Surrey Classics FC v Point Grey Pirates
Denny Ross
30th. October 2011

Weather and Conditions: Raining heavily but warm - pitch holding small amouts of water

Pirates Scuppered ..........
The Classics welcomed Point Grey Pirates to Denny Ross for the first fixture between two teams who knew little about each others previous exploits. The last time the Classics played a Point Grey team was back in 2007/08 when they played Point Grey Thistle and won 7-1 at home with goals from Butler (3), Jensen (2), McAuley and Deglan while earning another victory away, this time by 2-1, with the scorers being Rohla and Butler. The season previous to that the Classics played the Thistles in the first match of the season, a 2-2 home draw, and Arcari and Eden were on target. The return fixture was another home game to Point Grey Legends so there could have been two teams or the Thistle changed their name during mid season. Strange as it was two home games. The second game resulted in a 2-1 loss for the Classics with Moore getting the only Classics goal. However, this game today was against the Pirates (related or not).

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The game started in pouring rain and it didn't take long for the homesters to get on the scoreboard. As early as the third minute the Classics recent goalscoring sensation, 'Devastating Deglan', teed himself up and hammered the ball home in fine fashion with the ball cannoning in off the underside of the bar. On the quarter hour mark the visitors should have been level after a left wing break resulted in a fine centre to an attacker who somehow blasted the ball high over the crossbar when it looked easier to score. The goal attempts were few and far between although the Classics had the better of the chances but they failed to let rip when a goalscoring opportunity arose, preferring instead to play keep-ball in the penalty box when the game was crying out for someone to have a go at goal.

The second half got underway with the home side doing most of the attacking but the Pirates always looked dangerous on the quick counter attacked which they mounted at fairly regular intervals. Ten minutes into the half, a foraging run into the box by Gordie Macklin was ended when he was unceremoniously upended in a fashion akin to something from the 'Jim Eden School of Shameful Slips.' Macklin was asked if he wanted to take the penalty but he declined and Doug Rosenlund stepped up to the plate. The conditions were atrocious as the penalty spot was a puddle and the ground very sodden. This did not deter Rosenlund who struck a perfect shot low to the left of the keeper which grazed the upright and ended up where it should have done. 2-0 and looking healthy for the home side.

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Midway through the second half a right wing break brought more rewards. Macklin found the time to release Gene Crowley who fired over a shot-cum-centre which deceived the keeper and was heading over the line. Chris Arcari ran in to ensure that the ball reached its final destination but the ball had already crossed the line so the goal is credited to Crowley. The Pirates continued to assault the Classics back line but they kept them at bay with a rearguard of four Major Generals who were all in determined mood. The most comedic moment of the day was when Rick Geary requested a substitution. When he was replaced, he headed in the opposite direction to the Classics touchline and he squeaked his way over to the washrooms in miniature steps as fast as his little legs would carry him. For this feat alone he was rightfully awarded the crap award!

With ten minutes to go a right wing corner from the Pirates was cleared over the defence out the the left wing and was chipped back into the danger area of the penalty box. A diving header from an attacker left Dean Herbert with no chance. Herbert had shown great spirit and had kept goal with some authority. One particular save brought the plaudits out after an acrobatic save denied an earlier Pirates attack. The result was well deserved as the whole of the Classics team put in a good shift. It may be unfair to single players out as everyone did their bit but new signing, youngster Randy Hosler, was particularly impressive in his role at full back and deserves special mention. All in all a good game with a fair result which reflected the balance of play. Next week the Classics make the long road trip east to visit their old foes Chilliwack in what should be another close encounter in a league that is rapidly improving. One of the Classics main supporters, Chas Jones, is declining the trip as the 250 Km round trip is a little too much for a retired person.

Final Score: 3-1 (1-0)

GK: D. Herbert
MGW: D. Rosenlund
Crap Award - R. Geary