Classics v Playmakers International
Newton Athletic
26th. January 2003

Too many cooks spoil the broth........
This game was one to forget as the Classics failed to get to grips with tactics. It was a case of 'too many cooks spoiling the broth' as for once they had a plethora of players on the bench. With six substitutes, it worked against the blues as they had control of the game early on. Midway through the first half a triple substitution made the Classics lose their shape and it became a more even game. The result at half time was 0-0 which was a fair reflection of the game.

In the second half Playmakers went into a 0-2 lead with two well taken goals. Considering that they only had three shots in the game, it can be said that they took their chances well. Collin Ashton returned to the team after a lengthy lay-off through injury and gave a confident display when asked to step into the goalkeepers position due to regular keeper Hackel being away on holiday.

The Classics pulled a goal back 15 minutes from time after the referee had adjudged that a Playmaker defender had sent a back-pass to the keeper which he picked up, a dubious decision. However, a twice taken free-kick near the edge of the goalmouth paid dividends. Alan Burton played the ball to Jim Eden whose shot hit the crossbar and Rick Geary followed up the rebound to place a good header over the goalkeeper. It was his fourth goal in two games but it was not enough to save the Classics as they recorded their fifth reverse of the season.