2-1 away win for Pilkington Sunday

Bromsgrove & District Football League results

Last Updated: Sep 6, 2016 09:34am
Abbey, Redditch
By Simon Burgess
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With other local leagues just getting going this morning, we were able to knock off our fifth week of fixtures and as ever, a lot to talk about and review! 

We’ll start in the Premier Division this week and Pilkington Sunday picked up their first win of the season with a 2-1 away win at Rubery Athletic, this after having three weeks off on open dates for a variety of reasons. Jack Mcginn at the double for Pilks whilst Andy Court netted for Rubery and we send our best wishes to the Pilkington goalkeeper after his leg injury which may end up being broken. Court then missed a penalty to salvage a point for Rubery as the stand in keeper kept out a spot kick from a proven penalty scorer! Alcester Town travelled to Belbroughton Athletic and came away with a flattering 7-1 win result which on paper looks like a convincing victory but it didn’t necessarily paint a true picture. The game exploded into life after just 16 seconds when Belbroughton’s centre-half Charlie Hanson found his way into the referee’s notebook for a cynical lunge on Alcester’s new jet-heeled left winger Ozzie Graham-Clarke who must have wondered what he let himself in for! Belbroughton started the game exceptionally well overall and it was competitive all over, Ben Hands the next to see a yellow card for a needless late tackle on Kuldip Bhandal. Belbroughton were creating all the chances though, skipper Will Tibbetts at the heart of their build up play and it was no surprise when Hanson headed home the opener after Tibbett’s flag kick on 27 minutes. The lead should have been doubled soon after, Tibbetts outpacing Dean Hay and his shot crashing against the post, before the ball was re-cycled and Josh Cowdell-Jones skidding a 20 yarder that went just wide. Alcester’s Charlie Ward was then lucky to stay on the field when his late lunge wiped out Cowdell-Jones before the bookings were evened up as Jay Paradise needlessly blocked off an Alcester runner. The visitors were fairly subdued in attack not really testing stand in keeper Chris Innes but they equalised on 42 minutes when midfielder Matthew Chambers went on a mazy run, showing incredible balance and deception as he waltzed past 3 half-hearted challenges and fired past Innes from 10 yards. 1-1 at the break and Belbroughton were kicking themselves for the missed chances and this then continued in the second half as Tibbetts laid the ball off for Al Emery who somehow guided it over the bar from 8 yards when it looked easier to score. Innes then made a wonder save from close range as Alcester launched a rare attack. Hay became the games fifth caution when he bundled Tibbetts down but the resulting free-kick came to nothing. Belbroughton then had a penalty appeal turned down when Emery went down in the box under Hay’s challenge. As is often the case in football, a failure to take chances turns games eventually and today was no different as Alcester then went on an astonishing goalscoring spree netting six to put the game to bed as Belbroughton’s heads dropped and their shape was lost. Firstly Ellis Kalach scored with a cheeky backheel after Paradise and Innes had a lack of communication at the back and a collision. A good passing move on 67 minutes made it 3-1 when Ryan Watson netted a rare goal from 10 yards before Chambers got another on 69. On 78 minutes, Hands netted with Chambers finishing off his hat-trick on 83 as the Belbroughton defence completely opened up. The seventh and last goal came when substitute Andrew Stewart was left unchallenged to pass the ball under an out of position Innes who was once again left hopelessly exposed by his defenders. On reflection by all parties, the 7-1 scoreline was extremely harsh on Belbroughton, a fact quickly acknowledged by Richard Briggs and Jason Hancox and there will be days when both sides play worse and win/better and lose respectively. 


In Division 1, Rubery maintained their good start to the season with a 2-0 win over Oak Tree Sporting. The game was 0-0 for 70 minutes and after Rubery had missed a penalty, [censored] Behan netted the second spot kick attempt they were awarded with Elliott Hartley also scoring to seal the three precious points. 


In Division 2, Studley Lions remain unbeaten as they travelled to one of their least favourite grounds, Droitwich Leisure Centre but came back with three points after a 5-1 win over Spa Athletic, all the goals coming in the second half. Roland Rignall and Marc Jovanovic at the double with Tommy Blewett also scoring; Spa’s goal came from Perry Reynolds after a well worked free kick routine which Shaun Cooper captured on video which you can see in the Facebook group if interested. Redditch United Sunday have apparently been threatening to tonk someone given their recent performances and today it all clicked as Callowbrook Green got hit for seven at home to the young side. Troy Herbert led the way with a fine treble, Jack O’Donnell got a brace, whilst Sam Robinson was amongst the other scorers playing against his old club. The game was however marred by three red cards, Dan Robinson and Dominic Strevens sent for Callowbrook (Violent Conduct and Foul/Abusive Language) whilst Redditch Captain Ryan Khan also saw a straight red himself. Regardless of the on pitch shenanigans, Redditch need to build on this result now and find some consistency if they are to threaten at the other end of the table but they are certainly capable of doing this from a football point of view.


