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Birmingham & District Table Soccer Association - Flats Results

FLATS REPORT THE DIO FLETCHER STADIUM NEWTHORPE NOVEMBER 4TH



The game was very even in the 1st half despite the contrast of styles-slow and methodical from Dave against the more quick and robust from Marco and chances were few and far between.The 2nd half was more open and the game was decided when Dave conceded a free kick just inside his own half and Marco capitalised on a couple of poor block flicks with a delightful shot into the far corner of the net. Dave almost replied straight from the kick-off when a quick shot was saved by Marco’s rod despite him not having hold of it. Dave had a couple of more chances to equalise but Marco held on to secure his first victory in the Flats League.

Marco 1 v 0 Dave


Marco continued his 100% record with a hard fought victory over Colin with a goal 7 minutes from time when despite being in a “POT” (Paterson Offside Trap for those unaffiliated to this) managed to wriggle out of it and squeezed in a delightful goal off the far post to take the lead. Colin came out of his defensive shell and was unlucky not to grab a draw when he broke quickly through Marco’s defence only to be denied a deserved equaliser when the ball came back off the post. 

Colin 0 v 1 Marco


A typical Colin against Dave clash with Dave having the majority of the possession and Colin making some world class saves to deny Dave the victory but it was honours even after a tough 40 minutes.

Colin 0 v 0 Dave


Rob’s first game was in the whole an even contest and despite Marco taking the lead on 8 minutes after some good intricate play on Rob’s shooting line it was no more than Rob deserved when he equalised on 14 minutes from a corner. Both players had opportunities to win the game in the second half but in the end a draw was a fair result.

Rob 1 v 1 Marco 


Rob claimed his first victory with two well taken goals one in each half the first after 17 minutes with a low strike into the corner of the goal. Colin pushed men forward in the 2nd half in search of an equaliser but was caught on the break when Rob scored his second on 38 minutes leaving Colin still seeking his first victory on his return to the Flats competition after a two year absence.

Colin 0 v 2 Rob



FLATS REPORT THE LENINIUM STADIUM CHESTERFIELD NOVEMBER 18TH


Marco raced into the lead with a powerful long shot that went like an arrow into the corner. Mike came back and levelled with a shot that lifted over the 'keeper. Marco opened up Mike's defence to send the 'keeper the wrong way and restore the lead. Mike expressed his frustrations at the turn of events, saying that "I hate this game sometimes!" -and then equalised within a minute to complete the scoring in an outstanding game of flats TS.

 

Marco 2 v 2 Mike

 

 

Dave produced his best performance of the season to grab a two-goal lead at half-time, both from throw-ins. Marco replaced his 'keeper for the second half and he soon found useful employment, though two good chances to get back into the match were spurned after the break.

 

Dave 3 v 0 Marco

 

 

Dave enjoyed two early chances but Mike was equal to the challenge. Mike produced some good examples of quick, skilful play but wasn't quite able to take advantage. Both players were probing for the vital opening goal but both defences were able to cope well. Then, with two minutes to go, Dave forced a run of throw-ins and corners and from the last of these carved out the chance for the winner that he tucked inside the far post.

 

Dave 1 v 0 Mike

FLATS REPORT PATERSON FLATS BIRMINGHAM JANUARY 6TH

You look at these fixtures and you could expect three 0-0. Not today!

Dave put pressure on Jeff’s defence. It held out till 12 minutes gone when yes from the left wing, Dave scored. Jeff, from kick off gave his defence some rest with good possession. Jeff’s keeper was called on to make saves. The second half was more of the same. 7 minutes gone and Dave got a second, then with 5 minutes to go Dave secured his third to win.

Dave 3 v 0 Jeff


Rob against Dave and for at least 5 minutes Dave had 3 players offside with a super p.o.t.. Second half Dave had two shots on goal; with one effort a call of four flicks was called as the shot was wayward and wide. 1 point each.

