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An Exciting Season Ahead

Bromsgrove & District Football League

Last Updated: Aug 18, 2015 07:58pm
St. Johns, Bromsgrove
By Simon Burgess
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 If the action from Week 2 keeps up like this till the end of the season we are going to be in for some very close end of season games! Another great weeks action across all the leagues which we’ll try to make some sense of below.

In the Prem, we’ll start with Oak Tree Sporting gaining 3 points in the top flight for the first time, a feat which had rookie manager Keith Righton grinning like a split sausage. The win was achieved over fellow newcomers to the Prem, The Grove, making their bow for the season and TG got off to the best possible start as Lee Giles struck a crisp 20 yard volley into the bottom corner with barely 90 seconds played. With Louis Baker and Shane Shallcross looking lively it appeared to be a matter of time before another goal came but it didn’t, allowing OTS the chance to re-group and to be fair to them, they got a foothole in the game and never looked back going onto dominate. The equaliser came midway through the half when Paul Webb committed a foul and there seemed no danger 35 yards out but up stepped James Gasson who crashed home a free kick rocket which the Sky Blue panther, Ricky Jones, could only palm into the net. The second half was one way traffic as TG seemed to tire badly and OTS were in little danger. Rory Milbourne scored his first ever Premier goal with a right footed curler after 50 minutes to put OTS into the lead, before Gasson produced more long range shooting skills when his 20 yarder flashed home with Jones motionless. TG battled hard but a Shallcross header which went wide was the best chance they had after the goals and OTS fully deserved the points in the end analysis. 

Thomas Brothers meanwhile produced the result of the day as they travelled to WCT Youth Raiders and came away with an excellent 6-3 victory. Manager James Burke has assembled a strong looking squad and if they keep this up, then they could be in for a real shout for honours at season end. WCT took the lead early doors before TB equalised straight away, when Stuart Hall finished well before adding another with a fine lob over the keeper. TB went 3-1 up in the second half when Richard Tyler reacted quickest to Robbie Bunn’s shot being saved and slotted home. WCT were beginning to get frustrated and Anthony Smith saw red for kicking out at Matt Hartles as he advanced with the ball. The scoring then went 4-2, 4-3 (Ian Wroe grabbing the fourth), before WCT scored an own goal with John Kennedy getting a sixth for the cake’s icing. 

VBG Fairfield are going about their business quietly this season and another 5 goal win for them today, this time against Rubery Athletic, but they did concede first and Andy Court inevitably scored from the spot after the VBGF keeper pulled him down. VBGF goals came from Ellis Blakemore and Richard Bishop (both braces) with Joe Mayo getting one too. Rubery have had a horror start to the season with two tough away games and it won’t get any easier with Bartley Green Sunday due to visit next week and Thomas Brothers looming on the horizon too. Alcester Town also got their first Prem points of the season as they beat Belbroughton Athletic 6-0, who would have been weakened without Tom Calvert between the sticks, but Alcester are going to be a tough nut to crack and their goals today came from Ellis Kalach (a hat-trick), Listowel Fereday, Jordan Amos and Sam Bennett – All these players are new to the BDFL and Alcester will be dark horses for this reason alone. And finally, Lickey End Social also got their first points on the board in their debut season in the Prem – New signing Sam Chilton bagged the first inside the 20 minute mark before Lions equalised with an own goal. With the points set to be shared, Alex Short launched a fine cross which Sam Wright netted past the stranded keeper with 10 minutes left.

