Brookfield Solo League: Season 09

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Re: Brookfield Solo League: Season 09

Post by BlackpoolRock » 17 Mar 2019, 23:09

Fightback Earns Replay.

F.A Cup Third Round; Western Villa 2, Hodwell 2.

As expected, the early minutes of this match were largely uneventful, with both defences carefully coping with what was played towards them. Hodwell had the first scoring opportunity after twelve minutes when Johnny Williams passed the ball forward to Akos Buzsaky who, with the defenders possibly expecting a pass to Tommy Tynan, took the ball through himself before shooting just wide.

On twenty minutes, Mick Horswill's diagonal pass was nodded forward by Michael Evans, who tried to run onto it himself, only for Gary Megson to be perfectly positioned to clear the danger. The clearance went to Kenny Brown who, as wing backs are expected to, took the ball forward before passing across the field to Ross Barkley, whose pass went between two defenders to Sean McCarthy, who fired Hodwell into the lead.

The goal came as Western were beginning to have slightly more of the play, and this continued when John Matthews' pass from halfway, was held up by Evans, who then passed left to Craig Noone, whose shot from wide went just passed the far post.

During the later stages of the first half, Noone earned another chance, by making a nuisance of himself as Brown and Williams got their wires crossed while trying to pass their way out of defence. He eventually won the ball, but shot quickly before either opponent could recover and attempt to block, but, again, he couldn't quite find the target. Then, with what turned out to be the last action of the half, Krisztian Timar brought the ball out from the centre of defence, but his pass eventually found Matthews just inside the Western half. Matthews played an accurate pass forward to Evans, and Hodwell were very grateful that the big defender had recovered his ground quickly enough to intercept Evans' flick forward, then hurriedly cleared.

Western almost had a chance early in the second half, when Cliff Jackson's pass found Noone on the left. Brown appeared to have dispossessed him, but miskicked his intended long clearance. Fortunately for Hodwell, Buzsaky was around to help out. Next it was the Western defence's turn to get themselves into a tangle. Horswill, from left back, took the ball forward, but his pass was deflected and Hodwell instantly played the ball back into the vacated space. With Buzsaky chasing it down, the hosts were grateful that Adrian Burrows got across first, played the ball back to keeper Dave Maclaren, who cleared.

On fifty-five minutes, Maclaren had to rush out of his goal to make a 'row z' clearance. Brown took the resulting throw in, on Hodwell's right, and from it, Buzsaky fired home an unstoppable shot from long range, putting the Division One side two up.

Still the hosts persevered, and when Jackson, further forward than previously, received the ball from halfway, exchanged passes with Noone, before hammering a fine shot on target, which brought a very good save from Milija Aleksic, who turned the ball around the post.

Up to this point, it is quite surprising just how much of Western's attacking play went down their left, leaving right winger Brian Johnson almost a spectator. However, when they did eventually attack down the right, they scored. The defence won the ball, and passed it wide to David Worrell, who advanced a little before playing a long pass down the right, which Johnson touched on perfectly into Evans' path, and the centre forward made no mistake, giving Aleksic no chance.

With a quarter of the game remaining, the play began to get rather scrappy. Western are a compact side, and Hodwell began playing the ball into the large vacant areas, often deep near to one of the corner flags, were there often weren't any players from either side. Finding themselves being taken out of position, some of Western's passing became less accurate, and in the next twenty minutes or so, there were only two attempts on goal. Both came from Western, and could best be described as optimistic. First Evans, not from an easy position, got in a weak shot, which was deflected to Megson who cleared easily, and then when Noone, on receiving a very long pass from Horswill, possibly shot too soon and the ball barely trickled to Aleksic.

Inside the final minute, Western were awarded a free kick when Jackson, in the inside left position, was clattered into by Brown's rather impetuous challenge. He got up and took the kick himself, passing the ball across the pitch, some twenty five yards in front of the goal, finishing perfectly for Evans', who had evaded his markers. Evans again took his chance, which means these two sides must meet again, in a few days' time.

Hodwell will now be considered strong favourites on the own ground, but we must wait to find out.

Western Villa (4-3-3) : Dave Maclaren; David Worrell, Andy Nelson, Adrian Burrows, Mick Horswill; John Matthews, Lilian Nalis, Cliff Jackson; Brian Johnson, Michael Evans, Craig Noone.

Hodwell (1-4-3-2) : Milija aleksic; Gary Megson; Kenny Brown, Graham Coughlan, Krisztian Timar, Andy Hinchcliffe; Akos Buzsaky, Johnny Williams, Ross Barkley; Tommy Tynan, Sean McCarthy.

