The Bonfire Alliance Solo League. Season 2

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The Bonfire Alliance Solo League. Season 2

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The Bonfire Alliance Solo League Season 2

Season 1 Background:
Last season was the inaugural competition and was formed from the Bonfire Societies that are a big part of Sussex’s popular and historic culture. Lewes the County Town boasts 7 of these Societies and formed the basis of the league. Originally it was proposed to form a team from each of the 7 societies to play in a league competition. Interest were also received from other Societies around the region and the Bonfire Alliance was formed.
The BA Premier Division was formed of the 7 Lewes Societies plus 1 other which was decided by a pre season competition. (9 teams in groups of 3, the winners of each group then contested another group of 3). The 8 unlucky teams then formed the BA Championship.

Founding Members

BA Premier:
Buxted Park Rangers
Cliffe Town
Commercial Athletic
Lewes Borough
Neville Juniors
Southover United
South Street Wanderers
Waterloo Rovers

BA Championship:
Eastbourne Victoria
East Hoathley
Edenbridge Town
Linfield United
Maresfield Albion
Newick Rovers
South Heighton
Staplecross Athletic

Season 1 Summary:
Southover United won the Premiership title with Cliffe Town and Buxted Park Rangers coming a close 2nd and 3rd respectively. South Street Wanderers were relegated to the Championship.
South Heighton won promotion to the Premier as Championship Champions, East Hoathley and Staplecross played off for the right to play the 7th placed Premiership finishers Lewes Borough for Premiership status in season 2. Lewes Borough managed to hold on to a place in the Premiership by beating Staplecross Athletic in the play off final.
The BA Cup was won by relegated South Street Wanderers beating Championship Champions South Heighton in the final.

Season 2:
Is about to get underway, there has been an addition of 8 teams in a Conference Division who will contest a pre-season knockout competition (BA Vase) the 4 Vase semi finalists will also be automatically entered into the 1st round of the BA Cup. The Cup has been extended by 1 round to accommodate the 4 extra teams. and round 1 will now be contested by last seasons Championships bottom 4 teams and the 4 Conference qualifiers. The remaining 12 BA teams will enter in round 2.

A few rules changes have been made to cover the unseen situations which occurred during season 1, in an attempt to help make decisions consistent and help the games flow seamlessly as much as possible. I’m sure mistakes will still be made along the way, but hopefully the rule changes will cover most circumstances.
The addition of a DAR System (Dice Assistant Referee, an idea I have borrowed and modified from Blackpoolrock.) will help with on field decisions but only if a logical decision cannot be made quickly. All in all the changes are not significant or radical just tweaks to existing rules in an attempt to make things consistent and as unbiased as possible to all teams.

So 141 games including cup matches and play-offs, being played on an 22 week cycle is about to start. The aim from now on is to play 2 seasons per year with a minimum 4 week break between seasons.

Let the games commence.
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The BA Vase and BA Cup Qualifying

The BA Vase Tournament, the precursor to the start of The Bonfire Alliance League, was played out at The Carlsberg Stadium. It began with the quarter final which is also The Qualifying round for the BA Cup.

Quarter Final
0 Barcombe Mill.......Vs......Forest Row 1
1 Heathfield Olympic.Vs......Fairlight Athletic 0
2 Ashdown Forest......Vs......Chailey Green Rovers 4
3 Denton Casuals.......Vs......Hadlow Down 2


Barcombe, Heathfield, Chailey Green, and Denton, will contest the Vase semis as well as qualifying for Round 1 of the BA Cup

Semi Final
0 Forest Row................Vs......Heathfield Olympic 4
3 Chailey Green Rovers...Vs......Denton 0


Final
1 Heathfield Olympic.....Vs....Chailey Green Rovers 4


So Chailey Green Rovers win the first Trophy of the new season. The game itself was very even in the first half both sides creating chances in an end to end game and both sides managing to covert once from the several chances that were created at each end before the break. The second half saw Chailey Green take control of proceedings by scoring an early goal, and as the half progressed gaps started to appear in Heathfield's midfield and defence as they pushed for an equaliser. Chailey Green capitalised on their midfield freedom and scored a 3rd, quickly followed by a 4th after some poor defensive blocking by Heathfield. The final 3 minutes Heathfield pressurised and kept Chailey Green in their own half but unable to reduce the deficit. It was Chailey Greens day but the scoreline didn't do justice to Heathfield's valiant efforts.
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All very familiar towns to me !
Maybe not the teams though! :lol!:
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Hi Mark, yes i would imagine they are :lol!:
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Week 1 Results

Alliance Premier
1 Buxted Park Rangers v Cliffe Town 1
Last years 2nd and 3rd placed teams fought out an end to end draw plenty of missed chances at both ends as the points were shared

2 Waterloo Rovers v Commercial Athletic 0
Waterloo started the campaign well with a solid performance against a tentative Commercial, a goal in each half gave Waterloo a good start to season 2

3 Southover United v Nevill Juniors 0
Reigning champions Southover took an early lead and defended well against some early Nevill pressure, before taking control with 2 more goals in quick succession in the second half.

2 Lewes Borough v South Heighton 2
Premiership new boys South Heighton found themselves a goal down early on, but were unlucky not to equalise before half time. The 2nd half Heighton applied some pressure and equalised then went 2-1 up with a couple of minutes to go, only to see Lewes equalise with seconds to go.

Alliance Championship
0 Lindfield United v Eastbourne Victoria 3
Last season Victoria finished in last place with just 8 pts and conceded 43 goals Their opening game of this campaign saw them totally dominate a lack lustre Lindfield with a fine display, Goals each end of the 1st half and one midway through the 2nd gave Victoria the start they wanted.

1 Staplecross Athletic v South Street Wanderers 2
Wanderers who were relegated last season started well going 1 up after 5 mins, but it was Athletic in the ascendency and equalised just before the break. The 2nd half was all Wanderers and went close a couple of times before knocking in a cross at the far post for the winner

1 East Hoathley v Edenbridge Town 1
East Hoathley finished runners up last season, but failed to reach the Premier courtesy of the play offs. The game kicked off and Hoathley took the lead within 2 minutes the game then became an open end to end affair with good chances at each end. The 2nd half was exactly the same with plenty of action but no more goals. At the death Edenbridge earned a corner which was put in and hit first time to beat the keeper in the top corner at the near post. The final whilstle blew before the restart giving both team a share of the spoils.

1 Newick Rovers v Maresfield Albion 4
Albion took an early lead but the game was a pretty even affair, Rovers equalised before half-time after some good pressure. The 2nd half turned out to be a one sided affair of rovers own making, and 3 second half goals for Albion subdued the home crowd who had witnessed a Jekyll and Hyde performance from Rovers today.
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Nice write ups. Its like i'm there! :clap:
Very impressive.
Think I'll follow Newick...lovely village. There used to be an Alfa Romeo dealer there where Dad bought all his Alfas. Loved his Italian cars! 8)
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