Woody's pecked down......
The field was in excellent condition considering the recent snow and following torrential rain. The game began at a frantic pace and Larry Thorlakson, making his 250th. appearance, was stopped in his tracks in the first minute after a deliberate hand-ball that would have graced a Harlem Globetrotter's game. After the initial midfield exchanges, Woody's first attack came down the left in the 7th. minute, and the resulting shot went across the face of the goal and was deflected for a corner. In the 11th. minute the visitors took the lead from what was a sloppy looking shot. The ball, however, went through Thorlakson's leg and sneaked into the net when nobody was looking. The Classics first worthwhile attack didn't come until the 20th. minute but the shot from Chris Arcari was blasted high over the crossbar.
Danny Jensen then took a yellow card for the team after he executed a perfect slide tackle which was punished by the referee with the offending caution. This seemed to have a 'turning point' effect on the team as they began the ascendency for the first time and started to take control. Their reward came on the half-hour mark when the ball bas booted out of defence by a Woody's player and it fell at Alfie Deglan's feet. Deglan viewed the goalmouth like the whites of their eyes and unleashed a daisy-cutter shot from long range. The ball was going wide but Daryl Lawrie cleverly deflected the ball on target to deceive the Woody goalkeeper and give the Classics a deserved equaliser and the impetus to begin a fight back. The game was 1-1 at the half.
It could have been 2-1 in the 52nd. minute when Lawrie went one-on-one with the keeper but the ball hit the keeper and went out for a corner kick. Judd Boxtart decided to entertain the crowd when he went on a sponsored dribble-a-thon in the box. With everyone looking concerned, he took it in his stride and distributed a delightfully perfect ball out to the feet of Willie Dixon who then went off on a left wing run. In the 64th. minute the Classics were awarded an indirect free kick for a slide tackle about 40 yards out. Jensen took control and sent in a floater which bounced in the box and Dixon was on hand to scoop the ball into the net. It was Dixon's second successive match winning goal and, with his scoop, will in future be known as Mr. Whippy instead of Willy Wonka. In the last minute of the game in should have been 3-1 after Pat O'Krane threaded the ball through to send Lawrie off on another one-on-one with the keeper. Instead of putting the game to rest he blasted the ball wide with the resulting award as listed below.
A team photo was taken with Tony Short's phone camera after the game where he requested a top of the line Nikon camera. After careful consideration the team had a meeting and chipped-in enough monry to buy a new pin-hole camera which will be presented to Shorty at the next match. Incidentally, Dave Moore managed to get to Manchester in England! Poor Willie became the first player ever to pick up an injury having a photo taken! He pulled his back trying to make himself look taller while kneeling down.
L. Thorlakson made his 250th. appearance
MWG: W. Dixon
Yellow Card: D. Jensen
Crap Award: D. Lawrie