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Re: Brookfield Solo League: Season 05

Postby BlackpoolRock » 22 Mar 2017, 18:01

Replay Round-up.

The only place to begin this is Mill Town, where South Barsham came back from conceding the first goal to put their hosts out of the competition. Bolasie had given Town an early lead and it was against the run of play when Bickle equalised midway through the half. The home side, though, never really played as fluently as they can, and South Barsham gradually got more into the match with their close passing moves, and Evers slammed home the winner two minutes from the end. Neither of their goal scorers were even in the side at the start of the season, although the real heroes were the three central defenders, who withstood everything that was thrown at them. So South Barsham have put out the second and third placed sides in Division One.

They won't be putting out the League leaders, however, as Melchester Rovers have done that. Connolly had given Bullford the lead, and it looked like being "one of those days" again when Rovers hit the post twice before Morrissey equalised just before the interval. In a game that was slightly more cagey, and with fewer chances, than the previous one, Rovers scored the decisive goal when Royle, in a crowded penalty area, slipped the ball back for Reid, unmarked, to ghost in and slot it into the net. Two minutes from time, it was Bullford's turn to have some misfortune when a thunderbolt from Hinchcliffe slammed against the post and rebounded across the face of the goal. It really is amazing how many times shots hit a post in Melchester Rovers' games.

In the all Second Division Town match, McAuley gave Greyston a first half lead, which they appeared to be holding onto quite comfortably. That was until Blackridge had a spell of excellent passing, which led to Gray and Young each scoring, three minutes apart, during the second half.

Only one goal, scored two minutes from time, was needed to decide the Crickten Junction v Flimside match. It was the visitors who scored it, when Ebanks-Blake flicked on for Trebilcock to settle the tie. This game had been open, but with few scoring opportunities.

After Iveley Park had taken a first half lead through Arteta, a second half brace from Kemp, the second in the final minute, looked to have won it for Mill Athletic. Iveley Park had other ideas, and a Vernon run set up an even later, and not easy, chance for Sharp, and the centre forward made no mistake. Extra time failed to produce a winner, and Athletic won the coin toss to host the second replay, following the next round of League matches.

An incident packed group of replays, with three of the four winners coming from behind.

Next time: we're giving Dave Blackpool a trip to watch the top-of-the-table game between Mill Town and Bullford. We must remind him not to mention the Cup. We hope you can join us.

We must apologise for implying that Aberdither United are to host Western Villa in the Third Round. They have been drawn to play each other, but Western Villa will be at home.

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Re: Brookfield Solo League: Season 05

Postby BlackpoolRock » 26 Mar 2017, 14:06

Points Shared at the Top

Mill Town 0, Bullford 0.

Didn't it just have to happen? The League's highest scorers playing its (arguably) most attack minded team. We turn up to report on all the goals and action, and......!

After the early exchanges were quite even, each team strove to create chances, but was met by a resolute defence. The only shot on target in the first half came from Bolasie and was half-stopped by Rankin. Hodges raced in and netted the loose ball but was adjudged to have fouled the keeper in the process. Later, Wright-Phillips was put clear by a pass from Clark, but fired his shot wide.

The action continued to flow as the second half got under way, with both teams getting forward quickly. Mill Town, however, didn't want to be caught on the counter, as has happened to them, at home, a few times too many this season, and Bullford's black and orange back line may look thin, but it is well organised and ruthless, especially when the midfield men drop back to assist, which they did willingly as this game progressed. Both teams had their chances to take all the points, however, as Rankin had to save well from another Wright-Phillips' shot, and James did very well to block a goal-bound effort from Tynan. From this, the ball rebounded to Larrieu, who mis-kicked his clearance, giving the striker a difficult chance, which went wide.

One characteristic of this match was that there was plenty of space available, as both teams use the full width of the pitch. This space miraculously disappeared just in front of each penalty area.

Mill Town (4-3-3); Larrieu; Nisbet, Arnason, Tyrone James, Sullivan; Chris Clark, Megson, Kevin Hodges; Wright-Phillips, Latchford, Bolasie.

Bullford (4-2-4): Rankin; Book, Coughlan, Aljofree, Hinchcliffe; King, Parkinson; Noone, Tynan, Rafferty, Connolly.

