AFC Northfield Celebrate 3-2 Cup Win

Bromsgrove & District Football League - 20th September

Last Updated: Sep 20, 2015 07:53pm
Sidemoor, Bromsgrove
By Simon Burgess
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Week 7 soon arrived in the BDFL and another week where there were teams in all sorts of cups, so a lot to get through and results wide, we had three Division 1 sides beating Premier Division opposition!

Result of the day in terms of the unexpectedness of it was probably Division 1 AFC Northfield’s 3-2 win at Premier Division Oak Tree Sporting in the WA Harris Cup. It’s been a tough start to the season for Nick Clarke but Clarke knows the time of day when coaching a team and he managed to eke out a fine win against higher graded opposition. Goals from Michael Chaffatt, Ben Pickersgill and Daniel Beaumont working wonders. We don’t have Oak Tree’s goalscorers, but would like to wish Oak Tree Sporting’s Tom Devaney a speedy recovery as he suffered a broken collarbone in this match.


In the Bromsgrove Charity Cup, it was 1-1 in a League scoreline battle after Thomas Brothers saw off Redditch League Division 1 side Winyates Wanderers 7-0, but we lost in the other Redditch v Bromsgrove tie as CBH Fasteners gave Kial Jackson’s LPR side a jolt with a 3-1 defeat. For Thomas Brothers, they comfortably won their match, braces from Rob Burkus, Ian Wroe, Richard Tyler and one for Craig Wood. Brothers now play CBH Fasteners in the next round in four weeks time. Bromsgrove United also won in the Charity Cup seeing off fellow Division 1 side Chaddesley Corbett 5-0, goals coming from Bad Bullimore, Jordan Allmark, Kieran Pace, Michael Hegarty and Ashley Woodfield, a result which isn’t a huge surprise given how well Bromsgrove played last week.




Due to a pitch clash with both Stoke Sporting sides drawn at home in the County Cup, the Worcestershire FA Junior Cup match between Stoke Sporting and Chaps United was bought forward one week and played today, which resulted in a 3-1 win for Stoke, to leave Chaps needing major surgery to their defence after shipping 13 goals in the last 3 games. No game details for this one, but Stoke Sporting now await the winners of next week’s LPR v GLA match, so another all Bromsgrove tie is guaranteed at the end of the month.


Chaddesley Corbett Reserves had a fine 3-1 victory at Arrow Valley in the Rose Bowl Division 3 cup and into the semi finals they go. Goals from Gaz Moriaty with his weekly strike along with Andrew Millward and manager’s son Adam Westcott. Centenary Cup first round action, this being the Division 2 cup, saw Awkies Allstars come away from Hewell with a battling 4-2 victory. Mike Ryan with a brace, one for Jase ‘Cool Dude’ Gibbons and an own goal too. We also had a tie in the Premier Cup, again a first round tie, which Rubery Athletic and WCT Youth Raiders served up a 12 goal thriller that WCT got the better of 7-5. Rubery were 3-1 up at half-time and looked to set to avenge the opening day defeat to WCT, but the Worcester side took control in the second half and their better fitness told. Andy Court nabbed an ultimately fruitless hat-trick for Rubery with Nathan Ward getting a brace in only his second game for the club.




The LMS Shield and Bridgwater Cup group phases continue abreast and Alcester Town’s purple patch continued with a 6-2 home win over Conway Albion. All the goals in the first half in this one with Alcester racing to a 6-0 lead thanks to Sam Bennett and Ellis Kalach netting two each, one apiece by Lewis Marston and Ryan Watson. Division 1 Spa Athletic had a fine 3-2 win over Premier Division The Grove (who now can not qualify for the latter stages of the cup whatever happens), whilst another Division 1 side Sporting Rednal saw off Lickey End Social 4-1. Sporting Rednal seem to be scoring goals all over the field at the moment (today’s strikes from Michael Connolly, Anton Gardner-Bennett, Matt Wilkes and Kyle Foxall) with Sam Wright getting on the scoresheet for the visitors. Once Rednal got themselves 3 up inside 20 minutes, there was no looking back. Sporting Rednal’s club website once again carries a full match report for those interested.




