A Week of Comebacks

Bromsgrove & District Football League

Last Updated: Sep 7, 2015 08:39pm
Abbey, Redditch
By Simon Burgess
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Into September and Week 5 of the BDFL was a week of comebacks and a week of some surprise results plus 127 goals to boot! The BDFL is certainly the place to be on a Sunday morning and the league to keep your eye on!


Two comebacks to hone in on first and GLA’s 6-5 win at title favourites Wychbold RBL in Division 1 was astonishing, given they were 5-2 down with 10 men and not much time left to play! It had all started so well though as Matt Bedford opened the GLA scoring early on before Wychbold netted twice and then the GLA hothead, Ryan Waters, got himself needlessly sent off after kicking out at an opponent. Level pegging at the half-time drinks though as Marcus Allbutt scored after being sent clear by Bedford, although other reports have this down as an own goal so maybe there was a deflection in there. Wychbold turned on the gas second half and powered into what seemed an unassailable lead with 15 minutes to play before Karl White through on the evergreen forward Stee Collett, Jake Bourne and Luke Benson in a triple substitution. Collett was an instant hit on the pitch, just like he is an instant hit with the Bromsgrove females, netting two in two minutes to reduce the deficit before Bourne equalised at 5-5. It was left to Benson to set up Bourne to head home the winner to leave Wychbold completely shellshocked and GLA celebrating like they used to do in the old glory days, which on this evidence, have not completely gone up in smoke. Also in Division 1, Spa Athletic contrived to throw away a 6-2 lead at home to AFC Northfield, with the visitors picking up their first point of the season to move off the bottom. Ashan Thomas was the hero with a hat-trick, but backed up with goals from Ben Pickersgill, Michael ‘Fuller’ Chaffatt and Wayne Clarke. A tremendous comeback for a team who have conceded 37 goals already this season but their never say die and battling qualities are hard to crab, although the match saw AFCN manager Nick Clarke reaching for the blood pressure tablets at the final whistle!


Another crazy game was the Bridgwater Cup one between Rednal Social Club and Chaps United, the first BDFL game to be played at Vineyard Lane and a game which had more twists and turns than your average fairground helter-skelter. The game started at a high tempo and Chaps were 2-0 ahead early on following a free kick from Stuart Whalley which Luke Stanley couldn’t get too in the Rednal goal and a close range strike after more dosy defending from the home side, who were really slow to get out the blocks much to the anxiety of an over-heating Jordan Markell on the sidelines as Kevin Jones and Paul Dowsett’s quick interchange play was far too much for the home side. However by half-time, Rednal had turned it around kicking down the slope, to lead 3-2, Ben Markell looking particularly dangerous with a running battle with Phil Penny ongoing all game long. Into the second half and Chaps equalised when Dowsett headed home a set piece. Chaps nosed ahead 4-3 (Dowsett and Whalley had both got braces by now) but Markell’s pace then proved too much for Penny and a needless tug back saw the referee award a penalty, which Markell despatched sending Wayne Bradshaw the wrong way from the spot. Just when a 4-4 draw was on the cards, a fair result by any accounts, Rednal snatched a late winner when an offside flag never came and the ball ended up in the net from close range. Ben Markell got a hat-trick for Rednal (and put in a very good shift up front), Jamie Ashmore and Connor Wilson one each. We also had a Bridgwater Cup comeback at Chaddesley Corbett Reserves where the home side chucked away a 2-0 lead given to them by Gaz Moriaty’s brace. Both sides struggled for numbers today but Bridgefield had the better of the second half where Jordan Ward netted (x2), Kieran Cooke and Leon Parslow also the lucky ones to see their shots hit the net! Big thanks to Referees Chief Colin Mortiboys for stepping in at the 11th hour to do the game! 


Bridgwater Cup wins also came the way of AFC Millfields, who won 3-0 at Stoke Prior whose season is turning into an anti-climax already. Ash Roland with two and Ryan Wood the other as Millies bounced back from their defeat last week. Bromsgrove Corinthians proved The Stoat wrong yet again, this time winning 5-0 away at Laburnum who don’t appear to be the side they were last season. Corinthians had full control of this game from the start and a hat-trick for Bryn Morgan was the highlight, although Tom Mason and Alex Cawston scored for the second week running. The other games played in this cup saw Hizza United beat Hewell 3-2, whilst Sporting Club Redditch made it two wins on the spin as they beat Arrow Valley 3-1, goals from Dan Sill, Tom Higgins and Jordan Adams doing the business for Steven Rainbow’s side, Rainbow missing this win due to being down in Cornwall!

