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Brookfield Solo League: Season 09

Post by BlackpoolRock » 31 Oct 2018, 14:35

Welcome, or welcome back, to our new season.

There may not have been any matches recently, but during the close season the clubs' finances have been audited, and the transfer window has been open. Between them, the clubs have been involved in 167 transfers, including 55 from the Player Pool, from where some players will be joining the league for the first time, while others will be returning.

52 transfers have taken place to equip the squads of four new clubs, with Redburn and Tarka Vale joining the former Conference clubs in the 'new' Division Three, while Dorleston and Old Holmsley will be taking part in the F A Cup as non-league clubs.

On the transfer front, Bullford have been the busiest club, with nine of their players leaving and being replaced following their surprise relegation. At the other end of the scale, Eastroke United have done no deals, retaining exactly the same squad for the new season.

Perhaps some of our more interesting new players, who are being welcomed as an appreciation of the League's successful (we think) switch to 'flats', are eleven players who were playing in the Football League in 1947, along with eleven more, from slightly later, who also played before the Continental sets were introduced in the early sixties. All these players may be new to the league, but we are fairly confident that each one will have displayed his skills, back in the day, on the baize, or possibly even on the ex-army blanket.

It is realised that the new players will not be familiar to most of our readers, and we think it may be better to introduce them briefly and in turn, as they play in a featured match.

There will be four new players in our Charity Shield match between Aberdither United and Iveley Park. All have been brought in from the player pool, but only one is new to the league.

The possibly best known player first; Aberdither have signed Peter Reid, although he is unlikely to play from the start of the season. It is Aberdither's policy to remain loyal to a winning team, so those who played during their successful run to win the League, will be given first opportunity this time.
Just for additional information, Graham Stuart and Trevor Steven have left the club, joining Mill Athletic and Blackridge Town respectively. We look forward to find out how each settles into his new surroundings.

Iveley Park have signed three new players. They found themselves left without a goalkeeper when Blackridge came calling for Tim Howard. Iveley agreed to do a deal on the condition they made a small profit after buying a replacement. They then brought in Martin Hodge for this season.
Their other signings were both at fullback. On the left side Alessandro Pistone has been signed, but their right back will be much less known, as he is one of our 'vintage' players. George Robertson began his Football League career in 1951, and went on to play 382 matches, mainly at right back. He became a popular player for his consistent and reliable performances. He will be unlikely to be mentioned for any spectacular overlapping runs, but he will almost certainly be playing in his expected position, trying to win the ball and distribute it intelligently.

Now for 09's opening showpiece, the Charity Shield.

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Re: Brookfield Solo League: Season 09

Post by BlackpoolRock » 31 Oct 2018, 15:29

Shield Shared.

Aberdither United 1, Iveley Park 1.

Aberdither had slightly the better of the early exchanges, although for much of the opening quarter, both sides appeared to be sparring. The first attacking move which brought a keeper into play occurred after twenty minutes, when Aberdither played the ball, through Harris and Barry, out of defence and out to Kilbane on the left. After cutting inside and exchanging passes with Dobson, Kilbane's shot went just past the post.

A few minutes later, Harris and Dobson again combined down the left, but debutant Robertson broke up the move and cleared upfield. Robertson's next clearance found Mackie on the right wing, but his cross, intended for Pickering, was cut out and cleared by Labone.

Smith then did the same job for Iveley at the other end, as he prevented Husband from taking the ball past him, which would have put the Aberdither player clear on goal.

Mackie and Pickering then combined down the right for Iveley, but the latter's shot was half blocked by Hurst, and the ball trickled through to Southall.

Late in the half, from Hurst's clearance, Aberdither played a sweeping crossfield move, from Stevens to Royle to Kilbane. They were denied a spectacular goal when Kilbane's shot went only just wide.

Following the careful beginning from both teams, the match certainly livened up as the half had progressed. This increased tempo continued from the restart, with two incidents late on proving crucial to the result.

Royle had the first shot of the half, from Labone's pass, after the defender had brought the ball out of defence himself. Royle's shot was blocked by Provan. The same defender saved his side again, a few minutes later, when he intercepted Husband's short pass intended for Royle, which would have put the number nine through on goal.

At the other end, Ively were awarded a direct free kick for handball against Dobson. Arteta played a short pass to Phillips, whose shot, from quite wide, was tipped away by Southall. Van den Hauwe retrieved the ball from near the corner flag, took it forward, then played a long crossfield pass to Steven, who played it across the front of the area for Brian Harris, the player considered most likely to eventually make way for Peter Reid, to slot the ball home.

A few minutes later, it was Aberdither's turn to find themselves awarded a direct free kick for handball, this time against Provan. Husband played another short pass across the front of the penalty area, only for Dobson to shoot wide, with what must be called a bad miss.

Iveley weren't giving up, and Mackie twice went close from through passes, as they opted for the more direct route. Following his second shot, Southall's goal kick deflected off of of his central defenders, straight to Pickering. A tap forward, followed by a hammered shot, and Iveley had equalised in the final minute.

