Brookfield Solo League: Season 09

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Re: Brookfield Solo League: Season 09

Post by BlackpoolRock » 24 Jan 2019, 18:50

Holders out of Cup.

Iveley Park 0, Hinton United 1.

For some reason, Iveley Park do not have a good record against long ball sides, of which Hinton are the original and, arguably, the best. Their unusual 4-2-4 set up, with three central strikers, and a right winger permanently upfield to provide much of the ammunition, can, on its day, prove very difficult to defend against.

Early on there was little hint of the drama to come as Iveley produced a succession of attacks, leading to shots from Burnside, Pickering and Mackie. Some went narrowly wide, and the rest were competently saved by Sheffield, who had a fine match.

Apart from a Ferguson shot early on, Hinton offered little in attack, as Iveley were understandably wary of the counter. It was all going smoothly for the home side until the closing moments of the first half, when another shot from Burnside was blocked. This time the ball was played wide to Book; a long pass down the right to Jones, a through pass to Allen, and Hinton were ahead.

The same pattern of play continued in the second half, with Carsley and Arteta playing short passes up the any of the four frontmen, but the visitors' goal continued to lead something of a charmed life, with further efforts from Mackie, Pickering, Mackie and Phillips all either going just wide or finding Sheffield positioned perfectly. With time running out, Pickering's short pass, intended for Mackie, was just deflected away by Bailey.

That turned out to be Iveley's last opportunity, and Hinton United progress to Round Two. In truth, though, this was little short of a steal.

Iveley Park (4-2-1-3) : Martin Hodge; George Robertson, Dave Provan, Mark Smith, Alessandro Pistone; Lee Carsley, Mikel Arteta; Dave Burnside;
Jamie Mackie, Fred Pickering, Martin Phillips.

Hinton United (4-2-4) : Jon Sheffield; Tony Book, Billy Wright, Mark Higgins, John Bailey; Mike Barnard, Dan Gosling; Barrie Jones, Keith Allen, Duncan Ferguson, Marino Keith.

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Re: Brookfield Solo League: Season 09

Post by BlackpoolRock » 26 Jan 2019, 11:14

More Giant Killing by Molton

Molton United 2, Eastroke United 1.

On their way to last season's Final, Molton United put out three Division One teams. This season's First Round draw provided them with another opportunity to pit their skills against another top tier side, and once again they proved to be up to the task.

They made a positive start when Darke's long pass down the right found Shepherd, who beat Pointon's challenge before shooting. West saved well.

After 18 minutes, Molton went ahead, also from a move which started on the right. This time Randell passed for Darke to take the ball upfield himself, before playing it between the defenders for Rickard to run onto and shoot past West.

Play was then confined to midfield for much of the remainder of the first half, although Molton looked the more threatening, as Pointon just deflected a through pass away from Welsh. A few minutes later, Rickard played a short pass through to Welsh, whose shot went narrowly wide.

Most fans were probably expecting Eastroke to rally in the second half, but It was Molton who continued to create all the scoring opportunities. Following a five-man passing move, Blizzard's pass to reid was just over hit and rolled through to West, before both Reid shot narrowly wide and West saved well from Rickard.

With 12 minutes remaining, Eastroke appeared to have 'got out of gaol' when they were awarded a free kick i midway in the Molton half. Sheedy's kick found Lukaku who fired home the equaliser. Eastroke would have firm favourites in a home replay, but that possibility wasn't to be. In the first attack after the restart, Jackson handled the ball inside the penalty area. With little time remaining, Welsh took the responsibility, and put Molton into the next round.

Another scalp for Molton, while Eastroke's run of poor form and ill luck continues. It's hard to believe now, but midway through last season Eastroke headed Division One and were strong candidates for the title. Since then, it has all gone so very wrong for them, even a return to 4-3-3 from their
w-m formation doesn't appear to be helping their fortunes.

Molton Utd. (4-2-4) : Jon Sheffield; Peter Darke, Nauris Bulvitis, Maxime Blanchard, Aaron Taylor-Sinclair; Colin Randell, Dominic Blizzard;
Trevor Shepherd, Reuben Reid, Derek Rickard, Alan Welsh.

Eastroke Utd. (4-3-3) : Gordon West; Matt Jackson, Dave Watson, Ian Snodin, Neil Pointon; Alan Ball, Paul Bracewell, Kevin Sheedy; Pat Nevin, Romelu Lukaku, Derek Temple.