The group stages were also played out in the LMS Shield, with 4 group games. Biggest win was Thomas Brothers 6-0 victory over The Grove. Richard Tyler put them into a half-time lead with a header, before Brothers really put their foot down in the second half scoring 5 more, Tyler with one before Rob Burkus took over the show and netted four of his own, the pick of the goals being two calm chips over the onrushing netminder. Another team to win to nil were VBG Fairfield, who beat Stoke Sporting 4-0, David Fisher of Stoke Sporting being honoured to host VBGF at the Country Club. VBGF showed no mercy on the pitch cruising to a 4-0 win, Richard Bishop netting twice with one for Tom Shaw and one for Shaun May. Division 1 Conway Albion pulled off a fine win at Oak Tree Sporting from the Premier, winning 3-2 thanks mainly to two penalties from their goalkeeper Hereward Davies and a 30 yard screamer from Chrisi Conway. Danny Fogarty and Jason D’Aguilar were the home side scorers.  Rubery Athletic finally kickstarted their season with a maiden 7-2 win over Chaddesley Corbett. Andy Court opened the scoring after 38 minutes, quite late for a game with nine goals in, before new signing Nathan Ward cracked two goals of his own on his debut to give the hosts a 3-0 half time lead.   Lee Davies scored two in the second half, sandwiched in between Chadds’s first we think by Michael Mitchell, before a Chadds penalty from Rocco Mitchell reduced the deficit to 5-2. Court’s second came before another new signing, Ryan Evans, netted to give the scoreline a comprehensive look and a massive confidence booster to a Rubery side who were desperate to win and get their season going.  


Two knock out cups were played today and congratulations to Rubery Juniors and Sporting Rednal who both progressed, Rubery with a 7-3 win over Bromsgrove Brentnal in the Centenary Cup to secure a semi-final place, whilst Sporting Rednal saw off Bromsgrove United 5-2 in the Division One cup. Rubery Juniors hero was Dean Hodges who netted a hat-trick, with Brad Hendry, Jake Wicketts, Zac Nearney and the dreaded own goal completing the scoring. For Bromsgrove Brentnal, Scott Gaffney, the returning Connor Wheatley from suspension and Jonny Ingram netted. Sporting Rednal also had a hat-trick hero in their ranks today, Richie Heywood netting three but they had to do it the hard way again, conceding inside 5 minutes (to either Michael Hegarty or Ashley Woodfield who scored for Bromsgrove United) and a game which saw all seven goals scored in the first half. Michael Connelly also netted for Rednal (another assist for Anton Gardner Bennett), as did Andrew ‘Endo’ Gibson, his first for the club. Sporting Rednal now face Chaddesley Corbett in the quarter-finals.


 And if all the above isn’t enough entertainment, we still have 7 more league games to review too! In Division 3, Rubery visited Sidemoor Rec for the second week running and again came away with a victory, this time 6-1 against FC Bromsgrove, a match which saw arbiter Ray Baker award 5 penalties! Rubery remain unbeaten at the top of the table sitting pretty with 12 points out of 12 and a positive goal difference of 19. In Division 2, well fancied sides Awkies Allstars and LPR took on each other and it was LPR who won 2-1 maintaining their 100% start; Very much going under the radar are LPR, but they are doing the goods on the pitch every week this win giving them 5 out of 5 and a six point lead at the top of the table already, goals from Orrin Pendley and Sam Smith doing the damage. Awkies goal coming from Tom Mooney.  Next we have a contender for performance of the season, yet alone the day not forgetting GLA’s comeback, as Woodgate Valley somehow saw off Meadow Park 2-1;  Now on the face of it, nothing extraordinary about this but when you factor in Meadow Park’s unbeaten start, Woodgate’s perennial lack of players which saw them start the match with the minimum 7 men, which rose to 9 after 10 minutes, then increase to 10 before falling behind in the 41st minute, then it’s a hell of an achievement! Into the second half and Woodgate really had a go at Meadow Park, Josh Fergusson’s header being disallowed for offside, before James Parker, one of the late arrivals, smashed home a scissor kick to equalise. Meadow came storming back, clearly shook up at events, Adam Kerrigan once again in the home goal (with a suspected broken hand!), denying them a second goal. With 10 minutes to go, Woodgate got in front as Jamie Sippitts set up Parker for his brace and the points were secured on another pitch new to the Bromsgrove League for this season. Woodgate Valley can be very proud of their efforts today.


