North East Table Football Alliance

  Subbuteo in the North East since 1978

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 2019 results!

21st September 2019

Ponteland


Due to the first round of games being postponed last weekend this set of fixtures was the first to be played in the 2019/20 Brigantes league. In light of this pre-match talk highlighted that one of us could be at the bottom of the league at the end evening but one of us, or even all of us, would be at the top of the league. That, or them, persons would be like the newly promoted team in the premier league being top after one good win on opening day and their fans excited to get a screen shot or paper clipping of the event because they knew it wouldn’t last long.


To the games.


First up was Nigel v Nick which turned out to be an end to end exciting game. Nigel took the lead after 90 seconds  with a low shot into the corner. Nick responded by pushing players forward immediately and having a number of shots all of which were saved by Nigel’s keeper. Nick did score but only for it to be ruled out for offside. The second half was of a similar vein with Nick pushing as many players forward as possible and at one point all his players were in Nigel’s half. Nigel stood firm with a great goalkeeping display and the game ended 1-0.


Nigel Lamond 1-0 Nick Pearson.


Next was Stephen v Nick which was largely dominated by Nick with fast accurate play. The first half saw Stephen’s goalkeeper thwart Nick on a number of occasions until the stroke of half time when Nick hit a shot from the corner of the box which hit the net just as the buzzer went for time. Stephen had more possessions in the second half but was unable to create a equaliser.


Stephen Dobbison 0-1 Nick Pearson.


Finally it was Stephen v Nigel and in the first half of the game both players had good possession and chances. However, it was Stephen who scored first, a goal which came midway through the half with a low shot into the bottom corner from out wide. Nigel came out on the attack in the second half and had numerous chances and shots all of which were repelled by good defensive blocks or good goalkeeping.


Stephen Dobbison 1-0 Nigel Lamond.


A great evening with some great action which was played in a enjoyable atmosphere with genuine sportsmanship, honesty and integrity.



27th September 2019

Hexham


Jeff and Steve started first. A much improved Steve blocked solidly and even forced a free kick in Jeff’s area but he squandered the chance. But after about 10 minutes as Steve is prone to do, he jumped into a flick too quick with the spare goalkeeper, missed the ball and gave Jeff the easiest of tasks to slot into an empty net. This opening goal took the pressure  off the home player and another mistake by Steve 5 minutes later allowed Jeff in again for the second just before halftime. Steve battled well the second half with some superb blocking but was generally unable to create an opening in Jeff’s defence. With 4 minutes left, a well constructed move and low well placed shot by Jeff finished the scoring.



Jeff Parsons 3-0 Steve Dobbison


Chris and Steve followed and Chris started lively and whilst creating some good chances, never quite got his game going. Steve responded  with good frustrating blocking without creating anything himself.  With just a minute before halftime left, a 50/50 decision allowed Chris in for the only goal of the match. Chris persevered but two fine saves  and good defending by Steve kept Chris  out. With a minute or so to go, Steve could well have equalised with his one chance of the game but a fine  save by Chris  stopped the shock result.


Chris Kaberry 1-0 Steve Dobbison



Chris against Jeff was the third game. Neither player had been very good so far on this opening fixture date for them but Chris started off the more confident and attacked Within 5 minutes Jeff missed the ball with  his spare goalkeeper and only Chris committing a foul prevented him from being an early goal up. But that goalkeeper miss summed up Jeff’s standard in this game, unable to block accurately and keep any possession. Chris scored from a central position after 8 minutes and the result did not seem in doubt.  Chris was far more accurate with block flicks and long flicks always keeping Jeff on the back foot. Jeff created very little whilst Chris ploughed forward always creating something. The second half continued on the same pattern but whilst there was only one goal in it, Jeff was always in with a shout. But no gaps appeared in Chris’s defence and but for a overhit ball Chris could have converted  a spare goalkeeper error. He also created other good chances to be out of sight. With five minutes remaining, Chris deservedly added a second from the left wing.


Jeff Parsons 0-2 Chris Kaberry



Not a good day for the home team but all games were played in a good spirit. Many thanks for the travelling players for coming in such poor weather.

October 2019 results!

