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Brookfield Solo League: Season 07.

Postby BlackpoolRock » 15 Nov 2017, 12:42

So the League returns after a busy close season.

Between them, the clubs have made 133 transfer deals. Hodwell were the busiest club in the market, mainly for financial reasons, with twelve dealings, and with no club making fewer than four, they will each have at least one new player to parade during this coming season.

Just for the record, Bullford emerged as the biggest spenders, parting with 41 financial points, although Greyston Town, surprisingly, were the biggest net spenders, finishing the window 17 fps worse off. Not bad for a club who only purchased three players and won't buy ex-Toffees, for reasons of good housekeeping and the club's modest resources.

Second Division club Flimside made the biggest net profit, again for financial reasons, as they considered their wage bill too high, following a poor season on the field.

This season forty-two players are starting new careers in the League, while, unfortunately, twenty-four have either retired or been released by their clubs. The reason for this discrepancy is that the League welcomes two new clubs this season, as Rockingham and White Cliff will be joining the Conference. We wish them both well.

The other major news concerning the Conference this season is that it will be contested with flats, and of course is eagerly awaited. To acknowledge this major event, the League has recruited several players who may well, in their time, have appeared on the baize, on even the ex-army blanket, in these historic kits. Five have joined clubs in Division One, although only two are expected to make his debut at the start of the season, for Bullford and Hodwell By pure coincidence, the Bullford player is a former Toffee, while Hodwell's a former Pilgrim.

In addition to all the admin, there have been approximately forty friendly practice games, as we are introducing as many of the original rules as is practical for this season, which will begin with the Charity Shield as the traditional curtain raiser.

We hope the season's progress will provide an interesting read for those of you who choose to follow its fortunes, and thank you in advance for your support, which is much appreciated. Please don't hesitate to enquire about any league-related topic. We'll do our best to answer it, and explain the reason(s) behind the way we operate.

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Re: Brookfield Solo League: Season 07.

Postby geow6 » 15 Nov 2017, 16:45

Charity result?

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Re: Brookfield Solo League: Season 07.

Postby BlackpoolRock » 15 Nov 2017, 21:32

Shortage of Entertainment for Charity.

Aberdither United 1, Eastroke United 1.

Not for the first time, the season's dress rehearsal was a repeat of the previous Cup Final. On this occasion, the League Champions had one new face in the team, while thr Cup winners had four.

After ten minutes of fairly even exchanges, Eastroke had the first sight of goal, when Ball ran onto Nevin's short pass down the right, but his shot hit the side netting as Southall came out to narrow the angle. Ten minutes later it was Aberdither's turn to get through the opposing defence, as a crossfield passing move started by Stevens, was continued by Dobson into Kilbane's path, on the left, but, again, the shot went wide. A few minutes later, Aberdither were on the attack again, when Fellaini's long clearance was intercepted by Cahill on the halfway line. The Australian immediately played a near perfect long pass into Husband's path, but he, too, was unable to get his shot on target. Next it was Temple's turn, at the other end, to fail to make best use of an excellent crossfield pass, this time from Ball. Finally, in the closing minutes of the half, the deadlock was broken, with a typical Aberdither passing move down the middle. It began when Barry brought the ball out of defence, before passing to Dobson, who played a precise pass through to Royle, who could hardly miss from in front of goal, and he gave his side the interval lead.

Within five minutes of the restart, the scores were level. Eastroke were awarded a free kick on the right. It was taken by Nevin, and placed perfectly for Lukaku to score, from the first chance he had, and it all looked so simple. If the first half had consisted of missed opportunities, the second proceeded to produce no opportunities at all for much of its duration. Eastroke had more of the play, but Aberdither's defence coped adequately with every task put in front of them. On the occasions when Aberdither got the ball into Eastroke's half, Fellaini and Snodin mopped up everything before the back three had to get involved, which, let's be honest, is exactly what they were bought in to do. The absence of shots was ended, five minutes from time, when Nevin's deep cross was met by Temple, whose first time shot went closer than most, as it rebounded off Southall's right-hand post, to safety.

It had been a disappointing match, and time will tell whether that was due to Eastroke's rather tepid attacking, or Aberdither's defence continuing to play as well as they have so often during the last few seasons.

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

Eastroke Utd (1 to 11) : West; Jackson, Pointon; Fellaini, Lyons, Snodin; Nevin, Ball, Lukaku, Sheedy, Temple.

Around the grounds: This season the opening round of Conference fixtures have taken place at the same week-end as the Charity Shield.
Results: Peakville 2-2 White Cliff; Molton Utd 1-2 St Rebouro; Crickten Jn 0-1 Ellerfield Ath; Alsworth 3-1 Rockingham.