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Re: Brookfield Solo League: Season 09

Post by BlackpoolRock » 26 Jan 2019, 13:51

Rest of the Cup First Round results:

Brimpton Rov 2-2 Highwood Ath. Redburn 3-3 Ellerfield Ath. Pressley Rangers 1-1 Mill Town. South Barsham 1-3 Greyston Town.
Western Villa 3-0 Rockingham. Crickten Junction 2-1 Mill Athletic. St. Rebouro 2-2 Dorleston. Tarka Vale 3-1 Reiver Forest.
Alsworth 2-1 Old Holmsley. Blackridge Town 0-1 Hodwell. Blundell City 1-0 Peakville. Melchester Rovers 2-0 Danefield.
Bullford 0-1 Flimside. White Cliff 0-1 Aberdither United.

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Re: Brookfield Solo League: Season 09

Post by BlackpoolRock » 09 Feb 2019, 14:23

Game of the Season

Mill Town 1, Melchester Rovers 1.

This eagerly anticipated match had almost become a "last chance saloon" for Mill Town, who have suffered a dip in form, with two league defeats, as well as a cup exit. Another loss here would have put them five points behind Melchester, with seven matches to go.

It was Rovers who had the first scoring opportunity when the ball was played out of defence to Pienaar, who shot narrowly wide following his run down the left.

From the resulting goal kick, Mill Town's two recalled players combined to set up an attack which put them ahead. Hodges played a sweeping crossfield pass to Reynolds, who then played a short pass to Strauss, on the left. Shilton blocked the shot, but couldn't prevent the ball rebounding back to the winger, and he had no chance of stopping the second one.

Melchester responded with attacks of their own, and went close when Pienaar got to Bingham's corner before the keeper, only to be narrowly off target, again, with his snap shot in the crowded goal mouth. Rovers then equalised midway through the half, from a passing move which started from a free kick level with their own penalty area. Harper took it, from his left back position, passed forward to Osman, who then passed the ball across to Bingham, who cut inside from the right and fired home.

The home side then had the better of the contest for the rest of the half, with Corbett and Wright-Phillips twice combining to give a shooting opportunity to their colleague, but both shots again went wide, although Shilton appeared to have got his angles correct and would probably have made the required saves had any been needed. Between these two attempts, Rovers also had a chance when Unsworth blocked a Mill Town attack, passed left to Harper, who took the ball into the attacking half before passing to Heath, whose shot went only just wide.

That opportunity, though, was the visitors' only chance during a period as Mill Town played their best attacking football of the match, and Corbett again went close with another shot from the right, after Wright-Phillips flicked the ball out to him, following another through pass from Hodges, who was seeing a lot of the ball in his first match of the season.

The second half started with a similar pattern of play, with another Hodges pass, this time for Corbett to cross for Wright-Phillips to again go very close to restoring Mill Town's lead. Melchester then had another opportunity of their own when Unsworth broke up an attack and played an almost instant through pass up to Pienaar, who cut inside before again going very close, but not close enough.

Marker was the next defender to advance forward with the ball to try and help out his attack. This time he played the ball forward to Strauss who, after cutting inside, completely mis-kicked his shot, and the ball trickled through for Shilton to make one of the easiest saves in any match this season. As the game entered its last fifteen minutes, Wright-Phillips again went close, this time from a difficult chance, as Reynolds had slightly overhit his cross, which made the angle difficult for the centre forward.

Another through Melchester pass out of defence again found Pienaar, but this time his shot was blocked and the ball rolled out to Bingham, unmarked oh the right. As Bingham prepared his shot, Town were save by an excellent tackle from Sullivan, who got across to take the ball almost off his toe.

In the final minute, a Melchester crossfield passing move offered another chance for Bingham, who this time got the better of Sullivan's challenge and also got a fortunate ricochet off the defender. This time a shot was very much on target, only for Larrieu to rescue his team with a fine late save.

Somehow, the last three-quarters of this outstanding match had failed to produce any more goals, so the points were shared. The match was expected to be exciting, as both teams line up with their respective forward lines spread across the full width of the pitch, and also slightly deeper than many of the other sides do, as neither side has a traditional big 'target man' type of centre forward, so has to play through opposing defences.

