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Re: Brookfield Solo league: Season 08.

Post by BlackpoolRock » 18 Aug 2018, 07:29

Highwood, like many promoted sides, have found life difficult competing against the division one clubs, with their more established formations. The opening match was an impressive 5-1 win against fellow-promoted South Barsham, but that turned out to be their only win in the first half of the season.

They then produced a surprise 1-0 win at Blackridge Town, where the home side did little wrong, but with solid defending, and possibly that little bit of fortune going Highwood's way, the points were earned. In the following game, however, Brimpton Rovers passed their way, far too easily, through the same defence.

Following this poor defeat, the management, who had been very lenient until then, decided drastic changes were needed. They recalled the three players, Mark Saunders, Darren Garner and Andy Comyn, from last season's team who are still at the club and replaced the 4-3-3 formation with 5-3-2, (or 3-5-2, depending how you classify the wing-backs). It's not intended as a defensive measure, but to make the team more direct, and competitive in midfield, where three central midfield players now line up in front of the three central defenders, and the full backs, or wing backs, are given more freedom to support the strikers.

This new formation was 'debuted' against Bullford when, after conceding early, two goals from David Kemp brought Highwood what could prove to be a significant win. It is anticipated that now they have found their own unique formation, they will continue to use it for a long time to come, whatever happens in the remaining six matches this season.

Their next match is home to Eastroke, whose traditional w-m formation with its wing-halves and inside forwards, will present a very different challenge to Bullford's direct 4-2-4. Like all the games where there is such a contrast of formations, this one is eagerly awaited.

Thank you for your interest, Paul. I also hope Tranmere at least cement their League Two status this season, not least because I've seen several of Highwood's squad play there. Though I can't recall any of those in green ever winning on Wirral soil.

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Re: Brookfield Solo league: Season 08.

Post by BlackpoolRock » 19 Aug 2018, 12:18

F.A.Cup. Second Round:

We thought the draw looked interesting, here's what happened:

In the repeat of last season's final, Greyston Town again overcame Eastroke United, although this time it was much more comfortable. Paul Mariner opened the scoring just before half time, and Hugh McAuley added a second soon after the restart. As Eastroke tried to be more adventurous to score themselves, it was the home team who scored two late goals, through Mariner and Lee Hodges. Good from Greyston, but disappointing as a spectacle.

An early goal from Joe Mason put Brimpton Rovers on the way to victory against Hinton United. Dwight Marshall added a second in the last few minutes with made the result appear comfortable. In practice it was anything but that, as Hinton got their long ball game working well, but had little good fortune in front of goal. The closest they came was midway through the second half, when Keith Allen's shot, from Paul Rideout's nod down, was well saved by Geoff Crudgington. Had that gone in, the result may have been very different.

As in the First Round, Iveley Park again struggled to break down a stubborn Conference defence as Peakville held out with a goalless draw. The home side had much the better of territory and possession although, perhaps understandably, were rather cautious about giving their opponents too much space for a counter. In the closing seconds, Peakville almost produced a shock when Hugh Reed's shot, from Ryan Cross's pass down the right, went across the goal, missing the far post by little more than the proverbial whisker.

Although it wouldn't have been classed as an upset, Flimside also defended stubbornly and made life difficult for Blundell City, and particularly so when Robbie Turner put them ahead after forty minutes. The second half followed the same pattern, but just when it looked as though Flimside would hold on, Bob Latchford equalised when the ball reached him through a crowded penalty area.

Melchester Rovers and Blackridge Town produced a most skilful and entertaining game, containing many 'touch and pass' moves from both teams. Alan Harper put Melchester ahead on 12 mins, but around the half-hour strikes from Andy Gray and Graeme Sharp, both supplied by Peter Halmosi, had the visitors in front.This time Melchester fought back, almost immediately, when Nick Chadwick equalised from Steven Pienaar's left-wing cross.
Play continued to flow end-to-end after the interval, and when Halmosi nearly finished off a fine passing move himself, he returned to his role of provider for Andy Gray to score a personal second, and the team's winning, goal. It had been a magnificent game, which Blackridge just deserved to win, after going close several times during the second half.

Bullford triumphed at Western Villa after another exciting and contrasting tie. Western's compact, close-passing game was second best on the day to the Division One side's more direct and expansive 4-2-4 formation. Duncan Ferguson's late strike, from Alex Scott's free kick, decided this one. Western had two very late chances, when Cliff Jackson's shot went very close and Pat Dunne saved from Michael Evans in the dying seconds. The win was deserved, but Western were far from outplayed.

