The Classics took on Delta United on a sunny day in Tssawwassen and on a remarkably good pitch considering how the condition of the field had been in previous visits. The Classics piled on the pressure from the off and the ball rarely ventured into the Classics half during the first 20 minutes. Jim Eden was guilty of sending this first two corners uncharacteristically into no-mans land and John Wilson repeated the feat minutes later when his corner went directly dead. There was a feint cry heard from Mexico and it went something like, "Hey you've got....." or something. Several shooting opportunites evolved but the Classics had left their shooting boots at home and all came to nought. The first half of this game was uninspiring with the visitors only playing at a snails pace and not taking advantage of their chances although the woodwork was hit twice.
The second half began in similar fashion to the first with United coming more into the game. Rick Geary had to leave the field injured shortly after half time but it was the Classics who drew first blood. A right wing move started by Doug Smith was played inside where Bruce Cook laid the ball nicely inside to Billy Ranger who had the simplest of tasks to tap the ball home for the opener. My grandma would have been disappointed had she missed that one.
Midway through the second half a delightful chip through from Eden gave Cook a scoring opportunity which he took full advantage of. Cook powered a header wide of the goalkeeper, a goal richly deserved for the sheer effort that Cook had put into the game in his unfamiliar role of midfielder. Larry Thorlakson was desperately unlucky to have a goal disallowed for offside minutes later after Tony Short had unselfishly laid the ball off to him to finish the job. It was a dubious call and one which "The Axe" insisted that he was onside.
Short had made a welcome return to the field of play and started to look a bit more like his old self (except when he's playing in goals of course). Short attempted an ambitious overhead kick and then headed the ball seriously wide when he should have left it for Cook, who shouted that loud for the ball that several teams playing in South Surrey also left the ball alone. A long ball through caught the Classics defence napping and a last gasp attempt from Dave Moore was adjudged to have been a foul for which the referee blew for a free kick, even though the United forward continued and put the ball into the net past a diving Manny Soucker. The resulting free kick was easily cleared.
Minutes later, another United free kick was struck goalwards and an attacking player cleverly "did a Fisher" as he dummied the ball by lifting his foot. Moore was on hand to kick the ball off the line to stave off any imminent danger. The ball was handled by an attacker and the referee was perfectly placed to award the free kick to a relieved Classics defence. Wilson was doing some sterling work in midfield although he admitted that he was drifting in and out of the game like many of his team-mates. It must have been something to do with the tides at the Beach Road school.
The Classics did hang on to record the win. Although an uninspiring game it was a win and put the Classics back on track for the run-in to the seasons end.
Final Score 1-2 (0-0)
MWG: B. Cook