On this occasion, the featured match had lived up to its billing, (not alway the case). It was helped by both the attack-minded teams playing well at the same time. We hope something of the occasion has been captured in this slightly extended report.

Mill Town (4-3-3) : Romain Larrieu; Gordon Nisbet, Gordon Fincham, Nicky Marker; Colin Sullivan; Kevin Hodges, David Friio, Richard Reynolds;
Dave Corbett, Bradley Wright-Phillips, Bill Strauss.

Melchester Rovers (4-2-4) : Peter Shilton; Tony Hibbert, Mick Lyons; David Unsworth; Howard Kendall, Leon Osman; Billy Bingham; Alex young, Adrian Heath, Steven Pienaar.

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Re: Brookfield Solo League: Season 09

Post by BlackpoolRock » 09 Feb 2019, 18:35

Elsewhere:

D1: Hodwell 0-2 Eastroke Utd; Highwood Ath 2-2 Mill Athletic; Blackridge Town 1-0 Brimpton Rov; Aberdither Utd 2-0 Greyston Town.

D2: Reiver Forest 1-1 Blundell City; Pressley Rang 2-0 Iveley Park; Western Villa 0-2 Flimside; Alsworth 0-1 Hinton Utd; Bullford 2-0 South Barsham.

D3: Rockingham 1-1 Crickten Jn; Molton Utd 1-1 Alsworth; White Cliff 1-2 Ellerfield Ath; Danefield 1-1 Peakville; St. Rebouro 2-1 Tarka Vale.

F.A.Cup replay results:
Highwood Ath 1-0 Brimpton Rov; Ellerfield Ath 1-2 Redburn; Mill Town 0-1 Pressley Rang; Dorleston 1-2 St.Rebouro.

Second Round draw: Melchester Rov v Crickten Jn; Blundell City v Flimside; Alsworth v Highwood Ath; Hinton Utd v Pressley Rangers;
Tarka Vale v Greyston Town; Molton Utd v Aberdither Utd; Hodwell v St. Rebouro; Redburn v Western Villa.


Next time: Still another round of league matches before the cup returns, and we are off to watch a Brimpton Rovers v Mill Athletic. It is a match were a defeat for either side would probably put them too far behind in the tight race for the league title. We hope you will be able to join us.

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Re: Brookfield Solo League: Season 09

Post by BlackpoolRock » 19 Feb 2019, 21:43

Mill Athletic Stay in Touch.

Brimpton Rovers 1, Mill Athletic 3.

Although we weren't to know it at the time, the opening quarter of this match, when the pattern was set, was to prove decisive.

During those opening minutes, there were three attacks by Brimpton, each of which was broken down by the Mill Athletic defence, and the visitors responded with attacks of their own, with all three went down the left. From the first, Ebanks-Blake gave his side the lead, from Stuart's pass. The two following attacking moves both ended with shots from left winger Rogers: the first, rather ambitious, went well wide, and the second brought a good save from Crudgington, which prevented the lead from being doubled.

Despite Brimpton's several attacks, the match was into its second quarter before they produced a shot, which produced a fine equaliser. The ball was played out of defence to McCall, whose pass, from just inside his own half, rolled perfectly into the path of Mason, who fired home.

The home side were not to be on equal terms for long, as within five minutes, Athletic's defence again won the ball and played another sweeping passing move, with Rogers chasing down Stuart's pass, cutting inside Edworthy and firing a shot which went in off Crudgington's near post.

As the first half drew to a close, Brimpton got more into the game, without troubling the keeper. This continued after the interval, and a run down the right by Edworthy set up a chance for Carter, who shot wide, although it appeared that Dunne had the shot covered, had it been on target.

With fifteen minutes remaining, and slightly against the run of play, Athletic made the match safe when Hill brought the ball out of defence, continued his run, tapped the ball to Hayles, setting up the easiest of chances, and it was 3-1.

Brimpton continued to have more of the play in the time remaining, but were given nothing by Athletic's defence, who held out with continued solid defending.

So Mill Athletic won, which keeps them in touch with the leaders in Division One. We think it will now be very difficult for Brimpton to win the title now.

The game had been skilful, accurate, open, and interesting, although not particularly tense or exciting, probably because Athletic set the early tone, after which Rovers appeared to be always chasing the game, and playing slightly below their best. They may not have been allowed to, as Athletic were particularly solid in defence, and attacked directly and purposefully.

