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



14th December 2018 

Great Ayton




The game started at a brisk pace with Beefy dominating early possession, he managed to turn this possession into a lead after about 5 minutes with a quick attack down the left and an accurate finish. The lead was doubled a couple of minutes later when a gap appeared centrally in Mikes defence that was too good to miss resulting in a shot that sent the keeper the wrong way, half time. The second half followed a similar pattern until Mike went gung ho and caused a few problems without creating any clear cut chances, resulting in only a second league defeat in nearly 4!!!! Year’s for Mr P, take a minute to digest that fellas.

Beefy 2 – 0 Mike



Early possession again for Beefy but no break through until the 8th minute thanks to some resolute defence from Rob. When the break through did come it opened the flood gates for a short period leaving the half time score 3-0. The second half saw Rob come into the game a lot more with some direct and accurate attacks leading to a few threats on Beefy’s goal but they proved to be just out of the reach of our resident copper. A quick break saw beefy wrap up the points with a fourth goal.


Beefy 4 – 0 Rob


Mike started quickly and took the lead with a good finish to an accurate move, he continued to dominate possession for the most part and increased his lead when Rob’s keeper helped one into his net after an assisted (by the defender) shot bounced towards his goal, half time.
Again the second half saw Rob up his game and create some very good positions and decent chances, Mike being thankful his keeper didn’t have to make many saves due to Rob JUST missing the target on a few occasions, the final goal of the night was the best of them all. A staggered gap between 2 defenders just wide enough for a mid distance flick to get through saw Mike put the gloss on this result with a clean finish into the right corner of Rob’s goal, about the only place it could have gone to have not conceded a free kick.



Mike 3 – 0 Rob


January 2019 Results!

5th January 2019

Great Ayton


Reports written in ‘first person’ by Chris Kaberry

If I or Beefy had any title aspirations, then this was a ‘Must-Win’ game. From the kick-off it was clear that Beefy was going to attack with pace. The attack (my error) that cost me the game came after about 5 mins when Beefy took one of those speculative “hit and run” through balls. I was defending high up when the through ball was played. It got a fortunate deflection off a stationary attacking player to knock it back on line and was hit with a one-time shot. All I could do was stand and watch. Well taken opportunity. Terrible defending. Beefy’s blocking was exquisite for 3/4 of the game. Mine was pretty good for the most part, but with Beefy blocking well AND keeping an uncharacteristic tight defence, my tactics were somewhat thwarted until about 6/7 mins from the end. With Beefy winning a string of corners and going for the kill, he carelessly lost the ball allowing me to attack at pace. After some clever play, I created a great shooting opportunity only to fire it against the bar. Chance for a point gone. An excellent game. I reluctantly concede that Beefy edged it this time on chances. Head to head score v Beefy. W2 D2 L2.

Chris 0 v 1 Beefy


The score line does not tell the full story here. Beefy scored early on, but generally he lacked pace this time. He had the better chances, but his shooting was poor and Dave made some good saves. Dave’s attack was riddled with errors. He knew this. If he’d just made a few better choices and made some better flicks he could have easily caught Beefy off guard on several occasions. And with the game at 1-0 Beefy was fully aware of this. Goal 2 came 3/4 minutes from time. Dave never gave up, but it just wasn’t to be for him.

Beefy 2 - 0 Dave


In contrast, the score line here did tell the full story. 2 well taken goals in each half put me well in charge of this one. Apart from a couple of attacks by Dave and an error by me, I was rarely troubled this time. I say that, because I know how dangerous Dave can be. Again, too many careless errors made it far too comfortable for me. I’m sure it’ll be different next time.


Chris 4 - 0 Dave


11th January 2019

Guisborough


Apologies for the briefest of reports on these games. I should have done them at the time and just forgot. But here we go with what I can recall.

The first game was Mike taking on Nigel. The score looked comfortable and I suppose it was really, but Nigel is improving very quickly and certainly had his chances to make an impact on the game. A bit more confidence and he will be causing a few problems.


Mike 2 – 0 Nigel


Next up was Andy against Nigel. As ref I was expecting a 0-0 draw and indeed that is what we ended up with. But that does not tell the full story. Both players had chances to win it and both made bad mistakes also. A draw was a fair result but Andy wins on points after hobbling around in clear discomfort.

