North East Table Football Alliance

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The Brigantes Premier League

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For many years at our club we operated a policy of play when you can, but trying to find a way to make all results count towards a final ranking table to determine a champion. We tried various strategies, with mixed success. The problem is always that the players that play the most will usually amass more points than those that play less often. So our champions have not always been the best players, but they were always the players who played the system best in that season.

We wanted to move forward in a more structured way and the new look NETFA will be a traditional league of 8 players in season 1. Games will be played home and away, a lot of games will be played on neutral pitches. Games will be played in batches of three or 4 games and all games will have an appointed referee.

For example, the first set of games will be at Mike's in Guisborough and will feature the games Mike v Andy, Mike v Chris and Andy v Chris, with the spare player in each match being the ref. So Mike plays two homes games while Andy and Chris play an away game each and then a neutral venue game.

The emphasis on this structure is that the players involved respect each other enough so that all the fixtures get played in good time so that at the end of the season we have no byes, just a completed fixture list. The best man will win!

The Brigantes Trophy!

Our club trophy is unique and we had it made to order. The rationale behind the design is quite simple really. In Roman times, there was a tribe of Britons called the Brigantes who occupied a territory of northern England, roughly the same as our catchment area of players. Hence our name! Not a lot remains of this tribe but artefacts discovered near Stanwick included the Stanwick Horse Mask, which we have had recreated to be the centre-piece of our trophy.


The horse mask was created by an artist called Melanie Guy (www.melanieguy.com) and the granite block is made from Shap Granite supplied by Galloway Stone Products. Many thanks to both for helping us to create really special trophy.

September 2018 results!

September 14th – Guisborough


The first games got underway this evening at Guisborough kicking off the 2017 - 2018 season.
 
The first game of the season saw Neil take on Jeff. Throughout Neil exerted control and was always the most likely winner. However, Jeff was very dangerous himself and could have easily won the game had luck been on his side. However, once Neil scored in the first half, it was always going to be tough for Jeff. Eventually Neil scored again to make sure of the points and take the lead, very early, in the championship table.

Neil 2-0 Jeff


 
After a short break, Mike took to the table against Neil. I would not call this a classic game but it was almost a classic smash and grab. Neil created chances throughout the game and could have won handsomely had his shooting been better or Mikes keeper been off form. In almost a mirror of the first game, Mike scored in the first half and secured the points with a second after half time. 


Mike 2-0 Neil



Jeff returned to the table for the final game against Mike. I suspect that both players had a plan to counter the other here but it was Mike's plan that worked the better. Once again it was a single goal that divided the two at half time, with Mike having the advantage. Mike kicked off the second half and was 2-0 up within 5 flicks. After that Mike took over and really found his shooting boots with a couple of spectacular goals and several others hitting the woodwork. Jeff had no answer this time but I am sure things will be different next time. 


Mike 4-0 Jeff

 

September 21st Great Ayton (moved to North Shields)


Last night saw some great games played in a tremendous spirit at new boy Nigel’s abode, the fixtures changed due to some unfortunate plumbing issues for Beefy, so first of all we want to thank Nigel and his family for their warm hospitality, thank you Nigel.


Right on to the games, first up Beefy v Nigel

The first half was a calm affair on Nigel’s introduction to the league with Beefy getting the only goal after about 10 minutes, a delicate close range chip proving too precise for Nigel’s keeper. 1-0 HT

The scoring half was the complete opposite, goals came thick and fast from all angles and before we knew it, it was 5-0, at least the players knew it was, the referee....not so much! Nigel did however mange the last goal of the game with a well worked shot into the corner of the net from a decent distance, a great finish.

Beefy 5 v 1 Nigel



In comparison to the first game goals were hard to come by. Chris dominated the first half and went in at half time a goal to the good, after some great work through the heart of Nigel’s defence scoring with a quick two flick goal on a moving ball, or a volley as we prefer to call it. The second half saw both players defend really well and chances were few and far between, although Nigel create some decent opportunities. Chris saw the game out for a 1-0 victory.