Reiver Forest have produced one of the biggest Cup upsets when they defeated Aberdither united 2-0. It's difficult to know whether the bigger shock was the scoreline itself, or the manner of it, as for the first three-quarters of the game, Reiver's direct, 'modified' 4-2-4 almost swept their more illustrious opponents off the park. Josh Simpson, in the first half, and Rhys Griffiths in the second, scored the all-important goals. Aberdither, late on, had a few scoring opportunities themselves, notably from Kevin Kilbane and Pat van den Hauwe, but without luck, and it was all rather too little, too late, to deny Reiver their glory day.

Mill Town also came unstuck, this time against Conference opposition, when Molton United's through passing 4-2-4 game, with four deep-lying strikers, got the better of them. Reuben Reid scored after twenty-five minutes, but Molton went close several time before, and after, the goal.
The visitors eventually tried to come back into the game, with Dave Corbett and Yannick Bolasie, twice, going close but, again, this was a triumph for the underdogs.

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Re: Brookfield Solo league: Season 08.

Post by BlackpoolRock » 20 Aug 2018, 10:44

Replay Round-up:

Winger Hugh Reed scored early on for Peakville against Iveley Park, and the Conference side may have been slightly unlucky not to have increased their lead before half-time. Iveley Park gradually got back into the match after the break and equalised when Dave Burnside intercepted a long clearance on halfway, then passed the ball into Martin Phillips's path, and the winger made no mistake. The Division Two side began to dominate, but were unable to score again. In the second period of extra time, IVeley Park won possession from another long Peakville clearance, and Phillips again found the net, to take his team into Round Three.

Flimside, at home, were more adventurous against Blundell City and an even, more open passing game ensued. After a goalless first half, they took the lead when Robbie Turner flicked a long clearance from Onismor Bhasera towards the penalty area, followed his own flick, and fired home. After Ashley Barnes had gone close for the visitors, Rory Patterson settled the match in the closing minutes when he chased David Byrne's through pass and fired home.

Third Round draw: Iveley Park v Flimside; Brimpton Rovers v Bullford; Molton United v Greyston Town; Reiver Forest v Blackridge Town.

Next time: It's back to the League, and a game where both teams need the points for very different reasons, South Barsham versus Aberdither United. We hope you will be able to join us.

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Re: Brookfield Solo league: Season 08.

Post by Paulhilton » 24 Aug 2018, 17:00

Thanks for the update, sounds like the new formation might just work. The Blackridge Town game will be a good test!

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Re: Brookfield Solo league: Season 08.

Post by BlackpoolRock » 26 Aug 2018, 17:36

Masterclass.

South Barsham 0, Aberdither United 2.

As the home side, and in an encouraging run of for, South Barsham set out to take the game to Aberdither, and were the livelier team in the opening stages. Perhaps their confidence got the better of them as, after fifteen minutes Neale and Connolly exchanged passes as they produced an attacking move down the right, but lost possession to van den Hauwe. Two Aberdither passes later, Kilbane was through on goal in the vacated space on their left wing, and fired the visitors ahead.

Undeterred, the home side continued to be adventurous, and when Stonebridge passed the ball some way in front of Jennings, the winger made the ground at top speed and produced a shot which Southall did well to save. The keeper was in the action again a few minutes later when he advanced some way out of goal to collect and clear Neale's diagonal cross from the right.

The game wasn't one-sided, however, and when Aberdither gained possession in midfield, Dobson's through pass to Royle led to a shot which came very close to doubling the lead.

Late in the first half, Hague's long pass was controlled well by Fallon, who turned Labone and produced a shot which Southall saved comfortably.

In the early minutes after the break, Aberdither were awarded a free kick on the left, in the South Barsham half. From it, Kilbane passed to Dobson, in the inside right channel, who provided Royle with a fine chance, which the centre forward took, firing the ball past wilmot.

