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Welcome to the new, eagerly awaited, season.

As previously mentioned, the teams all have new kits (or returning to former classic ones), and there are changes to rules and playing conditions. Most of all this will be unseen in results and tables, but there's always excitement, tempered with a little caution, when something new is started.

Many clubs have been active during the transfer window. Champions Eastroke have brought in World Cup winning left back Ray Wilson, plus the versatile Yannick Bolasie, who may well be given a chance on the left wing. How their traditional w-m formation copes this season will be of interest.

Cup winners Iveley Park have also spent out on improving the look of their team by bringing Alan Stubbs and Adrian Heath back to league action, and also buying left back Alessandro Pistone from Blackridge Town.

Blackridge, unfortunately for them, were on of the clubs who have been forced, by financial concerns, and had they not sold a couple of their better players, could well have been in a serious financial position by the end of this season. They were determined to hold onto their best players, although their situation illustrates how clubs cannot continue to field all-star teams if they don't receive enough prize money to pay the wage bill.

Hodwell, now in D3, were in an even worse state, and, forced to take drastic measures, released nine players from their squad.

Newly-promoted Flimside have also been busy, bringing in six new players, four with EPL (or former Division One) experience. They will hope to have traded well; bringing in several reserve players from other top clubs in an attempt to compete in our top tier. The formation of their team will change little.

The other promoted side, Western Villa, who until now, have refused to pay the high wages of PL players, have altered their principals and recruited Dennis Stevens and Brian Harris, two players, of a certain vintage, who were particularly appreciated by their teammates.

How these two teams go will be another interest to us. Statistics show that at least one is likely to make an immediate return to D2.

Finally, some football. The Charity Shield was won by Iveley Park. In an open and skilful curtain raiser, the trophy looked like being shared until, in the final minute, a three pass move from their own penalty area down the right, was finished off by winger Barrie Jones. (If only a few more moves could work as well as that one did!)

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Opening Day results:

Division One: Eastroke Utd 1-1 Greyston Town; Mill Athletic 0-1 Reiver Forest; Iveley Park 4-1 Blackridge Town; Western Villa 3-2 Brimpton Rov;
Aberdither Utd 0-2 Flimside.

Division Two: Pressley Rang 2-1 Tarka Vale; Highwood Ath 0-1 Molton Utd; Mill Town 0-1 Melchester Rov; Ellerfield Ath 1-1 South Barsham 1.
Hinton Utd 3-3 Crickten Jn.

Division Three: Rockingham 3-0 Dorleston 0; Hodwell 1-1 Danefield ; Alsworth 2-1 Redburn; St. Rebouro 0-0 Blundell City; Bullford 2-0 White Cliff.

Only one place for our first match report; that is Aberdither, where Flimside, in their first ever top level match, surprised the five-times champions. Aberdither played their usual cautious and precise formation, but were beaten in a flowing passing game by the more direct visitors.
Flimside also play 4-3-3, without wingers but two full backs who are both encouraged to get forward. Their six new signings, goalkeeper, three defenders (Peter Hartley the only survivor in the back five), Steve McCall in midfield (Ipswich Town supporters will remember him) and Nick Barmby in attack, all fitted in well and the team looked well balanced.
Pre-season odds suggested Aberdither to be one of the three favourites for the title, with Flimside favourites for a quick return to Division Two. No doubt we will soon see if such expectations remain.

Teams: Aberdither Utd (4-3-3): Neville Southall; Garry Stevens, Brian Labone, Phil Jagielka, Pat van den Hauwe; Martin Dobson, Johnny Heitinga, Thomas Gravesen; Jimmy Husband, Joe Royle, Steven Pienaar.

Flimside (4-3-3) : George Wood; Kenny Brown, Nicky Law, Peter Hartley, Andy Hinchcliffe; Brian Bason, Luke Summerfield, Steve McCall; Rory Patterson, Freddie Ladapo, Nick Barmby.

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Do you play any friendlies in between seasons to try out formations and tactics?

