A Good All Rounder for the BDFL

Cup progress for 11 BDFL teams

Last Updated: Oct 9, 2016 06:29pm
Abbey, Redditch
By Simon Burgess
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A good all round day in the BDFL as our teams entered one of the toughest outside cup competitions to win, the Kidderminster Hospital Cup, but out of 18 ties in the Minor and Junior sections, we managed to progress 11 teams (some already had byes too) which is a far cry from where we were five years ago!


We'll start with the hard luck stories and those that exited; FC Highgate United went down 2-1 away at Areley Kings whilst Rubery Athletic will be disappointed to exit 2-0 to Brit Wollaston. Chaddesley Corbett expected a tough game against The RedMen who come attached with a fiery reputation but no problems in the game as RedMen won 3-0 fairly comfortably; However it was strange that a Chaddesly player, dual signed, scored all 3 goals for RedMen with Shane Trossell returning to haunt his team mates! FC Hop Pole went down 5-1 at Stour Glassboys (Karl White needs to tighten his defence a little more as too many are being conceded) with Stoke Works somehow losing 2-1 against 8 men Hasbury Colts as their hosts hit the implode button; Stoke hit the woodwork four times in the game and felt hard done by a penalty award - The bright spot in the day though came from Paul Halfpenny who netted from in-form Ryan Cooper assisting. Stoke Prior, who play Stoke Works next week in the David Fisher farewell game, went out at home to Kingswinford AFC by a 3-2 scoreline so frustrating for Jamie Maycroft after intensive midweek training got his side scoring goals again!  The biggest exit was perhaps Awkies Allstars who are having a cup nightmare this season as they lost on penalties to Spennells United after the sides were locked together at 2-2 AET. Awkies had twice got back into the game after being behind, firstly through Christopher Fox and then Matt Adams. Despite Awkies goalie Richard Beesley performing heroics again in the shoot out, misses from Kurt Hoban, Mikey Ryan and Fox proved costly and Awkies were dumped out to a side they easily beat in a pre-season warm up game.


Lots of good news stories to balance out though; Both Mostyn Rangers teams from the Kidderminster League faced BDFL opposition and both lost to nil! Firstly Belbroughton Athletic beat the first team 6-0 (goals from Alex 'Bally' Mallen hat-trick, Will Tibbetts (2) and Connor O Reilly) whilst Rubery Legends beat the reserves 3-0 thanks to Chris Gee, Jamie Larner and the now weekly goal from Jahmel Trevis. Meadow Park received a stiff examination from King William but came through 5-2 AET as Liam Molesworth bagged 2 followed by Rob Southwell, Jack Allerton and Matt Russell; We must make mention that manager Paul Hutchins came on in Extra-Time and provided the assist for Molesworth's second! Thomas Brothers also managed to get through AET, this time with a 6-4 away win at Sporting Club and a very welcome and much needed win for new manager Ashley Bunn. Great to see Quinton Athletic get their first win as a club with a 3-2 away win at Netherton thanks to Daniel Thompson, Kevin Heeley and Keil Sumnall finding the onion bag. Oak Tree Sporting were another BDFL side to win and a much needed one here too, this time 5-3 away at Wollaston Lions. There was late drama at Wychbold Park as Wychbold RBL came roaring back to win 2-1 against 10 men Lakeside United who had earlier seen a player sent off for foul language; With 10 minutes left, it looked a lost cause but Brad Talbot hauled Wychbold level and Henry Davis then sent the crowds wild on the sidelines with excessive air punching as his 20 yard volley sealed with it moments to play which also had Alex Riordan sprinting across the pitch and belly flopping onto the celebrations in Doug Mcleod style!


Biggest winners on the day were Studley Lions who absolutely smashed Kidderminster League Division 3 side Forest Rangers 15-1; Three hat-tricks in this one for Lions (Lewis Smith/Jamie Hatfield with 4 and Marc Jovanovic with 3), with a brace for Jamie Walsh and one for Nick Briggs and Mr Own Goal as Lions strong start continues. Hizza United, who had to battle long grass at Feckenham Village Green, beat Royal Exchange Reserves 7-1 as Luke Davenport's team won for the second week running whilst Spa Athletic are safely into the next round with a home 2-0 victory over Stour Celta Lions Reserves with goals from Luke Rainbow and Matt Winsper. FC Bromsgrove recorded back to back away wins with a 4-2 victory at Withymoor; Having weathered the storm early doors, Curtis Holdam with a brace, one each for Mark Smith and Anthony Bate saw them win the tie.


