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Brookfield Solo league: Season 08.

Postby BlackpoolRock » 07 May 2018, 16:32

So a new season, 08, is underway. In a couple of ways, this is an historic season, but more about that later on.

Welcome back to our regular followers, and a warm welcome to anyone visiting one of these topics for the first time.

Basically, this is a solo league consisting of fictitious teams, although few of the names may be familiar, who each play to their own formation, so most games are really a contest of contrasting tactics. As with fantasy football, the players are real, in this case dating back over several generations, from over fifty years ago up to the present day.

As usual, the opening match was the Charity Shield, which this season was contested by two of our smaller clubs, Brimpton Rovers and Greyston Town.
Both clubs have spent some of their winnings, hopefully wisely, on team strengthening, although neither has splashed out vast sums on any of our expensive and high-earning superstars. All five new signings made their first appearance for their new club in this match.

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Re: Brookfield Solo league: Season 08.

Postby BlackpoolRock » 07 May 2018, 17:16

Shield is Shared.

Brimpton Rovers 1, Greyston Town 1.

Brimpton almost got the new season underway with a dream start, when their opening attack produced a sharp chance for new signing Joe Mason, but his first time shot, from only his second touch of the ball, went just wide. Greyston responded when one of their new men, Steve Castle, combined with Patterson down the right, before playing a through pass into Mariner's path. The number nine's shot was deflected on its way to goal but, fortunately for Brimpton, this took it into Crudgington's grasp. The keeper was soon in the action again, when another shot from Mariner, also supplied by Castle's pass, had to be finger-tipped around his left-hand post.

Although they were beginning to look the better side, Greyston found themselves behind, midway through the half, when Baird's throw in from the left, level with the edge of his own penalty area, was intercepted by Brimacombe, whose short pass inside was struck home first time by Marshall.

Despite his team trailing, Castle was having a fine debut, contributing to almost all of Greyston's attacking moves. He initiated the next opening with a square pass left to Latcham, whose pass sent McAuley away down the left, a familiar Greyston move, but the winger's cross/shot missed everybody before going just beyond the far post. The final chace of the half fell to Trebilcock, who ran onto Brimacombe's free kick from the right, but shot just wide, from a difficult angle.

Greyston had enjoyed the better of the opening half, and they were about to almost dominate the second. Early on, Hodges and Latcham combined in midfield to set up another chance for Mariner, which went only narrowly wide, although Crudgington appeared to have got his angles correct and would probably have made the save had he needed to. There followed a lengthy period when the ball hardly got out of Brimpton's half, but although Greyston dominated territory and possession,the defending was also good, and Crudginton didn't have a shot to save during this time. With ten minutes remaining, Hodges and Latcham again combined to send McAuley away, but his cross was gathered comfortably by Crudginton, who also cleared. Then, with time running out, and it appearing that they would never score, Greyston finally got their deserved equaliser, but in a rather strange manner. Castle took a throw in, near the right corner flag, sending the ball back, almost along the touchline, to Patterson, who sent over a cross into the crowded penalty area, no doubt hoping that someone would get a head to it. Amazingly, the ball went through the crowd of players and finished in the far corner of the net. Had he played a shot, it was inconceivable that he could have found such a small gap, although it was, of course, no less than Greyston deserved.

There was still time for Greyston to almost snatch a winner, twice. First when Mariner, it just wasn't his day, mishit his shot from Rafferty's nod down, and then when McCall was perfectly positioned to intercept another through pass, this time from Hodges, which appeared to be on it's way to Rafferty, in front of goal.

So the Shield is shared, but this game had been a much more successful practice match for Greyston than for the League Champions.

Brimpton Rovers (5-2-3) : Crudgington; John Brimacombe, Arnason, Wotton, Seip, Beswetherick; Piper, Steve McCall; Marshall, Trebilcock, Mason.

Greyston Town (4-3-3) : Furnell; Mark Patterson, Curtis Nelson, Newman, Baird; Castle, Lee Hodges, Latcham; Mariner, Rafferty, McAuley.

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Re: Brookfield Solo league: Season 08.

Postby BlackpoolRock » 09 May 2018, 15:37

These days, the opening round of Conference fixtures takes place on Charity Shield day.

