Honours even in well fought battle...........
Both teams battled for supremacy early on in the game but chances were kept to a minimum at both ends. The only
real goalworthy efforts in the whole game came as follows:
Classics: A powerful shot from Alfie Deglan was palmed down by the Transit keeper, and a corner was headed on by Chuck McGill to Dave Moore who had his headed effort somehow scrambled off the line.
Transit: A second half corner was going directly into the net but Garry Hackel scooped the ball out in a match winning save, and a late header which flashed across the face of the goal and over the line for a dead ball kick.
Other than that, the other goal attempts were non-descript. Transit piled on the pressure midway through the second half as the Classics visibly wilted through tiredness and the home side had the better of proceedings, but the visitors eventually found their second wind and never gave up the fight. The Classics defence deserve special mention with Geary and McGill outstanding in the centre as they fought for and won every ball.
The only unsavory incident came when McGill and a Transit forward were ejected for a 10 minute cooling off period after a slight altercation in the middle of the park. All in all it would have been a travesty if either side had lost and it would have taken either a special goal or a bad mistake to win this encounter. As a testament to the Transit defence you need to go back to the summer of 2002 (Britannia 2 Classics 0) to remember the last game when the Classics failed to score in a game. So it was honours even and both teams left with their pride intact.
Yellow cards: C. McGill (fighting)
"You Were Crap" award: deferred to next week