Brookfield Solo League: Season BL11

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F.A.Cup. Semi-Finals:

Greyston Town 1 (Sheedy), Iveley Park 2 (Burnside, Stonebridge). (after extra time).

Pressley Rangers 0, Hinton United 2 (Bolasie, Ferguson).

In the first match, Greyston had much the better of the first half and led at the interval. They are not, however, having a good season, and when your luck's out things often go against you, and Iveley equalised midway through the second half with a fine solo goal.
Both teams went close in extra time, and it was Iveley who were able to take one of their chances, when Ian Stonebridge somehow wriggled through the narrowest of gaps between the central defenders to score the decisive goal.

In the second match, Hinton's direct game never allowed their opponents to settle, as every time Pressley lost possession, the ball was quickly back around their own penalty area. On this occasion the long ball game overcame the close-passing one.

We hope for an exciting final, also between teams with very contrasting styles of play.

Before then, there is much to be settled in the thirty remaining league matches.

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MD17.

League Division One:
Reiver Forest 1 (Mackie), Greyston Town 1 (McAuley).
Blackridge Town 0, Iveley park 1 (Burnside).
Highwood Ath 1 (Bickle), Eastroke Utd 1 (Temple).
Aberdither Utd 2 (Husband, Royle), Mill Athletic 3 (Ebanks-Blake 2, Stuart).

Division Two:
Flimside 2 (Bason, Ladapo), Hodwell 0.
Hinton Utd 1 (Bolasie), Mill Town 3 (Corbett 2, Strauss).
Crickten Jn 1 (Dalton), St. Rebouro 2 (Trusson 2).
Melchester Rov 4 (Carter 2, Fallon 2), Tarka Vale 1 (Zubar).
Western Villa 1 (Jackson), South Barsham 1 (Lameiras).

Division Three:
Redburn 0, Molton Utd 0.
Ellerfield Ath 3 (Collins, Alessandra, Banks), Old Holmsley 2 (Lord, Riley).
Rockingham 1 (Reid), Alsworth 0.
Blundell City 0, Danefield 2 (Evans, Thomas).
White Cliff 2 (Barlow, Gritton), Bullford 3 (Maloy 2, Ainsworth).

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Brief league tables, with 1 round of matches to go.

D1.
Eastroke Utd 24 pts, Brimpton Rov 2,Reiver Forest 20, Iveley Park 17,Blackridge Town 17,Aberdither 16, Mill Athletic 16,
Highwood Ath 12 (GD 15-27), Pressley Rang 13 (GD 13-24), Greyston Town 12 (GD 21-24).

Eastroke confirmed Champions.
Last round of fixtures includes: Eastroke v Pressley, Greyston v Blackridge, Iveley v Highwood.


D2
Western Villa 20 pts. (GD 26-19), Mill Town 19 (29-25), Flimside 19 (23-20), Hinton Utd 19 (21-20), South Barsham 18 (24-22), Crickten Jn 17, Melchester Rov 17, Hodwell 15 (16-22), Tarka Vale 14 (17-24), St. Rebouro 12 (13-25).

Remaining fixtures (all relevant at the present time): St. Rebouro v Melchester, Tarka Vale v Western V, South Barsham v Flimside,
Hodwell v Hinton, Mill Town v Crickten.


D3:
Molton Utd 23 pts (22-10), Rockingham 22 (19-11), Ellerfield Ath 22 (23-29), Blundell City 19, Bullford 17, Alsworth 16, White Cliff 16, Redburn 14,
Danefield 12, Old Holmsley 9.

Old Holmsley will play non-league football next season.
Relevant remaining fixtures: Molton v Ellerfield, Old Holmsley v Rockingham.

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As expected, the season's final round of league matches produced several twists and turns of fortunes:

Division One:
Eastroke Utd 1 (Temple), Pressley Rang 1 (King).
Brimpton Rov 0, Aberdither Utd 3 (Pienaar 2, Royle).
Mill Athletic 1 (Stuart), Reiver Forest 3 (Crawford, Coughlin, Noone).
Greyston Town 1 (McAuley), Blackridge Town 0.
Iveley Park 1 (Burnside), Highwood Ath 0.

Division Two:
St. Rebouro 2 (Davey 2), Melchester Rov 1 (Carter).
Tarka Vale 2 (Fear, Kemp), Western Villa 2 (Evans, Fletcher).
South Barsham 0, Flimside 1 (Patterson).
Hodwell 0, Hinton Utd 1 (Ferguson).
Mill Town 1 (Norris), Crickten Jn 2 (McCarthy 2).

