Alcester Beat Rubery Athletic 6-1

Bromsgrove & District Football League

Last Updated: Sep 13, 2015 08:02pm
Abbey, Redditch
By Simon Burgess
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A real mixed bag of games in Week 6 of the BDFL and as ever, plenty to report on from the sublime to the downright ridiculous! 

Hard to know exactly where to start today but we’ll begin with the Premier Division matches which saw wide margin wins for the home sides concerned. Firstly Alcester Town beat Rubery Athletic 6-1, with braces from Ryan Watson and Jay Gifford plus one a piece for Ellis Kalach and Sam Bennett; Alcester were 5-0 up at half-time in this one and never in danger of losing though Lewis Marston provided some entertainment for the home fans when his shot went out for a throw in! For Rubery, it’s a case of one step forwards, two steps back but Ian ‘Scully’ Rushton had to turn out again today, a 30 minute cameo from the Rubery legend and he is now angling to be recognised as the oldest player in the Premier Division! Matty Talbot, normally a goalie, played outfield and got Rubery’s consolation goal. VBGF v Oak Tree Sporting was in some doubt this morning as the referee was taken ill overnight but thanks to both sides for agreeing to referee a half each (Danny Fogarty and Ryan Molesworth) and the game went off without incident, VBGF winning by a comfortable 7-0 scoreline. Some good goals in this one, none more so than a very good long range strike by Dan Wilkes (one of his two goals) and there were also contributions from Laurence Martin, Shaun May, Adam Williams, Aaron Rea and Richard Bishop. 

In Division One, Sporting Rednal beat Chaddesley Corbett 3-2. Chadds took the lead after 15 minutes when Nathan Steward reacted quickest to a cross and beat Matt Wilkes to clearing it to fire home. Rednal were unlucky not to equalise as winger Lloyd Newman relished the chance to take on stand in Chadds fullback, Jamie Marler, but his crosses came to nothing as Russell Brooks and Richie Heywood both shot wide, although the equaliser was not long in coming from the penalty spot through Michael Connelly. Chadds got back in front when Matt Phipps scored after Steward’s shot was parried by Tim Cooney straight out to him. Into the second half and once Lloyd Newman had equalised for the second time, Rednal fancied their chances of going one better and a debutant goal from James Paul sealed the three points in some style as the Darryl Foster revolution begins to pick up pace.

Into Division Two and for the second time in two weeks, albeit in different competitions, Rubery Juniors and Bromsgrove Brentnal served up a goal fest, just the 8 this week and a point each in a 4-4 draw was a fair result. Two hat-tricks in this game, Scott Gaffney for Brentnal and prolific Dean Hodges for Juniors, although Brentnal will be happier with the result given they were 3-1 and 4-3 down. The Brentnal hero was Paris Hylton who scored a fine headed equaliser with the clock ticking towards 90. Sean Hoare made up the Juniors scorers. There was some debate as to whether the Brentnal third should of stood as it came directly from a throw in with possibly no touch on the way to the net but both sides were happy to take a point from a good game. Things are looking up for Sporting Club Redditch who are now on a roll, winning their third game on the spin this time a 4-1 win at Bridgefield. Four different scorers in this one for SCR, namely Dan Sill, Tom Higgins, Joseph Shaw and Philip Guest, ending a good week for the latter who by all accounts has been lucky in his lovelife this week, something the SCR lads are ribbing him about but he is taking it in good spirits! Jordan Ward the man on target for Bridgefield.

In Division Three and the league leaders, Rubery, show no signs of stopping their form notching up another win, this time an 8-0 win over Stoke Sporting Reserves who crumbled in spectacular fashion making it 12 conceded in 2 games and the defensive headaches pile up for Adam Malpas. Rubery are already well clear at the top of the league but even at this stage look like they could be difficult to catch.

