Back on Cup Duty for the BDFL

Bromsgrove & District Football League results

Last Updated: Oct 2, 2016 06:46pm
Abbey, Redditch
By Simon Burgess
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Into October we go and Week 9 of the BDFL bought another mixed variety of cup matches including the start of the Worcester Nursing Cups where we had some decent representation in the early stages including a plethora of all BDFL ties; The BDFL have a decent and increasingly good pedigree in these competitions and hopefully we can do well again come the business end.


Very limited league action today, just 3 league games spread across the Prem, D2 and D3. Starting in the Prem, revitalised and reborn Belbroughton Athletic travelled to Northfield Athletic and came away with a fine 3-1 win although Northfield were seemingly understrength. The game was evenly poised at 1-1 when a penalty award to Belbroughton seemed to knock the stuffing out of Northfield and the visitors took the points on their first ever visit to the venue.


In Division 1, all eyes were on Sporting Rednal after yet another tough week off the field for the club but on the pitch, things are looking rosy with a further 8 goals being scored to add to the 8 netted last week. Today’s win came by an 8-3 scoreline over Quinton Athletic, run by ex Sporting Rednal stalwart Darryl Foster and with the losers having to pay £50 to charity in a pre-stuck game deal between the two club, it is Foster who has to put his hand in his pocket on this occasion! Daniel Wilkes led the way for four goals, Ellis Blakemore chipped in with three of his own with Michael ‘ Spud’ Connolly putting the cherry on the cake with an eighth. Quinton’s goals came from James Hunt and Keil Sumnall (2) but it was the defence which struggled and replacement goalkeeper Daniel Thompson was a busy man after Quinton lost their number one.


In Division 3, Arrow Valley were ring rusty after a couple of weeks off due to the management team holidaying in Bulgaria and this showed in their result as FC Bromsgrove recorded a fine 2-0 win thanks to goals by Nathan Poole and Curtis Holdam. After losing their goalkeeper in the warm up, Dan Lammas took over in the FCB sticks and produced a sensational match winning show. Well done to Pat and his lads!


In the Worcester Nursing Junior Cup, Chaddesley Corbett got a rude awakening from a hungry BGIS side who put 7 past them in a convincing 7-0 away win. The sides have traditionally held good battles but today BGIS were in complete control from start to end. Three defensive howlers didn’t help Chadds’s cause including one from goalkeeper James Poulton and when Greg Roberts had a shot cleared off the line to pull one back, BGIS went straight down the other end to net a fourth from which there was no going back. Conor Collins netted a hat-trick, Dan Lawrence a brace plus one each for ex Chadds striker Alex ‘Phonebox’ Dugmore and a rare goal for Adam Blackford.  BGIS now host high-flying The Gloster Arms in the next round, a Worcester Prem side. Millfield Rovers also had a fine win, a 3-1 away win at WFA Premier Cup Finalists from last season, Hallow Village. Goals from Oliver O’Connell, Josh Whyte and Russell Morgan saw Millfields home and they now travel to Callow End in the second round as Millies are just starting to kick into gear plus the signing of Scott Smith should strengthen them somewhat.


In the Minor Nursing Cup, only one of our teams exited and that was Stoke Prior who received a hiding at home to Malvern Rangers by an 8-0 scoreline; Always a tough draw but Stoke’s inability to score goals is really putting the pressure on them and Jamie Maycroft will need to enlist some shooting drills in training this week to try and rectify the matter. Winyates continue in fine form and a 4-1 home win over Division 3 side Rubery Legends (goals from Ben Rogers x 2, Rob Thomas and Thomas Williams) saw them into the second round, despite Jake Booton netting for Legends. Spa Athletic have got themselves on a nice little winning run courtesy of a 3-2 win over Meadow Park Youth; Spa took the lead inside 10 minutes as Phil Burton headed home a corner. Youth came roaring back to equalise then missed a penalty after Spa keeper Chris Rich clumsily gave away a penalty. 1-1 at the break soon became 2-1 to Spa after a fine individual effort by Perry Reynolds before Karl Stokes amazingly scored his second goal in two weeks from close range. It proved a vital goal as Youth netted again but couldn’t get another to force extra time. Hizza United finally got a win Luke Davenport craved after several miserable weeks, this time a 4-0 away win at Millfield Rovers Reserves who are shipping too many goals for comfort and a bad start never improved. We had a legendary event occur in the Cofton Old Boys v Stoke Works match as David Fisher scored his first ever goal in 17 years, this only a few weeks before he leaves the UK for a new life in Australia! Luckily his team mates allowed him onto the pitch (courtesy of the roll-on roll-off subs ruling in this cup) to net the penalty, unbelievable scenes followed! Other goals came from Tom Westwood’s 25 yard thunder cracker which had Brad Miller in the Cofton goal beating the ground in disgust that it had gone in, Jon Snell (who also missed a penalty which Miller saved) and a Ryan Cooper individual special. Cofton scorers were Craig Ball and Mark Cook as they exited the competition at the first attempt. 