This second goal took the momentum out of South Barsham, as Aberdither began to stroke the ball around the midfield, as they seem to do so much better than any other team. From this, they not only kept possession for the majority of time remaining, but produced all the scoring chances of the half. On the hour, Labone played the ball to Harris, who passed to Kilbane, who shot just wide. Soon after, Kilbane was only prevented from having another shot at goal by an excellent recovery and block from right back Connolly. In the closing minutes, it was Kilbane nearly on target again when his direct free kick deflected off the wall into the arms of the grateful Wilmot. The home side had defended the centre very well, but, as we've seen previously, it's then when Kilbane comes more into the game, with his sterling work on the wing.

After the second goal, play was certainly dominated by Aberdither. We don't wish them any ill-fortune, but we came to feature and observe South Barsham's improved form, but Aberdither's passing masterclass throughout the second half ensured that we didn't see that much of it.

South Barsham (4-2-1-3) : Wilmot; Connolly, Saxton, Heathcote, Purrington; Neale, Hague; Andy Thomas; Fallon, Stonebridge, Jennings.

Aberdither Utd. (4-3-3) : Southall; Stevens, Hurst, Labone, van den Hauwe; Dobson, Barry, Harris; Husband, Royle, Kilbane.

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Re: Brookfield Solo league: Season 08.

Post by BlackpoolRock » 27 Aug 2018, 07:30

Elsewhere:

Div One: Highwood Ath 2-0 Eastroke Utd; Blackridge Town 2-0 Greyston Town; Bullford 2-2 Brimpton Rov; Hodwell 1-1 Mill Town.

Div Two:Reiver Forest 2-0 Blundell City; Alsworth 0-1 Western Villa; Mill Athletic 2-0 Danefield; Melchester Rov 2-1 Flimside; Hinton Utd 0-1 Iveley Park.

Conference: Molton Utd 0-0 Crickten Jn; Pressley Rang 2-1 St. Rebouro; Peakville 0-3 Rockingham.

Next time: We are going to take a look at the Division Two promotion race, Mill Athletic v Blundell City. We hope you will be able to join us for what could be a particularly vital game for the big spending visitors.

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Re: Brookfield Solo league: Season 08.

Post by BlackpoolRock » 31 Aug 2018, 17:19

Important Win for Mill Athletic.

Blundell City 0, Mill Athletic 1.

This was expected to be an important match for Blundell City, who are just behind the leading group in Division Two, so would therefore not want to lose ground against one of the teams above them in the table.

They made the more positive start, and made the first penetrating attacking move after twelve minutes, when wing-back David Phillips made a cross field pass to Andy Rogers on the left, who tried his luck with a shot, which Paul Barron saved.

A few minutes later there was a similar move from Blundell City, but this time Johnny Morrissey on their left received a pass almost along the touchline from Gary Naysmith, and his shot also went just wide.

The match was becoming a contrast of tactics, with Blundell City's direct, almost pugnacious, passing game getting little change from the visitors' five-man defensive line, with Steve Adams playing as an anchoring midfielder in front of them. From this base, their attacking moves were being set up in a more measured way.

It was Adams' co-midfielder, Wayne Burnett, who set up Athletic's next attack, when his accurate pass down the middle went perfectly into Barry Hayles' path, and the barnstorming striker made no mistake, and put his side ahead.

Late in the half, City came close to scoring an equaliser when, again from a similar move to the one their opponents had just played. Nalis' pass was played through from midfield into the path of Ashley Barnes, who shot narrowly wide.

It was Barnes who had the first shot of the second half, from Blundell City's best move of the game, when Naysmith's accurate long pass was played by Bob Latchford to Barnes on his left. Running a fair distance onto the ball, Barnes' shot was again just off target.

On the hour, Barron was back in the action, when he saved a shot from Sylvan Ebanks-Blake. Rogers then had another chance when his free kick hit the defensive wall and deflected for a corner, which came to nothing. Morrissey then went close from Jimmy Gabriel's through pass, which turned out to be the home side's last opportunity to equalise, and Athletic nearly doubled their winning margin when Adams and Hayles combined to set up another chance for winger Rogers, who again went close, but like all attempts in the second half, not close enough.

It had been a flowing and competitive game, with what may turn out to be a significant result in the promotion race.

Blundell City (4-3-3) : Barron; Steve Watson, Gabriel, Weir, Naysmith; Norris, Nalis, Ebbrell: Latchford, Barnes, Morrissey.

Mill Athletic (5-2-3) : Dunne; David Phillips, Hill, Sutton, aljofree, Uzzell; Adams, Burnett; Hayles, Ebanks-Blake, Andy Rogers.