In the third tier now and four games to look at. The biggest result came for Bromsgrove Corinthians who won 8-1 against Meadow Park Youth, a result that made the division stand up and take notice of the intent of Corries this season. Tom Mason was the hero getting all five goals, whilst Ollie Gibson got two and Ryan Molesworth the other as Corries took full control after the opening goal inside 5 minutes. Ken is finding it a baptism of fire for his young MP side, Xavier Symonds got the consolation goal and Ken is in the market for some older heads to shore things up. Millfield Rovers Reserves and Rubery Legends shared out 11 goals at Boleyn Road with the visitors doing their best to throw away a 5-1 lead given to them thanks to a hat-trick from Ryan Wood and one each for Kieron Cook and Ash Roland. The Legends started playing legendary football and pulled it back to 5-5 no idea on order of goals but Jacob Booton got his own hat-trick with Lee Farrell and Jahmel Travis netting. Wood then scored a free kick late onto win it, debates rife over whether it was 20 yards or 35 yards out, but either way it ended up in the net to seal the three points. Bromsgrove Academicals gave Chaddesley Corbett Reserves a good game but still lost 3-2. Gary Morgan and James Browning for the home side, with the villagers netting via Mat Neale and two for Dan White. Meanwhile Arrow Valley’s good start to the season continued with a 6-1 away win at FC Bromsgrove – Jack Grinnell led the way with a hat-trick but Valley have goals all over the pitch these days as Reece Miles, Connor Atkinson and Jacob King netted. Valley led 4-0 at the break and fully deserved it; Luke Stephens got one back for FCB but this ultimately ended up being nothing more than a consolation as they were ruthlessly punished for not showing up in the first half. 


Just one knockout cup game today and it was previously unbeaten Winyates who are no longer in the running for the WA Harris Cup as they crashed out at the first attempt after losing 3-2 away at Division 1 side Bromsgrove Athletico; As ever the Athletico reporter didn’t want to let on who scored his team’s goals, but we can report Andy Squibb and Dave Phelan netted for Winyates who were perhaps unlucky not to take the tie to penalties. Athletico face a trip to Pilkington Sunday in the next round. 


All the remaining games today were round-robin group games in either the Bromsgrove and Redditch Standard Shield or Bridgwater Cup; Biggest scorers in the Bridgwater Cup were Hewell as they beat Stoke Prior 11-5 in a thrill-a-minute match, with Hewell being 8-0 to the good at half-time! Stoke played with pride in the second half and won it convincingly, their goals coming from Anthony James (3) and Jack Heaney (2) as Jamie Maycroft plunders more talent off the local conveyer belt! Awkies Allstars were 5-1 winners at Hizza United with Ash Tullett netting a hat-trick one of which was a Wayne Rooney style long range strike. Chris Fox is in juicy form at present, one assist and another goal for the marauding midfielder whilst Jase Gibbons also scored. Sporting Club Redditch have had an excellent start to the season and made it 4 wins from 4 as they beat Cofton Old Boys 5-2; It was that man Dan ‘England Fan’ Sill again with two, Billy Garvey, Joe Shaw and Mr Own Goal also netting. Cofton are still searching for that elusive first win, they just need to eliminate the defensive mistakes. AFC Northfield and Stoke Works played out a 2-2 draw at South Bromsgrove 3G a match that was moved to that ground late on Friday night after we found out there was a football festival on Rubery Park which nobody had informed us about (thanks to Northfield chairman Nick Clarke for the tip off allowing the fixture to be saved). For the second group game running, Northfield drew 2-2, their goals coming from Josh Cullen and Ben Dugmore whilst Paul Halfpenny and veteran Lee Smith scored for Stoke with what was believed to be a scissor kick; It was also an eventual match for David Fisher the long standing Stoke Sporting/Works club official who left the premises during the match to avoid any further problems after a touchline incident which saw Northfield’s new signing Sean Farrell cautioned.  