It seems having two weeks off isn’t a good idea as Awkies Allstars, like Arrow Valley, also suffered on their return today as the flying Sporting Club Redditch continued their sensational start to the season dumping the current Nursing Minor Cup holders out of the cup in the first round. Jason Gibbons put Awkies ahead from Az Tullett’s cross before SCR equalised from Adam ‘Toffee’ Thornton’s free kick in the dying embers of the first half. Another Thornton free-kick put SCR ahead and then Joe Shaw’s solo goal sealed the win. Awkies did hit the woodwork twice and Gibbons should have squared to Mike Ryan for an open goal but nothing seems to be stopping a strong SCR team who have really got their act together this year. More good news followed in the last game of the Minor Cup as Bromsgrove Corinthians beat Pershore Town Eagles 4-1 AET, this after a 0-0 90 minute scoreline! The extra fitness training that Aaron Tozer has been insistent on paid dividends as two goals from Tom Mason and two from Joshua Mitchell sealed the win and a home tie in the next round against FC Korono from the mid table of Worcester League Division 2. VBL Sports v Studley Lions was unfortunately abandoned after an injury to a VBL player and despite an uncomfortable morning for Studley Lions in more ways than one, they were still leading 4-3 at the time the game was halted. In all probability, the game will need to be replayed (despite being reported as a Studley win by the Worcester League website), but we await an official ruling from the competition on this matter.


Redditch United Sunday’s maiden voyage into the Birmingham Amateur Cup only lasted one match as they lost 5-2 away to 1860 Rainbow Inn from Coventry; The strength of the Birmingham FA affiliated leagues can vary and it seems 1860 just had too much for Ryan Khan’s team on the day, with Ryan completing his suspension today.


Internal cup action next with a host of BRS Shield group games. Rubery Athletic haven’t really fired this season and for the second time already, Pilkington Sunday beat them in their own backyard as Matt Wyton’s men won 3-0, with two goals coming from the spot; Two for Oliver Smith (the pens we assume) and one for Callum Mccall. Red Lion had a convincing 8-1 win over Oak Tree Sporting who are really struggling to stop the flow of goals right now (21 conceded in 3 games), the main heroes in this one were Dan Bearcroft with a hat-trick and Kingsley Smith with a brace. Black Horse had a tricky looking game on paper against Division 1 Rubery but the two week off curse struck Rubery too as Black won 5-0, whilst Alcester Town saw off Thomas Brothers by a similar scoreline; Thomas Brothers may feel aggrieved as they had a stone wall penalty turned down at 0-0 and then Alcester netted all their goals after from Ellis Kalach (2), Matt Layton (2) and Lewis Marston. Down at Wychbold Park, playing conditions were perfect for Wychbold’s home game with FC Hop Pole. It was the visitors who should have taken a first minute lead when Sam Partridge was put clear by the impressive Sam Tedstone but Partridge lacking match sharpness fluffed his lines as he got caught in two minds on whether to shoot or pass. Despite Wychbold dominating the early exchanges, FC Hop Pole took a shock lead as Keelan Mcnally’s long throw eluded everyone and Chris Smith smacked home a half volley into the roof of the net from 8 yards. Wychbold kept pressing and probing but most of their efforts were straight at James Burrows in the Hop Pole goal and didn’t really test him as such though Burrows handling was excellent. FC Hop Pole nearly grabbed a second on the counter attack as Mcnally glided past two defenders and then forced a fine save from the home keeper. The equaliser, not out of turn though, came after 30 minutes when Brett Mould played Brad Talbot in for what would be the first of four goals for the striker and he coolly slotted home. FC Hop Pole were defending doggedly, Stee Collett in particular throwing his frame at everything pulling off a couple of timely blocks but disaster was to strike for the evergreen one on the stroke of half-time; He intercepted a ball and carried it towards the corner flag to launch forwards but under pressure from Julian Triana, slipped and Triana galloped towards the box playing in Talbot who fired home. The second half followed a similar pattern to the first with Wychbold mostly in control but FC Hop Pole backline holding firm, despite some desperate lunges from Collett, Karl Brown and Donovan ‘Dodge’ Pitt. It looked like being a narrow win but two late goals as FC Hop Pole tiredness kicked in gave the scoreline a boost late on as Talbot snaffled up two goals with well taken finishes and he looks like a young striker with a great future. A good game played in good spirits by both sides and Wychbold sit pretty at the top of the group and are well placed for a spot in the quarter-finals; The result of the Meadow Park v Bromsgrove Athletico group game may well decide who takes the other spot.


