Brookfield Solo League: Season 04.

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Re: Brookfield Solo League: Season 04.

Postby BlackpoolRock » 07 Aug 2016, 11:01

I must confess I never saw that side of George, or perhaps in those days I never spotted an alternative euphemism behind "He'd run through a brick wall"

He probably learned the "tricks of the trade" from being on the receiving end in his early days as a centre forward himself.

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Re: Brookfield Solo League: Season 04.

Postby lloydie1109 » 07 Aug 2016, 11:51

He was hard but fair,
my own league is at the F.A Cup Quarter finals stage, will send you results when done, more so as Argyle are away at ECFC !!!!

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Re: Brookfield Solo League: Season 04.

Postby BlackpoolRock » 09 Aug 2016, 14:14

Old Boy Mike Haunts Former Club

South Barsham 1, Hinton Utd. 0.

To find these two clubs in Division One is surprising to say the least. Both started out, three seasons ago, in the third of the original six team divisions.
Each benefited from the league's expansion to two divisions of ten clubs, and, so far have made the most of their good fortune. For this season they have made some experienced new signings, as part their team improvement processes.

Their styles of play are very different. South Barsham play a brisk passing 4-4-2, whilst Hinton employ route one, with three big centre forwards playing as far forward as they can, and an old fashioned right winger who provides an alternative supply line, as and when required.

The first half was goalless, with hardly any clear cut chances, but Steve Cherry was much the busier goalkeeper. Oddly, South Barsham's slick passing seemed to unsettle the visitors in midfield, where they were outnumbered and always appeared under pressure. Indeed, some of their forwards spent more time helping out in deeper positions than doing their allocated job. Not very Hinton-like.

After the interval the game became more one-sided in South Barsham's favour, and only several good saves from Cherry kept Hinton in the game. Then, just when it began to look as though he'd earned his team a point, Mike Bickle, released by Hinton because of his poor scoring record for them, pounced on a short pass from strike-partner, and fellow new signing, Rickard, to score the game's only goal.

Bickle and Rickard (replaced at Mill Town) may be new signings for South Barsham, but their link play was so good it was as though they'd known each other's game for many years.

So South Barsham were deserved winners. After three matches, they have scored three goals and lead the early league table with nine points, but two difficult away games come next.

Very different for Hinton. Three defeats, all against sides they have not previously lost to before in the league. Have the opposition discovered how to play them?

South Barsham (4-4-2) Wilmot; Harrison, Saxton, Hague, Barker; O'Sullivan, Evers, Welsh, Blizzard; Bickle, Rickard.

Hinton United (4-2-4) Cherry; Duguid, Arneson, Seip, John Bailey; Castle, Gosling; Barrie Jones, Stewart Evans, Fallon, Barnes.

Only one place for Dave Blackpool to go next week, when Iveley Park visit champions Aberdither United. We hope you'll read his report.

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Re: Brookfield Solo League: Season 04.

Postby lloydie1109 » 09 Aug 2016, 14:36

Hinton, must have the tallest central striking pair going, Dave

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Re: Brookfield Solo League: Season 04.

Postby BlackpoolRock » 09 Aug 2016, 15:48

Ashley Barnes isn't actually diminutive either. Perhaps I should get the ball raising chute out of its box.

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Re: Brookfield Solo League: Season 04.

Postby lloydie1109 » 09 Aug 2016, 16:05

Ashley Barnes isn't actually diminutive either. Perhaps I should get the ball raising chute out of its box.
It was a shame we had to sell Ash, a great player and person

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Re: Brookfield Solo League: Season 04.

Postby ralphtheclaret » 10 Aug 2016, 11:19

our lad likes him mind given his injury record they are fast becoming good mates :roll: ....

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Re: Brookfield Solo League: Season 04.

Postby BlackpoolRock » 17 Aug 2016, 08:53

Thorough United Go Top

Aberdither United 2, Iveley Park 1.

The two title favourites lined up for this one, with both sides at full strength, unbeaten and neither having conceded a goal,

During the opening exchanges the defences were on top, with Park, in particular, looking devoid of ideas just how to break down their hosts' well-organised system. The home side looked slightly the more threatening, and a good move of several passes across the front of of the defence, eventually reaching Tim Cahill, who opened the scoring with a long shot from just outside the penalty area.

That was the only goal of the first half, but a couple of minutes after the restart, Iveley Park found Steven Pienaar further forward than usual down the left, and his well-struck shot was fumbled, unusually for him, by Neville Southall, and went in for the equaliser.

It didn't remain 1-1 for long, as another good passing move from United found Kevin Kilbane wide of the left, and he slotted home for what turned out to be the winning goal.

It wasn't the end of the goalmouth action, though, as a Paul Bracewell shot was deflected only narrowly wide by David Weir, and the visitors , late on, tried a repeat of their goal move, but this time Southall made a competent save, the only other shot he had to deal with.

So Aberdither deservedly won this one, and with South Barsham unable to win at Eastroke, go joint top after four matches. This match, though, will not be regarded as one of the more memorable between these sides.

