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Re: Brookfield Solo League: Season 07.

Post by BlackpoolRock » 15 Dec 2017, 00:16

Exciting Game with Late Drama

Iveley Park 1, Mill Town 2.

Following disappointing results in their last matches, both sides began this one by playing much more directly than usual, in an attempt to gain an early lead. This didn't happen, and as the game entered its second quarter, it's first cultured passing move produced the opening goal. It went to Iveley Park and was scored by Kendall, who ran at the defence before his shot went in off the post, after he had received a pass from Weir, who had brought the ball out of defence. A couple of minutes later, Iveley produced a similar move, with Ratcliffe bringing the ball out from the back, before finding Pienaar, on the left, who played a short pass to Harvey, in support. On this occasion, the shot wasn't as effective, as it went harmlessly wide. Harvey soon almost made amends, when his pass was placed perfectly into Sharp's path, in front of goal, but Larrieu made a fine save, by turning the ball around the post.

After thirty-six minutes, Mill Town equalised with their first constructive attacking move. Clark and Megson combined to find Morrissey in his usual advanced position on the left. The winger's deep cross went beyond everyone in front of goal before reaching Wright-Phillips, who calmly played it back inside to Latchford, who, in front of goal, could hardly miss, and didn't.

The first half ended with Iveley Park still having most of the play, and this pattern continued after the break. The first chance of the second half came when Steven took the ball down the right before crossing to Sharp who, being well marked, returned the ball to Steven, whose shot hit the post before bouncing wide. Steven then tried a shot through a group of players in front of goal, and one of them was able to deflect the ball wide for a corner. At the other end, a through pass down the left by Clark found Latchford, but Wright was able to take the ball from almost off his toe as he prepared to shoot. Another long ball out of Mill Town's defence also found Latchford, who this time, after exchanging passes with Morrissey, shot just wide. Iveley park were still having more of the game, but Mill Town were now creating several chances on the counter. When a long pass almost along the right touchline by Nisbet found Wright-Phillips, good full back play, this time by Bailey, again prevented a Mill Town player getting in a shot. Next, a Mill Town crossfield move, Nisbet to Hodges to Megson to Clark, ended with Morrissey cutting inside and hammering a shot which Shilton could only parry, fortunately, for him, to one of his defenders. With two minutes remaining, it was Mill Town who managed a winning goal, when Nisbet took the ball down the right before crossing to Latchford who, not for the first time, was well marshalled and returned to ball back out to the wing. Nisbet then slipped it back for Hodges to try a speculative long shot, which went wide of Shilton before bouncing in off the far post.

That proved to be the final goalmouth action. This good game probably deserved a winner, but it was hard luck on Iveley Park to finish with nothing to show for their contribution.

Iveley Park (4-2-1-3) : Shilton; Tommy Wright, Ratcliffe, Weir, Bailey; Kendall, Harvey; Vernon: Steven, Sharp, Pienaar.

Mill Town (4-3-3) : Larrieu; Nisbet, Edworthy, Dave Watson, Sullivan; Kevin Hodges, Megson, Clark; Wright-Phillips, Latchford, Morrissey.

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Re: Brookfield Solo League: Season 07.

Post by BlackpoolRock » 15 Dec 2017, 00:28

Around the Grounds:

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

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

Conference; Alsworth 1-0 White Cliff; Ellerfield Ath 1-1 Peakville; Rockingham 0-3 Molton Utd.

Next time; We are going to take another look into Division Two, where Pressley Rangers are hosting Danefield. We hope you will join us.

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Re: Brookfield Solo League: Season 07.

Post by BlackpoolRock » 22 Dec 2017, 15:34

Pressley at Their Best

Pressley Rangers 2, Danefield 0.