Next time: In the opening round of League matches, we've decided to take a look at the match between the big spenders, when Greyston Town host Bullford, who are, in some people's eyes, the most likely team to knock Aberdither United off their perch. We hope you will find out how they start by tuning in to us.

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Re: Brookfield Solo League: Season 07.

Postby BlackpoolRock » 23 Nov 2017, 17:26

A Fine Opening Match

Greyston Town 1, Bullford 0.

These two big spenders certainly provided an entertaining match to start our League reports for this season.

Bullford will feel that there team building, done gradually over several seasons, should be almost complete, while Greyston, surprise entrants to Division One last season, will hope that their few signings will cement their place in the top tier.

The early exchanges were even, with both defences watchful. Greyston nearly had the first shot when new signing mariner played the ball out left into McAuley's path, but Yobo, another debutant, just got across and clear, before a shot could be taken. The game was half-an-hour old before there was another scoring opportunity, which also fell to the home side, who scored from it. nelson played the ball out of defence to Hourihane, who quickly played it further forward to Mariner. A short pass to Rafferty on his left, and the resulting first-time shot was hammered into the back of the net.
The same player nearly added a second five minutes later, when he intercepted Yobo and Kenyon's combined effort to pass their way out of defence, (a new addition to Bullford's play), but the snap shot lacked power and Grobbelaar saved comfortably. Then, in the last moments of the half, a short passing move between Mariner and Rafferty nearly got the better of four defenders.

Early in the second half, Greyston were awarded a free kick in the inside left position. Latcham passed to Matiner but, not for the first time, Yobo got across to make a perfect block. the next attack was one of Greyston's best. The move started with Patterson, in his right-back position, who played the ball to Taylor, whose pass from halfway found Rafferty. Another pass to the left, into McAuley's path, and his shot was well saved by Grobbelaar.

Although it would appear that this was a one-sided game, it was not so, as Bullford had their full share of attacking moves, but their moves tended to be rather predictable and Greyston always had enough players back to nullify the threat. The visitors did create one cl;ear shot in the second half, when Scott's cross for Ferguson was played back to the winger, and the shot went across the goal and just beyond the far post. From the resulting goal-kick, one of Greyston's more direct moves soon had the ball at the other end and Mariner's shot, from Taylor's pass, brought another good save from Grobbelaar. In the dying seconds, the new centre forward again tried to get on the scoresheet when his first-time shot, from Latcham's pass, went only just wide.

This game had gott the League season off to a fine start, and it remains to be seen whether Greyston, traditionally the most inconsistent of teams, can continue this form throughout most of the season. Bullford, who didn't play at all badly, will hope for some easier tasks ahead.

Greyston Town (4-3-3) : Furnell; Mark Patterson, Curtis Nelson, Newman, Baird; Brian Taylor, Hourihane, Latcham; Mariner, Rafferty, McAuley.

Bullford (4-2-4) : Grobbelaar; Book, Yobo, Kenyon; Hinchcliffe; King, Parkinson; Scott, Ferguson, Cottee, Connelly.

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Re: Brookfield Solo League: Season 07.

Postby BlackpoolRock » 23 Nov 2017, 17:41

Around the Grounds:

Div One: Blackridge Town 0-1 Brimpton Rov; Eastroke Utd 0-3 Iveley Park; Hodwell 2-2 Aberdither Utd; Mill Town 0-0 Hinton Utd.

Div Two: Melchester Rov 2-2 Highwood Ath; Danefield 0-2 Western Villa; South barsham 1-1 Pressley Rang; Flimside 1-0 Reiver Forest;
Mill Athletic 1-1 Blundell City.

Conference: St. Rebouro 0-2 Peakville; White Cliff 0-0 Molton Utd; Rockingham 2-2 Crickten Junction.

Next time: Dave Blackpool's off to cast an eye on the match between the two promoted sides, when Hinton United host Blackridge Town. We hope you will be able to join us.

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Re: Brookfield Solo League: Season 07.

Postby BlackpoolRock » 30 Nov 2017, 23:45

Hinton Look Impressive.

Hinton United 2, Blackridge Town 0.

Following their disappointing performance and result in the opening match, Blackridge were already making changes for this one, with the two direct wide players, Bolasie and Beagrie, being replaced by the passing skills of Brian Hall and Graham Stuart, in what they hope will be a more compact midfield.

Nevertheless it was Hinton who made the better start, and had the first chance when Allen played the ball wide, into the path of Jones, running in from the right, but a free kick was given against the Hinton player for his foul on keeper Wood as he advanced. Midway through the half, Hinton's better start was rewarded with a goal. The move started in midfield, when Horne passed to the front three. It was collected by Allen, who flicked it on for Rideout, this time, to play it into the path of Jones, whose shot beat Wood and went into the far corner of the net. So Hinton's first goal of the season was scored by their, and the League's, longest serving player, from a build up involving three new signings. Two minutes later, Allen shot only just wide following a solo run from just inside the Blackridge half. With so many central strikers permanently upfield, the defenders were probably expecting a pass.

