Match Report

Match Report - 24 Jan 2009, Leeds Modernians Football Club 4ths lost to Colton Academicals III

Match Report
Sat 24th Jan 2009
Colton Acad III vs. Old Mods IV
Result: 3:2 (HT 2:2)

In a world where instant gratification, is for some, not quick enough, i'd like to begin this week's report upon what i believe to be a malaise that goes undiscussed, for fear of it not being gratifying.
Slowness. Long term thinking. Structure. Detail. Reflection.

There are many negative words and phrases to accompany this 'fear'; Dilly dally, wool gathering, meandering and such like.
However, this wool gathering is, to some extent, essential if life is not to become a cyclical, repetitive structure. To be able to take stock, to digest what has gone before, to highlight what has worked, to locate the negative consequences of actions taken and then to implement 'new' actions that it is deemed will help to remedy any mistakes.

Having gone through half the season, mistakes have been made, errors in judgement have taken place, defeats have been had. On the flip side many excellent individual and team performances have taken place. The 4th's have had player's move up the Club to the 1st and 2nd Teams. We had a run of 4 victories in a row, scoring 16 and conceding 1 goal in the process. As a team we have come through games without a keeper on 4 occasions, without player's sulking or hiding at their given 'lot'.
The majority of the team are enjoying their first full season in open age football, with a Captain that is enjoying his first season in this role.
All in all, a steep learning curve for all concerned.

After last week's humbling at the hands of our own 3rd's, a good long think was had.
At the heart of the thoughts that i churned was the recurring theme of 'I need help'.

Due to the fact that as a team we had not played together before, with a few player's new to the club, that between Sep and Nov teams were rotating player's trying to find the right blend of player's, i made the decision to wait until Christmas before i actioned any decisions which i thought would help the team and me, such as Vice Captain, team formation etc etc.

The postponements and 6 weeks of no footy for the 4th's put paid to alot of plans and coupled with last weeks drubbing changes needed to be made.

I'd like to make public the announcement that i made to the team yesterday.
Scot Gamble is the Vice Captain of the 4th's.
I was made up when he responded to my request in a positive fashion and straight away offered all kinds of services to help with the running of the team, both on and off the pitch.
Thank-you Scot, and I believe that the remaining 13 games that the 4th's have, we'll have a great partnership together.
It isn't possible to do the Captaincy alone, collaboration is required.
Scot is a great collaborator.
All the lads supported this move, which to my mind speaks volumes for Scot, the team spirit that has developed in the short 4 months we've been together and my own 'wool gathering'.

Before i report on the match, which will be brief this week (yeah right, course it will Neil!), for all those stat and 'box score' fans (as a kid i used to read loads of stat books/ programmes on all kinds of stuff, culminating in that monster of all stat books 'Wealth of the Nation', and so these stats are for me and anyone else that loves shit like this...nerds r us!!), here is the 4th's mid season stats report.

Old Mod's IV Team Half Term Report (Other Mods Team's player's appearances not included...4ths only).
14 Games Played (Full Season: 27 in Total / 24 League)
11 League: W4 D1 L6: F26 A25 +1GD PTS 14. Pos 8th
3 Cup: 2nd Rd Hodgson Cup. 2nd Rd District Cup (1st Rd Bye!)

† Vice Captain

Name Games Position Sub Sub'D Goals Y R MOM

Goal Keeper's
Ashton Rowe 7 GK7 0 0 - 0 0 1
Outfield Player 4 GK4 0 0 - 0 0 2
Dave Collins 2 GK2 0 0 - 0 0 -
Matt Swain 1 GK1 0 0 - 0 0 -

Jay Atkinson 14 RB9 LB5 2 1 - 0 0 1
Scot Gamble† 13 CB12 GK1 0 0 - 0 0 1
Sam Young 12 CB12 2 0 - 0 0 -
Wayne Fitch 10 RB4 LB6 2 3 - 1 0 1
Josh Westerman 3 LB3 0 1 - 0 0 -
Fraser Best 3 CB2 GK1 0 1 - 0 0 1
Pete Jimack 2 CB1 GK1 0 1 - 0 0 1
Paul Worsnop 1 CB1 1 0 - 0 0 -
James Haworth 1 LB1 1 0 - 0 0 -

Neil Bennington** 14 RM5 CM4 RB4 LM1 3 3 1 0 0 -
Sean Doherty 14 RM3 LM5 CM5 ST1 1 1 5 0 0 1
Neil Gordon 12 CM10 CB2 1 3 - 0 0 1
Matty Lewis 7 LM5 LB1 GK1 0 1 5 0 0 1
Josh Williams 6 CM6 0 0 1 0 0 1
Nigel Hodgkins 6 CM6 1 1 2 0 0 -
Kal Singh 5 RM5 3 2 - 0 0 -
Tom Taylor 4 RM2 LM1 RB1 1 1 2 0 0 -
Joel Beaumont 3 LM3 1 1 - 0 0 1
Robbie Wood 2 RM2 1 0 - 0 0 -
Chris Roy 1 CM1 0 0 - 0 0 -
Harry Willhoit 1 RM1 1 0 - 0 0 -
Joe Ward 1 CM1 0 0 - 0 0 -

