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A Tricky Tie for Callowbrook Green

Bromsgrove & District Football League results

Last Updated: Oct 17, 2016 06:28am
Abbey, Redditch
By Simon Burgess
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Another interesting day of action in more ways than one for BDFL Week 11. 

Premier Division league leaders Pilkington Sunday had their scalp taken by Northfield Athletic in a local derby as Northfield, who picked up their first league win of the season, won 4.0. Josh Moore at the double with one for Paul Newman and Aaron Westwood too. Pilkington didn’t help their cause by being reduced to 9 men as their ability to self-destruct reared its head again (Adam Pearshouse and Jack McGinn both being sent off for the second time this season) but Northfield had their own issues too as Jon Myrie landed himself in hot water for bizarrely kicking bottles and footballs onto the pitch after being substituted – So all in all, a weird morning at Northfield Town but a fixture safely ticked off!

In the First Division, a good competitive game at Charford Rec (after a strange pitch allocation issue was resolved) as Oak Tree Sporting were seen off 2-1 by Bromsgrove Athletico. Sam Wright and Wade Malley for the visitors and speed merchant Jack Steele netting for Oak Tree. Athletico manager Lammy Lammas feeling his side got their just desserts after some bad luck in recent weeks although Rory Milbourne on the other side of the camp thought his side deserved at least a point – Opinions eh! There was excitement and drama at Baytree Farm, which amazingly had to pass a morning pitch inspection after some overnight rain, as Rubery drew 4-4 with FC Highgate United. [censored] Behan with two for Rubery backed up by Daniel Wells and Mason Mansfield. No further game details available at the time of writing. 

In the Second Division, Sporting Club Redditch continued on their dream run as they beat Hizza United 3-0 in the local derby; Joe Shaw with one and a brace for Malique Williams extending the winning run to 10 and SCR appear to be a team firmly on the upgrade; What possessed SCR keeper Paul Maynard to wear a bright pink Cambridge United goalkeeper kit only he knows! 

In Division 3, Bromsgrove Academicals and Cofton Old Boys battled out an 7 goal thriller with the home side winning 4-3; In a game with more twists and turns than your average fairground carousel, Academicals goals came from Nick Baker, James ‘Paris’ Hylton, Andy Turnbell and Jake Exley as the home side came from 3-1 down to take the points despite goals from Gareth Parfitt, Mark Cook and Andy Jervis in reply for Cofton. With this match being the late game on the 3G, all eyes were on the 10am kick off in what was termed the ‘David Fisher Farewell Match’ as Stoke Works FC’s league stalwart bid goodbye to the BDFL before his emigration to Australia next week. David came on as an 80th minute substitute for Stoke Works and importantly grabbed a few touches of the ball out on the right wing. The game was surprisingly open and even with lowly and out of form Prior giving as good as they got. Both sides created reasonable chances in the first period but failed to take them, Andy Dawson for Prior and Paul Halfpenny for Works being the most influential players for their respective sides. The game was held up for 3-4 minutes in the first half with a collarbone injury to Tom Westwood from Stoke Works (We wish him a speedy recovery) and this eventually led to him being substituted. 0-0 at half time. Into the second half and the all-important breakthrough came on the hour mark when a set piece routine saw the ball knocked back on the touchline to the gentle giant, Jon Snell and he tucked the ball past Thomas Kings from close range. Prior were then desperately unlucky not to equalise; Playing on the break using the pace and guile of Elliott Nottingham and Thomas Harborne, a chance was fashioned out for Anthony Hughes whose strike hit the bar and rebounded like a rocket and could only be headed wide by Hughes but it was a difficult chance. As is often the case in football, a failure to take chances normally results in you getting punished and when Snell bagged his second on 68 from Johnny Stockham’s pass, this seemed to be the case. From here on in, Prior’s defence collapsed and a further three goals came from Halfpenny on 71 (Snell with the assist) who shot home from 8 yards which Kings got his hands too but couldn’t keep out; On 77 minutes, it was one for the Telecoms Audit Bureau to celebrate as veteran Lee Smith rifled home from close range before, with basically the last touch of the game, Snell netted from close range to put a slightly unfair reflection on the scoreline but the perfect way for Works to bid farewell to Mr Fisher on what was an emotionally charged morning for all at Stoke Works FC. 

