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4-2 Away Win for Bartley Green

Bromsgrove & District Football League

Last Updated: Jan 25, 2016 09:46pm
Abbey, Redditch
By Simon Burgess
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The first ‘Monday Report’ of 2016! Upon reflection to get 11 games played yesterday was a fantastic effort by all concerned given the zero temperatures at the start of the week which had threatened to put the freeze on us again; Hopefully there will not be too much disruption going forward now we are back up and running.

 

 

We’ll start this week’s review with the Kidderminster Hospital Junior Cup tie played yesterday between Oak Tree Sporting and Bartley Green Sunday, the respective Premier and Division 1 sides; The game went the way of Bartley who came away with a 4-2 victory but they made heavy work of it on a boggy pitch which saw their better ball players struggle to get going, most noticeably Carl Martin. Indeed Bartley should have been behind in the first minute when the ball dropped kindly to OTS striker Rory Milbourne but he couldn’t get the ball away before a tackle came in and the chance went. Neither side created clean-cut chances in the first period, more scraps from the plate as the ball pinged around everywhere but it was an even game as a result, that until Halesowen Town front man Connor Collins escaped the backline (Colin Tandy and Dominic Strevens both involved in the build up) and he rifled home a clinical drive into the far corner to give his side a half-time lead. For all Bartley were not really performing, they still fashioned out a couple more clear cut chances, Strevens astonishingly missing from a few yards out having taken the ball around Ben Gardner and Martin failed to apply the finishing touch to a perfect cross from a similar distance although he may well have been flagged offside.

 

 

 

In the second half, the goalmouth entertainment began and OTS deservedly levelled the game on the hour mark after Lee Jagger won the ball in midfield (he had a fine game ploughing through the mud like a farmers tractor) and via fine play from Danny Fogarty, it found its way out to half time substitute Mark Bell on the left flank who curled home an equally fine finish. The lead didn’t last long though as Nick Groves popped up to net from close range. OTS came roaring back, Jagger again at the heart of the action as he was too quick for Alex Mitchell who upended him in the box for the proverbial ‘stonewaller’ which Fogarty netted from the spot sending Aaron Collins the wrong way. Bartley got back level minutes later as OTS’s backline screamed in vain for offside but with no flag forthcoming from the honest Bradley Miller, Strevens capitalized and Bartley were 3-2 ahead again. OTS didn’t give up showing real dogs of war attitude and another penalty appeal for handball in the area was waved away by the referee, we’ve certainly seen them given and about 5 minutes after this, James Gasson’s free kick looked to be heading for the top corner but it clipped off the wall to deflect wide. Collins then netted his second to put the game to bed for Bartley, racing away to apply another classy finish with his trusted left foot. A tremendous encounter in difficult conditions and both sides can take something from the game, although Bartley’s progression does nothing to help their fixture list!

 

 

 

In the Rose Bowl on the other pitch at Charford, the quarter-final tie between Rubery and AFC Millfields was a bit more straightforward with the Division 3 high flyers running out comfortably by a 7-0 scoreline thanks to goals from Brogan Halpin (3), Elliott Hartley (2), Mitch Mansfield and player-manager Ryan Smith who had earlier missed a penalty. After a good start and without a recognized keeper (Dave Stokes taking the gloves), Millies faded and found themselves 3-0 down at the break from which there was no return. Rubery travel to Chaddesley Corbett Reserves for the semi-final and that’ll be an excellent close game. Callowbrook Green had a somewhat fortuitous passage in their match after FC Bromsgrove failed to raise a team at short notice, so Callowbrook now host Stoke Prior this Sunday with the final now guaranteed to have two first time finalists.

 

 

 

In the Centenary Cup Quarter-Finals, Meadow Park were the biggest winners of the day as they saw off Woodgate Valley 9-1 in a match reversed at short notice to Harris Brush Works (thanks to both teams for their co-operation with this). Experienced front man Craig Barnett netted a hat-trick in this one, with two for Max Crisp and Sean Chance apiece and one each for Andy Crowther and Liam Parkes. A one sided game in the end but we have to give credit to the Woodgate Valley ‘muscleman’, Nick Wilson, for this spectacular consolation where he backheeled the ball over the defence and then fired a 35 yard screamer into the corner, a real goal of the season contender that even Barnett, who has scored some good ones in his time, acknowledged as being one of the best he has ever seen! Awkies Allstars were also in quarter-final action in this competition and they hosted Sporting Club Redditch running out 5-3 winners where Allstars match sharpness proved crucial as the visitors were coming back from a period of time off. Allstars raced into a two goal lead only for it to be pegged back before the break as the visitors found some fluency in their play. Allstars kicked on in the second half and had enough firepower and presumably match fitness to see off their spirited opponents who netted through superstar Dan Sill (2) and Wayne Smith. For Allstars, Jason Gibbons got his scoring boots back and netted a hat-trick with one each for Chris Mcgrory and Chris Fox. 

