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Re: Brookfield Solo League: Season 04.

Postby BlackpoolRock » 11 Oct 2016, 20:11

Thank you, drsonic, for your interest.

I, too, get quite baffled sometimes as to why some of the so called better sides don't finish higher.What I have noticed is that quite a few goals come from counter attacks, and teams like Melchester are often 'guilty' leaving gaps at the back in the name of entertainment. They won the League in the first season, but have been inconsistent since. They tend to play well against the stronger sides, but aren't ruthless enough against the teams they are expected to beat. Rather like Everton themselves, in recent years, really.

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Re: Brookfield Solo League: Season 04.

Postby BlackpoolRock » 19 Oct 2016, 15:31

Great Western Away Day

Bullford 0. Western Villa 4.

Thins seem to happen when these teams meet, so when they are paired in the F. A. Cup, it may have been possible to think that something unexpected may happen. Few, though, could have predicted this.

Western had slightly the better of the opening exchanges, but normal service appeared to be resuming when a Craig Noone 'special' produced a fine save from Andy Rankin, and from the resulting corner, Bill Rafferty's shot went only narrowly wide. From a free kick on the right wing, the ball came to Noone, again, but this time his weaker shot was saved easily. Then a slip by Mick Horswill, at left back, let in Andy King whose effort went right across the face of the goal. It only seemed a matter of time before before the opening goal, and it soon came, although not for Bullford. A short passing move down the right between Skinner, Evans and Randell resulted with the latter receiving a through pass, and he made no mistake with his team's first shot on target. The same three players then tried to repeat the move, but this time it was Evans who got in the shot, but Rankin saved easily. Again the visitors completed another passing move down the right channel, and this time Stonebridge was on hand to double the lead, just before half-time.

How the game had changed since the opening goal, from Provan and Burrows being outstanding in an overworked defence, to the visitors stringing passes together and going through the opposition, almost at will.

At the start of the second half, a strong reply was expected, and it began in the opening minute, when Dalton took advantage of a slip by Poole, ran directly towards goal, but his shot went just wide. There was action at the other end, too, when Worrell was dispossessed in midfield, and McCall's pass instantly found Stonebridge in the vacated apace, but again, a shot went narrowly wide. They play was becoming end-to-end, as Bullford were keen to get back into the match, and Western realised that a third goal may well put it beyond the home side's reach. Defences, though, were still giving little away, so clear-cut chances were few. The next goal, if there was to be one, would be vital, and it was Western who scored it when a passing move across the penalty area found Randell, and the defender's attempt to block his shot only succeeded in obstructing his own goalkeper. Not that Randell was complaining, as the scored his second and further increase the lead. By this time, Western had the confidence to defend higher up the field, and this area became rather crowded, as Bullford were not going to give up in a cup-tie. As would happen on their day, Western found a fourth goal when, after receiving a McCall pass, Stonebridge's touch-pass found Evans unmarked. There was time for the same player to try to add a fifth, when he ran onto Piper's through pass, only to shoot narrowly wide.

So Western Villa produced one of their finest displays. There was little Bullford could do, especially in the second half, when they appeared to be outnumbered in all areas of the field, and, as often happens on such occasions, second balls always appeared to run towards a player in blue and white.

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

Western Villa (4-3-3) Lawson; Poole, Provan, Adrian Burrows, Horswill; Randell, Piper, Steve McCall: Skinner, Michael Evans, Stonebridge.

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Re: Brookfield Solo League: Season 04.

Postby BlackpoolRock » 19 Oct 2016, 21:56

F.A.Cup: Second Round Summary.

Blundell City took a lead after just two minutes at Conference side Danefield. It was an unusual goal, Steven Davey's shot bounced of defender Molyneux's block, back into the striker's path, rebounded off him and into the net from the narrowest of angles. That turned out to be the only goal, but the home side will feel hard done by as , in the second half, no fewer than three of their shots on goal got deflected: two into in the hands of keeper Barron, and the third was blocked on the line by a defender. Reiver Forest gave a plucky performance against Aberdither United, but could only create half chances at best. Two second half goals, from Mariner and Bracewell, were enough to take the League leaders through.