Elsewhere: Hodwell 1, Mill Town 2. Eastroke Utd. 1, South Barsham 1. Hinton Utd 3, Bullford 3. Melchester Rov. 2, Western villa 1.

Next week Dave Blackpool's off to Hodwell, where last season's Division Two champions are playing Melchester Rovers. we hope you'll join us.

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Re: Brookfield Solo League: Season 04.

Postby jenksy » 19 Aug 2016, 06:29

I'll be there mate. Better than Match of the day this is mate!

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Re: Brookfield Solo League: Season 04.

Postby BlackpoolRock » 19 Aug 2016, 11:54

Thank you, Mr.J, for those kind comments.

One thing is certain, though. Whoever wins the Brookfield League, Dave Blackpool will not be reporting from any ground wearing only his pants!

On a more serious note, it is almost a year since I took the instantaneous decision to dismantle my model railway, return to this lifelong hobby and set up the modified League. i could never have imagined just how much that decision would lift my spirits, after several years of feeling in the doldrums.
It was good to find the game in such a healthy state, and finding this Forum, feeling able to contribute, and being able to meet some of you at Renishaw has proved to be an additional bonus and pleasure.

If I am able to put some smiles on others' faces, and lift some spirits by a fraction of the amount Subbuteo and its family have lifted mine, then it will be all worthwhile and the least I can do in return.

Thank you all for such a welcome.

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Re: Brookfield Solo League: Season 04.

Postby BlackpoolRock » 23 Aug 2016, 17:18

Hodwell Announce Arrival

Hodwell 2, Melchester Rovers 1

This was expected to be a cagey encounter between new boys Hodwell, with four new signings in their back six, and a Melchester side struggling to find form. How wrong can you be?

It didn't take the visitors long to test out their hosts' new defence with Joe Royle, in particular, causing problems. Rovers began by putting in balls from all angles to their front pair, although scoring chances were few. It was no surprise, though, when a left-wing corner found strike partner Tony Cottee in space, and the ex-Eastroke man slotted home from just outside the penalty area.

Play continued in the same pattern, with Royle twice going close with half chances. As so often happens, though, when you don't take your chances, you pay for it, and so it was that the next goal was an equaliser, three minutes from half-time. A long, speculative pass from Kenny Brown slowed up perfectly for Bruce Bannister to surprise everyone, except possibly himself, and nip in from behind the defender and place his shot beyond Tim Howard.

Before half-time, there was yet another Rovers near miss, when a left wing shot from Johnny Morrissey shaved the far post.

The second half began with Hodwell doing most of the attacking, and Sean McCarthy went close. Two minutes later Rovers clearly hadn't heeded the warning when another good passing move found the same player unmarked again, and this time he made no mistake; 2-1.

Hodwell had clearly decided that the best response to Rovers' direct play was to pass the ball around in midfield, where, with their wing-backs in support, they were outnumbering their opponents by five-two. Rovers still looked dangerous, however, and another goal, for either side, looked more than likely. The main reason one never came was that both keepers chose this match to produce their best form, with each making some amazing point-blank stops to keep his goal intact.

The final action of an outstanding second half was when yet another cross-come-shot from Morrissey again shaved the far post.

So ended one of the finest matches in the League's history, where both teams, in their contrasting styles, striving for a win and playing well at the same time. It has, just possibly, made the normally cautious Hodwell consider themselves worthy members of the top division, although Rovers will feel that they didn't deserve to come away with nothing after their contribution to this match.

Hodwell (5-3-2) Aleksic; Kenny Brown, Lindsay Smith, Ablett, Timar, Pistone; Bason, Buszarky, Halmosi; McCarthy, Bannister.

Melchester Rovers (4-2-4) Howard; Hibbert, Stubbs, Unsworth, Snodin; Kendall. Reid; Limpar, Royle, Cottee, Morrissey.


Next time Dave Blackpool's off to see some Second Division football, when leaders Blundell City host Alsworth, who are likely to provide good opposition. We hope you will join us.

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Re: Brookfield Solo League: Season 04.

Postby BlackpoolRock » 30 Aug 2016, 10:59

Welcome to the Second division, the nursery of the Brookfield League, where teams tinker with tactics and fine-tune formations. The most successful ones then achieve ambitions, and get their opportunity to play in the big league.
Don't expect to read about multi-million pound players, though. There aren't too many here, as most clubs simply can't afford them. This season, however, quite by chance, the two players in the league who have World Cup winners' medals, are both playing in this division.
We hope that you will, more usually, read about a few players, possibly lesser-known, who might just unlock the doors of your memory bank.
Today's teams are both long time participants in this division; neither having quite achieved the promotion target, although Blundell City won the F.A.Cup two seasons ago.

The match: Blundell City 2, Alsworth 1.

