The Classics entertained the Langley Aces for the second time this season, the last game resulting in a 1-7 away win for the Classics. On a fine but cold day the Classics kicked off towards the dressing room end and it didn't take long for them to stamp their authority on the game. A fine flowing move from midfield started with Alfie Deglan moving the ball out to Jimmy Butler on the right wing who placed a perfect centre into the box. Billy Ranger rose perfectly to meet the cross and sent a powerful header beyond the reach of the Aces keeper.
In the seventh minute it was 2-0 to the home side after a goalmouth scramble resulted in a tame shot from Kenny Johnson but luckily Butler was on hand to tap home the loose ball. The remainder of the half was mainly one way traffic with the home side firing in shot after shot, but the visiting keeper was having a great game and was stopping all the goalworthy efforts. The Alfie shots don't count in this category. Bill McAuley was caught in two minds in one instance and wasn't convinced whether he should shoot or pass so he "shassed" and the ball went for a throw in. The half-time score remained at 2-0.
The second half started much the same as the first with an early goal for the hosts. The ball started with Larry Thorlakson who moved the ball down the right wing to Pat Rohla. Rohla did some sterling wing wizzardry and worked the ball inside the box and another scramble resulted in Ranger poking the ball home for his second of the day, and the teams third.
The 60th. minute witnessed a comical piece of defending when a left wing centre was almost sat on by a Langley defender but the ball squeezed through his legs to the feet of Johnson who prodded his first official goal for the club, and the fourth goal of the game for the home side. Three minutes later the Aces defence went AWOL and left master marksman Ranger (pictured) totally alone on the edge of the penalty box. The lone Ranger ran in unchallenged and cooly beat the keeper for his hat-trick. At 5-0 this was becoming a rout.
Fifteen minutes from the end of the match, Jim Eden won the ball in his own half and set off on an individual run towards the penalty box. Upon reaching the box Eden pushed a deft pass through for Ranger who again teased the Langley back line and stroked home his fourth goal of the game. After this it all went a little silly with the defenders pushing way up field to try to get a piece of the action. Even keeper Garry Hackel, who had been a virtual spectator, was coming up to join in the attack. There was even a long range shot from Chas Jones, his first goalworthy effort in three years. The Aces did get a few breaks during this period and foraged their way upfield to get a couple of efforts in on goal. One shot went just wide and another effort hit the upright, but that was the closest they were to come.
Deglan and Chris Arcari move into the front line and it didn't take Deglan long to open his account for the day when he received a pass from Arcari. He controlled the ball well in the 78th. minute and unleashed a shot which left the keeper rooted to the spot. It was now 7-0 and getting out of control. Two minutes later a shot from Thorlakson was heading towards the goal but an Aces defender got his head to the ball and it looped over the keeper and into the net. After a video replay and with consultation with the dubious goals panel, the goal was finally awarded to Thorlakson.
Five minutes from the end, and it couldn't come fast enough for Langley, another Deglan-Arcari move resulted in Arcari wasting a goal worthy effort. Seconds later an Arcari-Deglan link up witnessed a cross from Arcari which Deglan took his time to control before firing home number nine and hammering the final nail in the Aces' coffin.
At this stage of the proceedings the Classics captain decided to declare and put the Aces in to bat. The Aces have suffered heavily to the Classics through the years and back in 1993 the Classics ran up their record score of 11-0 against Langley. These games do nothing for either side and a wierd fixture list has paired the two teams to play each other three times in five weeks. They are the only two teams to be in this disgraceful fixture mess which means that the two teams meet each other no less than four times in one season, a fixture that cannot at this stage be changed. Again, all credit goes to Langley Aces who never let adversity affect their good sportsmanship. They played on, heads held high, and tried their hardest to the bitter end. All kudos to them.
Final Score 9-0 (2-0)
MWG: B. Ranger
You were crap award: M. Snow