Nigel 0 – 0 Andy


The final match saw Mike take on the increasingly immobile Andy. To be honest, Mike did ease off a little as Andy suffered, but not by a lot. Too much and Andy might have easily got back into the game because despite the pain, he did manage to create chances and Mike had to be careful.


Mike 3 – 0 Andy


25th January 2019

Hexham


Neil started off well against Jeff who defended nervously. Neil had created some good openings before he took the lead after 10 minutes. Jeff made a touch mistake near the halfway line and Neil pounced quickly and with speed and accuracy raced in to score.  The second half always saw Neil on top but he knew that second goal could be vital. Jeff had created very little up front but did just liven up as the game approached full time, with Neil getting just a bit nervier with his slim lead. But nothing came to Jeff’s aid and Neil was able to hang on to three precious points in his title hunt.

Jeff 0 – 1 Neil

Neil again started slick and should have taken an early lead with two good chances in the opening 10 minutes. Rob defended sternly and even got forward with a few threatening manoeuvres. With halftime beckoning one of Neil’s slick moves eventually paid off and he slotted in over the goalkeeper from close in. Just after halftime another fine move by Neil clinched a more comfortable lead. Rob kept up his efforts to get the slimmest of chances but was always on the back foot for the remainder of the half, but Neil found Rob’s defence in good shape.


Rob 0 - 2 Neil


It will not be the first time that Rob has shocked Jeff. Jeff had attacked the most of the first 10 minutes but he had let his defence deteriorate and Rob ‘s attack is so much better these days and with about 8 minutes gone Rob carefully selected one of his four close attackers to slot in a splendid chip. Panic and nerves played their part the second half. Jeff created constructive positions but spoiled on at least three occasions with clumsy touches. A fourth penetration saw a shot hit the post but much to Jeff’s delight the return came back to his figure and after teeing it up a little slotted it under the goalkeeper, off the far post and in. Rob was always venturing forward but the equaliser just made him a bit nervous in defence. Within 5 minutes with Jeff now smelling blood got close in and slotted over the goalkeeper. Relieved but cautious, Jeff restrained his attack and decided not to give Rob so much room up front. The tactic worked and Rob lost this battle by the slimmest of margins.


Jeff 2 - 1 Rob

It was at this point in the season that the club received the resignation of Andy Mill. Andy has had some health issues recently and felt unable to continue with the season, which I am sure is the correct decision. We all wish Andy well and hope to see him back in action in the future. 

Andy's remaining games will now be played by Stephen Dobbison. Stephen had hoped to join the league next season anyway so this gives him a step forward while not disrupting the fixtures at all.

February 2019 Results!

23rd February 2019

Great Ayton


Nigel enjoyed some good possession in the first half but without creating any good shooting opportunities. Beefy hit on the break and got a good goal during a break through the middle of Nigel’s defence. 1-0 to Beefy at half-time. The second half was similar to the first with Nigel enjoying possession but failing to create a scoring opportunity. But then Nigel played the ball though to the centre of the shooting area with Beefy then blocking well. However, eagle-eyed Nigel saw a player further back on the half-way line with a route through Beefy’s defence to the ball. Nigel lined the player up, flicked strong and true, shooting his player forward to strike the ball sweetly and sending it into the corner of the goal. A truly world-class strike worthy of gracing any occasion. Nigel could barely contain his joy (having scored only his second goal in his first Brigantes campaign) but managed to keep his head to get a well-earned draw.


Nigel 1 – 1 Beefy


Both Jeff and Nigel enjoyed periods of possession in a close fought first-half although Jeff did create the better goal scoring chances. 0 – 0 at half-time. Jeff then showed his class in the second half by creating more chances and expertly taking two of them. Nigel showed promise by keeping possession and pressing on goal but without creating any good shooting chances.


Jeff 2 – 0 Nigel


Beefy showed his attacking intent from the flick-off playing a fast paced, high intensity game and scored a well-worked goal mid-way through the first-half. 1 – 0 at half-time. Jeff fought hard to stay in the game and enjoyed some possession pushing towards Beefy’s goal but Beefy thwarted him with some quality blocking flicks. Beefy kept up the pressure on Jeff with quick counter attacks, maintaining a high intensity game and creating shooting opportunities but without adding to his score. 

Beefy 1 – 0 Jeff

March 2019 Results!

