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Awkies Allstars Minor Cup Champions

Bromsgrove & District Football League

Last Updated: Apr 4, 2016 08:19pm
Abbey, Redditch
By Simon Burgess
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And into April we go with plenty of football still to be played and many issues to be resolved on the field of play!

In an exciting programme of action on Sunday, the highlight has to be Awkies Allstars winning the Worcester Nursing Minor Cup after a 2-1 victory over Colwall Village from the Worcester League at Malvern Town last night. This was Awkies first ever cup final as a team and they struck gold with a convincing and ultimately comfortable win. Awkies started the game well and the early chances fell to their little pocket hotshot, Jason Gibbons, who headed wide from a set play and then volleyed high and wide both inside the first ten minutes. Colwall came back into the game but their only real chance came after Awkies keeper Richard Beesley dropped the ball inexplicably and the Colwall striker could only poke the ball wide. On 33 minutes though the breakthrough came when Gibbons rifled home a fine 25 yard strike into the bottom corner. Colwall were clearly raged as on 35 minutes, they were lucky to have all 11 players on the pitch after Chris Fox was pole-axed in the penalty area with the ball dead and despite the assistant referee spotting an offence, no action was taken presumably because the Colwall assailant was out of view behind a group of players.  The second half was distinctly more low key with not much to report in the way of chances although Awkies seemingly made the game safe midway through the half when Joe Stewart (just about) converted a penalty awarded after a trip in the area. Colwall pulled one back from the spot themselves late on and with Awkies sensibly slowing the game down in the corner towards the end, it all got too much for a Colwall substitute who received his marching orders for two yellow cards. At the final whistle, scenes of delirium were witnessed as the Bears bought the Worcester Nursing Minor Cup home to Bromsgrove for the first time in many seasons. A great night for the League and Congratulations to the Bears as they now look to double up with the Centenary Cup next Sunday night! 

The other noteworthy result of the day came in the WA Harris Cup which is fast becoming a competition of shocks this season, no more so today when mid-table Division 3 side AFC Millfields stunned Division 1 side Wychbold RBL (on a good run of form themselves) with a fine 3-1 victory thanks to goals from Ash Roland (2) and Ryan Wood. The first goal came after the Wychbold keeper gave the ball to Roland who returned it with interest before Roland doubled up moments later. Wychbold had been restricted to long range shots which Wayne Green batted out but he was finally beaten with 5 minutes to go from the penalty spot before Wood's last hurrah. We believe this might be the first time that a Division 3 side has reached the quarter-finals of the competition and with only one Premier Division side left in the competition, there is a good statistical chance that glory will be taken from outside the top flight and what a difference the £500 winning prize will make to one lucky side. Every team left standing will rightly believe they can win it and AFCM now travel to Sporting Club Redditch on Sunday hoping to cause another shock for a semi-final place. 

The Division 1 Cup Final composition is now known and it will be Chaddesley Corbett who face Northfield Athletic in 3 weeks time after a 9-2 victory over AFC Northfield. With both sides unable to field their strongest teams, it was a case of who had the deeper squad and Chaddesley proved that after a lethal display of finishing in a game where the goals flowed and included 2 scored penalties and a missed one, although Northfield’s missed one in the 98th minute would have added no more than an additional consolation. Alex Dugmore netted 4 times for Chadds, 2 for the superstar Matt Perry (one a lovely sublime chip), 2 for Adam Westcott who is making a splash in the first team when selected and one for the veteran Paul Lofthouse although Chadds initially attempted to put it down as an own goal to deny him a rare moment of glory!   

In the Kidderminster Hospital Cup competitions, there was disappointment for both Stoke Sporting sides as they both crashed out; Stoke Sporting firsts lost 3-2 at Dudley Sports from the Kidderminster Premier whilst the Reserves lost at home to Wordsley Reserves 4-1, with Hizza United set to face Wordsley Reserves in the quarter-final subject to a suitable date being found for the game given a 620pm midweek kick off for Hizza in Dudley is probably a bit too much.  

A Bridgwater Cup ‘dead rubber’ group match was also played, a pretty unique thing to happen given the cup final has already been played but Laburnum and Chaddesley Reserves were fighting to avoid bottom spot in Group A and Laburnum ensured it wasn’t them as they notched up what is their first win of the season with a 3-0 win! Well done to Wez Daniel and his lads for that result. 