In the WA Harris Cup, Northfield Athletic set up an intriguing tie with WCT Youth Raiders after thrashing Woodgate Valley 10-0 in a one sided match, which got more one sided the longer the game went on. Woodgate were once again missing a host of players but Northfield showed no mercy to their plight scoring seven second half goals. In form hitman Jason Cowley must be giving Division 1 defenders sleepless nights as he helped himself to SIX goals, completely overshadowing Reiss Brian’s maiden hat-trick for the club and even Josh Moore who netted a penalty. Northfield are in delicious form right now and clearly need to be taken seriously by all. Bartley Green Illey Sunday (a name they have now gone back too) are also into the next round, beating Chaps United 5-4, Chaps losing by the same scoreline for the second week running and both weeks throwing away 4-3 leads, to Tom Slater’s visual facial anguish. BGIS stuttered today and put in a sloppy performance but a win’s a win; Their goals came courtesy of Carl Martin, Alex Mitchell, Ryan Gardener and Stan Connor Collins’s brace with Collins still on cloud nine after netting the winner in the FA Cup for Halesowen Town FC some 18 hours earlier. BGIS play The Grove next. We also had a WA Harris Cup win for Arrow Valley, who won 6-3 away at Hewell. Robert Voice and Reece Miles got braces and the latter’s brace is a great 18th birthday present for him at the same time. Craig Jenkins and Garry Harvey also netted but midfield maestro Paul Gascoigne didn’t and was more like a midfield 1980’s Skoda as he missed a penalty, inexplicably failing to undertake this usual ‘chicken’ run up whatever that is!

In the Premier Cup Preliminary Round, Lickey End Social set up a home tie with Thomas Brothers in the quarter-final with a 7-0 home victory over Alvechurch Lions. Sam Wright was the main man for Lickey netting four goals, one a penalty, with Max Loveridge, Jamie Gardener and Alex O Brien netting. Nothing is going right for Alvechurch right now but Mark Rollins will be digging deep into his contacts book to boost numbers and quality within their ranks. In the quarter-final of the same cup, Belbroughton Athletic beat The Grove 3-1, no match details available as we do not have a budget to send a reporter out to Kidderminster at the moment and the information links the other way do not work!

In the first round of the Division One Cup, two comfortable home wins; Stoke Sporting beat Wychbold RBL 4-0 (the pressure on Alex Riordan is increasing with every game) with a very good team showing. Evenly matched for the first 30 minutes, Paul Badger’s neat lob got the scoring going before Peter Warman netted the first of his two goals, after fine work from Phil Beech and Ben Johnson. Warman’s second came in the second half from a 25 yard free kick and James Chaffe forgot his hangover to net late on to give the scoreline a great look if you are a Stoke fan! It was double that scoreline in the other tie, Conway Albion putting eight past Spa Athletic who were always in trouble once their goalkeeper got sent off midway through the first half (it is timely that long serving net minder Chris Rich returns from a very long suspension next week); Chrisi Conway netted four goals, one a piece going to Nick Conway, Paul Whitehead, Jack Roome and Brandon Tierney. A home tie against BGIS in the quarter-finals for Conway will certainly be tasty!

The Centenary Cup tie between Rednal Social Club and Meadow Park might seem a normal affair at 2-2 with Meadow Park winning 5-3 on penalties but a competitive fiery game all the way through resulted in an astonishing occurrence, when Ben Markell and Jamie Ashmore both saw red, in separate incidents, DURING the penalty shoot-out having scored their penalties beforehand! Meadow weren’t distracted by this though and kept their cool to net their penalties to take them through. 

In the LMS Shield group stages, WCT Youth Raiders who have had a torrid time with pitches this week resulting in the game being reversed to Charford, came away with a 3-2 win over GLA, with the winner coming in the dying moments after GLA had taken the lead and held it for an hour. Luke Benson netted for GLA directly from a corner and Kit Wozniak from the spot, with Stee ‘Evergreen’ Collett getting the man of the match award.  In the Bromsgrove United v Thomas Brothers tie, an excellent game ensued at North Bromsgrove High School. Right from the off, Bromsgrove took the game to the Brothers who were rattled at the pace and velocity of the Bromsgrove attack. Bromsgrove took the lead inside 4 minutes when Kieran Pace beat Mark Nicholls to the ball in the Brothers goal and Matt Hartles attempts to clear the bouncing ball on the line were in vain. Brothers nearly levelled straight away when the ball dropped in the area 8 yards out and a snapshot was wonderfully palmed over the bar by Mark Bagley for a fine reflex save of the highest quality. For the remainder of the half, both sides battled hard but Bromsgrove continued to make the running with Brad Bullimore and Matt Fearon pulling all the strings. Brothers were not out of the game and looked dangerous when Rob Burkus or Stu Hall got hold of the ball but Bagley was not really tested. The game turned in a 10 minute spell before half-time when Brothers were awarded a penalty for a handball offence (Hall netting from the spot) before Bromsgrove were reduced to 10 men moments before the interval when Andy Davies was adjudged to have stopped the ball from going in the net with the top part of this arm and was red-carded for his troubles, before Hall rifled home another spot kick for a 2-1 lead. In the second half, Bromsgrove showed no signs of being the team with 10 as they continued to press heavily; Bullimore going close about 5 seconds after the restart when his effort drifted millimetres wide of the post after defensive ditherings. Richard Tyler upfront for the Brothers had a couple of half chances but they came to nothing. The deserved equaliser, certainly on the balance of play, possession stats and energy shown, came when Pace half-volleyed home his second midway through the half to pull the scores level. Both sides tried to win the game but in the end a point was shared and one Brothers can be grateful for, but ultimately disappointed with. 