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Re: Brookfield Solo League: Season 09

Post by BlackpoolRock » 18 Mar 2019, 00:04

Elsewhere:

We must start with the surprise of the round, Greyston's 2-1 win at Melchester Rovers. Melchester couldn't get their game flowing in the first half, and Greyston, playing well themselves, went in at halftime two goals in front. Both were scored by Les Latcham, who normally is a provider, but in this match his ventures forward to support the attack proved most effective. Melchester scored within seconds of the restart, after which there was no further scoring, but that wouldn't tell the full story. Melchester went close several times, while, at the other end, Shilton produced to excellent stops, the second of which was incredible, in that the ball was deflected off a defender before going straight to him. After the action-packed second half, the final score could have ended anything from 4-3 to 1-5. The important matter, of course, is that Greyston Town have reached the semi finals.

Also there are Aberdither United, who comfortably defeated Flimside 4-1. Helped by an early goal from Peter Reid, with Phil Neville, another midfielder who doesn't score many, adding a second before halftime, Aberdither made this look like the game it was: a quality Division One team, overcoming a hard working one from a lower tier. When Joe Royle scored a third, within a minute of the restart, the score could have become cruel for Flimside, but John Clayton pulled one back for them, before Reid scored his second a few minutes from time.

Also going to a replay are Highwood Athletic and Pressley Rangers. Winger Don Hutchins continued his scoring form from the last match into this one when he put Pressley ahead early on. As Highwood got back into the game, it looked like being one of those days when the ball just wasn't going to roll for them, while Pressley continued to keep their defence honest by continuing with their short passing attacking game. Eventually, one of Pressley's defenders wasn't in the perfect position to keep out Highwood's attack, and winger Peter Anderson, what a difference he has made since coming into the side, equalised around the hour mark. This game wasn't as action-packed and entertaining as a few of the others, but the skill and organisation from both teams was very good. If the replay is a repeat of this, it certainly won't disappoint the connoisseurs.

The semi-final draw has taken place: Aberdither United v Greyston Town, and Western Villa or Hodwell v Highwood Athletic or Pressley Rangers.

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Re: Brookfield Solo League: Season 09

Post by BlackpoolRock » 18 Mar 2019, 22:32

Replay Round-up:

Both the Third Round replays have taken place, and produced two close and tense matches.

Pressley Rangers bagan brightly at home to Highwood Athletic, although it was the visitors who had more of the few chances in the first half, and it was no surprise when Davig Kemp put them ahead when he ran in from deep to fire home Mike Bickle's short pass. Early in the second half, in-form winger Don Hutchins equalised for Pressley, from a pass down the left. The game was far from being dull, but as it progressed neither side, understandably, wanted to get too many players forward if it meant leaving gaps at the back. It was therefore no surprise when extra time was required.

Within five minutes of it starting, Kevin Nugent received a through ball from midfield, and held it up before passing it left to Hutchins, on his wing. From out wide, Hutchins scored his sixth goal in three games, (after five in the previous fifteen). It had always looked as though only one more goal would be required to decide this match, although in the final minute of extra time, Peter Anderson fired a shot from the right, only for it to strike the foot of the far post and rebound to the keeper. It simply wasn't Highwood's day.

Even extra time couldn't separate Hodwell and Western Villa, who both brought their 'A' game to the replay. It was slower and more precise than the other one, with even fewer chances, as both defences played consistently well. Western went ahead in the first half when Cliff Jackson's free kick was controlled and hammered home by Michael Evans. Midway through the second, Hodwell equalised with a goal of equal quality, when a passing move out of defence reached Akos Buzsaky, whose through pass, from just inside his own half, was weighted perfectly for Tommy Tynan to run onto and fire home as decisively as Evans had done earlier.

There was no further scoring, and only one clear chance, when Aleksic saved well from Noone, in the remainder on the game. It had not been a match to entertain those who like end-to-end play with lots of goalmouth action, but there were very few misplaced passes, and the skill level and organisation of both teams made for a most absorbing and tense match. Hodwell won the coin toss to stage the next replay, which will take place after the next round of League matches. If it is anything like the quality of this, it will have been well worth the wait.

Next time: We are going to visit Division Three, where seventh placed Rockingham are only two points off a promotion spot. They are hosting Molton United, whose recent form has been mixed, and consequently their promotion prospects have weakened. Apart from featuring two less familiar teams, it appears to be a match that neither side can afford to lose and stay in the race. We hope you will be able to join us.

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Re: Brookfield Solo League: Season 09

Post by BlackpoolRock » 24 Mar 2019, 13:50

Molton Remain in Promotion Race.

