Skip to main content Skip to site footer
First Team

Moment in Time: Leeds United

A classic encounter between The Bees and Leeds ends all square

4 November 2017

Almost a year to the day after Andy Scott's had gone to Grimsby and won 1-0 in front of just 3,001 fans, The Bees, now a division higher, travelled to Elland Road, backed by almost that number of away fans, for a league encounter against The Whites for the first time in exactly 56 years.

A crowd of nearly 25,500 were at Elland Road that day with most expecting Leeds to pick up another three points in their quest for promotion. Scott's side arrived in Yorkshire having lost just two of their last ten as they enjoyed their first season back in the third tier following promotion.

The game went very much to form in the opening 45 minutes with Leeds dominating and forcing The Bees on loan goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny into a string of fine saves. However, with almost their first attempt on goal, The Bees took the lead on the hour. 

Kevin O'Connor floated in a corner which Leon Legge helped on to Charlie MacDonald at the back post. The striker lashed an effort towards goal which deflected off a United defender and then Ben Strevens before finding it's way into the back of the net. Strevens wheeled away towards The Bees fans, celebrating his fourth goal of the campaign.

The promotion-bound Whites continued to pile forward and levelled with 18 minutes to play when Jermaine Beckford poked home at the far post. It was backs to the wall for Scott's side and they were so nearly denied a point in the dying seconds as Lubomir Michalik crashed a header against the post. As it was The Bees hung on doggedly for a point, which felt like so much more to those travelling fans who could only have dreamed of coming to Elland Road for a league game in years gone by. 

Goalscorer Strevens left Griffin Park at the end of the season to join Wycombe Wanderers, having scored seven goals in 29 games for The Bees and slowly drifted down the leagues to end up with Eastleigh in the National League. 


Advertisement block