Match Report - 24 Oct 2020, Leeds Modernians Football Club Reserves beat Overthorpe Sports Club Res
As Coronavirus continues to ravage its wicked way, one Mike Bassett-esque Manager was replaced by another as Josh took shelter in his self-isolation station to be replaced by Kluska. The tall dark and handsome stand-in made an excellent start on his return to management duties at Overthorpe by forgetting the footballs, meaning that Mods had to beg steal and borrow a selection that looked like they’d been found from the lost property room of a neighbouring high school.
Mods made the customary 50 minute trek to the same part of West Yorkshire where all our away games seem to be, somewhere between Dewsbury and Wakefield via Morley. Nevertheless, they were buoyed by the most rare Mods phenomenon, a 3 game winning streak. A stubborn home win to Wetherby the week before was enough to go with a very similar starting XI, with Kluska’s pre match message one of avoiding complacency.
Mods lined up as below, Cowie in for Klusk and Du in for Kyle:
• The Monk from Mean Machine (GK)
• Skelly (RB)
• Gus from the TV Cartoon Recess (LB)
• Peter Sutcliffe (CB)
• Nick (CB)
• Du (CM)
• Gillott (CM)
• Francey (RM)
• Lucas (LM)
• Duval (CF)
• Jason Staham (CF)
• Subs – Elliott, The Returning Jimmy Lee, Harry Hill
On a fairly decent pitch, Mods looked to get the ball down and started the game on the front foot. The first 25 minutes followed a similar pattern of play, with Mods settling into a good rhythm early doors. We had dominance in the central midfield area, with some good overlaps out wide creating promising crossing opportunities. For all Jack & Duval’s industry up front though, Mods failed to provide the right quality or final ball in the key positions to create anything other than half chances. Duval hit a half chance into the side netting after a quick counter attack led by Sewell, but we didn’t have too much else to show for our efforts.
For their part, Overthorpe looked a decent side. For a team of largely young lads, they put it about a bit with Du leaving the referee in no uncertain terms to how he felt about some late challenges. Overthorpe weathered the early Mods control of the game well, they looked resolute at the back and grew into the half. The last 20 minutes was largely uneventful, save for one audacious 35 yard free kick from their impressive right back; which Gibbo did well to read as it swirled towards him – tipping it onto the crossbar and out for a corner.
At half time the lads took the positives out of a first half that had drifted to a conclusion, and we had a positive outlook shooting down-bank with an impressive recent 2nd half record; thanks in no small part to the fitness efforts of Dr Stuart W. Flint (Ph. D.) (MSc) (BA Hons) (GNVQ Health & Social Science Level 2) at training.
To be frank, Mods took it to them second half. We added quality in the right areas, although this was certainly not the case when Skelly scuffed in an appalling set piece that found the feet of Francey just hovering near the first man. Surprising everybody by managing to control the football, surprising them further by turning his man, and sending everyone into a state of shock by drilling a cross right across the 6 yard box; Francey put it on a plate for Duval to turn in at the far stick. 0-1 Mods and the lads delighted that we’d taken the lead in a game for the first time this season.
The 2nd goal came soon after with an excellent team move, and a quick counterattack down the left hand side. A pull back to the edge of the area found Du’s stride as he made a lung-busting run to get forward after being involved at the start of the move in his own half. A cool side-footed finish back across the Keeper put Mods 2 up and cruising.
Cruising never seems to be a good position for the Mods Reserves (we certainly didn’t cruise much last season, so let’s put it down to lack of practice), and so it proved as a high defensive line was exposed, a 50/50 fell invitingly for their impressive number 2 (who’d since moved up front), and he slotted home for 1-2. Changes came for Mods, Jimmy Lee came on for Lucas and Tom Cluderay for Duval; the latter change giving us an even more bald CF partnership than Baz & Jack.
Overthorpe sensed a chance to snatch a result and sought to gain it by any means necessary, including what appeared to be a fairly horrendous scrape down Sewell’s shin by their skipper; Sewell’s fantastic reaction (grabbing and pulling their man’s hair, presumably out of jealousy) earned him a yellow. However, it was Mods who struck again to seemingly take the game away from Overthorpe, another decent buildup saw a Gillott shot blocked by a defenders arse; falling to the feet of the hugely impressive Francey to lash home for 1-3.
Despite looking relatively comfortable from this point Mods conspired to make the last 15 minutes a nervy affair, a set piece wasn’t dealt with and a rebound gobbled up to bring Overthorpe back to within a goal. I was having a wee at the time so can’t really comment, Langley assured me it was his fault when I brought him off for Elliott which perhaps vindicated the decision, and this changed allowed Elliot to demonstrate his Rory Delap style throw in.
We did a great job of managing the game in the last 15 minutes, Gibbo made a brave stop in a 1 on 1 situation (possibly before their 2nd goal) but aside from that it never really looked like the points were in danger. The stand in Manager was so relaxed that he implored Skelly to hoist the ball into the box during an enjoyable last minute keep-it-in-the-corner sesh, luckily Skelly wisely ignored his idiotic claims and the whistle was blown to give Mods 4 wins on the spin. Up to third in the table lads!
Lots of standout performances not least from Du and Gillott in the middle who controlled the game, and everyone played well including the subs who came on to good effect. Francey’s performance earns him MOTM though, an unbelievable work rate and on some occasions beating 2 or 3 mean down our right hand side. A goal and an assist helps too. On to the next.
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