Rockingham 0, Molton United 1.

Molton made the brighter start when Derek Rickard ran onto a through pass from Alan Welsh. Rockingham's defence cleared the danger, but the ball was won back in midfield and this time reached Welsh, who tried a shot himself, but it was off target.

After fifteen minutes, Rockingham had their first opportunity when they were awarded a direct free kick, in the inside left position. Darren Bastow played a short pass to Paul Adcock, whose miskicked shot went well wide.

A few minutes later, Rockingham had a scare when Colin Randell's through pass was collected, and looked to be comfortably cleared, by right back Stuart Elliott. Unfortunately he slipped whilst clearing and the ball went straight to Welsh, whose snapshot went into the side netting.

After half-an-hour, Rockingham had a chance which proved doubly unfortunate for them. Nathan Blissett held up Colin Buckingham's long pass, before tapping it left for Mark Stuart to run onto. However, Stuart was just a little too deep, and not only did he mishit his shot, but appeared to strain himself vas he overstretched, and had to leave the field for treatment, but was able to return after halftime.

While Rockingham were reduced to ten men, Molton took the lead in the final minute of the half, when Randell's through pass was run onto by Reuben Reid, who slotted the ball past Rene Gilmartin.

The second half got off to a lively start, but to neither side's advantage. Molton almost doubled their lead when Reid again ran onto a through pass, this time from Dominic Blizzard, but his shot hit the foot of the post and rebounded to safety. A few minutes later, Reid again went close following a similar move, after defender Nauris Bulvitis had provided the pass.

The game remained lively, with Rockingham's close passing giving them more possession and territory, but with Molton looking more dangerous from their, fewer, attacks.

Molton, in fact, were the first club, of those who use 4-2-4, to play without a recognised target man. Their forward line plays a little deeper than most and is usually spread across the full pitch, with all the strikers expected to be fast enough to chase down the through passes. Similar tactics have subsequently been deployed, and developed further, by several bigger clubs, most notably Melchester Rovers.

As the game entered its closing minutes, play remained lively, buy little got through to either keeper. Rickard and Ronnie Mauge each had a chance for Molton. The first of which was blocked and cleared; the second, from wide, was well off target. The second half ended almost the same way as the first had, with Reid again almost chasing down a long ball, although this time it appeared to be just a booted clearance, from right back Peter Darke.

So Molton collect two important points, while Rockingham's slim chances of promotion now appear to be over. at least for this season.

Rockingham (4-3-3) : Rene Gilmartin; Stuart Elliott, Neil Rioch, Dave Sutton, Ryan Dickson; Ronnie Mauge, Darren Bastow, Colin Buckingham; Paul Adcock, Nathan Blissett, Mark Stuart.

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

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Re: Brookfield Solo League: Season 09

Post by BlackpoolRock » 24 Mar 2019, 14:44

Elsewhere:
D1: Melchester Rov 3-2 Brimpton Rov; Hodwell 1-1 Highwood Ath; Mill Town 2-1 Blackridge Tn; Aberdither U 0-1 Mill Ath; Eastroke U. 2-0 Greyston Tn.

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

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

League tables:
Division One
_______________Pld____W___D___L____F___A____Pts.
Melchester Rov...15......9.....5.....1.....26...16......23
Mill Athletic.......15......8.....5.....2.....22...14......21
Mill Town..........15......8.....4.....3.....23...17......20
Aberdither Utd...15......6.....4.....5.....20...18......16
Blackridge Town..15.....7.....2.....6.....18...19......16
Greyston Town....15.....6.....2.....7.....20...18......14
Brimpton Rov.....15......6.....1.....8.....16...20......13
Eastroke Utd......15......5.....1.....9.....16...20......11
Highwood Ath.....15......1.....8.....6.....15...21......10
Hodwell............15......2.....2....11.....15...28.......6

Division Two
_______________Pld_____W___D___L___F___A____Pts.
Bullford............15.......10.....1....4.....23...15.....21
Pressley Rang.....15........7.....4....4.....23...16.....18
Reiver Forest......15.......7.....4.....4.....20...18.....18
Flimside............15.......6.....4.....5.....13...15.....16
Western Villa......15.......6.. ..3.....6.....17...20.....15
South Barsham.....15......4.....7.....5.....16...17.....14
iveley Park.........15.......6.....2.....7.....18...20.....14
Hinton Utd.........15.......4.....5.....6.....19...17.....13
Blundell City.......15.......4.....4.....7.....15...17.....12
Alsworth............15.......4.....1....10.....15...22......9

