A Lot still to be Decided

Bromsgrove & District Football League

Last Updated: May 17, 2016 09:19pm
Abbey, Redditch
By Simon Burgess
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Very much a case of chalking off the remaining 50 games in the BDFL before the end of the month as the 2015/16 season continues to draw towards an end although there is much to still be decided with very few games with nothing riding on them!

In the Premier Division, Thomas Brothers, our new Premier Division champions, celebrated their title with a 3-2 win over WCT Youth Raiders before being presented with the league trophy post-match amongst a glut of champagne! Goals from Richard Tyler, Dan Price and Mr Wright ensured victory! Once again, congratulations to the Brothers on their achievement!

In Division 1, the title race is simply getting hotter each week; It’s a two horse race between Bartley Green Illey Sunday and current pole position team Northfield Athletic, with both sides chalking up convincing wins over Spa Athletic and AFC Northfield respectively to add to both sides winning in midweek. All the usual suspects scored for their teams, namely Connor Collins, Dom Strevens, Jason Cowley and Josh Moore and so long as BGIS pick up five points from their next three games, then it will be a ‘winner takes all’ scenario at Illey Lane on 29th May, definitely a date for your diary if this happens. BGIS’s next three games are Thursday, Sunday then Wednesday so plenty of football left. Stoke Sporting are dangerous when at their best and today was a good day for them as their trip to Sporting Rednal yielded a 3-1 win; The ‘S’ force stuck in this one with Curtis Smith, Simon Steele and Jon Snell cancelling out an astonishing lob (and a rare goal) from the evergreen veteran and Rednal club legend Russell Brooks. Wychbold RBL have probably done enough to secure third place in the league but they could have sealed it for sure with a draw against Conway Albion but they lost the game despite a fine strike from Tom Pugh; Conway have taken some hammerings the past few weeks but ended their season on a high after Matt Jordan and Paul Whitehead netted. A good first season in the League for both clubs!

In Division 2, lots of football today including two double headers; The upshot of today’s results is that Meadow Park need a point to be sure of the title with 5 games to play, although it would take an astonishing turnaround of 15 goals for Rednal Social Club anyway should they win their last game. Meadow won both their games against Hizza United by a cumulative 4-0 scoreline (1-0 and 3-0), goals from Sean Chance, Jay Woolridge, Mike Wyers and Sam Wright. Bridgefield and Chaps United were also on the double game playing trail and Chaps picked up 4 points from the encounters. In the first game, Paul Dowsett’s four goals saw them win 4-1, with Jordan Ward netting for Bridgefield. In the second game, the honours were even after a 5-5 draw with Ward getting a hat-trick for Bridgefield, one each for Sam Valente and Luke Hancock.  Rednal Social Club won 6-0 against a depleted and tired looking Awkies Allstars side but take nothing away from Rednal as the flat smooth surface at Four Dwellings 4G made sure their fast flowing football was put to good use. Another side who play football the right way are Rubery Juniors and they followed up Tuesday’s surprise win over Awkies Allstars, with a 3-0 win over Sporting Club Redditch thanks to a brace from Jordan Peach and one from the in-form Connor Chipman although it could have been more had two goals not been disallowed for offside. In midweek games, Meadow Park beat Rednal Social Club 2-1 in a fine game and advert for the division whilst LPR beat Chaps United 11-4 in a high scoring encounter. 

Arrow Valley in the third division are finishing the season with a flourish and today’s 3-0 win over inconsistent AFC Millfields pushes them up to fourth place. Reece Miles with a brace and Jay Russell the men on target, this after Millies had won at Stoke Sporting Reserves in the midweek match. Callowbrook Green and Rubery continue to fight out the title (although Rubery hold a significant goal difference lead) and both sides won in their respective matches today. Callowbrook won 4-2 at FC Bromsgrove who end their debut season in 8th place whilst Rubery’s Brogan Halpin was the star man as his side beat Stoke Prior 9-1, [censored] Behan and Martin Slevin with the other goals. Rubery look a force to be reckoned with and the introduction of some experience in the form of M Slevin has really bolstered their squad.

We have one game this Wednesday night and several on Thursday, with the big match on Thursday being VBG Fairfield’s maiden tilt at winning the Evesham Hospital Cup as they take on Bretferton Old Boys in the final at Evesham United FC, with a 745pm kick off. This final place was secured after they beat Alcester Town from the Evesham League on penalties in the midweek semi-final. We’ll be on site at Evesham on Thursday to bring you live Twitter updates on the game if you can’t make it!


Thomas Brothers 3 (Wright, Tyler, Price), WCT Youth Raiders 2
BGIS 9 (Collins 2, Bullimore 2, Strevens 2, Lawrence, Tandy, Martin), Spa Athletic 1 (Rainbow)
Sporting Rednal 1 (Brooks), Stoke Sporting 3 (Snell, Steele, Smith)
Northfield Athletic 8 (MOORE 4, Cowley 2, Ross, Brians), AFC Northfield 1 (Thomas)
Wychbold RBL 1, Conway Albion 2

Chaps United 4 (DOWSETT 4), Bridgefield 1 (Ward)
Bridgefield 5 (WARD 3, Hancock, Valente), Chaps United 5
Awkies Allstars 0, Rednal Social Club 6
Meadow Park 1, Hizza United 0
Hizza United 0, Meadow Park 3
Rubery Juniors 3 (Peachey 2, Chipman), Sporting Club Redditch 0
Arrow Valley 3 (Miles 2, Russell), AFC Millfields 0
FC Bromsgrove 2, Callowbrook Green 4
Stoke Prior 1 (Morgan), Rubery 9 (HALPIN 7, Behan, Slevin)
VBG Fairfield 3, Alcester Town 3
(VBGF win 4-2 on pens)

BGIS 3, Conway Albion 0
Northfield Athletic 5, Chaddesley Corbett 1

Rubery Juniors 4, Awkies Allstars 2
Chaps United 4, LPR 11
Meadow Park 2, Rednal Social Club 1
Stoke Sporting Reserves 0, AFC Millfields 2


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