Danefield's more forceful attacking play this season was apparent from the kick-off, when Binney ran at the defence, but was shepherded wide and couldn't get in a powerful shot. Pressley responded when Carsley played one of his precise passes almost along the right touchline for Johnson to have a shot on goal, but it was turned around the post by Cherry. Soon afterwards this move was repeated, but Johnson was this time able to play the ball inside to Connolly, who was up in support, but the full back's shot was off target. Danefield then played a good attacking move down the middle, when Fletcher played a through pass forward to Binney. After an exchange of passes with Littlejohn, the ball was slipped back to Fletcher, following up, but Higgins made a very good block before the shot threatened the goal. It wasn't long before play was back near the visitors' goal, when Staniforth ran on to Connolly's pass down the right, and his goalbound shot was turned around the post by Cherry. From the resulting corner, Johnson's cross avoided all the players in the goalmouth before Danefield cleared the danger. The first half ended with Pressley again on the attack, and a series of passes in the attacking third set up another chance for Staniforth, whose shot grazed the outside of Cherry's right hand post.

Although the half had been scoreless, much of Pressley's passing play had been reminiscent of their former days in Division One. They were League Champions back in 02, but have been unable to regain their status, following a surprise relegation the following season. On the other hand, their critics would say that their play in the first half was typical of them, unable to turn their good midfield play into goals.

On this occasion their so called failing was corrected within minutes of the restart. The busy Staniforth won a loose ball just before Clayton, and passed it left to Ebbrell, who fired home from in front of goal. Again, from their kick-off, Danefield threatened the Pressley goal, when Fletcher played the ball forward for Littlejohn to chase down, but the ball rolled through to McCartney, who was able to clear. his pass found Ebbrell, who Immediately played the ball to Staniforth, but the shot was just off target. Unusually for Pressley, it could have been a fine goal from a counter attack. Danefield were striving for an equaliser, and Mauge's pass nearly reached Binney, but Higgins, at full stretch, was just able to deflect the ball away from the centre forward. Binney, however, closed him down and won the ball back following a slight hesitation, but, from a difficult angle, his shot went narrowly wide. Pressley continued to play the ball about in midfield, and Carsley and Ebbrell combined to create a chance for Nugent, but again, the shot went just wide of the target. They were defending well too, and they needed to, when another through pass, again from Fletcher, was intercepted just before it reached Littlejohn. Danefield's determination to equalise eventually worked against them when, with left back Paterson stranded upfield, Buckley and Carsley won the ball and immediately played it out to Johnson, on their right. The winger had time to control the ball before placing his shot beyond Cherry and into the far corner of the net with only a few minutes remaining.

Danefield had come into this game as the in-form side, but they came up against a Pressley side who played their best football of the season so far.

Pressley Rangers (4-3-3) : Hodge; Paul Connolly, Higgins, Barker, McCartney; Carsley, Ebbrell, Buckley; Brian Johnson, Nugent, Staniforth.

Danefield (4-3-3) : Cherry; Hardcastle, Law, Molyneux, Jim Paterson; Mauge, Fletcher, Gary Clayton; Slew, Littlejohn, Binney.

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Re: Brookfield Solo League: Season 07.

Post by BlackpoolRock » 22 Dec 2017, 15:57

Around the Grounds:

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

Division Two: Western Villa 0-1 Highwood Ath; Flimside 0-1 South Barsham; Mill Athletic 2-1 Melchester Rov; Reiver Forest 2-2 Blundell City

Conference: Peakville 1-0 Alsworth; White Cliff 0-3 Rockingham; Molton Utd 0-1 Crickten Jn.

Next time: We've made a change of plan, as a run of three victories has taken Hodwell to the top of Division One, despite having to sell nearly all of their top wage earners during the close season. Their next match takes them to big spenders Eastroke, who are not enjoying such a successful run.
We hope you can join us to read Dave Blackpool's report on whether the League's surprise leaders have a head for heights.

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Re: Brookfield Solo League: Season 07.

Post by BlackpoolRock » 25 Dec 2017, 22:03

Christmas Day Football

It has now become tradition that a few matches are played on Christmas Day, which, until fifty years ago, staged a full League fixture list. Today, two matches were scheduled, one in Division Two, which was expected to be tight, and probably low a low scoring contest, and a Conference match, which was expected to be an intriguing contrast of tactics.

This is what happened.

Division Two: Highwood Athletic 1, Reiver Forest 1.

In what turned out to be a disappointing game, a spectacular piece of intuition from Reuben Reid rescued a point for the hosts.