5th October 2019

Great Ayton


First up Beefy (me) and Andy

From the get go I had a good flow and pace to my game, playing quickly and precisely everything seemed to be working nicely, Andy started well blocking with skill and always trying to create his own attacking positions. After 3 minutes the first goal was scored with a chipped finish into the top corner, and with another couple of goals followed before half time, it seemed my set up flicks and shooting were both working really well. When your opponent audibly sighs after a deft set up flick you know you are doing something right. Despite the score line reading 3-0 at half time Andy had definitely had his moments, with a touch more luck he could easily have had a goal or 2. The second half followed the same pattern as the first with some fast precise attacking and good blocking giving the game a really nice feel, both players showed great sportsmanship in calling themselves for infringements that were on the blindside of the referee. A fourth goal game from a quick attack and great finish into the top corner, it was said no keeper would have had a chance.


Neil Beeforth 4 – 0 Andy Mill


The evenings second game saw Jeff and Andy lock horns. Early possession was dominated by Jeff without “really” troubling Andy who was always looking to make a decisive break up field. The deadlock was broken when Jeff created a shooting chance on the right which he converted via a defender with the ball sneaking in at the near post. This served to spur Andy on and he grew into the game as an attacking force, shortly before half time he created a chance wide on the left, some educated blocking made it look like the chance had gone but Andy knew better, quick flick with 1 player and then a shot with another at a moving ball saw the ball fly into the net. Now this is where it gets interesting, the first player used had gone into an “offside” position but as both he and the ball were still moving when the shot was taken by the other man he becomes passive therefore the goal stands, round of applause to Jeff for pointing this out as the ref, whoops, had originally called it offside, great sportsmanship and a great goal 1-1 at half time. The second half was an open affair with both players going for it, yes I am talking about the same Jeff you all know, at one point he had 5 attackers. Both players had chances, and both players showed true sportsmanship in a tight 15 minutes, Jeff managed to fashion a good chance with a few minutes remaining and scored his second goal of the game, after going behind Andy pushed to try and grab an equaliser but just couldn’t work an opening in a now tight defence, good game with the goal of the night finished 2-1 to Jeff.


Jeff Parsons 2 – 1 Andy Mill


Jeff won the toss and elected to take first flick, this set the pattern for the first half where I just couldn’t get the ball, Jeff dominated possession but didn’t really have any clear chances, in my brief moments of possession I managed to create one or 2 swift attacks that could have resulted in chances but Jeff was up to it and blocked well 0-0 at half time. The second half was more even in terms of possession and as it wore on it became more apparent that Jeff was happy to hold on to a point, even when I only had 1 defender he refused, or chose not to push forward, I also think I blocked every opportunity he had to get the ball forward with my 8 strong midfield and attack, a few corners and shots from an angle failed to find the target and the game finished in stalemate 0-0


Neil Beeforth 0 – 0 Jeff Parsons


A good evening of subbuteo with all 3 players showing the spirit we have grown accustomed to in our wonderful league.



11th October 2019

North Shields

Results only, reports to follow


This looked like a routine win for Mike but it was far from that. Dave was never out of the game and showed some really clever tactical blocks that stopped Mike in his tracks more than once. Once Mike was ahead though, he never looked like losing it.


Dave Brothers 0 – 2 Mike Parnaby


Andy continues to soldier on after his recent health issues and here they were starting to get on top of him a little. That said, although his mobility is down on par, his Subbuteo is also improving quickly and he created quite a few half chances in the game. Mike was ruthless though ond made sure of the win.


Andy Mill 0 – 3 Mike Parnaby


This one could have gone either way as both players fought hard to get the upper hand. Eventually it was Dave who scored the winning goal, a nicely finished low shot into the far corner.


Andy Mill 0 – 1 Dave Brothers



25th October 2019

Chopwell


A competitive, but more notable for defence and blocking, evening in Chopwell produced the following results.


First up was Dave 0 v 0 Andy. Not many chances and as close as the score suggests.


Dave Brothers 0 – 0 Andy Mill


Second was Jeff v Dave. The only goal came after 2mins when Jeff's attempted lob off a defender trickled in at the far post, to the consternation of the static keeper. Not many more chances, but some excellent blocking.


Dave Brothers 0 – 1 Jeff Parsons


Finally Andy v Jeff. For over 20mins Andy defended manfully and had the odd first half chance. The game turned half way through the second half when Andy saw a chance of a quick break and went to play a quick long ball up field with his kicking keeper........and missed the ball from 3". Two flick later Jeff scored into an empty net. Jeff's second goal was well worked, with close control in the build-up.


Andy Mill 0 – 2 Jeff Parsons


There were a couple of discussions on the rules, but the referees were proved to be right, in principle at least.



