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All Eyes on South Bromsgrove 3G

Bromsgrove & District Football League

Last Updated: Apr 18, 2016 08:42pm
Abbey, Redditch
By Simon Burgess
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Frustratingly we had four games postponed as the rain fell heavily on Friday which did the damage at several venues but everyone else scheduled to play did play and importantly the WA Harris Cup Semi-Final composition is now known after completion of the quarter-finals. 

All eyes were on South Bromsgrove 3G where Meadow Park took on BGIS where in many cases it was the game that neither side wanted to win but they did want to win, given their respective fixture congestion issues! BGIS who went into the game as narrow 5/6 favourites came away with the victory in a fine contest and they had to come from behind after Sam Wright’s quick piece of thinking intercepted a weak back pass header and he lobbed Aaron Collins before slotting home to put Meadow ahead. In the second half, BGIS came into the game more and a brace by Colin Tandy who seemed well up for this game put them ahead before Collins made a point blank save to keep the lead. It was then left to Chris Hickey who hit a wonderful 25 yard volley which ripped past Josh Goddard to seal the victory and set up a tie with Belbroughton in the next round who saw off Rednal Social Club 2-1 in the other quarter-final. No details on this at the time of writing.

In the Kidderminster Hospital Minor Cup Quarter-Final, Awkies Allstars had a tougher game of late against Prince Albert United but their winning streak continued as they beat their Kidderminster League visitors 3-0 thanks to goals from the irresistable striker Jason Gibbons (who bagged a brace) and Mikey Ryan; What was even more remarkable was that it was Gibbons’s birthday so he has had a weekend to remember. Awkies will face Brierley Hill Bulletts or The Vine in the next round with that match set for either Tuesday 26th April or Wednesday 27th April.‎

The Premier Division had another twist today when VBG Fairfield looking to capitalise on Thomas Brothers’s defeat last week, lost themselves against Alcester Town who are fast becoming a bogey side, the Warwickshire based visitors winning 3-2 with goals coming from Sam Bennett (a 25 yard free kick), Jay Gifford (a penalty) and top scorer Ellis Kalach.  ‎This throws the title race wide open again! 
Rubery Athletic meanwhile travelled to Oak Tree Sporting and despite taking a 7th minute lead through captain Jack Berry who netted a very rare goal, they couldn’t see the game out and lost 2-1 as Lee Jagger and David Marsh struck back for OTS. 

In Division 1, league leaders Northfield Athletic drew 1-1 at home to Wychbold RBL which they will see as two points dropped but Wychbold were fully determined in this match and sharing the spoils ended up being fair enough. Jason Cowley put the home side 1-0 up after 33 minutes before Wychbold’s set piece magic on 40 minutes saw Northfield caught cold for the equaliser as Colin Rudge headed home. The second half could of gone either way but Wychbold’s net-minder made several fine stops to see Northfield end the game frustrated. Sporting Rednal are really starting to motor now and a 3-1 away win at Stoke Sporting moves them up to third place in the table, goals from Anton Gardner-Bennett, Lee Crook and a rare Daniel Wright goal. Stoke's goal came from veteran Michael Griffiths after Curtis Smith's assist.

In the second tier, Sporting Club Redditch are massively in form and they gave Woodgate Valley a good pasting today with the 8-0 scoreline helping their goal difference. Billy Garvey making his debut after a move from LPR hit a hat-trick, Shaun Maynard got two with one each for Joe Shaw and Tom Higgins; Maynard would have had yet another hat-trick but with the ball about to go in, Dan Sill decided that he wanted to have his name in print yet again and nicked the goal! SCR have now pulled away from the bottom three and have their eyes on a mid-table finish. Hizza United were another team to win big, putting six past Bromsgrove Brentnal who now just have two games left of their season, Hizza warming up nicely for their quarter-final tie on Thursday night with Wordsley Reserves in the Kidderminster Hospital Cup. 