With only ten minutes of the half remaining, Blackridge had their first attempt on goal, when Stuart received a pass, from Wilson, down the left, and his shot went beyond Lawson and almost curled inside the far post. On Hinton's right, Jones, often in a more advanced position, was regularly being brought into play, and when he received another pass from Allen, his shot again beat Wood, this time on his near post, to increase the lead. Although there was very little time of the half remaining, Blackridge nearly pulled a goal back within a minute, but Stuart's shot, from Gray's pass, was saved by Lawson.

Blackridge began the second half well, when Ross's free kick went out to Stuart, whose cross was just deflected by Coughlan, back to Lawson, with Pickering ready to shoot from in front of goal. Next, Jones was given another scoring opportunity when the three strikers won the ball and again played it out to him, but on this occasion Wood got his angles right and saved comfortably. The winger then turned provider when his deep cross reached Heath, who played it back inside to Rideout, whose shot went only just wide. Blackridge then had two chances in quick succession. First, following a throw on the left, Pickering's shot was blocked by Coughlan. From the resulting corner, Graveson shot just wide. Just before the end, Coughlan made another important interception at the back for Hinton, when he cut out Pickering's flick, intended for Gray.

So Hinton won this match between the newly promoted teams. They have bought in several experienced new players, in an attempt to stay in Division One, and on this form, they should do so. Following two defeats, Blackridge will be hoping to pick up some points very soon. Next up for them, a visit from Aberdither United; just what a league often presents to a team not quite getting things right.

Hinton Utd (4-2-4) : Lawson; Duguid, Coughlan, Morrison, Steve Morgan; Horne, Gosling; Barrie Jones, Allen, Rideout, Heath.

Blackridge Town (4-4-2) : Wood; 'Sandy' Brown, Stubbs, Distin, Wilson; Hall, Ross, Graveson, Stuart; Gray, Pickering.

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Re: Brookfield Solo League: Season 07.

Postby BlackpoolRock » 01 Dec 2017, 00:04

Around the Grounds:

Division One: Bullford 1-0 Hodwell; Aberdither Utd 3-2 Mill Town; Brimpton Rov 1-3 Eastroke Utd; Iveley Park 4-1 Greyston Town.

Division Two: Pressley Rang 0-1 Flimside; Reiver Forest 1-1 Mill athletic; Blundell City 0-0 Melchester Rov; Highwood Ath 0-1 Danefield;
Western Villa 0-0 South Barsham.

Conference: Ellerfield Ath 0-2 Alsworth; Peakville 2-1 Crickten Jn; St. Rebouro 2-1 Rockingham.

So it's Iveley Park who are setting the early pace in Division One, while unfancied Flimside are the only team to win both matches in Division Two.

Next time we are going to visit Division Two, where Flimside are hosting the team in second place, Western Villa. There have been several changes at both clubs, but the 'new' teams appear to have settled down quickly. We hope you will be able to join us.

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Re: Brookfield Solo League: Season 07.

Postby Paulhilton » 04 Dec 2017, 21:29

Looks like Highwood might need a little bit of time to adjust to the step up. At least they have a point on the board something to build on.

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Re: Brookfield Solo League: Season 07.

Postby BlackpoolRock » 04 Dec 2017, 22:55

Division Two has begun with plenty of tight matches and few goals.

Highwood began with a very creditable draw at Melchester, having led twice against their illustrious hosts. In their first home match, Danefield took the lead against them, and then did what Danefield do best, proving very difficult to break down, whilst always dangerous on the counter.

HA have bought in four new players. The consistent Andy Comyn and pacy Tyrone James now occupy central defence, while legends Steven Davey and Mike Bickle will play as strikers. Davey will usually play on the right side of the front three, but will be quite comfortable joining them as a third central striker when required, with right back Gary Poole, as last season, encouraged to get forward as often as possible. Bickle is a solid, reliable, hard working centre forward, who has a very good goal scoring record. He is partnering Reuben Reid up front.

It is hoped this season, to include every league club at least once in a featured match. There are no immediate plans for Highwood to feature yet, but stay tuned and watch this space, as they say, around the middle of the season, after they've had a chance to settle in their new surroundings.

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Re: Brookfield Solo League: Season 07.

Postby BlackpoolRock » 08 Dec 2017, 17:24

Safety First at Flimside.

Flimside 0, Western Villa 0.

When it was announced that some "vintage" names would be making their League debuts this season, this game, between the very early pacesetters in Division Two, was expected to provide a chance to report on some of them on the field, in Western Villa's colours. The match, however, turned out to be a contest between two sides still settling down, as both have several new faces.

