Normal service is resumed........
After one of the longest ever unscheduled mid-season 'weather' breaks, the Classics got back into action with a trip to South Surrey to face old foes BC Transit. Transit had suffered even more than the visitors as this was only their fifth game since the season began way back in September. There has always been a friendly rivalry between the two teams with the Classics usually getting the better of the opposition. The last league win for Transit against the Classics goes back to 2006 although, ironically, they have won three friendly matches over the years.
This first real action of the game came in the fifth minute as Gordie Macklin's right wing foray ended with a cross the the head of Gene Crowley who steered the ball narrowly wide of the far post. Transit countered with an attack but nothing came of it. Randy Hostler was judged to have pulled down the 28-year-old Transit attacker and a free kick was awarded on the edge of the box which resulted in a direct shot which was well wide. Macklin tried his luck again on the quarter-hour but his effort was wide of the mark. The only goal of the game came in the 23rd. minute after some intense pressure and dogged determination from Sherman Foster who powered his way into the box. The ball was released and Daryl Lawrie let fly with a shot which was blocked, Mackin's effort was similarly blocked before the ball landed at Bryan Griffiths' feet on the far post; he rifled the ball home from an actue angle for the match winner. The score remained at the half.
The heavens opened at the beginning of the second half. Play was end to end with very few chances as both midfields fought out a mini battle. Crowley was involved in the 'comic moment' of the match after he was fouled midway into the Transit half. Everyone stopped to wait for the whistle which did not come. The offending player picked up the ball and spotted it for the free-kick against his team. Upon seeing this the referee blew his whistle to award the kick for the obvious infringement. It was one of a few unusual decisions. Another occurred in the 68th. minute when Lawrie rose to head home a well earned goal but the official blew for offside - a very debatable decision to say the least. The remained of the half was played out easily enough to record the fourth successive shut-out for the team. Judd Boxtart did not have one single shot to save although he should be complimented for his handling which was exemplary under the difficult conditions.
Final Score: Peninsular Transit 0 Classics 1 (0-1)
MWG: Bryan Griffiths
You were crap award: Gino Nonni