25th October 2019

Ponteland


Mike dominated this game and won at a canter with two great strikes midway through each half. Stephen had more possession than he expected and created a handful of chance but was unable to score.

Stephen Dobbison 0-2 Mike Parnaby


Mike began the game well and scored with a low shot early in the first half. Rob dug in and began to get some possession and created a couple of chances before Mike made an error in front of his goal and Rob pounced to make the game even. Mike then had a series of shots during the rest of the match which were all saved by Rob’s goalkeeper who was having a blinder. Close to the end Rob had a chance to win but didn’t take it and the match ended in a draw. An excellent performance by Rob to hold Mike.


Rob Heseltine 1-1 Mike Parnaby


Rob carried on his fine performance against Mike in the opening exchanges and quickly took the lead. It was held for only a short while before Stephen struck back and at halftime it was all square. Both players had chances in the second half but the best ones fell to Rob and with one of these chipped the keeper to register his first win this season.


Stephen Dobbison 1-2 Rob Heseltine 



November-December 2019 results!

1st November 2019

North Shields


Nick v Beefy. Generally, this was a good attacking game from both players and Nick took his goal very well after Beefy had taken a 2-0 lead. He could have had another one with the score at 2 - 0 when Beefy made a bad error with his spare keeper, but he rushed the opportunity. It COULD have been 2-2. No sooner had Nick scored than Beefy made it 3-1. The fourth soon followed and it would have been five but for a great save. Beefy deserved the win, but Nick made it too easy at times by getting sucked out of defence, leaving big gaps and rushing his game.


Nick Pearson 1 – 4 Neil Beeforth


Chris and Beefy played their usual tightly fought game. Chris wasn’t really firing on all cylinders with his attacking play but blocked well enough for the most part as did Beefy who was creating the better opportunities but making errors with the final flick. He let Chris off a number of times. Chris had his best chance to score 5 minutes from time with a shot from centre which went straight at the keeper. A missed block (back) three minutes from time gave Beefy a chip shot from centre right, which he duly dispatched into the corner. Chris tried to rally, but it was too late. Nick expressed his enjoyment at reffing and watching the game and tactics which is good for him.


Chris Kaberry 0 – 1 Neil Beeforth



Chris v Nick. Past matches have been dominated by Chris. Not this one. Possession was about 50/50 and for spells in the first half, Chris was on the back foot. The reason, Nick was getting 6/7 players forward and blocking really well when he lost the ball. Chris couldn’t commit too many players forward just in case Nick snatched a quick breakaway goal and Chris just couldn’t fashion the options he wanted. However, patience paid off for Chris and he fired a central shot into the right-hand corner just before half time. The second half was much the same for the most part. Nick made a goal keeping error 5 minutes in which gave Chris an easy opportunity to flick into an empty net. Unlucky for Nick. And although he didn’t create and shooting chances himself, he continued to frustrate Chris all the way to the end.


Chris Kaberry 2 – 0 Nick Pearson


6th December 2019

North Shields


Reports from Nigel, ‘enhanced’ by Mike


The first game was a potential title decider! A closely fought game with both players showing how well they can play – high quality possession play but also some fine defence and blocking. Neil had the better chances – hitting the woodwork 3 times and bringing some fine saves from Mike’s goalkeeper. It is rare to see a goal-less game between these two players, but a draw leaves things wide open at the top!


Mike Parnaby 0 - 0 Neil Beeforth


Neil stayed on to face the home team! Neil started strongly and sure enough got the first goal mid-way through the first half following some nice passing play. Nigel soon replied with one of his few (or only?) attacking plays down the left-hand side with a smart finish. The second half was dominated by Neil but some dogged defence by Nigel kept him at bay (with many, many, many clearances from his defensive line to concede a goal kick to Neil). It certainly was not pretty, as time and again the ball was hoofed up-field to allow the players to reset their team. But as a tactic to frustrate Neil, it worked even though it meant giving the ball away and inviting yet another attack.

Nigel Lamond 1 - 1 Neil Beeforth


Now Mike came back to that table to play an up-beat Nigel. Again, Nigel was very much on the backfoot – having to bring his best defensive game to thwart Mike’s attacking play. However, it was not enough as Mike got his goal in the first half. The second half was again dominated by Mike’s attacking play bringing out some good blocking play and goalkeeping by Nigel. Nigel never looked like scoring but once again, it was closer than some might have thought and another player is emerging to light up the league.