1st March 2019

Redcar


The score line here gives the impression of a comfortable win, it was anything but!  This could have easily ended Desmond.  Dave started on the front foot, striking the post in the opening minutes.  Neil had to work his way into the game and took the lead mid-way through the half, clipping a close range shot off the post.  It was 2-0 shortly after, Neil half-heartedly shooting at goal from a tight angle and Dave's goalie watching as it slowly crossed the line.  Dave rallied and before the end of the half coolly placed a low drive into Neil's net.  In the second half Neil pushed for the third.  However, Dave's solid defensive blocking resulted in constant possessional change - at which point Dave's counter attacking became a menace.  Dave created lots of good opportunities from this and struck the post with a few minutes to go.  Neil's third goal and relief came shortly after this.  A referee decision went in Neil's favour in the middle of the park which resulted in Neil chipping in for 3-1.  This was very quickly followed by Neil's fourth before time ran out.


Neil 4 -1 Dave


A very measured and controlled start by Nigel, keeping possession but without too much progression.  Neil needed some patience to breakdown Nigel's defence, but mid-way through the half the opening arrived and Neil scored.  The second goal was a carbon copy of the 2-0 in the first game - another fortunate goal for Neil.  Nigel kept possession well after this, with some good neat and tidy play.  Neil had tightened up at the back though, making opportunities difficult to come by.  Neil extended the lead in the second half and closed out the game.


Neil 3 - 0 Nigel


Nigel started the better, with some good possession.  However, he was just unable to create a clear shooting chance.  Dave worked his way back into it and threatened with his quick counter attacking.  The game was gradually opening up.  However, it was the final pass forward, either under hit or two many touches which resulted in both players getting vital defensive blocks.  In the second half Nigel came the closest to opening the scoring, striking the cross bar with a quicker move.  The game may have ended nil all, but neither player played for the draw and as a spectator/referee it was a good attacking game.

Nigel 0 - 0 Dave



8th March 2019

Hexham


Jeff v Chris

This was a game where one player took their few chances and the other player missed his. Chris opened the score after 6 minutes with a quick build up, scoring close in with a neat slick chip. Jeff continued to make more than enough openings but squandered not so difficult shots. Chris’s defence stood firmer in the second half giving very little away. With 5 minutes left, Chris hit a wonderful second goal was his left winger, hitting the far post before it entered the net.


Jeff 0 - 2 Chris


Jeff v Mike

Jeff started brightly pressurising Mike for the first five minutes but once Mike got hold of this game with his opening goal, he showed his true strength and controlled play with very accurate flicking and blocking. Jeff certainly created chances, probably more than he usually does against Mike but missed just too many opportunities to get back on terms. Throughout the second half, Mike knew that one goal might not be enough as Jeff continued to press. However, two goals in the last five minutes, the last being a superb strike was enough to give the score a one-sided look.


Jeff 0 - 3 Mike

Mike v Chris

A well contested game with neither player deserving to lose. Chris certainly took the first half with quite a few forced corners but Mike’s blocking was always top quality and nothing got too close. Offside tactics played its part in this game throughout. Mike changed up a gear the second half and pushed Chris back but as good as Mike’s defence played in the first half, Chris matched it the second half. Chris was always capable of breaking out and forcing Mike not to throw everything forward. An infringement decision denied Mike a very late shot for a winner but in truth, it would have been an injustice if either played had sneaked this one, so close and skilful to the end. Tactics on offside’s and forcing throw-in’s throughout were very strong in this game.


Mike 0- 0 Chris


22nd March 2019

North Shields




Chris was fast out of the blocks and created a string of corners and throw-ins. Rob made some great saves early on. One excellent save. Chris kept the pressure on and carved out an opening on 10 minutes to chip into the corner. Chris got lucky 8 seconds from the break when he handled the ball in the area. Rob didn’t have time to take resulting indirect free kick from the spot.
First minute of the second half, Rob made a great move and fired a one timer straight at Chris’s keeper. Chris took advantage from a free kick and a missed block on 18 mins, shooting into the corner. Rob started to push to get one back, but Chris was looking dangerous on the break. He finally took advantage of a big gap centre to slot home.


Chris 3 - 0 Rob



There were no goals, but the game was hotly contested. Both players knew that points were up for grabs. After early exchanges, Rob got the first shot in on 3 mins. Nigel made a great save. Nigel then had some long spells of possession creating a number of half chances from corners and throw-ins.
Again, Nigel had the better chances in the second half but found Robs keeper in good form. He hit the keeper and post on 7 mins. Probably the best chance of the game.