In the WA Harris Cup Preliminary Round, Division 2 side Callowbrook Green successfully negotiated a tricky tie at Division 3 side Chaddesley Corbett Reserves winning 2-0 thanks to goals from the Wyatt Brothers, Kieran and Luke. This sets up a home draw with Red Lion in Round 1. Two wins on the bounce for the Greens, can they carry this on? 

The Centenary Cup was the main focus of the Division 2 sides today with three games resolved. In the Preliminary phase, Spa Athletic enjoyed another win, this time 6-4 against Hewell with Luke Rainbow Spa’s shining star with a hat-trick. Hewell went into an early lead from the spot before Spa cruised into a 4-1 lead; Hewell fought back to 4-4 before Conrad Stewart went on a mazy run across the pitch to make it 5-4 and then Kev Owens’s penalty finally killed off Hewell’s hopes. Spa travel to Sporting Club Redditch in Round 1 next. In the first round proper, AFC Northfield, without a win in five going into this game and at their new pitch at Highgate United, beat Awkies Allstars 3-1. Goals from Richard Dugmore, Remel Johnson and Josh Cullen proved vital although Awkies gave as good as they got and perhaps didn’t get the rub of the green. Mike Wakeman scored their goal which was a nice volley. AFCN face Redditch United Sunday in the semi-final, Redditch themselves having a tremendous result beating Winyates away 5-0, with the home side really having their confidence dented after last weeks shock defeat. Redditch dominated this game from start to finish and after the first half goal blitz were happy to sit back and soak up the inevitable second half pressure. Redditch’s goals came courtesy of Jack O’Donnell (2), Jamie Sippitts, Josh Moseley and Brad Hendry with O’Donnell scoring a brilliant volley for good measure.   

In the Bromsgrove Charity Junior Cup, Bartley Green Illey Sunday staged a remarkable comeback after being 2-0 down to Meadow Park, coming roaring back to win 6-2 despite only having 10 men as Jordan Allmark got sent off for two bookable offences. Meadow Park raced into a two goal lead, Connor Cashmore and Liam Molesworth netting before Colin Tandy’s penalty on the stroke of half-time after Alex ‘Phonebox’ Dugmore was hacked down in the area. Whatever Major Mccleary said to his troops at half-time or put in the cuppa worked a treat as BGIS came out a different side in the second half and Connor Collins’s 25 yarder hauled them level. Dan Lawrence and Carl Martin netted goals 3 and 4 as it was one way traffic before Collins completed his hat-trick and one was with his right peg astonishingly! Another team to score 6 in the competition were Red Lion who saw off Quinton Athletic by the same scoreline with all the goals in the first half. In-form Keil Sumnall put the home side ahead before Dan Bearcroft got the first of his two goals from the penalty spot to level matters. Red Lion then went on a goal scoring blitz with Kingsley Smith netting two, Joe Frampton and Dan Blake one each, although one of them was fortuitous with the ball hitting the referee and bouncing kindly to set off a counter attack. It could have been worse for Quinton but for some outstanding sportsmanship on the sidelines after Peter Jenvey netted, Red Lions coach Jordan Street confirming an offside after the referee over-ruled the Quinton linesman who had correctly flagged – That’s a really positive thing to report on and what we try to encourage the BDFL family to do so thank you to Jordan and Red Lion FC! 

