122 Goals Scored Across 19 Games

Bromsgrove & District Football League

Last Updated: Aug 24, 2015 08:34pm
Sidemoor, Bromsgrove
By Simon Burgess
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 If it wasn’t raining heavily enough from the skies at certain parts of the morning, it was certainly raining goals in Week 3 of the BDFL as we saw an astonishing 122 goals scored across 19 games! The BDFL is most definitely the entertaining place to be as all the strikers got their shooting boots on in unison today!


A sprinkling of League games to start this week’s round up and in Division 1, Conway Albion were the highest scorers of the day as they put 9 past AFC Northfield to secure an easy win. Conway got off to a slow start though as AFCN could and should have been 2 up but fine saves by the Conway net-minder saved their bacon, before the home side took control; Ex Bromsgrove Sporting striker Chrisi Conway has been in the news recently after his recent departure from the club, but he will be in the news tonight for all the right reasons after bagging a hat-trick. In the other Division 1 game, an excellent encounter ensued between Northfield Athletic and Sporting Rednal which could easily have gone either way, both sides playing well but on the day, Northfield were more clinical. Northfield opened the scoring after 4 minutes, when Josh Moore scampered clear down the left and outpaced the Rednal backline, before seeing his shot parried by Tim Cooney – Rednal defender Matthew Harper fell over attempting to clear the ball and this left Aaron Westwood with a simple tap home. Rednal could have been level soon after; Fine skill by Anton Gardner Bennett bought him some room on the edge of the area and he despatched a low left footed drive which Michael Kane in the home goal got down too and pushed around the post. Both sides had chances in an open game played in a good spirit but just the one goal in the first period. In the second half early on, Paul Neman somehow missed from 4 yards after a lovely Northfield build up and then Portugese flair player Jake Thomas showed a bit of ‘ooh la la’ as he curled a left footed drive inches wide of the far post. But after that, Rednal really pushed Northfield back and whilst not fashioning out much in the way of clear cut material to work with, they were very dangerous especially when Josh Campbell came on and his battering ram style of play caused problems, but the Northfield defence, criticised in pre-season by The Stoat for being fragile, was being held together well by Luke Bench who had an outstanding game where he didn’t make a single mistake. The lead was doubled with about 15 minutes to go when Northfield counter attacked quickly from a Rednal corner and the ball landed at substitute Jason Cowley’s feet and he rifled home a 20 yarder which took a slight kiss off a defender’s knee on the way through but it made no difference as Tim Cooney was beaten. The third goal to kill off the game came when Gary Ross found himself with time to drive the ball home with a sweet strike for his first goal for Chris Bench’s troops who look all set for a decent season and this result came today despite the likes of Paul Holton, Martin Johnson, Josh Fergusson and Reiss Brians missing. Darryl Foster and JJ Evans leading the new Rednal revolution should not be too downhearted about their performance and there is plenty for them to work on especially when Foster can get himself fit again to marshal the backline the way Bench did for Northfield.


In Division 2, Bromsgrove Brentnal came to the party for the first time this season and they had a narrow 2-0 defeat against Meadow Park in another very good game. Meadow Park might have been a bit sharper match fitness wise but Brentnal put up a very good show and with Scott Gaffney now in their ranks, they could be set for a decent season too. Meadow Park remain unbeaten. Chaps United gained their first ‘real’ win of the season after gaining the points from a forfeit last week, by beating Rubery Juniors 5-2 away, but they did it the hard way coming from 2-0 down after Rubery had raced into an early lead inside 25 minutes (two long range strikes from Jake Wicketts and Dean Hodges), before Kev Jones struck himself from long distance to grab one back just moments later. In the second half, league veteran Martyn Tindall headed home for the equaliser, a stunning leap which John West Fisheries would pay good money for, before a 21 minute hat-trick from Paul Dowset did the damage and ultimately secured the points. 