Carl Horigan 11 STR9 RM2 1 4 7 0 0 1
John Ainley 9 STR9 0 3 2 0 0 -
Greg Husband 6 STR3 RM2 LM1 2 1 0 0 0 -
Rob Wright 5 STR5 1 0 3 0 0 1
Chris O'Reilly 2 STR2 1 0 0 0 0 -
Sam Lunt 1 STR1 0 0 0 0 0 -

Cool eh?

Right to yesterday's game.
Playing with a smile on our faces, battling until the final whistle, no matter what, communicating with one another and regaining some pride and passion were atop of the game plan.
At the final whistle, job done.
I loved playing in this game. I thoroughly enjoyed the challenge. Along with everyone else at the end of the game i was fucking knackered.
I loved the way all the lads responded to the challenge ahead. The way we battled for every tackle, header, basically for the right to have the ball at our feet. The way that heads stayed aloft when unlucky bobbles and headers became goals against.
The commitment to attacking football. The help and encouragement from the Vice Captain Scot, who stepped up to the plate like a Jesse Owen on the gold podium....sheer elegance.
And most important of all, we played with a smile on our faces.

After a good start from the Mods IV's a mix up of 'Neil' and 'Neil calling for the ball with the shout of 'Neil's', both of us paused for a second and their midfielder snuck in-between and the ball fell to their pacey striker and he drilled the ball home.
We fought. We got back into the game straight away.
Joe Ward (in his first game for the team....a great debut) was clattered to the floor in their box. Up stepped John A and showed the lads how to take a penalty. Bang, top corner.
Chances came and went for both teams.
Then another goal against the 4th's that seemed to happen in slow motion. Bounce, head, bobble, header, deflection a loop and the ball floats down over the goal line to everyone's despair.
We kept going, heads remained high.
We got back level through a well taken goal by Sean D.
Half Time.
The sun-set in our eyes for the first 10 mins in the 2nd half saw Colton ontop in this period.
Good saves by Ash, and brave last ditch tackling by everyone keeping us level.
Then the sun dipped behind the trees of Tempe Newsham and we could see team mates ahead of us.
We began to get on top.
We then became the dominant team.
John A clean through for 3-2....go on John bury it....he tried, but a finger nail from their keeper somehow clipped the ball the wrong side of the post.
Sean D had a great effort go just wide.
Corners and throw-ins causing panic and hoofs off the line from the Colton back 4.
Then they got a corner (or it could have been a free kick near the corner flag, can't remember), and we fell asleep.
The softest of near post headers from their striker saw the ball drop over the line.
We kept going. Legs running on empty toward the end, on a heavy pitch, but the goal never came.

When you lose in the manner that we did in this game, fighting until the end, then there are no complaints, only praise for every player in the team.
We were fantastic.
Ok, we had a few team formation and player positional mistakes early doors, especially in midfield. In defence of each person involved though we had never played together before and after 35 mins we got to grips with where each player moves, how they play etc...

Afterward, their Captain/Manager praised and consoled (for what was a difficult defeat to swallow) our team, claiming it was the hardest game they've had all season and if justice was to be done, then 3-3 was a fairer result. They remain top of our division.
That speaks volumes.

To the UbermenschUbuntu, M.O.M.....
I forgot to ask, and no-one talked about individuals after the game, so this is my own call.
It is a toss up between 2 individuals and the entire team, however i've plumped for.....
He battled all game, put up with me standing next to him in central midfield, his work is the type that goes un-noticed, the typical unsung, unassuming type that every team needs, he was inches from scoring our deserved equaliser in the dieing moments and on this occasion his play and skills came to the fore......and that's our very own YankTank (there you go Neil a nick name for you!) Neil Gordon.
Well played Neil...Ubu Ubu Ubu.

Colton Academicals III 3 - 2 Leeds Modernians Football Club 4ths ()

Name Goals Details
1 Ashton Rowe   gk...brilliant
2 Sam Young   cb....brilliant
3 Joe Ward   lcm...brilliant
4 Josh Westerman   lb...brilliant
5 Kalveer Singh   sub72mins...soz again kal about late sub..brilliant
6 Neil Gordon   cm...ubermenschubuntu
7 Scot Gamble   cb...brilliant vc
8 Wayne Fitch   lb...brill
9 A.N. Other   no show...drunk..missed out faz
10 Sean Doherty   1 lw...brilliant
11 Neil Bennington   rcm...improved
12 Jay Atkinson   sub..63mins..brilliant
13 John Ainley   1 str..brilliant/great penalty
14 Chris O'Reilly   chris o'reilly. rw. brilliant