Nigel Lamond 0 - 1 Mike Parnaby


Thanks to Neil and Mike for some great games played with excellent sportsmanship.



7th December 2019

Guisborough


A very civilised 1pm start saw Nick and Jeff travel to Mike’s for games.


First game on was Jeff against Nick. It is another sign of a vastly improving and tight league that Nick was able to give Jeff a real game here. Indeed, although the older man was ‘in charge’ throughout, it needed a touch of luck to break the deadlock. A shot was created and in came an almost perfect block. It was a back but Jeff saw the chance and left the defender in place. He was in just the right place to allow a deflected and looped shot to give Jeff the lead. The second goal came through a much more traditional route, and made sure of the points. Still, this was a solid performance from Nick and far less gung-ho than normal. He looked a better player for the change of style.

Jeff Parsons 2 – 0 Nick Pearson


Nick stayed on to face Mike next. The game throughout (almost!) was very one sided with Mike wearing a hole in the wooden door with all the knocking! Nick defended for his life and his goalkeeper was providing a great last line of defence. Until he made the mistake. Mike created a central shooting chance and Nick positioned his keeper horizontally, covering the widest area he could, but allowing an easy chip over him. Mike converted and was looking likely to add to that. But he didn’t and it almost cost him. Late on Nick played the ball forward to his attackers and following a ricochet or two the ball landed at the feet of his striker. All it needed was a slight touch to make the ball shoot-able and then the shot into the goal, which Nick did to perfection. What he had missed however, was the player standing offside just inside the shooting zone. Late on Nick crafted a great chance with Mike out of position. Mike jut managed to grab and move his keeper as the shot came in, to make a lucky save. (to be fair, I thought the keeper might have been outside his box and would not have been surprised to have been penalised for it. But things happened so quickly that no-one was really sure where the keeper was when contact was made). Probably the right result but again it shows how close things are now.

Mike Parnaby 1 - 0 Nick Pearson


Last up was Mike against Jeff. Now we all know how well Jeff is playing since last season when he changed his tactics and style. It is to his immense credit that he thought this through and came up with something new. His possession and ‘no risk’ style has borne fruit but also been criticized for its apparent negativity. Whatever other players think, it works for Jeff and is not against the rules in any way. The other players have to find a way to counter it and that was Mike’s task here. I suspect both players will feel that they were in control in the main and it is true that once in possession, control was maintained by both. Jeff was cautious, and Mike more attack minded, but it was Jeff who made the breakthrough with a finely crafted attack and goal. Mike had to up his game and increased the pace, especially in attack. Give Jeff time and he will block you to death, speed was needed to get through! Again, Mike came through the centre and a deft touch created the shot. Jeff was not certain that the ball had been touched, Mike was sure and in the absence of a “Change” call from Nick, took the shot. Jeff’s keeper saved Mike’s player and with plastic bouncing around no-one was sure if the ball had gone in………except Nick who said it had so the goal was scored. I am not sure it had gone in as I was distracted by a pink based player flying back at me following contact with the keeper. Jeff I suspect was not sure either and tended towards the shot having missed or been saved. But the only opinion that mattered said it was a goal, so a goal it was. Phew!


Mike Parnaby 1 – 1 Jeff Parsons



20th December 2019

Darlington

Nick v Dave

Nick started well and after around 10 minutes made it 1-0, Dave had a spell of good possession but just before half time from a difficult angle Nick made it 2-0. Into the second half and both players were blocking well and sharing possession, then as Nick broke down Dave’s attack his pass back went into his own net. Dave then pushed for the equaliser and only for a great save it could have ended 2-2.

Nick Pearson 2 - 1 Dave Brothers

Nick v Rob

Nick came out all guns blazing and by halftime it was 3-0. Rob got more into the game in the second period, but it was always going to be difficult, then on a counter attack Nick made it 4-0. Rob’s goalkeeping was as good as ever and both players did some great blocking.

Nick Pearson 4 – 0 Rob Heseltine

Dave v Rob

This game was end to end and could have gone either way, both players certainly went for it and at times there was massive holes in both back lines, half time came and surprisingly it was goalless. The second half started like the first with some great blocking from both players, then on a swift attack Rob found space and made it 1-0. Dave pushed all the way and Robs goalkeeping kept him ahead, Rob then broke away found a gap and hit a superb shot into the corner only to be ruled out for offside (great refereeing). Dave pushed till the final whistle but couldn’t find the equaliser. 