Bridgwater Cup action now and the biggest win of the day came when Hizza United beat Laburnum 12-2, a season that’s turning sour for Laburnum after years of promise, whilst Hizza’s strong squad, but ultimately one people know little about, is chugging along nicely. Bromsgrove Corinthians have settled into adult football well and they notched up a second successive win, this time a 4-0 one over Chaddesley Corbett Reserves. Tom Mason netting for the third game running (a brace in this one), Rick Howard and Joshua Mitchell scoring too! Division 2 side Awkies Allstars had to battle back from 3-2 down at Division 3 AFC Millfields with 15 minutes to go, to win 4-3. Millies led through a brace from Ash Roland and one from the ‘O Dog’, Owen Hancox after Matt Adams had got the Awkies opening goals. Chris Fox equalised with a backpost header to make it 3-3 before Ash Tullett won it with minutes to go. In the other game played, Callowbrook Green beat FC Bromsgrove 5-2, a game in which The Stoat was rumoured to be at and challenged as to his identity – He gave nothing away but has he finally been unearthed and caught out?

It’s the start of the Bromsgrove Charity Cup in Week 7’s fixtures and the usual mixed bag of fixtures league and cup. We’re looking forward to seeing the wounded animal Wychbold RBL take on BGIS, whilst Alcester Town v Conway Albion is potentially a good game too. We have another instalment of Woodgate Valley and Rubery Juniors with Chaddesley Corbett and Bromsgrove United also playing again. Good luck to Stoke Sporting and Chaps United in the re-arranged WFA County Cup tie, it’s a shame one of you has to go out but at the same time, at least one of you will go through!

Woodgate Valley 0, Northfield Athletic 10 (COWLEY 6, BRIANS 3, Moore)
Bartley Green Sunday 5 (Collins 2, Gardner, Mitchell, Martin), Chaps United 4
Hewell 3, Arrow Valley 6 (R Voice 2, Miles 2, Jenkins, Harvey)
Lickey End Social 7 (S WRIGHT 4, O'Brien, Loveridge, Gardener), Alvechurch Lions 0
Belbroughton Athletic 3, The Grove 1
Stoke Sporting 4 (Warman 2, Chaffe, Badger), Wychbold RBL 0
Conway Albion 8 (C CONWAY 4, N Conway, Whitehead, Roome, Tierney), Spa Athletic 0
Rednal Social Club 2, Meadow Park 2

(Meadow Park won 5-3 on penalties)
Bromsgrove United 2 (Pace 2), Thomas Brothers 2 (Hall 2)
WCT Youth Raiders 3, GLA 2 (Wozniak, Benson)
Hizza United 12, Laburnum 2
Bromsgrove Corinthians 4 (Mason 2, Howard, Mitchell), Chaddesley Corbett Reserves 0
AFC Millfields 3 (Roland 2, Hancox), Awkies Allstars 4 (Adams 2, Fox, Ash Tullett)
Callowbrook Green 5 FC Bromsgrove 2
VBG Fairfield 7 (Wilkes 2, Martin, Bishop, May, Williams, Rea), Oak Tree Sporting 0
Alcester Town 6 (Watson 2, Gifford 2, Kalach, Benett), Rubery Athletic 1 (Talbot)
Sporting Rednal 3 (Paul, Newman, Connelly), Chaddesley Corbett 2 (Stewards, Phipps)
Bridgefield 1 (Ward), Sporting Club Redditch 4 (Sill, Higgins, Guest, Shaw)
Bromsgrove Brentnal 4 (GAFFNEY 3, Hylton), Rubery Juniors 4 (HODGES 3, Hoare)
Rubery 8, Stoke Sporting Reserves 0



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