Brimpton Rovers (5-2-3) : Geoff Crudgington; Marc Edworthy, Kari Arnason, Paul Wotton, Marcel Seip, Jon Beswetherick; Norman Piper, Steve McCall; Wilf Carter, Mike Trebilcock; Joe Mason.

Mill Athletic (5-2-3) : Pat Dunne; David Phillips, Keith Hill, Craig Short, Hasney Aljofree, Pat Jones; Steve Adams, Graham Stuart; Barry Hayles, Sylvan Ebanks-Blake, Andy Rogers.

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Re: Brookfield Solo League: Season 09

Post by BlackpoolRock » 19 Feb 2019, 22:41

Elsewhere:

D1: Greyston Town 1-2 Blackridge Town; Aberdither Utd 4-1 Hodwell; Melchester Rov 0-0- Highwood Ath; Eastroke Utd 1-2 Mill Town.

D2: South Barsham 2-3 Western Villa; Bullford 1-2; Hinton Utd 1-3 Pressley Rang; Blundell City 2-0 Alsworth; Flimside 1-0 Iveley Park.

D3: Tarka Vale 1-3 White Cliff; St. Rebouro 3-3 Rockingham; Peakville 0-1 Molton Utd; Crickten Jn 0-0 Danefield; Ellerfield 2-1 Redburn.

League tables:
Division One:
_______________Pld____W___D___L____F____A____Pts.
Melchester Rov...12.......6.....5....1.....18.....11.....17
Blackridge Town..12......7.....2....3.....15.....12.....16
Mill Town..........12......6.....3....3......20....16.....15
Aberdither Utd...12......6.....3....3......19.....15.....15
Mill Athletic.......12......5.....5....2.....17.....13.....15
Greyston Town....12......6....1....5......19.....13.....13
Brimpton Rov.....12......6.....0....6......13.....14.....12
Highwood Ath.....12......1....5.....6......12.....18......7
Eastroke Utd......12......3....1.....6......10......17.....7
Hodwell............12......1....1....10......11.....25.....3

Division Two;
______________Pld____W___D___L____F____A____Pts.
Bullford...........12......8.....1....3.....19....10......17
Pressley Rang....12......6.....3....3.....19....12......15
Reiver Forest....12......6.....3....3.....16....10......15
Flimside..........12......6.....3....3......11.....9......15
Hinton Utd.......12......4.....4....4......12....14......12
Iveley Park.......12...... 5....2....5......14....17......12
South Barsham..12.......2.....5....5.....11.....15......9
Western Villa....12.......3.....3....6.....12....19.......9
Alsworth..........12......4.....0.....8.....12....16.......8
Blundell City.....12......2.....4.....6.....12.....15......8

Division Three
______________Pld____W___D___L____F____A____Pts.
Crickten Jn.......12......8.....3.....1.....15.....11.....19
Molton Utd.......12.......5.....4....3.....14......9......14
Redburn..........12.......5.....3.....4.....16.....11.....13
Peakville.........12........5.....3....4.....12.....17.....13
Rockingham......12.......4.....4....4.....18.....16......12
White Cliff........12.......5.....2....5.....18.....17......12
Ellerfield Ath.....12.......4.....4.....4....17.....19......12
St. Rebouro.......12.......4.....3.....5....17.....17......11
Tarka Vale........12.......3.....3.....6.....13.....16......9
Danefield..........12......1.....3.....8......5......14......5

Next time: It's the Cup 2nd. Round, and we think we have a most difficult choice of which matches to visit. Five Division One teams in the eight matches, none playing each other, and three away, could well produce a shock or two, but where?

We have decided to feature Alsworth v Highwood Athletic, and Tarka Vale v Greyston Town, and hope you will be able to join us for what looks like being a most exciting day in the season.

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Re: Brookfield Solo League: Season 09

Post by BlackpoolRock » 24 Feb 2019, 17:54

Clinical Greyston

F. A. Cup Second Round: Tarka Vale 0, Greyston Town 4.

It's always a good start to score an opening goal before a an opposition payer has touched the ball, and doubly so if you can repeat the performance after your defenders win possession from the restart.

Greyston did just this, so were two up inside as many minutes, with both goals scored by Mariner. A few minutes later they were nearly three up, but Latcham's through pass rolled just too wide of the goal for Rafferty to be able to turn it in.

