Big Burgers lack toppings.....
Texx Big Burgers was an unknown delicacy, but when they lined up with only eight players it was obvious that the Classics were not going to get fries with it. Dave Moore, David Breen and Bryan Griffiths offered to make up the numbers for the visitors but a visible shudder ran through the whole back line when they realised that Moore was starting the game as centre forward. In retrospect, it would have been more appropriate to loan them the two patties (Rohla & O'Krane), the Big Mac(klin) or maybe see if the ex-Oldham striker Frankie Bunn was available. Lettuce leave the burger jokes alone now or you may get cheesed off with them!
However, the Classics who took the lead when Gordie Macklin assisted Pat Rohla for the first goal which came after five minutes, a shanked cross which went in at the far post. Danny Jensen was audibly back in the team and it didn't take him long to get his vocal chords into the action. In the 18th. minute it became 2-0 after Alan Massender skipped down the left wing and centred the ball for Macklin to knock home. It was an opposite flank run in the 24th. minute and this time it was Darryl Lawrie who crossed the ball, but unfortunately for the Burger's keeper it went into the net for a 3-0 scoreline.
Jensen gave a free-kick away on the edge of the box but the Burgermen could only hit the ball over the bar. With four minutes of the half remaining, an unexpected slip by Jensen allowed an attacker to become one-on-one with Judd Boxtart. The speedy forward raced away and placed a good shot to the right of the big keeper for a well taken goal. Boxtart was heard to comment to Lawrie, "I just figured that if their goalie wasn't going to move to save your goal, I wasn't going to move to stop their goal." It was a fitting conclusion to an uninspired first half.
Will Dixon got in on the scoring act as soon as the second minute of the second half when his left wing run ended with a shot which curved to the left of the keeper and into the net. It was 5-1 in the 58th. minute after a delightful Jensen through ball send Macklin racing away goalwards. He rounded Breen, in the visitors defence, and had no difficulty slotting the ball home past the hapless visiting keeper. Two minutes later it was Massender who added to the tally after a cross from, wizard of the wing, full-back Rohla. The ball fell to Massender in the six yard box and a bit of fancy footwork finished the move for a 6-1 scoreline. On 66 minutes the ball fell nicely for Warren Crowley who completely misjudged his shot and was whacking air. However, he got a second bite of the cherry and turned to curl the ball into the far corner for 7-1. With five minutes remaining, Griffiths pulled another goal back for the visitors to make the final score 7-2. The downside to the game was that it extended the scoring drought of Jimmy Butler to three games.
D. Breen & B Griffiths played for the opposition
D. Moore played 20 minutes for the opposition
B. Griffiths scored for the opposition
MWG: D. Lawrie
Crap Award: J. Boxtart