First Capital v Surrey Classics FC
Denny Ross (A)
20th. September 2009

Weather: warm and sunny
First come second in disappointing season opener........
The new season began in bizarre fashion with the Classics, resplendent in their new kit, chomping at the bit to get the season open and off to a good start. With First Capital unable to supply a field, the Classics offered their home field for the first 'away' game of the season. With 15 players dressed and ready, the opposition could only muster seven staff so the Classics had to lend new season debutants Warren Crowley, Gene Crowley, Gordie Macklin and stalwart Dave Moore to swell their numbers to make an eleven on eleven game possible. The game kicked off 25 minutes late.

The game began as expected with the Classics pushing forward in numbers and putting pressure on the Capital, whos main threats came from the on-loan players. Several opportunities arose but the Classics could not take advantage and it came as a huge shock in the seventeenth minute when a rare break away from Capital resulted in a right wing cross which their number 11 fired home from close range past Dean Herbert who was deputising in goal for an absent Garry Hackel. Three minutes later Chris Arcari was unlucky after his right foot strike hit the far upright and bounced to safety.

Arcari was not be be denied and a clever piece of footwork from Doug Rosenlund was finished off with a neat backheel into the path of Arcari who stroked the ball away for a deserved equaliser. Until this time Rosenlund had been left out of the game as none of his own players recognised him as he was wearing the same colour shirt as them, a rare occurrance. The score remained as 1-1 when the half time whistle was blown after a reduced 40 minute half.

Five minutes into the second half the Classics took the lead. It came as the result of some clever interplay between Rosenlund and Alan Massender who made it a simple task for Arcari to tap the ball over the line for his second, and the go ahead goal. After 55 minutes a left wing corner from Rosenlund was hit straight across the goalmouth. It eluded everyone and landed at Pat Rohla's feet after he had wandered in from the right wing. Rohla chipped the ball back across the goalmouth to Massender who was lurking six yards out. Massender headed downwards towards the near post and the Capital goalkeeper, who had an outstanding game, was beated as the ball sneaked weakly under his body to register a league debutant goal for the new signing.

In the 70th. minute another excellent left wing centre from Rosenlund resulted in Chuck McGill bravely sliding in at the back post to open his scoring tally for the season and to make it 4-1 for the Classics. The referee blew the whistle for full time after a 35 minute second half. Although disappointed with the lack of opposition it was a good introduction for the new players. In all, league debutants were given to Warren Crowley (on his second stint with the club), Gene Crowley, Alan Massender and Gordie Macklin who all did enough to show that they would fit in well with the team and showed that they have the skill to strengthen the squad in a season which shows great promise. Next week sees the visit of a new team, the recently formed Fort United.

Final Score 1-4 (1-1)

MWG: C. Arcari
You were Crap award: A. Massender