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Re: Brookfield Solo League: Season 06

Postby BlackpoolRock » 09 Sep 2017, 17:53

There are several strikers around, who currently cannot get into their clubs' teams, and obviously, most of them will be in demand when the transfer window opens in our close season.

Highwood Athletic are expected to be looking for a proven goal scorer at lower league level (so his wages won't break the bank) who could play alongside Reuben Reid. They may even opt to play three strikers in Division Two (assuming.....) and rely on Gary Poole to get more advanced from right back, as that is a strong part of his game.

They would also be looking for an experienced "Mr Dependable" in central defence. Again, a player who has lost his place at a bigger club could be a good option for them. Such players can be a little cheaper as the selling club would be unlikely to want to pay the wages of too many reserves.

Not sure who this chap Clarke is. The only player by that name in the League is Chris Clark, who is a leading light of Mill Town's midfield, and that particular transfer would appear most unlikely. You might know something of him, as he has 'also' had two spells at Aberdeen before joining Cove Rangers a few years ago.

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Re: Brookfield Solo League: Season 06

Postby BlackpoolRock » 13 Sep 2017, 13:11

Late Drama Means Replay

Western Villa 2, Eastroke United 2

This was expected to be a passing contest, and so it proved. With both defences watchful, the early exchanges were even and it was twenty minutes before there was a scoring opportunity. It fell to Western Villa, when Mason played a short pass to his right for Skinner to shoot, but Pointon made a good block. Mason then ran at the defence himself, but his short pass, also intended for Skinner, was cut out by Lyons, at full stretch. Eastroke's first chance came when Gabriel won possession in midfield, played a through pass for Ball to chase. With a couple of defenders in close attendance, the shot went just wide. Eastroke were beginning to win many of the midfield duels, and were threatening to gain superiority. Next it was Edworthy's turn to claim a loose ball, which he played to his right for Darracott to send Nevin away, and his shot rebounded off the near post, back to the keeper.
It was against the run of play that Western Villa took the lead, just before the interval. Gilbert took a free kick in his left back position, forward to Mason, who played it into space for Matthews, who was deeper and unmarked, to run in and score.

The second half began in the same manner, with Eastroke having the better of the contest, but meeting solid resistance from the Western defence. Darracott came forward to take a throw in on the right, level with the edge of the penalty area, but Gilbert intercepted Ball's return pass. Ball, however, closed down the clearance, and set up a chance for the full back, who equalised. Western tried to regain their lead, with Barlow and Mason both going close, in quick succession. Ten minutes from time, though, It was Eastroke who went ahead when Edworthy, from just inside his own half, and probably noticing that most of the front players were well marked, played a through pass for Ball to chase down, which he did successfully and fired home his first time shot. Soon after, Temple almost added a third, and would probably have settled the match, when he ran outside Randell before shooting, but Bala'c made a good save by turning the ball around the post. With the game going into the final minute and Eastroke having the majority of possession, Horswill won the ball in midfield and immediately played it right for Skinner to run with directly for goal. From just outside the penalty area, the winger equalised with what turned out to be the last kick of the match.

So these two must replay, and one would imagine the odds now favour the First Division side, who will have home advantage.

Western Villa (4-3-3) : Bala'c; Randell, Provan, Burrows, Gilbert; Barlow, Horswill, Matthews; Skinner, Michael Evans, Mason.

Eastroke Utd. (1 to 11) : West; Darracott, Pointon; Gabriel, Lyons, Edworthy; Nevin, Ball, Temple, Sheedy, Limpar.

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Re: Brookfield Solo League: Season 06

Postby BlackpoolRock » 13 Sep 2017, 14:27

Around the Cup grounds:

Crickten Junction 1, Ellerfield Athletic 0.
This tie was between the League's newest clubs, both in their third season, and each hoping to reach the Third Round for the first time.
Ellerfield have had greater success so far, winning the Conference in their first season, and have developed into a compact, tight outfit, relying on full backs for most of their wide play.
Following a disappointing, to put it mildly, opening season, Crickten Junction made a complete change of policy, released several players, and have built a flowing, easy on the eye, attacking side, who make good use of the full width of the pitch.