After the dramatic start, the game eventually settled down, with play becoming more even. Tarka's opening chance came midway through the first half, but Fear's shot was saved by Furnell. After this, both defences looked solid and although there was plenty of open football, neither keeper was troubled again before half time.

Unfortunately for the home side, Greyston began the second half in the same manner as they had the first, although this time it was Rafferty who scored soon after the restart, when he slotted home McAuley's cross from the left.

Obviously it was now the proverbial mountain to climb for Tarka, as the game again settled down to its more even tempo. Fear again went close, with a shot just skimming the post, after Greyston, for about the only time, mis-directed a pass out of defence. Furnell was then brought into the action again, making a good save from Jean, with the ball rebounding out, fortunately for Greyston, to Baird, who unceremoniously cleared for a corner, just as Jean was preparing another shot.

It simply wasn't Tarka Vale's day, but it was destined to be Mariner's, as, in the closing minutes, Dougall's through pass was nodded on by Rafferty for his strike partner to complete a hat-trick.

It was obviously a comprehensive victory, although for about three-quarters of the game there was little between the teams. Sympathies surely have to go to Tarka Vale: their first season in the League, the biggest match, and they came up against opponents in such clinical form.

Tarka Vale (4-2-4) : Geoff Barnsley; Richard Flash, Reg Wyatt, John Oakes, Ian Payne; Mark Rowe, Doug Collins; Earl Jean, Ian Pearson, Keith Fear, Donal Murphy.

Greyston Town (4-3-3) : Jim Furnell; Mark Patterson, Jack Chisholm, John Newman, Doug Baird; Neil Dougall, Lee Hodges, Les Latcham; Paul Mariner, Bill Rafferty, Hugh McAuley.

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Re: Brookfield Solo League: Season 09

Post by BlackpoolRock » 24 Feb 2019, 22:55

Highwood Into Last Eight.

F. A. Cup Second Round: Alsworth 0, Highwood Athletic 3.

Highwood Athletic put aside their league woes and progressed to the last eight of the Cup, although the victory was nothing like as easy as the score would suggest.

Alsworth nearly scored in the opening minute, when Norris received McHugh's clearance, advanced down the right, exchanged passes with Eastoe, before miskicking his shot, and giving Shortt a comfortable save.

Following more pressure from the home side, Highwood played the ball out of defence, played several short passes before finding Anderson on the right. The winger cut inside his marker and fired the ball home from a widish angle.

After the goal, much of the rest of the opening half was cagey, with both teams trying to play attacking football, but neither wanting to leave any gaps at the back. This is Highwood's usual game, but Alsworth were also a little wary of conceding another and making their task even more difficult. The only two scoring chances during this period both fell to Highwood. First, when Bickle's flick on, intended for Kemp, was cut out by Comyn, and then when Anderson chased another flick from Bickle, but shot just wide.

Much of the play had, in fact, been played in Highwood's half. where several promising moves from Alsworth found one of the defenders, who always appeared to be in the right place, by perfect positioning or otherwise.

Still trailing by the only goal, Alsworth showed their intent from the start of the second half, when Staniforth chased a long pass, which rolled just too far in front of him, and his shot went just wide. The home side were producing nearly all the attacks, but the massed ranks of defenders somehow continued to intercept everything that was played towards them.

Just before the hour, Highwood, on a rare attack, were able to take advantage of the open spaces inside Alsworth's half, and Cooper played a sweeping crossfield pass to Anderson, who came in off his wing to score his second goal.

Since Anderson was brought into the side, Highwood's results have improved, as he has provided an extra, and wide, outlet for the long clearances. Not too many teams are still playing this way, with most of the traditional "cautious" teams finding it's better to play through their midfield, but as long as a crowded defence and long through passes continue to work for Highwood, they are likely to continue to play this way.

Still Alsworth had almost all the attacking, and still nothing troubled the goalkeeper.

Midway through the half, it was again Highwood who produced another telling attack, with a fine passing mose as they played the ball out of defence. It was Saunders who, from the halfway line, played the decisive pass to Bickle, who exchanged passes with Kemp before scoring himself.

Highwood continued to defend most solidly, and with Alsworth still getting extra players forward, Kemp nearly added a fourth for the visitors, when he nearly completed a route one move.

In truth, Alsworth's attack may possibly have lacked the penetration to trouble Highwood, but overall, it was they who had much more of the game, and therefore didn't deserve such a heavy defeat.