Results: Crickten Jn 1-0 White Cliff; Rockingham 0-1 St. Rebouro; Molton Utd 2-2 Ellerfield Ath; Peakville 1-2 Pressley Rang.

It was mentioned at the beginning that 08 is an historic season for this league. First, it is the longest period the league has operated in any of its eras, and there are no plans to prevent it from continuing for a good while yet.

Second, and more important, following last season's successful trials in the conference, all League and Cup matches will now be played using flats. It is anticipated to be particularly interesting to observe how the teams' various formations adapt and cope with the different playing conditions.

It has obviously involved quite a financial outlay for the league, and I wish to take this opportunity to thank those who have assisted with my purchases over the last year or so. I don't wish to single out anyone in particular, and I know most of you keep in touch with this forum. Your assistance has been much appreciated. Once again, thank you.

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Re: Brookfield Solo league: Season 08.

Postby BlackpoolRock » 12 May 2018, 10:23

Point Each for Starters.

Bullford 1, Aberdither United 1.

This game got off to a sensational start. Aberdither almost scored within seconds of the kick-off, but Bullford cleared, and three passes later went ahead themselves. The ball was played out to Book, in his usual right back position, who played the ball up to King, who played it on to Ferguson. A further short pass to the right, and Scott came running in to fire home with a first time strike.

The goal was followed by an almost repeat performance down Aberdither's left side, when van den Hauwe's long pass found Stuart, who crossed the ball for Royle to made it one-one.

Familiar readers will have noticed a new name already. Aberdither could be considered to be in transition, and a few new players have been introduced in an attempt to freshen up the team, and make it less predicable. They have a larger squad than usual for this season, as all players have been retained. This club is wealthy enough to afford such a luxury. With their next attack, Stuart ran in to try and connect with Royle's nod on, but he was adjudged to have pushed a defender in his attempt to get to the ball.

Apart from that effort, the rest of the half was played without any sort of attempt on either goal, and the game becoming stalemate. With Bullford's long passing game not quite working, and Aberdither not being given any time to settle on the ball during their more precise passing moves, it was as though both sides were so preoccupied with preventing their opponents from scoring, they were each spoiling their own fluency and passing ranges.

Things improved after the break, with Aberdither, in particular, settling down and putting several passing moves together. Harris and Stuart began to combine well down the left, but on one occasion Yobo made a vital last-ditch interception, played the ball back to Grobbelaar, who cleared. This gave King the opportunity to play a long crossfield pass for Limpar to run onto from wide on the left, but the shot was saved comfortably by Southall. Generally however, it was Bullford's defence which was much the busier during this phase of the game, as the visitors began to play accurate passing moves down both flanks. One such move down the right, between Cahill and Steven, found Royle, free from his marker, in the middle, but his first time shot went just, from Abderdither's viewpoint, the wrong side of the post.

Late on, a long ball up to Ferguson and Cottee was played left, out to Limpar, who clearly wasn't wearing his shooting boots in this match, as his shot almost hit the far corner flag.

At the close, both sides will probably have been satisfied with a point from this opening match, although each will have some work to put in on the training ground in order to fine tune their performance for next time.

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

Aberdither Utd, (4-3-3) : Southall; Stevens, Hurst, Labone, van den Hauwe; Cahill, Neville, Harris; Steven, Royle, Graham Stuart.

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Re: Brookfield Solo league: Season 08.

Postby BlackpoolRock » 12 May 2018, 10:36

Elsewhere:

Div One: Blackridge Town 1-1 Eastroke Utd; Brimpton Rov 2-1 Mill Town; Greyston Town 1-1 Hodwell; Highwood Ath 5-1 South Barsham.

Div Two: Alsworth 0-2 Blundell City; Melchester Rov 2-1 Danefield; Flimside 3-0 Iveley Park; Western Villa 1-1 Hinton Utd; Reiver For 2-1 Mill Athletic.

Conference: St Rebouro 1-2 Crickten Jn; White Cliff 4-1 Rockingham; Pressley Rang 2-2 Molton Utd.

Next time: We plan to feature both the teams promoted to Division One early in the season, so Dave Blackpool's off to watch South Barsham host Blackridge Town. We hope you will be able to join us.

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Re: Brookfield Solo league: Season 08.