Both teams struggled to get their game flowing in the opening half, which produced just one chance for each team. Ryan Brunt going close for Crickten, and Alan Banks for Ellerfield. Both shots went wide.
The game opened out in the later on, as Crickten, in particular, thought they would have more chance on winning the tie at home. Paul McGregor, for the visitors, then had the closest chance to this point, when his shot skimmed the post. With about five minutes remaining, Brunt again went close, after producing a good shot from just outside a crowded penalty area. Just when it looked as though a replay was certain, the Conference side booked their place in the last eight when left back Robbie Williams ventured forward and produced an accurate through pass, from which Andres Gurrieri's shot went in off the post.
The home side had been the more adventurous, and, if only for that, probably deserved their victory.

The other matches:
Greyston Town had a rather too comfortable win, 3-0, over holders Melchester Rovers, with each of the front three, Corazzin, Rafferty and McAuley getting on the scoresheet.

On their second visit to a Conference club, Aberdither scored two early goals, through Kilbane and Husband, against Peakville. They then held out comfortably. Peakville took the game to Aberdither more than Highwood had, but that left more space further back.

The Bullford v Mill Town game could best be described as crazy, with the hosts winning 5-1. Each of the first three goals came immediately after a near miss at the other end, while at 3-1, Mill Town missed two very acceptable chances. For the record, King (2), Cottee, Ferguson and Parkinson scored for Bullford, with Latchford getting Mill Town's consolation.

Hinton United, winners two seasons ago, struck a blow for Division Two with a win at Brimpton Rovers, with Keith Allen scoring the only goal. Rovers had more of the play, but Hinton, as usual, were always a threat with their long balls up to the front men.

Blundell City and Hodwell must replay after a goalless draw. Most of the play was in Hodwell's half, but with their defensive system having been modified following the hammering from Mill Town, they held out.

In a very tense match, Flimside achieved a surprise 1-0 win over Iveley Park. Ebanks-Blake scored in the first half, then with a combination of two strong central defenders, and several others playing in headless chicken mode, they held out for their first home win of the season.

Third Round Draw: Bullford v Aberdither Utd; Hinton Utd v Blundell City/Hodwell; Western Villa/Eastroke Utd v Flimside; Crickten Jn. v Greysto Tn.

Next time: We think Mill Town v Bullford might just be interesting, following on from their cup-tie, so that's where we are off to. We hope you can join us.

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Re: Brookfield Solo League: Season 06

Postby BlackpoolRock » 20 Sep 2017, 20:23

Replay results:

Eastroke Utd 2-0 Western Villa, Eastroke, with home advantage, got their passing game working well, leaving Western to do all the chasing. Limpar scored just before half time, and in the closing minutes, Sheedy added a second which made the final score more in keeping with the pattern of the game.

Hodwell 0-1 Blundell City. Much closer contest this one, but with less flowing football than might have been anticipated. One of those 'specials' from Dalton, just before the interval, turned out to be the only goal, and one of the few occasions when anyone was able to find any space, as play was often very congested.

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Re: Brookfield Solo League: Season 06

Postby BlackpoolRock » 20 Sep 2017, 21:08

Normal Service Almost Resumed

Mill Town 1, Bullford 1.

Despite speculation to the contrary regarding Mill Town, both these teams were unchanged from their dramatic cup-tie.

It was quite obvious from the start that Mill Town were going to be much more watchful during their attacks that last time. When Bullford created the first chance, Nisbet was well positioned to prevent a shot. Mill Town's response was short passing move upfield between Latchford and Wright-Phillips, but the latter's shot lacked power and was comfortably saved by Rankin. With their next attack, Town took the lead with a move which began when Watson won the ball in central defence. He played the ball forward to Snodin, who passed the ball out to Morrissey on the left. The winger ran directly down the left before turning in and shooting beyond the keeper and into the net. There followed some midfield play, with neither side able to take the initiative, until Sullivan, from left back, played a pass down the line which sent Morrissey away again. This time, however, Rankin turned the ball around the post. Town were in the ascendency at this stage, although King did manage a through pass from defence, out to Noone, who cut inside before shooting wide.

Rankin then had to make a good save from another Morrissey shot after the winger nipped in when Coughlan, unusually for him, hesitated before attempting to clear. The last incident of the first half came after Cottee and Noone combined to produce a shot, but Noone clearly wasn't wearing his shooting boots in this half.