Nigel 0 - 0 Rob




Chris was fast out of the blocks again and really turned the screw tightly for most of the first half. Some great saves from Nigel and the woodwork kept Nigel in the game. Chris scored in the 10th minute. Some neat play up the right followed by a blocking flick that nudged Chris’s player into a slightly better angle gave him the shot into the corner. Nigel broke away just before half time but a decent chance was squandered. The second half was a lot more even in possession with Nigel pushing very hard in the last 5 minutes. Nothing really created though. Chris managed to create a couple of long shot chances but Nigel didn’t need to make a save.



Chris 1 - 0 Nigel



27th March 2019

North Shields


It was always going to be a tough night for Stephen. His back wasn’t too good and he hadn’t played a competitive game since October, but we’re all pleased that he’s stepped in to help Andy out and to share the remaining fixtures. Once I’d scored early on I thought the flood gates were going to open for me. Didn’t happen. I had plenty of chances and shots, but my shooting was woeful. To quote Beefy..’Your shooting hasn’t been good enough to be woeful!’... With me hitting everything except the back of the net, including a moving ball, Stephen created a shot on goal from the resulting free kick. A corner followed and that was really the closest Stephen came to goal. I scored early in the second half with a good move and then Stephen made one great save after another. Or was it my shooting? Answers on a postcard. I got the last from a ‘no flicks’ throw in, less than a minute from time, neatly slotted into the corner.


Chris 3 - 0 Stephen


Mike scored three goals in the first 10 minutes which effectively ended the contest.Rather than try to thrash Stephen 10 - 0 or more, Mike slowed the pace and controlled a more leisurely second half which gave the opportunity for Stephen to practice and learn. Stephen scored a great consolation goal, blasted into the corner.


Stephen 1 - 4 Mike




Another fiercely competitive game but completely different from 3 weeks ago.On review, despite post game chat, I actually won the first half on chances, but I just couldn’t create a really decent shooting opportunity. The second half saw Mike really apply pressure and get players forward. For the most part I matched him in defence. The goal came midway through the second half. I always managed to push Mike wide left and that’s where most of his shots came from. He does what he does best and manufactured a shot from where you would take your first penalty shot from. I thought I had it covered with the keeper, but evidently not as it flew low into the far corner. Maybe I should have concentrated on saving the shot that trying to get a quick block in. An air punch from Mike followed... he really need that one! Mike also hit the post from an attempt to win a corner and also forced a finger tip save from my keeper. I didn’t give up and pressured Mike for the last 5 minutes but I just couldn’t get the shot in. The title race is still on for Mike.Worth a watch on Facebook this one.



Chris 0 - 1 Mike



April 2019 results!

1st April 2019

Stockton


The night’s games got underway with Dave saying that he might be a bit rusty due to not playing for a while. There were certainly no signs of it! Dave took the lead halfway through the first half with a slow-paced shot that crept past Rob’s goalkeeper. After the break, Dave started where he left off scoring a further two goals. Rob had a few half chances but was unable to break through with anything.


Rob 0-3 Dave


Rob knew he was up against it and tried to keep the defence in check but couldn’t keep Mike from breaking through and scoring twice before the half time whistle. Mike slowed his play down knowing that the points were in the bag and then went 3-0 up. Rob got a lucky break and hit the ball up field on a miss hit shot which hit Mike’s keeper who was outside the 6 yard box conceding a penalty. Rob converted from the spot. Mike managed to bag another goal making the final score 1-4.


Rob 1-4 Mike


This was the game that was worth the entrance money. Dave played superbly and in the 12th min managed creep the ball into the right-hand side of the goal past Mike’s keeper. This put Mike on the back foot. Around a minute later Mike managed to get a through ball behind Dave’s defence and made the sides level at the break. Dave played one of his best games keeping Mike at bay. Mike started to get under pressure and it seemed like Dave would be getting a very well earned point against Mike. The way Dave was playing he could have took all 2 points. Mike tried everything in the book to try and get ahead. It wasn’t till the very last 30 seconds Mike made the best move of the night and managed to curve the player around Dave’s defender to get in on goal and managed to slot home with some strike. This made Mike gasp with relief. Dave was very unfortunate not to come out of the game with anything.


