Brookfield Solo League: Season BL16

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Brookfield Solo League: Season BL16

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There have been difficulties with uploading posts, but it's time to try again for this "special" season.

As a tribute to the 75th Anniversary of Subbuteo, BL16 is being played according to as many of the 1947 Advanced Rules and conditions of the game, as is possible.

The "flats" are making a return and, for the first time in about fifty-five years, games are being played with an original F brown ball.

Twenty-two "new" players, from that era, will make their league debuts, so if an unfamiliar name is found on the team sheet, it is likely to be one of these.

As we are going back to 1947, there will be only 2 pts for a win, and goal average will be used to separate teams level on points.
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Opening match: Charity Shield:

Surprise League champions St. Rebouro had the honour of staging the first charity shield for many a year, as the seasons' opening matches have been played at Brookfield Park for as long as we can remember.

Their opponents were Reiver Forest, who achieved an unfortunate "double" last season of winning the Cup, but also being relegated from Division One.

St. Rebouro made the better start, and deservedly led at half-time with goals from wingers Steve Davey and Bill Strauss. After such a fine opening half, the later stages of the match were something of a disappointment, as the home side lost their cutting edge, but Reiver were unable to take advantage and get themselves back into the contest, as the score remained 2-0.

St Rebouro: (4-2-1-3): John Leiper; Marc Edworthy, Andy Nelson, Nicky Marker, Colin Sullivan; Gary Megson, David Fox; Conor Hourihane; Steve Davey, Tommy Tynan, Bill Strauss.

Reiver Forest: (4-2-3-1): Luke McCormick; Paul Connolly, David Weir, Jack Stephens, Brian McGlinchey; Mick Buckley, Dan Gosling; Dave Corbett, Andy Thomas, Craig Noone; Andy Gray.
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Re: Brookfield Solo League: Season BL16

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Great to see you back and look forward to your updates as the season evolves !
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Re: Brookfield Solo League: Season BL16

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Thank you, Wacca.

It's good to be back! I'm hoping not to encounter too many problems, either mine or posting the reports.
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Re: Brookfield Solo League: Season BL16

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First week's results.

D1: St. Rebouro 1-3 Crickten Jn; Western Villa 2-0 Iveley Park; Alsworth 4-1 Aberdither Utd; Mill Town 1-3 Flimside; South Barsham 1-0 Melchester Rov.

D2: Tarka Vale 1-4 Blundell City; Eastroke Utd 1-0 Mill Athletic; White Cliff1-0 Hodwell; Reiver Forest 4-0 Rockingham; Hinton Utd 1-1 Ellerfield Ath.

D3; Blackridge Town 4-1 Pressley Rang; Kingslowe 0-1 Dorleston; Highwood Ath 1-1 Greyston Town; Brimpton Rov 1-1 Greyston Town;
Brimpton Rov 0-0 Swainson; Redburn 1-2 Bullford.

The big surprise in D1 was promoted side Crickten Junction defeating champions St. Rebouro so convincingly. Two early goals from new signing Jimmy Harris (a slightly built, two-footed centre forward, playing his first BL game) and Marino Keith, gave them early superiority, which the still had at half time. The game could have turned early in the second half when strong running winger Bill Strauss scored for the home side, but Crickten responded with a third from Damien Johnson.

The other promoted team, Mill Town, didn't fare so well against Flimside. The scoring pattern was similar to the last game, with two first half goals, from Andy Hinchliffe and Bob Latchford, for the visitors, before George Dews reduced the arrears to give the home side a chance, before Nick Barmby secured the win with a goal four mins from time.

First impressions of the new rules and playing conditions are that the games are producing more goals, whether due to better attacking play or there is no "off the ball" organising or regrouping of defences allowed this season. Teams therefore have something of a conundrum, whether to get extra players forward to try and score, or keep a few extra back in an attempt to "plug the gaps" in defence.

Also, teams who "compete" in midfield have tended to do better than those who keep all the midfielders just in front of the back line. Anything that works against a '7-0-3' type formation can only be good for the games.

A promising start for those who like plenty of goals.
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Week 2 results:

D1: Aberdither Utd 1-2 Mill Town; Flimside 3-1 South Barsham; Melchester Rov 3-3 St. Rebouro; Crickten Jn 2-3 Western Villa;
iveley Park 1-1 Alsworth.

D2; Hodwell 0-3 Reiver Forest; Rockingham 1-1 Hinton Utd; Ellerfield Ath 1-2 Tarka Vale; Blundell City 2-1 Eastroke Utd;
Mill Athletic 2-2 White Cliff.

D3: Greyston Town 3-1 Brimpton Rov; Swainson 1-1 Redburn; Bullford 1-2 Blackridge Town; Pressley Rang 1-2 Kingslowe;
Dorleston 1-1 Highwood Ath.
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It was never the intention to produce many long match reports. That was before this match was played:

Melchester Rovers 3, St. Rebouro 3.

Having each lost their opening match, both teams were keen to open their 'wins' column in the D1 table.

Melchester made the better start, taking the lead with an early goal from Yannick Bolasie. New signing Pat Nevin then scored his first goal for the club midway through the first half. Two minutes later, Bolasie scored his second, and Melchester looked to be well on their way to a comfortable home win.

Had the game, to this point, been that one-sided? No! St. Rebouro had played their full part in an entertaining contest, but the home were clinical in front of goal.

For those who like the tactical side of these games, St. Rebouro play their wingers as far forward as the rules permit, often even further forward than Tommy Tynan. With two of their midfield men starting fairly deep inside their own half, there is a lot space in the middle third of the pitch before they start to play the ball forward. This tactic must have served them very well last season, as they are League Champions!

In this game, they came up against a Melchester side who play a fluid 4-2-4 system, with several of their forwards starting a little deeper, although still inside the opposition's half.

With their passing game working well, Melchester were able to make very good use of their extra men around the halfway line, although the first half had not been as one-sided as the score would suggest (not that many home fans worry too much about that!).

The second half began in the same way was the first, except that some of St R's through passes to their wingers were slightly more precise, and they were rewarded when Conor Hourihane scored to reduce the deficit. Midway through the half, Tommy Tynan scored a second for the visitors, and it was "game on".

The end-to-end pattern of play continued, with both teams going close to scoring again before, three minutes from time, Gary Megson, having gone forward for a corner, scored from long range to equalise.

That wasn't the end of the action, as both teams now went for a winner. It wasn't to come, although Fred Pickering twice went close with difficult chances. It wasn't going to be his day.

So this memorable game ended 3-3; a fair result. It was possibly a pity that there wasn't a spectacular late winning goal, but neither side deserved to lose.

Melchester Rovers (4-2-4): Tim Howard; Alan Harper, Joseph Yobo, Dave Watson, David Unsworth; Trevor Ross, Peter Reid; Pat Nevin, Wally Fielding, Fred Pickering, Yannick Bolasie.

St. Rebouro (4-2-1-3) : John Leiper; Marc Edworthy, Andy Nelson, Nicky Marker, Colin Sullivan; Gary Megson, David Fox; Conor Hourihane; Steve Davey, Tommy Tynan, Bill Strauss.
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