After the interval, play was even until a passing move down Town's right produced a chance for Wright-Phillips, which Rankin saved well. The home side continued to have the better of things until a long Bullford clearance reached Ferguson, who despite the close attention of both central defenders, got in a shot which went narrowly wide. Ferguson and Parkinson then produced a passing move which resulted with the centre forward passing to his left for Cottee to run in and fire home the equaliser. For most of the remainder of the game, it was Bullford who looked more likely to score any winner, with Ferguson being involved in every move. In the closing minutes, however, It was Mill Town who almost grabbed both points when Latchford played a square pass out left to Morrissey, but running in from deeper than usual, the winger shot well wide.

So the match ended all square, no doubt to the relief of Mill Town, following their disaster in the Cup.

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Re: Brookfield Solo League: Season 06

Postby BlackpoolRock » 20 Sep 2017, 21:40

Around the Grounds:

Division One: Brimpton Rov 2-2 Greyston Town; Aberdither Utd 2-1 Eastroke Utd; Hodwell 2-1 Mill Athletic; Iveley Park 1-2 Blundell City.

Div Two: Danefield 0-1 Reiver F; South Barsham 0-1 Pressley Rang; Blackridge T 1-1 Western V; Ellerfield Ath 0-2 Melchester Rov; Hinton U 0-0 Flimside.

The race for the Conference title is still on, following Alsworth's 2-0 victory at St Rebouro, with second half goals, against the run of play, from Bjarni Gudjonsson and Mike Trusson. They are now one point behind Highwood Athletic, with one home game left, against Molton Utd. Highwood have two games remaining, away to Molton Utd then home to Peakville.

With a goal difference of 14 - 4, to Alsworth's 12 - 7, it would be expected that one point from either match will be enough for Highwood, but no doubt they will want to settle the issue asap.

Next time: We are going to take another look at Division Two, to see whether Reiver Forest can maintain their outside chance of promotion against Blackridge Town, who will also not want to drop points. We hope you will be able to join us.

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Re: Brookfield Solo League: Season 06

Postby geow6 » 21 Sep 2017, 15:18

Do you find cup games to still be interesting or are they like nowadays where all the managers and players could "do without them"?

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Re: Brookfield Solo League: Season 06

Postby BlackpoolRock » 21 Sep 2017, 16:11

Very traditional here, we love the cup, and the final is considered to be the highlight of the season. It's the game all teams want to play in, and the supporters want their day out at.

Financially, the prize money for the winners is the same as in Division One, and it can also be a real money spinner, or even a life saver, for any smaller club who has a good cup run. Crickten Junction, for example, will already receive more in prize money from the current competition, than their season's wage bill.

On the other hand, it hasn't always been the luckiest competition for the winners. Of the four winners from Division One so far, three have been relegated in the same season.

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Re: Brookfield Solo League: Season 06

Postby BlackpoolRock » 24 Sep 2017, 21:34

Setback for Leaders

Reiver Forest 2, Blackridge Town 0.

Straight from the kick off, Blackridge attacked down the middle. Reiver's defence won the ball and began a response, which turned out to be more successful, as the passing move ended when Nelson played a short pass perfectly into Fallon's path, and the centre forward fired the ball into the net. One-nil after only one minute.

Following this dramatic start, the early stages were played at a fast pace, with the ball pinging around, as though the pitch had been very well watered. The next three scoring opportunities all fell to the visitors, or to be more specific, Andy Gray. First, a quick ball out of defence from Stubbs was helped on its way forward by Graveson, only for the shot to go just wide. There was a similar finish when Ross slotted a free kick between two defenders. With the third attempt, although he was well marked, Gray's shot hit the net, only for his effort to be disallowed for a foul on Hore.

The game was becoming littered with free kicks at this stage, but as the teams began to settle, play gradually slowed, and the scoring opportunities became far less frequent. Towards the end of the half, Reiver had two openings in quick succession. A passing move between Hore and Baird put the striker clear down the right, and Stubbs had to dash across to make a desperate clearance, and then the same player, back in his central position, intercepted a short pass from Nelson which would have left Fallon through on goal, with only the keeper to beat.