Rob 0 v 0 Dave


The final match resulted in a lot of effort, but was settled by a very fine long pass to what looked like Jeff’s lonely forward. As it arrived a defending figure had lain down stop the ball. As we all know it was still Jeff’s ball. Jeff knocked the ball into the shooting area and blindly sent the same figure after ball to propel the ball into the near post to claim all three points.

Rob 0 v 1 Jeff




FLATS REPORT THE DIO FLETCHER STADIUM NEWTHORPE JANUARY 27TH


An even contest burst into life after 12 minutes when Marco scored three unanswered goals in a devastating six minute period of attacking football leaving a shell-shocked Mike to ponder what might await him in the second half. Mike recovered somewhat in the second half and pulled a goal back on 25 minutes and may have thought a comeback was possible. Marco  however continued his onslaught towards Mike's goal and despite some superb blocking Marco got his reward with a fourth goal on 36 minutes to extinguish any hopes of Mike getting back into the game.


Marco 4 v 1 Mike


Although there were no goals in this match this was a game were both players could easily(on another day) had at least a couple of goals.The first half was dominated by Jeff and on at least two occasions he squandered good attacking positions and deep down knew he could have done better. The second half by contrast was more open and Colin had three chances to open the scoring, firstly denied by the crossbar and the next two by exceptional goalkeeping from Jeff.Colin could have sealed it with 10 seconds to go only to be denied by a superb save from Jeff’s goalkeeper at his near post.


Colin 0 v 0  Jeff 


This was the best game of the day by far with both players playing to the top of their form. Marco having already secured two points from his first game was in no mood to rest on his laurels and should have took the lead after seven minutes only to be foiled by an offside infringement. Jeff took the lead on 18 minutes totally against the run of play when Marco missed the ball with his flick right in front of goal and Jeff capitalised on this mistake to take a 1-0 lead into the second half. The second half unfolded with Marco desperately seeking an equaliser and he was rewarded with an equaliser on 25 minutes with a neat chip over the goalkeeper after a succession of corners.Jeff continued to defend superbly and if the block flicks were not quite good enough his trusty goalkeeper was keeping Marco’s attackers at bay. It seemed that Jeff’s excellent defensive display had earned him a precious point but Marco scored with 10 seconds left in the contest to earn him his second victory of the day.


Jeff 1 v 2  Marco


This was a contest were both players needed to win to maintain any chance of winning the League and it seemed that Mike would be that player when he took the lead on 8 minutes with a shot over the keeper from near the touchline. Mike should have added to his tally when he hit the post after 14 minutes when Colin’s block flick fell short giving Mike a good shooting opportunity.Mike was going to rue that by halftime when on 18 minutes Colin capitalised on a poor block flick when he tucked the ball into the net from a slightly acute angle although Mike can feel himself unlucky when the ball came back off the post and ricocheted into the goal off his keeper.The second half continued in the same vein and both players had several good chances to add to their tally but in the end both players had to settle for a draw.  


Colin 1 v 1  Mike



FLATS REPORT THE LENINIUM STADIUM CHESTERFIELD FEBRUARY 24th 2019


Rob took advantage of a missed flick to take a first-half lead. This was doubled when Robbo took a free-kick and swept forward to score again. Mike kept pressing and scored with the last flick of the match, the bell sounding before the ball even hit the back of the net.


 Rob 2 - 1 Mike

 

 

Dave dominated the early play and got his reward with a goal after thirteen minutes. Col came forward after the break and might have scored twice, but was thwarted by a save then put the second chance wide. Dave finished the game on the attack and took an undeserved second with the last flick of the game.

 

 Dave 2 - 0 Colin

 

Dave got off to a flier and put Rob under real pressure, without reward. The second half was more even and it was something of a surprise when Dave set up a well-worked goal from an angle. Rob came forward, Dave having to defend for a throw-in. This was well-taken and Dave's slightly misplaced block set Rob up for the leveller with fifty seconds remaining.