Alsworth (4-4-2) : Andy Rankin; Simon Collins, John Craven, Sonny Bradley, Allan Harris; David Norris, Carl McHugh, Warren Joyce, Mark Fiore;
Peter Eastoe, Gordon Staniforth.

Highwood Ath. (4-3-3) : Bill Shortt; Gary Poole, Lindsay Smith, Andy Comyn, Leigh Cooper; Mark Saunders, John Hore, Ernie Machin; Peter Anderson, Mike Bickle, David Kemp.

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Re: Brookfield Solo League: Season 09

Post by BlackpoolRock » 24 Feb 2019, 23:07

The rest of the Second Round results:

Melchester Rovers 2-0 Crickten Jn; Blundell City 0-3 Flimside; Hinton Utd. 1-3 Pressley Rang.

Molton Utd 0-0 Aberdither Utd; Hodwell 3-1 St. Rebouro; Redburn 0-3 Western Villa.

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Re: Brookfield Solo League: Season 09

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Replay result:

Aberdither Utd 3-0 Molton Utd. An early goal from Joe Royle, followed by two in the second half from Royle and Peter Reid, made this fairly routine for Aberdither. Molton did their best, but it is so difficult for a D3 team to win away to a D1 club.

Third Round draw: Highwood Athletic v Pressley Rangers; Western Villa v Hodwell; Aberdither United v Flimside; Melchester Rovers v Greyston Town.

Next time: The League returns, and we are off to see leaders Melchester Rovers take on their arch rivals Aberdither United, who themselves are on a nine match unbeaten run. We hope you will be able to join us for what is very likely to be a most important game in the race for the League title.

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Re: Brookfield Solo League: Season 09

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Decisive Late Penalty.

Melchester Rovers 2, Aberdither United 1.

The game got off to a lively start, with both teams attack minded, but defences up to their tasks. Aberdither had the first attempt on goal, when a long pass down the left found Kilbane, whose cross was slightly overhit, going just too far to prevent Royle from getting his shot on target. A second Aberdither attack, after 18 mins, produced the opening goal. A Melchester attack broke down and the ball was played up to Dobson near the halfway line. Dobson's through pass was played back, by Husband, into his path and a fine first time strike gave Shilton no chance.

Melchester responded with a passing move down the left, when Osman found Pienaar, who centred for Heath, but Hurst got across at the last moment and put the ball into the proverbial row Z. From Osman's resulting throw, Pienaar's shot, from Heath's short pass, struck the inside of the post, before rebounding to, the probably grateful, Southall.

Towards the end of the half, after a period of Melchester superiority, Aberdither made a quick counter which ended when Husband's through pass to Royle was just too strong, and rolled through for Shilton to collect. In the last attack before the interval, Hurst brought the ball out of defence, collected Reid's return pass and, possibly remembering his early days as a young forward, ran through towards goal himself, but the defence took the ball from him.

Melchester made the livelier start to the second half. Heath's pass put Pienaar through on goal, but Steven recovered to take the ball almost off his toe. From the resulting throw, Aberdither cleared, but only as far as Harper, in midfield, who took the ball back towards them, combined with Osman and Heath before shooting wide.

Just before the hour mark, Melchester deservedly equalised from a passing move which began in their own half, when Kendall played the ball wide to Hibbert, who played a fine long pass to the feet of Young, The legendary number nine rounded his marker and fired home.

At last the game began to liven up. Almost from the restart, Royle chased down Husband's through pass, and shot only narrowly wide. Then Melchester, from Pienaar's free kick, produced a shot for Heath, which Southall turned around the post. From Bingham's corner, Heath again got to the ball, only to be denied for a second time, by Southall.

Next it was Aberdither's turn, when Dobson's pass was played on by Husband to Royle, and this time it was Melchester's turn to make a last-ditch clearance, when Kendall got across and prevented a sot from being taken. Rovers then had a very narrow, and probably fortunate, escape when Kilbane's corner was played to the front of the penalty area. Shilton came out, failed to get to the ball, but Husband, from just a little in front of it,
was unable to turn the ball into the net.

Just outside the other penalty area, Young received Kendall's pass, but his shot was blocked by Southall, who then completed a double save to deny Kendall, after the ball rebounded to him.