The first chance after the break was also from the home side, when Hodges and Nelson combined down the left to set up a chance for Reynolds, whose shot went just wide. Reiver were attacking in triangles down each wing, which is not a tactic we've seen from them before, but it was certainly keeping their more illustrious opponents pinned back in their own half. Although they were in the lead, they were much more intent on adding to it rather than merely preserving it. Home keeper Cole had hardly been involved since Gray's early chances.

Their 'up-and-at-em' tactics were rewarded when, in the closing stages, Blackridge were trying to short pass their way out of defence, as they do, but for once, Wood and his defenders were not on the same wavelength, and the confusion resulted with the ball rebounding loose to Nelson, just outside the corner of the penalty area. The Reiver player neatly slotted the ball into the empty net, and the match was settled. It had been brisk and competitive, with space at a premium.

The Reiver win preserves their outside hopes of promotion, and given Blackridge's a setback.

Reiver Forest (4-2-4) : Cole; Worrell, Purse, Green, McGlinchey; Hore, Lee Hodges; Ian Baird, Fallon, Garry Nelson, Reynolds.

Blackridge Town (4-4-2) : Wood; "Sandy" Brown, Stubbs, Distin, Wilson; Hall, Ross, Graveson, Beagrie; Gray, Alex Young

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Re: Brookfield Solo League: Season 06

Postby BlackpoolRock » 24 Sep 2017, 21:50

Around the grounds:

Division One: (Although the last featured match, fine though it was, possibly won't be remembered long into the future, one of these just might)

Iveley Park 3-1 Aberdither Utd; Blundell City 1-2 Mill Town; Eastroke Utd 0-6 Brimpton Rov; Bullford 1-0 Mill Athletic; Greyston Town 2-0 Hodwell.

Division Two: Ellerfield Ath 0-1 South Barsham; Melchester Rov 0-1 Hinton Utd; Pressley Rang 0-1 Danefield; Flimside 0-1 Western Villa.

Conference: Molton Utd 0-1 Highwood Ath.
Highwood Athletic are confirmed as Conference champions, and will compete in League Division Two in Season 07.

Next time: It's the F.A.Cup again, and we've chosen the big one! Dave Blackpool's off to report on Bullford v Aberdither United. We hope the match will live up to it's billing, and that you will be able to join us, not only for this, but also for brief reports on each of the other games.

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Re: Brookfield Solo League: Season 06

Postby Paulhilton » 26 Sep 2017, 08:57

Great news for Highwood- it was never in doubt. Already looking forward to the new season, new teams, new grounds- just need to consolidate for a season before the next big promotion push.

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Re: Brookfield Solo League: Season 06

Postby BlackpoolRock » 26 Sep 2017, 11:40

It was a tight match against Molton United, and they survived a tense moment in the first half when a thunderbolt from John Tedesco knocked keeper Neil Ramsbottom off his feet, but, most importantly, he stopped it and with no forward near enough to pounce, was able to recover and clear.

Perhaps appropriately, it was skipper Leigh Cooper who advanced from his wide midfield position to receive a short pass from Reid and shoot home the winner, soon after Reid himself had been denied by the Molton keeper.

I rather fear for them in Division Two next season, although they will be nobody's pushover. They would be expected to strengthen front and back, and are likely to make a bid for a popular and pacy striker who is one of the Pilgrims' leading scorers of the last twenty years or so, but has a very poor scoring record for his present club in this Conference. In defence they will probably look for an experienced player with a more dominant physical presence, possibly from the relegated club, whichever one that might be. If they do have any particular player in mind, the rumour hasn't yet reached here.

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Re: Brookfield Solo League: Season 06

Postby BlackpoolRock » 26 Sep 2017, 16:14

Must Try Again

Bullford 1, Aberdither United 1.

It was Aberdither who had the first chance, when Stevens ventured up the right, exchanged a one-two with Husband, then shot narrowly beyond the far post. In reply, Cottee flicked the ball into Parkinson's path, but, running at full speed, he also couldn't find the target. A slip by Cahill gave Bullford a free kick on the left, just beyond the halfway line. Hinchcliffe's cross looked threatening, but Hurst got his head to it and the danger was averted. Hurst and Cahill then short-passed their way out of defence, and a further series of passes took the ball upfield, where Husband found the narrowest of gaps, to play a very short pass for Royle to shoot his team into the lead.