Division Three
_______________Pld____W___D___L____F___A____Pts.
Crickten Jn........15......8.....5.....2.....16...13......21
White Cliff.........15......8.....2.....5.....22...17......18
Molton Utd.........15......7.....4.....4.....16...11......18
Peakville...........15......6.....5.....4......17...21......17
Redburn............15......5.....5.....5......18...15......15
Ellerfield Ath......15......5.....5.....5......18...17......15
Rockingham........15.....5.....4......6.....19...18.......14
St. Rebouro........15......4.....6.....5......20...20......14
Tarka Vale.........15......4.....4.....7......15...18.......12
Danefield...........15.....1.....4.....10......5....16.......6

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Re: Brookfield Solo League: Season 09

Post by BlackpoolRock » 24 Mar 2019, 23:00

Replay News:

After another close match, which again went into extra time, Hodwell eventually became the fourth team to make the Semi Finals, with a 1-0 victory at home to Western Villa. Much of the match was tight rather than particularly entertaining, as both sides played good football but failed to find a 'moment of magic' which would decide the game.

With little more than a minute of the first period of extra time remaining, Hodwell won a corner on the right, and the ball was sent over near the front of the penalty area, just too far out for a keeper to claim with any confidence. and It was Tommy Tynan who nipped in to score the decisive goal. As the game went on, Hodwell looked more likely to score a second goal than concede one.

Next time: Back to Division One action, and a match which could be crucial at each end of the table: Highwood Athletic v Mill Town. We hope you will be able to join us.

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Re: Brookfield Solo League: Season 09

Post by BlackpoolRock » 31 Mar 2019, 14:37

All-Action Win for Highwood.

Highwood Athletic 2, Mill Town 1.

The match got off to a lively start, which set the pattern of play for much of what was ahead. Both teams got the ball forward quickly, but, early on, defences were up to their tasks.

The first breakthrough came after 18 minutes when Shortt, following a good save from Corbett's shot, played the ball out to Poole, who passed it to Machin, whose fine through pass found Kemp, who slotted the ball home.

It wasn't surprising that Mill Town responded, but they did so sooner and in a particularly spectacular way. From the restart, they won a corner on the right, which, taken by Sullivan, went to the front edge of the penalty area, behind Wright-Phillips. With little appearing 'on' for him, the centre forward swivelled around the ball, and instantly fired home, giving the defenders no time to move.

Within minutes, Sullivan turned provider again, but this time from his usual left back position. His pass along the left touchline found Strauss, who cut inside and shot to the keeper's left, only to see the ball strike the post

Play continued to flow from end to end, and it was soon Mill Town's turn to have a narrow escape when Kemp received Saunders' pass from midfield, played it left for Machin, running in, to shoot only narrowly wide. With the benefit of hindsight, perhaps Machin was just a little too deep and it may have been better for Kemp to have tried to manufacture a shot for himself. On the half hour, Highwood went close again when Poole, at right back, got the better of both Strauss and Reynolds, and sent a long pass upfield to Anderson who, from wide, was only just off target.

During the season both these teams have made good use of an unusual (some may say quirky) tactic of playing their respective outside rights, Peter Anderson and Dave Corbett, as far upfield as the laws permit, often ahead of the central strikers. So far it has worked well for both. It also poses a question for opposing defences, whether to spread wider across the pitch, take a marker out of midfield, or remain tight in the middle and hope a defender can get across, if or when required.

As the first half drew to a close, play began to settle down. It was still flowing and entertaining, but less franetic. In the last few seconds, Highwood went close yet again, when Smith's long clearance found Machin, who passed to Bickle, who flicked the ball on to Saunders, again running in from deeper. The shot appeared to surprise Larrieu, as it went to the opposite side of the goal he was covering, and only just wide of the post. Perhaps it was a miskick, although it almost put Highwood back in front.

The second half began in the quieter mode of just before the break, although there were still chances. On the hour mark, Highwood produced a decisive attack which led to a goal as good as Mill Town's equaliser. Anderson received the ball, this time on halfway, and played it forward to Kemp. Surrounded by several opponents, Kemp played the ball back to Machin, in the inside left position. Again with little appearing 'on', Machin played the ball across the front of the defenders, and perfectly weighted for Bickle to run in between two of them and shoot first time past Larrieu.

Mill Town again responded, but this time without success. Corbett got the better of Sullivan, only for Machin to be well placed to prevent him from either shooting or crossing. Machin was playing an important part in this match. He may not be the quickest of players, but he always appeared to be in the right place when needed. As both teams became more cautious, chances became less frequent. Strauss, from the left, crossed for Wright-Phillips, but with so many defenders around, Highwood this time won the ball and cleared.

