Another Successful County Cup Weekend

Bromsgrove & District Football League

Last Updated: Jan 27, 2015 09:03am
Abbey, Redditch
By Simon Burgess
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Callow End 0, Hare and Hounds 1 (Glaze)
Areley Kings 5, Stoke Sporting 1

Wilden Village 1, Studley Railway 2 (Trainor, Rowland)
Bromsgrove United 4 (Woodfield 2, Banks, Bullimore), Sporting Rednal 3 (Caveney, Newman, Wilkes) 

GDL Athletic 0, BGIS 10 (LAWRENCE 4, STREVENS 3, Strevz, Glennon, Groves)
Drakes Broughton Rangers 1, Callowbrook Blue 4 (Perry 2, Gauntlett, Moore)
Chaddesley Corbett 2 (Danbury, Mroczkowski), Wilden San Marino 0
Awkies Allstars 6 (Gibbons 2, Fox, Wesley, Arron Tullett, Clarke), Stoke Prior 0 
Rubery Athletic 3 (Court 2, Davies), Alvechurch Lions 2
Callowbrook Green 2 (Robinson 2), Spa Athletic 5 (Rainbow 2, Reynolds 2, Phillips)
AFC Northfield 1 (Pickersgill), Bromsgrove Unionists 5 (BANNER 3, Barnett, Cummings)

VBG Fairfield 5 (Wilkes 2, Bishop 2, OG), Belbroughton Athletic 1 (Emery)
Golden Lion Athletic 8 (PARTRIDGE 3, Brookes, Rowley, Burrows, Mitchell, Everton), Meadow Park 0 
Lickey End Social 1 (Nolan), North Colts United 0

Vic Barnt Green Reserves 1 (Verry) , FC Rednal 0
Sporting Grapevine 5 (Devaney, D'Aguilar, Jagger, Milbourne, Osborne), Woodgate Valley 2 (Lismore, OG)
Arrow Valley 1 (Povey), Bromsgrove United Reserves 2 (Eves, Exley)

Only one place to start on this Monday Report and that’s to celebrate the success of the County Cups as the BDFL teams once again ruled in their matches yesterday. 

The biggest success was undoubtedly Hare and Hounds FC who in their first season entering the County Cup, have reached through to the WFA Premier Cup Final, the second successive season a BDFL team has reached this prestigious final, which only serves to outline the growing strength of our Premier Division. Hare and Hounds have knocked out some very good teams en route to the semi-final, no less than Worcester Raiders and they travelled to Callow End from the Worcester League full of confidence. A scrappy cagey game played on a terrible tacky pitch, but the game was settled by David Glaze’s 30 yard firecracker early in the second half. Hounds then successfully fended off any Callow End comeback hopes to secure a brilliant victory  – We would like to send our heartfelt congratulations to Mark Hickey and this team, we look forward to receiving the details of the cup final, their opponents will be either Black Horse or Grange Athletic, where the League will encourage as many clubs as possible to come and support them as Hounds undoubtedly have an outstanding chance of lifting the trophy. 

In the WFA Junior Cup, we have a potential finalist in that competition too as Studley Railway moved into the semi-finals after securing a brave 2-1 victory over pedigree Kidderminster League side Wilden Village on the Stourport postage stamp pitch.  Studley went a goal down early doors before Sean Trainor grabbed an equaliser from Chris Hands’ free-kick. The winner came courtesy of Stewart Roland who got on the end of Roland Rignall’s flick on after a Hands long throw. It could have gone to extra-time but Nick Cotton was alert late on to make a wonderful save - Congratulations to Clay Dyson’s men! Stoke Sporting also travelled to Stourport but couldn’t fend off a decent Areley Kings side and they bowed out of the competition by a 5-1 scoreline.

BDFL WFA Minor Cup domination continues as we now have 5 out of the 8 teams in the Quarter-Finals, notably BGIS, Chaddesley Corbett, Awkies Allstars, Callowbrook Blue and Bromsgrove United – Congratulations to the respective managers! This is a tremendous achievement and whilst this will mean two of our sides will definitely draw each other, it does mean there is another good chance of a finalist on the back of how the draw could pan out! Unfortunately AFC Millfields could not fulfil their fixture against Bredon which could have meant 6 teams progressing, but the important thing right now is to give AFCM the support they need to keep them going as they are going through a rough patch right now.

