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BDFL Celebrate Weekend Strike Rate

Bromsgrove & District Football League

Last Updated: Oct 29, 2014 07:04pm
Abbey, Redditch
By Simon Burgess
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A superb day in the County Cup for BDFL teams as 12 of our teams progressed into the next round, this out of 17 games, so a stunning strike rate against teams from other leagues! Add this to Studley Railway who are also through (their opponents North Colts United have been excluded from the competition after last weeks abandonment) and Sporting Grapevine who had a bye after Pershore Athletic folded in the run up to this week game, the league has a real chance of doing some damage in the Cups this season with strong cards particularly being held in the Minor Cup. A decision is awaited on the outcome of Sporting Rednal v Pillar of Salt which was postponed today due to external circumstances. 
So starting at the top, well done to Thomas Brothers who bounced back from 3 straight defeats to beat AFC Kempsey 7-2. The returning Rob Burkus is a key player for the Brothers and his hat-trick was pivotal, as was Richard Tyler’s, with one to Ian Wroe in his final game before a short term suspension. It seems the move back to a conventional 4-4-2 formation also did the trick! Hare and Hounds were understrength yet again but still managed to eke out a 2-0 win over Malvern Radar. Stephen Deeley and Luke Dugmore the men on target in the first half. The only reverse in the Premier Cup was Rubery Athletic who unfortunately lost 3-0 to Callow End.
Into the Junior Cup, there were 3-2 win scorelines for Stoke Sporting and Victoria Barnt Green Reserves, both over Worcester League opponents. Dave Penn’s brace and a Paul Badger strike were enough to see Stoke Sporting home over National Express, whilst Vic Barnt Green Reserves badly needed a win after recent narrow defeats and they obliged beating Virgin Athletic in their cup tie; Virgin have a visit from Chaddesley Corbett next week in the Worcester Nursing Cup so hopefully a double dose of BDFL win medicine for them. On the flip side, Woodgate Valley’s defensive horror shows continue, a 12-1 biffing by Worcester Division 3 leaders Gloucester Arms was particularly painful. Spa Athletic also lost 3-0 at home to Plough Dukes from Kidderminster Division 2, who to be fair are not a bad outfit at all so no disgrace in losing that one.
The Minor Cup saw a string of victories for the BDFL with only Belbroughton Reserves (4-3 losers to Alumni) and Hizza United Seconds (8-1 losers at Red Man from the Kidderminster League) going out of the competition. In Hizza’s case, they received a very tough draw and a sending off obviously didn’t help their cause either. Bromsgrove United are ticking along quite nicely right now and their 4-2 win at last year’s Quarter-Finalists Lionfields was well deserved. Goals from Michael Hegarty (2), Dan Lynch and Brad Bullimore. Callowbrook Blue came from behind to beat Jackson Fairfield 3-2, Jackson having knocked Stoke Sporting Reserves out in the last round. Chris Reeves with his first goal for the club and a brace for the ‘Superstar’, Matt Perry, were enough to see the Blues home. Awkies Allstars bounced back from last weeks shock defeat with a good 4-2 win over Bewdley Arches from the Kidderminster League. Jason Gibbons, Ash Tullett, Mike Ryan and skipper Matt Adams all on target in this one.
BGIS comprehensively outclassed Bell at Pensax Reserves with an 11-0 win, although this could have been double this number as wastefulness in front of goal was evident much to Mark McCleary’s displeasure (a case of ‘Do I not like that’). Colin Tandy and Steven McGlen hit four each to avoid the manager’s wrath, whilst Danny Lawrence, Walsh and Taylor also scored. Stoke Prior travelled to one of the deepest boundaries of South East Worcestershire to play Pebworth but came away with a fine 4-0 victory; Elliott James Nottingham with a brace, whilst the Costa brothers were on target with one each. Two more of our teams travelled to the ‘Evesham’ area and came back with wins, namely AFC Millfields and Chaddesley Corbett. Ben Craddock’s 35 yarder was enough for Millies to beat Ambassador whilst it was slightly more comfortable for Chadds as they saw off Defford and Bessford United 3-0, with Damian Ash, ‘Rhino’ Moore and Crook on target. We have to note that the resident Chadds reporter Matt Guise nearly gifted Defford the lead after he tripped on the ball and Defford broke well, leaving Gareth ‘The Snake’ Edwards to save his teammates blushes with a clearance off the line. Ash’s goal came on about 28 minutes with a fine shot from an acute angle, the lead was then doubled shortly after when Moore finished off a counter attacking movement of the highest Bromsgrove League Division 2 quality. The second half was comfortable for Chadds and they scored a third late on after a handball offence in the box and Chadds goalkeeper Crook stepped forward to score. Finally, Bromsgrove United Reserves had a 6-2 win over Spa Gas but they came from behind twice after Spa Gas had got themselves into the lead twice. Jonny Ingram got Bromsgrove’s first with Ryan Eves netting from the spot for the second. Bromsgrove then took control as Eves netted again, followed by a Kyle Williams screamer, a sublime finish from Andi Lynch and a good strike from Connor Wheatley. The star man on the outfield for Bromsgrove was goalkeeper Ricky Jones who played some really nice passes around the park and ‘bossed it’ as the saying goes.