Dave Brothers 0 - 1 Rob Heseltine


My first home fixture in the league and may I say a big thanks to Rob and Dave, two top blokes who play the game very honestly.




January 2020 Results!

10th January 2020

Chopwell


Another enjoyable evening of Table Football was had in Chopwell, with Tom on best behaviour and not getting in the way....too much. Pizza, quiche and coleslaw were the order of the day.


First up was host Dave v Nigel.

A fairly close game, but with Dave's lack of practice (no excuse!) evident. Nigel scored two very nicely taken goals, one in each half, before Dave pulled a consolation goal back with 45 seconds to go.

Dave Brothers 1 - 2 Nigel Lamond


Next up was Jeff v Nigel

Again another, this time very, close game, separated only by a well worked goal for Jeff in the 18th minute. Blocking was to the fore, and long spells of the game involved the 'attacker' trying to get out of his own defensive area.


Jeff Parsons 1 - 0 Nigel Lamond


Finally Jeff v Dave

Jeff coasted to a two goal lead, before Dave pulled one back with a trademark quick shot. This woke Jeff up and he went on to score two more.


Jeff Parsons 4 - 1 Dave Brothers



17th January 2020-02-01

North Shields


Nick quickly had Andy on the back foot and after constant pressure finally scored after 7 minutes with a nice chip in off the bar. Andy finally began to find his touch and began to create one or two chances to let Nick know he was in a game. 2nd half continued in the same fashion with Andy creating chances however Nick managed to secure a win with a nice move breaking through the middle of Andy’s defence and slotting the ball in the corner. A well earned and deserved win for Nick however Andy created enough chances to take something from the game.

Andy Mill 0 - 2 Nick Pearson


A comfortable win for Chris with both goals coming in the first ten minutes. The first came after just 4 minutes with Andy expecting a chip shot and Chris just hitting a shot along the floor which crept into the corner. Following the second goal Chris dominated possession with just the odd breakaway chance created by Andy without really troubling Chris's keeper. 


Andy Mill 0 - 2 Chris Kaberry


Chris began the game applying early pressure on Nick’s goal with Nick’s breakaway moves being thwarted by Chris's blocking. Chris had a goal disallowed by the referee from a free kick with the referee believing there had been two touches to put the ball in the net. Clearly frustrated and aggrieved with the referee's decision Chris lost concentration and began to make mistakes and some woeful blocking allowed Nick to break down the middle and take the lead which he held until half time. The second half belonged to Chris as Nick refused to park the bus and whilst he looked for a second goal let Chris in not once but three times for what in the end was a fair result. 

Chris Kaberry 3 – 1 Nick Pearson

February 2020 results!

7th February 2020

Great Ayton


Report from Neil Beeforth


The score line doesn’t do Steve justice, the first half saw me give away a stupid amount of free kicks, one of which was right on the edge of the penalty box, Steve was unlucky to go in 1 down. The second half saw an increase in the amount of pressure I managed to force onto poor Steve and it saw me play myself into some decent form with 4 goals, the 3rd of which was special.

Neil Beeforth 5 - 0 Stephen Dobbison


Second game, I stayed on to play Jeff


The game started with me taking first flick which was a relief as last time Jeff kicked off and kept the ball for a week. True to form I soon lost possession and the game of chess started, Jeff keeping the ball and a strong defensive formation at all times, me occasionally forcing a quick attack and the odd shot, all of which led to a half time score of 0 - 0. The second half got under way with Jeff uncharacteristically losing possession with more than 10 minutes left. I managed to force a few swift attacks one of which resulted in a half chance wide on the left which I managed to squeeze a chipped shot in off the post and keeper, an audible get in followed! My main objective when playing Jeff is to score the first goal meaning he has to come out and attack me a bit more, the rest of the half was fairly even, both players having half chances and Jeff’s keeper making 1 memorable finger tip save, all in all a fair result I feel.


Neil Beeforth 1 - 0 Jeff Parsons

Last up Steve and Jeff


Early pressure from Jeff resulted in Steve unfortunately missing the ball with his spare keeper giving Jeff a direct but slightly off centre and about 10 inch open goal flick, which he duly despatched. The game continued with both players pushing for goals (yes Jeff was pushing for goals) and this refreshing approach saw the second goal hit softly in off the far post, the type of goal you don’t see often but is very hard to goalkeep against, half time 2 - 0. Steve pushed hard at the start of the second period to try and get back into the game but this meant gaps were regularly appearing in his defensive wall and Jeff took advantage of this on 2 further occasions to finish the night with a 4 - 0 victory, comfortable but by no means easy.