Postby BlackpoolRock » 17 May 2018, 12:04

South Barsham Put Things Right.

South Barsham 2, Blackridge Town 1.

South Barsham came into this match following a surprise 5-1 defeat by fellow promoted side Highwood Athletic, who went though their usually reliable 'box' defensive system as though it wasn't there. Some small modifications were made for this game.

Blackridge Town also have something to prove this season, as they have brought in several new players, with the most significant signing expected to be Graeme Sharp, who will play alongside Andy Gray up front.

For those who are interested, South Barsham's kit for this season is light and dark blue halves, (33), while Blackridge, who normally would wear blue and white (2) played this game in a change strip of yellow shirts and black shorts, (50).

It was the visitors who produced most of the early attacks, with Sharp going close from Ross's pass, and from a passing move down the left, Halmosi's cross, intended for Sharp, was just deflected by Saxton, at full stretch.

After twenty minutes, South Barsham's debutant, Andy Thomas, took the ball across the halfway line, passed to Rickard, who flicked it left for Stonebridge to shoot, and Wood saved well. Thomas initiated another good passing move, almost immediately, when he played the ball out left which would have put Jennings through on goal, had Wright not made an important interception to clear the danger. There was then another short period of Blackridge pressure. Sharp was again played clear on goal from Hall's diagonal long pass, but his shot was well blocked by Heathcote, although his clearance only found Gravesen, who played the ball immediately back to Sharp, who shot just wide.

Play then settled down as South Barsham opted to play a little more possession football, in an attempt to prevent the succession of passes through to the Blackridge front men, and gradually they began to get more involved in the game. On the half-hour, Purrington played a long pass down the left to Stonebridge, who dribbled past two defenders before Stubbs got across to win the ball before a shot was taken. A few minutes later, from a throw-in on the right, In the Blackridge half, Connolly and Thomas exchanged passes to put the full back through on goal. and his shot, from a wide angle, went in off the far post. After the goal, South Barsham played the game cautiously for the remainder of the half, during which there were no further scoring opportunities.

In the early moments of the second half, the lead was almost increased as Rickard and Stonebridge combined to set up a chance for Thomas, running in from deep, but his shot was blocked by Stubbs. However, it wasn't long before they did score again, when Hague brought the ball out of defence and passed left to Purrington, who played another pass along the 'inside left channel' where Stonebridge ran onto it and shot home.

Blackridge, as might have been expected, responded with several passing moves from which Halmosi and Gray, twice, produced shots which went only narrowly wide, and Gray also had a goal bound shot blocked by Saxton; the ball going out for a corner. With ten minutes remaining, Blackridge finally pulled a goal back, after Wright brought the ball out of defence, and found Sharp with a near perfect through pass, from which the striker opened his account for his new club. During the time left, Blackridge played a succession of passes up to their strikers, but the South Barsham defence was back on form and remained solid.

This had been a fine match, and we are pleased to have, for once, selected one of our better games.

South Barsham (4-2-1-3) : Wilmot; Paul Connolly, Saxton, Heathcote, Purrington; Neale, Hague; Andy Thomas; Rickard, Stonebridge, Jennings.

Blackridge Town (4-4-2) : Wood; Tommy Wright, Stubbs, Distin, Wilson; Hall, Ross, Gravesen, Halmosi; Sharp, Gray.

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Re: Brookfield Solo league: Season 08.

Postby BlackpoolRock » 17 May 2018, 13:01

Elsewhere:
Div One: Mill Town 1-2 Greyston Town; Hodwell 1-1 Highwood Ath; Eastroke Utd 2-1 Bullford; Aberdither Utd 1-0 Brimpton Rov.

Div Two:
Iveley Park 0-0 Western Villa; Hinton Utd 1-2 Reiver Forest; Mill Athletic 1-0 Alsworth; Blundell City 1-2 Melchester Rov; Danefield 1-1 Flimside.

Conference: Ellerfield Ath 1-1 Peakville; Crickten Jn 1-1 Molton Utd; St. Rebouro 1-1 Pressley Rangers.

Next time: Having featured South Barsham, we will now feature the other promoted team, Highwood Athletic, who have made an encouraging start.
They will be playing Mill Town, who have not made such a good start. We hope you will be able to join us.