Nigel 0 v 1 Chris


The evenings last game was a tight affair, as it invariably is between the 2 players involved. It would be hard to say if either player dominated or created more than the other, as both had that 1 chance that 99 times out of 100 would be scored, but both missed!! Beefy hit the bar, Chris hit the keeper, but Beefy would rather say that the keeper saved, 0-0 HT. The 2nd half was much the same with neither player finding a true rhythm, a few silly errors each and some true displays of sportsmanship saw the game finish in a 0-0 stalemate with neither player feeling they had played great but both will take the result.


Beefy 0 v 0 Chris



 

October 2018 results!

15th October 2018

Stockton


The morning’s games got underway just after 11 and first up was Rob against Chris. Rob tried to maintain a disciplined defence, however half way through the first half Chris had a great chance which rebounded off the post. Rob also had a few positive attacking moments, however it was the final ball what leg him down. The second half got underway with the teams still nil-nil. Chris found room on the left side of the pitch and slotted a very fine goal past the keeper tucking the ball in the left hand side of the goal. Rob tried to fight back to try and get a equaliser however Chris broke on a counter attack but thankfully for Rob it stayed 0-1. 

Rob 0-1 Chris

The next game was fought like a grudge match with both teams playing a lot of possession in the midfield for most part of the game. It took several minutes for either side to develop an attacking opportunity but when it came to the finish both sides were wasteful. Both players were always conscious in not trying not to let the opponent in. Chris had the best chance to score half way through the first half but Chris would admit that the shot was a bit rushed and could not capitalise on the finish. 

Chris 0-0 Jeff

The final game kicked off with both teams having good possession and it took some goalkeeping from Rob to keep the teams level at the break. The teams changed ends and Jeff had some good periods of attacking which resulted in two corners. However the defence of Rob started to lack discipline and did not get the players in the right defensive mind from the attacking corners. Jeff managed to slot the shot home about 5 minutes into the second half and the result remained. 

Rob 0-1 Jeff


23rd October 2018

North Shields


Dave started positively and had an early shot saved by Mike. Mike then applied increasing pressure scoring his first goal mid-way through the first half from a corner. Mike secured victory by scoring two more in the second half. The final result was not a true reflection of how close this game was, and only experience saw Mike over the line.

Dave 0 – 3 Mike

The next game saw a close fought match with Dave creating the better chances against Nigel, but unable to score the winning goal. Nigel is becoming a very good player and it is only the little bits and pieces of intricate play, experience of what to do, and learning a few tricks or moves that is holding both players back from converting draws into wins.

Nigel 0 – 0 Dave

The final game was a real bullet dodge by Mike. Mike had most of the possession but through a mixture of solid defending, the woodwork and a goalkeeper in good form, Nigel kept him at bay with the only goal coming in the final seconds of the first half with a strike just inside the far post. That goal was more by luck than design and towards the end of the game Nigel had a great chance to take a point. Watch out the rest of you!

Mike 1 – 0 Nigel

November 2018 results!

2nd November 2018

Chopwell


Good  morning all and welcome to the morning after the night before, which was sort of where Beefy started....still somewhat the worse for wear after a heavy night the previous night. He blamed it on work!

So, with discussions about car technology out of the way, we got down to the serious business of some games.

First up was Jeff v Beefy, which for the first 4 mins was played entirely in Jeff's half, with a lot of close play and consistent blocking. The game continued in the vain of Beefy's 8 or 9 men attack verses Jeff's defence, with the occasional controlled sortie by Jeff, which paid off in the second half with the only goal of the game.

Jeff 1 - 0 Beefy

Next up was a very one sided game, with Jeff this time on the attack and Dave blocking and his goalkeeper saving for their lives, to the point that Jeff commented that he could push out because Dave's attacks were not quick or accurate enough. Well! It only takes one chance to change a game and Dave scored with his only shot of the game, on, yes you guessed it, a quick break away. Dave's first win against Jeff and his first of the season.