It was another very late, result changing goal from Pickering, which he seemed to achieve so often during last season's cup run, including in the Final itself.

Apart from the result, Aberdither won't be too disappointed with how they have started the season, whilst Iveley will have the confidence to know that they can match a good Division One side in their play. All they need to do now is produce the results in what is likely to be a competitive Division Two.

Overall it was a good start to the season, from two good footballing teams.

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

Iveley Park (4-2-1-3) : Hodge; Robertson Provan, Mark Smith, Pistone; Carsley, Arteta; Burnside; Mackie, Pickering, Martin Phillips.

Next time: We're off to take an early look at two lesser featured Division One teams, with Highwood Athletic v Hodwell. We think Hodwell, despite their limited budget, may have made the best use of the transfer window. We may find out, and we hope you will be able to join us.

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Re: Brookfield Solo League: Season 09

Post by BlackpoolRock » 07 Nov 2018, 14:12

Highwood Rescue Point

Highwood Athletic 1, Hodwell 1.

We begin our coverage of the League season with a match between two of the lesser heralded Division One clubs, who will be hoping to raise their profile in 09.

Is is considered that Hodwell, even on their limited budget, have made excellent use of the transfer window, with the purchases of Andy Hinchcliffe, from Bullford, and, from the Player Pool, introducing Ross Barkley to the League. It is hoped that these two will provide more attacking prowess on their left side. They have also bringing Graham Coughlan, who had several seasons at Bullford, back into this division from Hinton United.

Ironically, the man Coughlan has replaced in Hodwell's defence, plays against them in this game. Lindsay Smith is a commanding centre back who played in the 1984 run to the Cup semi-final (as did team mate Leigh Cooper). Other new faces at Highwood are Bill Shortt, who played 354 matches as goalkeeper, starting in 1945, and also played 15 times for Wales. their other new player is Peter Anderson, a two-footed winger who can play down either side, who made 259 appearances, starting in 1953. He is not playing in this game, as Highwood keep faith with the formation which was successful in maintaining their survival in this Division during the latter part of last season.

Hodwell had the better of the early play, although nothing got through to their new keeper. It was Highwood who almost produced the first goal threat, but Kemp was penalised for a shove on Coughlan. A few minutes later, Comyn brought the ball out of defence and played a long pass to Kemp, who flicked the ball on for Machin, whose longshot was just off target. Highwood threatened again a few minutes later, when Megson and Smith didn't appear to be on the same wavelength whilst trying to pass the ball out from the back, resulting in it finding Tynan, whose instant first time shot went only just wide.

The game was becoming end-to-end, and Bickle's attempt to nod the ball down to Kemp was intercepted by Coughlan who, either by good fortune or judgement, was in the perfect position to intercept and clear.

With five minutes of the first half remaining, Hodwell took the lead. There appeared to be nothing on for either side as the ball was played too far down the left, finishing near to the corner flag. Highwood right back Poole got to it first, but, under pressure, his intended long clearance deflected to Mccarthy who hammered the ball home, before the keeper could move.

The second half started with Highwood making a series of attacking moves, but Hodwell's defence looked solid and coped well. As so often happens, it was Hodwell who produced the next shot, when McCarthy received a through pass from Williams, and his shot was well saved by Shortt. Almost immediately, Williams was involved in the action at the other end when he intercepted Machin's pass, intended for Cooper, which would have put the wing back clear down the left, and running towards goal.

As the game entered its closing minutes, Highwood began to apply more pressure, but two long passes out of defence by Timar almost put the game beyond them. The first one, intended for Tynan, was overhit and rolled harmlessly through to Shortt. The second was better weighted and found Tynan, whose shot went agonisingly close.

With the final whistle expected at any moment, Highwood mounted one final attack, with a passing move involving Poole, Saunders and Hore, whose pass found Kemp, whose late strike rescued a point for the home side.

While Hodwell will obviously be disappointed with the manner of the result, a draw was probably a fair result, from what became a flowing and tense game.

Highwood Athletic (5-3-2) : Shortt; Poole, comyn, Lindsay Smith, McElhinney, Leigh Cooper; Saunders, Hore, Machin; Bickle, Kemp.

Hodwell (1-4-3-2) : Aleksic; Megson, Kenny Brown, Coughlan, Timar, Hinchcliffe; Buzsaky, Johnny Williams, Barkley; Tynan, McCarthy.

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Re: Brookfield Solo League: Season 09

Post by BlackpoolRock » 07 Nov 2018, 14:27

Elsewhere:

Div One: Greyston Town 2-0 Eastroke Utd; Mill Ahletic 1-1 Aberdither Utd; Blackridge Town 1-1 Mill Town; Brimpton Rov 1-2 Melchester Rov.

DivTwo: South Barsham 2-2 Blundell City; Iveley Park 2-1 Bullford; Western Villa 2-1 Alsworth; Pressley Rang 1-2 Reiver Forest; Flimside 1-1 Hinton Utd.