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Re: Brookfield Solo league: Season 08.

Postby BlackpoolRock » 28 May 2018, 17:34

Mill Town get First Win.

Highwood Athletic 0, Mill Town 1.

This time we are visiting Highwood Athletic, Division One's other newly-promoted club. They have been more active in the transfer window than was expected, as they found themselves in an ideal position to provide Division One football for players who may have been expected to lose their place at other clubs, so why turn down the chance to sign a player for a slightly reduced fee? The team's formation remains the same, but it is hoped that the new signings may be more suited to playing at the higher level.

Mill Town have also been active on the transfer front, but for a different reason. An element of their supporters, along with some of the club's board of directors, felt that the club had cut itself off from its roots, and by doing so, had burdened itself with a much larger wage bill. As a consequence, the high wage earners have been sold, with the club returning to its principles of providing opportunities for lesser-known players to show their potential.

As both teams colours are green and white, Mill Town played this match in a change strip of blue shirts; original colours from their earliest days.

For the opening fifteen minutes, the game was like watching two sparring boxers, probing each other, but also being cautious. There wasn't a shot during this period, but on one occasion, Ramsbottom had to be quick off his line to collect Hourihane's through pass into the penalty area, with
Wright-Phillips chasing it. The first shot came from Mill Town, after Wright-Phillips intercepted Ramsbottom's goal kick, intended for Poole, passed to Reynolds, who shot just wide.

Mill Town were beginning to gain the upper hand, playing close-passing moves in pairs and triangles down each wing. A tactic which often works well for them. They created another opening when Edworthy passed to ball down the right to Hodges who, after playing a one-two with Corbett, shot just wide of the far post. At the other end Bickle received a long pass out of defence, played a short pass to Kemp, whose shot was tipped away by Larrieu, but only inches away from Bickle. Had the number 9 connected, he would almost certainly have given Highwood the lead.

In the closing stages of the half, another exchange of passes down the left between Wright-Phillips and Reynolds resulted in a shot from the latter, which Ramsbottom was only just able to scramble clear following his half stop.

Mill Town continued their fluent attacking play at the start of the second half, when Corbett received another pass from Edworthy and sent over a cross intended for Wright-Phillips. Fortunately for Highwood, Machin was just able to deflect the ball away from the striker, and McElhinney cleared.

There followed an amazing twenty minutes or so in which Mill Town could hardly get the ball out of their own half. First Cooper, on the left, sent over a long diagonal cross which Kemp nodded on to Bickle, only for Edworthy to get across and block the shot. From the resulting corner, Cooper exchanged passes with Bickle before shooting across the face of the goal. It just went wide, but more surprising was how it avoided all the players in the goalmouth. A Mill Town clearance then found Poole, who passed down the right for Davey to try his luck. This time the ball almost ping-ponged between several players, and Mill Town were doubtless relieved to finally clear the danger. Machin then played a crossfield pass to Davey, whose cross this time was gathered and cleared by Larrieu.

It had been quite a remarkable session of play, but as so often happens, especially when it's not your day, it was Mill Town who opened the scoring with their next attack. Once again the ball was played out of defence to Edworthy, who this time passed infield to Friio, whose through pass found Wright-Phillips. A short pass to the right found Corbett in the perfect position to run in and slot the ball wide of the keeper.

For most of the remaining fifteen minutes, Mill Town continued to play close passing moves down the flanks. Highwood did finally get an opportunity to equalise when Cooper's cross found Kemp just outside the penalty area, but the marking was tight and his shot, after a couple of deflections, rolled harmlessly through to Larrieu.

Mill Town will be particularly pleased to have weld on for this win, as in their last match, at home to Greyston, they were winning going into the final minute, before losing two-one. As for Highwood, they will feel it simp[ly wasn't their day.

Highwood Ath. (4-3-3) : Ramsbottom;; Poole, Doumbe, McElhinney, Naylor; Hore, Machin, Leigh Cooper; Davey, Bickle, Kemp.

Mill Town (4-3-3) : Larrieu; Edworthy, Fincham, Marker, Sullivan; Kevin Hodges, Friio, Hourihane; Corbett, Wright-Phillips, Reynolds.