Division Three:
Alsworth 1 (Hinch), Blundell City 2 (Sims, Gilbert).
Danefield 0, White Cliff 0.
Bullford 2 (Cooper, Maloy), Redburn 1 (Kirby).
Molton Utd 2 (Marshall, Rogers). Ellerfield Ath 3 (Lugg, Griffiths, Alessandra).
Old Holmsley 0, Rockingham 0.

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Those results produced these final league tables:

Division One:
________________Pld_____W___D___L_____F___A_____Pts.
Eastroke Utd........18........9.....7....2......24....11......25
Reiver Forest........18........8.....6....4......27....19......22
Brimpton Rov........18........7.....7....4......17....15......21
Iveley Park...........18........6.....7....5......20....18......19
Aberdither Utd......18........6.....6....6......25.....22.....18
Blackridge Town.....18.......6.....5.....7.....17.....17......17
Mill Athletic..........18.......7.....2.....9.....25.....27......16
Greyston Town.......18.......5.....4.....9.....22.....24......14
Pressley Rang........18.......3.....8.....7.....14.....25......14
Highwood Ath........18.......4.....6.....8.....15.....28......14


Division Two:
________________Pld_____W____D____L____F____A_____Pts.
Western Villa.......18........5.....11.....2......28.....21.......21
Flimside.............18........8......5......5......24.....20.......21
Hinton Utd..........18........7......7......4......22.....20.......21
Crickten Jn.........18........7......5......6.......26.....20......19
Mill Town............18........6......7......5......30.....27.......19
South Barsham.....18........5......8......5.......24.....23.......18
Melchester Rov.....18........4......9......5.......19.....17.......17
Tarka Vale...........18.......3......9.......6.......16.....23.......15
Hodwell.............18........5......5......8.......16......23......15
St. Rebouro.........18.........6.....2.....10......15......24......14

Division Three:
________________Pld_____W____D____L____F____A_____Pts
Ellerfield Ath.......18........10.....4.....4......26.....21......24
Molton Utd..........18.........9.....5.....4......24.....13......23
rockingham..........18.........8.....7.....3......19.....11......23
Blundell City.........18.........9.....3.....4......31.....26......21
Bullford...............18........7.....5.....6.......24.....23......19
White Cliff...........18.........5.....7.....6......16.....20......17
Alsworth..............18........5.....6.....7.......20.....21......16
Redburn...............18........5.....4.....9......19.....28.......14
Danefield.............18.........5....3....10......14.....22.......13
Old Holmsley.........18.........2.....6.....8......13.....21.......10

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Regular followers of the league's fortunes will be aware that all the teams have their own formations, which evolve from time to time, and the players date back as far as 1947, the year Subbuteo first appeared. In recent times, these teams haven't been published, so it is possibly an appropriate time to show the three teams who have won their divisions.

Eastroke United are the only side who play in the traditional w-m formation, with wing halves and inside forwards, a system which certainly suits the flats' game.
This season's team, in 1-11 order: Gordon West; Matt Jackson, Neil Pointon; Marouane Fellaini, Dave Watson, Idrissa Gueye; Pat Nevin, Ross Barkley, Alex Young, James McCarthy, Derek Temple.

Western Villa's formation is something of a compromise between 4-2-4 and 4-3-3, with numbers 10 and 11 interchangeable between the roles of attacking midfielder/inside forward, and orthodox left winger. We'll write it out as 4-2-4 (you will need a very long memory to remember one or two of these players!)
Team: Dave MacLaren; David Worrell, Andy Nelson, Adrian Burrows, Mick Horswill; Carl Fletcher, Lilian Nalis; Gorgon Astall, Michael Evans, Cliff Jackson, Garry Nelson.

Ellerfield Athletic, possibly surprise Div 3 winners, play a fairly rigid 4-3-3 system, lining up in three almost straight lines across the field. They don't have traditional wingers, but their full backs are encouraged to get forward as often as possible.
Team: Kyle Letheren; Kevin Smart, Mike Ham, Nauris Bulvitis, Paul Williams; Rat Lugg, Kevin Summerfield, Doug Collins; Lewis Alessandra, Rhys Griffiths, Alan Banks.

There is now just one match to be played in BL11: the Cup Final, which is likely to be the last match played with flats for the foreseeable future.
Result and report to follow.

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F.A. Cup Final:

Iveley Park 3 (Burnside, Robertson, Stonebridge), Hinton United 0.

Although both of these two sides each play a formation described as 4-2-4, they are very different.

Hinton Utd still use their long-established formation with three centre forwards, with an advanced winger on the right, and an attacking full back on the left. They are direct and always dangerous opponents, if only because of weight of numbers around the opposition's goal.

