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Brookfield Solo League: Season BL14.

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Welcome to our new season. Yet again it's eagerly awaited here following the short break.

As usual, there have been some behind the scenes changes made, which we hope will turn out to be improvements. The main one this time concerns the teams' kits, as this season the league will not just be a legends league, but a Leggenda league. This is because last season fifteen teams were kitted out in lightweight kits, the other half wore Leggenda outfits.

In Division One, the four Leggenda teams finished in the top four positions. It was a similar outcome in Division Two, where the three Leggenda teams finished 1st, 2nd, and 4th, while in Division Three, the two lightweight kitted teams finished 8th and 8th.

We must say that this surprised the authorities, who thought that any possible advantage would have been the other way.

It is anticipated that the "level playing field" could produce some very competitive leagues. In Division One, for example, three of our traditional "big clubs", Aberdither United, Iveley Park and promoted Melchester Rovers, are certain to be expecting to be at least up among last season's top four.

At the other end of the league ladder, former champions Pressley Rangers and Brimpton Rovers now find themselves in Division Three, while Bullford will be competing in the Trophy this season as they hope to win back their league status.

We wish all clubs, and their players, the best of luck for our new season.
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The season's traditional curtain raiser, the Charity Shield, has got us underway.

Flimside 1-2 Dorleston:

League champions Flimside went ahead inside the opening minute, when Nick Barmby scored from, new signing, Bob Latchford's short pass. Any expected flood of goals didn't happen, however, as the cup winners settled down to their calm, possibly cautious, game, and there was no further scoring during the first half.

Although Flimside continued to look the more likely to score, it was Dorleston who scored twice during the second half, through two of their new signings, brought in from their cup revenue. First, Wilf Carter, surplus to requirements at Melchester now they are back in Division One, equalised early in the half, and then George Baker, in his first ever game in the league, scored what turned out to be the winner, three minutes from time.

For those who are unfamiliar with these two players, Wilf Carter scored 148 goals in 274 games for the Pilgrims, mostly in Division Two, 1957-64, while George Baker was one of the early generation of deep lying centre forwards who played during the late fifties. He was selected in the Wales squad for the 1958 World Cup, although he didn't play.
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Looking forward to seeing the progress of Melchester Rovers.

Interesting to hear talk of the 1950’s deep lying forward famously epitomised by the attempted Revie plan.

I can only assume this was a trend triggered in English football after the great Hungary side of the 1950’s had England’s halves dragged all over Wembley trying to mark unorthodox forwards Puskas and Hidegkuti to disastrous effect.
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Thank you for your reply. If only we thought the standard of play in the BL could even be mentioned in the same sentence as those Hungarians, or their successors from the class of '66!

Looking at formations, this season only two D1 teams line up with two strikers alongside each other. They are Greyston Town (Paul Mariner and Bill Rafferty) and Iveley Park (Alex Young and Adrian Heath) who strikers start a little deeper. Two other teams, Flimside and Tarka Vale, each play with three central strikers, who often line up in a similar way.

Back in 09, eight of the ten D1 teams played with two "equal" strikers.

The reason for the change was that in 09, 'flats' were introduced for the first time, and it was noticed that teams who lined up in three "straight line compartments" across the pitch tended not to do very well, as there was a great deal of space for opponents to use. So it became a trend for several teams to "spread out" in less rigid, and more expansive, formations, which has proved successful for several of them.

A deep lying centre forward, inside forward, attacking midfielder, second striker or whatever way such layers are described, also presents a question for the opposing defence, who can either hold their usual formation, ignoring the deeper player, or man mark the player, but with which player, one of the centre backs or a defensive midfield man. Most opponents opted for the latter, which led to rather too many negative games, so another tweak in the rules, and bringing back three points for a win, was introduced a few seasons later.

With all teams using Leggendas this season, a return to flats-type games is anticipated, so the teams who still set up with three compartments across the pitch, notably Flimside, Greyston and Tarka Vale, may need to re-think.
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Thanks for the lengthy reply.

The information about each team’s tactical set-up is very interesting.

Anyway don’t let me interrupt the new campaign any further!
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Good stuff :clap: .. another season completed last week in my leagues , just the Cup Finals to be played next Saturday. Then we’ll begin preparations (quite slow preparations in truth :lol!: ) for 2021/22 which starts on Saturday August 14th
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The Scottish League AGM lasted a full five seconds .. no changes planned for 2021/22 :wink:

I still take instruction from the League Chairman as regards the English Divisions ... as far as I know he has no changes in the pipeline :lol:
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Sound just like the type of committee meetings and AGMs I approve of!
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The big decisions North of the Border usually revolve around changing two or three kits at the clubs you wouldn’t normally associate with just one traditional pattern. Plus I’ve got two Hibs kits one with Green shorts one with the more usual White so I’ll switch them every so often
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Opening Day results:

D1: Tarka Vale 1-0 Aberdither Utd; Western Villa 2-2 Greyston Town; Melchester Rov 4-1 South Barsham; Reiver Forest 1-0 Flimside;
Eastroke Utd 0-1 Iveley Park.