Aberdither were well on top at this stage, and the goal was followed with their best move of the match, when Stevens, again in a forward position, played a fine cross-field pass to Kilbane. Unmarked, the winger advanced toward the goal before firing in a shot, which Rankin saved well.

There hadn't been many chances in the first half, but Bullford began the second with a more determined attitude, and within a minute had equalised with a spectacular individual goal. After Coughlan had won the ball in the centre of defence, he played it out to to Hinchcliffe, whose through pass down the left was helped on, by Parkinson, to Connolly, on halfway. The winger went directly for goal before firing his shot just out of Southall's reach.
Soon after this, another Hinchcliffe/Parkinson move set up a chance for Cottee, who shot just wide, although Southall, this time, appeared to the shot well marshalled.

At the other end, a good last-ditch block by Coughlan prevented Husband scoring from Royle's header following Kilbane's cross. Rankin then saved Bullford after Aljofree played his attempted clearance into Husband, and the ball rebounded for Royle to have a shot. From the resulting corner, Royle's snap-shot went just wide. Bullford then nearly won the match in the closing stages when another direct move, this time down the right, involving Book, King and finally Noone, ended with a shot another shot just off target.

The second half had certainly lived up to the game's billing, and if the replay turns out to be as good, it will be worth watching.

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Re: Brookfield Solo League: Season 06

Postby BlackpoolRock » 26 Sep 2017, 16:59

Cup-tie round up:

Hinton Utd 0-0 Blundell City. The score doesn't tell the story, as the shot count was twelve to two in favour of the visitors, with the closest shave coming when a shot rebounded off the inside of the post, rolling along, then coming to rest on, the goal line. The division one side will still be favourites, with home advantage in the replay, but Hinton are never easy opponents.

Eastroke Utd 1-1 Flimside. Eastroke were looking comfortable, without being at their best, in the first half, and were in front with a goal from Alan Ball. The second half was a different story, as Flimside came back into the game, deserved their equaliser, from Ebanks-Blake, midway through, and looked the more likely to to score any possible winner. This one, though, will be remembered for the hosts' ineptness, for the second match running.

Crickten Jn.1-1 Greyston Town. This was the most open, although not the most skilful, of the matches. A goal from Rafferty gave Greyston the a halftime lead, but just when that was beginning to appear sufficient, a Crickten corner from the left, was deflected into his own net by full-back Doug Baird with four minutes remaining.

So all four ties need to be replayed. As a consequence, it has been decided to postpone the semi-final draw until they have taken place.

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Re: Brookfield Solo League: Season 06

Postby BlackpoolRock » 28 Sep 2017, 20:40

News of the Replays:

Two goals from Jimmy Husband meant that Aberdither United eventually overcame Bullford, for whom Ferguson's equaliser proved insufficient. Aberdither's passing accurate game dominated this one.

A strike from Ashley Barnes turned out to be the only goal as Blundell City beat Hinton United. Again, the home side were much the better, but, as is usual with Hinton, the result was never certain until the final whistle.

Alan Ball scored in the second minute for Eastroke at Second Division Flimside. Although they were much better than in the first match, Eastroke couldn't add to their score, and Sylvan Ebanks-blake again equalised in the second half. The teams couldn't be separated, even after extra time, although during this period both Pat Nevin and Derek Temple produced shots which hit the post, but another replay is required. Flimside won the
coin toss to host it.

Conference side Crickten Junction created history in the other match, as they have become the first side from that tier to win on a First Division ground, in what was an excellent cup-tie. Unusually, the visitors opted to take the game to their hosts with direct, attacking football which involved both their wingers being fully involved as the play spread across the full width of the pitch. The only goal came late in the first half when when Andres Gurrieri, as in the second round, hit home a first time shot, on this occasion from Ryan Brunt's nod down. It would be fair to say that the Crickten goal had something of a charmed life during the second half, but the ball never quite rolled in the Greyston forwards' favour. Although the hosts were not at their best, their play was far from poor. Overall, it was a classic cup-tie which will long be remembered.

The semi-final draw has paired the two previous winners of this competition, Aberdither United and Blundell City, with Crickten Junction taking on the eventual winners of Flimside versus Eastroke.

Next time: It's back to the League with the meeting of the top two, when Aberdither visit Greyston. A home win will put the teams level on points, but victory for the visitors would make them strong favourites to win the league for the third time in four seasons.


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