In Division 3, the first instalment of the Stoke Prior derby, Stoke Sporting Reserves v Stoke Prior, saw the home side win 4-2. SSR flew out the traps and dominated the first half hour to go 3-0 up. Stoke Prior came roaring back though, Carlos Santos with a brace, before the sucker punch with 8 minutes to go as SSR netted the fourth to kill the game; Goals for SSR came from Tom Nicholson (brace), Dave Penn and Adam Ravenscroft. 


All the other games, bar one, were in the LMS Shield and Bridgwater Cup where the group phases of these 

cups started, the prize for the winner of each group is a place in the semi-finals! We’ll start in the LMS Shield where there was another excellent game involving WCT Youth Raiders who travelled to Alcester Town and drew 4-4! WCT went 3-0 up but Alcester pegged them back to take the lead through Dean Hay, Ellis Kalach, Jamie Gifford and an own goal, before WCT equalised late on; WCT scorers were Toby Attwood, Paul Smith, Andy Cornes and Sam Mogford. Another high scoring game in the competition was The Grove from the Premier and Bromsgrove United from Division 1 which the latter won 4-3 despite only having 10 men for some of the game after Ryan Keen was sent off for shoving a player over. Bartley Green Sunday were another side from Division 1 to beat Premier opposition, with a comprehensive 6-2 victory over Rubery Athletic. Hat-tricks in this one for Bartley strikers Colin Tandy (one a worldie free kick) and Dominic Strevens. BGS raced into a four goal lead and totally dominated the match first half; It got a bit better for Rubery after the break, indeed they drew the second half 2-2, with goals from Rob Hurlbutt and Spencer Hunt.  Both sides hit the woodwork too. It’s been a tough old start for Rubery Athletic but they are mentally a strong outfit and they will surely stick together until they get a positive result but the early fixtures have been horrible for them against three very good teams. And in yet another Premier v Division 1 match, it was Wychbold RBL who took the honours for Division 1, as they beat out of sorts Alvechurch Lions 5-0 to record their first victory of the season and first in the BDFL which will come as a relief after the first two weeks results; Wychbold strengthened their squad this week with the signing of Colin Rudge. 


Lickey End Social made it two home wins on the bounce against Chaddesley Corbett, winning by the odd goal in five thanks to Sam Wright, Alex Short and Max Crisp netting. Chadds felt they should have had two penalties but it wasn’t to be. The other LMS Shield tie played was the game which had suddenly become ‘big’ following eyebrow raising early season results, Thomas Brothers v VBG Fairfield, but VBGF once again showed everyone they are the current top dogs with a 3-1 victory as Brothers inconsistency reared its head again.  Robbie Bunn had given Brothers a dream start netting inside 5 minutes before Stu Hall couldn’t quite jab the ball home against his old side to double up. VBGF then scored two quick goals to take the lead at the interval 2-1. Another VBGF goal seemed to have sealed the points, before Brothers thought they got one back but the ball was judged to have not crossed the line. VBGF scorers were Dan Wilkes, Laurence Martin and Ellis Blakemore. 


The Bridgwater Cup had good games too with three games seeing double figure numbers of goals; One of these was Hewell v Bromsgrove Corinthians which ended up 6-6 after a thrill a minute game where it was difficult to take in exactly who scored and in what order; We think Corinthians were 5-2 down at half-time, recovering to a 6-5 lead, after the Hewell keeper saw red, before a late injury time goal saw the points shared. Well played both sides! AFC Millfields and Rednal Social Club also saw 12 goals scored and a red card; Despite Millies signing ex Rubery Social Allstars striker Ryan Wood, who netted a hat-trick, defensive frailties showed up and RSC scored 7 despite Michael Price being sent off for a handball on the line which was apparently a very good save! Stu Hatfield and Ash Roland on target for Millies too, with RSC goals coming from a hat-trick by Mitchell Parker, a brace from Ben Markall and one each for Ben Heath and Sam Brownhill. Chaddesley Corbett Reserves meanwhile have a real defensive headache to sort out after shipping 16 goals in 3 games and their strikers must be baffled how the 14 goals they have scored to date still aren’t enough for a win! Today’s defensive horror show came against Hizza United who won 6-4 but Corbett players Andrew Millward and Gaz Moriaty both got braces to keep spirits up.  