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Re: Brookfield Solo league: Season 08.

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Elsewhere:
Div. One: Bullford 1-1 Blackridge Town; Brimpton Rov 2-2 Hodwell: Greyston Town 0-1 Highwood Ath;
Mill Town 0-2 Aberdither Utd; Eastroke Utd 0-2 South Barsham.

Div Two: Melchester Rov 3-1 Alsworth; Flimside 1-3 Hinton Utd; Western Villa 1-0 Reiver Forest; Iveley Park 2-0 Danefield.

Conference: St. Rebouro 1-2 Molton Utd; Ellerfield Ath 3-2 White Cliff; Rockingham 0-1 Pressley Rang.

Briefly, with four rounds to go, In Division One, Aberdither Utd. have 18 pts. Brimpton Rov and Blackridge Town 17, Greyston Town 15.

In Division Two: Mill Ath. 22 pts. Melchester Rov 18, Reiver Forest 18, Blundell City 15, Western Villa 15.
(Mill Ath. still have to play both their immediate pursuers, who do not need to play each other.)

In the Conference, Pressley Rangers 18 pts. (2 games to play), Crickten Junction 15 (3 to play). No other team can now get promoted, and these two will play each other in the final round of fixtures.

Next time: it's back to the Cup, which has reached the quarter-final stage. there will be a brief report on each match. We hope you can join us.

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Re: Brookfield Solo league: Season 08.

Post by BlackpoolRock » 05 Sep 2018, 12:33

F.A.Cup Third Round.

Iveley Park started brightly against fellow Division Two opponents Flimside, and not for the first time, struggled against a stubborn defence. In fact, for all the bright play, mainly from the home side, there wasn't a shot during the whole of the first half. Iveley became slightly more adventurous, or possibly risky, after the break, and were rewarded with two goals in quick succession, around the hour mark, from Dave Burnside and Martin Phillips.
This took the pressure off Iveley, but Flimside then threw everything at them, and went close themselves, with efforts from Onismor Bhasera and, late on, Rory Patterson.

Brimpton Rovers overcame Bullford with a second half goal from Dwight Marshall, but that wasn't the story of the match, as Bullford went close with shots from Tony Cottee, Anders Limpar, Andy Hinchcliffe and Joe Parkinson in the first half, which they had much the better of. The second half was more even, with Jon Beswetherick going close for Brimpton just before what turned out to be the only goal. Bullford are having a poor season by their recent standards, but this defeat was due more to misfortune than a disappointing performance.

Greyston Town are another side who can do little right at present, especially in attack, where the goals have dried up. Their visit to Conference side Molton United produced an open and entertaining game, and a major surprise, as goals came from John Tedesco in the first half and Reuben Reid in the second, gave Molton a famous giant-killing win. Bill Rafferty and Lee Hodges went close for Greyston, but this was Molton's day.

Blackridge Town had no such problems in defeating Reiver Forest, in a game where their defence coped with all that the Division Two side could throw at them, before taking over the midfield and almost dominating the later stages. Thomas Gravesen scored for Blackridge in the first half, with Graeme Sharp getting a couple in the second, in a fine 3-0 win.

Semi-final draw: Blackridge Town v Iveley Park. Molton United v Brimpton Rovers.

Next time: It's back to the League, and what could be a vital game at the foot of Division One, South Barsham v Highwood Athletic. We hope you will be able to join us.

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Re: Brookfield Solo league: Season 08.

Post by BlackpoolRock » 10 Sep 2018, 20:59

Highwood Continue Good Run.

South Barsham 0, Highwood Athletic 2.

It is unusual for us to feature a team in two matches so close together, but recent results have produced a situation in the league table which suggests that at least one of these teams, promoted last season, may find themselves returning quickly to Division Two, but which one?

In the early minutes, South Barsham were the livelier, and Jennings, on receiving Hague's pass, took the ball down the left before crossing for Stonebridge, whose shot went just wide. The same player went close again, after eleven minutes, when he chased down Thomas' through pass down the middle, but again couldn't quite get his shot on target.

Highwood's first chance came midway through the half when Purrington mis-kicked his clearance straight to Bickle, whose first-time shot was saved well by Wilmot. On the half-hour, a short corner, taken on the left by Cooper, was followed by an exchange of short passes between him and Kemp, who supplied the corner taker with a shot, which brought another save from Wilmot.