In Division 3, AFC Millfields are still wondering how they did not win this morning’s match off with Stoke Sporting Reserves and their wasted chances came back to cost them dearly as they lost 2-1. Millies dominated the opening 20 minutes and between them, Ryan Wood and Ash Roland missed seven very good chances to score with them all going wide or straight at James Ryan who had to step into the goalie role when Jason Harding left the field injured. Tom Nicholson popped up with the opener some 5 minutes before half-time, possibly his only contribution of the first half, as he finished well from 6 yards after a right wing cross had dissected the defence open. More pushing by Millies in the second half eventually paid off when Wood crashed home a fine 20 yarder into the corner of the net but Stoke won it with 10 minutes left as Adam Ravenscroft turned neatly in the box, perhaps given too much room by Ethan King and hooked the ball home. The game saw a rare cameo appearance by Stoke manager Adam Malpas and he was part of a backline which held out as Millies pressed for an equaliser which never came. Eleven goals each in the games between Callowbrook Green/Laburnum and Rubery/FC Bromsgrove with the leaders Rubery and chasers Callowbrook Green winning 10-1 and 7-4 respectively. The bulk of Rubery’s goals again came from their fearful strike force of Brogan Halpin (4) and [censored] Behan (2).  Bromsgrove Corinthians meanwhile put on a fine display of football to win 6-2 at Chaddesley Corbett Reserves and this was widely acknowledged to be their best performance of the season. Tom Mason hit a brace (and picked up the man of the match award) and there was a goal each for Ed Tear, Alex Beck, Josh Harris-Jones and Tommy Thompson. Corinthians could well be a side to watch out for next season.

In midweek games played last week, VBG Fairfield moved into the semi-finals of the Evesham Hospital Cup with a 5-1 win over Studley Railway from the Redditch League (Lawrence Martin with a brace the pick of the VBGF scorers), whilst Rednal Social Club and Hizza United played out an entertaining 3-3 draw in Division Two.

We have another plethora of midweek games this week (please check the website for full details) and of course we have the midweek Premier Cup Final between Belbroughton Athletic and Alcester Town on Wednesday night it’s a 730pm start at Bromsgrove Sporting FC so why not come on down and join us? You’ll be most welcome and there’s very little other football on unless you are following the Merseyside derby!

 

BROMSGROVE LEAGUE RESULTS - SUNDAY 17TH APRIL 2016
 
WA HARRIS CUP QUARTER-FINALS
Rednal Social Club 1, Belbroughton Athletic 2
Meadow Park 1 (Wright), Bartley Green Illey Sunday 3 (Tandy 2, Hickey)
 
KIDDERMINSTER HOSPITAL MINOR CUP QUARTER-FINAL
Awkies Allstars 3 (Gibbons 2, Ryan), Prince Albert United 0
 
PREMIER DIVISION
VBG Fairfield 2, Alcester Town 3
Oak Tree Sporting 2, Rubery Athletic 1 (Berry)

DIVISION ONE
Stoke Sporting 1, Sporting Rednal 3 (Gardner-Bennett, Wright, Crook)
Northfield Athletic 1 (Cowley), Wychbold RBL 1

DIVISION TWO
Woodgate Valley 0, Sporting Club Redditch 8 (GARVEY 3, Maynard 2, Sill, Higgins, Shaw)
Bromsgrove Brentnal 0, Hizza United 6
 
DIVISION THREE
AFC Millfields 1 (Wood), Stoke Sporting Reseves 2 (Nicholson, Ravenscroft)
Callowbrook Green 7, Laburnum 4
Bromsgrove Corinthians 6 (Mason 2, Thompson, Beck, Tear, Harris-Jones), Chaddesley Corbett Reserves 2 (Moriaty, Ward)
Rubery 10 (HALPIN 4, Behan 2, R Slevin, Casey, Donovan, Draper), FC Bromsgrove 1
 
FRIENDLY
Rubery Juniors 0, Kings Heath 1 (Heaming)
 
MIDWEEK RESULTS
 
EVESHAM HOSPITAL CUP QUARTER-FINAL
VBG Fairfield 5 (L Martin 2, Molesworth, Blakemore, Wilkes), Studley Railway 1 (Antley)
 
DIVISION TWO
Rednal Social Club 3 (Murrihy, Brownhill, Pugh), Hizza United 3

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