Alsworth and Blackridge Town produced a game of much accurate passing and four well-worked goals. Two first half strikes from Hinch gave Alsworth what appeared to be a comfortable half-time lead, but Jim Paterson and Rory Patterson scored the goals which took this fine match to a replay. Both sets of supporters will have left the ground with mixed feelings; pleased to have seen a good game, but possibly puzzled just why they haven't seen football like this until now.

Mill Athletic made life difficult for Iveley Park, preventing their more illustrious hosts from playing a flowing game, and creating a couple of chances for themselves. They deserve their second chance, this time with home advantage, after this goalless game. Highwood Athletic tried to repeat their 'headless chicken' display that upset Hinton United last season, although this time it was Greyston who scored two goals, from Chris Leadbitter and Hugh McAuley. In a disjointed match, it was the hosts who then settled, and go through to Round Three.

Johnny Morrissey put Melchester ahead, against Hinton United, with a fine strike from Howard Kendall's long diagonal pass. A lead which Rovers failed to hold onto in the second half, when the unfortunate Stubbs deflected a Barrie Jones corner into his own net, and then, from another corner by Jones, Stewart Evans fired home the winner. A good performance from Hinton, to come from behind at a place like Melchester, but the natives are getting restless.

Mill Town had several early half-chances against Eastroke, and the game became increasingly tense as they kept on trying to win the tie at home. There were plenty of shots around the Eastroke goal but none into it, until, in the last minute, a clearance found Nicky Marker, who ran towards the ball, struck it first time, and somehow, it went through the ruck of players, and just inside Martin Hodge's left post. Deserved for the hosts, unfortunate for the visitors.

Third round draw: Hinton Utd. v Mill Athletic or Iveley Park, Western Villa v Alsworth or Blackridge Town, Mill Town v Aberdither Utd.
Blundell City v Greyston Town.

Next time, back to the League, and there's only one place Dave Blackpool could go: Eastroke v Aberdither, or 2nd. v 1st. This one could almost decide the League title, we hope you will join us.

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Re: Brookfield Solo League: Season 04.

Postby BlackpoolRock » 24 Oct 2016, 16:45

Everything but a Goal in Top Match

Eastroke Utd. 0, Aberdither Utd. 0.

The League's top two sides treated us to an exciting match, full of end-to-end passing football, and comparable defensive skills.

Eastroke provided the first goalmouth action when Pat Nevin's shot from the right was saved by Neville Southall. Aberdither then passed their way down to the other end where Paul Mariner shot wide when it looked easier to score. Back at the other end, Southall saved well from Barry Horne, and, from the resulting corner, was perfectly positioned on the line to prevent a deflection, through a ruck of players, from finding the net.
In the Eastroke penalty area, Martin Hodge and Mick Lyons got into a muddle when trying to clear the ball, but retrieved the situation before a shot could be put in on goal. A through pass from Graham Stuart put Fred Pickering through, but he was adjudged to have pushed the defender before the shot was taken. A long pass down the left from Neil Pointon found Derek Temple, but his shot went wide, as did Horne's a few minutes later.
On the stroke of half-time, Aberdither were awarded a penalty when Pointon pushed Jamie Mackie, but he, and Eastroke, were reprieved when Pat van den Hauwe's spot kick was saved by Hodge.

The second half began by continuing in the same manner as the first, with a one-two between Temple and Pickering, but the former's shot lacked power and Southall saved easily. A slip by Pointon, not his day, let in Mariner, who shot wide of Hodge and, unfortunately for him, also the post. Back again at the visitors' end, Nevin's shot hit the side netting after he ran on to Horne's pass.

