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Birmingham & District Table Soccer Association League Championship

MAIN LEAGUE GAMES AT PATERSON FLATS PLAYED 30/9/2018


The season kicked off with Dave against Colin. As always, this was a tight game which highlighted two contrasting styles. Colin tried to use faster play to create chances, the best of which was saved by a well placed goalkeeper. Dave managed to 'grind out' his best chance late on, but was beaten by the clock before he could take advantage.


Dave Collett 0 v 0 Colin Fletcher


The next game saw the first goal of the season. Colin was warmed up by now, and faced Rob in a very open game. Rob had a chance from a free kick following a hand-ball, but the shot was well saved. The winner was scored in the 19th minute and Colin is the seasons early pace setter!


Rob Paterson 0 v 1 Colin Fletcher


Although this ended score-less, it was a far more open game than the season opener. Both players hit the woodwork and both had other close calls as well, but neither could find the shot that mattered.


Rob Paterson 0 v 0 Dave Collett



MAIN LEAGUE GAMES AT THE DIO FLETCHER STADIUM PLAYED 9/12/2018


Mike can count himself unlucky not to have open his account with a win although chances were few and far between. Mike rattled the crossbar/post on 3 occasions. Rob had two good chances from long throws and shots on the run but in the end the honours were even.


Rob Paterson 0 v 0 Mike Parnaby


Jeff came out on top in this fascinating contest with a well taken goal midway through the second half with a low shot into the corner and taking advantage of a poor block flick from Colin. Colin then laid siege to Jeff’s goal and hit the post on 3 occasions in a frantic final 5 minutes and could rue these gilt-edged chances come the end of the season.


Colin Fletcher 0 v 1 Jeff Parsons


Colin found himself fortunate with his first two goals just before halftime when both of his shots found the net after hitting the post and rebounding into the goal off the back of Mike’s goalkeeper. Colin continued to dominate in the second half and increased his lead in the 25th minute with a low shot into the corner of the goal.Mike continued to press forward for a consolation goal and was rewarded 3 minutes from time. At this stage Colin should have shut up shot but was probably a little too greedy in the hunt for a fourth goal and was caught napping when Mike scored his second 16 seconds from time.


Colin Fletcher 3 v 2 Mike Parnaby


As always a close encounter with chances two a minimum throughout.Rob could have scored just before the break but his shot carried too much weight and flew over the crossbar. The second half was just as tight but Rob managed to pull out a good save from Jeff’s keeper just before the end and at this stage both players seemed content in settling for a draw.


Jeff Parsons 0 v 0 Rob Paterson 



MAIN LEAGUE GAMES PLAYED AT ROWLEY REGIS 10TH FEBRUARY 2019

The games kicked off with Dave against Rob. Rob perhaps gives himself a harder task by playing with Subbuteo OO rattlers but it is beginning to make less and less of a difference. Dave, as always, pressed and pressed with one attack after another, one throw after another and one corner after another. With Rob’s blocking of the highest quality and high level tactics, helped by a 5-minute stalemate it all resulted in Rob’s goalkeeper being rarely troubled. Only very briefly with spinning capabilities did Rob’s attack even feature but the perceived threat was all Rob needed as Dave knew that his attacking domination could be undermined with one quick, unchecked move by Rob who looks harmless until he suddenly pops up in your shooting area like a rattling Vietcong sniper.



Dave Collett 0 v 0 Rob Paterson


Next up was Jeff against Colin. Not for Colin, but this was a classic. All the attacking force was from Colin with clearly the best openings of the first half falling to him. Colin had chances but with the saucepan bases, knowing your base and shooting discipline is still an absolute necessity. He hit straight but either it was too hard or too soft and when right, Jeff’s goalkeeper looked as if Gandalf was always going to stop the fire monster with ‘they shall not pass’ ringing in his ears. However, it was sadly to get worse for Colin. Attack this player relentlessly at your peril! 

The second half opened with Jeff showing little ambition going forward and his figures were mostly behind the ball. Colin continued to find gaps, using speed to get through Jeff’s tight defence, but his goalkeeper was just seeing the ball too well and when the swipe save occasionally missed, it was luckily knocked onto the post and out. With 31 minutes gone, there was a long pass and a one-man furrow which saw Jeff do once what Colin had failed to do many times and with a superb angled lift, only possible with a saucepan base, into Colin’s roof of the net. A close to 8 figure permanent attack ensued with Colin now looking vulnerable at the back. He still outran Jeff’s defence several times but poor shooting, shooting too hard or just plain panic prevented Colin from equalising. Jeff’s opportunities increased with Colin so light in defence and Jeff’s long searching passes but nothing came of it. The bell went with Jeff looking down on one long, impenetrable line of his 10 players and a rather great designed goalkeeper. No saves out of the box with this guy.