The opening minutes saw the game develop into its predictable pattern, with Blundell City having much of the possession with their variety of short-passing moves. Alsworth, always solid at the back, were cautious, but they gradually began to defend more comfortably. As a consequence, openings were few, and certainly not straightforward.
With just two minutes of the first half remaining, Gordon Staniforth produced a short pass between two defenders, for Fred Binney to run onto and open the scoring.
The visitors became a little more adventurous in the second half, but both defences remained solid and appeared capable of coping with the tasks put before them. We were then treated to a very special piece of skill which went a long way to deciding the match.
From what appeared to be an ordinary cross, played between the two central defenders into the middle, Gordon Staniforth, from behind, ran around his marker, and with a perfect first touch, teed the ball up perfectly for a goal bound shot, which he duly took and scored from.
Alsworth almost provided a tense finish, three minutes from the end, when John Clayton, at full stretch, just reached a diagonal cross from Phil Burrows, but couldn't get enough power behind his shot. They still weren't finished, and, with the final kick of the match, their other full-back, Durrell Berry, got forward and found Barrie Vassallo in space, for a good, if only consolation, goal.
So Blundell City obtain the win that takes them two points clear at the top of Division Two. It is also the first time for over a season that they have managed two goals at home. A strange statistic for such an attacking side.

Dave Blackpool is returning to the First Division next week, when he will be reporting on the match between Bullford and Iveley Park. We hope you can join us.

Footnote: I am taking no credit whatsoever for the "skill" that produced the second goal. The player and ball were just inside the shooting area, about six inches apart, with the defender directly in between them. I played the spin flick, which I would hope to make, and then expected to play from what developed. I could repeat it another hundred times, at least, and it wouldn't work out so well. It was one of those occasions where you just have to admire the qualities of the traditional game.

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Re: Brookfield Solo League: Season 04.

Postby BlackpoolRock » 30 Aug 2016, 11:23

Just realised I forgot to publish the teams from the last match:

Blundell City (4-2-4) Barron; Chris Clark, Wotton, Phillipson-Masters, McCartney; Hourihane, Machin; Davey, Staniforth, Binney, Garry Nelson.

Alsworth (4-4-2) Furnell; Berry, Law(snr), Doumbe, Phil Burrows; Vassallo, Craven, Coughlin, Latcham; Hinch, Darran Rowbotham.

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Re: Brookfield Solo League: Season 04.

Postby jenksy » 01 Sep 2016, 19:57

Another excellent read! The Midanbury league kicks of this weekend (its September now so I'm ready!). I'm really enjoying your reports mate. Keep em coming!

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Re: Brookfield Solo League: Season 04.

Postby BlackpoolRock » 03 Sep 2016, 11:04

Charging Bulls Create Havoc For Park

Bullford 4, Iveley Park 0.

We arrived here expecting to report on Iveley Park's title ambitions. We departed full of admiration for their opponents.
Both these teams like to play with four players inside the opposition's half. On this occasion it was Bullford, through their more direct game, who made much better use of the space left behind the attackers.

Straight from the kick-off, Iveley Park's first attack was thwarted, Bullford played the ball to Andy King, Tommy Tynan ran onto his through pass, and Peter Shilton's first touch of the ball was to retrieve it from the back of his net.
The visitors were getting back into what looked like becoming an even game when, after ten minutes, King again found room to play a second long through pass, this time finding Bill Rafferty, who doubled the lead.
A minute from half time, King was at it again, only this time Shilton advanced to collect the ball. Unfortunately he didn't take it in time and Paul Dalton was the man who nipped in to take advantage to make it 3-0. If Dalton felt particularly chuffed with scoring against his old boss, he was too much of a gentleman (aren't they all?) to display his feelings on the pitch.
Five minutes into the second half, that man King again: this time finding Tynan, who slipped the ball to Rafferty for number four. A few minutes later Tynan thought he had scored a fifth, but he was penalised for a push on Joseph Yobo.
Five minutes from time, Steven Pienaar, running in from the left, provided Park's first serious attempt on goal, only to see Andy Rankin turn his shot beyond the far post. From the resulting corner, Graham Sharp produced another goal-bound shot, but he couldn't get enough power behind it and Rankin saved comfortably.

So Bullford gave Iveley Park their heaviest defeat in living memory. Their simple, but hard working style worked particularly well in this match. Last season both matches between these teams finished 1-0 home wins. It was all rather different this time.

Bullford (4-2-4) Rankin; Worrell, Coughlin, Aljofree, Clement: King, Friio; Noone, Tynan, Rafferty, Dalton.

Iveley Park (4-2-3-1) Shilton; Wright, Yobo, Weir, Hinchcliffe; Arteta, Harvey; Steven, Heath, Pienaar; Sharp.

Elsewhere: South Barsham 2,Mill Town 2; Aberdither Utd 1,Melchester Rovers 2. Western Villa 0,Hinton Utd 0. Eastroke Utd 2,Hodwell 2.

So leaders Aberdither were beaten for only the second time in twenty-five matches, and by the same team who beat them last season. Dave Blackpool's off to their next match, against Eastroke, who could go top if they can match Melchester's efforts. It promises to be a top-of-the-table
classic. Let's hope it turns out that way and you will be able to join us.


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