As the game entered its last quarter, the goal chances became fewer, possibly because Aberdither began to think about maintaining their seven point lead, and it became more difficult for Eastroke to construct their moves from midfield. So this fine game ended goalless, and, with such a lead with five matches remaining, it is looking like Aberdither's title to lose. So far, only Melchester Rovers have beaten them this season, so it appears unlikely that they will drop so many points in the remaining games, but the season's not over yet.

Eastroke Utd. (1 to 11) Hodge; Patterson, Pointon; Gabriel, Lyons, Stuart McCall; Nevin, Horne, Pickering, Stuart, Temple.

Aberdither Utd. (4-3-3) Southall; Stevens, Hurst, Labone, van den Hauwe; Bracewell, Cahill, Dobson; Mackie, Mariner, Kilbane.

Other Results: Mill Town 2,Melchester Rov. 0; Iveley Park 3,Western villa 1; Hinton Utd. 0,Hodwell 2; South Barsham 1,Bullford 2.

Next time, with the First Division looking settled, Dave Blackpool's off to an important match on the fringe of the promotion race, when Blackridge Town host Reiver Forest. It may turn out to be a winner-take-all match. Please join us.

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Re: Brookfield Solo League: Season 04.

Postby BlackpoolRock » 28 Oct 2016, 22:03

Forest Full of Surprises

Blackridge Town 0, Reiver Forest 2.

It is to be hoped that Blackridge Town don't try to prevent us from reporting on their matches, as they haven't yet hit form when we're present. So it was here; whether it was due to poor play or sheer misfortune we'll let the reader decide.

The home side produced an early attack down the left, only for John Hore to stop it in its tracks. He then slipped the ball to Lee Cox, whose long pass was inch perfect for the strong-running Richard Reynolds to hammer home a first time shot and give the visitors an early lead. If all long passes were as accurate as this one, scores would regularly be around 5-5!
Reiver were then awarded a free kick in the inside left position. A quick passing move from Steve Brennan to Reynolds then Alan Rogers resulted with George Wood just able to tip the latter's shot around the post. Surprisingly, even though much of the play was end-to-end, it was Reiver who were creating all the scoring opportunities at this stage. This continued when the slightest of slips by Sandy Brown was pounced on by Brennan, who, with Wood unable to hold his snap shot, then followed up to put the loose ball into the net and double the lead. Cox then tried a repeat of the pass which initiated the opening goal, but this time Trevor Ross spotted the danger and was well positioned to intercept the move. Rogers and Reynolds then combined again down the left, and this time the ball went just wide of the far post.
It was only in the latter stages of the half that Blackridge began to create scoring opportunities. Firstly, a Ross pass found Rory Patterson, and although Jake Cole opted to stay on his line, he was well positioned to make a good save. Ross then produced a long shot himself, which Cole was able to rush around the post.

Blackridge began the second half as though they were clearly on a mission, but it almost backfired before it really got started when Hore stopped a move down the left, slipped a short pass to Nathan Thomas, whose long, promising run ended with a weak shot off target. Hore was having a fine match at right back, being here, there and almost everywhere before his enthusiasm nearly cost his team a goal. He joined in an attack down the right, but Ray Wilson intercepted and produced an excellent pass for Jim Paterson into the vacated space. His shot, though, couldn't beat Cole on his near post and hit the side netting. Another move by Blackridge consisted of several passes being played across the front of the defence, only for Andy Gray's shot to go narrowly wide. As the game entered its closing stages, another good pass found Brian Hall in space on the right, but the defenders quickly closed him down. Almost on the final whistle, Thomas Graveson's pass found Gray, but again, the centre forward's shot was narrowly off target, although by then it would only have been a consolation.

So Reiver Forest pull off another surprise win. Surprisingly for such an attack-minded side they haven't scored that many goals, but importantly, that thin back line of four tangerine shirts, has allowed very little to get passed it. They are still there with a chance of promotion, while a number of, on paper, more gifted teams, are several points behind them, with remaining games running out.