Jeff Parsons 1 v 0 Colin Fletcher


After the demoralising display against Jeff, Colin had to recover quickly to take on Rob. With Colin still reeling, Rob took full advantage, scoring in the 4th and 8th minute to take a seemingly overwhelming lead at halftime.

Such is his resolve, In the second half, Colin clawed back a goal after a mistake by Rob in the 26th minute and then, as if to imitate Jeff’s lifted goal in the previous game, Colin struck the equaliser in the 32nd minute. We are not sure at this stage whether both players had settled for a draw when both players accomplished a 6-minute lockdown involving about 6 figures and a ball which had nowhere to go. After negotiations, Rob, clearly disappointed that he had let Colin back in the game, had a final chance but spurned it just before the final whistle. Colin, so close to a no-show day, sighed a relief.


Colin Fletcher 2 v 2 Rob Paterson


The oldest rivalry in the league saw Jeff play fast and forcing two shots in the early stages. And that was the end of his attacking. Dave’s wriggled, twisted and spun, forced throws as if they were goals, took corners non-stop but Jeff’s defence just stayed like a rock, moving right and left as required. Dave did put the ball in the net with his only real shot in the first half from his right but the referee ruled an infringement. 

Both halves just followed the same formula. Occasionally Jeff got forward but Dave tactically blocked the long shot or pass with great skill and effect. But upfront, Dave was getting no joy with his clever repertoire of spins and tricks with Jeff only rarely giving him a half opening to goal. Jeff’s goalkeeper sat down, but always to hand, and watched admiringly at his defence, able to recover from the earlier game. The game ran its familiar course to the end. No goal flood of 4-2 like their first meeting way back in May 1972, nearly 47 years ago. That’s more than half a life time!


Jeff Parsons 0 v 0 Dave Collett


MAIN LEAGUE GAMES PLAYED AT FIRHILL, GUISBOROUGH 31ST MARCH 2019

The first game saw old rivals Dave and Colin square up in the only game of the day that saw differing player types. The game was excellent to watch and ref as both players probed each other's defensive capabilities to the full. Both players had decent chances with the better ones possibly falling to Colin. But in true BDTSA style, the game finished without the scoreboard man being troubled.

Colin Fletcher 0 v 0 Dave Collett

Next up was Mike against Dave. At the AGM Mike had promised/offered to play with his flats against Dave in the main league. True to his word, out they trotted to face the much more experienced flats of Dave. Was it a risk, sure it was! But as Mike explained later, he wants to learn the flats game from the master, and there is no better way than this. The first half was tight, but only in that there were no goals. Again, both players carved out chances with Mike playing a cavalier style of a one man defence at times. Dave must have thought that it was a matter of time before that lone blocker missed his tackle and let Dave in. The goal, when it came after 30 minutes, was scored at the other end! Mike managed to move Dave's defence about to develop a gap in the back line. A couple of quick flicks and a nicely chipped shot, all on the move, settled the game. That said, Dave fought back well and could have equalised late on.

Mike Parnaby 1 v 0 Dave Collett

Final game was Mike and Colin. This one could have ended 5-5 based on the chances created. But a combination of woodwork, goalkeepers and poor shooting left the game without a goal. Both players played well enough and on another day would have scored. But each had to settle for a point as Colin completed his league fixtures for this season.

Mike Parnaby 0 v 0 Colin Fletcher

MAIN LEAGUE REPORT THE LENINIUM STADIUM CHESTERFIELD MAY 4TH

Jeff has a plan to stifle everyone into submission and it is working well. He has done the damage with two wins early in the season and is now hanging on like a madman to see if it will be enough. He frustrated Mike here with his possession play, normally something that Dave does to everyone else. Few chances and probably the right result.

Jeff Parsons 0 v 0 Mike Parnaby

Mike opted to play Dave using flats in an attempt to 'learn from the master' further. He was taught a very hard lesson and Dave ran rampant through Mike's normally solid defence. It might make a huge difference to the league title outcome in such a tight league, giving Dave an edge and giving Mike a mountain to climb.