Div Three: Tarka Vale 1-2 Crickten Jn; Redburn 2-1 St. Rebouro; White Cliff 2-1 Danefield; Molton Utd 0-0 Rockingham; Ellerfield Ath 0-1 Peakville.

Next time; We're off to see the other newly promoted side, when Mill Athletic visit Eastroke United, who were, or were made to, look out of sorts at Greyston in their first match. We hope you will be able to join us.

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Re: Brookfield Solo League: Season 09

Post by BlackpoolRock » 17 Nov 2018, 15:52

Mill Athletic Look the Part

Eastroke United 2, Mill Athletic 3.

Mill Athletic are one of the clubs who have not been successful in Division One, when they have come up against the better organised teams. For this season, they have brought in three new players whom they hope will rectify this. Craig Short has returned to the club, and is expected to help tighten the defence. Former Eastroke player Graham Stuart is expected to add extra creativity to midfield, and the least known new recruit is Pat Jones, a pacey and efficient left back who made 441 league appearances after starting his career in 1946.

Eastroke, on the other hand, have decided to keep faith in their squad from last season, with no arrivals or departures.

The game goot off to a lively start, with the visitors having more of the early chances. Following an early attack, Naysmith miskicked his clearance, with the ball going to Ebanks-Blake who,from a difficult angle, shot just wide. Further chances followed, with a passing move across the midfield reaching Rogers, whose shot from the left was saved by West. Another poor clearance again found its way to Ebanks-Blake, but this time Watson was able to get across and block his shot. With the game still in its first quarter, Athletic had another chance when Hayles' flick on was run onto by Stuart, but again the shot was just off target.

With the lively ene-to-end play continuing, Eastroke looked to have created a fine chance for themselves when Ball's short pass appeared to be going perfectly into Lukaku's path, but Hill was able to make an important interception.

Five minutes from half-time, Athletic took a deserved lead when Jones brought the ball out of defence, and was possibly allowed too much space by Eastroke, as he got well forward before putting over a good cross for Ebanks-Blake, from close in on goal, to shoot home.

Early in the second half, Eastroke produced the best passing move of the game so far, from which Ball shot narrowly wide. Immediately following this, Dunne's goal kick went to Adams, whose long through pass was run onto by Hayles, and he made no mistake to put Athletic two goals in front.

Eastroke's reply was almost immediate, when Brown's pass out from defence went to Sheedy, who, took full advantage of the lack of any markers near him by taking the ball forward down the inside left channel, before scoring a fine solo goal.

There followed a period of play where Eastroke had more of the possession and territory, but not too many scoring chances, although Jones made an important tackle which prevented Nevin from getting clear on goal and Sheedy got the better of Hill's challenge before chancing his luck from a fairly wide angle, but the shot hit the side netting.

With eight minutes remaining, another crossfield move by Athletic, which involved Adams, Stuart and out to Rogers, whose accurate shot, from the left, restored Athletic's two goal lead.

In the closing minutes, Hill again rescued Athletic with another interception, this time preventing Sheedy's short pass from reaching Lukaku, before Sheedy scored his second goal when Temple's left wing cross was flicked onto him by Ball, although, with so little time remaining, this did little more than give an air of respectability to the final score.

Our reporting team certainly struck lucky with this game, which was one of the best they have attended. Eastroke, however, will probably not see it that way, as they will be concerned about the number of chances their opponents, in both games so far, have produced.

Eastroke Utd (1 to 11) : West; Matt Jackson, 'Sandy' Brown; Bracewell, Dave Watson, Fellaini; Nevin, Ball, Lukaku, Sheedy, Temple.

Mill Athletic (5-2-3) : Dunne; David Phillips, Hill, Short, Aljofree, Pat Jones; Adams, Graham Stuart; Hayles, Ebanks-Blake, Andy Rogers.

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Re: Brookfield Solo League: Season 09

Post by BlackpoolRock » 17 Nov 2018, 17:04

Elsewhere:
Div 1: Mill Town 2-1 Highwood Ath; Hodwell 1-2 Brimpton Rov; Melchester Rov 3-1 Greyston Town; Aberdither Utd 0-3 Blackridge Town.

Div 2: Alsworth 0-2 Pressley Rang; Reiver Forest 0-1 Flimside; Hinton Utd 0-3 South Barsham; Blundell City 1-1 Iveley Park; Bullford 4-1 Western Villa.

Div 3: Danefield 1-0 Molton Utd; Rockingham 1-1 Ellerfield Ath; Peakville 1-0 Tarka Vale; Crickten Jn 1-5 Redburn; St. Rebouro 2-1 White Cliff.

Next time: You may have noticed the interesting result in Division Three, where new boys Redburn had a big away win at Crickten Junction. By coincidence, their next match is at home to Peakville, who also have won both their matches so far, but by the rather different score of 1-0 each time.
So we have decided to feature, for the first time, a match from this newly formed Division, where we are off to see the two early season pace setters. So we hope you will look forward to finding out something about the lower echelons of this League in our next featured match.

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