A minute later the same two players reverted to their more usual roles, with Cooper sending over a cross from the left, straight into Kemp's path in front of goal, and Highwood took the lead.

Highwood's new formation, with and extra man in central midfield, and both full backs encouraged to join them whenever possible, was causing problems for the home side, with a succession of through passes up to the strikers. Late in the half, one of these was cleared, before Kemp could reach it, at the expense of a corner, which Cooper played behind the players in the goalmouth, for Machin to strike first time into the top corner. No chance of stopping that one.

So, being two goals up at the interval, would Highwood play cautiously in the second half? not these days, and in their current form. Two minutes after the restart, Saunders played a through pass for Garner to chase. At full speed, though, Garner couldn't get his shot on target.

Following a short period of rather scrappy play, a move down South Barsham's left wing appeared to be going nowhere until Jennings received the ball, and took some responsibility himself by running towards to Highwood goal, and firing in a shot which produced a good save from Ramsbottom.

With South Barsham needing to get players further forward in the closing stages, Highwood began to take advantage of some extra space at the back, and produced several chances themselves. Cooper supplied both Garner and Kemp, who both couldn't get their shots on target. When Bickle did, from Machin's pass, he was denied by an outstanding point-blank save from Wilmot. Another pass from Machin found Kemp, whose shot went just wide before, in the closing minutes, Jennings crossed the ball to Stonebridge, whose shot again went close but not close enough. So there was no further scoring late on, through a combination of several near misses and one magnificent save.

Since Highwood changed their formation they have won four successive matches, scoring seven goals, with one conceded. This has obviously increased their chances of playing at this level next season. The same, unfortunately, cannot be said for South Barsham, who, after a short good run of results, have slipped back to the foot of the table, with just three matches to play.

South Barsham (4-2-1-3) : Wilmot; Connolly, Saxton, Heathcote, Purrington; Neale, Hague; Andy Thomas; Fallon, Stonebridge, Jennings.

Highwood Athletic (5-3-2) : Ramsbottom; Poole, Doumbe, Comyn, Hore, Leigh Cooper; Saunders, Machin; Garner; Bickle, Kemp.

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Re: Brookfield Solo league: Season 08.

Post by BlackpoolRock » 10 Sep 2018, 21:51

Elsewhere:

Div One: Hodwell 1-2 Greyston Town; Mill Town 1-2 Brimpton Rov; Aberdither Utd 3-0 Bullford; Eastroke Utd 3-2 Blackridge Town.

DivTwo:Mill Athletic 1-2 Reiver Forest; Hinton Utd 2-0 Western Villa; Iveley Park 0-2 Flimside; Danefield 3-0 Melchester Rov; Blundell City 1-2 Alsworth.

Conference: Crickten Jn 1-0 Ellerfield Ath; White Cliff 1-0 Peakville; Molton Utd 2-2 Rockingham.

League tables:

Division One
---------------------Pld-----W---D---L------F---A-----Pts.
Aberdither Utd...15......9...2...4.....19...13.....20
Brimpton Rov.....15......6...7...3.....21...15.....19
Blackridge Town..15.....7...4...5......21...16.....17
Greyston Town...15......7...3...5......19...15.....17
Eastroke Utd......15......5...5...5......15...18.....15
Hodwell............15......4...6...5......21...17.....14
Highwood Ath.....15......6...2...8......17...18.....14
Mill Town..........15......4...4...7......11...16.....12
Bullford............15......4...3...8......16...22.....11
South Barsham....15......3...5...7......9....23.....11

Division Two
----------------------Pld-----W---D---L------F---A-----Pts.
Mill Athletic........15......9...4...2.....23..11.....22
Reiver Forest.......15......8...4...3....23...17.....20
Melchester Rov.....15.....7...4...4.....24...19.....18
Blundell City........15.....7...1...7.....20...16.....15
Western Villa.......15......5...5...5....12...15.....15
Hinton Utd..........15......5...4...6....15...19.....18
Alsworth.............15......4...5...6....13...17.....13
Danefield............15......4...3...8....17...22.....11
Flimside..............15......4...3...8....15...20.....11
Iveley Park...........15......3...5...7....16...22.....11

Conference
------------------------Pld-----W---D---L-----F----A-----Pts.
Pressley Rang........12......7...4...1.....19....9.....18
Crickten Jn...........12......7...3...2.....13....6.....17
White Cliff............12......6...1...5....16...13.....13
Molton Utd............13......4...5...4....15...15.....13
Peakville..............12......5...2...5.....9....14.....12
Rockingham...........13......4...3...4....13...15.....11
Ellerfield Ath.........12......3...3...6.....13...16......9
St. Rebouro...........12......2...2...8......8...17......6

Next time: We don't think it's a particularly difficult choice, on this occasion. We're off to watch Brimpton Rovers versus Aberdither United. We hope you will be able to join us for this vital game.