As expected, it all started fairly cautiously, but after twelve minutes, Reiver were awarded a free kick in the inside left position. Highwood looked to have coped with it safely, but, in trying to short pass their way out of defence, failed to clear their lines, and the ball was deflected to Mickey Ross, who, from outside the penalty area, fired his team into the lead. Reiver continued to look the more comfortable although, in truth, the game just stuttered along, with neither side able to get any worthwhile moves working. From a corner, Hodges nearly put Reiver further ahead, when his first time shot went only just wide. With Highwood attacks constantly coming to nothing in the opponents half, they, or more precisely Reid, produced a goal out of nothing. A hopeful cross came over from Davey the right, landing behind the defenders, and seemingly, without any forward in sight, it looked a formality for a simple tap back to Shearing for him to clear. Reid had other ideas, and with the defenders looking toward their keeper, he nipped in from a long way out, and his touch set up an easy chance for him to equalise, and he made no mistake.

With Highwood lifted by that, they started the second half the brighter, and when Bickle played the ball across the edge of the penalty area, Reid again nipped in, from being unsighted, and his shot surprised Shearing, who was fortunate when the ball rebounded back to him off the post. Cooper, on the left, then sent over a good cross, from which Saunders produced a shot which, in the crowded penalty area, deflected off a defender straight to the grateful keeper. The only other shot came in the closing seconds, when Reiver cleared the ball, in route one fashion, and Alessandra, on the right, produced a shot, from Hore's pass, which went only just wide of the far post.

In a game which never really got started, a draw was probably a fair result.

Highwood Athletic (4-3-3) ; Ramsbottom; Poole, Comyn, James, Naylor; Saunders, Garner, Leigh Cooper; Davey, Reid, Bickle.

Reiver Forest (4-2-4) : Cole: Ashton, Rounsevell, Green, McGlinchey; Hore, Lee Hodges; Alessandra, Fallon, Mickey Ross, Reynolds.

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Re: Brookfield Solo League: Season 07.

Post by BlackpoolRock » 25 Dec 2017, 22:39

Christmas Day Football

It has now become tradition that a few matches are played on Christmas Day, which, until fifty years ago, staged a full League fixture list. Today, two matches were scheduled, one in Division Two, which was expected to be tight, and probably low a low scoring contest, and a Conference match, which was expected to be an intriguing contrast of tactics.

This is what happened.

Division Two: Highwood Athletic 1, Reiver Forest 1.

In what turned out to be a disappointing game, a spectacular piece of intuition from Reuben Reid rescued a point for the hosts.

As expected, it all started fairly cautiously, but after twelve minutes, Reiver were awarded a free kick in the inside left position. Highwood looked to have coped with it safely, but, in trying to short pass their way out of defence, failed to clear their lines, and the ball was deflected to Mickey Ross, who, from outside the penalty area, fired his team into the lead. Reiver continued to look the more comfortable although, in truth, the game just stuttered along, with neither side able to get any worthwhile moves working. From a corner, Hodges nearly put Reiver further ahead, when his first time shot went only just wide. With Highwood attacks constantly coming to nothing in the opponents half, they, or more precisely Reid, produced a goal out of nothing. A hopeful cross came over from Davey the right, landing behind the defenders, and seemingly without any forward in sight, it looked a formality for a simple tap back to Cole for him to clear. Reid had other ideas, and with the defenders looking toward their keeper, he nipped in from a long way out, and his touch set up an easy chance for him to equalise, and he made no mistake.

With Highwood lifted by that, they started the second half the brighter, and when Bickle played the ball across the edge of the penalty area, Reid again nipped in, from being unsighted, and his shot surprised Cole, who was fortunate when the ball rebounded back to him after hitting the post. Cooper, on the left, then sent over a good cross, from which Saunders produced a shot which deflected off a defender, in the crowded penalty area, straight to the grateful keeper. The only other shot came in the closing seconds, when Reiver cleared the ball, in route one fashion, and Alessandra, on the right, produced a shot, from Hore's pass, which went only just wide of the far post.

In a game which never really got started, a draw was probably a fair result.

Highwood Athletic (4-3-3) ; Ramsbottom; Poole, Comyn, James, Naylor; Saunders, Garner, Leigh Cooper; Davey, Reid, Bickle.