Arrow Valley had a fine 6-3 victory over FC Bromsgrove which ended a tough week for both managers who have been through the wringer on various matters. Robert Voice was the hero with a hat-trick, with Garry Harvey, Alan Beech and Paul Gascoigne also on target whilst a Valley old boy has returned to the club, namely Dan Montgomery which should provide some entertainment for our referees in the coming weeks as well as strengthening a good Valley squad anyway. Bridgefield won 3-0 away at Laburnum thanks to goals from Daz Bull, Matt Cash and Errol Powell; Laburnum have yet to get going this season as they crashed to their third successive defeat whilst this was Bridgefield’s first win as a club. Sporting Club Redditch are another club finding life tough in the BDFL at present, this time suffering a shock 6-0 defeat at home to Division 3 side Callowbrook Green, admittedly a much improved, much changed and decent Greens side; Jimmy Ward and Jack Steele with two each did the majority of the damage whilst Luke Wyatt and Matt White got a goal each. SCR started well but Callowbrook slowly sucked the life out of them and they ultimately ended up well beaten in their brand new kit.  


Finally we have our first team through to the second round of the WA Harris Cup - Awkies Allstars overcame Rubery by a 3-1 scoreline, with Alex Wesley at the double and Ash Tullett with the other. It was a particularly good result for Awkies given they'd all been on a three day 'bender' in the week to celebrate a wedding, not the only one in the team this year either we hasten to add, so they can now look forward to welcoming Belbroughton Athletic from the Prem to Four Dwellings in Round 2.


Another mixed bag of fixtures next Sunday, League and Cup, with LPR v Rednal Social Club looking a particularly appealing game in Division 2, LPR will be refreshed having had this week off after Woodgate Valley were unable to field a team for the second week running. The full fixture list can be seen on our websites so why not go and take a look? Or failing that, check back here next week where we will have all the news and action for you from our team of reporters at the grounds.

Conway Albion 9, AFC Northfield 0
Northfield Athletic 3, (Westwood, Ross, Cowley), Sporting Rednal 0
Rubery Juniors 2, Chaps United 5 (DOWSET 3, Jones, Tindall)

Meadow Park 2, Bromsgrove Brentnal 0

Stoke Sporting Reserves 4 (Nicholson 2, Penn, Ravenscroft), Stoke Prior 2 (Santos 2)

Awkies Allstars 3 (Wesley 2, Ash Tullett), Rubery 1 (OG)
Thomas Brothers 1 (Bunn), VBG Fairfield 3 (Wilkes, Martin, Blakemore)
The Grove 3, Bromsgrove United 4
Alcester Town 4 (Hay, Gifford, Kalach, OG), WCT Youth Raiders 4
Alvechurch Lions 0, Wychbold RBL 5
Lickey End Social 3 (S Wright, Short, Crisp), Chaddesley Corbett 2 
Rubery Athletic 2 (Hurlbutt, Hunt), Bartley Green Sunday (TANDY 3, STREVENS 3)
Spa Athletic 1, Stoke Sporting 1
AFC Millfields 5 (WOOD 3, Hatfield, Roland), Rednal Social Club 7 (PARKER 3, Markall 2, Brownhill, Heath)
Sporting Club Redditch 0, Callowbrook Green 6 (Ward 2, Steele 2, Wyatt, White)
Laburnum 0, Bridgefield 3 (Cash, Bull, Powell)
Chaddesley Corbett Reserves 4 (Millward 2, Moriaty 2), Hizza United 6
Arrow Valley 6, FC Bromsgrove 3
Hewell 6, Bromsgrove Corinthians 6


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