Around the grounds: Brimpton Rov 0-2 Eastroke Utd; Aberdither Utd 0-3 Blundell City; Iveley Park 1-0 Western Villa; Melchester Rov 0-1 Hodwell.

Footnote: It is being considered that the League may make a complete switch to lightweights next season, as a trial for a possible switch to flats later. If this occurs, it will be interesting to observe how teams like these, who make the most of "long sweeping passes to appropriate men", cope with the change. At present only nine of the twenty-six teams play lightweight, and only Eastroke and Hodwell in Division One.

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Re: Brookfield Solo League: Season 05

Postby BlackpoolRock » 27 Mar 2017, 11:07

Cup update: Second Round, 2nd Replay: Mill Athletic 0-2 Iveley Park.

A very early goal, followed by another at the end of the first half, settled this tie in favour of the First Division side, who never looked in much difficulty. In Round Three they will visit another promotion hopeful team, Blackridge Town.

Next day out for Dave Blackpool is Blundell City versus Brimpton Rovers. Two sides who really need the points, but for very different reasons.

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Re: Brookfield Solo League: Season 05

Postby BlackpoolRock » 28 Mar 2017, 22:35

What Were We Watching?

Blundell City 1, Brimpton Rovers 1.

Blundell City came into this game after a fine, surprise, 3-0 win at Aberdither, which was achieved through a series of through passes down the middle from their midfield men. They began this game as though that strategy had gone to their heads, with a succession of long balls for the forwards to chase. Unfortunately, on this occasion, none of the passes was accurate enough, and most of the first half was spent with both sets of players chasing the misdirected efforts in areas near the corner flags. Brimpton were little, if any, better, trying to respond in kind, as their own midfield men were unable to settle on the ball. The half did manage to produce two shots, both for Rovers, and both fell to Alessandra. He mis-kicked his first effort, but, just before the interval, struck his second one much better, and it struck the foot of the post before rebounding clear.

A fitting end to the half would have been the arrival, from the tunnel, of a well-known personality would could have called out to the crowd,
"What do you think of it so far?" Most would have given the appropriate reply, and their observations would have been quite correct.

Both teams must have been given a good talking to over their half-time cuppa, as the second half began with some good passing football. City took the lead after four minutes when Davey passed forward to Binney, ran on to play a one-two with the same player, and Binney placed his shot wide of Crudgington. The lead was nearly doubled two minutes later, when Machin played his free kick across the field to Davey, unmarked on the right, and Davey's shot looked to be heading towards goal before Beswetherick blocked it, at the expense of a corner. With the game, and City in particular, appearing to be settling down mid-way through the half, Rovers equalised with a simple, but well-executed, move. Brimacombe advanced down the right before playing a pass to Alessandra, who played an instant pass left to Marshall, who fired home.

Rovers then had several chances in the next few minutes, mainly from moves down their left. First, Delve collected the ball on the halfway line, played it forward to Marshall, whose shot was saved by Barron. Marshall then reciprocated for Delve, and this time Barron advanced out of goal to collect the ball, and clear. Delve was again involved when he sent Beswetherick down the left, and his speculative cross/shot went just beyond the far post. At the very end, Davey nearly won it for City, when, having collected a pass in midfield, he ran at the defence, only for Sutton to stop him in his tracks, and Seip completed the clearance.

So after the game took ever so long to settle, it provided us with an entertaining second period and tense finish.it had been the typical "game of two halves".

Blundell City (4-3-3) ; Barron; Mark Patterson, Wotton, Phillipson-Masters, McCartney; Norris, Friio, Machin; Davey, Binney, Dalton.

Brimpton Rovers (5-2-3); Crudgington; Brimacombe, Foster,Sutton, Seip, Beswetherick; Marker, Delve; Alessandra, Marshall, Perrin.

Around the grounds: Mill Town 1-2 Aberdither Utd; Bullford 0-0 Melchester Rov; Hodwell 1-0 Western Villa; Eastroke Utd. 1-1 iveley Park.

Next time: F.A.Cup Third Round. We're off to see Blackridge Town, out to show their First Division pedigree, even though they can't get back there, take on Iveley Park, unbeaten in their last nine matches. It promises to be a game of pure passing football, and we think you deserve it.

