No great performance but a great result........
It was a cold crisp morning as the Classics travelled to South Algergrove to take on Aldergrove #2. The first half belonged to the Classics and they were unlucky not to have scored. Aldergrove had a couple of chances but they came to nothing as an inspired Martin Chipperfield dominated his goal area in the absence of Garry Hackel. Billy Ranger squandered a few chances at the other end which he might have normally put away, but both teams left the field at half-time on level terms.
The second half was a different story as it was Aldergrove who did most of the attacking. The Classics took the lead 10 minutes into the half after some good work on the right from Phil Nelson. Nelson harrassed the Aldergrove defence and put Chuck McGill away on a powerhouse run into the box. It looked like the ball ran away from McGill but it turned out that it was a nice pass inside to Ron Jennings who looked up and calmly picked his spot to leave the goalkeeper diving to his right in vain. It was Jennings first goal for the club and a fine goal it was too.
Aldergrove piled on the pressure for an equaliser and were unlucky on several occasions as the Classics defence managed to kick, head or slice all of their efforts away and keep the lead intact. They were not to be denied though and they got a deserved equaliser midway throught the half after a mix up between the Classics defenders. Chas Jones, in goal for the second half, came out to his right to get the ball but an Aldergrove attacker struck first and centred for a colleague waiting unmarked in front of goal who had an easy task to hit a low shot home.
The game seemed to be destined for a draw and Aldergrove were unlucky when they hit the post. They continued to press. The game got heated and Mike Snow was sent sprawling, or was he just practising his diving for the 100 metres butterfly? From the resulting attack Jim Eden (pictured) was left with the ball at his trusty left foot out wide on the left wing. Spotting the keeper off his line, he let rip with a 25 yard shot cum chip which sailed delightfully over the stranded keeper to put the Classics back into the lead once again. Ten minutes from the end Eden was sin-binned after an altercation so a 'backs to the wall' display was the order of the day. Aldergrove fought hard for another equaliser and thought they had one but Chipperfield was on hand to clear off the line and the Classics held out for another well fought victory.