Anyway, we’ll start with BGIS’s win as it was the biggest and their 10-0 victory over GDL Athletic was as comfortable as the scoreline suggests. Danny Lawrence was the star of the show with 4 goals, 5 assists and the man of the match award as the smart slick suited mover was far too good for GDL. Dom Strevens helped himself to a hat-trick too, one each for Brendon Glennon, Jordy Strevz and Nick Groves.

Callowbrook Blue made light work of their trip to Drakes Broughton Rangers even with an understrength team (without the Douse brothers), but they still came away with a 4-1 win. Matthew Perry showed his superstar qualities with a brace, with one goal each for Dan Moore (a back heeled volley) and Jack Gauntlett (stunning rip roaring volley). Awkies Allstars had a comfortable passage into the quarters beating fellow BDFL side from Division 3, Stoke Prior, by a 6-0 scoreline. The goals were once again spread about this team which is full of attacking intent, with Jason Gibbons finally back on the scoresheet leading the way with a brace. 

Chaddesley Corbett had a fine 2-0 win over 9 man Wilden San Marino, who started their misdemeanours as early as the 15thminute when the first red card was shown. Chadds took advantage of the extra man and Ryan Moore set up Dan Mroczkowski for the opener. Matt Danbury doubled the lead taking advantage of a goalkeeping howler to score Chadds 100th goal of the campaign. Chadds predictably controlled most of the game with the extra man and with the last five minutes to be played, Wilden’s frustration bore the better of them and another man received his orders to go and start the showers early.
Meanwhile up at North Bromsgrove School, Bromsgrove United and Sporting Rednal played out a 7 goal thriller which went the way of Bromsgrove 4-3. Rednal got the early blows in when Dan Caveney netted and then Lloyd Newman prodded home from close range after a kind rebound for a 2-0 lead. With this competition dear to Rednal’s hearts, you’d have expected them to hold on but Bromsgrove came storming back and had some luck when a deflected effort wrong footed Rednal net-minder Tim Cooney for their first goal. A debatable offside denied Rednal a third as JJ Evans thought he had netted; It proved to be a pivotal moment in the game as the next goal was the equaliser, coming from a free kick which Rednal were lucky to survive with 11 men on the field as it was a possible red card incident. Bromsgrove got ahead before half-time when Darryl Foster scored an own goal as the ball struck him and bounced over the line. With both sides now firmly settled in the game, a good contest ensued in the second half, with Bromsgrove adding a fourth after Rednal had their own chances. Rednal salvaged a life line after Matt Wilkes scored when Connor Collins’s shot was saved,  but the kitchen sink never came at Bromsgrove who saw the game out. Ash Woodfield got a brace for the home side, one each from Bradley Bullimore and Jamie Banks.  

In the WA Harris Cup, Callowbrook Green couldn’t make the most of their reprieve (after Bromsgrove United were excluded from the competition for fielding an ineligible player in their initial tie against Callowbrook), going down 5-2 to Spa Athletic.  Perry Reynolds got Spa going but they were pegged back when lanky front man Sam Robinson got the first of his brace to equalise. Luke Rainbow put Spa ahead before half-time but Adam Storey still roasted his side at the break; It clearly had a negative impact though as Robinson got another equaliser after Spa played football suicide giving the ball away in a criminal area. Callowbrook visibly wilted as the half progressed and Spa then upped their game to pick them off; Reynolds and Rainbow adding one more each (Rainbow’s second from the spot), whilst winger Chevez Phillips scored after a fine team move. Spa travel to Studley Railway in the next round as their reward.

The internal BDFL Premier Cup semi-final, not to be confused with the achievements of Hare and Hounds went the way of Rubery Athletic won beat Alvechurch Lions 3-2 in an enterprising game. Andy Court’s 15th minute penalty sent Rubery on their way (after Lee Davie was pulled to the floor) before Alvechurch equalised pretty much straight after. Davies grabbed another Rubery goal before Court got his second goal late on to settle the nerves; Alvechurch made it squeaky bum time with minutes to play but Rubery held on and they await the result of VBG Fairfield and Hare and Hounds to determine who they play in the final, that monster 