In the Bridgwater Cup, Division 2 title contenders Meadow Park faced a tricky trip to Baytree Farm to take on unbeaten Division 3 leaders Rubery and put them firmly in their place coming away with a 3-1 victory as the first game in this reduced group size wise took place. Bridgefield will be disappointed to lose out against Hizza United, having been 2-0 up after Mat Cash and Jordan Ward netted. Hizza came storming back though and were in front 3-2 by the half-time interval. Ward levelled things up in the second quarter, but a late Hizza goal secured a close 4-3 victory for Luke Davenport’s side; Hizza’s goalscorers were Ben ‘ Usain’ Briggs formerly of Redditch United, Ash Verity, Martin Young and Mike Young, with reports also coming in that one of Bridgefield’s goals was actually an own goal by Chris Jeavons but we don’t know which goal it affected! Woodgate Valley and Rubery Sunday Juniors played each other yet again and the Juniors ran out 6-2 winners thanks mainly to yet another Dean ‘Hotshot’ Hodges hat-trick and a goalkeeping nightmare from Adam Kerrigan by his own admittance! Hodges opened the scoring from the spot early on and then added another as Juniors were in the driving seat. Josh Fergusson reduced the deficit shortly afterwards before ex Woodgate player Jake Wicketts fired a low drive into the corner of the net just before the break. Brad Hendry increased the lead when the teams re-appeared before Kerrigan fell over and allowed Hodges his hat-trick. Nathan Brown scored a stunning second for Woodgate before Adam Soares iced the Juniors cake with a sixth late on.




In League action, six games to review to round off and starting in Division 3, Laburnum are off the bottom of the table after a 3-3 home draw with Bromsgrove Corinthians. A topsy turvey game this with the lead changing hands a couple of times and six individual goalscorers, including a first of the season for Laburnum centre-back Neil Seager who has been out with a broken leg. Chris Stringer and Mark Skelding-Powell also netted and Wez Daniel picked up his 5th caution of the season in only 7 games which means a one match suspension in two weeks time. For Corinthians, Ed Tear, Paul Medway and Joshua Mitchell netted but the late award of a penalty to Laburnum was too much for Chris Walder who got dismissed from the field of play for collecting two yellow cards. FC Bromsgrove meanwhile picked up their first points of the season, reward for Patrick Sullivan who was on the Sidemoor pitch at 8am in the fog marking out the facility as they beat Stoke Sporting Reserves 6-4; Fourteeen goals against in two games is a concern for Stoke as another of The Stoat’s pre-season predictions is looking to be on the slide (more in the Division 1 round up) but their goals came from Tom Nicholson (2), Wayne Claridge and Adam Ravenscroft showing this end of the pitch is not a problem. Callowbrook Green made it 3 wins out of 3 in the League with a comprehensive 8-1 win over Stoke Prior who are now rooted to the foot of the table. James Ward was the hero for Callowbrook netting SIX whilst Matt White and Josh Broome Winkles got one each. Callowbrook will be rueing the points deduction they have received this week which means they are still only on 6 points.




In Division 2, just the one game and the points were deservedly shared between Bromsgrove Brentnal and Sporting Club Redditch in a 2-2 draw. Not the best of starts for SCR whose goalkeeper turned up with minutes to spare and it was perhaps no surprise when they fell behind after 5 minutes on the Parkside postage stamp; James ‘Paris’ Hylton reacting quickest to a left wing centre and sliding the ball into the net. SCR equalised on 11 minutes though as a left wing centre was powerfully headed home at the back post by Tom Higgins who wanted it more than his marker Gary Morgan and making up for his earlier one on one miss which John Kirby in the home goal smothered well. Both sides had chances to increase their lead during an entertaining first half none more so than Kyle Williams whose ambitious 35 yard snap shot looked destined for the top corner until it was pushed over by the backpedalling SCR net-minder. Into the second half and Bromsgrove took the lead after 50 minutes when Jake Exley twisted and turned before finding enough space to curl a peach of an effort into the bottom corner from 20 yards. Disaster struck moments later though when a right wing set piece cannoned off Exley and diverted into the net for an own goal and SCR were level again. Play became quite congested but both sides still wanted to win the game with the pace of Dan Sill and SCR legend Philip Guest causing problems down the flank whilst Bromsgrove introducing Mike Knowles to proceedings certainly gave Damien Cartwright at the back something to think about as Knowles’s physical presence unsettled the defender. SCR felt they should have been awarded a penalty when James Cope was pushed but the referee adjudged the offence to have happened just outside the area and the free kick from Jordan Adams ultimately came to nothing. However neither side deserved to lose and one point each was reward for each side’s efforts in the game. 