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Re: Brookfield Solo League: Season 05

Postby BlackpoolRock » 02 Apr 2017, 12:08

Double Vintage

F.A.Cup. Third Round. Blackbridge Town 2, Iveley Park 1.

We promised you a good game, and this one certainly didn't disappoint. It was vintage in that it will be remembered as one of the best matches of the season; one for the connoisseurs. It could also be classed as vintage in the way it was played. Traditional in the way Mr. Adolph would have intended his game to be, albeit with heavyweights and slightly more modern formations, without contravening his ethos of realism, (we hope).

Blackridge Town play an "orthodox", but fluid, 4-4-2 system. Iveley Park's back four and midfield two are quite usually positioned, with the front four forming a 'diamond' in the attacking half. What both these sides do is play a passing game in all areas of the pitch. John Stones, were he in the League, would be in his element playing for either of these two. I don't recall any clearance going over the half way line, and neither was one intentionally played off the field.

The first scoring opportunity came Park's way after just two minutes, when Arteta's pass was run onto by Steven, but his shot went just wide. Next, another through pass from Arteta didn't quite reach Sharp, as Watson intercepted and slipped the ball back to Wood, who cleared. In reply, Hall's pass was flicked left by Young, for Gray to run in and strike, but Shilton made a fine save. Back at the other end, Distin just managed to intercept Steven's cross, intended for Sharp, who was right in front of goal. With their next attack, the home side took the lead, when Graveson's pass found Hall, who had moved inside, and he fired the ball home. Two minutes later, the lead was doubled, with "one of those goals", which look spectacular when they are successful. Brown started the move in his right-back position. he passed to Hall, who found Graveson, who played the ball towards the penalty area. Yobo, and everybody else, must have thought he had shielded the ball for Shilton to advance and gather. Young, though, had other ideas, and, nipping around him, made sufficient contact with the ball for it to go wide of the keeper and just reach the net.

Almost immediately, Pienaar and Sharp combined with a move of several passes, but the centre forward shot just wide. Shilton was then called into action at the other end when another pass down the right from Brown found Hall, who advanced towards goal before shooting, but straight at the keeper. Just before half-time, Latcham's cross was cut out by the defenders, and the ball was played out to Harvey, who sent a pass down the 'inside-left' channel, which Pienaar ran onto and fired home.

For the early part of the second half, the passing moves continued, but both defences withstood the pressure. The first chance fell to the visitors when Ball, in his left-back position, passed forward to Harvey, whose pass was again run onto by Pienaar, but this time the shot went just wide. As Park took a few more risks in an attempt to level the score, it nearly cost them. Wright advanced, but his cross was cut out, and Graveson and Hall soon had the ball back in the area the full-back had vacated, but Yobo had time to move across to block Latcham's shot. Park's last chance came when Steven collected harvey's through pass, but Wood made a fine save, which saw his side 'over the line'.

From a neutral's point of view, that save was possibly unfortunate, as a replay as good as this would have been eagerly anticipated, but it's Blackridge Town who advance to the semi-finals.

Blackridge Town (4-4-2) : Wood; "Sandy" Brown, Dave Watson, Distin, Wilson; Hall, Ross, Graveson, Latcham; Gray, Alex Young.

Iveley Park (4-2-3-1): Shilton; Wright, Yobo, Weir, Michael Ball; Arteta, Harvey; Steven, Vernon, Pienaar; Sharp.

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Re: Brookfield Solo League: Season 05

Postby BlackpoolRock » 02 Apr 2017, 13:59

F.A.Cup Round-up

Giant killers South Barsham hosted Eastroke United and, after a close game, sent them packing like their two previous top flight opponents. Alan Welsh scored the only goal midway through the second half, although it was a pity that a game such as this had to be decided through a defensive blunder.

Melchester Rovers, for once, looked what they are supposed to be, much the better side, in defeating Flimside. The 2-1 scoreline was closer than it should have been, with Royle and Limpar netting three minutes apart in the second half. In between, Trebilcock grabbed one for the home side, so the game remained tense until the final whistle.