Dave 1 - 0 Jeff

Finally came Beefy's chance to get on the score board, playing a much more confident game, cutting through Dave's defence on numerous occasions. Despite some good goalkeeping, both keepers scored own goals, with Beefy leading 2-0 at half time before Dave pulled a soft one back in a drawn second half.

Dave 1 - 3 Beefy



23rd November 2018 

Stockton



The evenings games got underway with Neil having the majority of the possession. Neil opened the scoring after 4 mins with a lobbed shot from outside the box that hit the roof of the net. Halfway through the first half Neil managed a quick pass through and with a one, two flick made it 2-0 at half time. Nigel was a bit on the back foot with Neil continuing with the possession and in 22 mins Neil made the scoring 3-0 again with a quick one, two pass.


Nigel 0 - 3 Neil


Both sides had 50/50 possession throughout the game but Rob managed to open the scoring towards the half time break with a cut shot that ended up in the right-hand corner of the goal. The second half started with Nigel trying to press for an equaliser but Rob’s keeper managed to keep Nigel out from scoring. A counter attack by Rob and he managed to double the lead. Nigel again tried to fight back with Rob knowing that he had to try and keep possession and play the game out. Some great shouts on target by Nigel which hit the post on at least two occasions which Nigel was very unfortunate to get anything from it.


Rob 2 - 0 Nigel



Again Neil was on top form and continued his attack from his first game and getting a goal within the first half. Rob tried to keep Neil out from the start of the second half. Neil got a further two goals which were excellently executed. Rob did have periods of attacking but was unable to get the ball in the back of the net.

Rob 0 - 3 Neil 



30th November 2018  

Hexham


Closely contested by both players with both just having enough chances to win. Nigel proved a very capable player, building his attacks neatly, blocking well and when it was necessary, playing possessions to get the draw. In addition, his shooting from distance proved that he could just get a lifted goal with a little bit more accuracy. Jeff created a few more chances but Nigel’s goalkeeper was well alert.



Jeff 0 - 0 Nigel


These two Tyneside competitors knew each other’s game quite well. Nigel did a lot of the early attacking but Andy defended stoutly. Andy then had the best chance of the game when Nigel missed the ball in defence, but the opportunity was squandered and shot wide. Both players had the odd chance in the second half but really only half chances. Both seem happy with the draw.


Nigel 0 - 0 Andy



Jeff pounded Andy the first half and hit the crossbar twice and missed several other good chances. But Andy’s breakaway attacks are just a bit better these days and if one of his accurate set piece no flicks had just been marginally better, he could have grabbed a decisive first goal. Andy went in at halftime quite happy, feeling another draw was on the cards. The second started similarly with Jeff not getting through the obvious routes but with 8 minutes to go, 50 years’ worth of experience and advanced trickery saw Jeff give Andy one eye and slotted in a beauty with the second eye. In industrial Black Country parlance (and probably also in North Shields), it is called ‘Done up like a kipper’. Eat your heart out Alan Shearer. Andy was deflated and knew that it was one great trick. Jeff then attempted a moving ball which forced Andy into a foul. Within minutes and with 4 minutes remaining, another precise moving ball from Jeff left Andy’s goalkeeper powerless and his team 2-0 down. After a long layoff, Andy performed well which was good to see but Jeff’s persistence and calmness paid off.


Jeff 2 - 0 Andy



December 2018 results!

7th December 2018 

Redcar

 

Before the game both players admitted to having one eye on top spot of the Brigantes table.  This may have had an impact on the player’s game, it was quite a nervy opening with both players creating little.  After 10 mins Neil finally created the best chance of the game.  The shot was not well struck but had enough on it to go in off the keeper's rod.  Chris kicked off and within five flicks it was all square.  An excellently taken Dave Brothers special!  A drilled shot on the move into the bottom right corner.  The second half was much of the same.  Both players having spells of possession but with little creativity.  The game was heading for a draw until Neil forced a free kick just outside the shooting line.  Chris's defence was open to a No flicks call, and Neil created the best chance of the second half and scored.  On reflection, a draw would have been a fair result, but this league can be unforgiving and to keep pace at the top you've got to take what you can.