Into Division One and Wychbold RBL’s nightmare start to BDFL life continued as Bromsgrove United playing their first game of the season visited and came away with a 5-2 victory to leave home manager Alex Riordan really scratching his head. Bromsgrove play nice football though so the Wychbold carpet would have suited them and their goals came from Jamie Banks (2), Mike Harvey, Kieron Pace and Mr Halsall. Another two teams to start their season today were Chaddesley Corbett and AFC Northfield, so the fixture computer paired them together, but it was Chadds who took the points with a convincing 5-0 win. As ever we won’t be going into the full match details here as you can read resident report Matt Guise’s full report on our social media outlets and Chadds FB page, but the scorers were Luke Bowles with 2 (making his full debut), Adam Simpson, Nathan Steward and Alex Dugmore. Conway Albion were gutted to lose last week, but they put things right today with a good 2-0 win over Stoke Sporting in what was a fine game even though chances were at a premium in the first period; That said, Simon Boon in the Stoke goal had to make a fine save to deny Conway, before they took the lead just before the break. The second half continued in competitive vein and with Stoke struggling to find a cutting edge, Conway got a late second after a headed backpass fell short and the substitute poked the ball home. We are not sure which order the Conway goals were but congratulations to Niall Cole and Paul Whitehead who were the men to bag the fame.

Spa Athletic and Sporting Rednal played out a competitive 1-1 draw at Droitwich Leisure Centre pitch 4.  Rednal have had a turbulent few weeks with club owner Jay Nickless standing down but with JJ Evans and Darryl Foster stepping up to the plate, nobody will have an easy game against Rednal. Today’s game was a competitive battle throughout, just what you would expect from any game against Spa Athletic. A very comprehensive and factual match report can be found on Sporting Rednal’s website so we will only summarise the goals; Rednal took the lead when Anton Gardner Bennett chased the Spa keeper down which caused him to spill it and AGB mopped up the bits. The equaliser and a very large crowd roar to go with it, came when Karl Stokes reacted quickest to a shot which Tim Cooney could only parry in the Rednal goal. Bartley Green Sunday opened up their season with an emphatic 8-0 drubbing of GLA; Mark Mccleary has once again been his canny self and assembled a strong squad; One of the new signings, Carl Martin who plays for Gornal on Saturdays, bagged a hat-trick with braces for fellow forwards Colin Tandy and Danny Lawrence, this left last season’s top goalscorer Dom Strevens to just net the one on this occasion. GLA have yet to score this season and Karl White must once again be concerned although with no fixture for his team next week, they have time to work on the training pitch to improve matters

Into Division Two and three sides have 100% records from their opening games, namely LPR, Meadow Park and Rednal Social Club; All these sides wins today were hard-fought but perhaps the stand out was Meadow’s 5-0 win over Awkies who got firmly put in their place having been naive enough to let Meadow play around them on a large pitch. LPR had a good pre-season and another shrewdie in the managerial stakes, Kial Jackson, always knits together a good side and their 4-2 win over Sporting Club Redditch led by two goals from Billy Garvey was further evidence of this; SCR haven’t got going yet despite goals from Tom Higgins and Ryan Field, but their lads seem a decent bunch who will get it right eventually, especially if they keep reading the post match texts from ‘Geoff’! Rednal Social Club were sent to Hewell prison today, literally, but managed to get out free of charge by midday and with 3 points in their swag bags; Ben Markall’s brace and one from Ben Heath was the perfect escape and RSC sit dangerously poised in third place. Hizza United meanwhile bounced back from last week’s defeat at Awkies, by beating the Rubery Juniors youngsters 7-0; Hizza were 4-0 up at the break and fully deserved to win; Adam Soares got the Juniors man of the match in an otherwise disappointing day but one they will surely learn from.

Rubery and Callowbrook Green lead the way with 100% records in Division 3 and we’ll finish this weeks report by visiting their matches. Rubery weren’t as goal crazy this week but Brogan Halpin helped himself to a couple of goals as his early season form continued and Rubery went 3-0 up; Valley hit back through Alan Beech and Rob Voice but another Rubery goal killed the game and it ended 4-2; Aaron Draper and Liam Kaye the men with the other goals. Callowbrook Green have got goals in their team this season (11 goals in two games) and Ben Dugmore’s four led the way today in their 6-5 win over Chaddesley Corbett Reserves who have scored 10 and conceded 10 in two games! Jack Steele and Jimmy Ward were also on target but they needed to be as Colin Tomlinson in the Greens goal made some mistakes during the match; Adam Westcott and Andrew Millward helped themselves to braces with Gaz Moriaty also netting. Martin Westcott the Chadds manager had his head in his hands several times in the match and they really do need to tighten up at the back for this season to be a success as they hope. Stoke Sporting Reserves bounced back from last weeks defeat with a narrow 3-2 win over Laburnum – Goals from Ollie Clayton, Tom Nicholson and Matt Chance were enough to see off strikes by Andy Seager and Ian Abel for the visitors.