With only a couple of minutes remaining, it was Melchester who got a winning goal, aided by a very large slice of luck. Bingham advanced down the right wing, before slipping the ball back to Kendall. Kendall's shot struck Bingham, and rebounded across the penalty area, perfectly into Pienaar's path. As he desperately tried to get to Pienaar, Hurst handled the ball. A clear, though unfortunate, penalty, and Heath made no mistake from the spot.

Aberdither did their best to find a late equaliser, but Melchester's defence held out, without Shilton's services being required.

This result may prove significant at the end of the season, as Melchester are now five points clear of their big rivals with only five games remaining. The gap would appear to be too big for Aberdither to make up and retain their title, although there are several other clubs still in the mix, as they say.

In truth, it was always an interesting game, but not as exciting or skilful overall, as the highlights may imply.

Melchester Rov. (4-2-4) : Peter Shilton; Tony Hibbert, Mick Lyons, David Unsworth, Alan Harper; Howard Kendall, Leon Osman; Billy Bingham, Alex Young, Adrian Heath, Steven Pienaar.

Aberdither Utd. (4-3-3) : Neville Southall; Gary Stevens, John Hurst, Brian Labone, Pat van den Hauwe; Martin Dobson, Phil Neville, Peter Reid;
Jimmy Husband, Joe Royle, Kevin Kilbane.

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Re: Brookfield Solo League: Season 09

Post by BlackpoolRock » 06 Mar 2019, 23:34

Elsewhere:
D1: Brimpton Rov 0-2 Eastroke Utd; Greyston Town 1-1 Highwood Ath; Mill Athletic 2-1 Blackridge Town; Hodwell 0-1 Mill Town.

D2: Flimside 0-2 Blundell City; South Barsham 0-0 Pressley Rang; Hinton Utd 0-1 Bullford; Iveley Park 0-1 Western Villa; Reiver Forest 0-0 Alsworth.

D3: Ellerfield Ath 0-0 Crickten Jn; Tarka Vale 0-1 Molton Utd; Peakville 2-2 St. Rebouro; Redburn 0-2 White Cliff; Rockingham 1-0 Danefield.

After these results, the Division One brief table is :
Melchester 19 pts, Mill Town 17, Mill Ath 17, Blackridge 16, Aberdither 15, Greyston 14, Brimpton 12, Eastroke 9, Highwood 8, Hodwell 3.

Next time: we are going to visit Division Two, to watch Pressley Rangers play Flimside. Both teams are among the front runners, with the home side attempting a second successive promotion, and the visitors are one of the most improved sides in any division this season. We hope you will be able to join us.

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Re: Brookfield Solo League: Season 09

Post by BlackpoolRock » 13 Mar 2019, 21:37

One of the Best

Pressley Rangers 4, Flimside 2.

It is probable that one one these two clubs will be playing in Division One next season; it is difficult to see both to catching leaders Bullford.

Pressley are one of our 'big' clubs who, like a few others, have fallen on hard times. They were League Champions back in 02, before being surprisingly relegated the following season. Throughout their seasons at lower levels, they have always tried to maintain a strong midfield, which plays attractive football. Flimside, on the other hand, were one of our original non-league clubs, and have never enjoyed anything like Pressley's relative riches. This season, they still have the second lowest budget in this Division. Their game has been built on defensive solidity, and have recently tried to become more entertaining by signing a few players who are expected to play more attractive football out of defence, setting themselves up for that decisive through pass for the front three to run onto.

From the kick off, play soon settled into the expected pattern, with much of it inside the visitors' half. It remained that way until half time. By then, however, Flimside were two goals ahead.

Midway through the half, Roger Kenyon collected a Flimside through ball, but his attempt to start a passing move upfield went horribly wrong, and clearance only went to John Clayton, who advanced with the ball before firing his team ahead. Just before the interval, Flimside's defence again won the ball, and John Uzzell took it from left back to halfway. The attack was then switched, via luke Summerfield, to David Byrne on the right. who went inside his marker before firing home the second goal.

Two up from four brief visits into the opposition's half wasn't a bad position for Flimside to be in. Some might have said they were fortunate, but in truth, for all Pressley's territorial superiority, keeper Alan Nicholls hadn't been required to make a save, whereas Flimside's more direct attacks always looked as though an attempt on goal was likely.

Pressley obviously had to step up their game for the second half, and did so by advancing their midfielders just a little. When Flimside's first attack of the half broke down, Andy King played the ball up to Jason Bent, in the inside right position, who played a one-two with Kevin Nugent before shooting only just wide.

