£500 WA Harris Dream Still Alive

Bromsgrove & District Football League results

Last Updated: Sep 18, 2016 06:23pm
Abbey, Redditch
By Simon Burgess
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A real cup fest for Week 7 of the legendary BDFL with games in 7 different cups as well as a little sprinkling of League games for a real mix! 

The Bromsgrove Charity Cup, an outside cup the League do NOT have any involvement with the running of, clunked into action today with two Junior Cup matches to start proceedings. At Harris Brush Works, Premier Division Meadow Park had a comfortable home win over slightly weakened Division1 side Oak Tree Sporting by a 7-1 scoreline. Bar the first 10 minutes or so, it was pretty much one way traffic with Meadow's fluid passing and movement on a carpet of a surface too much for OTS (big shout out to Paul Hutchins for the work he must have undertaken to get the pitch in the standard it was in). Former Navigation La Coruna schemer Nick O'Connell was a constant menace all game and he opened the scoring for Meadow inside 12 minutes with a great header and followed it up in the 24th minute after with another pinpoint finish before winning a penalty on the 30 minute mark when OTS keeper Justin Williams tripped him inside the area and Liam Molesworth despatched the spot kick. Left back and captain Chris Glover then added a sublime fourth in the 36th minute, an audacious chip beating Williams all ends up before Max Crisp netted a fifth on the stroke of half-time after a ball fell kindly to him which he rifled home. OTS's forays forward were rare but when they did get forward, some lovely four way passing set up James Gasson who rifled narrowly wide of Josh Craddock's upright. Into the second half and when the sixth came from Molesworth in the 50th minute, a lovely delicious left foot curler, it did look like a case of 'how many' but to their credit OTS did not give in at all despite some very sloppy defending and overall play. Meadow could have had a lot more goals, Max Loveridge in particular wanting to walk the ball into the net, but they only added one more goal as the ball landed at Ben Stanford's boot and he crashed home a 25 yard shot not bad for a centre-back. OTS nearly scored from Gasson's fine free kick, saved wonderfully by Goddard but they did grab a consolation goal with the last kick of the game as Joe Smith netted from close range with an overhead finish.
Wychbold RBL also travelled to Millfield Rovers in an attempt to win over their neighbours for the second time this month but Millies were ready for Alex Riordan's men today coming out comfortable 4-0 winners. Goals from James Ward (2), Shane Smith and Josh White doing the damage.

The £500 WA Harris Dream is still alive for Cofton Old Boys as their 3-1 win over Bromsgrove Academicals saw a hat-trick from Mark Cook. Cook opened the scoring from Ian Richards's cross (although some say Cook didn't get a touch but we'll give him the benefit of doubt) but no doubting the second as his fine lobbed finish left Simon Boon beaten all ends up. Academicals were back in the game when Cofton got all mixed up at the back (again) and from the second attempt, Dominic Ward beat Brad Miller from close ranger after Miller had saved his first shot. Cook's goalscoring spree ended in the 75th minute with a close range finish to put the game beyond doubt. Result of the day was perhaps in the Prison though in the Harris Round 1, where Premier Division Rubery Athletic met Hewell from Division 2 and despite two Andy Court goals, Hewell proved hard to breakdown and moved into the second round care of a 3-2 win. 

Friendship went out of the window in the Bridgwater Cup Group C clash for best mates Pat Sullivan and Mark Donaldson as their respective sides, FC Bromsgrove and Chaddesley Corbett Reserves played each other and a surprise 5-2 win for Pat's FCB side emanated. Chadds had a bad day at the office (their goals coming from Anthony Ward and Gaz Moriaty) but take nothing away from FCB  who deserved to win today, Pat getting his tactician head out and out-foxing his good pal! Nathan Poole with two goals, one each for Callum Lammas, Mark Smith and Damian 'Titch' Blakeway to secure a fine away win. 

FC Highgate United are fancied to do well this season and maybe the Division 1 Cup is a route for their silverware this season as they beat struggling FC Hop Pole at Charford, but only by a 2-1 scoreline indicating Karl White is finally breathing life into FC Hop Pole as they gave as good as they got. A first ever goal in English football for FC Hop Pole's Dariusz Michalak, a cracking volley, wasn't enough as Highgate superstars Laurence Martin and ex £50,000 Stoke City striker Ben Markall struck (Markall from the spot) to send them into the quarter-final where they will face Sporting Rednal on the 3G. 