Mike 2-1 Dave



8th April 2019

Chopwell


Once Jeff had got away from his sister's and arrived, unusually for him, late, we got under way. Jeff as expected, had most of the play, but Stephen defended well. Jeff had two or three chances, scoring from one.

Stephen 0 v 1 Jeff


A game of two halves with Jeff having the better of the first half, creating at least one good chance, which missed the goal. The second half was Dave's, indeed, he thought he'd scored, with the ball coming off the back stanchion, but the decision was that it hit the post! So close...!


Jeff 0 v 0 Dave


Again, Stephen defended well and had he been a little calmer, might have had a clear shot on goal. Instead, Dave tapped into an empty net, after Stephen put his goalkeeper down to attempt a block flick. Yes, that close!


Dave 1 v 0 Stephen



19th April 2019
Ponteland



An outstanding display by Beefy with some superb finishing. An early goal had Stephen on the back foot and midway through the first half Beefy produced a peach of a goal flicking a player from outside the scoring zone and chipping a ball from the touch line into the far corner of the net. A third was added in the second half ensuring a straight forward victory.


Stephen 0 - 3 Beefy



Neil was forced into changing his team and play for the first time in the Brigantes with black bases. This didn’t seem to unsettle him as he attacked constantly throughout the first half but was thwarted time and again by Stephen’s goalkeeping. Half time 0-0. The second half was a repeat of the first with Neil finally getting his goal with a super three flick move from his own shooting line. Stephen pushed at the end and nearly got an equaliser in the last moment but shot into the side netting.


Stephen 0 - 1 Neil


The heavyweights of the evening fought out a game which had equal possession but Beefy’s blistering attacking play and incredible shooting had him running out the comfortable winner in the end. A goal midday way through the first half from a throw and another two minutes into the second half gave him a cushion. As Neil pressed forward Beefy scored a delicious chip and had a comfortable advantage. Neil responded with a nice chip in the last minute but was unable to threaten a revival.

Neil 1 - 3 Beefy




May 2019 Results!

10th May 2019

Ponteland


An excellent performance from Dave who went on the attack from the beginning. An early goal was followed by another just before halftime and a further three in the second half wrapped up a comfortable win.

Dave 5-0 Rob


Another comfortable win again for Dave to wrap up his Brigantes season. Two first half goals the first being a great shot and the second a mistake from Stephen right on halftime. A late third sent Dave home happy.

Stephen 0-3 Dave


An open game with both players attacking but a stalemate with less than a minute left until Rob deftly slice a shot across Stephens goalkeeper into the far. From the kick off and everyman attacking Rob gained possession and smashed in a second for a good win.


Stephen 0-2 Rob




31st May 2019

Redcar


Chris kicked off the round of games and patiently set about trying to unlock Neil's defence. Eventually Chris created the first of very few chances in the game. Neil's keeper pulled out a fine save to prevent Chris taking the lead. Neil then created his best chance of the first half, this time Chris's keeper was on top form. Nil all at the break. Neil started the second half and immediately created a good opportunity. A mis-placed block helped clear a path for Neil. Neil struck, on target, but not a classic by any means. Chris kicked off and just as he did in their previous meeting nearly equalised straight away - this time though Neil just about did enough to prevent a clear shot at goal. Chris continued to push for the equaliser, but Neil kept it tight at the back and held on for a vital win.


Neil 1 - 0 Chris


It was Stephen's first visit to Redcar in 20 years and soon into this game Neil knew he'd not just come to reminisce. Stephen blocked well and frustrated Neil continually in the first half. Stephen may have been camped in his own half for long periods, however, there were moments on the counter where Stephen had shots at goal. Nil all at the break. Neil started the second half and quickly took the lead with a chipped shot from the angle. The game settled back into the same pattern of the first half. Stephen never got out of shape, holding a very solid defensive line, which Neil found difficult to create chances against. Another close score line, proving how difficult it is to win in this league.


Neil 1 - 0 Stephen


Chris started intending not to be frustrated by Stephen's defence. However, after some early possession Chris found it difficult to create the chances. Half way through the half Chris eventually took the lead. Stephen's keeper not quite covering the angle, enabling Chris to chip over the rod for one nil. Stephen soon after created his best chance. Stephen looked to be lining up the shot but took another touch to narrow his angle and hit into the side netting. Chris increased his attacking speed and his lead by two just before the break. Chris kept the momentum up in the second half and smashed in a third. Stephen maintained his discipline at the back, making it difficult for Chris to run amok. Chris ran out the winner to close his season in style.