Black Horse opened up their BRSS campaign with a comfortable 4-0 win over Sporting Rednal; Two goals for Robbie Bunn and one each for Adam Guest and Danny Byford doing the business. There was a fine win for Division 1 Wychbold RBL against Premier Division Millfield Rovers by a 4-2 scoreline; Brad Talbot led the way with a brace, whilst Dale Hipkins and Scott Gaffney also scored but the game will be remembered most for Gaffney netting inside an incredible THREE seconds as he cracked a first time shot which had the Millies keeper scrambling back and did nothing but help it into the back of the net – We are certainly not aware of a quicker BDFL goal ever unless you can tell us otherwise!


Northfield Athletic seem to have woken up from their slumber and are now cracking on with their season, indeed today’s 7-0 win over Chaddesley Corbett also saw the return of last season’s top goalscorer Jason Cowley and he netted a hat-trick for good measure. Regulars Michael Teji, Reiss Brians, Scott Taylor and Josh Moore also netted as it all went wrong for Chaddesley who were late arriving to the ground having got lost. BGIS got a thorough examination of their credentials as they faced a difficult trip to Red Lion at Greenlands, with Lion bouncing after last week’s win over Alcester. BGIS scrapped their way to a 5-4 win although having been 4-1 up at the break, it got a little uncomfortable at the end. Lion goals came from Pete Jenvey (2), The Bear (Dan Bearcroft) and Anthony Mcnally whilst BGIS had the usual suspects of Dan Lawrence and Connor Collins with braces, whilst credit must go to BGIS’s fifth scorer Marcus George as the old-timer lashed home a fine curling drive into the top corner after fine build up play from Ryan Gardiner and Collins.  


Quinton Athletic games are always entertaining and their 4-2 home defeat against FC Highgate United wasn’t any different. Anton Gardner-Bennett put Quinton ahead before FCH equalised only to see Callum Burston-Keeley put the hosts ahead before a further FCH pegback for a 2-2 half time score. Two second half FCH goals proved vital as their players were sharper in front of goal, Ryan Vaughan, Mike Price, Kyle Morrison and Ellis Lawson the men on target. And finally, Meadow Park had a 10-0 victory over FC Hop Pole, a routine comfortable victory with the visitors ravaged by suspension, holidays, work and injuries – Tough times for Karl White but he is a battler and will undoubtedly turn it around as he always does. Craig Barnett helped himself to four goals on his return from yet another broken conker, with Liam Molesworth grabbing his own hat-trick and goals for Matt Russell (2) plus James Bullock. 


A few little silly things to sort out from today’s games have caused a delayed publication tonight and some suspensions to look out for too, but all in all another successful weekend in the BDFL and Week 6 will be here pretty quickly – We’ll have the previews of the matches up on Twitter Friday morning for your delight.



AFC Northfield 2 (B Dugmore, Cullen), Stoke Works 2 (Halfpenny, Smith)
Cofton Old Boys 2, Sporting Club Redditch 5 (Sill 2, Garvey, Shaw, OG)
Hizza United 1, Awkies Allstars 5 (ASH TULLETT 3, Gibbons, Fox)
Hewell 11, Stoke Prior 5 (JAMES 3, Heaney 2)
Black Horse 4, Sporting Rednal 0
Millfield Rovers 2, Wychold RBL 4 (Talbot 2, Hipkins, Gaffney)
Northfield Athletic 7 (COWLEY 3, Teji, Brians, Moore, Taylor), Chaddesley Corbett 0
Red Lion 4, BGIS 5 (Lawrence 2, Collins 2, George)
Quinton Athletic 2 (Gardner-Bennett, Burston-Keeley), FC Highgate United 4 (Vaughan, Price, Lawson, Morrison)
Meadow Park 10 (BARNETT 4, MOLESWORTH 3, Russell 2, Bullock), FC Hop Pole 0

Bromsgrove Athletico 3, Winyates 2 (Squibb, Phelan)

Belbroughton Athletic 1 (Hanson), Alcester Town 7 (CHAMBERS 3, Stewart, Hands, Kalach, Hay)
Rubery Athletic 1 (Court), Pilkington Sunday 2

Rubery 2 (Hartley, Behan), Oak Tree Sporting 0

Callowbrook Green 0,  Redditch United Sunday 7
Spa Athletic 1 (Reynolds), Studley Lions 5 (Jovanovic 2, Rignall 2, Blewett)

Bromsgrove Corinthians 8 (MASON 5, Gibson, Molesworth), Meadow Park Youth 1
FC Bromsgrove 1, Arrow Valley 6 (GRINNELL 3, Miles, Atkinson, King)
Rubery Legends 5 (BOOTON 3, Trevis, Farrell), Millfield Rovers Reserves 6 (WOOD 4, Roland, Cook)
Bromsgrove Academicals 2, Chaddesley Corbett Reserves 3 (WHITE 2, Neale)


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