Although Highwood were now massing their defensive ranks, it was they who had the more, and better, of the chances late in the game, as Mill Town got extra men forward in the hope of an equaliser. The best of these was when Anderson made a good solo run from halfway, only for hios shot to go just wide. The same player, further forward, received a pass from midfield, but failed to get enough power into his shot, which was saved, but Larrieu's clearance was poor and went straight to Bickle, whose shot was blocked on the line by Marker. Mill Town also had a chance, when Corbett's cross from the right appeared to be finding either Wright-Phillips or Strauss, but Smith just got his head to the ball and deflected it away from them.

So Highwood won, probably deservedly, this excellent match. They still have a chance to avoid relegation, whereas Mill Town's faint title hopes have now disappeared.

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

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.

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Re: Brookfield Solo League: Season 09

Post by BlackpoolRock » 31 Mar 2019, 18:12

Elsewhere:
D1: Blackridge Tn 1-1 Aberdither Utd; Mill Athletic 1-3 Eastroke Utd; Greyston Town 3-2 Melchester Rov; Brimpton Rovers 3-1 Hodwell.

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

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

That is possibly the strangest round of results the League has ever had. Of the nine teams who kicked off in a top three position in any division, only one (Reiver Forest) won, and one other (Molton Utd) achieved a draw.

Next time: It's the Cup semi finals. We will be at both matches, and we hope you will be able to join us.

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Re: Brookfield Solo League: Season 09

Post by BlackpoolRock » 01 Apr 2019, 21:21

Greyston Reach Final, Eventually.

F. A. Cup, 1st Semi Final (at Brookfield Park): Aberdither United 1, Greyston Town 3. (after extra time.)

Aberdither made the much brighter start, with Royle and Kilbane each having early chances, both of which were comfortably saved by Furnell. After ten minutes, they were going forward again, when Husband received Stevens' long pass down the right, and crossed the ball over to Kilbane, cutting in from the left, but this time the shot failed to trouble the keeper.

Greyston's first chance came after twenty minutes, when McAuley's cross from the left got through to Mariner, who shot wide.

As the half progressed, the quality of play began to improve, but Aberdither continued to have the more possession and chances, from which Kilbane, twice, and Husband both sent shots narrowly wide.

Greyston threatened the Aberdither goal in the final minute of the half, when Latcham's pass sent McAuley clear on goal, but he was adjudged to have fouled Southall as the keeper came out to try and get to the ball first.

Aberdither continued to dominate in the early stages of the second half, and Dobson appeared to put over an excellent cross towards Royle and Husband, but play was brought back for his push on van den Hauwe.

When Greyston finally looked to have got an attacking move through Aberdither's defence, which was saved by a fine interception from Neville. who was perfectly placed to intercept Rafferty's short flick, intended for Mariner to run onto, clear on goal.

Following more Aberdither attacks, which were met with stubborn defending, it was Greyston who, against the run of play, took the lead with a quarter of an hour remaining. After passing the ball around inside their own half, Newman found an opportunity for a through pass to McAuley, whose left wing cross was met by Rafferty, who hammered the ball home from in front of goal.

Within a minute, Aberdither were level. From a free kick inside their own half, Labone found Reid, who passed the ball out to Kilbane, in space on the wide left. Kilbane took what time he had as he ran towards goal and placed his shot wide of Furnell.

The last few minutes of normal time produced the liveliest play of the match, during which both sides came close to finding a winning goal. First, Reid again found Kilbane, who tried to repeat his run and shot from the left, but this time Furnell saved. At the other end, McAuley sent an accurate cross through a crowd of players, but from it, Mariner shot wide. So extra time was required.

The highlight of the first period was when Aberdither broke up a Greyston attack and passed the ball to Stevens, in the right back position, who took the ball up to halfway before passing inside to Reid, whose short pass forward put Royle clear on goal, only for Furnell to make an amazing point blank save and turn the dall around the post for a corner. From it, Greyston cleared.

Five minutes into the final session of this game, and with a replay looking very likely, another pass down the left from Latcham again found McAuley, who this time passed to Rafferty who set up Mariner, who made no mistake.

With Aberditer throwing more players forward in a last attempt to save the game, Latcham again found McAuley with an accurate pass, and this time the two Greyston players exchanged several passes down the left, before Latcham scored a third goal, which takes Greyston to the Cup Final.