 

 Dave 1 - 1 Rob

 

A game featuring much attacking play remained strangely goalless, Col going the closest with a shot against the bar. Mike went in front with a penalty after a handball offence but Col stormed back and Mike had to produce two good saves at the end of the game to preserve his lead.


Mike 1 - 0 Colin


FLATS REPORT FIRHILL STADIUM GREAT AYTON MARCH 3RD 2019



The flats circus travelled to Great Ayton for its next performance and started with Rob against Jeff. Rob played very well and two first half goals settled matters. Jeff managed to steady the ship in the second half, but the damage was done and the points secure.


Rob 2 – 0 Jeff


Next up was Mike against Jeff and it was another tight game. Mike scored the only goal of the first half (and I have to say it was a screamer from out wide and a very narrow angle!). The second half was very to and fro with both creating and missing chances. Mike eventually scored again and looked secure, but Jeff responded almost at once. The final minutes were tense as again both players had chances, but there were no further goals.


Mike 2 – 1 Jeff


Rob returned to action to face Mike. The game opened with Mike scoring after 5 minutes, a looped lob shot over the keeper. After that Rob showed his tactical mastery in keeping Mike out and remaining very dangerous himself. The second half saw a POT set up and Mike spent many minutes trying to manoeuvre a position to win a throw in. It came with about 10 seconds left in the game!


Mike 1 – 0 Rob


FLATS REPORT LOWGATE HEXHAM APRIL 14TH 2019 


Dave came with the clear intention of winning his final two games and attacked Mike vigorously from the start. Mainly it was very alert and occasional risking blocking and fortunate goalkeeping by Mike kept Dave at bay, Dave’s shot doing everything right but failed to cross the line by about 2 mm. However, after 6 minutes, a rising shot from Dave finding the net from the left got him going. Mike rarely got a chance in the first half except for one aborted attack. The second half saw a similar pattern with Dave always on the front foot. Mike blocked magnificently and remained defiant at times but Dave was spinning perfectly and made Mike work so hard but could not force enough up front. In the end, Dave clinched the second goal in the 31st minute. Mike did attempt to pull it back but on this form, Dave was going to give nothing and could have added to his score line.



Mike 0 - 2 Dave



A powerful possessive start by Jeff which continued throughout the half, rather than actually threatening Dave’s goal, gave Dave little opportunity to get that all important goal. Jeff lost the edge slightly at the start of the second but made Dave fight all the way to wrestle possession back. With Dave truly failing to do his usual damage on the wings, Jeff kept the game well alive in the middle, forcing Dave to constantly show his great spinning technique. With ten minutes remaining a free kick by Jeff saw four players threaten Dave on the left but a great tactical offside encounter took place which deprived him of the only shot of the game. A late attack by Dave could have opened up Jeff’s defence, but open they didn’t. Neither goalkeeper had touched the ball all game because neither team made a shot.



Jeff 0 - 0 Dave


A somewhat scrappy game with Jeff trying to take the game to Mike. But although he created enough, really sloppy shooting meant that Mike didn’t have to do much to keep him out. The second half was barely five minutes old before Mike did a quick move and slotted the ball home. A bit of controversy but not so much quality ensued with both players threatening but not delivering. With seven minutes remaining, a replayed move allowed Jeff to power home the equaliser. The old quick handball in the shooting area could have seen Jeff score the winner but neither player really deserved anything more than what they had got. Both have had better games.

Jeff 1 – 1 Mike

FLATS REPORT THE GHIGLIOTTI’S FAMILY STADIUM - SHENFIELD ESSEX - APRIL 28TH


First half was very balanced but at 8 min from the end, Rob scored a fantastic goal entering a narrow gap on Colin’s defense. The chip was perfectly executed and the ball entered the first post: nothing to do for the keeper! Colin started attacking, trying to get the draw, but again Rob scored by a clever left hand flick in order to solve a good block of Colin: 2:0.