Reiver Forest (4-2-4) : Cole: Ashton, Rounsevell, Green, McGlinchey; Hore, Lee Hodges; Alessandra, Fallon, Mickey Ross, Reynolds

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Re: Brookfield Solo League: Season 07.

Post by BlackpoolRock » 25 Dec 2017, 23:25

Conference : Alsworth 3, St. Rebouro 0.

No similar hesitations at the start of this one, with Alsworth gradually gaining supremacy, and not loosening their grip later on.

It was fitting that this match was staged today, as two of St. Rebouro's signings, George Kirby and Wilf Carter, both played when the last League matches were staged on Christmas Day, back in 1957, with the former scoring on that occasion.

There was no such luck today, as the Alsworth defence coped adequately with the new five man St. Rebouro forward line. The same could not be said about defending at the other end, where, as most ultra attacking teams have occasionally found out to their cost, St Rebouro sometimes looked undermanned later on in the game.

There was a chance for each side early on. First when Craven joined the Alsworth attack, only to shoot wide, and, in response, Carter shot wide after exchanging passes with O'Sullivan, who had joined the visitors' attack. The opening goal came just after the half hour mark, when Harris played a free kick beyond the defenders, and Hinch chased it down to score with a first time shot. Early in the second half Alsworth tried a similar tactic when Noone played a similar ball in, this time from the right, which Cooper chased, but this time the ball ran through to Shearing, who gathered and cleared.
St. Rebouro were, at this stage, still having an equal share of the play, but Alsworth's defence, aided by their centre midfield players in their 4-4-2 formation, seldom looked in trouble. Back at the other end, another long ball by Harris was chased down by Hinch, in almost a copy of the move that produced the goal. This time Shearing was able to block the shot, but, unfortunately for him, the ball rebounded back to Hinch, who took his easy second opportunity.

As St. Rebouro attacked even more to try and get back into the game, Alsworth were looking likely to score with every attack. Shearing made a good save from Hinch, thus preventing the recalled forward from achieving a hat trick, but he could not prevent a shot from Joyce going through a group of players, and providing the midfielder with a goal against his former club.

Alsworth's 4-4-2 system appears to be working fluently for them at present. Perhaps this will be the season for their long-awaited promotion challenge to get back into the League. St Rebouro must try and do something about their defence, which, in this match, didn't cope very well with this new look Alsworth attack.

Alsworth (4-4-2) : Leiper; Worrell, Winston Foster, Walton, Harris; Noone, Craven, Joyce, Fiore; Hinch, Steve Cooper.

St. Rebouro (1 to 11) : Shearing; O'Sullivan. Paul Williams; Lean, Reda Johnson, Simon Collins; Nathan Thomas, Carter, Kirby, Andy Thomas, Maher.

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Re: Brookfield Solo League: Season 07.

Post by BlackpoolRock » 28 Dec 2017, 12:57

Stalemate at Eastroke

Eastroke Utd 0, Hodwell 0.

On his return to the side, Limpar set up an early chance for Lukaku with a diagonal cross from near the halfway line. The centre forward ran onto it from fairly deep, but his shot went just wide. Hodwell replied when Brown played the ball forward to Williams, who took the ball towards the defenders then, following an exchange of passes with Tynan, tried a long shot which also went just wide. Eastroke were creating more but Hodwell were defending solidly. This pattern of play continued throughout the match. Lukaku then tried to run onto a through pass from Temple, but a solid block by Lindsay Smith made Aleksic's task much easier than he might have expected it to been. Temple, who was featuring prominently in the
number 10 shirt, then tried something different when he played the ball back to Snodin, who sent Limpar away in space down the left. His shot, from a wide angle, went across the goal and beyond the far post. In the final attack of the first half, Temple, after receiving a pass from Fellaini, decided to try a long shot himself, but he couldn't find the target, either.

Defences had generally been on top, especially Hodwell's, who had been much the busier. Eastroke, with their five forwards, can never be accused of being cautious, especially at home, but getting even more men up the pitch might just offer more opportunities to the visitors.

