Alcester Town Take Out VBG

Bromsgrove & District Football League

Last Updated: Nov 22, 2015 08:38pm
Abbey, Redditch
By Simon Burgess
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The BDFL just about survives the weather with only two games falling foul of the skies in Week 16, a week that also saw Premier Cup holders VBG Fairfield lose in the first round this time around and that’s where we will start this week’s round up.

Over the years apart from the Rubery Oak blip, VBG Fairfield have considered the Premier Cup their cup but Alcester Town shocked them today to win through to the quarter-finals with a fine 3-2 victory coming from behind to do so. 1-0 down after 20 minutes (not sure if this was Ryan Molesworth or Ellis Blakemore), Alcester equalized just before half-time when Dean Hay’s 25 yard free kick crashed home. Sam Bennett’s deflected shot put the visitors ahead then Lewis Marston found himself in a great position 8 yards out and made no mistake for 3-1. VBGF fought back, scoring with about 3 left on the clock, but Alcester held out for a great victory and they now face Oak Tree Sporting at home in the quarters with the winners of that playing in the semis against WCT Youth Raiders.


In the LMS Shield, games in Group A and Group D respectively were ‘dead rubbers’ with neither of the sides able to qualify. Stoke Sporting inflicted more misery on The Grove winning 5-0, thanks to goals from the much improved Pete Warman (2), Phil Beech, Nick Baker and Jon Snell whilst Wychbold RBL beat AFC Northfield 6-3, the result never being in doubt after Wychbold raced into a 4-0 lead; Ciaran Sheehan was the Wychbold hero netting four (although he amazingly missed an open goal from two yards later on), whilst Colin Rudge and Josh Somers also scored; For AFCN, Ashan Thomas netted a brace with Ben Pickersgill getting one.


Groups B and C are still wide open and after Rubery Athletic’s 3-0 away win at Sporting Rednal, Bartley Green Sunday are the new favourites to win the group if they can avoid defeat against Rednal in the last group game, this after their game with Lickey End was called off after the visitors forfeited. Rubery Athletic have been much improved since Reiss O’Connor was added to their ranks, he netted today, as did Nathan Ward and Chris Skinner. You can read the match report on Sporting Rednal’s website but we were pleased to get this game played after Silver Street dried out following last week’s postponement. In Group C, WCT Youth Raiders warmed up for next week’s crunch clash with Black Horse with a 5-2 away win at Conway Albion; Goals from Toby Attwood (2), Richard Smith. Todd Porter and Danny James secured the points against a depleted injury ridden Conway who are looking to raid the transfer market for new recruits. However despite WCT moving to the top of the group on 8 points, Alcester Town can secure the top spot if they avoid defeat at GLA next Sunday.


In the Bridgwater Cup, Rednal Social Club bowed out of the competition (Group B) despite a 4-2 away win at Stoke Prior; This is because the last meaningful match in the group is the Awkies v Chaps match next week and whatever the result of that, one of those two sides will definitely finish top (Chaps need to win the match to win the group). Callowbrook Green won Group C today with an emphatic 13-0 thumping of Arrow Valley who had considered a forfeit of the game yesterday but decided to play with a severely weakened team instead and this undoubtedly told with the end result. Take nothing away from Callowbrook though with their firepower, Jack Steele netted five and Jimmy Ward four, single goals for Jordan Smart, Ben Dugmore, Sam Robinson and new signing Mr Mconkey. This result ended the hopes of Sporting Club Redditch winning the group, so their 4-1 victory at Woodgate Valley was nothing more than a morale booster. Shaun Maynard, Harry Sharpe, danger-man Dan Sill and right back Dean Hodgetts with a stunning 20 yarder all netted, whilst Joe Shaw netted an unfortunate own goal for Valley. 


In the Premier Division and thanks to Thomas Brothers and Oak Tree Sporting for arranging an afternoon kick off on a playable pitch after the H.D.A Club was waterlogged, this one ended 1-0 to the home side with Ross Kendall’s solitary goal giving the Brothers a 7 from 7 league record and currently six points clear although the ‘pack’ have games in hand.


In Division One, nobody is more in-form than Chaddesley Corbett and specifically Alex Dugmore who netted another brace in his sides 4-2 at Bromsgrove United, this being his 7th and 8th goals in just three games. Ted Bayliss now focused on football after the cricket season is also firing them in as he scored for the third successive game, Damian Ash also getting his name lit up in the scoreboard. However Northfield Athletic remain the team to catch, as their 100% league record was extended after a 5-2 away win at GLA. Bustling veteran striker Stee Collett put the home side ahead with a crisp finish as they dominated the opening exchanges of the game. Northfield equalized in the 30thminute through Daniel Gibbs who then put his side further ahead on 36, finishing from close range after the ball fell kindly to him from a deflection. Gibbs ended a good half when he provided the assist for Reiss Brians to net just before the interval for a two goal lead. GLA showed some of their old fighting bulldog spirit when they clawed it back to 3-2, Chris Eacock the man on target, before two late Northfield goals gave the scoreline a flattering look; John Jackson amazingly found himself inside the opponents box to score and then Josh Moore took his frustration out on the football lashing the ball home from close range. In truth, this was a sloppy Northfield performance but when you’ve won your previous 12 games, things tend to roll for you and Northfield definitely had some of that today.


