Another BDFL Super Sunday

Bromsgrove & District Football League

Last Updated: Feb 2, 2017 07:32am
Abbey, Redditch
By Simon Burgess
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Amazingly the BDFL programme for Week 24 passed off without any games being called off which stunned the normally reliable weather models who had predicted a few washouts although the rain did come as expected!

Another excellent ‘Super Sunday’ for the BDFL in the County Cups though and all of our teams who took the field on Sunday made it through to the next rounds. Firstly Black Horse saw off Worcester Premier Champions to be Callow End winning by 5-0 in their semi-final clash; This was an excellent result as the visitors clearly took the game seriously turning up in a coach! Goals from Stourbridge striker Brad Birch (2), plus Dan Carter, Jake Donnelly and Shay Palmer saw Black into the final where they face long established Kidderminster League side Grange Athletic who last season were awarded the prestigious national ‘Club of the Year’ award. This will be an excellent final and all the action takes place on 26th March at Bromsgrove Sporting with a 6pm kick off if you can make it down to give Black several cheers – Let’s hope the Premier Cup comes home to the BDFL for the first time!


In the Junior Cup, there will be at least one guaranteed BDFL finalist after the weekend’s results in the quarter-finals. Awkies Allstars launched an astonishing comeback from 3-1 down to beat Kidderminster League side Wilden Village 4-3 whom had entered the game only losing 1 out of their last 16. Jason Gibbons opened the scoring for Awkies but then Mike Ryan needlessly gave away a penalty from which Wilden converted then went onto grab two more goals! After a motivating team talk by Chris Fox at the break, Awkies started to show some more fight in the second half and two proper strikers finishes by Gibbons netted him his hat-trick. With the game looking set to drift to penalties, clever play by Ash Tullett disguising a shot, picked out Fox who had made a ghosting run into the box unchecked to poke it home to speak delirium amongst the Bears ranks. Wilden were stunned and couldn’t find a way back into the game. A great result! Awkies will play RedMen in the semi-final and an even tougher task awaits against a side managed by Ryan Carrington who has access to high profile players. But if anyone can, Awkies can and it’s at home on the 3G too something RedMen won’t be used too! Joining Red Lion who won through to the semis last week will be FC Highgate United as they saw off Evesham League’s best side Bretferton Old Boys 4-2 in a pulsating game at The Coppice, with FCH also recovering from a two goal deficit as Bretferton bossed the early exchanges to go two up from a long range strike and a penalty after Liam Slade made a needless challenge. Connor ‘Goal a game’ Wilson started the comeback though netting to give some hope going into the half time oranges. Whatever Jordan Markall said at the break worked wonders and like Awkies, the BDFL side came storming back and equalised soon after the restart from an own goal.  Ben Markall then netted from all of 40 yards to put FCH ahead before Sam Brownhill made sure of the result slotting home neatly! FCH host fellow BDFL Division 1 side Red Lion next and it really is an impossible one to call as to whom will get through – Two good sides full of good players, Pete Jenvey against Laurence Martin in the midfield, anything could happen! Both semi finals are on February 26th.


In the Minor Cup, Bromsgrove Corinthians fairytale continues as they beat Badsey Recreation 4-2 thanks to another hat-trick from the goalscoring machine that goes by the name of Alex Beck. Joshua Mitchell added one for good measure and a trip to Mostyn Rangers Reserves awaits with the date of the game to be confirmed.  Congratulations to all the BDFL teams mentioned above, you are really putting the BDFL on the footballing map yet again!


Right deep breathe as we move into the domestic action. Firstly in the Premier Division, Rubery Athletic picked up a much needed 3 points with a 2-1 win over Belbroughton Athletic, this only two weeks after losing 6-1 at the same venue to the same team. Andy Court put Rubery ahead heading in Ryan Brown’s cross at the far post before Matty Talbot saved a Belbroughton penalty. Was this to be Rubery’s day? The game then hit a low point after an unsavoury scuffle which resulted in Bromsgrove Sporting’s Will Tibbett’s from Belbroughton Athletic seeing red for Violent Conduct. Belbroughton continued to press and prompt, probe and pass with the 70th minute equaliser coming after an underhit backpass. Daniel ‘Shooter’ Ormsby was then shown a straight red card for Rubery after some rather industrial language but Rubery’s 10 men weren’t finished as Court produced a fine flick finish to seal the points and a memorable confidence booster for a squad who are probably underperforming all things being equal.


In Division 1, Chaddesley Corbett and Bromsgrove Athletico battled out a hard fought draw. Adam ‘Wolfman’ Stockhall with the Chadds goal after wanting it more in a 50/50 with the Athletico keeper and Sam Wright with the Athletico goal from a set piece; Athletico then felt hard done by as a handball in the area was not awarded by Arbiter Albrighton but her view was obscured by numerous players and the decision couldn’t be made on guesswork. A point gained nonetheless for both sides. Rubery had a routine 2-0 win at FC Hop Pole who were hampered by their evergreen one, Stee Collett, being sent off. Rubery started the side understrength but soon had their numbers up after manager Ryan Smith had to perform some local miracles to get them there but we have been embargoed on revealing the full story on this one! [censored] Behan and Elliott Hartley with the goals for the Yellows.


In Division 2, AFC Northfield shrugged off a 3 week break caused by the weather to beat Callowbrook Green 5-0 at Silver Street. Goals coming from John Wilson (2), Josh Cullen, new signing Scott Taylor and Matt Seeley. In the Redditch derby between Hizza and Winyates, the game having been reversed late to Feckenham for Hizza’s home match, Hizza ran out 5-1 winners as Winyates have become very inconsistent of late. The Hizza goals coming from Harry Nicholas (2), Martin and Scott Young plus one for Ashley Parker.