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Yes I do, especially before this season with some teams using heavyweight kits, including modern replicas from TopSpin and Santiago, while others have lightweights, including some Leggendas.

The heavyweights obviously have a power advantage, while the lightweights, so far, are able to control the traditional FF brown ball more easily, and the the pace of their passes is easier to judge. At the present time it's not obvious that any particular kit manufacturer, as I like to refer to them, has any clear advantage. Hopefully it will remain that way.

Just for the record, in the match just written about, both teams were playing in TopSpin kits.

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Second week's results:

D1: Blackridge Town 3-0 Western Villa; Brimpton Rov 1-0 Aberdither Utd; Flimside 1-1 Eastroke Utd; Greyston Town 0-2 Mill Athletic;
Reiver Forest 1-0 Iveley Park.

D2: Melchester Rov 1-4 Ellerfield Ath; South Barsham 2-1 Hinton Utd; Crickten Jn 2-1 Pressley Rang; Tarka Vale 0-4 Highwood Ath;
Molton Utd 2-3 Mill Town.

D3: Redburn 1-3 St. Rebouro; Blundell City 2-1 Bullford; White Cliff 0-1 Rockingham; Dorleston 2-2 Hodwell; Danefield 1-1 Alsworth.

The top-rated game from the above was Reiver Forest's win over Iveley Park; last season's runners-up hosting the cup winners. It was never likely to be a dramatic end-to-end high scoring thriller, but the passing quality of both teams produced an enjoyable and close contest for those who enjoy this sort of game.
Iveley's set-up, with the wingers often the furthest upfield and the central strikers expected to contribute in build-up play, has been described previously. Reiver's tactics are slightly different and more rigid, best explained as '4-2-diamond'. They have never been a wealthy club, but their recent success has enabled them to bring in a current PL player, Jack Stephens, to strengthen their defence. The two 'labelled' midfield men both do much of their best work in their own half. In front of them, the attacking midfield player, Andy Thomas, is available to start the attacks from the centre circle. Ahead of him the two wingers usually stay wide, although Jamie Mackie often assists Stevie Crawford in front of goal.
It was Thomas who scored the only goal in this game, when, just before halftime, he finished off a move which he had started. Overall, though, there were not too many clear chances on goal, but then good defending is as important, if less spectacular, as scoring several goals.
As neither of these sides is likely to switch to "route one" it made for an absorbing game.

Teams: Reiver Forest (4-2-1-3): Luke McCormick; Paul Connolly, Curtis Nelson, Jack Stephens, Brian McGlinchey; Karl Duguid, Russell Coughlin;
Andy Thomas; Jamie Mackie, Stevie Crawford, Craig Noone.

Iveley Park (4-2-4) : Martin Hodge; George Robertson, Alan Stubbs, Mark Smith, Alessandro Pistone; Lee Carsley, John Ebbrell; Barrie Jones, Dave Burnside; Adrian Heath; Alex Govan.

If this game isn't the sort you like to read about, we promise to find some goals next time.

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Week 3:

D1: Mill Athletic 0-2 Flimside; Iveley Park 2-0 Greyston Town; Western Villa 0-2 Reiver Forest; aberdither Utd 0-0 Blackridge Town;
Eastroke Utd 0-0 Brimpton Rov.

D2: Highwood Ath 2-0 Crickten Jn; Mill Town 1-1 Tarka Vale; Ellerfield Ath 3-1 Molton Utd; Hinton Utd 0-4 Melchester Rov;
Pressley Rang 0-1 South Barsham.

D3: Hodwell 1-1 White Cliff; Alsworth 0-1 Dorleston; St. Rebouro 0-3 Danefield; Bullford 2-1 Redburn; Rockingham 2-2 Blundell City.

Brookfield Trophy, semi-final, 1st leg: Peakville 0-1 Swainson.

