5-1 Victory for Lickey End Social

Bromsgrove & District Football League Results

Last Updated: Dec 16, 2014 09:24pm
Abbey, Redditch
By Simon Burgess
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The last fixture list before Xmas didn’t quite turn out to be a full listing as we lost several games, some to waterlogged pitches and one to a team forfeiting their outside cup competition fixture.  
We’ll start by offering our warmest congratulations to Laburnum who yesterday reached the Rose Bowl Cup Final with a 4-0 win over fierce rivals Arrow Valley. Two goals for the Friendly Giant, Andy Seager and one each for Rob Smith and Tim Lees doing the business. The final against AFC Northfield Reserves is on 22nd February 2015, 630pm at Bromsgrove Sporting,  so you are asked to put the date in your diary for our first final of the season!
Spa Athletic’s 7-1 win over Meadow Park in the LMS Shield Group C means they have set up an intriguing last match scenario when they visit Alvechurch Lions in the new year. Basically Spa need a point to qualify so a win or draw does this. If they lose by the odd goal, then they must lose 4-3 or greater as they would then qualify over Sporting Grapevine on goals scored, but a narrow defeat of 2-1/3-2 would not be enough to qualify – These are the tasty scenarios we love. The win over Meadow Park was a fine one though, the result in little doubt after 3 quickfire headed goals inside 12 minutes from John Christopher, Kev Owens and Phil Burton.  The fourth game came when unselfish play by Anthony Bonehill saw him square the ball for Owens’s second when he could have scored himself.  Meadow scored the goal of the game when Mystery Man scored a 30 yard screamer before Spa took control again and Chevez Phillips slid one in at the back post for goal number five. Matt Layton’s sublime volley made it six before the free kick magician Tom Harris added a seventh late on with another brilliant set piece strike.
In the Kidderminster Hospital Cup, we only had two games played and in the first, AFC Millfields crashed out 5-1 at Sporting Club from the Kidderminster League, having been ravaged by a lack of availability which saw Ady Godwin don the keepers equipment for the first time in three years! James Pinfield’s goal was a consolation at least. In the Charford clash, Sporting Grapevine got the better of Bromsgrove United in a compelling game, which saw extra-time needed and 8 goals! A cagey start by both sides as they felt their way around the muddy pitch. Rory Milbourne gave the Grapes the lead midway through the half when he pounced on a loose ball and rifled home past Mark Bagley from close range at the second attempt. The lead didn’t last long though as Bradley Bullimore broke free on the right and skilfully found the unmarked Michael Hegarty who slid the ball home. 1-1 at the interval. Into the second half and after Bromsgrove had THREE decent penalty shouts waved away, Grapes restored their lead when the ball was headed clear from a corner and Richard ‘BCFC’ Hall calmly curled the ball back into the corner of the net from 20 yards. The lead lasted less than 90 seconds after the referee decided the fourth penalty shout for Bromsgrove could not be ignored and Bullimore calmly slotted home from the spot. 2-2 after 90 minutes and into extra-time. Over the duration of extra-time, Grapes looked the hungrier and certainly played the more incisive football. Tom Devaney’s back post header restored the Grapes lead and Lee Jagger’s header then crashed against the crossbar. He was soon rewarded with the fourth, a fine right footed finish from 12 yards and the home scoring was completed  when Milbourne broke free and scored with aplomb with his left peg.  Another Bullimore penalty with the last kick of the game was little more than a token goal.
In the WA Harris Cup, the Hare and Hounds juggernaut shows no sign of stopping as they ended Chaddesley Corbett’s winning steak with an 8-3 win. Chadds had got off to a great start though as Damian Ash swooped to score inside 3 minutes after Rocco Mitchell had intercepted a poor Hounds pass.  Hounds response to this was to pummel five goals to make it 5-1 before Mitchell showed his class with a 30 yarder to offer Chadds respite.  It soon became 6-2, then 6-3 when Ash got his second, Hounds then accelerated late on and scored another two goals late on to give the scoreline a better look from their point of view.  Hat-tricks for Hounds players Josh Westwood and Luke Dugmore (now plying his trade on non-contract terms for Hednesford Town) were aided by a brace from Michael Skerrett.  In the other tie played, two understrength teams in Belbroughton Athletic and Rubery Athletic fought out a tie at Droitwich Leisure, with Belbroughton winning 3-1. Rubery’s goal was scored by no other than Andy Court.
In the Prem, two 5-0 home wins were achieved. Firstly VBG Fairfield extended their lead at the top as they beat Thomas Brothers. Ellis Blakemore, Jamie Hatfield and the purring Richard Bishop with yet another hat-trick were the men who put the ball in the onion bag. AFC Northfield ended their rotten run beating Golden Lion Athletic ; A surprise result really but credit where credit is due as Nathan Roberts’s brace was added to by Ben Pickersgill, Luke ‘Snorkel’ Parker and Matthew Little. AFCN, for all their troubles, are in midtable and having a decent first season at this level.
Into Division 1 where we had four exciting games played. The shock of the day and a real coupon buster, was Victoria Barnt Green Reserves getting a 1-0 win at North Colts United! Incredible result given Vic were so short, first team  management staff member Lee ‘Lezza’ Williams was called into action playing up front and he put in a tenacious hard working shift. The only goal came from Colin Rudge (their only shot on target), although Jon Dankert nearly added a second at the death with the NCU goalie out of position trying to equalise! A great xmas boost for the Vic whichever way you look at it. Another slightly surprising result was Studley Railway’s 4-4 draw with Woodgate Valley, as the punters had this down as a home win! Valley to their credit, acquitted themselves very well and will have been gutted to chuck away a 3 goal lead given to them by Brad Hendry’s backheel, debutant Dan Lismore’s wonderful solo goal and Hendry’s second as he was quickest to react to Jake Wickett’s shot. Studley were clearly rattled and scored the next two goals, one being a cross shot which caught Valley keeper James Carne unawares. Ryan Khan claimed the next Valley goal, although some are saying Kevin Gilbert scored an own goal! You can never fully trust Valley’s defence though and it creaked twice more as Studley grabbed their point in what turned out to be a great game. Studley’s star midfielder and key cog Andy Reeves with a hat-trick, Laan David with the other.
Meanwhile, Lickey End Social travelled to Santiago RV and came away with a 5-1 victory. Willy Foley at the double, one each for Oli Pugh, Samuel Wright and Joe Buckley. FC Rednal’s torrid time ended as they saw off Stoke Sporting 5-2, with the Stoke Sporting manager David Fisher bemoaning a lack of will to win from his side. James Ward was the Rednal hero with 3 strikes, topped up by Alex Dugmore and Jake Booton. Jon Snell who is in good form scored for Stoke as did Tom Russell.
Into Division 2 and Sporting Rednal came away with the points from their trip to Golden Lion Athletic Reserves, as they won 6-1 thanks to hat-tricks from Lloyd Newman (one a penalty after only a minute) and the spud, Michael Connolly.  It wasn’t all plain sailing though as GLAR had some good chances they failed to convert after  they equalised with a decent effort. Rednal remain unbeaten in the league and top the table by 4 points. You can also catch a full match report of this match on the Rednal club website.
Division 3 action to finish off now and Stoke Sporting Reserves are back in the ascendency after a 6-3 home win over Callowbrook Green. This game was deadlocked at 3-3 with 20 minutes to go before the home side scooted away amidst a headloss by Callowbrook and the game turned incredibly scrappy. Callowbrook’s goals came from Tom Sears’s double and Sam Robinson, Stoke’s goals coming from Tom ‘I score when I want’ Nicholson (x3), Peter Warman (2) and the veteran Lee Smith.  AFC Northfield Reserves now have a 9 point lead at the top of the table as they beat Bromsgrove United Reserves 5-3.  AFCNR have a core of players who are scoring week in week out so take a bow Michael Chaffatt, Ashan Thomas and Odane who between them scored the goals. Bromsgrove United Reserves haven’t played for three weeks and although they acquitted themselves well, they perhaps lacked some match sharpness in the ranks.
A much reduced fixture list in the next two weeks as some teams take a xmas recess.  You can still catch some good matches this coming Sunday though if you fancy popping out to watch a BDFL classic; How about BGIS v Woodgate Valley (goals guaranteed), Rubery Athletic v Hare and Hounds (bit of a grudge match this one) or perhaps even the Boleyn derby between North Colts United and FC Rednal? We can even offer Chaddesley Corbett v Callowbrook Blue, can the visitors young striker Matt Perry outfox the old defensive head of the home sides Matt Guise?