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Re: Brookfield Solo league: Season 08.

Postby BlackpoolRock » 28 May 2018, 19:40

Elsewhere:

Div One: Bullford 3-0 South Barsham; Brimpton Rov 2-2 Eastroke Utd; Greyston Town 0-1 Aberdither Utd; Blackridge Town 2-1 Hodwell.

Div Two:Melchester Rov 0-1 Mill Athletic; Flimside 1-0 Blundell City; Western Villa 2-1 Danefield; Reiver For 1-0 Iveley Park; Alsworth 0-1 Hinton Utd.

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

Early tables: Div One.
_______________Pld....W...D...L....F....A ...Pts.
Aberdither Utd....3......2...1...0.....3....1.....5
Eastroke Utd......3.......1..2...0......5....4.....4
Highwood Ath.....3.......1...1...1.....6....3.....3
Bullford............3........1...1...1.....5...3.....3
Blackridge Town..3.......1...1...1.....4....4.....3
Brimpton Rov......3.......1...1...1.....4....4.....3
Greyston Town....3.......1...1...1.....3....3.....3
Hodwell............3.......0...2...1......3....4.....2
Mill Town..........3.......1...0...2......3....4.....2
South Barsham....3.......1...0...2......3...9......2

Division Two
_______________Pld....W...D...L.....F....A....Pts.
Reiver Forest......3......3...0...0......5....2.....6
Flimside............3......2...1...0......5....1.....5
Melchester Rov....3......2...0...1......6....3.....4
Mill Athletic.......3......2...0...1......3....2......4
Western Villa......3......1...2...0......3....2......4
Hinton Utd.........3......1...1...1......3....3......3
Blundell City.......3......1...0...2......3....3......2
Danefield...........3......0...1...2......2....4......1
Iveley Park.........3......0...1...2......0....4......1
Alsworth............3......0...0...0......0....4......0

Conference:
________________Pld....W...D...L.....F....A.....Pts.
Molton Utd..........4.......1...3...0.....7....5......5
Crickten Jn..........3.......2...1...0.....4....2......5
White Cliff...........3.......2...0...1.....5....2......4
Pressley Rang.......3.......1...2...0.....5....4......4
Peakville.............3.......1...1...1.....3....3......3
St. Rebouro..........4.......1...1...2.....3....5......3
Ellerfield Ath........3.......0...2...1.....3....4......2
Rockingham..........3.......0...0...3.....1....4......0

Next time; We think we have a difficult choice, but we have decided to feature the surprise Division Two leaders, Reiver Forest, who may find a visit to the hard-working, and sometimes physical, Danefield side, slightly more difficult than it appears from the early table. We hope you will be able to join us.

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Re: Brookfield Solo league: Season 08.

Postby BlackpoolRock » 14 Jun 2018, 10:46

Last 100% Record Gone.

Danefield 2, Reiver Forest 1.

For today's match we are visiting Division Two, and who better to feature than the surprise early leaders. Reiver Forest are a much changed team this season, mainly due to financial issues. Although they have been consistent performers in the League, they have never managed even a reasonable Cup run, which has resulted in them not receiving any of the financial benefits such matches can produce. Even though many of their better players have left the club, there are still a few competitive characters in their XI for this game.

Hosts Danefield have earned themselves a reputation for being workmanlike, competitive, and a hard side to beat. Their finances have benefitted from a few adventures in the Cup, which has helped them maintain a stable side over the years.

For those who like to follow the colours, Danefield play in blue shirts, with a little added black trim on shoulders and sleeves, and white shorts, while Reiver wore their usual tangerine and white.

The hosts were quickly out of the blocks, when Fletcher and new signing Jason Bent exchanged passes down the right, before Bent sent over a long cross which reached Littlejohn, who played a short square pass inside to Binney, who put his side ahead.

Reiver were quick to reply, when Andres Gurrieri played the ball almost along the left touchline to fellow new signing Alan Rogers, who cut inside and fired home from long range.

With two goals in the opening twelve minutes, we might have been about to watch a goal feast, but it didn't happen. For much of the remainder of the half both sides passed the ball around well, although defences generally remained in charge, but not without the occasional alarm. Binney nearly had a chance for Danefield, but Fletcher's cross went just too far in front of him. Following a similar move down Reiver's left, Rogers played a cross infield to Simpson, running in at speed, and although Simpson struck the ball well, his shot hit the foot of the post before rebounding away to safety.