We promised you goals, and they were to be found in Division Two, where the Hinton v Melchester game didn't disappoint. This clash always provides a notable contrast of tactics, with Hinton still playing long passes, or route one, to three central strikers, hoping to win aerial duels around the opposition's penalty area. They have indifferent times in recent seasons as, like several teams who line up in three parallel lines across the pitch, the playing conditions (flats) hasn't quite suited them. This season they've brought in Adrian Littlejohn to provide more pace to their front trio.

Melchester's recent form as also been indifferent, and rather more surprisingly so, following their League title in 09. Unfortunately for them, the lack of success hasn't brought in the cash, so many of their top players have had to be sold or released. This is not the team full of star names of former times, although the ethos to produce enjoyable and entertaining football remains. Their formation is less rigid than it appears on paper.

The game began with both teams being careful, not wanting to concede early. This was particularly true of the visitors, who notoriously don't have a good record against Hinton. Gradually they found their fluency and passing ranges, and the game opened out, with both keepers getting busier. The opening goal game a minute before half time, when Wilf Carter, wearing '9' this season, finished off a fine passing move.

After the break the game really opened out, with Hinton's style of play producing a few close calls for Melchester, but it was the visitors who had the golden touch in this game, scoring three more goals in four minutes midway through the half. Carter scored two of these, completing a fine hat-trick, while Richard Reynolds contributed to the fun with the middle goal of the three.

As the match progressed, Hinton realised that victory was out of reached, and opted for damage limitation. It had been a fine performance from the Rovers. They will be hoping for more consistent displays like this.

Teams: Hinton Utd. (4-2-4) : David Lawson; Terry Darracott, Krisztian Timar, Sonny Bradley, Steve Morgan; Mike Bernard, Dan Gosling; Kevin mirallas, Alex Jackson, Duncan Ferguson, Adrian Littlejohn.

Melchester Rov (4-3-3) : Bruce Grobbelaar; Alan Harper, Mick Lyons, David Unsworth, Jim Paterson; Trevor Ross, Leon Osman, Jose Baxter; Trevor Shepherd, Wilf Carter, Richard Reynolds.

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Week 4 results:

D1: Reiver Forest 0-0 Aberdither Utd; Blackridge Town 1-2 Eastroke Utd; Brimpton Rov 2-1 Mill Athletic; Flimside 1-1 Iveley Park;
Greyston Town 3-0 Western Villa.

D2: Molton Utd 0-0 Hinton Utd; Melchester Rov 2-0 Pressley Rang; South Barsham 2-1 Highwood Ath; Crickten Jn 1-2 Mill Town;
Tarka Vale 1-0 Ellerfield Ath.

D3: Danefield 3-4 Bullford; Redburn 0-2 Rockingham; Blundell City 1-1 Hodwell; White Cliff 1-0 Alsworth; Dorleston 2-0 St. Rebouro.

It is very rare that a match is awarded classic status. To do so it must have been played to our highest standard and have also been most entertaining for the spectators. Most unusually for a game at this level, the Danefield v Bullford match turned out to be just that.

Danefield have become one of our perennial basement clubs. For this season, having lost a couple of their better players to clubs from higher divisions, they have brought in some new players themselves in an attempt some extra strength and creativity in the centre of their 4-4-2 formation. Prior to this game, they were unbeaten with one win and two draws.

Bullford, however, have a different recent history. They play a rigid, direct 4-2-4 formation, with two wingers who are encouraged to remain
upfield. In previous seasons, Bullford were cup finalists in 02, and returned to win the trophy in 03. Two years later they were league champions.

Like several other clubs, the last three seasons with 'flats' were not kind to these two.

After a lively start, with both teams going close, Bullford scored two quick goals, through centre forward Steve Cooper. For the remainder of the first half, the match then appeared to be heading for a routine, fairly comfortable win for the visitors. Two minutes after the restart, however, Jeff Cook pulled one back for the hosts; a typical Danefield goal, with a first-time shot following a downward header from fellow striker Kevin
Nugent. A few minutes later the crowd were treated to a feast of four goals in five minutes, as the ball rolled perfectly for both sets of forwards. The pattern went Cooper (his hat trick) 1-3; Nugent 2-3; Steve Castle 3-3, Ken Maloy 3-4. That completed the scoring, but both teams went close in the closing minutes, even though defences, Bullford's in particular, attempted to tighten up, and, perhaps, the strikers' good fortunes slightly deserted them.

