A lovely sunny day for our trip up to Leeds City juniors. Our guys didn’t seem to dwell on last fortnight’s result as Ryan – sporting new boots – got stuck in from the offset. They came straight back and Marc and Rory both put some fine tackles in to keep them at bay. Harry Sandham combined elegance with gusto in his tackling and the game fell into an even to and fro. LCJ put their foot on the gas and came close twice in the 8th and 13th minutes. In the 20th a precise Benn/Ryan/Tom exchange suddenly released Henry – with half a pitch and their outrushing goalie to contend with he clinically dealt with both and arced the ball into their net 0-1. They came back fiercely as we know they can and Harry Sandham, Sam, Marc and Rory were kept busy. Harry Griffin, Henry and Sam somehow kept a foothold in midfield and there were some robust exchanges between Ryan and their closely attending defence. In the 28th Harry Wade conjured a lob from an unpromising situation, which hit the bar. They were finally rewarded in the 30th minute with a nicely worked goal 1-1 at half time. Recent form has been a poor start to the second half – not today. Although Luke was under siege – making a spectacular save from an equally spectacular overhead kick. Marc and Lucas absorbed the onslaught – Luke still had to make three saves in a row in the 11 to 14th minutes. Our midfield slowly got back into the game Lucas making some pinpoint passes down the wings finding Tom and Harry Wade. Ryan stalked the penalty area harrying their defence at every turn. Harry Griffin and Benn kept digging the ball out from a dense midfield. Rory took the ball for a walk – linking nicely with Tom and relieving the pressure on our penalty area. The last ten minutes were played mainly in our half as they battled to secure a winner – it was hand-to-hand stuff – Lucas, Harry Sandham, Benn and Harry Griffin circled the wagons and Marc kept marshaling them away from our goal. We held out…. one each at league leader’s fortress! Great stuff and great teamwork. Man of match – Harry Griffin for relentless effort.