 In the Premier Division, two results to report on but not a lot known about either game. Alvechurch Lions lost 5-1 at home to WCT Youth Raiders, the match going ahead despite a kit clash, whilst Belbroughton Athletic got off to the perfect start in their new home at Wolverley, with a 4-2 win over Lickey End Social having raced into a 3 goal lead before Sam Wright and Alex Short reduced the deficit somewhat. Lickey didn’t have the rub of the green today, striking the crossbar and post and it just wasn’t to be.


Finally and by no means least, we had the eagerly awaited Division 1 clash between Northfield Athletic and Bartley Green Sunday, both sides going into the game with 100% league records and not having conceded a goal. After a tremendous match, of the highest BDFL quality, it was Northfield who took the points to stun a Bartley side who for once, got found out for a lack of endeavour as the home side were determined to gain the early season bragging rights. Josh Moore opened the scoring for the home side on 18 minutes and then doubled their lead when in-form striker and man in the spotlight, Jason Cowley, netted. Bartley were not to be denied though and managed to score twice in the last 8 minutes of the half, through Colin Tandy and Carl Martin, the latter after a rare defensive error by icy cool centre half Luke Bench. Northfield weren’t to be denied though and Moore’s second on 62 minutes saw them take the lead again as his rip roaring direct running got its rewards. With Bartley now chasing the game, it left gaps at Cowley exploited these to score again to give the home side a deserved 4-2 victory and they are top of the league on 9 points. Bartley will aim to re-group next week when they play Chaps United at home, whilst Northfield have another derby this time with Woodgate Valley and to be honest, with Woodgate, it wouldn’t totally surprise you if Woodgate won 10-0 with 16 players turning up such is the bizarreness of that club right now! On a serious note, it is good to see Northfield Athletic have re-grouped so well, having nearly gone to the wall 6 months ago as North Colts United, a testament to the hard work Chris Bench puts in.       


Another mixed bag of games next week, all cups and all leagues seem to be represented, all the details can be found on the League’s websites – Tweet us your thoughts on next weeks games to @BDFLofficial – What is your stand out match? Can you see an obvious cup shock? We’d love to know your thoughts.

Rubery Athletic 7 (Ward 2, Court 2, Davies 2, Evans), Chaddesley Corbett 2
Oak Tree Sporting 2 (Fogarty, D'Aguilar), Conway Albion 3 (Davies 2, Chris Conway)
Stoke Sporting 0, VBG Fairfield 4 (Bishop 2, May, Shaw)
Thomas Brothers 6 (BURKUS 4, Tyler 2), The Grove 0
Chaddesley Corbett Reserves 2 (Moriaty 2), Bridgefield 4 (Ward 2, Cooke, Parslow)
Stoke Prior 0, AFC Millfields 3 (Roland 2, Wood)
Arrow Valley 1, Sporting Club Redditch 3 (Sill, Higgins, Adams)
Laburnum 0, Bromsgrove Corinthians 5 (MORGAN 3, Mason, Cawston)
Rednal Social Club 5 (MARKELL 3, Ashmore, Wilson), Chaps United 4 (Dowsett 2, Whalley 2)
Hizza United 3, Hewell 2
Rubery Juniors 7 (HODGES 3, Hendry, Wicketts, Nearney, OG), Bromsgrove Brentnal 3 (Gaffney, Wheatley, Ingram) 

Bromsgrove United 2 (Hegarty, Woodfield), Sporting Rednal 5 (HEYWOOD 3, Gibson, Connelly)
Alvechurch Lions 1, WCT Youth Raiders 5
Belbroughton Athletic 4, Lickey End Social 2 (Short, S Wright)
Northfield Athletic 4 (Moore 2, Cowley 2), Bartley Green Sunday 2 (Tandy, Martin)
Wychbold RBL 5, GLA 6 (Bourne 2, Collett 2, Bedford, Allbutt)
Spa Athletic 6 (RAINBOW 3, Ginge 2, Reynolds, AFC Northfield 6 (THOMAS 3, Pickersgill, Clarke, Chaffatt)
Awkies Allstars 1 (Mooney), LPR 2 (Pendley, Smith)
Woodgate Valley 2 (Parker 2), Meadow Park 1

FC Bromsgrove 1, Rubery 6


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