The magnificent 11........
The daunting task of a trip in the rain to Pitt Meadows, not a traditional 'happy hunting ground' for the Classics, was the order of the day. With only 11 players making the trip it made the task even more difficult. The game began and it was a confident Classics team that took control of the game by tying up the midfield with some clever control. All players were doing their part by leaving the Coachmen to have the ball on the wings and allowing the defence to soak up what little pressure was exherted on them. The defence were playing the offside trap to perfection which helped to frustrate the Coachmen and consequently have them complaining to the referee, who had an excellent game and was in control at all times.
The Classics took the lead after 25 minutes after some excellent work on the right wing by lim Eden. He beat two players before hitting across a perfect centre which Hans Erker gratefully accepted and knocked in the opening goal from close in at the second attempt. The rest of the half was controlled by the Classics who left the field deservedly a goal up.
The second half was played using the same tactics which worked so effectively in the first half. The Coachmen eventually scored after an attacker took the ball from an offside position, the referees only mistake, and ran on to round Garry Hackel for the equaliser. All in all a great all round team performance from the magnificent 11 who held on to ensure that the spoils were shared. Free beer was the reward for their performance.