Following their continued poor run of results, Aberdither have reverted to the team who have won the last two League titles. Their defence was certainly back to its old form, and, in a another skilful but tight game, Mariner scored the only goal, late in the first half, from an Bracewell's excellent defence-splitting pass. This was another game where a last minute save, this time from Southall, prevented the tie going to a replay.

Semi-final draw: South Barsham v Melchester Rovers; Aberdither United v Blackridge Town.

Next time: Hodwell v Bullford. Another late season game where the points are needed for very different reasons.We hope you will want to read all about it.

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Re: Brookfield Solo League: Season 05

Postby BlackpoolRock » 09 Apr 2017, 11:51

Hodwell Contain Leaders

Hodwell 0, Bullford 0.

Hodwell began by trying to pass their way through midfield, and were awarded a free kick in the attacking half. From this, good covering by the defenders prevented McCall from getting in his shot. Bullford, by contrast, were trying to play a more direct 4-2-4 formation. As both teams have solid defences, the game began to take on a pattern of a patient build-up alternating with the quick counter, with neither side able to get through and produce a shot. The hosts continued to have more possession, but having to be careful not to be caught on the break. When half-time arrived, however, there still hadn't been a shot.

At the start of the second half, Hodwell were again quicker out of the blocks, with McCall opting to run at the defence, but Coughlan stopped him in his tracks, and Aljofree completed the clearance. The game began to become more kick and rush, with accuracy suffering as a consequence. Hodwell produced the first shot, when Pistone passed down the left to Halmosi, who tried to beat Rankin on his near post, but the effort hit the side netting. Pistone advanced again, before playing a more diagonal cross, intended for Bannister, but the ball rolled through to Rankin. Coughlan then rescued Bullford when he intercepted a cross, with Bannister waiting to pounce. Bullford's first shot came three minutes from time, when King's shot, from Rafferty's nod on, hit the foot of the post. Had that effort gone in, it would have been a steal. The final attack ended when Book dispossessed Bannister, and Coughlan completed the clearance.

This game could be considered to have been disappointing, especially from those who would have expected more dynamism from league leaders Bullford. Perhaps credit could be given to Hodwell, whose passing game controlled the midfield area. Also, perhaps both defences could be appreciated, for their effective play.

Hodwell (5-3-2) : Aleksic; Steve Watson, Lindsay Smith, Ablett, Timar, Pistone; Buszarky, Stuart McCall, Halmosi; McCarthy, Bannister.

Bullford (4-2-4) : Rankin; Book, Coughlan, Aljofree, Hinchcliffe; King, Parkinson; Noone, Tynan, Rafferty, Connolly.

Next time: A Second Division title contest, Mill Athletic verses Hinton United. We hope you can join us.

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Re: Brookfield Solo League: Season 05

Postby BlackpoolRock » 13 Apr 2017, 17:18

The Victorious Stripes are Red and White

Mill Athletic 1, Hinton United 0.

So, a top-of-the-table match between two teams who play in stripes. Red and white, with red shorts, for Mill Athletic; blue and white, with white shorts, for Hinton.

It's turning out to be a good season for stripes, as Bullford also play in them, (orange and black, in their case).

Back to this game, and Mill Athletic dominated early possession, without being able to create anything. The first scoring opportunity actually fell to Hinton, when Pickering ran onto Fallon's nod down, but a defender did enough to prevent him getting in a powerful shot. In reply, Athletic also began to play the long ball, and Sims was able to nod on Burnett's accurate cross-field pass, and Kemp, running in at full pace, shot just wide. The same move was repeated a few minutes later, and produced a corner from Dunne's save. At this point Hinton were bringing extra players back, but, typically for them, were always dangerous on the break. A long pass out of defence found a willing runner in Gosling. Dunne blocked his shot, but the midfield man nearly turned in the rebound on his follow through, but the ball went wide for a goal kick. On their next break, Evans played the ball out to Jones, on the right. The deep cross which followed found Fallon, but his shot from wide went straight to the keeper. The home goal was to have an even narrower escape a few minutes later from a corner on the right. Again, Jones played it deep, where Pickering passed back inside to Evans, whose powerful shot found Jackson perfectly placed to kick off the line. The half ended goalless, but with United, despite having far less of territory and possession, going closest several times.