Internal Cup action continued with a couple of group phase games in the BRS Shield and Bridgwater Cup plus a preliminary round WA Harris Cup tie where Olly Birchall's single goal (a penalty) was enough to put Pilkington Sunday into Round 1 where Division 3 Arrow Valley await them; Pilks were perhaps a bit fortunate today as Bromsgrove Athletico, their Division 1 opponents, had 3 goals disallowed for offside. In the BRS Shield, games between BGIS and Alcester Town are always hard fought and today was no different as BGIS got the better of their visitors by the odd goal in five despite conceding the opener after just 30 seconds and that was all the action for the first half with stand in Alcester keeper Richard Briggs not really tested. This all changed in the second half as BGIS started off strongly, Dan Lawrence forcing Briggs into action right from the kick off. Carl Martin got the first of his two goals to equalise before Alcester got back in front (Kalach??) after a defensive blunder was punished. Martin equalised again, this time an unorthodox chest over the line from close range, before master marksman Connor Collins finished neatly from Myles Newman's pass to seal the win. Black Horse got a tougher examination than the last time they played Northfield Athletic, this time a 4-2 win being the end result and barring mathematical miracles and results going completely against them, Black Horse are qualified for the quarter-finals of this newly named cup.


In the Bridgwater Cup, Group B was flung even more wide open than previous given Division 3 Arrow Valley stunned Division 2 high flyers Winyates by a 6-2 scoreline in a fine game at HDA Club. Both sides started really well and chances were being created right from the off. The breakthrough came on 21 minutes when Winyates striker Ben Rogers wriggled clear and calmly slotted into the corner. Arrow Valley were level some 3 minutes later when Reece Miles equalised, the first of his four goals, when he reacted quickest as the ball bobbled around the area. Valley took the lead on 29 minutes when Garry 'Iniesta' Harvey's through ball was missed by the diving Richard Thorne and Darryl King snuck round the back to net into the far corner. Winyates continued to play decent football, David Phelan and Tommy Williams at the heart of most good things they did but they were wasteful in front of goal with Andy Squibb lashing one such chance wide though Miles astonishingly missed from close range at the other end too. 2-1 at the break to Valley; Into the second half and the game was all but won early on as two quick goals put Valley in total command. Firstly Miles smashed a 20 yarder into the top corner on 49, before a cleared corner on 50 ended up at the Silver Fox's feet (Nick Rumbold) and his powerful left foot drive from 25 yards took a wicked kiss en route to the goal and left Winyates's netminder totally helpless. Squibb got Winyates back in the game at 4-2 finishing off good work by Williams on the left flank but two more Miles goals on 80 and 90 minutes, one another powerful turn and strike which went in off the crossbar, killed the game and ensured Big Phil took the points home. An excellent advertisement for the League and some action shots of the game can be seen in the League's Facebook Group after some more fine photography from 'MortSport' this morning. In the Group C encounter, Redditch United Sunday won 6-3 over Chaddesley Corbett Reserves this despite a Dan White hat-trick for the visitors. Redditch's strikes came courtesy of a Jake Wicketts treble (including an outrageous penalty), Jamie Sippitts double and a Rob Beadle goal.


League action to finish off with four games, two in Division 2 and two in Division 3; In the second tier, Sporting Club Redditch's juggernaut continues to knockdown everyone in its sight as they made it 9 straight wins in all competitions with a brilliant 6-0 win over Hewell. It was that man Dan Sill again who was the hero netting a hat-trick with Billy Garvey, Joe Shaw and the legend Mal Williams on target; We would like to take this opportunity to publically remind SCR keeper Paul Maynard that pre-match promises to your team mates of paying their subs if they score should always be immediately honoured and not suddenly forgotten about, Maynard having promised to cough up for Mr Sill if he scored but as Sill scored three, we wonder if this offer extends to the next two weeks as well?! In the Number 63 bus derby at Rubery Park, Callowbrook Green bounced back from a couple of poor performances to stun AFC Northfield with a 3-1 away win thanks to goals from last week's naughty boy Dominic Strevens, Aiden Vaughan and Sam Pillinger. No information on the match from AFCN who must have fancied their chances of winning the game but a cracking result for Callowbrook whichever way you dress it.


