Classics v Fort United
James Hill
10th. Dec. 2017

Conditions: Cold and frosty

Players on duty: Jason Clegg, Jimmy Butler, Randy Hosler, Dave Moore, Alan Massender, Larry Thorlakson, Gordie Macklin, Gene Crowley, Daryl Lawrie, Chuck McGill, Jody Nelson, Chris Arcari, Warren Crowley, Alfie Deglan, Pat O'Krane, Willie Dixon
Coach on duty: Randy Hosler & Jimmy Butler

Classics go nap........
The kick-off for this game was put back one hour to 11:00am due to a frozen fields ruling. The game saw a welcome return to action of Alfie Deglan who has been out of action for over a year due to injuries. Alan Massender was the first Classics player to get a shot on goal after five minutes but his long range effort was straight at the keeper. Larry Thorlakson was beaten on the right which brought a shot from United but the effort went wide of the mark. On 15, some good work down the left by Willie Dixon brought rewards after a Massender centre was picked up by Gordie Macklin who hammered the ball home from the right of the box across the keeper and into the net. United were level in the 26th. after a break on the left was centred over all the defence to be headed home by a grateful attacker. That's how it remained at the half

Macklin was at the centre of some early second half pressure although his through ball was not taken advantage of but he won a corner. From the resulting cross the ball was fired wide and high over the bar by Jody Nelson. Thorlakson got in on the attacking action in the 51st. but his shot from distance went wide. The Classics took the lead again in the 60th. minute after a Macklin corner was well won by Pat O'Krane who laid the ball off to Daryl Lawrie who dispatched it into the net. Just two minutes later at was Macklin again who was through on goal like a hot knife through butter; the keeper got a hand to his shot but it was too hot to save. Randy Hosler was adjudged to have fouled one of the opposition but a nice sporting guesture was displayed from the United number 10 who admitted that it was him who did the fouling and the ball was returned to the Classics defence. The 70th. minute brought another goal when a centre was headed against the bar by both O'Krane and Alfie Deglan before it fell at the feet of Lawrie who, for the second time, put the ball home.

With a quarter of an hour left there was another good left wing run from Macklin who centred for Lawrie. Sensing an expensive hat-trick goal, he unselfishly laid the ball off for Willie Dixon to finish the job at 5-1. The result reflected the balance of play and it could have been six as Deglan scored a goal which hit the underside of the crossbar and bounced down, only to strike the back of the stancheon and bounce out of the back of the net. The ghost goal was unnoticed by the referee. Someone was guilty of not reading their e-mails before setting off for the match as this little ditty was received in the admin mailbox: "Went to the park, No one was there. Thought I was at the wrong park but the schedule says home game. In either case, Im sick, not fit to play." The perpetrator shall remain anonymous to protect the innocent.

Final Score: Classics 5 Fort United 1 (1-1)

MWG: Daryl Lawrie
Crap Award: Jody Nelson