Danefield (4-4-2) : Steve Cherry; Jon Ashton, Geoff Banton, Richard Logan; John Uzzell; Ollie Norburn, Steve Castle, Yoann Folly, Nathan Thomas;
Kevin Nugent, Jeff Cook.

Bullford (4-2-4) : Marc McCallum; George Silk, Dave Provan, John Craven, Sandy Brown; Damien Johnson, Keith Lasley; Craig Skinner, Steve Cooper, Dave Regis, Ken Maloy.

After four matches, Reiver Forest are the surprise early leaders of Division One. Their next match is home to Greyston Town, so there will be a report on that.

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Week 5:

D1: Blackridge Town 2-1 Mill Athletic; Reiver Forest 2-1 Greyston Town; Weston Villa 1-0 Iveley Park; Aberdither Utd 1-0 Eastroke Utd;
Brimpton Rov 1-2 Flimside.

D2: Melchester Rov 1-3 Highwood Ath; Molton Utd 1-2 Tarka Vale 2; Ellerfield Ath 0-1 Mill Town; Hinton Utd 2-0 Pressley Rang;
South Barsham 0-1 Crickten Jn.

D3: Redburn 0-1 Hodwell; Danefield 2-2 Dorleston; St. Rebouro 2-3 Alsworth; Bullford 0-1 Rockingham; Blundell City 1-0 White Cliff.

Brookfield Trophy, semi-final 2nd leg: Swainson 2-0 Peakville. (Swainson win 3-0 on agg)

With only one point and one goal from their opening three games, Greyston Town produced something of a revival in their previous match, with a 3-0 win against Western Villa. A visit to unbeaten and top-of-the-table Reiver looked like providing a stern test of their current form.
As things turned out, Greyston contributed much to an open and flowing game. There were however, relatively few chances, as the foundation of RF's early season form has been a solid defence. Greyston, too, have a slightly more defensive midfield line-up than has sometimes been the case, as they have a reputation for conceding rather too many goals due to over adventure.
Craig Noone put Reiver ahead just after the midpoint of the first half. His opposite number, Hugh McAuley, equalised about ninety seconds later, with the first goal Reiver have conceded this season.
The play continued to flow after the interval, with both keepers busy but unstretched. It deserved at least one more goal, and it was Reiver's Andy Thomas who provided it, midway through the half. Try as they could in the later stages, Greyston were unable to level the match for a second time, so Reiver remain the early leaders of Division One.

Reiver Forest (4-2-1-3) : Luke McCormick; Paul Connolly, Curtis Nelson, Jack Stephens, Brian McGlinchey; Karl Duguid, Russell Coughlin; Andy Thomas; Jamie Mackie, Stevie Crawford, Craig Noone.

Greyston Town (4-3-3) : Peter Shilton; Tony Book, Jack Chisholm, John Newman, Lee Hodges; Steve Adams, David Friio, Johnny Williams; Paul Mariner, Bill Rafferty, Hugh McAuley.

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Week 6.

D1: Eastroke Utd 1-1 Reiver Forest; Flimside 0-0 Blackridge Town; Aberdither Utd 1-2 Iveley Park; Mill Athletic 1-0 Western Villa;
Greyston Town 0-0 Brimpton Rov.

D2: Pressley Rang 3-1 Molton Utd; Crickten Jn 2-1 Melchester Rov; Hinton Utd 0-2 Mill Town; Highwood Ath 1-1 Ellerfield Ath;
Tarka Vale 3-1 South Barsham.

D3: Rockingham 0-0 Danefield; White Cliff 1-0 Redburn; Bullford 2-3 Alsworth; Hodwell 2-2 St. Rebouro; Dorleston 1-0 Blundell City.