Blackridge Town: (4-4-2) Wood; Sandy Brown, Andy Nelson, distin, Wilson; Hall Ross, Graveson, Jim Paterson; Gray, Rory Patterson.

reiver Forest: (4-2-4) Cole; Hore, Rounsevell, Green, McGlinchey; Cox, Brennan; Nathan Thomas, Cook, Reynolds, Alan Rogers.

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Re: Brookfield Solo League: Season 04.

Postby BlackpoolRock » 28 Oct 2016, 22:46

An update on Division One. Latest results:

South Barsham 0,Iveley Park 0; Bullford 2,Eastroke Utd 0; Western Villa 1,Mill Town 1; Aberdither Utd 2.Hodwell 1; Melchester Rov 0,Hinton Utd 0.

So Bullford beat Eastroke and overtake them into second place behind Aberdither, who now have an eight point lead, with four matches to play. At the other end, Hinton, after doing so well last season, are all but relegated being ten points from safety, with two matches still to be played between the three teams who, mathematically, they could still catch.

Aberdither's next League match is home to Bullford, their new nearest pursuers. A win for the leaders would secure a second successive League title. Naturally we want to report on that match, so in order to avoid reporting on the same club in successive matches, as far as is possible, Dave Blackpool's off next time to watch Hinton Utd. take on Iveley Park in their Cup quarter final.

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Re: Brookfield Solo League: Season 04.

Postby BlackpoolRock » 30 Oct 2016, 17:02

Hinton Forget League Woes

F.A.Cup Third Round
Hinton Utd 3, Iveley Park 1.

Iveley Park don't have a particularly good record against long-ball sides, but for the first three-quarters of this game, they certainly played their full part in an even contest.
They produced the first goalmouth action, when Steven Pienaar cut inside Karl Duguid, but his shot was saved by Steve Cherry. Hinton replied when, following a free kick, just inside their own half, Steve Castle's long pass found Rory Fallon, who put his first-time shot just wide. Duguid then dispossessed Pienaar, and sent Barrie Jones on a run down the right, but, without support, he opted for a shot, which went wide. Back at the other end, Adrian Heath ran onto a shorter through pass from Colin Harvey, but, at just beyond full stretch, he, too, put a weak shot wide. Then, from a throw on the Hinton left, quick inter-passing between Dan Gosling and Ashley Barnes resulted in the latter's shot going narrowly wide, with the defenders desperately chasing back. With end-to-end play producing so many chances, a goal seemed imminent, and it was the home side who scored one. John Bailey took the ball out of defence, passed to Gosling, whose long pass was nodded on down Fallon to Stewart Evans, who made no mistake with his powerful shot. Iveley's reply was a good passing move down the left between Adrian Heath and Pienaar, but the latter's shot went across goal, just skimming the far post.

The first incident of the second half occurred when Gosling ran at the defence, and, with the ball bouncing between several players, fell to Evans, who tried an instant shot which hit the post and bounced wide. At the other end, Graeme Sharp was dispossessed when outnumbered, and a quick return ball found Evans, who this time nodded on for Fallon, but Peter Shilton made a good save This was mid-way through the second half, and from the resulting corner, Hinton increased their lead. Jones' kick found the usual ruck of players in the goalmouth, and when the ball fell to Fallon, he played a short pass, away from the goal, to John Bailey, who was probably positioned there for the partial clearance, to run in and place his shot through all the players and into the net.
Especially as this was a cup-tie, the visitors tried to reduce the deficit as quickly as possible, but over commitment turned out to be their undoing as, when a move down the left broke down, Duguid was able to send Jones away down Hinton's right and, with few defenders back, he was able to score a fine solo goal, from his run which started somewhere near the half-way line. Three goals down with five minutes left meant the game was virtually over as a contest, but Iveley belatedly got some consolation for their contribution to it when one of their moves of many passes found Pienaar, who slotted home from just inside the penalty area.

So it's Hinton United who, despite most disappointing League form, progress to the semi finals. We'll give you news of who has joined them, and the
draw, as soon as we receive the information.