 

 

 

There were also goals galore at Sennellys Park, the temporary venue of Rednal Social Club, as they hosted Hizza United in what turned out to be a thrill a minute WA Harris Preliminary Cup match where 15 goals were scored, Rednal eventually winning 9-6! Exciting young striker Ben Markall put Rednal 3-0 very quickly with a hat-trick of his own, we’ve lost count how many of those he has now scored this season, before Hizza rallied to reduce the deficit to 3-2. Further goals from Jack Cheshire, his first for the club and Connor Wilson (after being set up by Mike Price’s inch perfect pass) put Rednal back in command with a 5-2 interval lead. Each side then took it in turns to score starting with Hizza until it was 7-5, the highlight of this barrage of goals being a thumping drive from Wilson for his Rednal brace. Hizza seemed to drop their heads now and allowed another two Rednal goals, Kyle Morrison and Markall again (Luke Concannon assisting) before a well worked Hizza move led to their sixth goal. Hizza’s goals came from Ash Verity (2), Josh Bowen (who stole Martin Young’s goal by heading it in on the line), Kyle Whiston, Aaron Clayton and Ben Ford who scored a great free kick. Crazy game, crazy result but Rednal bag a home draw against LPR in the next round.

 

 

 

The other six games played were all league ones and we’ll start with another team playing their game since well before Xmas and that’s WCT Youth Raiders who did the double over Belbroughton with a fine 3-0 Premier Division win. Rich Smith with a brace and one for Matt Andrews and Raiders never looked back after scoring early doors. Lickey End Social will be pleased to be back playing too, they won 3-1 at The Grove and this is their first league win of what has turned into a difficult season for them, it is hoped they can push on from here. The Grove continue to find the Premier Division quite hard but with two players now clear of suspension, their ranks will be boosted somewhat in the upcoming games.

 

 

 

In Division 1, we had an interesting encounter between Wychbold RBL and AFC Northfield whose manager, the shrewd operator Nick Clarke, has been busy over the festive period re-stocking his squad, most notably Leon Parslow and Josh Samuels from Bridgefield, Sam Chilton from Lickey End Social and midfield ball player James Draper. AFCN took the lead at Wychbold as the enigmatic Michael Chaffatt netted before Cieran Sheehan equalised with a long range daisy cutter and then Julian Triana hit the winner at the second attempt; AFCN’s Jamer Richards got himself needlessly sent off in the interim period but AFCN were extremely unlucky not to get something out of the game as they hit the woodwork three times, one of which was a stunning volley; Wychbold then had young net minder Ian Coombes to thank for a great save late on to hold onto the points. Can Clarke engineer yet another revival from the dead? On this showing, don’t bet against it. In the other match, home draw specialists Spa Athletic and Bromsgrove United fought out, yes you’ve guessed it, a draw but a high scoring one at 3-3. No news on this one other than Bromsgrove keeper Marc Bagley had a day to forget in the sticks.

 

 

 

In Division 2, LPR have undergone a complete change in management with Kial Jackson, Dave Lewis and John Guttridge all leaving the club under a cloud of mystery that even the most ardent Cluedo player would struggle to unravel but the new man at the helm Malique ‘Mal’ Williams armed with three new recruits, managed to engineer a fine 4-2 win down at Hewell Prison which is a tremendous start and it’ll be interesting to see what LPR come up with for the rest of the season. And finally in Division 3, Stoke Sporting Reserves played out a 3-3 draw with Arrow Valley, with Valley moving up the table one place as a result.

 

 

 

We are back on the County Cup trail next week as Northfield Athletic, Bromsgrove Corinthians, Bartley Green, Meadow Park and Rednal Social Club aim to keep the BDFL flag flying in the County, with MP and Rednal playing each other. There’s the first clash of VBG Fairfield and WCT Youth Raiders this in the Worcester Nursing Cup and we’ll try to get the Sidemoor derby on at the third time of asking too (AFC Millfields v FC Bromsgrove). There are also a lot of league games and teams like Bromsgrove Brentnal, Rubery Juniors and Chaps United will all be hoping to finally kick a ball in anger in 2016!

 

BROMSGROVE LEAGUE RESULTS - SUNDAY 24TH JANUARY 2016

MUCH BETTER COVERAGE OF GAMES PLAYED AS WEATHER IMPROVES SLIGHTLY!!
 
KIDDERMINSTER HOSPITAL JUNIOR CUP ROUND 3
Oak Tree Sporting 2 (Bell, Fogarty), Bartley Green Sunday 4 (Collins 2, Groves, Strevens)

ROSE BOWL QUARTER FINAL
Callowbrook Green v FC Bromsgrove - HOME walkover after AWAY forfeit
 
ROSE BOWL SEMI FINAL
Rubery 7, AFC Millfields 0
 
CENTENARY CUP QUARTER FINALS
Woodgate Valley 1 (Wilson), Meadow Park 9
Awkies Allstars 5 (GIBBONS 3, Mcgory, Fox), Sporting Club Redditch 3
 
WA HARRIS CUP PRELIMINARY ROUND 
Rednal Social Club 9 (MARKALL 4, Morrison 2, Wilson 2, Cheshire), Hizza United 6 (Verity 2, Whiston, Clayton, Ford, Bowen)

PREMIER DIVISION
Belbroughton Athletic 0, WCT Youth Raiders 3 (R Smith 2, Andrews)
The Grove 1, Lickey End Social 3
 
DIVISION ONE
Wychbold RBL 2 (Sheehan, Triana), AFC Northfield 1 (Chaffatt)
Spa Athletic 3, Bromsgrove United 3
 
DIVISION TWO
LPR 4, Hewell 2
 
DIVISION THREE 
Stoke Sporting Reserves 3, Arrow Valley 3

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