Brookfield Trophy, semi final 2nd leg: Old Holmsley 1-2 Grosvenor. (Grosvenor win 5-2 on aggregate.)

The two best matches from this round were both in D1: Eastroke Utd v Reiver Forest and Aberdither Utd v Iveley Park. As both of those games involve a team which has already been featured, it has been decided to take a look at South Barsham, the surprise D2 leaders at the start of the day.
Their opponents, and hosts, are Tarka Vale, who we don't think have played a reported match before now.

Tarka Vale are one of our hewer clubs, only making their league debut in BL10, when they surprisingly won promotion in their first season. They found life much tougher in D2, and only survived relegation, to Hodwell's misfortune, with a dramatic 2-2 draw with Western Villa on the final day, surviving purely on more goals scored. On the field they have emerged as a poor relation of Hinton United, with their 4-2-4 formation including three central strikers, and their winger switching sides from left to right. At the start of the day they had two points more than their wealthier "relatives".

Tarka Vale started more powerfully than the league leaders, with their route one type game working better than South Barsham's brisk short passing style. They led 2-0 at halftime, with goals from winger Martin Phillips and new signing Mike Bickle. (Regular readers may remember him from his time at Highwood Athletic.) SB reduced the arrears after a minute of the restart, with a strike from wing-back Ben Purrington, and after that the second half became highly competitive, and particularly tense and intriguing due the the contrasting tactics. Two minutes from time, the result was finally settled, possibly deservedly, in favour of the home side when Keith Fear scored their third goal.

After two defeats, Tarka Vale are now unbeaten in four matches, winning the last three.

I know football matches are not fashion shows, but in this game even the contrasts of kit manufacturers and colours contributed to the occasion. In their first season not in flats, Tarka Vale wear a Santiago kit, all orange with a white band across their shirts, while south Barsham play in a Leggenda "Gremio" kit of light blue and black with white pinstripes.

Tarka Vale (4-2-4) : Alan Nicholls; Reg Wyatt, George Foster, Forbes Phillipson-Masters, Reda Johnson; Darren Garner, Toumani Diagouraga; Martin Phillips, Keith Fear, Mike Bickle, David Kemp.

South Barsham (4-4-2) : Rhys Wilmot; Danis Salman, Chris Harrison, Mick Heathcote, Ben Purrington; David Byrne, Neil Dougall, Sid Rundle, Ruben Lameiras; Nick Chadwick, Gordon Staniforth.

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With one-third of the league season completed, hers are the league tables:

Division One______Pld___W__D__L____F___A___Pts.
Reiver Forest.........6......4...2...0......7....2.....14
Flimside...............6......3...3...0......8....3.....12
Iveley Park............6......3...1...2......9....5.....10
Blackridge Town.....6.......2...2...2......7....7......8
Brimpton Rov.........6.......2...2...2......6....6......7
Eastroke Utd.........6.......1...4...1......5....5......6
Mill Athletic..........6.......2...0...4......4....6......6
Western Villa.........6.......2...0...4......4...11......6
Greyston Town.......6.......1...2...3......5....7......5
Aberdither Utd.......6.......1...2...3.....2.....5......5

Division Two______Pld____W__D__L____F___A____Pts
Mill Town.............6........4...1...1......9....5.......13
Highwood Ath........6.......5...1...2......11....5......10
Crickten Jn...........6.......3...1...2.......9....9.......10
South Barsham.......6.......3...1...2.......7....7.......10
Tarka Vale.............6.......3...1...2.......8....9.......10
Melchester Rov.......6.......3...0...3.......10....9.......9
Ellerfield Ath.........6.......2...2....2......9.....6.......8
Pressley Rang.........6.......2...2...2.......6.....9.......6
Hinton Utd............6.......1...2...3.......4.....9.......5
Molton Utd............6.......1...1...4.......6....11.......4