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

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

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Re: Brookfield Solo League: Season 04.

Postby BlackpoolRock » 30 Oct 2016, 20:21

F. A.Cup Third Round Summary:

Western Villa and Blackridge Town produced a game for the connoisseurs: accurate and skilful. It could have been described as classical or boring and outdated, depending on your point of view. A goal in each half, from Skinner and Stonebridge respectively, decided matters in the hosts' favour. Both sets of fans, however, will have departed wondering why they don't observe. such quality more often.

Aberdither United merely played their 'normal' game at Mill Town, which meant, following a goal from Jamie Mackie after just four minutes, they played as if they were controlling the game, while their hosts appeared to be chasing it. There was no further scoring and despite all Mill Town's efforts throughout a fine game and, in truth, the visitors' goal was seldom under severe threat.

In the all-Second Division tie, another early goal, from Chris Clark, settled matters; this time in the hosts' favour. There were more chances in this one than in the previous two. As the game progressed, however, any further score appeared more likely to have increased the lead rather than even things up.

So, with all ties decided at the first contest, the semi-final draw has taken place and produced two 'certain' ties:

Aberdither United v Western Villa; Hinton United v Blundell City

Both ties will be played at the League's Headquarters, Brookfield Park.

A little "inside information": Although they are due to meet in the League immediately before the semi-final, Aberdither, as things stand, have not beaten Western Villa in their last five meetings, including a Western away win in the Second Round last season. Blundell City, on their way to winning the competition in 02, beat Hinton United 1-0 in a replay, following a 0-0 draw.

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Re: Brookfield Solo League: Season 04.

Postby BlackpoolRock » 07 Nov 2016, 22:00

Champagne Put on Ice

Aberdither Utd 1, Bullford 2.

Four matches left and Aberdither United find themselves hosting their nearest challengers. A point is all that is needed.

The hosts, however, showed their clear intentions early on, when Kilbane centred for Mariner, whose shot was blocked for a corner. From this, Rankin's clearance was intercepted, and Kilbane was able to strike a goal bound shot from a wide angle. Unfortunately he couldn't get much power behind it and Coughlan was able to scramble across his line to clear. The visitors' first chance came when Clement played a long pass down the left for Dalton to run onto, but his shot went narrowly wide. Bullford's intentions were clearly to get the ball up to their front men as quickly as possible, thus making the Aberdither defenders work hard, but they were to fall victims to their own tactics when Cahill, from just inside his own half, played a long pass to Mariner, who flicked it on for Mackie to fire home and give Aberdither the lead. A few minutes later, Cahill and Mariner repeated the move, but with Mackie back helping out his defenders, the centre forward was out-muscled by his markers. Aberdither were beginning to look confident but, from a free kick on the right, Noone and Rafferty combined in a neat passing move, only to come up against a wall consisting of Labone, Dobson and Pat van den Hauwe.

At half-time the fat lady must have been clearing her throat, and possibly also rinsing it with hot Ribena. (Other blackcurrant flavoured drinks are available)

The second half began just like the opening one had ended. End-to-end play with Aberdither, well, just being Aberdither, and looking almost water-tight at the back. Then, as the half approached its mid-point, the plucky visitors got a small slice of luck that most neutrals, how many were there in the ground?, would say that they deserved. A long ball from King was played towards Noone, who was advanced on the right. Noone mis-controlled the ball, which, from very close range, struck van den Hauwe and rebounded back to the winger, who, clear on goal, shot home before the full back could recover.
From the restart, Mackie produced a shot at the other end which was blocked by Aljofree. Bullford, though, were getting more determined, and a King-Dalton move down the left found Rafferty, but, although he fired a shot on goal, he was penalised for pushing a defender. With ninety seconds remaining, a Bullford free kick on the right was played through to Noone, who took advantage of Kilbane's slip, even he was back defending by now,
before slipping the ball square to King, who hammered home a surprising, late, winner. There was still time for Bullford to nearly score a third, when King, who else, in this game?, charged down a clearance, but shot wide. By then, though, it didn't matter.