In Division 2, Meadow Park had a comfortable home win over LPR by a 5-0 scoreline thus keeping up their record of not conceding at home in the League this season. The scoring was opened inside 6 minutes, with the goal involving the old La Coruna axis of Karl Cooper, Chris Glover, Andy Crowther and Craig Barnett, Barnettt putting away Crowther’s right wing cross, Crowther proving to be a fine outlet on the wing all game with his direct energetic style which resulted in him being awarded the man of the match award. With LPR struggling to gain any sort of foothole in the game, Meadow Park swarmed forward and missed a few chances, before LPR keeper Kial Jackson excelled himself denying Sean Chance three times in the space of 10 seconds with a combination of luck and fine goalkeeping. The lead was increased on 39 minutes, Cooper slotting home with aplomb after good patient build up play (although the ball wriggled out of Jackson’s grasp) and Meadow then struck the cross bar before half-time. The second half continued in much the same vein as the first, LPR failing to create any clear cut chances to test Josh Goddard, indeed their only meaningful shot of the game flashed wide on 50 minutes. MP went further ahead on 59 minutes when the referee played an outstanding advantage after Glover had his shorts nearly pulled from him, but after wriggling clear his cross-field pass landed at Chance’s feet and Chance showed all his old class to slot home a fine finish. LPR were getting increasingly frustrated, Barnett’s ‘experience’ in more ways than one getting too much for them, Connor Poole and Billy Garvey both cautioned in the space of two minutes for reckless tackles. The fourth goal came on 75 minutes, nothing Jackson could do about this one (he had made a couple of other decent stops in the interim period) as Matt Russell’s strike took a hefty deflection wrong-footing him before Barnett nabbed his brace on 79 before leaving the field of play for a rest with job done. LPR were just not at the races today allowing themselves to be embroiled into on the field bickering with themselves and the opposition, whilst MP’s mix of youth and experience seems to be paying off, Paul Hutchins’ side looking every inch potential title winners. Chaps United meanwhile moved themselves up to fifth place with a 4-1 win over Hewell, their first ever visit to the prison, whilst Hizza United and Bromsgrove Brentnal shared the spoils with a thrilling 4-4 draw which ebbed and flowed more times than a ship battling the Atlantic waves. Scott Gaffney helped himself to a crafty hat-trick for Brentnal, one for Ryan Eves too, whilst Hizza’s goals came courtesy of Kyle Whiston, Scott Young, Martin Young and Ryan Ainge. A point a piece was hard earnt but leaves both sides locked in mid-table combat.


In Division 3 action, Laburnum’s miserable season shows no sign of improving as they crashed 4-0 at home to Stoke Sporting Reserves whose goals came courtesy of Scott Perrins, David Hewitt and Tom Nicholson with a double. Matt Chance has also asked us to mention how pleased he was to see Paul Halfpenny back in a football shirt! And like the first team, Chaddesley Reserves are also in good form moving to the top of the table with a 3-2 home win over Bromsgrove Corinthians. Chadds, with 16 year old Kyle Perks making his debut, raced into a 3 goal lead inside 35 minutes thanks to Gaz Moriary, Luke Keeling and Adam Westcott. Corinthians came racing back though, Steve Weston and Ricky Howard on their scoresheet, but try as they might, they could not force home the equalizer that perhaps their second half performance deserved. 


So another good week’s action draws to a close and time to look forward to next week when the County Cup kicks into play for the last time in 2015. Good luck to all our sides, WCT Youth Raiders and Bromsgrove Corinthians our only representatives left in the Premier and Minor Cups, with six other sides in the Junior Cup. We are guaranteed at least one quarter-finalist though, Rednal Social Club v Stoke Sporting should be a tremendous game, whilst we hope Bartley Green Sunday actually get to play a game having been inactive for three successive Sundays following three frustrating postponements. VBG Fairfield will be hoping to get back on track as they travel to Rubery Juniors in the WA Harris Cup whilst we have the group deciding games in the LMS Shield and Bridgwater Cup previously mentioned. We have a Redditch derby game in Division 2, LPR travel to Sporting Club Redditch and in Division 3, the top two sides are both away in Bromsgrove hoping for the vital three points. 


Despite the bad weather, we only lose 3 fixtures

The Grove 0, Stoke Sporting 5 (Warman 2, Snell, Beech, Baker)
Conway Albion 2, WCT Youth Raiders 5 (Attwood 2, R Smith, Porter, James) 
Sporting Rednal 0, Rubery Athletic 3 (O'Connor, Skinner, Ward)
Wychbold RBL 6, AFC Northfield 3

Stoke Prior 2, Rednal Social Club 4


Callowbrook Green 13 (STEELE 5, WARD 4, Smart, Dugmore, Robinson, Mconkey), Arrow Valley 0
Woodgate Valley 1 (OG), Sporting Club Redditch 4 (Maynard, Sharpe, Sill, Hodgetts)
VBG Fairfield 2 (Blakemore, Molesworth), Alcester Town 3 (Marston, Hay, Bennett)

Thomas Brothers 1, Oak Tree Sporting 0
Bromsgrove United 2, Chaddesley Corbett 4 (Dugmore 2, Bayliss, D Ash) 
GLA 2 (Collett, Eacock), Northfield Athletic 5 (Gibbs 2, Moore, Brians, Jackson)
Chaps United 4, Hewell 1
Meadow Park 5 (Barnett 2, Cooper, Chance, Russell), LPR 0
Hizza United 4 (M Young, S Young, Whiston, Ainge), Bromsgrove Brentnal 4 (GAFFNEY 3, Eves)
Laburnum 0, Stoke Sporting Reserves 4 (Nicholson 2, Hewitt, Perrins)
Chaddesley Corbett Reserves 3 (Moriarty, Keeling, Westcott), Bromsgrove Corinthians 2 (Weston, Howard)



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