AFC Kempsey 2, Thomas Brothers 7 (TYLER 3, BURKUS 3, Wroe)
Callow End 3, Rubery Athletic 0
Hare and Hounds 2 (Deeley, L Dugmore), Malvern Radar 0 
Stoke Sporting 3 (Penn 2, Badger), National Express 2
Woodgate Valley 1, Gloucester Arms 12
Spa Athletic 0, Plough Dukes 3
Vic Barnt Green Reserves 3, Virgin Athletic 2
Alumni 4, Belbroughton Athletic Reserves 3
Lionfields 2, Bromsgrove United 4 (Hegarty 2, Lynch, Bullimore)
Jackson Fairfield 2, Callowbrook Blue 3 (Perry 2, Reeves)
Redman 8, Hizza United Seconds 1
Awkies Allstars 4 (Gibbons, Ash Tullett, Ryan, Adams), Bewdley Arches 2
Bell @ Pensax Reserves 0, BGIS 11 (TANDY 4, MCGLEN 4, Walsh, Lawrence, Taylor)
Pebworth 0, Stoke Prior 4 (Nottingham 2, R Costa, P Costa)
Ambassador 0, AFC Millfields 1 (Craddock)
Defford & Besford United 0, Chaddesley Corbett 3 (D Ash, Moore, Crook)
Bromsgrove United Reserves 6 (Eves 2, Ingram, Wheatley, Lynch, Williams), Spa Gas 2
Victoria Barnt Green 2, Bromsgrove Unionists 3 (Cummings 2, Banner)
Meadow Park 1, AFC Northfield 3 (Stewart, Chilton, Pickersgill)
Alvechurch Lions 4 (Miller 2, Ewens, Ricardo), Golden Lion Athletic 3 (Newton, Cashmore, Wilkes)
Studley Railway 1 (Jovanovic), Lickey End Social 2 (Foley 2)
Santiago RV 4, FC Rednal 5 (Booton 2, Ward, Farrell, Dugmore)
Laburnum 4 (LEES 3, Smith), Arrow Valley 2 (Russell, Unknown)
Coldfield 0, Stoke Sporting Reserves 10 (WARMAN 4, NICHOLSON 3, Hewitt, Clayton, Perrott) 


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