So the lead has been reduced to five points, and the fat lady had to go home without exercising her vocal chords in public. The title is still Aberdither's to lose, but they can't really do so from here, can they? Next up for them, a trip to Western Villa, whom they've beaten once in six meetings. Perhaps not the game they would have chosen.

Aberdither Utd (4-3-3) Southall; Stevens, Hurst, Labone, van den Hauwe; Bracewell, Cahill, Dobson; Mackie, Mariner, Kilbane.

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

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Re: Brookfield Solo League: Season 04.

Postby BlackpoolRock » 07 Nov 2016, 22:55

Other Division One results:

Hinton Utd 1, Mill Town 1; Eastroke Utd 2,Western Villa 1; Hodell 1,South Barsham 1; Melchester Rov 2,Iveley Park 1.

With their win, Eastroke go into third place. At the other end of the table, Melchester kept it simple, and achieved their first win in seven. Western Villa drop into the bottom two, but they're only one point behind Melchester and Hodwell, with South Barsham just one point above those two. Their 1-1 draw was the result neither side wanted, although Hodwell will be the more relieved, following Peter Halmosi's late equaliser. So it's really tight with these four teams trying to avoid joining Hinton in next season's Second Division.

The top two in the table met in the Second Division, too, with Blundell City rather fortunate to emerge 1-0 winners at Reiver Forest. Steve Davey's goal, early in the second half, being just about the only noteworthy moment of their performance. Brimpton Rovers have moved into second place, also by means of a 1-0 away win, this time at Blackridge Town.

Blundell City now have a four point lead, with two home matches left, and no more leading sides to play, But, their last two matches are against Greyston Town and Molton United, who are each fighting for their very existence in Division Two, and avoiding a drop down to the Conference.

Next time, we are focusing on the bottom of Division One, with Dave Blackpool off to watch South Barsham host Melchester Rovers. Meanwhile, his colleague, Ernie Bartholomew, will be at Western Villa to provide a brief report on any important developments there. We hope you will keep following us, as the competition enters its final stages.

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Postby BlackpoolRock » 08 Nov 2016, 08:22

Thank you, DS. It not only exercises the 'old grey matter', but is also great fun.

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Re: Brookfield Solo League: Season 04.

Postby BlackpoolRock » 11 Nov 2016, 10:04

Conference Season over.

The winners will enter Division Two for 05. It produced a tense finish, and is considered worthy of a 'bonus- report.

With nine matches played, and one remaining, this was the table:

.................Pld..Pts...GD
St. Rebouro.....9...16...+3
Danefield.......9...16...+2
Ellerfield Ath...9...15...+5
Highwood Ath..9...14...+2
Peakville........9...11...+2
Cricken Jn......9....2...-14

Last round of fixtures: Crickten Junction v Peakville, Danefield v Highwood Athletic, St. Rebouro v Ellerfield Athletic,

By convention, the final round of matches is is always played in order of home teams' league positions, starting with the lowest.

Crickten Junction produced their best performance of the season, First half goals from Warren Joyce and Stuart Malcolm, followed by a second half brace from Adrian Littlejohn, provided a convincing 4-1 win, although too little, too late for one of the new teams. Hugh Reed was the scorer for Peakville.

The first half of the Danefield v Highwood match was rather tense, with the visitors, requiring at least a two goal winning margin to have any chance of entering the League, not wanting to concede an early goal. The match was probably decided in the final minute of the first half, when a run and thunderbolt shot from Barry Silkman was turned around by keeper Ramsbottom, who produced an even better save when, following the corner, he stopped a similar hard shot from Steve Guinan, after it took a deflection on its way through. Early in the second half, left back Ryan Dickson put Highwood ahead, but, much as they tried, the much-needed second goal wouldn't come. The 0-1 scoreline put both teams out of contention.