Winyates beat Callowbrook Green heavily just a few weeks back in League action and Callowbrook returned to the same ground today in the Centenary knockout cup (Preliminary Round tie) but suffered the same fate albeit only a 4-1 scoreline. Sam Pillinger's goal for Callowbrook was gunned down by a Dave Phelan brace and one each for Ben Rogers and ex AFC Ipsley campaigner Andy Squibb.
A big game also took place between Hizza United and Studley Lions following on from the sides opening day league clash which Studley won and it was Studley who again took the honours today as Hizza lost for the third successive week. Hero for Studley was their latest signing Lewis Smith who netted a hat-trick and there was one for Jamie Hatfield too but he blotted his copybook with a caution for simulation although our reporter at the game believed it to be a harsh decision!

Wez Daniel of Laburnum has long been dying to get his hands on the Rose Bowl and his Laburnum side had a fine 5-0 win over Stoke Prior to register their first win of the season as their latest Bowl campaign began. A hat-trick from Ryan Sproston caused the most damage with Simon Millward also chipping in from centre-half before Matt Wardle's own goal gave Laburnum the five stars they wanted today. 

Premier Cup action saw rivals BGIS and Northfield Athletic play each other for the first time since the final day drama at the end of last season; With this match taking place on a neutral 3G pitch, it was a fine footballing game and on the day, Northfield proved the strongest coming away with a 4-2 win and four different scorers too namely Jason Cowley, Josh Moore, Reece Ward and Reiss Brians as Northfield's season has now taken a significant turn for the best. Northfield went into a 2-0 lead, nearly added another but for a fine Aaron Collins save in the BGIS goal before Carl Martin's low strike from Connor Collins layoff gave BGIS hope. That hope was extended when Collins equalised after good work by the suit master, Dan Lawrence, but Northfield's superior ability on the day to score goals all over the pitch counted in the end. A footnote and perhaps disappointment to the day for Northfield was Aaron Westwood's late sending off but this is believed to be a case of mistaken identity and it may well be Northfield will look to have this over-turned. 

In the Premier Division league action, title favourites Black Horse had a tough game against a spirited Belbroughton Athletic side coming through with a 3-0 win, but Belbroughton will be kicking themselves for missing an 86th minute penalty, which then saw them get caught late on pushing for the equaliser and were hit with two clinical late strikes.
Meanwhile Pilkington Sunday, today fielding a squad for the first time this season without any suspensions in it, took on reigning champions and much changed Thomas Brothers after previous manager James Burke quit the club several weeks ago and Pilks had a good 2-0 win thanks to goals from last week's debutant Klarke Bird and Sam Collins to move them up to second place. Brothers didn't have a full side out today and injury depleted that number further so credit to them for giving Pilks such a good game, indeed the second goal only came in the last ten minutes of the match. 

In Division 1, troubled Sporting Rednal faced a re-match with last weeks cup conquerors Chaddesley Corbett with Rednal enjoying home advantage this time but it made little difference as Chadds romped to an 8-1 win to pile the problems on for Jay Nickless who needs to stem the flow of goals his team are conceding. Their cause was not helped by yet another red card, frustrations getting the better of defender Matt Harper who was sent to turn the showers on. In terms of the match action itself, the game was very even for 25 minutes but that all changed once Chaddesley's superstar striker Matt Perry got bought down in the area and Ryan Moore netted yet another penalty. Temporary restbite was provided when a mistake by James Poulton in the Chadds goal led to a Rednal equaliser but fine interchange play by Ben Tolley and Perry, now getting back to his very best, saw Tolley score the first of his hat-trick, a feat Perry would also achieve on a memorable day for both. Six second half goals really put the icing on the cake with Dan Weston and Tolley causing endless problems, Weston getting on the scoresheet for good measure. The best of the second half goals was Tolley's 30 yard free kick. Bromsgrove Athletico, playing at home again now to try and alleviate mid-winter pitch problems, took on Red Lion in what was bound to be a competitive and tasty match. Red Lion nicked the three points with a 3-2 win thanks to goals from Dan Bearcroft (2) and Pete Jenvey. At the time of writing, Athletico's reporter hasn't surfaced yet so we can't provide any match details. 

In Division 2, AFC Northfield perhaps surprisingly got an 8-2 trouncing from Redditch United Sunday who hit top gear and four goals from debutant Jamie Sippitts (ex Woodgate Valley striker) were one of the major reasons for the win. Nathan Derrick got a brace too, one each for Jake Wicketts and Troy Herbert as the Reds shrugged off their bad start to the season and maybe they are a team to watch in the coming weeks. The game was nearly stopped after some alleged misbehaviour from AFC Northfield spectators but once all that calmed down, there was only one football winner and that was Redditch United Sunday. In the other game, Spa Athletic fresh from a surprise win last week took on unbeaten Sporting Club Redditch and SCR continued their unbeaten start to the season with a narrow 1-0 win, it was that man Dan Sill again the hero with his standard goal. 

