Surrey Classics FC v Cliff Senior
Denny Ross
6th. December 2009

Weather: Cold, windy and icy underfoot
Three Senior Moments and Three Classic Moments..........
The Classics welcomed Cliff Senior back to Denny Ross for their second visit of the season, the first one resulting in a 7-1 walkover for the hosts. The Classics were still without goalkeeper Garry Hackel so the job fell to Dave Moore once again. Pat Rohla was sporting the most inconceivable bad toupee ever seen and it was to be a whirlwind start for the visitors as Moore's first job was to pick the ball out out the net in the fifth minute. A right wing break was finished off in some style by a rasping shot which went high and wide to the left hand top corner of Moore's net. The goal startled the hosts but it only took three minutes to bring the teams back level. Rohla moved the ball well down the right hand flank and he put Chuck McGill though on a break. McGill squared the ball to Gene Crowley who calmly stroked it home to bring the scores level.

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massenderOn the quarter hour mark Cliff's second attack again brought panic to the Classic's defence and a break through resulted in a one-on-one with the Classics' keeper. The attacker kept his cool and hammered an unstoppable shot high to the right and into the roof of the net. The keeper got a finger to it but the shot was too powerful for the touch to have any effect. Five minutes later it was the Rohla-G. Crowley-McGill combination again, this time from a right wing corner but McGill was desperately unlucky to see his shot hit the right hand post but in true predator style the bustling centre-forward followed up and headed powerfully home to get the Classics back on level terms again.

It was Alan Massender's turn to be involved in the action next in the 27th. minute. Massender put the Classics into the lead for the first time in the match and his goal celebration was not to be missed as the accompanying picture will attest. One comical incident in the first half resulted in McGill and one of the opposition squaring off after a little misunderstanding. Both players looked like thay were practising for the next Sumo wrestling final in the Japan Tournament but both players also ended up taking a 10 minute cooling off period. The Classics left the field with a justified lead as the half time whistle was blown.

The second half was not very eventful with the best chances falling to the Classics. Rohla hit the cross-bar late on when he should have scored and McGill, revelling in his 'carefree (as free as the wind blows) marauding' role took an excellent pass from Chris Arcari which unluckily hit the right hand post and cannoned to safety. Dean Herbert was having an excellent game and made several powerful left hand wing runs from his full back position to assist the midfield. McGill was once again flung to the sideline for ANOTHER 10 minute sin-bin offence.

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The turning point of the game came midway through the half when Alfie Deglan went in for the ball in his usual 'bull in a China shop' manner and the ball careered off his foot to send a Cliff attacker hot on his heels to goal. There were no 'Scrooge like' tendencies from Deglan and as Moore dived to his left the ball was struck to his right and ended up in the bottom of the onion bag. This was much to the disgust of G. Crowley who was heard to whisper very loudly, "It's a bad do when your own player lays on a goal for the opposition,' so it's a good job that nobody heard him. It will therefore remain a secret.

Final Score 3-3 (3-2)

Yellow Cards: McGill x 2
GK - D. Moore
You were Crap award: C. McGill