Second half saw Colin getting the ball a great part of the time, getting a couple of cross bars and scoring the 2:1 at the 28 min. Too late anyway for equalizing the match.  


Colin 1 v 2 Rob ref Marco


The match was very tough and balanced. Colin was under control of the Marco’s attacks and he was even controlling the whole match when, at about 4 min from the end of the second half, unexpectedly Marco scored a goal by using a block of Colin which was perfect to chip the ball into the net. Nearly impossible to save by the keeper. The commentator confirmed Colin really would have deserved a draw!


Marco 1 v 0 Colin ref Rob


It was really a hard match as usual for both players. Rob strategy was quite perfect: controlling the match and sumptuous defense blocks. Marco tried several time to storm Rob’s defense unsuccessfully, but not taking care of his defense and positioning on the pitch. The consequence of Marco’s foolish attaching was a magnificent counterattack, scoring the 1:0 at the 39min. Rob really deserved the final score. The commentator confirmed that.  


    Marco 0 v 1 Rob ref Colin  

FLATS REPORT THE LENINIUM STADIUM CHESTERFIELD MARCH 25TH


Col made a series of errors that brought the first goal from a 'keeper-out. Col came out with a new team and a better performance in the second half and deserved an equaliser that never came. One fine save saw Jeff sweep the ball under Carol's piano. The ref then thought he 'saw' another Col effort in the net but Col was too sporting to accept this gift.

Jeff 1 v 0 Colin


FLATS REPORT THE GHIGLIOTTI’S FAMILY STADIUM - SHENFIELD ESSEX - JUNE 17TH


Due to an unexpected hospital visit, the game between Marco and Jeff became the final game of the flats league held at the original fixture venue in the very smart, well-appointed Brentford suburb of leafy Shenfield. Kevin Dyson, the top flat player, kindly accepted our invitation to referee and on Father’s Day as well.

This could have been regarded as a game with only slightly possible consequences. Marco’s challenge was to win by 7-0 to take the league title. Not a hope some would say against his ‘strong defence’ opponent who has just stopped leaking goals since his stay in hospital. But Jeff’s long round trip of 600 miles, the fast, accurate, somewhat instinctive style of Marco with great results against Dave, Mike and previously Jeff showed that he could just do it.

Jeff, however, was rather well prepared. No defeats in his last 6 BDTSA games or last 3 flats and only the movement to 4th from 5th at stake for him. But to finish in this flats league 4th was like winning any other league. It is just full of quality, great attentive refereeing with no guarantees, just some lovely challenges to the bitter end, if you put yourself in the right mind.

Marco had beaten Jeff 2-1 in the first game at Colin’s some months previously with a teasing last second goal. Nothing at stake eh? It does not work like that in the BDTSA. Both Rob and Jeff come from the same battling mould and if former champion, Rob can upset Marco, Jeff can.

The game saw Marco start like the proverbial train. Fast, accurate scouring and searching for a full 5 minutes against Jeff’s backline of 7 defenders with 3 just in front blocking very accurately. Marco committed more forward but Jeff’s practised line was very strong with no leaks. And then Jeff’s three got the ball. Marco blocked deadly accurate with time to do it in midfield. Jeff countered with spin and equally accurate long flicks to keep possession. Slow, slow, even slower, forward a bit, a bit more, quick, quick, past the depleted defence and in where it matters. Wait, aim far post, lift a bit. Perfect. GOOOOOOOOOAL! Nine minutes gone, 1-0 Jeff. Just what the doctor and the practice the day before ordered.

The game continued the same pattern but Marco never got to the back of Jeff’s defence or penalty area in the first half. Jeff’s long flicks and three figures prepared to go forward at a slow, ever possessive pace, just quashed the 7-goal target. Marco now had his own problems with this style. It started to suck the life from his game.