showdown being scheduled for February 8th

Premier Division action saw VBG Fairfield extend their lead at the top of the division after an impressive 5-1 win over previously unbeaten Belbroughton (in the league that is) on a very muddy Fairfield Villa FC pitch. Coming out of the traps early doors, the pace, skill and trickery of the VBGF front line was too hot to handle for a makeshift Belbroughton backline desperately missing Chris Gleadow and Al Emery playing as a makeshift striker. The writing was seemingly on the wall early doors when goal machine Richard Bishop headed in Daniel Wilkes’s near post corner, before Bishop got a trademark second with a fine low drive following a great team move. It was endless attack after attack so much so that Matt Collins got forward from left back and he should probably have scored with a diving header on the half hour mark but his effort went just over. Belbroughton’s tackles got ever more desperate,  James Brooks and Andy Innes were both cautioned, before Chris Innes’s shirt pull stopped Wilkes in his tracks – From the resulting Wilkes free-kick, we think it was Chris Mitchell who sliced the ball over the head of Tom Calvert and with a 3 goal half-time buffer, there was no simply way back. Into the second half and although Belbroughton changed shape and got more of a foothold in the game, Will Tibbetts lost possession on the edge of the VBGF area and from the breakaway, the fourth was swept hope by a gleeful Wilkes. The fifth came soon after, the offside flag remained down despite Belbroughton’s pleas and Wilkes got his second. Belbroughton then started to play a lot better and had several chances; They got a consolation late on when Emery was tugged in the box and from the resulting penalty, coolly beat Chris Hancock who had a very quiet morning in the VBGF goal.

Golden Lion Athletic had a welcome win and went goal crazy with an 8-0 win over hapless Meadow Park who remain rooted to the bottom of the table and are really struggling. With a win under their belts, we have the GLA scorers and congratulations to Sam Partridge who led the way with a hat-trick; Goals were also scored by Dan Everton, James Rowley, James ‘Buzz’ Burrows, Jason Mitchell and Joe Brookes. Meadow Park will undoubtedly battle on but had a golden chance to score with a penalty kick early on, after Shaun Nash recklessly bought down his opponent, but that chance went begging. Bromsgrove Unionists won 5-1 at mid table AFC Northfield, who had led through Ben Pickersgill. We think Unionists had a man sent off, we can’t confirm that though, but the fightback was led by Kev Banner who netted a hat-trick, whilst Diddy Cummings and Craig Barnett got one each. AFCN were much brighter and purposeful than previous games and Nick Clarke was fairly happy given the performance level against a solid capable side.

Two singular goal victories in Division 1, both for the home sides, Jamie Nolan’s strike was enough for leaders Lickey End Social to see off out of form North Colts United, whilst Dan Verry’s strike from Adam Jones’s slide rule pass saw in-form Vic Barnt Green Reserves home against FC Rednal.  FCR blew their chance to equalise when their awarded spot kick, was blasted over the bar, maybe the keeper wearing the JK Sports gloves put them off? Either way, Vic Reserves have hit some form and will be relishing their forthcoming LMS Shield group game against ‘parent’ first team VBG Fairfield, In a match which VBGF need to win by 5 goals to guarantee qualification to the next phases.  Sporting Grapevine meanwhile won 5-2 against Woodgate Valley, where 5 different scorers netted , namely Tom Devaney, Jason D’Aguilar, Rory Milbourne, Lee Jagger and David Osborne. Mr Lismore got Valley’s goals but their manager reckons it was an own goal – Guess we’ll never know!

And finally in Division 3, Bromsgrove United Reserves got back on track with a 2-1 victory at Arrow Valley. Alan Beech missed a penalty early doors (possibly put off by some gamesmanship) and with Matt Remes missing the rebound, Valley kind of knew it wasn’t to be their day. Ryan Eves’s weak shot took a horrid deflection to give Bromsgrove the lead and when Jake Exley netted with a low drive before half-time, the day got worse for the home side.  Ben Povey’s free kick which the Pink Panther (Ricky Jones) mishandled gave them a lifeline in the second period but Bromsgrove held on and could even have increased it had Paris Hylton not struck the bar with another fine effort. The other two games in the division were called off due to unfit pitches.

Next week’s fixture list sees another batch of exciting cup games with two of our teams in the Worcester Nursing Cup Semi-Final, Awkies and Chaddesley, good luck to both of them in their ties! BGIS also host a Kidderminster League side in the Bromsgrove Charity Cup and they’ll be looking to progress there too.  VBG Fairfield play host to Ocean in the Worcester Nursing Cup and that’ll be well worth a watch too. Hare and Hounds travel to Belbroughton Athletic in the Premier, will a small 3G pitch see them come unstuck or will they get through that challenge too? Plenty of other good games to watch if you want one to go too next week, so please check our fixture and website portals to see what else is on.


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