Match Report: Yorkshire Evening Post: 11th March 1905: Courtesy Steve Bell
LEEDS CITY v. LINCOLN CITY.
A WIN FOR THE VISITORS.
LEEDS OPEN WELL BUT FAIL TO STAY.
Followers of the Association game in Leeds were favoured this afternoon with another exhibition by an English League Second Division team. Lincoln City were the team in question, but their visit to the Leeds City Club's ground at Elland Road cannot be considered to have been much of a success. The attendance was very small, but in view of the conditions which prevailed that was a circumstance not to be surprised at. Very cheerless and dismal was the weather outlook, and when the teams turned out just after a storm they found the playing area very wet and slippery. Lincoln brought their full League team, and opposed to them Leeds had a very unrepresentative side. The game started twenty minutes late, owing, it was stated, to the tardy arrival of some of the players and the difficulty experienced in filling their places.
Leeds started against the wind, and it was seen when the full compliment of players appeared, that Clay of Sheffield United, appeared for the first time at left full back. There were two changes in the selected Leeds side. Wilson and Storey being absent. This necessitated Hunt going to centre half and the introduction of a player named Brown at centre forward, and a local man named Green at right-half. The opening stages went in favour of the visitors, who, with the assistance of a strong wind, commenced an attack upon the Leeds citadel. F. Howard showed up with a pretty dribble to the centre, but returning to the attack Laverick for the visitors, delivered a hot shot at goal, but the ball went over the bar. The first score was credited to Leeds after ten minutes' play. Gordon Howard swung the ball across to F. Howard, who was playing on the wing, and he shot at goal. Buist failed to clear, and several of the Leeds forwards who were in close attendance had the goal at their mercy. In this situation Austin put the ball through without difficulty. After this reverse the visitors were soon seen in front of the Leeds goal, and F. Simpson only just failed with a long shot at goal. MacKay distinguished himself with a dribble, with which he beat F. Simpson and Beaumont, He was stopped, however, by Fraser, and play was again contested in front of the Leeds goal, where after some exciting moments Martin was successful with a shot which just beat Mallinson, the home custodian.
On the restart Mallinson was again closely pressed by Hood and Blow, but he cleared very smartly. The attack on the Leeds citadel continued, though play was very tame. After saving a fine kick, Mallinson had to face a very hot kick by Martin, and being unable to get near the ball he had to concede to Lincoln their second goal. Austin was prominent on the resumption, and after dribbling half the length of of the field he centred to Spiksley, who, however, missed the ball. Half time arrived with the scores:
Lincoln City 2 Leeds City 1
Martin restarted by leading a rush to the Leeds end, but nothing came of the attack, and the home team presently got a look inthrough some good work by the two Howards. Leeds at this stage were handicapped by the absence of Brown, the centre forward, who had to retire just before the interval through an injury to his leg. Despite this handicap Leeds put up a strong attack, in which, of course, they were greatly assisted by the wind. A corner was forced, and F. Howard took the kick, but it was futile. Then Austin had an opening, but he shot weakly, and Buist had no difficulty in clearing. Presently Brown returned, but still Leeds were unable to make any tangible impression. F. Simpson, the Lincoln left wing, was conspicuous with a nice run on the wing, which put Leeds on the defensive. A corner improved the Lincoln position, but the kick failed to materialise, and Leeds got relief with a good kick.
Rousing themselves, Leeds again acted on the aggressive, and in several movements Gordon Howard showed up finely. On one occasion, after some finessing, the latter put in a shot at goal, but it was much too slow to be effective. The nearest approach to a score came when the Leeds forwards in a body rushed to the front of the goal, Gordon Howard made a desperate attempt to put the ball through, but Buist, though hard preseed, got out of the difficulty creditably. Just before the finish the Lincoln inside left added another goal. amd the game then ended.
RESULT:- LINCOLN CITY 3 goals LEEDS CITY 1 goal.
Match Report: Yorkshire Post: 13th March 1905: Courtesy Steve Bell
LEEDS CITY v. LINCOLN CITY.
There was only a very small attendance at this exhibition game at Elland Road, Holbeck, and play, owing to a variety of causes, was only of a moderate quality. Leeds were somewhat disorganised through the absence of two of the chosen players which necessitated Hunt going centre half and the introduction of a player named Brown at centre forward, and another named Green as right-half. Leeds had the better of the opening stages, and the first score was credited to them after ten minutes' play. Gordon Howard swung the ball across to F. Howard, who was playing on the wing, and the latter shot at goal. Buist failed to clear, and two or three of the Leeds forwards who were in close attendance had the goal at their mercy. In this situation Austin put the ball through without difficulty. Soon after this the visitors had a look in, and after attacking strongly for some minutes Martin was successful with a shot which just beat Mallinson, the home custodian. On the resumption Leeds were again closely pressed, and after saving two or three stinging shots Mallinson had to concede to Lincoln their second goal, which was scored by Martin. Leeds were mostly on the aggressive during the second half, but try as they would they could not equalise. The nearest approach to a score came when the home forwards in a body rushed to the front of the goal. Gordon Howard made a desperate attempt to put the ball through, but Buist, though hard preseed, got out of the difficulty creditably. Just before the final whistle a rush of Lincoln forwards ended in the inside left adding another goal, and the game thus ended with the result:- Lincoln City three goals, Leeds City one goal.
Lincoln City: Buist, goal; Laverick and W. Simpson, backs; Fraser, Hood and Blow, half-backs; Watson, Brown, Martin, Beaumont and F. Simpson, forwards.
Leeds City: Mallinson, goal; Bintcliffe and Clay, backs; Green, Hunt, and MacKay, half-backs; F. Howard, G. Howard, Brown, Spiksley and Austin, forwards.
Referee: Mr C.H. Green (Sheffield).