In League action, all eyes were on the potential Premier Division title showdown between Thomas Brothers and VBG Fairfield although the game didn’t live up to pre-match hype with both sides cancelling each other out and content to take a point; Ryan Molesworth put VBGF ahead after a free kick broke down and fell kindly to him in the box before former ‘Vic’ player Stuart Hall equalised for the Brothers. As ever, VBGF have games in hand which they need to win to overhaul the Brothers but with some defeats in the past month ending cup dreams, it may not be as simple as some might expect with plenty of twists and turns guaranteed in the final 8 weeks of the season. Perhaps one of VBGF’s potential stumbling blocks will be a home game with Alcester Town (who resumed football after a mini-break this in the run up to their Premier Cup Final appearance) with Alcester have of course already beaten VBGF this season and are turning into a really good Premier Division outfit. Yesterday Alcester took on WCT Youth Raiders and came away with a fine 2-1 win thanks to Lewis Marston and Jay Gifford netting, this extended Alcester’s unbeaten record against WCT to three games with the sides meeting again next week. Alcester had to come from behind though after an own goal when defender Dean Hay and goalkeeper Paul Maynard got in a right pickle and Hay headed the ball past his own player much to Richard Briggs's bewilderment. A couple of weeks ago, we commented on a very rare 0-0 Sunday scoreline when Rubery Athletic hosted WCT Youth Raiders and Rubery were at it again with a goalless draw against Oak Tree Sporting. This one could have gone either way, both sides missing chances and both goalkeepers pulling off saves so perhaps a point each was fair enough in the end. 

In Division 1, Northfield Athletic kept up their relentless scoring and win record after Spa Athletic were taken to the cleaners with a 10-0 victory that could have been many many more. Hat-tricks in this one for Reiss Brians and amazingly defender Luke Ellett, with a brace for Josh Moore plus one for Scott Taylor and Jon ‘Beast’ Myrie. Sporting Rednal also won to nil, a 7 goal victory over Conway Albion whose season appears to be fritting away.  Richie Heywood was the hero in this one with four goals, with Josh Campbell, Michael Connelly and a rare Matt Wilkes goal completing the scoring; Russell Brooks played for Rednal and put in a great shift on the right hand side of the pitch showing that although retirement is beckoning, he has plenty of petrol in the tank for the run in. 

Into Division 2 and a good chunk of games played; Some high scores throughout none more so than LPR, under their third new manager of the season in Craig Derrick, who beat basement boys Bridgefield 8-4 in another crazy game of kamikaze defending. Rubery Juniors continue to have some poor results, although not necessarily reflecting the football they play, as title favourites Meadow Park came to town and walked off with a 6-0 victory thanks to goals from Sam Wright (2), Max Crisp (2), Craig Barnett and Dan Cliffe. Chaps United are quietly sneaking up the table and their 2-1 win over Woodgate Valley left the hosts frustrated ahead of their derby showdown with Rubery Juniors next week; Paul Dowsett and Stuart Whalley the men on target for the yellows with utility player Alex Griffiths-Hughes scoring for Woodgate. Sporting Club Redditch are finding their feet at last and a 5-4 home win over Bromsgrove Brentnal was yet another goal-fest at Henley College. Hat-trick hero for the second week running was Shaun Maynard who has had a stop-start season with injury but is now firing again, the other goals coming from John Wakeling and Josh Farr who are the SCR full-backs, Farr’s in particular a great 25 yard bullet but they had to fight back after Brentnal rallied from being 5-1 down. As is now going to become a traditional report item, we have to report on SCR superstar Dan Sill’s contribution to the game and today he turned up late, got benched but managed to come on for the last 20 minutes! At HMP Hewell, Hizza United and Hewell played out a very entertaining 2-2 draw which could have gone either way; Ash Verity’s low toe poke put Hizza in front mid-way through the first half. Hewell who played really well actually then took the lead in the second half with a low shot and a free kick which eluded Craig Flood but Scott Young rescued a point after he reacted quickest and fired home a drive through a ruck of players. A hard earnt point for both sides on a very bobbly pitch but this didn’t stop either side from contributing to a fine game. 