Stephen Dobbison 0 - 4 Jeff Parsons


14th February 2020

North Shields

Report by Chris Kaberry


Chris v Mike.

These games are never the same. No game is. This one was about skill, experience, good luck, bad luck and taking your chances. Bouncing the ball off your opponent’s keeper won’t win you any games. Both of us created enough to win the game. Some great saves as well. Or was there a bit of luck? Maybe a bit of both? Mike out foxed me midway through the first and second halves to take a 2-0 lead. Skill and experience is all.  Could I have avoided it? Probably not without having 10 men back all game. But what’s the point in that? The idea is to win isn’t it? Unusually, Mike had the lion’s share of possession throughout. It was only after the second goal that I actually got my shit together. 4 clear shots on goal from good positions in the last 6/7 minutes and I couldn’t find the back of the net. What a waste. It was beautifully captured on video. Disappointing one for me. Great result for Mike, but it’s good to be able to say that at least.


Chris Kaberry 0-2 Mike Parnaby

Chris v Rob.

After all the stories I’d heard about Rob and his recent results, I wasn’t about to let him settle into this one. Full of ham sandwiches, quiche and pizza (thanks Val), I wanted blood for afters and I got it. Rob didn’t play badly. That ‘direct’ way of playing just didn’t work for him last night. Another time it might. I watched the whole game again on video in bed last night. I was surprised at the pace of the game. Quite good to watch actually. I banged in a quick brace midway through the first half. I got another one soon after the break. Rob did get one back. It was a great shot into the corner, but I made no attempt to save it because I miscounted his flicks. I thought 4 flick but the ref said 3. My fault for being an idiot. A peachy fourth came just before the end. I expect the next encounter at Rob’s to completely different. As said in the first report, games usually are!

Chris Kaberry 4-1 Rob Hesletine


Mike v Rob.

We all know what happened in the last encounter! Rob changed his bases to ‘Raptors’ for this one. I think that he needs to practice with these because they suited him well. Despite some great blocking throughout, Rob just couldn’t keep up with Mike’s skill and options. Unrelenting pressure from Mike at times. My first comment after the game was that Rob really deserved a consolation if not two. Mike agreed, but in the end Mike had too much for Rob in this one.


Mike Parnaby 5-0 Rob Hesletine

March 2020 Results!

6th March 2020

Darlington


First up was Nick against Nigel. A good first half which saw both players sharing the possession, and after 7 minutes Nigel took the lead after finding a large gap in Nick’s defence and scoring with a well placed shot . The second half was much like the first with both players sharing possession and blocking well. Both players were pushing and after 20 minutes it was Nick who got a lucky break and was able to equalise. The game always looked like a draw and that’s the way it ended. Great sportsmanship and honesty from both players and a fair result. 


Nick Pearson 1-1 Nigel Lamond


The next game was not a classic by any means. Both players failed to create too much and after a goalless first half we hoped things might improve in the second. The second half saw both players have a couple of half chances but it wasn’t to be and the game ended goalless. 


Nick Pearson 0-0 Andy Mill


In the final game of the day it was Nigel who snatched the points. Both players had good possession but it was Nigel who split Andy’s defence and took a lead after around 8 minutes. In the second half most of the game was played in the midfield, Andy probably had more possession and with a few minutes remaining he broke away and hit the crossbar. A good win for Nigel in a tight encounter. Well done Andy for completing the game after struggling with health issues. 


Nigel Lamond 1-0 Andy Mill


7th March 2020

North Shields


Report written by Chris Kaberry


Chris v Dave

I had the lion’s share of possession in this one and the greater number of chances. Really good chances as well, but failed to take any of them. Dave made some great saves and blocks throughout. Dave scored with one of his two shots on goal. A typical Dave attack and snap shot from the wing after 8 minutes. I would have been better positioning my keeper properly than fannying around trying to get blocks in. But that’s my fault. Plenty of time to come back for me but all wasted. Great result for Dave. Garbage from me.


Chris Kaberry 0 -1 Dave Brothers


Beefy v Dave

In the early stages, Beefy was lethal with his shooting and scored a quick brace. I really thought that the flood gates were going to open here but Dave started to get his blocks in. A third followed early in the second half (all great goals btw) and the contest was over.