As in the opening half, Danefield were quickly into action at the start of the second, but it was Reiver who nearly took the lead when a long clearance from Green found Alessandra on the right, and his shot went across the goal but narrowly wide. There was then a short period during which the visitors dominated proceedings, and were unlucky not to go ahead on a few more occasions. New centre forward, Rhys Griffiths, was winning almost every ball around the edge of the penalty area, with Alessandra, Rogers and Gurrieri each going very close with first time shots from his nod downs and flicks. Rogers was the most unfortunate when his shot also struck the post, before rebounding back the grateful keeper Cherry. The keeper was also slightly fortunate when he advanced a long way out of goal to collect Rounsevell's cross from the right, missed, but Alessandra's shot was unable to find the target through a crowded penalty area.

On the hour Danefield were awarded a free kick on the right, almost on halfway. From it, Hardcastle passed to Fletcher who started and finished a five man passing move which put the hosts back in the lead, perhaps slightly fortuitously on the balance of play and chances created. After this goal, Reiver continued to have much the better of the game, with one difference. From then on, all the nod downs that Griffiths continued to win,
appeared to go to any one of the defenders, who cleared comfortably, despite the continued presence of Reiver's entire forward line. It was as though the football gods had decided that this was to be Danefield's day, which it turned out to be.

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

Reiver Forest (4-2-4) ; Cole; Rounsevell. Sokolic, Green, McGlinchey; Simpson, Coughlin; Alessandra, Griffiths, Gurrieri, Alan Rogers.

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Re: Brookfield Solo league: Season 08.

Postby BlackpoolRock » 14 Jun 2018, 15:00

Elsewhere:
Div One: Aberdither Utd 1-0 Highwood Ath; Mill Town 0-1 Blackridge Town; Hodwell 2-3 Bullford;
South Barsham 0-1 Brimpton Rov; Eastroke Utd 1-0 Greyston Town.

Div Two: Iveley Park 1-1 Alsworth; Hinton Utd 1-1 Melchester Rov; Mill Athletic 1-0 Flimside; Blundell City 1-0 Western Villa.

Conference: Peakville 2-0 White Cliff; Pressley Rang 1-1 Rockingham; Ellerfield Ath 1-2 Crickten Jn.

So Reiver Forest are joined at the top of D2 by Mill Athletic, with Flimside and Melchester one point behind. Crickten Junction are setting the pace in the Conference, with 7 pts., two ahead of Molton, Peakville and Pressley.

Next time: not a difficult choice, it's first versus second in D1, Aberdither Utd. against Eastroke Utd. The old guard against the new kids on the block, but which team is which? We hope you will be able to join us.

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Re: Brookfield Solo league: Season 08.

Postby BlackpoolRock » 27 Jun 2018, 17:02

Eastroke Go Top.

Aberdither United 0, Eastroke United 2.

Our first visit of the season to watch the most successful club was for a top-of-the-table contest, which, from a neutral point of view, didn't disappoint.

Both clubs have brought in new players. Aberdither are trying to become less predictable and more creative, especially down the wings, whilst maintaining their usual qualities of care and solidity. Eastroke have tried to strengthen last season's suspect defence, which, so far, has been more dependable.

Aberdither are playing in all white this season, while Eastroke are wearing Green with white sleeves (21 v 45).

The hosts almost took an early lead when Stevens played a long pass down the right to Steven, who slipped the ball inside to Cahill, running in, whose shot hit the post. Aberdither continued to have the better of the early exchanges, although It was a while before either side was able to create another scoring opportunity until, after twenty minutes, Sheedy played a short pass back to Snodin, whose long pass was chased by Lukaku, but Southall came out quickly to gather the ball and clear. Ball then passed wide to Nevin, on the right, whose cross was played back by Lukaku, into Ball's path, but Neville got across to block the shot as it was taken.

These chances appeared to spark Aberdither into action. First, Royle received a pass from Harris, passed left to van den Hauwe, and for the second time in the half, the post prevented them for taking the lead. Harris's next pass up to Royle was played right, out to Steven, whose shot was saved by West. In what was to be the last action of the half, Eastroke had a direct free kick, but Sheedy's attempted chip failed to clear the wall.