Division Three_____Pld____W__D__L____F___A____Pts
Rockingham...........6.........4...2..0......9.....2......14
Dorleston..............6........3...2...1......8.....7......11
Alsworth...............6........3...1...2......8.....7......11
Bullford................6........3...0...3.....11....10......9
Blundell City..........6.........2...3...1......6.....5.......9
Hodwell................6........1...5...0......8......7......8
Danefield..............6........1...4....1....10......8......7
White Cliff.............6........2...1...3......3......5......7
St. Rebouro.......,....6........1...2...3......8.....12......5
Redburn................6........0...0...6......3.....11......0

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Week 7.
D1: Mill Athletic 0-3 Aberdither Utd; Blackridge Town 2-1 Greyston Town; Western Villa 4-1 Flimside; Brimpton Rov 2-2 Reiver Forest;
Iveley Park 2-0 Eastroke Utd.

D2: Highwood Ath 2-2 Hinton Utd; Melchester Rov 0-2 Tarka Vale, Ellerfield Ath 4-2 Crickten Jn; South Barsham 2-2 Molton Utd;
Mill Town 0-0 Pressley Rang.

D3: Hodwell 0-1 Bullford; Redburn 2-1 Dorleston; St. Rebouro 1-0 White Cliff; Blundell City 1-2 Danefield; Alsworth 0-1 Rockingham.

Week 8.
D1: Blackridge Town 3-2 Brimpton Rov; Iveley Park 1-1 Mill Athletic; Reiver Forest 1-0 Flimside; Western Villa 1-1 Eastroke Utd;
Greyston Town 1-0 Aberdither Utd.

D2: Melchester Rov 2-2 South Barsham; Mill Town 1-0 Highwood Ath; Molton Utd 0-2 Crickten Jn; Ellerfield Ath 0-1 Pressley Rang;
Tarka Vale 2-0 Hinton Utd.

D3: Redburn 0-2 Blundell City; Alsworth 0-2 Hodwell; Danefield 0-1 White Cliff; St. Rebouro 0-2 Rockingham; Dorleston 1-1 Bullford.

F.A.Cup, Preliminary Round:
Grosvenor 2-2 Swainson; Peakville 1-0 Old Holmsley.

Replay:
Swainson 1-1 Grosvenor (a.e.t.)

Week 9.
D1: Flimside 1-4 Greyston Town; Reiver Forest 2-0 Blackridge Town; Aberdither Utd 1-0 Western Villa; Brimpton Rov 0-2 iveley Park;
Eastroke Utd 3-0 Mill Athletic.

D2: Crickten Jn 0-1 Tarka Vale; Molton Utd 2-2 Melchester Rov; Molton Utd 0-2 Ellerfield Ath; South Barsham 2-2 Mill Town;
Pressley Rang 1-1 Highwood Ath.

D3: White Cliff 1-2 Dorleston; Danefield 1-1 Redburn; Bullford 1-2 St. Rebouro; Blundell City 2-1 Alsworth; Rockingham 3-1 Hodwell.

F.A.Cup. Preliminary Round Second Replay: Swainson 1-1 Grosvenor (a.e.t.)

Third Replay: Grosvenor 1-2 Swainson.

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Mid-season League Tables:

Division One____Pld___W__D__L____F___A____Pts.
Reiver Forest......9......6...3...0.....12....4......24
Iveley Park.........9......5...2...2.....14....6......17
Blackridge Town...9......6...2...3.....12...12.....12
Flimside............9.......3...3...3.....10...12.....12
Greyston Town.....9......3...2...4.....11...10.....11
Eastroke Utd.......9.......2...5...2......5....8......11
Aberdither Utd.....9......3...2...4......4....6......11
Western Villa.......9......3...1...5.....11...13......10
Brimpton Rov.......9......2...3...4.....10....13......9
Mill Athletic........9......2...1...6......5....13.......7