In Division 3, Millfield Rovers Reserves had a fine 3-1 win at Bromsgrove Academicals. Millies went ahead when Chris Pratt/Lowe netted with a long range free kick before Ethan King headed home Ben Craddock's flag kick, The third came from the prolific Ash Roland as he rolled his marker and smashed the ball home to put the visitors three to the good at the break. Nick Baker got a consolation for Accies in the second half. Meadow Park Youth are perhaps starting to find their benchmark in adult football and today's 5-2 home win over a strong Bromsgrove Corinthians side perhaps proves this point. A 12 minute brace from James Clayton got them going before Corries's Tom Mason reduced the lead; This was however short lived as Oliver Rainsford netted straight away to restore the two goal buffer that a 35th minute Corries goal would once again reduce. All to play for in the rest of the game but Xavier Symonds's 75th minute close range shot killed the game off at 4-2 before new signing Jamie Smith made it 5-2 with five to play and a welcome three home points banked.


Next week BDFL history is made as we have three teams enter the FA National Sunday Cup, the first time the League has been represented so good luck to Black Horse who have a home tie (2pm at Studley Sports Centre if anyone wants to go and watch), whilst Thomas Brothers travel to Wolverhampton and Alcester Town travel to Leicester. We also have the next round of the Bromsgrove Charity Cup with BGIS v Meadow Park and CBH Fasteners v Belbroughton Athletic catching the eye. Northfield Athletic and Pilkington Sunday face off in a very local derby in the Premier Division whilst Rubery v FC Highgate is bound to be tasty, with Sporting Club Redditch travelling to Hizza United with their unbeaten record. We also have Stoke Works v Stoke Prior at 10am on the new 3G which will be the last BDFL game that Stoke Works stalwart/legend/club owner David Fisher attends as he prepares to emigrate abroad the week after the game so this is bound to be an emotional occasion for his team and David himself. We look forward to writing the report next week on all the matches.

Areley Kings 2, FC Highgate United 1
Belbroughton Athletic 6 (MALLEN 3, Tibbetts 2, O'Reilly), Mostyn Rangers 0
Brit Wollaston 2, Rubery Athletic 0
Chaddesley Corbett 0, RedMen 3
Meadow Park 5 (L Molesworth 2, Southwell, Allerton, Russell), King William 2 AET
Netherton 2, Quinton Athletic 3 (Sumnall, Thompson, Heeley)
Sporting Club 4, Thomas Brothers 6 AET
Stour Glassboys 5, FC Hop Pole 1
Wollaston Lions 3, Oak Tree Sporting 5
Wychbold RBL 2 (Talbot, Davis), Lakeside United 1

Studley Lions 15 (SMITH 4, HATFIELD 4, JOVANVOIC 3, Walsh 2, Briggs, OG), Forest Rangers 1
Hasbury Colts 2, Stoke Works 1 (Halfpenny)
Hizza United 7, Royal Exchange Reserves 1
Spa Athletic 2 (Winsper, Rainbow), Stour Celta Lions Reserves 0 
Stoke Prior 2, Kingswinford AFC 3
Withymoor 2, FC Bromsgrove 4 (Holdam 2, Smith, Bate)
Spennells United 2, Awkies Allstars 2 (Fox, Adams) - AET - Spennells win 4-3 on penalties
Mostyn Rangers Reserves 0, Rubery Legends 3 (Trevis, Gee, Larner)

Winyates 2 (Rogers, Squibb), Arrow Valley 6 (MILES 4, Rumbold, King)
Redditch United Sunday 6, Chaddesley Corbett Reserves 3 (WHITE 3)

Black Horse 4, Northfield Athletic 2
BGIS 3 (Martin 2, Collins), Alcester Town 2
Pilkington Sunday 1 (Birchall), Bromsgrove Athletico 0

AFC Northfield 1, Callowbrook Green 3 (Strevens, Vaughan, Pillinger)
Sporting Club Redditch 6 (SILL 3, Williams, Garvey, Shaw), Hewell 0

Meadow Park Youth 5 (Clayton 2, Rainsford, Smith, X Symonds), Bromsgrove Corinthians 2 (Mason, Unknown)
Bromsgrove Academicals 1 (Baker), Millfield Rovers Reserves 3 (Lowe/Pratt, King, Roland)


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