Millfield Rovers put their name in the bag for the semi-finals after a 2-1 away win at a grassy Holywell Lane pitch. Shane Smith put Millies ahead on the half hour mark swivelling on a six pence to fire home although Millies keeper Chris Wright had to be at his best to deny Rubery a goal. Lee Davies did get the equaliser his team deserved in the second period before cruelly, Mike Hewitt netted on 85 minutes after James Ward’s pass to win it for the yellows. Millies have boosted their ranks signing BGIS defender Scott Smith and as long as they can get Scott there most weeks, they could be set for a good second half of the season. The semi-final line up is completed by Belbroughton Athletic who had a great battle with Redditch League side CBH Fasteners before coming away with a solo 1-0 win thanks to Ricky Cowdell’s second half goal. The win came despite Belbroughton playing for an hour with 10 men as the ‘Geordie’ lost his head again and got himself sent off (Chris Gleadlow!). Belbroughton are made of tougher stuff this season though, one blip aside against Alcester and fine performances by Al Emery, Dan Kinsella, Sam Mckenzie and Chris Innes kept the back door firmly shut, with second choice keeper Innes excelling himself in the 93rd minute with a fine one on one save. This result means the BDFL is guaranteed to win the Junior Charity Cup this season as we now house all four semi-finalists! 

In the Minor Cup of the Bromsgrove Charity, Redditch League side Studley Swan beat Laburnum 5-1 whilst two of the other games went to penalties. Arrow Valley and Bromsgrove Corinthians were locked together at 2-2 on 90 minutes (Matt Remes and Garry Harvey for Valley, Alex Beck x 2 for Corries) but Valley got the better of the shoot out. Rubery Legends also proved themselves sharp shooters from 12 yards as they needed penalties to see off Millfield Rovers Reserves after a 3-3 deadlock on 90 minutes. Legends went into a 2-0 half time lead (it got all too much for Millies captain Ben Craddock who decided to walk off the pitch) before Ash Roland’s brace pulled it back in the second half, one a header from Stuart Hatfield’s long range throwing missile. Both sides scored again but not before Adrian Godwin the Millfield Rovers Reserves manager got himself sent off after a succession of penalty shouts were turned down by arbiter Buchanan. Legends goalscorers (order unknown) were Chris Gee (2) and Jake Booton with Jahmel Trevis setting them all up in an all action performance; In the shoot out, Ethan Kings and George Donahue missed for Millies (great saves by another Pink Panther goalie Julian Bellamy), Trevis missed for Legends but it was the Legends who progressed into the semis 5-4! Life was a bit less frantic on Sidemoor though as Meadow Park Youth got the better of FC Bromsgrove by a 6-1 scoreline with the hero being Ollie Rainsford who netted four, one a fantastic volley and one from the spot too. The other goals came Will Symonds and Xavier Symonds as MP Youth are finding some form. 

And finally, Congratulations to Black Horse safely into the second round of the FA National Sunday Cup after a fine 3-0 win over Oadby Athletic. Unfortunately Alcester Town weren’t so lucky as they ended up being beaten 4-3 in extra-time at Frolesworth United this after taking a 3-0 lead thanks to Dean Hay’s brace and one from Matt Layton. Thomas Brothers fixture at Wolverhampton Casuals did not take place. 

Next week’s fixture list sees another exciting set of games. Belbroughton Athletic v BGIS could be a brilliant game given both sides recent form this in the WAH Cup Round 2 whilst Chaddesley Corbett v Wychbold RBL catches the eyes in the Division 1 Cup. In some early WFA County Cup games, Millfield Rovers take on the Austin Ex Apprentices juggernaut from the Redditch League; Austin have been winning games by double figures on a regular basis so Gaz Evans’s men will need to perform as they have been doing to stand any chance whilst there are four other matches bought forward one week to avoid a clash with Villa v Blues on the Conference Date which was unable to be moved despite our best efforts! Black Horse are also in Birmingham County Cup action as they travel to Khalsa Leamington Spa in their first round tie. Good luck to everyone in these prestigious county cup matches!

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