The Classics made the trip to Tom Binney to take on Polonia with a team that had been decimated by injuries. The last corresponding fixture at this park resulted in a 2-1 success for the Classics, courtesy of a Danny Jensen penalty and a Bill McAuley goal. The game got under way and it was a cautious start by both teams as play ebbed and flowed from end to end. The first breakthrough came for the hosts in the 20th. minute when a high shot eluded Dave Moore, standing in once again for the vacant Hack, and shot over his head and into the net leaving him flailing thin air, a skill he had picked up the previous week at the 'Diego's Excellence School In Grabbing Nothing' (DESIGN).
Midway through the half, Polonia increased their lead after an attacker broke through the defence and Moore went out to sweep on the edge of the box but the attacker steered a perfect shot into the centre of the goal. The Classics upped the ante and started to pressure the home side with some excellent play. Paddy Rohla and Doug Roselund were causing many problems with their decisive and intricate wing play and were providing some excellent service to Chuck McGill and McAuley who were the lone runners up front. The middle of midfield was well controlled by Chris Arcari and Alfie Deglan who were getting shots in on the home keeper, but he was saving everything that the visitors could throw at him. The score remained 2-0 at the half.
The second half was dominated by the Classics who were experiencing the majority of the attacking play and were causing Polonia all kinds of problems with some incisive precision passing. The majority of the dominance was being built from the mid-back pairing of Danny Jensen and the 270 minute man, Rick Geary. Jim Eden was giving a good account of himself from the left-back position and on the counter side Fisher Crockett (pictured) was having his best game of the season as he linked up well with Rohla and made some industrious interceptions.
Eden was sent to the sin bin after a war of words with a Polonia attacker and McGill was shown a yellow card for threatening behaviour. Al Burton, not wanting to play through injury, stepped into the full back position at one stage as an emergency measure, although he didn't last too long and eventually had to limp off the field. The game was sewn up five minutes from the end of play after a right wing attack ended with a powerful shot which caught Moore out of position on the near post. At 3-0 there was no way back.
In summary, the depleted Classics side showed a determined character and continued to fight for a result right until the final whistle. They showed grit and an earnest endeavour to succeed and were thwarted many times by an inspired performance from the home keeper who frustrated the visitors with his excellence on many occasions. In comparison, the Classics defence played well enough to restrict the home side to four worthwhile goal chances. The team wins as a team and loses as a team, and no-one can be faulted for lack of effort.
Final Score 3-0 (2-0)
You were crap award: Doug Rosenlund