In Division 1, the two big guns at the present time, Northfield Athletic and Bartley Green, both won convincingly as Wychbold RBL, The Stoat’s pre-season title tip, slumped to a fourth successive league defeat to leave them anchored on the bottom of the table. Northfield Athletic show no signs of stopping though, as GLA were ruthlessly put to the sword by a 6-1 scoreline. No surprises who got the majority of the home goals, yes it’s that man Jason Cowley with just the four this time in front of watching Redditch United manager Liam Macdonald, one each for Josh Moore and Gary Ross. GLA scored a fine consolation in the last minute of the game though, Adam Dyer dancing through the backline with ease, but it was too little too late and only a crumb of comfort to take on the journey home. Bartley Green meanwhile took advantage of Wychbold’s fragile backline to net a host of goals themselves, this time with Bromsgrove Sporting manager Paul Smith looking on. Dom Strevens has been overshadowed this season so far, but his hat-trick today helps him back on the goal trail with Connor Collins also netting a brace with his confidence at an all-time high.




Next week, it is County Cup week where the majority of our teams get their passports out and travel to all parts of the County to take on teams in every other league. A wide range of games all over but the local pick is definitely Black Horse against Thomas Brothers in a battle of the Prem high flyers from the Redditch and Bromsgrove Leagues; It’ll be tough for Brothers make no mistake about it as Black are the holders of the cup, but a good Brothers squad should hopefully see them acquit themselves well. Either way, the very best of luck to all our sides as we look to keep the Bromsgrove League flag flying high, just as we managed last season! Internally, things are expected to be tasty between Conway United and Bromsgrove United in a Division 1 tie, with a similar comment applying to Lickey End Social v Alcester Town in the Prem. There will be a lot to report on next week, celebrations and heartache in equal measure, but we’ll try to make some sense of it in the same time and place next Sunday!




LPR 1, CBH Fasteners 3
Chaddesley Corbett 0, Bromsgrove United 5 (Woodfield, Pace, Hegarty, Bullimore, Allmark)
Thomas Brothers 7 (Burkus 2, Wroe 2, Tyler 2, Wood), Winyates Wanderers 0
Stoke Sporting 3, Chaps United 1
The Grove 2, Spa Athletic 3
Alcester Town 6 (Bennett 2, Kalach 2, Marston, Watson), Conway Albion 2
Sporting Rednal 4 (Connolly, Foxall, Gardner-Bennett, Wilkes), Lickey End Social 1 (S Wright)
Bridgefield 3 (Ward 2, Cash), Hizza United 4 (Mike Young, Martin Young, Verity, Briggs)
Woodgate Valley 2 (Fergusson, Brown), Rubery Juniors 6 (HODGES 3, Soares, Wicketts, Hendry)
Rubery 1, Meadow Park 3
Oak Tree Sporting 2, AFC Northfield 3 (Pickersgill, Chaffatt, Beaumont)
Awkies Allstars 4 (Ryan 2, Gibbons, OG), Hewell 2
Arrow Valley 1, Chaddesley Corbett Reserves 3 (Millward, Westcott, Moriaty)
Rubery Athletic 5 (COURT 3, Ward 2), WCT Youth Raiders 7 
Wychbold RBL 1, Bartley Green Sunday 5 (STREVENS 3, Collins 2)
Northfield Athletic 6 (COWLEY 4, Moore, Ross), GLA 1 (Dyer)
Bromsgrove Brentnal 2 (Hylton, Exley), Sporting Club Redditch 2 (Higgins, OG)
FC Bromsgrove 6, Stoke Sporting Reserves 4 (Nicholson 2, Ravenscroft, Claridge)
Callowbrook Green 8 (WARD 6, Broome-Winkles, White), Stoke Prior 1
Laburnum 3 (N Seager, Powell, Stringer), Bromsgrove Corinthians 3 (Tear, Medway, Mitchell)