The second half began in the same manner, with Hinton pouncing on every passing error Athletic made, and, in truth, there were too many of them.
Duguid took advantage of a slight miscontrol by Rogers, to take the ball past him, then play an excellent pass down the line for Jones to run onto, but Dunne again saved well from the winger's shot. Just after the midway point in the half, a free kick, near the halfway line, led to Athletic taking the lead. Jackson played the ball forward to Matthews, who played a short pass, between two defenders, to Kemp, who fired home from just outside the penalty area. They possibly deserved the lead on territory, but certainly not on chances created. After taking the lead, Athletic became rather more cautious, not wanting to surrender what they had worked so hard for. Their goal was to have one more scare,when Pickering slipped a short pass through to Evans, but Dunne was well positioned to make the save, and Athletic held on to regain top spot from their opponents, with two games remaining for each of them.

Mill Athletic (5-2-3): Dunne; David Phillips, Jackson, Short, Uzzell, Harper; Burnett, Matthews; Sims, Kemp, Andy Rogers.

Hinton United (4-2-4): Cherry; Duguid, Morrison, McElhinney, Bailey; Castle, Gosling; Barrie Jones, Stewart Evans, Pickering, Fallon.

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Re: Brookfield Solo League: Season 05

Postby BlackpoolRock » 14 Apr 2017, 07:36

With fourteen matches played, and two rounds to go, here's a brief look at the League tables:

Division One: Bullford 21 pts., Eastroke Utd 19, Mill Town 18, Brimpton Rov 17, Iveley Park 17, Blundell City 15, Aberdither Utd 14, Western Villa 14, Hodwell 13, Melchester Rov 12.

Division Two: Mill Athletic 22 pts., Hinton Utd 21, Greyston Town 21, Blackridge Town 16, Ellerfield Ath 16, Flimside 16, Pressley Rang 16,
Reiver Forest 13, South Barsham 11, Molton Utd 9.

Top matches in the next round include Eastroke Utd v Bullford in Division One, and Hinton Utd v Greyston Town in Division Two. When the fixtures were published, it would have been expected that the Melchester Rov v Aberdither Utd match could have been the title decider, but both of our traditional biggest clubs are at the wrong end of the table, with at least one of them likely to join our other 'sleeping giants', Pressley and Blackridge, in Division Two next season.

Next up, the Cup semi finals: Brimpton Rovers v Melchester Rovers, followed by Blackridge Town v Aberdither United. Two of the four previous cup winners have also been relegated; Aberdither United in 01, and Hinton United last season. Could it happen again?

Lower down the scale, Danefield have won the Conference, so they will play in the League for the first time next season.

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Re: Brookfield Solo League: Season 05

Postby BlackpoolRock » 23 Apr 2017, 13:23

So Near, Yet So Far.

F.A.Cup Semi Final: South Barsham 2, Melchester Rovers 3.

Midway through the first half, we thought this game was over. Melchester Rovers had scored after thirty-eight seconds, through Cottee, and, playing as only they can, but seldom do, had produced a few more chances before Royle doubled the lead when Wilmot could only parry Morrissey's cross out to him.

Midway through the second half, we were almost convinced it was over. Rovers still had their 2-0 lead, and although South Barsham were competing, they hadn't they hadn't been able to produce a shot. It was then that Derek Rickard, gambled, was inspired, or had a stroke of luck (depending on the way you choose to interpret it) when he nipped around a defender and slotted the ball home, just wide of Howard. Obviously, South Barsham were now going to "give it a real go", and with Rovers opting to try and settle the match by putting it beyond their opponents, we were treated to a closing period of end-to-end action. The closest we got to a goal was when Snodin intercepted Neal's final pass to Bickle, who was waiting in front of goal for his chance. Then, with two minutes remaining Evers received the ball in midfield, began a passing move which involved Neale and Rickard, whose shot was saved by Howard, but the ball rebounded out to Welsh, who hammered home to provide the game with extra time.

The first half of this contained much action, with Bickle and Rickard combining well at one end, and Cottee and Morrissey at the other. Defences, though, remained solid throughout this period, so the final session of the match began with the teams still level, and a possible replay looming. Within a minute, however, South Barsham's brave Cup run was to end with a touch of misfortune. A good Rovers move involving Reid, Cottee and Royle, ended with the centre-forward's shot being saved by Wilmot. However, he wasn't able to take the ball cleanly and the rebound hit Royle on his follow-through, and found its way into the net.