 

Neil 2 v 1 Chris

 

Chris applied early pressure on Dave's defence and created good chances to score.  The pressure eventually told, and Chris took an early lead.  Dave worked his way back into the game with some tidy possession, but it did not lead to anything in the shooting area.  Chris was looking dangerous on each attack and it was no surprise when he added to his lead.  Dave did not surrender and defended well to keep it two nil.  Chris's defence was solid and was not willing to give up any chances.


Chris 2 v 0 Dave


Dave kicked off and kept possession early on.  Neil finally wrestled the ball away and created a shooting opportunity, which hit the woodwork.  A few moments later Neil took the lead with a drilled shot into his new red nets.  Neil increased the lead before the break with some quick incisive play.  Dave created his best chance of the game in the second half but smashed it wide of the post.  Neil still had to keep pushing, to ensure the points were safe.  Neil continued to hit the woodwork, before a third goal placed into the bottom right corner won the game.


Neil 3 v 0 Dave

The Ranking Table 2018-19

Name
 Pl
 W
 D
 L
 For
 Against
 Difference
 Points
 Neil
 6
  5
 0
  1
  13
  3
  +10
 10
 Mike
 4
  4
  0
  0
  10
  0
  +10
  8
 Chris
 6
  3
  2
  1
  5
  2
  +3
  8
 Jeff
 8
  3
 2
  3
  4
  7
  -3
  8
 Beefy
 4
  2
 1 
  1
  8
  3
  +5
  5
 Dave
 6
  1
 1
  4
  2
  11
  -9
  3
 Nigel
 8
  0
 3
  5
  1
  12
  -11
  3
 Rob
 4
  1
 0
  3
  2
  5
  -3
  2
 Andy
 2
  0
 1
  1
  0
  2
  -2
  1

The Ranking Table 2017-18

Name
 Pl
 Won
 Drawn
 Lost
 For
 Against
 Goal D
 Points
 Mike
 14
 12
 2
 0
 27
 3
 +24
 26
 Neil Y.
 14
 7
 6
 1
 27
 8
 +19
 20
 Neil B
 14
 7
 3
 4
 25
 8
 +17
 17
 Chris
 14
 7
 3
 4
 18
 6
 +12
 17
 Jeff
 14
 6
 5
 3
 9
 7
 +2
 17
 Dave
 14
 2
 3
 9
 9
28
 -19
 7
 Andy
 14
 1
 5
 8
 1
20
 -19
 7
 Rob
 14
 0
 1
 13
 2
38
 -36
 1

The Ranking Table 2016-17

Name
 Pl
 Won
 Drawn
 Lost
 For
 Against
 Goal D
 Points
 Mike
 16
 15
 0
 1
 37
 13
 +24
 30
 Neil
 16
 13
 0
 3
 32
 12
 +20
 26
 Ben
 16
 12
 1
 3
 46
 17
 +29
 25
 Chris
 16
 7
 2
 7
 19
 17
 +2
 16
 Jeff
 16
  5
  5
 6
 12
 13
 - 1
 15
 John
 16
  6
 1
 9
 13
 24
 -11
 13
 Dave
 16
 1
  6
 9
 7
  26
 -19
  8
 Andy
 16
 2
 2
 12
 6
  21
 -15
  6
 Rob
 16
  1
 3
  12
 8
  37
 -29
  5

The Ranking Table 2015-16

Name
 Pl
 Won
 Drawn
 Lost
 For
 Against
 Goal D
 Points

Mike

 12
 10
 2
 0
 23
 4
 +19
 22
 Ben
 12
 7
 3
 2
 26
 8
 +18
 17
 Chris
 12
6
 4
 2
 21
 5
 +16
 16
 Jeff
 12
 5
 5
 2
 17
 5
 +12
 15
 Dave
 12
 1
 4
 7
 5
 23
 -18
 6
 Andy
 12
 0
 5
 7
 1
 15
 -14
 5
 Rob
 12
 0
 3
 9
 4
 37
 -33
 3

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