In Division 3, Rubery Legends graced Boleyn Road Bowl for only the second time this season as they took on Bromsgrove Corinthians and had to come from 3-0 down to draw 3-3, with the goals coming from Jahmel Travis, Lee Farrell and Jake Bootton, this after Wes Connor and Alex Beck (2) had put the visitors in total control. Great result for Legends which they can be rightly proud of their comeback but they do need to chill out a bit as they picked up FOUR cautions for dissent against the young match official today and that could prove costly during the course of the season if repeated. Sidemoor Rec was the venue for Millfield Rovers Reserves against Stoke Works and a brilliant opening 20 minutes from Stoke Works saw them score four goals to wrestle control of the match. Stoke scorers were Adam Ravenscroft (2), Ryan Cooper and Paul Halfpenny. Millfields never got going and Stu Hatfield's 85th minute strike was little more than a token consolation. 

Next week sees the start of the County Cup matches and there are some really interesting ties for BDFL sides against county opponents, across all 3 competitions. A complete list is available from our Full-Time website but potential stand out ties include Meadow Park travelling to our own registration secretary Glyn Lloyd's Kidderminster based Harriers Trust, whilst Thomas Brothers host crack Kidderminster League outfit Grange Athletic. Black Horse will be hoping to retain the Premier Cup but this time in BDFL colours. they visit CBH Fasteners from the Redditch League. There is a bit of travelling for some of our sides in the Junior Cup, Colin Tomlinson takes his Callowbrook boys down to Bretferton in Evesham, whilst Studley Lions visit Bewdley Arches and Sporting Rednal go to Worcester for a match with the coolly named team CSKA Worcester! Mark Donaldson is taking a minibus to Bredon for Chaddesley Corbett Reserves (the furthest tie they could of got) whilst Stoke Prior head to a completely different part of Worcestershire where no BDFL team has been before, it's a trip to Tenbury for them. All our other 5 sides in the Minor Cup also travel, although Meadow Park Youth only travel to Sidemoor for Millfield Rovers Reserves in an all BDFL clash. We wish everyone the very best of luck in these competitions, we are hoping to win a County Cup for the third season running! There will also be a little bit of internal action too to fill the missing gaps, Bromsgrove Athletico facing Wychbold RBL and Pilkington hosting Alcester Town the games of obvious interest. 

We look forward to reporting on everything next Sunday as usual!




Meadow Park 7 (Molesworth 2, O'Connell 2, Crisp, Glover, Stanford), Oak Tree Sporting 1 (Smith)

Millfield Rovers 4 (Ward 2, Smith, White), Wychbold RBL 0

Chaddesley Corbett Reserves 2 (Ward, Moriaty), FC Bromsgrove 5 (Poole 2, Lammas, Smith, Blakeway)
Cofton Old Boys 3 (COOK 3), Bromsgrove Academicals 1 (Ward)

Rubery Athletic 2 (Court 2), Hewell 3
FC Hop Pole 1 (Michalak), FC Highgate United 2 (Martin, Markall)

Winyates 4 (Phelan 2, Squibb, Rogers), Callowbrook Green 1 (Pillinger)

Hizza United 0, Studley Lions 4 (SMITH 3, Hatfield)

Laburnum 5 (SPROSTON 3, Millward, OG), Stoke Prior 0

BGIS 2 (Collins, Martin), Northfield Athletic 4 (Moore, Cowley, Ward, Brians)

Black Horse 3, Belbroughton Athletic 0
Pilkington Sunday 2 (Bird, Collins), Thomas Brothers 0

Sporting Rednal 1, Chaddesley Corbett 8 (TOLLEY 3, PERRY 3, Moore, Weston)
Bromsgrove Athletico 2, Red Lion 3 (Bearcroft 2, Jenvey)

AFC Northfield 2, Redditch United Sunday 8 (SIPPITTS 4, Derrick 2, Herbert, Wicketts)
Spa Athletic 0, Sporting Club Redditch 1 (Sill)

Rubery Legends 3 (Farrel, Booton, Trevis), Bromsgrove Corinthians 3 (Beck 2, Connor)
Millfield Rovers Reserves 1 (Hatfield), Stoke Works 4 (Ravenscroft 2, Cooper, Halfpeny)



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