There was still time, in the remaining few minutes, for Snodin, again, to be in the right place to intercept another final pass, and the match ended with a final chance for Welsh, but Kendall made a much needed block. So Melchester Rovers get through to the Cup Final, but South Barsham have enjoyed a splendid run in the competition, and have contributed much to it.

South Barsham (5-3-2): Wilmot; O'Sullivan, Harrison, Saxton, Hague, Blizzard; Neale, Evers, Welsh; Rickard, Bickle.

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

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Re: Brookfield Solo League: Season 05

Postby BlackpoolRock » 24 Apr 2017, 20:02

Blackridge Settle Old Scores.

F.A.Cup Semi Final Aberdither United 0, Blackridge Town 2.

Always likely to be something of a contrast to the previous match, this was a traditional type of game. Accurate and thoughtful, or slow and soporific, depending on your point of view. It was, in fact, a repeat of the Final of four seasons ago, when Aberdither came back from a two goal deficit to gain a replay, which they won one-nil. They were also not the first cup winners to be relegated in the same season. (A possibility also facing the opponents of today's winners.)

As this was always destined to be a passing game, there was little (hardly any, to be precise) goalmouth action throughout the first half, with both goalkeepers' contributions restricted to gathering and clearing.

Within two minutes of the restart the deadlock was broken, when a misplaced clearance from an Aberdither defender found Latcham. The midfield man played the ball goalwards before shooting beyond Southall, and into the net. Still the dynamic of the game remained unaltered, with Aberdither probing away, and Blackridge, perhaps mindful of that final, quite content to display their defensive skills and strategies, and looking comfortable in doing so. As the half progressed, Aberdither became more attack minded, and a passing move out of defence eventually provided a good chance for Mariner, from which Wood made a fine save to prevent himself and his colleagues having to prepare for a replay. As has happened so often this season, a near miss at one end then led to a goal, almost immediately, at the other. A quick counter, through the middle involving Ross, produced a chance for Gray, in the final minute, and he made no mistake, putting the thoughts of any replay out of his opponents' reach.

It had been a fairly quiet game, which would have scored good marks for technical merit, had it been played on an ice rink, but not too many marks for excitement. It was, though, always tense for anyone who wasn't a neutral.

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

Blackridge Town (4-4-2) ; Wood; Sandy Brown, Dave Watson, Distin, Wilson; Hall, Ross, Graveson, Latcham; Gray, Young.

Next time: It's back to the league, and not a difficult decision which match to feature, second v first in Division one, Eastroke United v Bullford. It could be the decider, so please join us if you can.

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Re: Brookfield Solo League: Season 05

Postby BlackpoolRock » 03 May 2017, 21:57

Still not over

Eastroke United 1, Bullford 0.

Although they still had a two point lead, Bullford came into this match having failed to score in their last six, despite their constant attacking formations, and changes of personnel up front. A win here, though, would settle it.

The early exchanges were end-to-end. Nevin produced the first shot, which was blocked by Hinchcliffe. In reply, a Bullford passing move down the left ended when Hodge came out of goal to collect Connolly's cross. Eastroke countered down the right, when Ball and Edworthy sent Nevin clear, and from his centre, Ferguson fired them into the lead. Eastroke's short passing game was getting much the better of Bullford's more direct strategy, with Ball and Edworthy initiating several moves, and one down the left resulted in Temple setting up Ferguson again, but on this occasion his shot went was saved by Rankin. It remained one-nil at the interval after a fine first half, especially from the hosts. who had got through Bullford's rearguard more often than any side had done all season.

Within seconds of the restart, Coughlan had to block a shot from Temple, to prevent the lead doubling, and, almost immediately, Ferguson, inadvertently or otherwise, deflected a shot from Nevin straight to Rankin, on his line. Bullford remained dangerous on the counter, and when Hinchcliffe's pass down the left found Connolly, Darracott had to be well positioned to prevent a shot. Bullford then forced a corner, from which Fellaini's shot was half-stopped by Hodge, but the keeper was able to scramble along his line to clear the ball. As the final whistle got ever closer, there were frequent chances at each end. From the best of these, Temple ran onto Edworthy's pass, only for Rankin made a half stop, and, like Hodge a few moments earlier, was able to recover and scramble the ball away.

