BCFL Action Continues to Excite

Bromsgrove & District Football League

Last Updated: Apr 6, 2015 01:22pm
Abbey, Redditch
By Simon Burgess
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Into April with just 8 weeks of the season to go and the action in the BDFL continues to excite one and all with critical matches every week!

We’ll start in the WFA County Cup Semi-Finals, where Bromsgrove United and Chaddesley Corbett are the two lucky teams through to the final, after winning their respective games against BGIS and Callowbrook Blue. Congratulations to both sides and they now have 4 weeks to plan for the highly prestigious final at Bromsgrove Sporting on 3rd May. Bromsgrove United were 3-1 victors in their game thanks to goals from Bradley Bullimore (his 35th of the campaign), Josh Quaynor and Damion Blakeway; Dom Strevens got a late consolation for a BGIS side playing their 3rd game in 8 days, after their own fine semi-final victory on Thursday night against Queens Head in the Bromsgrove Charity Cup Semi-Final (congratulations to BGIS on reaching that final, goals from Dan Lawrence and Strevens ).  The match today might have been different when BGIS were set to be awarded what looked like a certain penalty in the first half but with the assistant flagging for it to be given, referee Andy Daniel waved it away much to BGIS’s frustration. On the day, Bromsgrove’s fine finishing proved the difference.

In the other semi-final, Callowbrook Blue fell at the final hurdle yet again, as they crashed out on penalties to Chaddesley Corbett who reach their third final of a cracking first season in the BDFL. The game was evenly poised for a long time, until Ryan Moore put Chadds ahead. Callowbrook really gave the back line of Chadds something to think about in the second half with endless pressure and got their reward when Matt Superstar Perry converted from the spot.  Chadds also had centre back Adam Simpson sent for an early bath but despite the 10 men, the Chadds backline used all its nouse to hold on, then the team held their nerve in the shoot out winning 4-3; Callowbrook management team Perry and Luke Bowles were understandably distraught at the result but they’ve also had a decent first season in the league and can be proud of the way they have performed on and off the pitch.

Moving a bit closer to home, the LMS Shield finalists for next Sunday are now known. VBG Fairfield beat Hare and Hounds 2-1 in the tie of the day, this defeat for Hounds being the first they’ve suffered this season inside 90 minutes. Top scorer Richard Bishop opened the scoring for VBG halfway through the first half with a sublime free kick (which you can view on Facebook via the VBG Fairfield account) before Ian Hickey netted in the second period for a Hounds side missing three big players through suspension. VBG didn’t let this affect them though and proved they are still the team to beat when it really matters, as central defender Ben Stanford scored a wonderful goal late on to seal the victory with another shoot out looming. They will face Belbroughton Athletic in next weeks final who saw off a plucky effort from Bromsgrove Unionists by the same 2-1 scoreline.  Defender turned striker Al Emery and Hugo Nixon the men on target.  VBG have held the LMS Shield for the past three years and they’ll be keen to not loosen their grip on another trophy they now consider their own! However if Will Tibbetts shows up for Belbroughton, they’ve certainly got the players to give it a good shot and try to pull off a Rubery Oak style giantkilling. 630pm kick off at Bromsgrove Sporting next Sunday, we hope to see you there!

In the Premier Division, just one game and this went the way of Thomas Brothers who won by another 2-1 scoreline! Skilful Rob Burkus and Ant Wright the men on target for Brothers, who had netted inside 50 seconds, before Chris Skinner equalised in the second half. Brothers missed a lot of chances in this match and it was competitive throughout, with 6 yellow cards, 5 going to the Brothers.

In Division 1, the bottom two sides played each other and Spa Athletic ran out 3-1 winners over Woodgate Valley. Luke Rainbow, Chevez Phillips and hard-man John Billington the men on target after Woodgate had got back into the game through a second half penalty and could have equalised had they taken their chances.  North Colts United who had been out of form and out of mind in recent weeks and months, got their second positive result in successive weeks as they ran out 4-3 winners at Victoria Barnt Green Reserves to dent the hosts title hopes. Former Woodgate Valley and Rubery Oak striker Joshua Fergusson, another player who has improved massively for going up front, hit the day’s only hat-trick and Scottie Taylor also got one. A great three points for North Colts! 

In Division 2, another competitive tough affair saw in-form Sporting Rednal turn over Awkies Allstars 2-1. Things really seem to be clicking for the Rednal boys at present as Russell Brookes finally has his tactics sorted out; Part of these tactics seem to be to get the ball to front men Dan Caveney and Connor Collins as much as possible, both netting in today’s match, Caveney’s a spectacular volley and he then set up Collins who finished clinically. Matt Adams got the Awkies goal in the first period as he reacted quickest in the box to slot home. The win sets Rednal up for Wednesday night’s crunch WA Harris Quarter-Final tie with BGIS, a match not be missed and a decent crowd is expected at this one, let’s hope the Tea Hoot is stocked up for one and all!

In Division 3, the fat lady has not only started warming her lungs, she has the orchestra all set up and the turnstiles open ready to welcome the championship trophy to AFC Northfield Reserves; Nearest rivals Bromsgrove United Reserves, guaranteed the runners up spot, with a 1-0 win at Stoke Sporting Reserves which drew them level on points with AFCN. However with a superior goal difference and superior goals scored tally, only AFCN losing 10-0 or more away at Arrow Valley next Sunday could take the trophy out of their hands. Although football is a funny old game, it will need a minor miracle for this result to happen next Sunday. Ryan Eves got the only goal for Bromsgrove, a very rare headed effort! Arrow Valley meanwhile have two games left at home and one of these today was chalked off when they hosted Belbroughton Athletic Reserves and won 1-0.

So onto next week’s games – We have two midweek matches, the aforementioned WAH Q-F tie at Illey Lane on Wednesday evening BGIS v Sporting Rednal and another WAH Q-F tie on Tuesday evening, when Hare and Hounds take on Studley Railway at Studley Sports Centre. Some good matches to watch if you want a midweek football fix! Next Sunday sees the LMS Shield Final plus a host of other league games, one to definitely keep an eye on is Sporting Rednal v Chaddesley Corbett, as the top two in Division 2 go head to head at Silver Street.



Bromsgrove United 3 (Quaynor, Blakeway, Bullimore), BGIS 1 (Strevens)
Callowbrook Blue 1, Chaddesley Corbett 1 (Moore)
Chaddesley win 4-3 on penalties

VBG Fairfield 2 (Bishop, Stanford), Hare and Hounds 1 (I Hickey)
Belbroughton Athletic 2, Bromsgrove Unionists 1
Thomas Brothers 2 (Burkus, Wright), Rubery Athletic 1 (Skinner)

Spa Athletic 3 (Billington, Phillips, Rainbow), Woodgate Valley 1
Victoria Barnt Green Reserves 3, North Colts United 4 (FERGUSSON 3, Taylor)

Awkies Allstars 1 (Adams), Sporting Rednal 2 (Caveney, Collins)

Stoke Sporting Reserves 0, Bromsgrove United Reserves 1 
Bromsgrove Charity Minor Cup Semi-Final
Queens Head 1, BGIS 2 (Lawrence, Strevens)


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