The second half did open up and at both ends. Marco did start to penetrate and had at least three shots all tactically blocked behind the ball to deflect. He certainly had two unblocked from within the penalty area but Jeff’s skills run to a fast, swipe goalkeeper who took his inspiration from Gandalf’s ‘They shall not pass’. Well your figures might but the ball isn’t. Interspersed with Marco’s heavy attacking, Jeff had equal number of chances against a less numbered defence and always got to a good point in Marco’s area. On the half hour, one of these carefully formulated Jeff’s attacks struck again, with a well-aimed beautifully struck post ball.

Marco never gives up and with the same enthusiasm and speed, he battered Jeff’s defence for the final minutes and no one would have said he did not deserve a goal or even two. But you need composure and shooting accuracy when faced with this goalkeeper. He tracks that ball. And Jeff never just defended. In possession, he headed for that depleted defence, two vulnerable figures with wide gaps, Marco always blocked accurately in defence, but Jeff made in roads slowly but always with deadly intent. And two figures at this level just isn’t going to block well for ever. It’s a tiring job this blocking.


Marco 0 - 2 Jeff ref Kevin


On another day with a less resolute opponent and a bit more luck, Marco could have reversed this score but just not today. And 7-0......well it was never really on!

Kevin Dyson was the invited referee and he fulfilled the task as well as he plays. If you are going to claim to be the best flat league in the world, you have to have one of the world’s best players to referee. Kevin may disbelieve Jeff about the pink ball but he believes in the flat game and came out with the perfect sentiment. ‘Twenty minutes each half - now that is a man’s game ‘. You can add the flat games and the TSPA rules to that sentiment. It is the game when the players are equally good with fingers and brain. Unfortunately, apologies to all the other TS and Subbuteo players, but we agree with him. No bloody heavy weight hand on the surround in this game! Kevin backed up his belief by beating both Marco and Jeff in the rest of the round robin but we must tease him. Could he do in a BDTSA league?

Dave may have won the best BDTSA flat season ever and everyone agrees he deserved it on pure consistency and total spin but if the same 6 join next season, he knows he has just a bit of a challenge to retain it. No longer can you get away with spin and/or polish and a plateful of skills but you must practise before, play effective tactics, be of the right mindset every session, add goalkeeping as a skill and just have that slice of luck. All these players travel a lot for their games and pay good money to do it. They are not going to let you off or win easily. You might occasionally touch the ball. So, if you travel, host, play, referee to TSPA and you think you are good at flats, any takers in the country for one quality flats league are very welcome. Otherwise, forget it.



Latest Table 2018-19
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Player
 Played
 Won
 Drawn
 Lost
Goals For
Goals Against
Goal Diff.
Points
 Dave Collett
10
5
4
1
12
2
+10
14
 Rob Paterson
10
5
3
2
11
6
+5
13
 Marco Ghigliotti
10
5
2
3
12
11
+1
12
 Jeff Parsons
10
3
3
4
7
10
-3
7
 Mike Parnaby
10
3
3
4
10
14
-4
9
 Colin Fletcher
10
0
3
7
2
11
-9
3

Birmingham & District Table Soccer Association - Cup Results

Semi-finals BDTSA CHALLENGE CUP played Tuesday, 19th Feb 2019

Jeff Parsons v Colin Fletcher

Jeff started well attacking Colin for the opening 5 minutes during which he cut a close in attempt onto the near post. Colin replied with his own attempt sending a shot just wide. Jeff looked in control attacking Colin who defended with a full defence. And then a crucial breakaway saw Colin with the minimum of moves hit a wonderful goal from some distance out. Within three minutes Colin made another accurate flick to his right wing and slotted in a low, hard shot to double his lead, although Jeff’s goalkeeper was clearly at fault in some way.

The second half saw Colin getting stronger but always conscious that a goal back would put the game on a knife edge. Both players showed great skills but Jeff certainly made some thoughtless mistakes which prevented him from penetrating Colin’s defence. However, one of Jeff ‘s moves saw him hit the post for the second time. As time was running out, Jeff decided on a slightly faster game and with just four minutes remains, Jeff looped in a close in shot to make the last minutes a little nerve racking for Colin. Colin’s experience was enough to see him through to the end.