The hosts also made the more lively start to the second half, with another pass from Harris finding van den Hauwe, who played the ball inside to Stuart, who shot just wide. Stuart had another chance soon afterwards, again from van den Hauwe's pass, from which he exchanged passes with Royle before shooting. On this occasion, the ball deflected off a defender into the hands of West, who was no doubt most grateful.

As so often seems to happen, a team who has been fortunate at one end, goes up the field and scores at the other. Nevin received Sheedy's pass and exchanged passes himself with Lukaku, although the defence appeared to be marking well. Enter Alan Ball who had other ideas, and with typical impudence, ran in and tried a speculative shot which went wide of Southall and into the net.

Within minutes, Ball went forward again, exchanged passes with Nevin, and produced a second shot which Southall saved well. Soon after, with a quarter of an hour remaining, Eastroke scored again when Sheedy's shot rebounded out off a defender to Lukaku, whose shot through a crowd of players, took a slight deflection giving Southall no chance.

As Aberdither threw more players forward, it was Eastroke who had the better chances in the closing stages. First, Lukaku shot well wide from Snodin's long pass, then Ball and Lukaku combined to set up a chance for Temple, who shot went nearer the target, but not quite near enough.

So Eastroke win at Aberdither for the first time, and overtake them to lead the Division One table by a point. Aberdither were unfortunate with the run of the ball, but it will be interesting to see how they react to this setback, as this season they have a large squad, with strong reserve strength as they try to reshape their team. As for Eastroke, they are considered by many as possible surprise champions, as their formation is regarded as the most suitable for this season's new playing conditions. We shall see, as there is still a lot of football to be played.

Aberdither Utd. (4-3-3) : Southall; Steven, Hurst, Labone, van den Hauwe; Cahill, Neville, Harris; Steven, Royle, Stuart.

Eastroke Utd. (1 to 11) : West; Matt Jackson, Pointon; Bracewell, Dave Watson, Snodin; Nevin, Ball, Lukaku, Sheedy, Temple.

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Re: Brookfield Solo league: Season 08.

Postby BlackpoolRock » 27 Jun 2018, 17:21

Elsewhere:
Div One: Mill Town 1-0 Bullford; Greyston Town 2-1 Brimpton Rov; Highwood Ath 1-3 Blackridge Town; Hodwell 2-0 South Barsham.

Div Two: Iveley Park 2-0 Melchester Rov; Danefield 2-1 Blundell City; Western Villa 0-1 Flimside; Reiver Forest 1-0 Alsworth; Hinton Utd 1-5 Mill Ath.

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

So, in Division One, Aberdither slip to 3rd, falling behind Blackridge Town, who have made their best start for several seasons, on goal difference.

Next time: We are featuring another much changed team, Mill Town, when they visit newly promoted, but struggling, South Barsham. We hope you will be able to join us.

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Re: Brookfield Solo league: Season 08.

Postby BlackpoolRock » 03 Jul 2018, 13:48

A Point in the Right Direction

South Barsham 0, Mill Town 0.

Mill Town are another club who have made more changes than usual during the last close season, due to off the field issues. A group of directors, and a small section of their fans, felt that the club has lost its way and become rather above itself with some recent big money signings, with the consequent increase in the wage bill. Having observed several other clubs suffer severe financial difficulties, the decision was taken for the high wage earners to move on, the club to operate closer to its roots, and within its financial means, whilst providing opportunities for some lesser-known players to display their skills at a fairly high level.

Failure this season could well, of course, lead to some unrest in the boardroom and among the fans.

No problems at the start of this match, as there appeared to be more green shirts than blue halved ones on the field (colours 33 v 15) as successive attacking waves headed towards Rhys Wilmot's goal.