Dave Collett 3 v 0 Mike Parnaby

Jeff continued his tactic and this battle for possession domination ended as a stalemate...no shocks there. The single point means that Dave could win the title but is now hoping for a miracle. All will be decided next week in sunny Guisborough.

Dave Collett 0 v 0  Jeff Parsons

MAIN LEAGUE REPORT FIRHILL GUISBOROUGH MAY 12TH

Going into the final session of the main league, it was possible for 4 of the 5 players to win the league and indeed it was even possible for all 5 to finish on 8 points.

The first game saw Jeff take on Rob, a game that the latter needed to win to have any chance in the league. It became clear very early on that this was going to be a very cagey affair with neither player wanting to give anything away. Indeed, it became at one point, a chase for throw ins rather than goals! Jeff had a plan and played it out well in a game with few chances. Both could have scored, neither did and the point gives Jeff a guaranteed second place in the league and means that only Mike can now catch him.


Rob Paterson 0 – 0 Jeff Parsons


Mike was now in the very fortunate position of knowing exactly what was going to be needed to overhaul Jeff. To be fair, not a lot had changed since before the first game apart from Mike knowing that 8 points was not going to be enough, even if he scored a hatful of goals. Rob knew he could crown Jeff in this game, but Mike was having none of it. A goal late in the first half set the tone and a second followed to set up the grand finale.


Mike Parnaby 2 – 0 Rob Paterson


So, it all came down to the last game of the season! If Mike won by 2 goals or more, he would steal a very unlikely title away from Jeff. If Jeff won, or drew or restricted Mike to a single goal victory, the Jeff was going to be the champ. Who would do it? Would Jeff’s ultra conservative style and defensive prowess do it? Or could Mike unleash his attacking power and blow Jeff away? Well, all I can say is that Mike threw the shed, the kitchen sink and at times, all his defence at Jeff, while Jeff sat back in defence, soaked it all up and tried to counter attack whenever he had the chance. Like a dry old sponge (revenge for the rotund comment Jeff!!), he soaked it up and ground out the result he needed to take the title in fine style. All the more impressive considering all that has been going on around Jeff recently.


Mike Parnaby 0 – 0 Jeff Parsons


So, that’s it for this season in the main league. Once again, defence has won the day as Jeff won courtesy of 6 0-0 draws and two narrow 1-0 wins. No player won more than 2 games, nor lost more than 2. The fact that we could have had a blanket finish shows further how close it all is. It shows how great a league we have here. Can it be better, of course it can!


Latest Table 2018-19
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Player
 Played
 Won
 Drawn
 Lost
Goals For
Goals Against
Goal Diff.
 Points
 Jeff Parsons
8
2
6
0
2
0
 2
10
 Dave Collett
8
1
6
1
3
1
 2
                         8
 Colin Fletcher
8
2
4
2
6
6
 0
8
 Mike Parnaby
8
2
4
2
2
6
 -1
8
 Rob Paterson
8
0
6
2
2
5
-1
6

Birmingham & District Table Soccer Association 00 League

00 LEAGUE GAMES AT FIRHILL PLAYED 25/11/2018


This season’s 00 championship got underway at Firhill in Guisborough with the defending champion Colin, taking on Jeff. Both players used the ‘light-weight’ version of the allowed player types. It was a very tight game throughout. Colin showed some great touches and made his team very adaptable with slides and curls. Jeff used his tactical nouce to keep Colin at bay. The game ended without a goal, and I suspect both players will be happy not to lose!

Colin Fletcher 0 v 0 Jeff Parsons


The next game saw Colin take on Mike. In contrast to the others, Mike used a heavy-weight version of the 00 teams. By now, Colin was fully warmed up whereas Mike paid the price for not having practiced with a team type he has not used for at least 20 years! Colin scored early on and added a second to wrap up the win, as easy a win as he will ever get against a disappointing Mike. So, the Champion starts he defence well!


Mike Parnaby 0 v 2 Colin Fletcher


The final game saw Jeff take on Mike. Both players struggled to make an impact with these players and the game became scrappy at times with Colin calling “Miss, Miss, Miss” as the players tried to hit the ball. Lady luck was not with Mike today and whatever chances he did create he failed to convert, missing some shots by a good way. Jeff was being held at bay, but saw his chance from a throw in. A long throw and a shot on the run found the net and that was all it took.