In Division Three, Rubery moved 7 points clear of Callowbrook Green after beating the latter named 7-3 in a Boleyn Road Bowl thriller. As is usually the case, the Rubery strikers took over and all the goals came from Brogan Halpin and [censored] ‘Pirlo’ Behan who have also strengthened their squad signing former La Coruna schemer Martin Slevin now he has returned from Australia. With 4 games to go, the title is clearly Rubery’s to lose and they don’t really look in any danger of surrendering their vice-like grip on the top spot. Stoke Prior’s season continues to be more gloom than bloom, culminating in a 5-2 home defeat by revitalised FC Bromsgrove who have now picked up 5 points out of the last 9. Joe Robinson netted twice and one each for Joe Hawkins, Will Rowland and Mark Smith. Two players were also sent off (not sure if one side or both sides affected) but FCB manager Pat Sullivan also saw red for the second time this season perhaps slightly harshly on this occasion. Great entertainment at Studley Sports Centre too where Arrow Valley hosted Bromsgrove Corinthians and lost 5-4, we guess conceding inside 15 seconds is never helpful in that respect, with the deficit increasing to 3 conceded inside 35 minutes. Despite the defensive difficulties of not having a recognised goalkeeper with all 3 signed keepers unavailable, Valley didn’t give up and a late surge having been 5-2 down saw the game come back to 5-4 but Corinthians managed to keep their heads and see it through; Corinthians goals came from Tom Mason (a brace), Ed Tear, Josh Mitchell and Alex Beck with Valley netting thanks to Garry Harvey who got two goals and one each for Jay Russell and Ben Povey. 

With midweek games not commencing for another week, the next BDFL action is next Sunday and our biggest game is next Sunday's Centenary Cup Final between Meadow Park and Awkies Allstars; Given the respective results of yesterday, this has all the makings of a belter so please try and come down next Sunday night to Bromsgrove Sporting FC to support the teams, it's a 630pm kick off as usual. VBGF play The Gloster Arms in the Worcester Nursing Junior Cup Final at Malvern Town and we wish them well in their quest to being two trophies home to Bromsgrove in one week, what an achievement that would be! We have some WA Harris Cup quarter-finals and a Round 2 tie scheduled too, indeed in-form sides Chaddesley Corbett and Northfield Athletic face off with each other. There's an eye catching Division 1 derby between GLA and Wychbold RBL (GLA really enjoyed their victory there earlier in the season) whilst Woodgate/Rubery Juniors and Hizza United/Chaps United are Division 2 derby games of note. Looks like the fixture computer fancied some local derbies as Stoke Prior and Stoke Sporting Reserves also play each other in Division 3!  

Either way, there's plenty to look forward too next Sunday, one eye on the weather forecast as usual and we hope to see a large attendance at next Sunday's cup final, remember 630pm at Bromsgrove Sporting for Meadow Park v Awkies Allstars!

 

BROMSGROVE LEAGUE RESULTS - SUNDAY 03RD APRIL 2016

WORCESTER NURSING MINOR CUP FINAL 
Awkies Allstars 2 (Gibbons, Stewart), Colwall Village 1
AWKIES ARE THE CHAMPIONS
 
WA HARRIS CUP ROUND 2
AFC Millfields 3 (Roland 2, Wood), Wychbold RBL 1
 
KIDDERMINSTER HOSPITAL JUNIOR CUP ROUND 3
Dudley Sports 3, Stoke Sporting 2
 
KIDDERMINSTER HOSPITAL MINOR CUP ROUND 3
Stoke Sporting Reserves 1, Wordsley Reserves 4
 
DIVISION ONE CUP SEMI-FINAL
AFC Northfield 2, Chaddesley Corbett 9 (DUGMORE 4, Perry 2, Westcott 2, OG)

BRIDGWATER CUP GROUP GAME (DEAD RUBBER)
Laburnum 3, Chaddesley Corbett Reserves 0
 
PREMIER DIVISION
Alcester Town 2 (Marston, Gifford), WCT Youth Raiders 1
Thomas Brothers 1 (Hall), VBG Fairfield 1 (Molesworth)
Rubery Athletic 0, Oak Tree Sporting 0

DIVISION ONE
Sporting Rednal 7 (Heywood 4, Campbell, Wilkes, Connelly), Conway Albion 0
Northfield Athletic 10 (ELLETT 3, BRIANS 3, Moore 2, Taylor, Myrie), Spa Athletic 0

DIVISION TWO
Bridgefield 4, LPR 8
Woodgate Valley 1 (Griffiths-Hughes), Chaps United 2 (Dowsett, Whalley)
Sporting Club Redditch 5 (MAYNARD 3, Wakeling, Farr), Bromsgrove Brentnal 4
Hizza United 2 (S Young, Verity), Hewell 2
Rubery Juniors 0, Meadow Park 6 (Wright 2, Crisp 2, Barnett, Cliffe)
 
DIVISION THREE
Stoke Prior 2, FC Bromsgrove 5 (Robinson 2, Hawkins, Rowland, Smith)
Callowbrook Green 3, Rubery  7 (HALPIN 4, BEHAN 3)
Arrow Valley 4, Bromsgrove Corinthians 5 (Mason 2, Tear, Beck, Mitchell)
 

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