West Yorkshire League, Division One
Old Modernians 2 Headingley 1 (att 12)
Sometimes things don't go to plan, and as a result any game, on any new ground, will do. I intended to go to Malton, in North Yorkshire, but traffic chaos resulting from the trans-Pennine M62 being shut meant a mid journey change of plan.
My first back-up option was a game at Wakefield City, but phoning to check to game I was told it was off due an unfit pitch. Luckily there were no such problems at Old Modernians' Cookridge Lane ground, on the northern edge of Leeds.
With little at stake other than locally rivalry I didn't have high hopes for the game, but it proved an absorbing and entertaining clash.
The sides were evenly matched, but Old Mods were sharpest in front of goal, scoring once in each half to put them on course for a win.
Headingley pulled a goal back to set up an exciting finale. They pushed forward in search of a second goal, with the home side threatening to catch them on the break. Despite chances at both ends, there were no more goals.
As well as football, the Old Modernians sports ground hosts cricket and rugby. The football pitch is surrounded by a sturdy plastic fence, and there was a mobile grandstand pitchside, but it remained closed up.