Classics v Trafalgar
Newton Athletic #1
23rd. February 2003

Six star performance on new field........
This game was the first home game that the Classics had played on the brand new synthetic NAP# 1 field and it turned out to be a six star performance against a weakened Trafalgar team. The Classics had to loan Doug Smith, George Wadsworth and Fisher Crockett to the opposition although Crockett completed the game playing in his usual full back spot for the Classics.

It didn't take long for the Classics to stamp their authority on the game and a right wing Jim Eden corner was headed home by a defender for the first goal. It was 2-0 when Mike Snow stroked home the second goal and then Eden struck the third midway through the half when his trusty left foot curled a free kick round the wall and into the top right hand angle of the goal posts.

Just before half time Eden struck again when he rifled in his second goal with a powerful shot from the penalty spot. It was Eden's 111th. goal for the Classics and equalled the all-time goalscoring record for the club, currently held by Bruce Cook.

This event effectively settled the outcome of the game. Stand in goalkeeper Ray Marrington was a virtual spectator although every time the opposition entered the half he could be heard to repeat, “Don’t let them shoot.” It may have been easier for Ray to have made a recording as he had nearly lost his voice by the end of the game.

The Classics played some fluent football as the surface suited their skillful type of play and Alan Burton revelled in the situation with some creative distribution from midfield. Bill McAuley also put in an outstanding performance.

Leading goalscorer Billy Ranger and Snow completed the scoring in the second half to complete the rout and give the Classics a comfortable victory.