Finally we had two ‘derby’ games, the Sidemoor derby between FC Bromsgrove (another debutant) and AFC Millfields, with the Navigation derby between Bromsgrove Corinthians and Stoke Prior; AFC Millies took the honours in the former, winning 3-1 thank to goals from Ash Roland (2) and Ryan Wood who beat Pat Sullivan in the home goal. The match finished in explosive fashion with the home side falling out amongst themselves, a trait they will need to sort out and cool off from. Corinthians meanwhile got the better of Stoke Prior thanks to goals from Si Johnson and Tom Mason. Stoke Prior have a better squad this season with some genuine quality and maybe they haven’t gelled yet but take nothing away from BC who dominated for 70 odd minutes and deserved their points. Chris Walder was reported to be a very happy man post match! 

So onto next weeks fixture list, which sees the start of some of the cup games especially in the round robin group phases; A couple of tasty games most notably Thomas Brothers v VBG Fairfield which has become an early season battle for bragging rights based on recent results! Awkies Allstars v Rubery looks interesting in the Bridgwater Cup and Bartley Green Sunday’s trip to Rubery Athletic another eagerly awaited contest. In Division 1, Northfield Athletic v Sporting Rednal will be a tight game whilst in Division 2, Bromsgrove Brentnal will be the last team to make their appearance this season having had the first two Sundays off. We’ll bring you all the action, goals, gossip, fiction and facts in the same place next week!


PREMIER DIVISION
Alcester Town 6 (KALACH 3, Fereday, Amos, Bennett), Belbroughton Athletic 0 
Lickey End Social 2 (Chilton, S Wright), Alvechurch Lions 1 (OG)
The Grove 1 (Giles), Oak Tree Sporting 3 (Gasson 2, Milbourne)
VBG Fairfield 5 (Bishop 2, Blakemore, Mayo), Rubery Athletic 1 (Court)
WCT Youth Raiders 3, Thomas Brothers 6 (Hall 2, Tyler, Kennedy, Wroe, OG)
 
DIVISION ONE
Chaddesley Corbett 5 (Bowles 2, Steward, Dugmore, Simpson), AFC Northfield 0
Conway Albion 2 (Whitehead, Cole), Stoke Sporting 0
GLA 0, Bartley Green Sunday 8 (MARTIN 3, Tandy 2, Lawrence 2, Strevens)
Spa Athletic 1 (Stokes), Sporting Rednal 1 (Gardner-Bennett)
Wychbold RBL 2, Bromsgrove United 5 (Banks 2, Harvey, Halsall, Pace)

 
DIVISION TWO
Hewell 2, Rednal Social Club 3 (Markall 2, Heath)
Hizza United 7, Rubery Juniors 0
LPR 4 (Garvey 2, Smith, Wilkes), Sporting Club Redditch 2 (Higgins, Field)
Meadow Park 5, Awkies Allstars 0

DIVISION THREE
Callowbrook Green 6 (B DUGMORE 4, Steele, Ward), Chaddesley Corbett Reserves 5 (Westcott 2, Millward 2, Moriaty)
Bromsgrove Corinthians 2 (Mason, Johnson), Stoke Prior 0
FC Bromsgrove 1, AFC Millfields 3 (Roland 2, Wood)
Rubery 4 (Halpin 2, Draper, Kaye), Arrow Valley 2
Stoke Sporting Reserves 3 (Clayton, Nicholson, Chance), Laburnum 2

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