In Division 3, Stoke Prior took another hefty defeat without scoring, this time losing 7-0 to Cofton Old Boys but fair play to Stoke, they battle on and are there week in week out. Chaddesley Corbett Reserves were another team to win away from home, winning 2-0 at Millfield Rovers Reserves who have now lost their last four. Goals coming from Ben Mcloughlin and Gaz Swain. Rubery Legends are feeling somewhat bruised at the moment having lost lots of points due to Laburnum folding and resigning from the division (records expunged as per SCOR requirement) but they got three of them back when they beat FC Bromsgrove 2-1 as Pat Sullivan the FC Bromsgrove manager continues to appear to walk under too many ladders en route to the match; This week with his side drawing 1-1 (Jake Booton for Legends, James Robinson for FCB), his centre half made a tackle a good three yards outside the area but a penalty ended up being awarded which Booton rifled home to keep the points for the Legends. Things were a little smoother for Arrow Valley in their 5-1 away win at Bromsgrove Academicals. Fairly routine win this for Arrow Valley with Reece Miles getting a brace and one each for Garry Harvey, Jay Russell and Connor Atkinson; Martin Bonnar got the Accies goal but with Ian Stewart in the Valley goal getting the man of the match award, was the game closer than the scoreline suggests? We didn’t have an official reporter on site to confirm either way unfortunately!


On a weekend of national FA Cup shocks, we had our own FA Cup shock when Division 2 leaders Sporting Club Redditch sent Millfield Rovers from the Premier tumbling out of the WA Harris Cup to keep their cup dreams alive. SCR were 3-1 up at the break and David Cummings in the Millies goal will want to forget one goal when the ball rolled underneath his foot from a backpass. Billy Garvey got a hat-trick for SCR but blotted his copybook by being booked again. James Ward got both of Millies goals, one a penalty, but SCR had too much for them on the day defending with extreme resolution. SCR have drawn Pilkington Sunday away next and in their current form, they can’t possibly be ruled out storming into the semis. It was a bit more routine for Studley Lions who eased into the quarter-finals winning 6-2 at Hewell; Jamie Hatfield and Sam ‘Small’ Smith got braces with Tommy Blewett and a rare Laan David goal (a good 20 yard strike) seeing the Division 2 high flyers home although Hewell had a couple of decent frontrunners and Kial Jackson had to be alert on several occasions from good deliveries into the box.  Red Lion beat an out of sorts Wychbold RBL by an 8-0 scoreline but Wychbold were kicking a ball in anger for the first time in 7 weeks; This clearly showed and by the time the fourth goal went in, their heads really really dropped. Jordan Street and the Bear led the way with braces (that’s Dan Bearcroft for our not regular readers), whilst Josh Green, Kieran Madden, Pete Jenvey and Kingsley Smith with the others. The WA Harris Cup quarters are really hotting up and we will have 8 fine teams in it when the second round is completed.


In the BRS Shield, one proper game and one dead rubber game. In the Group A dead rubber with the top two already known, Quinton Athletic gained a confidence boosting win over Premier Division Pilkington Sunday winning 4-1, thanks to goals from Keil Sumnall (2), Luke Crockett and Callum Burston-Keeley. Quinton were 4-0 ahead when Grant Jones netted a consolation for Pilks who saw half their side not turn up! Anton Gardner-Bennett was on fire for Quinton setting up two goals. BGIS meanwhile made sure of their place as Group C winners as they saw off Oak Tree Sporting 5-1 to top the group with Red Lion dropping into the other half of the draw and facing Meadow Park from the Premier Division next week in the quarter-final. It wasn’t a particularly smooth performance, perhaps the unfamiliar 3G surface unsettled them, but their greater firepower up top proved the difference. Connor Collins with two, Dan Lawrence, Colin Tandy and Carl Martin saw them home whilst Rory Milbourne scored the OTS consolation. BGIS host Wychbold RBL in the quarter-finals in two weeks time.


And finally in the Rose Bowl, Stoke Works kept their hopes of silverware alive on three separate fronts, as they scraped past Meadow Park Youth on penalties in Rose Bowl Round 1 tie. Jon Snell had got the goal in normal time reacting quickest to Ben Johnson’s 30 yard strike hitting the crossbar and bundling it home. Marc Bagley in the Meadow Park Youth goal played well and made some fine saves but in the end analysis over the last 20 minutes, Meadow Park will feel unlucky they didn’t win the game. In the shoot out, Stoke had a 100% conversion rate whilst James Ryan saved two of Meadow Park’s to put Stoke through to the quarter-final where they will meet Bromsgrove Corinthians in what will be another tough match to call!


Another bumper week of fixtures next week to start February, but this will be weather permitting of course after some pitches took a battering yesterday. We have the Worcester Nursing Junior Cup Semi-Finals for FC Highgate United and BGIS (both facing tricky games away at Worcester League sides), whilst in the Minor Version for the semis, in-form sides Hizza United and Sporting Club play each other with Bromsgrove Corinthians on their travels to Clifton Upon Teme to play Clifton Rovers. Good luck to everyone in those games! In the Bridgwater Cup, Stoke Works need to beat Arrow Valley to keep their dreams alive of qualifying out of Group B whilst Chaddesley Corbett and Rubery Legends have another go at playing their semi-final Rose Bowl tie. We should have the new quarter-finalists out of BRS Shield Group B when Chaddesley Corbett visit Rubery and Black Horse will be looking to avoid a cup shock when Meadow Park Youth visit them, a prize for a win is a trip to Clay Dyson’s Studley Lions a match we know his lads will be very much up for. With a plethora of other league games in all the divisions, you can once again be assured of your football fix in the BDFL next week if you need one!


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