In truth, it hadn't been a particularly good game, as the teams' similar formations rather cancelled each other out. Aberdither will feel that they could, and should, have made better use of their possession and chances, while Greyston will point out the excellent defensive performance, especially from centre backs Chisholm and Newman, which ensured that most shots on their goal came from wide. There was also "that save" from Furnell, during extra time.

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.

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 » 05 Apr 2019, 18:19

Pressley Play Well, but Hodwell Unlucky.

F. A. Cup. 2nd Semi Final (at Brookfield Park.) Pressley Rangers 2, Hodwell 0.

Pressley made the brighter start, as two attacks down the left produced early shots for McAnearney, who shot wide, and Hutchins, whose shot was turned around the post by Aleksic. From the resulting corner, McAnearney won the ball, but was penalised for a push on a defender. giving Hodwell a chance to relieve the pressure.

The game then settled down, with both sides playing fluent attacking moves, but failing to breach tight defences. The game wasn't dull, but neither did it produce any goalmouth incident. Pressley continued to look the better side, and on the half hour they, deservedly, broke the stalemate when King took a free kick inside his own half, passed the ball up to Bent, on the right, whose cross could have played by either McAnearney or Nugent, and it was the latter who slotted the ball home to put his side ahead.

After the goal, Pressley continued to look comfortable, but Hodwell went close just before the interval when Brown's diagonal cross from halfway, was played across the front of the goal by McCarthy to Tynan who, from a difficult angle, couldn't quite find the target.

Within a minute of the restart, Hodwell showed their intent when Tynan passed left for Barkley, but after taking the ball through a crowd of players, the shot lacked power, and Leiper saved comfortably. Moments later, Hodwell went even closer, when Timar played the ball out of defence to Williams, who passed it further forward to Barkley, on the left, and his short pass set up a shot for the overlapping Hinchcliffe, but although Leiper was beaten, the ball went just wide.

Soon after that, Pressley had their luckiest escape when Kenyon and Ratcliffe, trying to pass their way out of defence, got into a mix up which allowed McCarthy to get to the ball and fire in a first time shot which, after being deflected by Kenyon, was just reached by Leiper, who was able to tip it wide for a corner.

As so often seems to happen in games like this, the resulting corner for Hodwell led to a winning goal for Pressley. The defence won the ball from the kick, and after short passing their way forward, James was able to play a long pass into the path of Bent, on the right. With Hodwell short of defenders, the attacking midfielder ran through and fired home passed Aleksic, doubling the lead with only ten minutes to go.

Still Hodwell kept pushing forward, and Barkley's pass was collected by Tynan, who again set up McCarthy, whose shot, through several players, went just wide.

That turned out to be Hodwell's last chance, so Pressley Rangers proceed to play Greyston in the Cup Final. They played well, but the two-goal victory margin was hard on Hodwell, who contributed much to this skilful and interesting match.

Looking forward to the Final itself, Pressley and Greyston haven't met for several seasons, due to Pressley's dip in form and subsequent relegations. The last time they met was also in the Cup, three seasons ago, when Greyston won 1-0 in a First Round replay, following an exciting 2-2 draw.

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.

Hodwell (1-4-3-2) : Milija Aleksic; Gary Megson; Kenny Brown, Graham Coughlan, Krisztian Timar, Andy Hinchcliffe; Akos Buzsaky, Johnny Williams, Ross Barkley; Tommy Tynan, Sean McCarthy.

Next time: it's back to the League, and, for once, not a difficult choice. It's Melchester Rovers v Mill Athletic. One of these two will win the title, which will be decided if Melchester win this match. Any other result, and it's down to the wire, as they say. We hope you will be able to join us.

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Re: Brookfield Solo League: Season 09

Post by BlackpoolRock » 10 Apr 2019, 14:45

Title Race Goes to Last Day.

Melchester Rovers 1, Mill Athletic 1.

Melchester made the brighter start when Kendall won the ball in midfield, passed to Heath who set up a chance for Bingham. The move was ended when Bingham was penalised for a push on Jones.

It was Athletic who, against the run of play, produced the first shot on goal when Adams' crossfield pass found Hayles, on the left, whose shot was turned around the post by Shilton. The resulting corner was cleared.

Heath then passed the ball right, for Bingham to run onto. Bingham's shot went wide, but of more concern for Melchester, he was injured in the collision with goalkeeper Dunne and had to leave the field for treatment, before returning after ten minutes or so.

On receiving a pass out of defence from Harper, Kendall took the ball down the inside left channel before passing outside to Pienaar, whose shot went into the side netting, although Dunne appeared to have his goal covered.