So the last game effectively became a play-off final. St.Rebouro, last season's relegated side, played some fine passing football, but Ellerfield, the other new boys were well organised, as they have been all season. It appeared to be a case of if and when the hosts' would score, but, early in the second half, Alan Banks, surprisingly, had ample time and space to run onto a through pass from Gary Clayton and gave Ellerfield the lead. The game then transformed, as St.Rebouro strove for the equaliser, Ellerfield looked more likely to increase their lead. In the end there was no further scoring, so Ellerfield Athletic, unbeaten in their debut season, earned the right to join Division Two next year. They will be no-one's pushovers.

They know their team will need some reinforcements, and it was rumoured that, before they left the ground, officials were in talks with their host about possible signings. The 'target' is reported to be a midfield player, but, obviously, it's all hush-hush at this stage.

Teams from that final match (not too many 'star' names at this level, but a few memory joggers)

St Rebouro (4-2-1-3) Clamp; Mellor, Hill, Blanchard, Paul Williams; Neale, Lee Hodges; Burnside; Trevor Shepherd, Simon Collins, Maher.

ellerfield Athletic (4-3-3) Veysey; Salman, Scott Paterson, Whiston, Gibbs; Forbes, Gary Clayton, Peterlin; McGregor, Banks, Wylde.

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Re: Brookfield Solo League: Season 04.

Postby BlackpoolRock » 13 Nov 2016, 15:01

Traditional Melchester Victory

South Barsham 0, Melchester Rovers 1.

Back when the fixtures were published, not too many would have predicted this match as a battle between two teams fighting to avoid relegation. Melchester, though, have not had a good season, to put it mildly, and as they have tried to become more careful and eliminate their errors, results have failed to improve. For this match they opted to continue with their recent team change, with Roger Kenyon brought in alongside Stubbs in the centre of defence, with Unsworth moving to left back. The intention is to be more ruthless in clearing the ball, at the expense, possibly, of some finer touches.

They started this match like a greyhound out of the traps, with a Limpar run, a Cottee 'steal' providing a chance for Royle, and a Reid-Morrissey passing move setting up a chance for Cottee. None of these chances produced an early goal, but to have created three in the opening five minutes showed a declaration of intent. The match as in its second quarter by the time South Barsham had a sight of goal, when Hague brought the ball out of defence and passed to Bickle, but his shot went just wide. Back came Melchester, with consecutive one-twos between Reid and Cottee, but the shot from the latter was poor. They were to score soon after that, when a Morrissey corner found Royle on the edge of the penalty area, and the centre forward hammered a shot home for only his second goal of the season. The lead was nearly increased soon afterwards when Limpar took advantage of a Blizzard slip and produced another run down the right, but Wilmot turned his shot around the post. In the dying seconds of the half, the hosts created another chance in a similar was to their first, when, this time, Harrison took the ball out of defence into the space. He was able to continue his run but Howard saved his shot.

Melchester continued to do most of the attacking at the start of the second half, and a shot from Limpar, following a corner, was desperately blocked, and, from the resulting corner, Royle's header across goal was intercepted by Wilmott, with several forwards ready to strike. South Barsham then managed a quick counter, and Reid did very well to prevent Bickle from having a clear shot on goal. The home side then staged something of a rally, with an Evers pass finding Rickard, who shot wide. Melchester then, and not for the first time, nearly contributed to their own downfall, when a weak Howard clearance found Welsh, but his instant shot went just wide, as he tried to catch the keeper out of position. In keeping with their intent in this match, Melchester took play to the other end and Royle got his head to a Limpar cross, but he couldn't get enough power behind it and Saxton was able to scramble across the line to clear. Wilmot was then well-positioned to save another Cottee shot.

Soon after this the final whistle went, and Melchester, after their most adventurous performance for some time, deservedly took the points. It had been a return to their open, attacking style of play, but not without some of the errors that have plagued them throughout the season.

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

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


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