Hodwell had the first attacking move after the break, but this was brought to a halt by the referee's whistle as McCarthy was adjudged to be just offside. It was then "back to normal" as Timar blocked another Lukaku effort, and when Lukaku tried to chase down a weak back pass, Aleksic was quickly out of his goal to deflect the shot wide. Pointon, in his left back position, then cut out a through pass down Hodwell's right, and immediately sent Limpar away, but with no other Eastroke player forward, his shot from wide was another one off the target. With fifteen minutes remaining, Eastroke played their best attacking move of the match. Ball, on the halfway line, passed back to Snodin, in space, who played a long pass to Temple, whose first time pass went straight into Lukaku's path. With the keeper advancing, the shot again went narrowly wide. This was possibly the only chance which could have been recorded as a bad miss. As so often happens, it was Hodwell who nearly took both points late on, when Abdou's long pass appeared to be well marshalled by Lyons. As the defender hesitated, before hoping to play an accurate pass up field, McCarthy nipped in and played a quick pass to Tynan, but it went just too wide of him to be able to get his shot on target.

So this tight game ended all square, probably fairly, but Eastroke will be the more disappointed that one of their chances failed to find the net.

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

Hodwell (5-3-2) : Aleksic; Kenny Brown, Mark Smith, Lindsay Smith, Timar, Capaldi; Buzsarky, Johnny Williams, Abdou; Tynan, McCarthy.

Footnote: Eastroke followers may have noticed the absence of Kevin Sheedy from this match. He has become the first player in the League, ever, to be serving a one match suspension following a sending off in his last match, for a second yellow card, both for deliberate handball. The second one, in particular, was unfortunate, but rules are rules, as they say.

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Re: Brookfield Solo League: Season 07.

Post by BlackpoolRock » 28 Dec 2017, 13:42

Around the Grounds:

Division One: Blackridge Town 3, Iveley Park 1; Hinton Utd 0, Bullford 0; Mill Town 1, Greyston Town 1; Brimpton Rovers 1, Aberdither Utd 1.

Division Two: Melchester Rov 2, Western Villa 2; Blundell City 2, Pressley Rang 0; Mill Athletic 0, South Barsham 1;
Danefield 0, Flimside 1; Highwood Ath 1, Reiver Forsest 1.

Conference: Alsworth 3, St. Rebouro 0; Rockingham 1, Peakville 1; Ellerfield Ath 0, Molton Utd 2.

League tables:

Division One
------------------Pld....W...D...L....F...A.....Pts
Hodwell.........6,,,,,,3...2...1.....8...5.....8
Bullford.........6......3...2...1.....5...3.....8
Greyston Town.6......3...1...2.....8...8.....7
Iveley Park......6......3...0...3....11..8.....6
Aberdither Utd.6......2...2...2.....9...8.....6
Hinton Utd......6......2...2...2.....5...4.....6
Blackridge Tn...6......3...0...3.....7...7.....6
Eastroke Utd....6......2...2...2.....5...8.....6
Mill Town........6......1...2...3.....5...7.....4
Brimpton Rov...6......1...1...4,,,,,4,,,9,,,,,3

Division Two
-------------------Pld....W...D...L....F...A.....Pts
South Barsham..6......3...2...1.....5...3.....8
Flimside..........6......3...2...1.....4...2.....8
Blundell City.....6......2...3...1.....9...6.....7
Western Villa....6......1...4...1.....4...3.....6
Melchester Rov..6......1...4...1.....7...7.....6
Mill Athletic......6......1...4...1.....4...4.....6
Danefield.........6......3...0...3.....5...7.....6
Highwood Ath....6......1...3...2.....5...7.....5
Reiver Forest.....6......0...4...2.....4...6.....4
Pressley Rang.....6.....1...2...3......3...5.....4

Conference
--------------------Pld....W...D...L......F...A....Pts
Alsworth..........6......4...1...1......10...3.....9
Peakville..........6......3...3...0......9....5.....9
Molton Utd.......6......2...2...2.......7...4......6
Ellerfield Ath....5.......2...1...2......4...6......6
St. Rebouro......5.......2...1...2......6...9......5
Crickten Jn.......5......1...2...2.......6...7......4
Rockingham......6......1...2...3.......8...11.....4
White Cliff........6......0...2...3.......3...8......2


Next time: We're off to see what could be a teter for the surprise Division Two leaders, South Barsham v Melchester Rovers. We hope you can join us.