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Re: Brookfield Solo league: Season 08.

Post by BlackpoolRock » 17 Sep 2018, 19:48

Aberdither Edge Closer.

Brimpton Rovers 0, Aberdither United 0.

Leading by a point, with the next two chasers two points further back, a win here for Aberdither would have made them strong favourites for another League title. As it turned out, there is still much to play for, but they are, if anything, in a slightly stronger after avoiding defeat.

They began the brighter, with an early attack down the left, when van den Hauwe's pass to Kilbane was followed by a cross to Royle, who shot just wide. Another pass out of defence from the same player led to Kilbane trying a shot himself, from wide left, and this also went just wide.

Brimpton's response was a similar move down their left side, when Beswetherick found Mason, but as the forward set up his shot, Hurst got back and cleared.

Aberdither continued to have much more of the early play, with their midfielders closing down Brimpton's players high up the field, and then forming their own attacking moves. From one of these, Kilbane again shot wide, and when Husband finally got a strong shot on target, Wotton was able to make a solid and important block. As the half drew to a close, Brimpton had two chances themselves, but like their Aberdither counterparts, their forwards, too, couldn't find the target.

The pattern of play continued after the interval, with Aberdither having most of the play, but for a while, Brimpton's defence coped well, a little got through to Crudgington. Labone then twice came to Aberdither's rescue, with two timely interceptions to deny Marshall and McCall in turn, just before a final pass reached the striker.

Good defending had become catching as, at the other end, Seip rescued Brimpton in the same way. The Dutchman went one better, though, as his block, slightly fortuitously, deflected out to Beswetherick who started a counter attack down the left. This led to successive corners, but nothing came from either.

With five minutes remaining, Dobson, who had been almost anonymous in the attacking half, found himself further forward and, after exchanging passes with Husband, tried a shot himself, from the inside right position. It went wide of Crudgington and, no doubt to the relief of the keeper, also just beyond his right hand post.

So Aberdither hold onto their lead at the top of the table, and Brimpton will doubtless be hoping Greyston can also do them a favour by stalling the leaders' progress in their next match.It may take some doing, as Aberdither have only conceded one goal in their last eight league games.

Brimpton Rovers (5-2-3) : Crudgington; John Brimacombe, Arnason, Wotton, Seip, Beswetherick; Piper, Steve McCall; Marshall, Trebilcock, Mason.

Aberdither United (4-3-3) : Southall; Stevens, Hurst, Labone, van den Hauwe; Dobson, Barry, Brian Harris; Husband, Royle, Kilbane.

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Re: Brookfield Solo league: Season 08.

Post by BlackpoolRock » 17 Sep 2018, 20:21

Elsewhere:

Div One: Bullford 0-3 Eastroke Utd; Blackridge Town 2-2 South Barsham; Highwood Ath 2-1 Hodwell; Greyston Town 1-1 Mill Town.

So neither Blackridge Town nor Greyston Town were able to take advantage of the top two dropping a point. At the bottom, Highwood's improved form continues, as they move above Hodwell into sixth.

DivTwo: Flimside 0-1 Danefield; Melchester Rov 2-1 Blundell City; Alsworth 0-1 Mill Athletic; Reiver Forest 2-2 Hinton Utd; Western Villa 0-1 Iveley Park.

Conference: Ellerfield Ath 1-2 St. Rebouro; Pressley Rang 2-2 White Cliff; Peakville 2-1 Crickten Jn.

So both the leaders slip up, with Pressley now two points clear of Crickten. Their respective goals tallies are 21-11 against 14-8. Pressley go to Crickten in the final round, with the home side requiring at least a three goal victory. Unlikely, perhaps, but they will give it a go.

Next time: It's the Cup semi finals, with Blackridge Town playing Iveley Park, and Brimpton Rovers playing Molton United. Obviously the Division One teams will be favourites, but can either of their opponents produce an upset? We hope you will be able to join us.

