Surrey Classics FC v Polonia
Denny Ross
13th. February 2011

Weather: Cloudy and warm

Classics too strong for Polonia ..........
Last season's bogey team Polonia travelled to Denny Ross on a cloudy but warmish day for another encounter. The two sides are evenly matched in stature and no quarters are ever asked for or given. The pre-match conversation revolved around the psychological pep-talk that the team manager was giving to Chris Arcari in an attempt to help overcome the midfielders current goal drought. The match kicked off and the visitors almost took an early lead in the seventh minute when Rick Geary and Danny Jensen were both beaten in the middle of the park. The referee pulled back the attacker, who had broken away on route to goal, as he had spotted a hand ball infringement. In an attack at the other end of the field a minute later Pat Rohla tested out the flexibility of the crossbar from the right hand side of the penalty box with a lethal strike which reverberated over like the sound of Big Ben striking twelve.

In an almost identical move in the ninth minute it was Al Massender who was this time unlucky as he watched his volley hit the same spot as Rohla had done. Luckily for the team though, Arcari was on hand to direct a diving header from the rebound past the Polonia keeper for his first goal of the season. The team psychologist had done his job - and the relief from the rest of the team was immense as the sighs of joy sounded as good as when William Shakespeare quoted, “sigh like a furnace.” Talk about getting a monkey off your back – Arcari must have thought that King Kong had been relieved from his shoulders. Rohla was in the thick of it again in the 18th. minute when he let fly with a goal bound shot that struck a defender and bounded away to safety.

A break away by Gordie Macklin in the 26th minute looked like it might produce another goal but his shot went straight at the keeper for a bread and butter save. The next break through came in the 27th minute when a dangerous left wing cross from Massender was palmed out by the overworked Polonia keeper. The ball fell straight at the feet of Gene Crowly who stroked home a low drive to make the scoreline 2-0. In the 34th. minute a good advantage was played by the referee after Chuck McGill had strayed offside but play rightly continued as Massender came through from an onside position. Massender took the ball round the goalkeeper and was ready to fire home but a decisive tackle came in from a defender to save the day for Polonia. A goal at that stage of the match could have been a clincher.

In the 37th. minute Warren Crowley shielded the ball well and laid it back for Alfie Deglan who hit the ball first time and brought another good save from the keeper. On the stroke of half time a rare attack from Polonia resulted in a 25 yard shot and Garry Hackel had to be alert to make a spectacular diving save which was tipped over the bar.

Just two minutes into the second half Larry Thorlakson, returning from a long injury layoff, laid a delightful through ball into the box for Deglan who stretched like a contortionist to get his toe to it and direct the ball to the left of the keeper to make it 3-0. It was a decisive goal, the first time that Deglan had invaded, and one which Thorlakson should take a lot of credit for. His absence appeared like it never happened as he never missed a beat on his return to duty. In the 53rd minute another delightful cross sailed over from the right, courtesy of Massender, and W. Crowley was on hand to stoop and direct a header low and into the net. Dad's following army went beserk again!

Ten minutes from time there was almost a bust up on the sideline as Thorlakson requested a replacement. The two fullbacks who were waiting in the wing almost came to blows – not because they were fighting to get on the field but because they were fighting to NOT get on the filed. However, Fisher Crockett lost and had to replace the tiring Thorlakson. The game was sewn up in the 82nd. minute when Macklin chipped a delicate lob to the far post where G. Crowley was on hand to claim his second goal of the game.

Three minutes from time the icing on the cake arrived. A right wing pass from Rohla was trapped by Macklin who dispatched his 14th. goal of the campaign and make him once again joint top scorer for the season. The 6-0 hammering was the Classics 20th. successive league win which has now beaten the previous record by five games. The last time the Classics capitulated was on this same field and over a year ago. The 2-0 victors on that day were Polonia.

Final Score: 6-0 (2-0)

MWG: C. Arcari
You Were Crap Award: C. McGill