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Re: Brookfield Solo League: Season 07.

Post by geow6 » 30 Dec 2017, 22:29

Top 8 all going for the D1 title?

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Re: Brookfield Solo League: Season 07.

Post by BlackpoolRock » 31 Dec 2017, 09:55

Looks that way. It just so happens that each of the top three has two home games to come, so it's possible that some sort of gap could open up, while Blackridge Town must travel to Greyston and then Hodwell, so it could be season defining for them.

The Brimpton v Mill Town game coming up in round 8 might also take on an alternative significance.

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Re: Brookfield Solo League: Season 07.

Post by BlackpoolRock » 01 Jan 2018, 20:29

Classic End to the Old Year

South Barsham 1, Melchester Rovers 0.

For once, the selected featured match lived up to its billing. It was an open, flowing game, during which both sides played well at the same time.

In 04, South Barsham had their only season so far in Division One, and in the early stages surprised teams with their attacking 4-4-2 formation. Eventually, however, their lack of a recognised defensive midfield player proved to be their Achilles' heel. For the following season they addressed that by bringing in Duncan Neale, and this season they have further modified their formation by playing two such players, who play as wing halves, one in front of each centre back, with the four players making up a 'box' formation in front of the penalty area. To compensate, both full backs are encouraged to get forward as often as possible. Their strikers are skilful and pacey, rather than having a strong physical presence.

Melchester Rovers are playing their usual, open, 4-2-4 passing game. They also lack a powerful physical presence in attack, and in the first half especially, tended to play around the defensive box. This tactic created several chances for them, although none of them was easy.

After twelve minutes, South Barsham created the game's first chance, and from it they opened the scoring. After the ball had been played upfield, Summerfield exchanged several short passes with Stonebridge, before shooting wide of Howard and into the net. Following their next attack, Melchester responded when Bernard received the ball from Howard, took it over halfway before passing to Bingham on the right. The winger ran toward the goal and, before any defender could get to him, shot across the goal and just beyond the far post. Soon after that they started a similar move, but this time Bingham, on receiving the ball, quickly passed it, with the aid of Young, to the opposite wing, where Halmosi ran in on goal, but his shot was well off target. Halmosi did much better with his next effort, following a passing move involving McCall, Young and Osman. This time he received the ball further infield, and his shot struck the post before rebounding out of play.

At this stage there seemed to be scoring chance every few minutes, with both teams playing well, and with a style that was easy to watch. Stonebridge went close for South Barsham, before Osman shot wide, from McCall's pass. Bernard then opted to try a shot himself, from long range, which Wilmot saved comfortably. In the last action of the half, Osman received a pass inside from Halmosi, and his first-time shot shaved the outside of the post.

The second half continued in the same manner as the first, but with one important difference. The defences of both sides tightened up, and not one shot, from either side, troubled the keeper, unless you count a through pass, intended for Young to run onto, rolling through to Wilmot, or, late on, a long run down the right by Mellor, which he followed with a shot that went nearer the corner flag than the goal. One of the reasons for this change in the balance of play was the South Barsham full backs staying back and doing a good marking job on the Melchester wingers. As a consequence, Rovers opted to play more through the middle, where they got no change whatsoever out of Saxton and Heathcote. Not that the game was all Melchester, as at the other end, Wright and Unsworth, ofen assisted by Bernard, were among the busiest players on the pitch.

South Barsham were able to hold on to their lead, and achieve a win in what will be remembered as one of the best matches ever, certainly in Division Two.

South Barsham (4-2-1-30 : Wilmot; Mellor, Saxton, Heathcote, Purrington; Neale, Hague; Kevin Summerfield; Rickard, Stonebridge, Jennings.

Melchester Rovers (4-2-4) : Howard; Hibbert, Billy Wright, Unsworth, Harper; Bernard, Steve McCall; Bingham, Alex Young, Osman, Halmosi.

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Re: Brookfield Solo League: Season 07.

