to win. Something that will not be easy for any side who travel to Cookridge Lane.
The game was scrappy with both teams struggling to put together any more than three or four passes in the opening stages, neither teams had too much of the ball. Boroughbridge were looking to spread play at every opportunity but their passing more often than not was not finding feet, their two holding midfielders were making life tough and they began to recycle the ball back out of their half too easily.
Neither teams looked prepared to take too much or a risk in the opening stages, until a breakthrough saw Sam Norris find the back of the net at the second time of asking from a ball across the box. Great work, and patience in the right areas earned us the lead. Reward for trusting the process, playing in the right areas and playing percentages.
A couple of goals from Boroughbridge saw out the first half, with the first being very offside but missed by the referee and the second a calm finish.
Half time Mods 1 - 2 Boroughbridge
Changes at half time saw energy levels increase, and with more energy came more time on the ball, with Mods being clearly the better side second half. A tireless Adam Gillott causing problems, and Danny Forrest's physicality was starting to take its toll on a tiring Boroughbridge defence. Gillott finding himself in a dangerous area in the opposition box and a cross-come-shot finding the back of the net. Reward for getting into the right areas!
A few more half chances for both teams saw out the remainder of the game, but in reality a draw really was a fair result.
Key points to take from the game, is that a solid performance was important and we played very well in patches. Our Risk vs Reward in terms of performance and decision making was about right, with no significant mistakes costing us goals, very few fouls in silly areas giving the opposition easy chances to punt the ball into our box, only counting two corners conceded. Any chances we took did result in opportunities and on another day, had we taken our chances we could have won the game by four or five goals.
Full Time - Mods 2 - 2 Boroughbridge
MOTM Adam Gillott.
Leeds Modernians Football Club Reserves 2 - 2 Boroughbridge Reserves ()