Possibly the most significant result was Flimside losing at Reiver Forest, the BL12 champions. We feel sure that the carrier pigeons will be flying between most of the D1 clubs taking details of how it is possible to beat the current title holders.
On the field, it wasn't quite the contrasting anticipated tactical battle, 4-2-'diamond' v 'narrow' 4-3-3, as both sides defended aggressively and every slight mistake in build up play was seized on. The only goal came in the opening minute of the second half, from Craig Noone.

Last season's runners-up, Eastroke, were also defeated, but at home, to Iveley Park. The arrival of Alan Ball and Tim Cahill would improve any team's midfield, and Iveley could be heading for a successful season. This was the best game of the day, and the only reason it didn't produce more goals was due to Messrs West and Hodge having very good games between the posts, although both required the aid of a post during the game, which was decided by a late goal in each half, first from Alex Young, then from full-back Tommy Wright.

Eastroke visit Flimside next match, so at least one of last season's top two will be winless after two games.

Western Villa and Greyston Town played an entertaining draw, with Hugh McAuley giving Greyston an early lead, and then equalising during the second half. In between, Ashley Barnes also scored a brace for Western.

Aberdither's new 4-5-1 formation failed to provide them with a winning start when they went down to the direct Tarka Vale side. New signing David Byrne scored the only goal, two minutes from time.

Melchester Rovers, being Melchester Rovers, spent big during the close season, and gave debuts to no fewer than six players, in an attempt to make an impact in D1, and finish were they believe they belong, (although it must be said this policy is not without some financial risk) and it was one of them, Fred Pickering, who started them off with an opening day victory by scoring a hat trick. Trevor ross got the fourth, while Graham Carey scored a late goal for South Barsham who, by contrast and with less wealth, opted to to keep last season's successful "square box" defensive formation in tact.

Vintage is combining with modernity in South Barsham's attack this season, with former England centre forward Alan Peacock having wide support from Ruben Lameiras and Graham Carey, with midfield support and prompting coming from their one new signing, league debutant Bobby Collins.

The rest of the results:

D2: Mill Town 1-0 Highwood Ath; Dorleston 1-0 Crickten Jn; Mill Athletic 2-1 St. Rebouro; Alsworth 2-2 Rockingham;
Ellerfield Ath 0-0 Blackridge Town.

D3: Blundell City 2-0 Peakville; White Cliff 2-0 Brimpton Rov; Hodwell 1-0 Pressley Rang; Hinton Utd 2-2 Redburn; Swainson 0-0 Molton Utd.
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Good to read that a new season is underway!

With all teams now being La Leggenda, do you actually have one team representing each club?
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Thank you for your question, and I'm pleased to say the answer is "Yes."

In addition, there are an additional nineteen spare kits, so when there is a colour, or even base, clash, plenty of alternatives are available without any club appearing in another's home kit, although obviously the "away" kits are shared.

Overall, so far the general standard of the games is an improvement on last season, but it is certainly true to say, "When they're good, they're very good, but when they're bad, Oh dear!"
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Second week results:

D1: South Barsham 1-1 Reiver Forest; Flimside 0-3 Eastroke Utd; Iveley Park 0-0 Tarka Vale; Aberdither Utd 2-1 Western Villa;
Greyston Town 0-0 Melchester Rov.

D2: St. Rebouro 1-0 Alsworth; Rockingham 3-0 Ellerfield Ath; Blackridge Town 1-0 Mill Town; Highwood Ath 2-1 Dorleston;
Crickten Jn 1-1 Mill Athletic.

D3: Pressley Rang 3-0 Hinton Utd; Redburn 2-0 Swainson; Molton Utd 0-0 Blundell City; Peakville 2-0 White Cliff; Brimpton Rov 2-2 Hodwell.

Away wins have been few and far between so for this season. Only two in D1, with both matches involving Eastroke. The match at Flimside was a good contest between teams of contrasting formation and tactics, and was much closer than the final score suggests. Joe Royle scored an early goal, and the game remained close until the last five minutes, when two strikes from Johnny Morrissey put the result in no doubt.

Following their opening match defeat, South Barsham gave a good account of themselves against Reiver Forest in another of the day's better contests. Two experienced new signings scored in this one, with Andy Gray (ex-Blackridge) giving Reiver the lead after four minutes. Midway through the first half, Bobby Collins equalised, to give the pre-season underdogs their first point.

In another good contest, Melchester Rovers were unable to repeat their opening day four goal performance when Greyston Town contained them. This was another good contest, although possibly not for those who want to see goalmouth action at both ends, as both defences played well. Greyston's Peter Shilton was the busier keeper, but neither he nor Tim Howard had many scary moments.

Next time, the first league tables of the new season will be produced, and we hope to feature one or two lower division teams who have begun well.
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Week 3 results:

D1: Western Villa 1-2 Iveley Park; Melchester Rov 0-3 Aberdither Utd; Reiver Forest 0-1 Greyston Town; Eastroke utd 1-1 South Barsham;
Tarka Vale 1-2 Flimside.