During the first half, in particular, neither side could quite manage to get sufficient passes working smoothly, and as it began to look as though a single goal may decide the outcome, and attempting to keep a clean sheet soon became the priority. After nine minutes, Flimside produced the first attacking move of note, with Billy and Byrne combining down the right, and the latter then playing a short pass for the recalled Patterson to run onto, but his shot was well blocked by Burrows before it reached the keeper. The game was past the half-hour before there was another chance, which was also created by the hosts, this time down the left, where Bhasera made a good solo run, before playing a one-two with Harvey. Again the shot was blocked, this time by Provan. In the final minute of the half, Nalis played a through pass into the path of Patterson, and his shot went only narrowly wide.

So the interval arrived without either keeper having saved a shot; a combination of the inconsistent passing, and very little room being given in midfield, with both teams quick to get to the ball following any slight error.

Western looked a much better team from the start of the second half, not that it was too difficult to achieve this improvement. Early on they created their first shot, when Evans played the ball to the right, where Skinner and Garry Nelson exchanged passes, before the winger's shot was saved by Nicholls. The keeper was soon brought into action again as, from the resulting corner, the ball struck a defender on the shoulder and rebounded straight to Nicholls, who, either by good luck or perfect positioning, was in precisely the right place on his line to make a reaction save. From the next corner, Jackson played the ball to Evans, whose goal bound shot was deflected by Skinner, away from the keeper but just wide of the goal. Randell was the next Western player to try his luck at shooting, following a forward run and a one-two with Evans, but his shot was blocked by Bhasera. A repeat of the move, between the same two players, then produced a fine save from Nicholls. Time was beginning to run out by now, and the final opportunity to gain the victory fell to Flimside, when Billy played a through pass, almost along the right touchline, for Byrne to chase, but the winger's shot, from long range, went just wide of the far post.

The second half had provided much more entertainment, and was also more one-sided. However, with neither of these sides having conceded a goal after three games, their priorities, at this stage, are all too apparent.

Flimside (4-3-3) : Nicholls; Billy, Barrett, Logan. Bharesa; Nalis, O'Connor, Burnside; Byrne, Rory Patterson, Tyler Harvey.

Western Villa (4-3-3) : MacLaren; Provan, Andy Nelson, Burrows, Horswill; Randell, McHugh, Cliff Jackson; Skinner, Michael Evans, Garry Nelson.

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Re: Brookfield Solo League: Season 07.

Postby BlackpoolRock » 08 Dec 2017, 17:57

Around the Grounds:

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

Division Two: Danefield 3-2 Blundell City; South Barsham 2-0 Highwood Ath; Mill Athletic 0-0 Pressley Rang; Melchester Rov 0-0 Reiver Forest.

Conference: White Cliff 1-2 Ellerfield Ath; Molton Utd 1-1 Alsworth; Crickten Jn 2-2 St. Rebouro.

After three matches, in Division One, Iveley Park, Bullford, Greyston Town and Eastroke Utd all have 4 pts, Aberdither Utd, Hodwell and Hinton Utd have 3pts, Brimpton Rov and Blackridge Town 2, and Mill Town 1.

Flimside head Division Two with 5 pts, followed by South Barsham, Western Villa and Danefield with 4. Melchester Rov and Mill Athletic have 3, Pressley Rang and Reiver Forest 2, and Highwood Athletic 1.

In the Conference, Alsworth, Peakville and St Rebouro each have 5 pts, (although St' Rebouro have played four games, the others three).
Ellerfield have 4, White Cliff, Molton Utd. and Crickten Jn 2, Rockingham 1. (Crickten Jn have also played four games)

Next time, we are returning to Division One for a match which might well set the tone of the season for both clubs: Iveley Park v Mill Town.
Iveley Park, following their fine start, suffered a surprise defeat at Hodwell, and won't want another, which would drop them back into mid-table, while last season's runners-up will be keen to make amends following their very poor start. We hope you will be able to join us.

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Re: Brookfield Solo League: Season 07.

Postby geow6 » 09 Dec 2017, 19:36

Iveley's good start brought to a halt.

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Re: Brookfield Solo League: Season 07.

Postby BlackpoolRock » 10 Dec 2017, 13:03

Time will tell whether Iveley Park have flattered to deceive in their opening matches, which wouldn't be for the first time. The new signings of Kevin Ratcliffe and Howard Kendall have resulted in the ball getting up to the front men more directly than before, and the tactic worked well in the first two games.

On the other hand, is it possible that we could be observing a 'new' Hodwell team emerging, following their release, for financial reasons, of six first team players at the end of last season? They began this campaign as favourites for relegation, but early results have been encouraging, with an opening day draw against Aberdither, then a defeat by the only goal at Bullford, before the victory over Iveley Park.

It's still early days, of course, and perhaps the tables will become clearer when they are next published after six rounds.


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