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Re: Brookfield Solo league: Season 08.

Post by BlackpoolRock » 25 Sep 2018, 14:24

Semi Final preview:

As each of this season's Cup semi finals includes a team we have not featured so far, it seems appropriate to provide a short introduction/preview of each match.

Blackridge Town play Iveley Park, who have yet to meet a Division One team so far, as neither had any of the teams they have beaten on the way to this game. Blackridge play a familiar 4-4-2, while Iveley play 4-2-1-3, with Dave Burnside playing in 'gap' between the midfielders and forwards. Several teams have used such a tactic this season, as they found that the various departments of the team were too far apart for the 'flats' to cope with comfortably.

The game was expected to be fairly slow and precise.

Colours-wise, Blackridge play in blue shirts, white shorts (2), while Iveley Park play in yellow shirts with blue sleeves, and black shorts (26).

In the second game, Brimpton, in sky blue (5), play 5-2-3, (or 3-4-3, depending how the wing backs are regarded), while Molton, in all-red (41), play 4-2-4.

One of the interesting tactical features of this contest is that neither side uses a traditional 'target man' type of player, preferring to play through passes, intended for their forwards to run onto. It was expected to be intriguing tactically, especially in midfield, where the Conference side were going to be outnumbered, which they would try to compensate for by being more direct.

Time for the match reports.

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Re: Brookfield Solo league: Season 08.

Post by BlackpoolRock » 25 Sep 2018, 15:10

F. A. Cup. First Semi Final:

Blackridge Town 0, Iveley Park 3.

Iveley Park made the brighter start, with Burnside almost giving them an early lead when, following good work by Carsley and Arteta, his powerful shot struck the foot of the keeper's left post. Carsley and Arteta combined again, this time to send Martin Phillips on a run down the left, but the winger completely mishit his shot.

Blackridge had their first scoring opportunity after twenty-two minutes, when Distin and Gravesen exchanged passes in midfield, but Distin's pass, intended for Sharp, was cut out by Carsley.

An almost identical piece of play then took place at the other end, when Carsley's pass, intended for Pickering, was intercepted by Stubbs. A few minutes later, Burnside played Danis Salman's long pass out to Mackie, whose cross from the right was well struck by Pickering, only, for the second time, the post to rescue Blackridge. Another cross from Mackie, intended for Pickering, was headed away by Stubbs.

With two minutes remaining in the half, and following more good passing between Carsley and Arteta, Burnside played a short pass through to Pickering, whose shot hammered into the back of the net. There was no doubting the Division Two side deserved their half time lead.

Four minutes into the second half, Iveley's lead was doubled, when left back Brian McNeill played a long pass along the touchline to Phillips, who cut inside before firing home.

As expected, Blackridge tried to respond, with Gravesen's pass, intended for Gray, intercepted and cleared by Dave Provan. This was typical of the game so far, with Iveley's defenders, Provan in particular, stopping just about everything Blackridge played towards them, and, as so often happens when a team is playing well, nearly all the loose balls tended to find them.

On the hour, the result was just about settled in Iveley's favour when Salman passed the ball out of defence up to Mackie, wide on the right, on halfway. Mackie's diagonal cross appeared to be intended for Pickering, which is clearly what the defenders also thought, Instead, Phillips ran in from his wing and fired the ball perfectly into the far corner.

Naturally Blackridge kept on trying, and Gray played a through pass to Gravesen, but Mark Smith got to the ball first. Gravesen did manage a shot, a few minutes later, when Gray nodded Halmosi's cross back to him, but this time it was Blackridge's turn to be denied by a post. It would probably have been too late to influence the result anyway, but it was Iveley who produced the last scoring chance when a shot from Burnside, from Mackie's pass, went just wide.

It had been a quality semi final, with Ively Park, on the day, turning out deserved winners. It was one of their best performances of the season, but they often tend to play better against teams who set out to play against them, rather than merely setting out purely to stop them.

Blackridge Town (4-4-2) : Wood; Wright, Stubbs, Distin, Wilson; Hall, Ross, Gravesen, Halmosi; Gray, Sharp.

Iveley Park (4-2-1-3) : Howard; Salman, Provan, Mark Smith, McNeill; Carsley, Arteta; Burnside; Mackie, Pickering, Martin Phillips.

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