D2: Dorleston 0-0 Blackridge Town; Mill Athletic 1-2 Highwood Ath; Alsworth 1-0 Crickten Jn; Ellerfield Ath 3-0 St. Rebouro;
Mill Town 0-1 Rockingham.

D3: White Cliff 2-1 Molton Utd; Hodwell 1-2 Peakville; Hinton Utd 2-1 Brimpton Rov; Swainson 1-1 Pressley Rang; Blundell City 1-2 Redburn.

Brookfield Trophy;
Group A: Danefield 0-1 Grosvenor; Stangate Dale 1-1 Coledean Town.

Group B: Seaburgh 4-1 Old Holmsley; Bullford 2-0 Kingslowe.

Top match from this round was the first league meeting for a while between our traditional "top two", Melchester Rovers and Aberdither United.
The standard of football was very good although, unfortunately for the Melchester fans, the game certainly wasn't even, as Aberdither had 'one of those days' when everything worked perfectly for them, and the game, as a contest, was effectively over before half-time.
Martin Dobson scored inside the opening minute, and Steven Pienaar added a deserved second midway through the half. Much as Melchester tried during the second half, Dobson scored his second goal three minutes from time, as Aberdither's new 4-5-1 passing game had it's best day so far.

Elsewhere in D1, in what was a good day for the away teams, Alan Ball (Iveley Park) and Bill Rafferty (Greyston Town) both scored late winning goals, while Bob Latchford scored two in the first half for Flimside, at Tarka Vale. In the other match, Johnny Morrissey gave Eastroke a deserved lead in the second half, but South Barsham equalised two minutes later through Graham Carey. The newly promoted visitors are, however, still waiting for their first win.

League Tables:

Division One________Pld___W__D__L___F__A___Pts.
Iveley Park..............3......2...1...0.....4...1.....7
Aberdither Utd.........3......2...0...1.....5...2.....6
Greyston Town.........3......1...2....0....3...2.....5
Eastroke Utd...........3......1....1...1....4...3.....4
Melchester Rov.........3......1....1...1....4...4.....4
Reiver Forest...........3......1....1...1....2...2.....4
Tarka Vale...............3......1...1....1....2...2.....4
Flimside.................3......1....0...2....2...5.....3
South Barsham..........3.....0....2....1...3...4.....2
Western Villa............3.....0....1....2...4...6.....1

Division Two_________Pld___W__D__L__F__A___Pts
Rockingham..............3......2...1...0....6...2.....7
Highwood Ath............3......2...0...1....4...3.....6
Blackridge Town.........3......1...2...0....1...0.....5
Mill Athletic..............3.......1...1...1...4...4.....4
Ellerfield Ath.............3.......1...1...1...3...3.....4
Alsworth..................3.......1...1...1....3...3....4
Dorleston.................3.......1...1...1....2...2....4
Mill Town..................3......1...0...2....1...2.....3
St. Rebouro...............3......1...0...2.....2...5....3
Crickten Jn...............3.......0...1...2....1...3....1

Division Three_______Pld___W__D__L___F__A___Pts
Redburn..................3.......2...1...0....6...3.....7
Peakville.................3.......2...0...1....5...1.....6
White Cliff...............3.......2...0...1....4...3.....6
Pressley Rang............3.......1...1...1....4...2.....4
Blundell City.............3.......1...1...1....3...2.....4
Hodwell..................3.......1...1...1.....4...4.....4
Hinton Utd...............3.......1...1...1.....4...6.....4
Molton Utd...............3.......0...2...1.....1...2.....2
Swainson.................3........0...2...1....1...3.....2
Brimpton Rov.............3.......0...1...2....3...6.....1
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Some early observations.

Division One is expected to be tight between the top seven clubs, with the other three, Reiver Forest, Tarka Vale and South Barsham, playing to avoid relegation. These leagues often turn out not as predicted, so we feel certain that there will be many "twists and turns" to come.

Division Two is particularly close in the middle, so there will be plenty of close competition in games between the early mid-table teams.

Division Three has produced a most unexpected early table. In a season where the rules and playing conditions have been modified to encourage more attacking play, Redburn have so far bucked the trend with their general 4-2-4 formation having two central midfielders, Simon Collins and Simon Walton, starting as 'holding' players and man markers. Despite the larger distance between them and the strikers, it hasn't prevented goals, with them being the division's early top scorers, with strikers Joel Grant (3) and Ryan Taylor (2) having five goals between them so far.

Just behind them, Peakville have returned to the league, and are still playing their usual 4-3-3 formation, with one winger, on the right, but they are making more attacking use of their midfield, and are looking more authoritative for doing so.

White Cliff are another team who play a 'fluid' 4-3-3 /4-2-4 formation. They could be described as "expansive but careful", easy-on-the-eye without looking decisive.

Naturally we wish these team well, although lower down the table, and needing to improve, are several clubs who have won trophies in the recent past. Pressley Rangers (02) and Brimpton Rovers (07) are previous league champions, and Blundell City (02) and Hinton United (04) are cup winners in this current era.
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