Division Two_____Pld___W__D__L____F___A_____Pts.
Tarka Vale...........9......6...1...2.....13....9.......19
Mill Town............9......5...3...1.....12.....7.......17
Ellerfield Ath........9.....4...2...3.....15.....9.......14
South Barsham......9......3...4...2.....13....13......13
Crickten Jn..........9......4...1...4.....13....14......13
Highwood Ath.......9......3...3...3.....14.....8.......12
Melchester Rov......9......3...2...4.....14....15.......11
Pressley Rang........9......3...2...4......8.....10......11
Hinton Utd...........9......1...3...5.....10.....12.......6
Molton Utd...........9......1...3...5......6.....15.......6

Division Three____Pld___W__D__L____F___A_____Pts.
Rockingham..........9......7...2...0.....13.....3......16
Blundell City.........9......4...3...2.....11.....8......15
Dorleston.............9......4...3...2.....12....11......15
Bullford...............9......4...1...4.....14....13......13
Danefield.............9......2...5...2.....13....11......11
Hodwell...............9......2...5...2.....11....11......11
St. Rebouro...........9......3...2...4.....11....15......11
Alsworth..............9.......3...1...5.....10....13......10
White Cliff............9......3...1...5......5......8......10
Redburn...............9......1...1...3......6.....15......10.

So, at the mid-point of the league season, there is a surprise leader in each division. We think there is much dram still to come, and after one more round of League games, the Cup gets into full swing, and there are usually some surprises there. We shall see.

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Week 10.
D1: Flimside 3-0 Brimpton Rov; Eastroke Utd 2-0 Aberdither Utd; Iveley Park 1-1 Western Villa; Greyston Town 1-1 Reiver Forest;
Mill athletic 3-1 Blackridge Town.

D2: Crickten Jn 0-2 South Brsham; Pressley Rang 3-1 Hinton Utd; Mill Town 2-2 Ellerfield Ath; Tarka Vale 2-1 Molton Utd;
Highwood Ath 1-1 Melchester Rov.

D3: White Cliff 2-3 Blundell City; Rockingham 4-3 Bullford; Alsworth 1-2 St. Rebouro 2; Dorleston 2-0 Danefield; Hodwell 0-0 Redburn.

Not only was this one of the highest scoring days, several other games were also of a high quality, notably the Hodwell v Redburn game, although it finished goalless. As we always say, good play by defences often gets overlooked. The teams are looking well-prepared for the first round of the Cup, which is next on the agenda.

We hope you will join us for what we think will be our best ever coverage of the competition. A word of warning, though, things are not looking good for several top clubs.

We'll be back soon!

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F.A.Cup: First Round:

Swainson 0-1 Hodwell Non-league Swainson played a full part in this entertaining game, but after Chris Leadbitter's early goal, from a direct free kick, Hodwell's well organised defence held out.

Reiver Forest 2-0 Aberdither Utd. Tie of the round, certainly in terms of quality, from these two well-organised teams. An early goal in each half from Stevie Crawford decided the contest.

Crickten Jn 1-1 Alsworth. After Jim Hinch gave them an early lead, it was a case of "try and hold out" for Alsworth. Just as it appeared they were going to succeed, Carlo Corazzin earned Crickten a replay, with a strike five minutes from time.

Bullford 1-2 White Cliff. White Cliff were another away side who scored in the opening minute of each half, through Chris Hargreaves and Martin Barlow. The stronger and more direct home side equalised in the first half, through Steve Cooper, but were unable to do so again.

Brimpton Rov 0-2 Iveley Park. Holders Iveley clearly aren't going to relinquish their trophy easily, and were the better side in a flowing and entertaining tie. The goals were scored by Dave Burnside, in the first half, and Adrian Heath in the second.

Blundell City 3-0 South Barsham. Blundell City produce a top performance, especially in attack, against higher level opponents, and this fine and
exciting tie will be remembered for Keith Allen's hat-trick.


Redburn 2-1 Blackridge Town. At half time, Blackridge were so much on top it appeared to be a question of how many would they score? It couldn't have turned out more differently, as the Division One side failed to add to Andy Gray's goal, whilst unfancied Redburn managed two, from midfielder Lee Cox and pacy striker Keith Etheridge, to achieve a memorable surprise win.