Early on the keeper had to save from Reynolds, following a run and shot after receiving Hourihane's pass, and he was probably grateful when Hodges connected with Corbett's corner from the right, and the first-time shot fizzing just wide. Soon afterwards, a Wright-Phillips shot went within inches of putting his name on the scoresheet, and another shot form Reynolds was blocked well and also went wide. Had any of these chances gone in, Mill Town just might have taken command, as any attempt by the home side to become more adventurous might have left more gaps at the back of their out-of-form defence. As it turned out, South Barsham began to get their own passing moves working and on the half-hour, produced a very good move when Neale brought the ball out of defence, played it forward to Thomas who, with a similar run and pass, found Rickard unmarked in the inside-right position. The striker might have done better with his shot, as the polite euphemism is worded.

On the stroke of half-time, South Barsham again nearly took the lead when Connolly, overlapping down the right, sent over a cross along the front edge of the penalty area. Larrieu came out, but failed to gather the ball cleanly, but fortunately for him, the ball went just behind Rickard, and he was able to recover his ground before a shot could be made.

Mill Town were again the better side at the start of the second half, but with nothing like the dominance at the beginning of the match, as by now the game had settled down into more of a tactical passing contest. Hodges' shot, this time from a short pass by Corbett, when just wide, but this time the hosts responded almost immediately when Rickard received a good pass from Stonebridge, only to find that two are better than one, as Marker and Sullivan combined to dispossess him and set up a Mill Town counter, which ended when Heathcote just managed to deflect a shot from Wright-Phillips just wide of the post. Corbett's corner again found Hodges, and again the shot went within a whisker of the post.

Chances had become much fewer by this stage, and despite some good late pressure from Mill Town, the home defence held out. Both sides will probably be happy with a point, and possibly even happier with having kept a clean sheet. Mill Town may well rue all the chances which didn't lead to a goal, but South Barsham got themselves back into the game well, and earned their result.

South Barsham (4-2-1-3) : Wilmot; Connolly, Saxton, Heathcote, Purrington; Neale, Hague; Andy Thomas; Rickard, Stonebridge, Jennings.

Mill Town (4-3-3) : Larrieu; Edworthy, Fincham, Marker, Sullivan; Kevin Hodges, Friio, Hourihane; Corbett, Wright-Phillips, Reynolds.

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Re: Brookfield Solo league: Season 08.

Postby BlackpoolRock » 03 Jul 2018, 14:29

Elsewhere:
Div 1: Blackridge Town 2-0 Aberdither Utd; Highwood Ath 1-1 Brimpton Rov; Bullford 0-1 Greyston Town; Eastroke Utd 0-3 Hodwell.

Div 2:Alsworth 2-1 Danefield; Mill Athletic 3-2 Iveley Park; Reiver Forest 0-0 Flimside; Melchester Rov 0-1 Western Villa; Blundell City 1-0 Hinton Utd.

Conference: St Rebouro 0-2 Ellerfield Ath; Pressley Rang 2-1 Crickten Jn; Molton Utd 0-3 White Cliff.

League Tables:
Division One:
---------------------Pld.....W...D...L.....F....A....Pts.
Blackridge Town..6.......4...1...1....10....5.....9
Eastroke Utd......6.......3...2....1.....8....7.....8
Greyston Town...6.......3....1....2.....6....5.....7
aberdither Utd...6.......3....1....2.....4....5.....7
Hodwell............6......2....2....2....10....7.....6
Brimpton Rov.....6.......2....2....2.....7....7.....6
Bullford............6......2....1....3.....8.....7.....5
Mill Town..........6......2....1....3.....8.....8......5
Highwood Ath.....6......1....2....3.....8.....8.....4
South Barsham....6......1....1....4.....3....12.....3

Division Two
--------------------Pld.....W...D...L.....F....A.....Pts
Mill Athletic......6.......5....0...1.....12....5......10
Reiver Forest.....6......4....1....1.....7.....4.......9
Flimside...........6......3....2....1.....6.....2.......8
Blundell City......6......3....0....3.....6.....5......6
Western Villa.....6......2....2....2.....4.....4......6
Danefield.........6.......2....1....3.....8.....9......7
Melchester Rov...6......2....1....3.....5.....7......5
Iveley Park........6......1....2....3.....5.....8......4
Hinton Utd........6......1....2....3.....5....10......4
Alsworth...........6......1....1....4.....3.....7......3

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

Next time: With Blackridge Town finding their way to the top of the league, we think it's only correct to feature their visit to last season's champions, Brimpton Rovers. It's sure to be interesting, we hope you will be able to join us.


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