In the Bridgwater Cup group stages, Hewell Grangers put 9 goals past Callowbrook Green as the first time visitors to the prison really struggled whilst Bromsgrove Academicals picked up a welcome win thanks to a 4-1 win over Laburnum. Lee Crawford, Shaun Ind, Paris Hylton and Andy Turnbull in on the goalscoring trail as the ball amazingly hit the trapwire across the 3G pitch TWELVE times which is quite frankly ridiculous – We continue to try and exert some influence so the wire gets removed for matches on a Sunday morning but thank teams for their patience in the interim period as this is not a simple thing to resolve.


Lastly but not leastly, Meadow Park are through to the next round of the WA Harris Cup after a fine 6-1 win over Division 2 title contenders AFC Northfield. All the form in the book suggested a home win but with the canny Nick Clarke around, you never know! Meadow got the job done though mainly thanks to four goals from Craig Barnett and one each for Thom Smith and Liam Molesworth who is coming on in leaps and bounds. Aaron Roberts scored for AFCN which ended up being nothing more than a consolation. Meadow have a home tie against Cofton Old Boys next in Round 1 and will be long odds-on shots to progress again.


Next week sees the start of the Kidderminster League run Hospital Cup competition; The standard of these teams tends to be slightly higher than other Worcestershire leagues we play in outside cups and we’ve had some good battles with that league in previous years, nothing to suggest it won’t be the same again and hopefully we can once again win one of the cups as we have done in recent years. There are too many good ties to mention next week but Chaddesley Corbett v Redmen won’t be one for the faint hearted and FC Highgate travelling to Areley Kings is another to keep an eye on. In the Prem, Northfield travel to Black Horse again hoping to put up a better show than they did in the middle of August whilst BGIS v Alcester should keep the referee busy! There’s also a local derby with plenty of pride in store in Division 2 as AFC Northfield host Callowbrook Green whilst Sporting Club Redditch travel again to Hewell which will certainly test their unbeaten 8 from 8 record. 


We’ll be back next Sunday to report on the day’s happenings!


Hallow Village 1, Millfield Rovers 3 (Morgan, Whyte, O'Connell)
Chaddesley Corbett 0, BGIS 7 (COLLINS 3, Lawrence 2, Dugmore, Blackford)

Winyates 4 (Rogers 2, Williams, Thomas), Rubery Legends 1 (Booton)
VBL Sports A Studley Lions A (Due to player injury)
Stoke Prior 0, Malvern Rangers 8
Spa Athletic 3 (Burton, Reynolds, Stokes), Meadow Park Youth 2
Millfield Rovers Reserves 0, Hizza United 4
Cofton Old Boys 2 (Ball, Cook), Stoke Works 4 (Westwood, Snell, Cooper, FISHER)
Awkies Allstars 1 (Gibbons), Sporting Club Redditch 3 (Thornton 2, Shaw) 
Pershore Town Eagles 1, Bromsgrove Corinthians 4 (Mason 2, Mitchell 2), AET

1860 Rainbow Inn 5, Redditch United Sunday 2

Rubery Athletic 0, Pilkington Sunday 3 (Smith 2, McCall)
Wychbold RBL 4 (TALBOT 4), FC Hop Pole 1 (Smith)
Oak Tree Sporting 1, Red Lion 8 (BEARCROFT 3, Smith 2, Unknown x 3)
Rubery 0, Black Horse 5
Alcester Town 5 (Kalach 2, Layton 2, Marston), Thomas Brothers 0
Callowbrook Green 0, Hewell 9 
Laburnum 1, Bromsgrove Academicals 4 (Hylton, Turnbull, Ind, Crawford)

Meadow Park 6 (BARNETT 4, Molesworth, T Smith), AFC Northfield 1 (A Roberts)

Northfield Athletic 1 (Moore), Belbroughton Athletic 3

Sporting Rednal 8 (WILKES 4, BLAKEMORE 3, Connolly), Quinton Athletic 3 (Sumnall 2, Hunt)

Arrow Valley 0, FC Bromsgrove 2 (Poole, Holdam)


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