Neil Beeforth 3-0 Dave Brothers


Beefy v Chris

Another tight game. I changed my tactics for tonight’s game and it might have paid off if I’d actually been able to shoot. Both of us had our chances and periods of pressure. It really could have gone either way. Beefy scored with about 6 minutes to go. It was one of those mid-ranged shots that could have gone anywhere. This one drilled into the corner with no chance. Beefy thought it was a great goal. I wasn’t impressed at all.


Neil Beeforth 1-0 Chris Kaberry


13th March 2020

Darlington


Rob played Jeff in the first game tonight. Jeff started well and after two minutes took the lead with a well worked goal, Rob was finding it hard to get any possession at by half time Jeff was 3 up and cruising. In the second half Rob started to play in a more relaxed fashion and started to block really well, but after around the 22 minute mark Jeff broke away and stuck in number 4. Jeff then sat back and in the final five minutes Rob had all the ball and found a gap and scored a well deserved goal to make the final score 4-1 to Jeff . 

Rob Hesletine 1-4 Jeff Parsons


Rob really should have won this game against Nick! Rob had all the early pressure and was playing very confidently, hitting everything. Rob broke away with a quick one two and had options on the shot. He took the most difficult option flicking a defender from his own defensive area and catching the ball perfect, and it flew straight into the net. Into the second half and Nick came a little bit more into the game and created a few chances. Then with some close control found a gap to equalise. Rob himself came forward again in the final few minutes but I’d say Nick was the happiest with the draw. 


Rob Hesletine 1-1 Nick Pearson


In the final game of the day it was Jeff who got the result, but he was definitely made to work for it. Jeff had lots of possession but Nick was blocking very well and not giving much away. After 10 minutes Jeff found a gap in Nicks defence and prodded it home. Half time came and Jeff knew he was in a game. In the second half Jeff enjoyed long periods of the ball but wasn’t finding many gaps as Nick again was blocking really well. In the final five minutes Nick put together some good passes and forced a throw in within the final third. Jeff over flicked his block leaving Nick with a shot from the angle; fortunately Jeff made the save and held on for victory. 


Jeff Parsons 1-0 Nick Pearson 



CUP RESULTS


10th March 2020

North Shields


Preliminary Round

Nigel vs Chris

This was a tight, closely fought affair with both players keeping good quality possession and pushing the other’s defensive skills. The only goal of the game came mid-way through the first half when a mistake by Nigel allowed Chris through the middle to pass the ball into the corner of the goal. Chris had a couple of chances to increase his lead but couldn’t find the target while Nigel just couldn’t find that extra quality he needed around the shooting area to create the chance to equalise.


Nigel Lamond 0-1 Chris Kaberry

First Round

Chris vs Jeff

A game between Chris and Jeff is always something to look forward to and this did not disappoint. Both players had very good spells of possession which was countered by some very nice blocking flicks. Opportunities were created but neither player was able to score the goal to win the tie in the normal 30 minutes so we moved into penalties. Chris won the toss and decided to shoot first. Both missed their first shots, before Chris found the corner with his second. However, Jeff bounced straight back and equalised. Both players were then unable to score with their remaining 3 shots each so we moved into sudden death. Chris scored with his first shot and Jeff was unable to match it so Chris advanced into the semi-finals where he will meet Mike or Andy.


Chris Kaberry 0-0 Jeff Parsons (Chris won 2-1 on penalties)

The Ranking Table 2019-20

Name
 Pl
 W
 D
 L
 For
 Against
Diff
 Points
Jeff
 14  
 10 
 2 
  2
  25
  7
  +18 
  22
Beefy
 10
  7
 3
  0
 20 
  2
  +18
  17
Mike
 10
  7
 3
  0
  18
  2
  +16
  17
Chris
 10
  6
  0
  4
  14
  7
  +7
  12
Nick
 14
  4
 3 
 7 
  13
  17
  -3
  11
Nigel
  8
  3
 2 
  3
  6
  6
  0
  8
Rob
  8
  2
  2
 4 
  7
  20
  -13
  6
Dave
  10
  2
  1
 7 
  5
  15
 -10
  5
Stephen  
  8
  1
  0
  7
  2
  18
 -16
  2
Andy
  10
  0
  2
  8
  1
  17
 -16
  2

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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