Iveley Park use their central strikers to help out in their midfield passing moves, and play from deeper. Often, their most advanced players are the two old-fashioned wingmen.

An intriguing, open, tactical contest was anticipated, and this match certainly didn't disappoint.

One weakness of Hinton's formation is the amount of space behind their front players, and Iveley, as expected, passed the ball about in midfield, as though they were waiting for scoring opportunity to appear. On this occasion, it worked perfectly for them as there defenders also stuck to their tasks, keeping the opposing strikers well marked.

Iveley deservedly led at halftime through David Burnside. Not only was their passing game working well, Hinton were unable to create a single realistic scoring opportunity, other than speculative long-range efforts from wide areas. The pattern of play continued throughout the second half, and goals in the last quarter, from full back George Robertson, and striker Ian Stonebridge, made the final score a fair reflection of the match.

It may appear to have been easy for Iveley Park, but we can't help thinking the game's dynamic would have been very different had Hinton managed to score before Iveley went two up.

This match will be remembered for some very fine football, especially from the winners, although for the neutral, there wasn't an exciting finish.

Teams:
Iveley Park (4-2-4): Martin Hodge; George Robertson, David Provan, Mark Smith, Doug Baird; Lee Carsley, John Ebbrell; Barrie Jones, Ian Stonebridge, David Burnside, Alex Govan.

Hinton Utd (4-2-4): David Lawson; Terry Darracott, Ryan Edwards, Sonny Bradley, Steve Morgan; Mike Bernard, Dan Gosling; Yannick Bolasie, Alex Jackson, Duncan Ferguson, Steve Perrin.

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Thanks BR.

Looking forward to Season 12. Are you going to make any changes?

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Thank you for your continued interest.

From the outside, it is hoped that BL12 will appear the same as previous recent seasons: three divisions of ten clubs, with four non-league teams, who will complete for the BL Trophy. Behind the results, though, it is planned to be very different.

It would be to say that the clubs have had the busiest close season ever. Apart from all the finances and transfer dealings, important on-field changes are taking place, so each team has played three friendly practice games. Appropriately for these times, each game was "behind closed doors" and played under league conditions, whatever the status of each team.

The reason for all this practice is that at the end of BL11, the league's executive dictator, sorry, committee (i.e. me!) unanimously decided that, after three full seasons, approximately 1,000 matches, with the flats, it was time to return, even if only temporarily, to playing with the OO players, with teams of heavyweights lightweights, zombies, TopSpin, Santiago and Leggenda, all taking part and playing against each other. All the trial games were considered necessary because, apart from personal enjoyment and satisfaction from playing the game, 'we' also try to produce realistic results in terms of goals per game, and home :away : draw ratios. No season ever replicates these perfectly, but improvement is always strived for.

During the last season, 08, these modern playing teams were used, there were some issues which we wanted to try and put right. The main ones being slightly too few goals, with too many of them coming on the counter from a long (route one) ball, and finding it easier to score in the lesser populated half of the field. We don't want to prevent teams from playing this way, if it works legitimately why stop it? but to devise playing conditions which encourage more attacking play.

The first changes to be made have been a return to the smaller NN goals, plus a reduction in the quotas of defensive flicks for each team. The theory behind these changes has been to make it more likely for a team to score when it has more players forward, rather than being less likely to concede when there are more defenders in the defending shooting area. We are also returning to three points for a win in league matches.

We know we'll never get it perfectly right, but we try not to get a totally unrealistic set of results.

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Sounds interesting. I remember seeing that three points for a win might be implemented at some stage, but with all these changes incoming I presume that it will not be for Season 12?

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3 pts for a win will definitely be re-introduced for next season, which may be the only visible change the followers will see.

I became convinced that the change was needed when it was pointed out to me that, in Division Two, bottom club St. Rebouro had won more matches than champions Western Villa. Unusual, and particularly strange, because WV are far from being a defensive side; they play a compact, close-passing game which, when it works, can be both good to watch and fun to play.

Another team who the tables might give an incorrect indication of are champions Eastroke United, who are the only team to play the traditional w-m formation with its wing halves and inside forwards. (No team was bold enough to risk the very early 2-3-5 formation!) The table would suggest a defensive formation, whereas, when the positioning rules permitted, they set up with more players in the attacking half than any other side. One particular interest (for me) will be whether their system works as successfully with the OO playing figures. In EU's case this will be a return to a former TopSpin kit of green and white stripes, with black shorts.

Another pattern of games with the flats, and unseen by the readers, is that most teams now in Division Three play an expansive, wide, 4-2-4 / 4-4-2 based formation, which, certainly with my play, doesn't work well with flats. We look forward to some direct, action-packed matches in the third tier this season.

Early details very soon.

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