Jeff Parsons 1 v 2 Colin Fletcher


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Rob Paterson v Dave Collett

1st half Dave produced two excellent chances well saved by Robs goalkeeper. But with about 8 minutes to go Rob produced an excellent pot. Second half and with two minutes gone Rob conjured up a move into Dave shooting area and gave him a chance in front of Dave’s goal, his shot found the inside the far post to go one up. This forced Dave into attack after attack and with nine minutes to full time found a very good opening to equalize. Into extra time and Dave went two one up with three minutes gone. Both players had chances but its Dave who went through to the final.


Rob Paterson 1 v 2 Dave Collett




Final BDTSA CHALLENGE CUP played Sunday 9th June 2019


This season Challenge Cup Final was held at Lime Road, hosted by Brian Kinrade, and thanks to him allowing to use his house for the Cup Final and AGM.


Dave got the final rolling although it was clear Colin was suffering and there was a air of menthol in the room. Dave manipulated his playing figures towards a solid looking defence and the attack failed to get past.Colin got control of the ball, but his quick flicking resulting in a loss of ball control. The match continued same manner. In to the 9th minute and Colin's defence been pulled out of position to allow an opening on Dave's right wing. The resulting attack gave Dave a chance and a deft chip flew over Colin's keeper into the goal's far side netting to give Dave a goal lead. This led to an attack from Colin where he disagreed with refs decision where his figure collided with a defensive moving figure, but was judged his figure would not reach the ball. And worse was to come for Colin. In the final minutes Colin was adjudged to have taken 4 flicks to score a goal. Goal disallowed.

Second  half and much the same as the first, only with 26 minutes gone Dave produced a fine chip shot that was a difficult to save and the ball ended up in the back of the net, Dave now taking a two goal lead. The next few minutes of play was bizarre from Colin. This did not stop Dave's attackers but on his chance to score, a shot which only found Colin's goalkeeper bar lying on the goal line, failed to add to the lead. Colin got his game together and found a move and gap into Dave's shooting area and his shot found the back of the net. 2 v 1 and that was how it ended


Dave Collett 2 v 1 Colin Fletcher



Top Player

As an experiment for the 2018-19 season, we are looking at a combined championship table. This will take into account the League Championship, the Flats league and the 00 league. All players who appear in any of those leagues will appear in the consolidated Top Player table. 


All points won, goals scored etc will be counted in the overall table so every single match and goal will have a bearing on the final outcome. This, we hope, ensures that all three events remain competitive.


As some leagues have fewer players, these leagues will gain a weighting according to the number of players involved, to compensate for the fewer games in that particular league. For this season there are 6 players in the Flats league so it starts from scratch (no adjustments). There are 5 players in the League Championship league so each statistic is divided by 5 then multiplied by 6 to give a weighted score. In the 00 league the numbers are divided by 4 then multiplied by 6.


I will try to keep this table up to date and for this season it is just for interest. Each player will value each event in a different way and the overall table will be viewed as important to some, less so to others. We will examine its value at the AGM.

Top Player
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Player
 Played
 Won
 Drawn
 Lost
 For 
 Against
 Diff
 Points
 
 Jeff Parsons
 28.6
 8.4
16
 4
13.9
11.5
+2.4
33.0
 Dave Collett
 28.6
7.7
17
3.7
     20.1
7.7
+12.4
32.6
 
 Colin Fletcher
 28.6
 3.9
15
 9.4
     15.2
21.2
-6
23.1
 
 Mike Parnaby
 28.6
 6.9
9.3
 12
 19
 30.2
 -11.2
23.1
 Rob Paterson
 19.6
 5
10
 4.4
13.4
 12
 +1.4
20.2
 Marco Ghigliotti
10
 5
 2
 32
12
11
 +1
12