Chris 3 - 0 Stephen


June 2019 Results!

10th June 2019

Stockton


The first game got underway with Beefy taking the lead. Rob tried to get a few balls through Beefys defence but was unsuccessful which resulted in Beefy doubling the lead at half time. Beefy then capitalised scoring a further goal in the second half, having hit Rob’s right goal post several times which could have resulted in a complete whitewash.


Rob 0 - 3 Beefy


Stephen was hard to breakdown but Beefy managed to slot home midway through the first half.
Stephen kicked off the second half in which Beefy continued his attacking and was able to bring the result home scoring two further goals which set up an “interesting” final game in a few weeks!!! Beefy’s job was done.

Beefy 3 - 0 Stephen


Stephen took the lead with some great play chipping the rod of the goalkeeper and went in at half time leading 1-0. This was a great chance for Stephen to come away with all two points and he gave his team an extra polish and team talk. Rob started to get a bit panicky but managed to make the sides level with a goal that was well aimed into the left corner of the goal. Rob made a few good difficult flicks but was let down failing to capitalise on the easier ones and lost possession. Stephen then took the lead and managed to keep Rob pinned back, and that was how it remained. Great to see Stephens first win in the league which no doubt more will follow next season.


Rob 1 - 2 Stephen

July 2019 Results!

5th July 2019

Great Ayton



The final round of games were played tonight at Great Ayton.

Firstly I want to say thank to Neil and Mike for a great evenings play, and some fantastic sportsmanship, secondly I apologise to those who asked about live streaming the games it just didn’t feel right.

Right onto the games.


First up Mike and myself (Beefy)

In an even first half Mikes keeper loomed large and made some early saves, but just after the mid way point the tide turned as Mike took the lead on about 8 minutes; that was the scoreline at HT.
The second half started with Mike controlling possession and me pushing men forward (surprise surprise). This led to my downfall with Mike scoring 2 quick well worked goals to take a commanding lead. That was that we all thought but I’m never one to lie down and scored a screamer almost straight away, leaving 6 minutes to get a further 2. Alas it wasn’t to be with Mike adding a fourth with about 20 seconds remaining, time for a hand shake, job half done by Mr P.


Beefy 1 - 4 Mike



Second game saw Neil take on Mike

A tight affair from the first beep, some good periods of possession for both brought half chances but nothing clear cut, half time came along with the score tightly stuck at 0-0.
Early in the second half Mike scored a well worked goal that put one hand on the trophy. Neil pressed forward with some prolonged periods of possession but didn’t quite manage to create a clear chance, in the last few minutes Neil really started to go for it but Mikes experience shone through with some astute blocking flicks leading to a tight 1-0 victory. CHAMPION!!!


Neil 0 - 1 Mike


The final game was therefore for the honour of finishing runner up.

It started at a fair old pace with both Neil and I playing some great stuff to then miss a crazy flick, in fact I remember missing the ball from less than an inch on more than 1 occasion. Neil dominated possession with a string of corners which led to half chances but no real clear shots. In a rare attack I did manage to sneak a goal with a couple of minutes left in the half. The second half got underway with both players keen to attack, this made for a very open game which I think suits me. I got a second from a throw in; throw in no further flicks, shot, goal, giving me a touch of breathing space. A third goal followed on a quick break leaving the final score 3-0 which most definitely wasn’t a fair reflection of the game.

Neil 0 - 3 Beefy

A thoroughly enjoyable evening and may I be the first to congratulate Mike on another league title

The Ranking Table 2018-19

Name
 Pl
 W
 D
 L
 For
 Against
 Difference
 Points
 Mike
 16
 14
  1
  1
  37
  6
  +31
 29
 Beefy
 16
 12
  2
  2
  35
  9
  +26
 26
 Neil
 16
 12
  0
  4
  27
  11
  +17
 24
 Chris
 16
  9
  3
  4
  21
  5
  +16
 21
 Jeff
 16
  6
  3
  7
   9
  15
  -6
 15
 Dave
 16
  5
  3
  8
  16
  23
  -7
 13
 Nigel
 16
  0
  7
 9 
   2
  21
  -19
  7
 Rob
 16
  2
  1
 13
   7
  36
  -29
  5
 Andy/Stephen
 16
  1
  2
 13
   3
  31
  -28
  4

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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