Mike Parnaby 0 v 1 Jeff Parsons




00 GAMES PLAYED AT ROWLEY ON 16th DECEMBER 2018.



Dave returned to his original 1960s bases but this time with the small ball and a 45 year gap. But the skills were still there as he pressurised Colin’s defence for great lengths forcing corners. But Colin is the one adept at breaking out quickly and four minutes before halftime one of these breakaways forced Dave to a touched block and Colin slotted in the opening goal. The play the second half saw Dave never say die and continued to force many corner but the truth is that he plays it slow, very block-able and the bases just cannot lift over defenders. But what the pressure did do was force Colin to unusual errors. Two free kicks near the end; one of them for spare goalkeeper taken from the wrong position, and the crucial second for a save outside the area upset Colin’s rhythm and from the resulting free kick Dave converted the equaliser.


Colin Fletcher 1 v 1 Dave Collett

Great control of these bases from both players. Spins abound, tactics saw both defences on top. Dave had the more attacking play but accurate deflecting blocking and great goalkeeper reactions was Jeff’s forte. Dave hit the post three times but all planned; the goalkeeper starting mostly from the goal line was there each time if need be.



Jeff Parsons 0 v 0 Dave Collett


Colin may just have the edge with the OO in the league so far but the first half was very equally fought. It was all about taking chances. One chance Jeff after 8 minutes - very direct, aim for far post rebound and he is 1-0 up. Colin responded and within five minutes he was level and could have gone in at halftime but the referee disallowed his strange goal. Tiredness set in the second half with Jeff incurring quite a few free kicks. Colin pressurised but Jeff’s defence held and when not, the goalkeeper either had a lucky charm or was just unbeatable. We are not sure.


Jeff Parsons 1 v 1 Colin Fletcher



Colin is looking favourite to win, because overall he appears to have just a bit more consistency with these figures but nobody would put money on Mike or Dave not stopping him in his remaining two games. One victory in four games is better than nothing of course but may not be enough to clinch the title with the others ready to pounce.


00 LEAGUE GAMES AT THE DIO FLETCHER STADIUM PLAYED MAY 19TH


The first game saw Mike take on Dave. The pitch certainly helped Mike as he was able to make these tricky 00 players slide and was therefore able to adopt his more natural style of play Mike took the lead but it was short-lived as Dave came back strongly. In fact, Dave began to boss the possession and if a winner was going to be predicted I think most would have gone for Dave. But Mike managed to find a typical FISTF goal, almost reaching behind himself to shoot into the opposite corner and win the game.


Mike Parnaby 2 v 1 Dave Collett


The next game was a real grinder! Both players sought but failed to find a glorious chance to take all the points. Sounds boring, but far from it! This was a great tactical battle and neither player deserved to lose.


Colin Fletcher 0 v 0 Dave Collett


The final game was in contrast to the last! Okay, the scoreline was the same but simply because both players failed to convert a host of chances that were created. Colin will perhaps feel most aggrieved but while both players may feel they could have won, both will also accept that equally, both could have lost!


Colin Fletcher 0 v 0 Mike Parnaby 

00 LEAGUE REPORT THE LENINIUM STADIUM CHESTERFIELD MAY 25TH



Mike made the early running and looked a threat but it was Jeff who took the lead with a clever if agonising goal. Mike huffed and puffed but couldn't get back into the game.

Mike Parnaby 0 v 1 Jeff Parsons
 
Dave dominated possession early on but his only impact was with a deflected shot. In a rare attack, Jeff poked the ball in after a good move beat what looked like a strong defence. Dave could make little headway against a massed defence, which ensured that Jeff clinched the title.

Dave Collett 0 v 1 Jeff Parsons

Dave produced an all-round better game and took a deserved lead with a shot on the run. Mike came back but though showing some good, quick skills couldn't find the target. A perfect throw-in saw Dave sweep the ball home for a second. The ref than thought Mike had scored but he sportingly refused to accept the goal, the 'keeper, in his view, having made the save.

Dave Collett 2 v 0 Mike Parnaby

Latest Table 2018-19
 
 
 
 
Player
 Played
Won
 Drawn 
 Lost
Goals for
Goals against
Goal Diff.
Points
 Jeff Parsons
6
3
3
0
4
1
+3
9
 Colin Fletcher
6
1
5
0
4
2
+2
7
 Dave Collett
6
1
3
2
4
4
0
5
 Mike Parnaby
6
1
1
4
2
7
-5
3