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Barnt Green Reserves Win 20-1

Bromsgrove & District Football League

Last Updated: Mar 3, 2015 09:07pm
Harvington, Wychavon
By Simon Burgess
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Although we lost yet another cup final, this time due to electrical supply circumstances at the Victoria Ground, we managed to get every game bar one completed on Week 30. Thanks to those teams who worked on their pitches, checked their pitches and where needs be switched pitches to ensure the matches went ahead – It is very much appreciated by one and all.
Two important cup semi-finals were played today, the Centenary Semi Final and the first Bridgwater Semi-Final. What we do know is that the Centenary Final will now be between Bartley Green Illey Sunday and Chaddesley Corbett after the former’s win over Bromsgrove United by a 2-1 scoreline, with Bromsgrove losing their first game in a very long time. They had initially gone 1.0 up after Michael Hegarty’s strike and then had a golden chance to double the lead in the second half through Bradley Bullimore but Aaron Collins made a fine save from his spot kick. BGIS were bought back to life by Dom Strevens though, firstly a 40 yard free kick to level and then a cool finish within 60 seconds of the restart to win the match! The downside of the day for BGIS was Colin Tandy being dismissed for unwise comments made towards the referee, which will now rule him out of the Cup Final itself.
Meanwhile the first Bridgwater finalist is know, this will be Chaddesley Corbett, after their win over Callowbrook Blue. There seems to be a common theme recurring that if you go to Chaddesley in a semi-final, you will lose 1-0 as Sporting Rednal also found out two weeks ago! In a game where both defences were on top, Viking Beard AKA Dan Mroczkowski was the goalscoring hero, ending his week in fine style having been called up to play for the British Police team as well.
In the WA Harris Cup quarter-final, Alvechurch Lions took on Belbroughton Athletic and got on the wrong end of a 3-2 scoreline as the Stourbridge based visitors came away the victors to put them into the semi-finals, where a home tie against either VBGF, Sporting Rednal or BGIS will unravel – However when asked when this tie could take place, the fixture computer simply crashed and turned itself off? Belbroughton’s goals came from Will Tibbetts, Ally Botfield and Olly Parkes with manager Chris Innes taking the week off to go to Anfield to watch Liverpool’s match.
League action in the Premier saw Hare and Hounds extend their lead at the top after they beat Bromsgrove Unionists 4-1 thanks to goals from Sam Wills, Sean Farrell, Michael Skerrett and David Glaze, although the Hounds missed another penalty so back to the training ground on these. VBGF were left kicking their heels again as direct casualties of the Premier Cup final being called off and are now 9 points behind but with 3 games in hand.
Into Division 1 and league leaders Lickey End Social now only have one game left but they were dealt a telling title hopes blow when Sporting Grapevine did the double over them, today’s 4-0 win for the Grapes following on hot on the heels of a 2-0 win earlier in the month. Grapes were in complete control of this game from start to finish and Rory Milbourne, Jason D’Aguilar and James Gasson at the double were the men on target ahead of their cup final next Sunday. FC Rednal also only have one game left and they battled out a 2-2 draw with Spa Athletic this morning. Bit of a scrappy game this on a very bad bobbly pitch but Spa took the lead when Luke Rainbow netted from the penalty spot. FC Rednal equalised after a mistake by stand in centre half Karl Stokes before Tom Harris got his customary world class free kick to make it 2-1. FCR equalised with minutes to go, there was definitely a hint offside in it but because the Spa ‘liner’ wasn’t watching, play continued and the goal given! All over, a draw was the right result.
Victoria Barnt Green Reserves meanwhile had an astonishing 20-1 victory over struggling Woodgate Valley who unfortunately were unable to field a full team again starting the match with only 8 men but gaining a few more as the game progressed. It was 7-0 at half-time and the damage was already done as 13 more goals followed in the second period. Goalscorers for the Vic were Nick Hobbis with SEVEN, hat-tricks for Matthew Collins and Richard Lewis, braces for Andy Dawson, Ryan Molesworth and Jon Danckert, plus one for the legend Joe Cerrato. It could have been 21-1 but having been awarded a penalty, wrongfully in many people’s eyes, Nick Hobbis generously rolled the ball back to the keeper who made a comfortable save. Studley Railway had a comfortable 4-1 home win over Stoke Sporting who remain inconsistent. Chris Hands, Roland Rignall and Marc Jovanovic were the key men in this game, with Hands sublime pass setting up Jovanovic for the first. Further goals came from Rignall, set up by Jovanovic before a long throw from Hands saw Rignall score again soon after. Laan David got the fourth after Andy Reeves’s corner kick before Stoke scored a late consolation through Dave Penn with the last kick of the match.
Awkies Allstars finally got back to winning ways in Division 2 after a horror run of cup defeats, as they secured a 2-0 away victory at Golden Lion Athletic Reserves thanks to goals from Ash Tullett and Liam O’Connell. GLA Reserves were once again much improved and put up a good battle, let’s hope they can grab a draw or victory before the season is out.
In Division 3, Bromsgrove United Reserves aka The Beevers, threw the title race wide open after beating in-form Callowbrook Green 3-1; Although the Beevers have a lesser goal difference, they are certainly capable of winning their last 3 games and overhauling long time leaders AFC Northfield Reserves. James ‘Paris’ Hylton put the Beevers ahead with a free kick before Kyle Williams’s cool finish doubled the advantage. Ryan Eves scored from the spot in the second half to put the game beyond any doubt. The Pink Panther’s hopes of keeping a clean sheet were dashed when a defensive mix up let in Tom Mason for a late consolation. Callowbrook’s misery was compounded after a late red card when Peter Frost found himself in a rare position through on goal and his run was bought to an abrupt cynical end! Another title race set to go to the wire and that’s all we can ask for as it keeps the excitement in there. Belbroughton Athletic Reserves and Laburnum played out a 1-1 draw at Redhill School, Laburnum really did need the three points from this one but Tim Lees’s goal ensured they got one point. Stoke Prior look set for a mid table finish with two games to play, after they beat Coldfield 3-1 at Navigation Inn. We think Elliott James Nottingham got a hat-trick in this one.
In a friendly match, AFC Northfield travelled to Hewell Grangers and the sides played out a 12 goal thriller which ended 6-6! Remel Johnson got a hat-trick for AFCN, goals also from Mike Price, Matt Little and newcomer Kaigon Christie. Hewell have a decent set of players right now so anyone without a game on a Sunday is free to have a friendly with them and we will happily put you in touch with their new management team.
Next Sunday, we hope to get our finals up and running at last with the Division 1 cup final where it is intended to be a 3pm kick off (electrical issues ongoing at Bromsgrove Sporting FC mean evening kick offs can not currently happen); Sporting Grapevine and Studley Railway are the teams who will play each other. Awkies and BGIS try again in their delayed Minor Cup Quarter-Final tie in a game where County FA have firmly instructed it must be played this week so we will have all sorts of pitches on emergency standby just in case! There is also the eagerly awaited LMS Shield group game match between the two Victoria Barnt Green/Fairfield sides with ‘Fairfield’ needing to win by at least 5 goals to guarantee qualification into the next phase. In League action, all eyes will be on Sporting Rednal v Chaddesley Corbett which will be a Division 2 hum-dinger as both sides chase the title. With the weather set to improve from the middle of the week onwards, current forecasts anyway, we can hopefully keep ticking these games off to allow everyone to get into a nice rhythm as the season reaches its critical points for all concerned.

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