A few minutes later, Pressley again won the ball in midfield, and this time Mick Buckley played the ball forward to Jimmy McAnearney who, in the inside left position, played a short pass out to Don Hutchins, who cut inside from the left before firing past Nicholls to reduce the deficit.

Play now started to flow from end to end. Flimside teams of not so long ago would have packed their defence, but this team doesn't apply game management, and worked on the principle that a third goal for themselves was likely to settle the match. Pressley twice came close to equalising during this period. First when Hutchins ran in from the left and his shot produced a fine save from Nicholls, and a few minutes later when Hutchins turned supplier, when he crossed Buckley's pass over to Nugent, whose shot went just wide. Flimside also continued to to have their attacks, but Pressley's defence appeared to be better positioned by now, and the ball was regularly won and another home attack started.

It was Flimside, however, who came closest to scoring the next goal when, as in the first half, a passing move which began in their own penalty area played Rory Patterson through on goal, and his shot went only just wide. Typical of the way this match was now being played, and before another Flimside player touched the ball, Pressley passed their way upfield from the resulting goal kick. Again McAnearney received Buckley's pass, before passing left for Hitchins to score his second.

A few minutes later, Pressley's comeback was complete, when Hutchins again received McAnearney's pass, but this time he cut inside before turning goalwards and completing a fine, and most valuable hat-trick.

Still Flimside came back at their hosts, and Byrne also dribbled around his full back before narrowing failing to score what would have been a spectacular goal. By now, though, the momentum, and fortune, was with the hosts, as once again, the passing move from the goal kick reached McAnearney, who this time took the ball forward himself and added a fourth. That turned out to be the last action of a pulsating second half, in which Pressley played some of their finest football of the season.

Pressley fully deserved the victory, but the final score was harsh on Flimside, who had contributed much to this match.

Both teams now travel to First Division opponents for Cup quarter finals. Pressley travel to Highwood, Flimside to Aberdither. Their next opponents will be well advised not to take them lightly.

Pressley Rangers (4-3-1-2) : John Leiper; Paddy Ratcliffe, Roger Kenyon, Tyrone James, Chris Barker; Jason Bent, Andy King, Mick Buckley; Jimmy McAnearney; Kevin Nugent, Don Hutchins.

Flimside (4-3-3) : Alan Nicholls; Kelvin Mellor, George Foster, Peter Hartley, John Uzzell; Brian Bason, Luke Summerfield, John Delve; David Byrne, Rory Patterson, John Clayton.

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Re: Brookfield Solo League: Season 09

Post by BlackpoolRock » 13 Mar 2019, 22:36

Elsewhere:
D1: Mill Ath 2-0 Greyston Tn; Blackridge Tn 1-3 Hodwell; Highwood Ath 1-1 Brimpton Rov; Mill Town 0-0 Aberdither U; Eastroke U 2-3 Melchester Rov.
(Brief table: Melchester 21 pts., Mill A 19, Mill T 18, Aberdither 16, Blackridge 16, Greyston 14, Brimpton 13 Eastroke 9, Highwood 9, Hodwell 5.)

D2: Iveley Park 1-2 South Barsham; Western Villa 2-1 Reiver Forest; Alsworth 2-3Bbullford; Blundell City 2-1 Hinton Utd.
(Bullford 21 pts., Pressley 18, Reiver 16, Flimside 15, Blundell C 13, Western 12, Sth Barsham 12, Hinton 12, Iveley 12, Alsworth 9.)

D3; Redburn 1-1 Tarka Vale; White Cliff 1-0 Rockingham; Molton Utd 0-2 Ellerfield Ath; Danefield 0-0 St. Rebouro; Crickten Jn 1-1 Peakville.
(Crickten 21 pts., White Cliff 16, Molton 16, Ellerfield 15, Peakville 15, Redburn 14, Rockingham 14, st. Rebouro 13, Tarka V 10, Danefield 6.)

Next time: The F. A. Cup returns, and we are off to watch Western Villa v Hodwell. It was originally chosen because the lower club was considered to have the best chance, of the three Division Two sides, of achieving an upset, and also because Melchester and Aberdither are both likely to be featured again before the end of the season, in League matches.

We dare not anticipate the next game to be as entertaining as the one just featured, but we are expecting a close contest with a tense finish. We hope you will be able to join us.

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