Eastroke had just deserved to hold out for their win, but the biggest mystery about this game was that there was only the one goal. Bullford are not the first side to discover this season that out of form can also mean out of luck. Whatever the "if onlies", the teams are level on points with one match to play.

Eastroke United (1 to11) : Hodge; Darracott, Pointon; Gabriel, Lyons, Edworthy; Nevin, Ball, Ferguson, Stuart, Temple.

Bullford (4-2-1-3) : Rankin; Book, Coughlan, Aljofree, Hinchcliffe; King, Parkinson; Fellaini; Noone, Kevin Campbell, Connolly.

Around the grounds: Hodwell 0-0 Brimpton Rov; Melchester Rov 1-1 Aberdither Utd; Western villa 1-1 Blundell City; Iveley Park 1-2 Mill Town.

This is the last League match we will be featuring this season. For the final round of matches, we will be reporting from the studio on each match, as it is played. We believe it will best provide the drama of the clubs' fluctuating fortunes, and hope you will be able join us for what promises to be a dramatic ending to the league season.

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Re: Brookfield Solo League: Season 05

Postby BlackpoolRock » 07 May 2017, 21:45

The Final Round of League matches.

With seventeen matches played, the Division One table was:

Eastroke Utd. 21 pts., Bullford 21, Mill Town 20, Brimpton Rov. 18, Blundell City 17, Iveley Park 17,
Aberdither Utd. 15, Hodwell 14, Western Villa 14, Melchester Rov. 12.

The top two had the same goal difference, Eastroke 19-13, Bullford 15-9. so whoever got the better result, or winning margin, would be crowned league champions.

Convention is for the final round of matches is played in ascending order of home teams' positions. So here is a summary of the action, in the order the matches were played. This would appear to favour Bullford, who would play in the last match. We would all have to wait and see.

Aberdither United 1-2 Hodwell. Although Aberdither had most of the play, Hodwell's attacking moves were accurate and they made the most of their fewer opportunities, whilst remaining solid at the back. Goals from Sean McCarthy and Steve Watson gave them a half time lead. Although Paul Mariner pulled one back midway through the second half, Aberdither couldn't manage another. So Hodwell were safe, while the champions of the last two seasons had to wait anxiously for other results.

Blundell City 0-1 Eastroke United. In what was, surprisingly, one of the poorer matches of the round, Duncan Ferguson's strike just before the interval proved decisive. City had more of the second half than would have been expected, and keeper Hodge had to make a couple of point blank saves to preserve the lead. Nevertheless, Eastroke had achieved their win, so they, too, would now have to sit and wait.

Brimpton Rovers 1-1 Western Villa. Defender Marcel Seip, on a rare venture upfield, fired Rovers into the lead after three minutes. Within a minute, Ashley Barnes had equalised for Villa. It was a flowing end-to-end game, although both defences, after the early goals, were playing safety first tactics, and there was to be no further scoring. The point gained by Western Villa proved to not be enough to save them, as their goal difference was one goal worse than Aberdither's.

Mill Town 2-0 Melchester Rovers. Another game of only average quality. Melchester Rovers were the better side, but Town keeper Larrieu did well to keep a clean sheet. A goal in each half, from Yannick Bolasie and Bob Latchford respectively, made the result appear comfortable for Town. It hadn't been that way, but Melchester Rovers, for the first time in their history, were to leave the top tier.

Bullford 2-0 Iveley Park. Bullford have had problems scoring during the run-in, and for the first three-quarters of the match it looked as though Iveley Park were going to hold out, and possibly even snatch a win for themselves. Andy King broke the stalemate midway through the second half, and when Craig Noone added a second two minutes later, the title looked to be Bullford's. That turned out to be the case, but in the last few seconds, it needed a fine save from Rankin to prevent Sharp scoring a consolation. Had that shot gone in, the goal difference/goals scored balance would have switched back in favour of Eastroke. As it was, the best game of this final round had produced the new champions after a very tense finish to the season.


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