It was then time for Athletic to have a move halted by the referee, when Hayles, charging down the left towards goal after receiving Phillips' pass, was penalised for an apparent push on Harper. From the free kick, well inside their own half, Rovers played a good attacking move of their own, down the left, with Heath receiving Osman's pass and playing the ball in front of Pienaar. Unfortunately this was overhit and the ball was collected by the advancing Dunne.

With ten minutes of the first half remaining, Athletic's Andy Rogers suffered the same fate as Bingham had, when he collided with Shilton while chasing a through pass. He also had to leave the field, but was able to return for the second half. While they were down to ten men, Athletic took the lead, when Stuart's pass, from midfield, was run onto by Ebanks-Blake, unmarked, who slotted the ball past Shilton. Even with ten men, the visitors held out until half time without difficulty.

Within a minute of the restart, Athletic broke up a Melchester attack, played the ball out to Rogers, back on the field, who rounded Hibbert before shooting only narrowly wide. A goal at that stage could well have finished off Melchester and made the final matches very interesting, but it was not to be. As it was, Melchester continued to do most of the attacking, but were met with some solid resistance. On the hour, Rovers managed to pass their way through the defence, when Kendall and Osman combined to find Heath, whose short pass found Young, whose shot was comfortably saved by Dunne.

Midway through the second half, Bingham's free kick was flicked on by Heath to Young, whose shot was blocked and deflected for a corner. Bingham took it, found Kendall, on the edge of the penalty area, whose short passed to Young, who equalised. It was a goal which Melchester's play had deserved, and led to a frenetic last quarter of this match, as Rovers went for a title-winning goal, and Athletic tried to give themselves a better chance in their remaining match.

Melchester forced several corners in succession. From one of them Osman played a short pass to Heath, who hammered the ball goalwards, only to see Dunne, somehow, stop it and turn it away for a corner. Another shot from Heath went narrowly wide.

At the other end, Phillips played a one-two with Hayles, then rounded Harper, before seeing his shot well saved by Shilton. Phillips, by now playing much further forward than usual, also set up a chance for Ebanks-Blake, who shot just wide.

Eventually the referee's whistle ended this all-action final few minutes, without another goal from either side. So the title remains undecided as we go into the final round of matches.

Melchester Rovers (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.

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 » 10 Apr 2019, 19:40

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

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

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

Brief League tables, all teams have one match to play:

Div One; Melchester 24 Pts. (goal difference 29-20), Mill Ath. 22 (24-28), Mill Town 20 (24-20), Aberdither 18 (23-21), Greyston 17 (24-21),
Brimpton 17 (20-21), Blackridge 17 (19-21), Eastroke 15 (19-24), Highwood 13 (19-24), Hodwell 7 (17-32)

Significant last day matches: Highwood Ath. v Eastroke Utd, Blackridge Town v Melchester Rov, Mill Athletic. v Hodwell.

Div Two: Reiver 22 pts (24-16), Bullford 21 (24-19), Pressley 20 (26-20), Western 19 (21-20), Hinton 16 (16-18), Flimside 16 (13-17),Iveley 15 (19-23),
Blundell 14 (17-19), S. Barsham 14 (18-22), Alsworth 13 (18-23).

Intriguing Division here, as no team is yet certain which Division it will be playing in next season.
Remaining matches; Pressley v Blundell C, Western v Hinton, Iveley v Reiver, S.Barsham v Alsworth, Flimside v Bullford.


Division Three: Crickten 22 pts. (17-15), Molton 20 (17-12), White Cliff 19 (25-21), Peakville 19 (19-24), Ellerfield 18 (22-20), Redburn 17 (20-17),
St.Rebouro 17 (23-22), Rockingham 16 (21-20), Tarka 15 (18-19), Danefield 7 (8-20).

Significant last day matches (no relegation this season): Molton Utd. v Crickten Jn, White Cliff v Peakville.

Next time: We will be staying in the studio to report on all the results, in the order that we receive them from the teleprinter. We hope you will be able to join us for what promises to be a dramatic ending to the League season.

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Re: Brookfield Solo League: Season 09

Post by BlackpoolRock » 16 Apr 2019, 21:40

Teleprinter time:

"We await today's results as they arrive from the teleprinter. We are expecting them to start to arrive any moment:"

D1 Brimpton Rov 3, Aberdither Utd 1. Good finish from Brimpton, but we doubt whether Aberditherr will be happy.

D2 Pressley Rang 2, Blundell City 0. The first of the significant scores. Pressley keeping pressure on the teams above them, but it looks like relegation for Blundell City. Two goals from Jimmy McAnearney.