In the only other internal cup game to be played, an LMS Group Phase one, there was a surprise result as Bromsgrove Unionists who recently got thumped by Victoria Barnt Green turned the form around to win 3-2 and put themselves in with a chance of qualifying from the group. Recent signing Diddy Cummings was on target with a brace, whilst player/manager Kevin Banner also got on the scoresheet. We thought the Vic were having a press embargo on the result as we struggled to find out their goalscorers, but this was not true and we can confirm Ellis Blakemore and Matty Collins were their scorers.
In the Premier, AFC Northfield won 3-1 at Meadow Park thanks to goals from Junior Stewart, Sam Chilton and Ben Pickersgill, whilst a 7 goal thriller narrowly went the way of Alvechurch Lions in their game with Golden Lion Athletic at Rubery Park. Anthony Miller has been an inspired signing for Lions and he grabbed another brace, whilst Lee Ewens and new signing Ricardo Richards also scored. For GLA who are having a miserable season by their own high standards, 3 new signings all on the scoresheet for them namely Jason Newton, Connor Cashmore and Nathan Wilkes.
In Division 1, another high scoring thriller was seen this time at Balaam Wood Academy where FC Rednal nearly threw away a 4-1 lead against a spirited Santiago side missing two players through suspension, but with Santiago having drawn level at 4-4, FCR snatched a late winner. Jacob Booton with a brace for FCR, one each for Alex Dugmore, Jimmy Ward and Lee Farrell. Santiago break new ground next week when they enter the Birmingham County Cup for the first time, hosting Wolverhampton League side Codsall Athletic. Lickey End Social got revenge on Studley Railway for a defeat earlier on in the season in their clash which completed the Division 1 programme, coming from behind to win 2-1 in a good contest at Silver Street. A little bit too much hoofball by both sides in the first half but Studley had got themselves ahead as early as the 12thminute thanks to Marco Jovanovic who outpaced the backline and finished coolly after the Lickey End centre halves had carelessly lost the ball. Studley had a number of guilt edged chances to score more, Chris Hands perhaps the most guilty with a tame effort from 12 yards with only the keeper to beat. Nick Briggs and Roland Rignall looked dangerous but failed to find each other in good positions on a number of occasions. Lickey had battled away up front, Sam Wright’s rapid acceleration causing problems, but Taylor and Gilbert marshalled the backline well giving Nick Cotton little to do in the Studley goal. The game opened up in the second half and both sides knocked it around more sweetly and the contest became a very competitive one. The game turned just after the hour mark when Will Foley, the Lickey End left back, went up front and within minutes he had swept home the equaliser from 10 yards after fine work from Jamie Nolan who had got to the by-line and pulled the ball back. Foley grabbed another about 10 minutes later when Taylor had the ball nipped off his toes by Foley who then raced clear and deftly chipped the onrushing Cotton, a fine finish indeed. Studley huffed and puffed to get back into the game but Nick Godfrey at the heart of the Lickey defence made a couple of good interceptions and Studley showed a rare lack of quality to break them down. The best chance came when the ball landed at Laan David’s feet and he rifled a fine 25 yard shot which was heading for the top corner before Luke Abbey’s acrobatics kept it out. On balance, Lickey End probably did enough to win as they played a lot better second half and their endless energy just got the better of Studley on the day. The result keeps Spa Athletic top and there is a large cluster of teams at the top end of the division now, all to play for!
In Division 3, we had two games and Laburnum’s 100% win record in the League continued as they beat old foes Arrow Valley 4-2, with the star of the show being striker Tim Lees who netted a hat-trick, the other goal coming from Rob Smith. This was after in-form Valley striker Jay Russell equalised the Laburnum opener with a peach of a lob, before effective route one tactics put Laburnum 3-1 up at the break. A fourth goal in the second half was pretty much game over before ‘Ray’ got this first goal for Valley to add some respectability to the scoreline after David Cartland’s effort had rebounded out. In the other game played, we had the biggest win of the day as Stoke Sporting Reserves demolished Coldfield with ten of the best in a 10-0 away win! Peter Warman got four (We believe this might be his first ever hat-trick) whilst Tom Nicholson got three; For equal measure more goals came from Dave Hewitt, Ollie Clayton (who proclaims to have won big on the lottery on Friday night) and Mike Perrott from the penalty spot for what was indeed a rare goal!
Three months of the season gone already and into November next week – Another batch of cup games dominate the programme on Week 13, most notably the Worcester Nursing Cup with ironically, a Bromsgrove League side v a Kidderminster League side the pick of the ties when Belbroughton Athletic host Oceans. We also have a good derby in the LMS Shield when Rubery Athletic travel to Sporting Grapevine, whilst it will be interesting to see how AFC Millfields get on as they travel to Thomas Brothers in the WA Harris Cup. Meanwhile Bromsgrove Unionists once again play a Victoria Barnt Green side but this time the Reserves! North Colts United host Studley Railway in Division 1 just weeks after the astonishing abandonment and a lot of eyes will undoubtedly be on that match too. Let’s hope the weather stays kind so we can get these exciting games played!

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