Peakville 1-2 Ellerfield Ath. An open , end-to-end cup tie, although, try as they might, Peakville were unable to overcome an Ellerfield side playing their best. Two goals from Bruce Bannister settled the match, with Simon Walton scoring the home side's equaliser.

Hinton Utd 2-0 Pressley Rang. Two contrasting teams here, with Hinton's direct game triumphing over Pressley's short passing midfield play. adrian Littlejohn scored both goals.

Melchester Rov 1-0 Dorleston. What was expected to be a flowing and entertaining contest turned out to be anything but, with much careless and scrappy play. Rory Fallon's goal, midway through the second half, gave Melchester a rather fortunate win.

Eastroke Utd 2-1 Mill Athletic. A skilful enough game, although it never quite produced the cup tie atmosphere which might have been expected from these two teams. Eastroke deservedly won, with a goal in each half, from Ross Barkley and Idrissa Gueye, with Barry Hayles scoring Athletic's equaliser.

Rockingham 1-2 Mill Town. A high quality game, but lacking in excitement, as Rockingham maintained much possession with their usual slow and precise play. All the goals came in the second half, with Mill Town's lead, provided by Bill Strauss, cancelled out through Tyler Harvey's equaliser. Just wen a replay looked inevitable, David Norris appeared in space on the wide right to slot home a winner.

Western Villa 0-0 Tarka Vale. Another contrast of tactics here, with Western's careful build-up play often nullified by Tarka's effective long ball game, which, on the day, prevented their hosts from producing their best. The replay is awaited with interest.

Flimside 0-1 Danefield. A stubborn backs-to-the-wall effort from Danefield, successfully kept out Flimside's succession of through passes to their front men, particularly after Nathan Thomas' opening goal. Not pretty, but on this day, it was effective and produced a tense finish.

Molton Utd 1-1 St. Rebouro. A controversial match, with a Molton's Colin Randell shown a yellow card in the opening minute, with st.Rebouro taking the lead following the free kick. Later in the half, an "equaliser" from Derek Rickard was disallowed for a handball which few spotted. Two minutes later, Dwight Marshall equalised. The second half was quieter, with the visitors' tidy passing game keeping the lively Molton side at bay.

Highwood Ath 2-1 Greyston Town. A lively, flowing game, and another where a lower tier side just edged out supposedly better opponents. Jason Puncheon put Highwood ahead just before halftime, with Bill Rafferty equalising soon after the break. Both side had a a few opportunities to score again, and Marini Keith did, midway through the half, to achieve the win.

It was a fine round of matches, but possibly the worst ever for top tier clubs.

Replays to follow.

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Replay results:

Alsworth 3-1 Crickten Jn. Alsworth staged a good recovery against the more dynamic Crickten side, who went ahead with a goal from Duncan Neale midway through the first half. Mark Fiore then scored twice, either side of halftime, to put Alsworth ahead. Two minutes later, centre forward Jim Hinch doubled the lead, which the home side held onto.

Tarka Vale 2-0 Western Villa. These two contrasting teams continued this very absorbing tie, with ended with yet another D1 side exiting the competition in this first round. Mike Bickle and Keith Fear scored the goals, one in each half. Credit must go to Tarka Vale, although there was never a two goal margin between these two teams.

St. Rebouro 0-1 Molton Utd. Another even, flowing game. This one looked to be heading for extra time until Jake Jervis sprinted in from the right to score the decisive goal.

So the upsets continue, with the lower side triumphing in the first two games. With seven D1 teams already out, at least one team from a lower division is certain to have a money spinning cup run.

Second Round draw: Highwood Ath v Hodwell; Danefield v Melchester Rov; Molton Utd v Hinton Utd; Alsworth v Tarka Vale; Blundell City v iveley Park; Mill Town v Eastroke Utd; Reiver Forest v White Cliff; Ellerfield Ath v Redburn.

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