D1 Mill Athletic 3, Hodwell 2. Hodwell scored two early goals there, but Mill Athletic obviously came back well. We await the Melchester result, and here it is:

D1 Blackridge Town 0, Melchester Rov 0. That confirms the League Championship for Melchester Rovers. Their first since 01.

D2 South Barsham 0, Alsworth 0. That confirms relegation for Alsworth, and South Barsham overtake Blundell City, who go down with Alsworth after a wretched season.

D3 Tarka Vale 0, Danefield 0. The League's bottom two clubs have finished with a stalemate.

D3 Ellerfield Ath 1, St. Rebouro 2. Little at stake there, but we hear it was a fine game.

D2 Iveley Park 0, Reiver Forest 0. That keeps Reiver above Pressley, so they are definitely promoted, while Pressley must wait for the Bullford result.

D3 White Cliff 2, Peakville 0. Two late goals in that one mean Peakville stay in Division Three; White Cliff must wait and find out what has happened between Crickten and Molton. Here's one we've been waiting for . .

D1 Highwood Ath 2, Eastroke Utd 1. Close, but not enough for Highwood, Eastroke survive on goal difference. We hear there was late drama as a Highwood shot deflected against the post in the final minute. Had it gone in, the moods of these two clubs would be very different just now.

D3 Redburn 0, Rockingham 4. Well, clearly Rockingham weren't treating that as a meaningless game, or perhaps Redburn were a little too demob happy.

D3 Molton Utd 1, Crickten Jn 2. Promotion for Crickten, while Molton again just fail to make it. We hear that Molton took a second half lead, but obviously couldn't hold on.

D2 Western Villa 0, Hinton Utd 1. With the results from elsewhere, there was little left pending on that one.

D2 Flimside 4, Bullford 0. That's possibly the most sensational scoreline of the day. Bullford looked certainties for promotion for so long, but have not only been beaten, but appear to have been hammered there. Pressley will join Reiver Forest in Division One next season.

D1 Greyston Town 1, Mill Town 0. Nothing resting on that, although Greyston will be happy to have won their last match before the Cup Final.

We hope you have enjoyed the last day drama courtesy of the teleprinter. We will provide you with the final League positions as soon as we receive them.

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Re: Brookfield Solo League: Season 09

Post by BlackpoolRock » 16 Apr 2019, 22:44

Final League Tables:

Division One:
_______________Pld____W__D___L_____F___A____Pts.
Melchester Rov...18.......9....7....2......29...20.....25
Mill Athletic.......18.......9....6....3......27...20.....24
Mill Town..........18.......8....4....6......24...21.....20
Greyston Town....18......9....1....8.......25...21.....19
Brimpton Rov......18......9....1....8.......23...22.....19
Aberdither Utd....18......6....6....6.......24...24.....18
Blackridge Town...18.....7....4....7.......19...21.....18
Eastroke Utd.......18......7....1...10......21...23.....15
Highwood Ath......18......3....9....6.......21...25.....15
Hodwell.............18......2....3...11......10...35.......7

Division Two
________________Pld____W___D___L____F___A___Pts.
Reiver Forest.......18.......9.....5....4.....24...16.....23
Pressley Rang.......18.......9....4.....5....28....20....22
Bullford..............18......10....1....7.....24....23....21
Western Villa.......18.......8.....3....7.....21....23....19
Flimside..............18......7.....4....7.....17....17....18
Hinton Utd...........18......6.....6....6.....17....18....18
Iveley Park...........18......6.....4....8.....19....23....16
South Barsham......18.......4....7....7.....18....22.....15
Alsworth.............18.......6....2....10.....19...23.....14
Blundell City........18.......5....4.....9......17...21.....14

Division Three
_________________Pld____W___D___L____F___A____Pts.
Crickten Jn...........18.......9....6....3......19....16.....24
White Cliff............18.......9....3....6......17....21.....21
Molton Utd............18.......7....6....5......18....14.....20
St. Rebouro...........18.......6....7....5......25....23.....19
Peakville..............18.......7....5....6......19....25.....19
Rockingham...........18.......6....6....6......24....20.....18
Ellerfield Ath.........18.......6....6....6......23....22......18
Redburn...............18.......6....5....7......20....20......17
Tarka Vale............18.......5.....6....7......18...19......16
Danefield..............18......1.....6....11......8....20.......8

All that means there is only one match to be played, when Greyston Town take on Pressley Rangers in the Cup Final. Greyston are bidding to be the first team to win the competition twice in this era, having won in 07, while Pressley are not only hoping to complete their promotion season with another trophy, but also be the third team from Division Two to win it, following Blundell City, in 02, and Iveley Park last season. We hope you will be able to join us for this season's biggest occasion.

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