Post by BlackpoolRock » 04 Jan 2018, 21:00

Around the Grounds:

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

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

Conference: St Rebouro 4-0 Ellerfield Ath; Crickten Jn 2-2 White Cliff; Peakville 1-2 Molton Utd.

Next time: Given both clubs' recent form, we think Bullford v Aberdither Utd could turn out to be a significant match, as the winners will keep in touch, or even displace, Hodwell or Greyston, the season's two surprise teams so far. We hope you will wish to read Dave Blackpool's report.

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Re: Brookfield Solo League: Season 07.

Post by BlackpoolRock » 05 Jan 2018, 16:11

No Goals, Plenty of Drama.

Bullford 0, Aberdither United 0.

We were never going to find another classic so soon after the last match, but this one had plenty of incident.

Aberdither have made a chance since they were last featured. Not for the first time, Gary Neville was recalled to anchor the midfield, although new signing Gareth Barry kept his place, alongside him, with Martin Dobson the unfortunate one to lose out.

The early play set the tone for the match, with much accurate passing but both defences proving to be difficult to break down. After nine minutes Yobo won the ball in defence, took it forward before playing a long pass for Scott to chase on the right. The winger's shot went across goal and just wide of the far post. Ten minutes later, Parkinson played a similar pass from midfield, but this time down the left, where Connolly had the run and shot, which Southall saved comfortably. Aberdither's first attack of note came soon afterwards, when Barry played the ball up to Kilbane, but Book won the ball off him just before he had the chance to shoot for goal. Bullford then were awarded a free kick, wide on the left, alongside the Aberdither penalty area. Hinchcliffe took the shot, but the wall did its job, with the ball rebounding to Neville, who cleared. Aberdither then threatened late in the half when Stevens advanced down the right, crossed to Royle, but Yobo blocked the shot, at the expense of a corner. From this, Kilbane crossed the ball just inside the goal area, but Bullford's defenders won the headed duel.

The defending in front of goal was so tight, from both teams, that most of the chances were coming from the wide areas, and this trend continued into the second half. Bullford created the first opening when Book's long pass into the middle was won by Ferguson, whose short pass found Scott in space on the right, but again the shot went just the wrong side of the far post. Then Connolly was brought into the game again, from another Parkinson pass. The winger cut inside Stevens, but his next touch was just too firm and the ball ran through to Southall. From the keeper's clearance, it took two more passes, from Cahill and Royle, to set up a chance for Husband, whose shot skimmed the outside of Grobbelaar's left post. Connolly was having one of his busiest games, but when he next cut inside and struck his shot goalwards, Southall was again there to save his side. The keeper then took centre stage in the very late drama, possibly without knowing too much about it. Cottee received the ball in the inside left position and played a short pass inside to Connolly, who had moved in off his wing. Connolly's shot again couldn't beat Southall, but this time the ball rebounded out to, and off, Connolly, giving Cottee a chance to follow up. This he did, but his shot struck the keeper, who was still on the ground from his previous stop. The ball again rebounded off the keeper, and this time to safety.

So this game ended scoreless, which probably suited neither side. Bullford will claim they were unfortunate, but when a keeper, especially of Southall's class, has 'one of those days' there is little any team can do about it. The league doesn't officially have a man of the match award, but if it did, it wouldn't have been the most difficult of choices on this occasion. Aberdither will claim he deserved his late slice of luck.

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

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

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Re: Brookfield Solo League: Season 07.

Post by BlackpoolRock » 08 Jan 2018, 21:43

Around the Grounds:

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

Division Two:
Pressley Rang 3-0 Reiver For; South Barsham 3-2 Danefield; Western Villa 1-1 Blindell City; Flimside 2-0 Melchester Rov; Highwood Ath 2-0 Mill Athletic.

Conference:
White Cliff 2-1 St. Rebouro; Crickten Jn 3-3 Alsworth; Ellerfield Ath 0-1 Rockingham.

It has been decided to give the teams a winter break; we believe most of the players deserve it. When we return, in about ten days, the Blundell City v Highwood Athletic fixture looks to be a good test for each side, so that's where Dave Blackpool is expecting to be. We hope you will be able to join us.

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