BDFL Celebrates Five Hat Tricks

Bromsgrove & District Football League

Last Updated: Aug 17, 2016 07:02am
Abbey, Redditch
By Simon Burgess
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Week 2 of the BDFL came around just as quick as a Joe Hart mistake and it seems the strikers have been practising their shooting in midweek training as after no hat-tricks last week, we’ve had at least five today! 
With 17 games to cover, we’ll start off in the Premier Division where Black Horse have started the season well, perhaps as expected and their 7-1 win today against a depleted Northfield Athletic side leaves them sat pretty at the top of the table with 6 points. Black’s movement, energy and experience proved too much for the Northfield stand-ins, one of whom was goalscorer Sam Valente but ultimately a disappointing start to the season for Chris Bench. Thomas Brothers suffered a surprise setback at home to understrength Rubery Athletic as the visitors worked their way to what was a deserved 2-0 victory in the end, both goals coming from the lethal Andy Court. Alcester Town licked their wounds after last week’s narrow loss to Black and got their first points on the board with a 5-1 win at Meadow Park. The Alcester Beast, Lewis Marston, put his side ahead just before half-time from a set piece and the lead got doubled in the second period when last season’s top goalscorer Ellis Kalach finished well after nimble footwork. Meadow got back in the game from the spot, before Ryan Young saved Alcester’s bacon with a fine save, then a fast break away left Marston to get his second. Two further goals merely put the icing on the cake for Richard Briggs’s team, Marston completing his hat-trick and one for Callum Daniel too.  BGIS got a ‘Welcome to the Premier Division’ message from fellow top-flight and league newcomers Millfield Rovers. BGIS started slowly and were behind after 8 minutes from a Nathan Mclaughlin header despite vain pleas for a foul on a defender. BGIS started to settle and had the better chance, perhaps unlucky not to get at least one penalty but Millfields soaked up the pressure on the Illey Lane carpet and hit a killer second when David Cummings’s cross was finished off well by Nathan Broadhurst. Brad Bullimore got one back when a cross eluded everyone and dropped into the net but ultimately proved nothing more than a consolation and it’s a tough game for them next week at Black Horse to get their first points on the board. 

Into Division 1 and the biggest win of the day was Rubery’s 5-1 win over Sporting Rednal (in the early 3G kick-off), who fielded their Saturday superstars and it was therefore no surprise when they went 1-0 up through Daniel Lee Wilkes and only the heroics of Connor Devine in the away goal kept the score down. Rednal’s Dean Crook had already been sent off for the denial of a goalscoring opportunity outside the area, quite correct in law, a decision which didn’t amuse Rednal one bit but Rubery didn’t hang about taking full control in the second half and coming away the victors as Rednal fell apart; [censored] Behan netted a hat-trick with other goals coming from Mason Mansfield and Sean Donovan though it could have been worse had Tim Cooney not saved two spot-kicks. There was a good win for Chaddesley Corbett over the highly rated Red Lion, Chadds coming out convincing 4-1 winners in their first run out of the season. Red Lion settled into the game quite well and looked to play a penetrative brand of football but they fell behind in the 12th minute when Matt Perry was fastest to the ball and lobbed the onrushing Tom Porter with a deft finish. Dan Bearcroft scored his second of the season about 8 minutes later to equalise as the ball fell nicely to him outside the area and he lashed home a shot which fizzed past the big James Poulton in the home goal taking a wicked bounce just before the keeper. Chadds were reliant on the quick ball forward with Black Country Rangers striker Shane Trossell looking dangerous alongside superstar Matt Perry who appeared to be showing plenty of his old spark. Both sides had decent chances but it was Chadds who took the game by the scruff of the neck in the last ten minutes of the first half; Lewis Philips dispossessed a dithering right back Dan Blake and then sprinted clear to finish with some style for 2-1 before the third came from the spot after Callum Hallett bought down Perry inside the area with Ryan Moore netting from 12 yards. The fourth came with a minute to go before the interval, a long throw was headed out by Red Lion captain Jordan Harrison and it landed at Trossell’s feet and he despatched a well-placed left foot volley into the far corner to put the game just about of sight. No further goals to report in the second period, despite Red Lion pressing down the slope through Mitchell Sutor and Kingsley Smith but it was Bearcroft who was denied a second at a crucial time, Poulton getting his huge frame down to tip the ball round the post. The referee then played a good advantage for Chaddesley but Trossell’s pass found Perry unbalanced and his strike whacked the post. A good start for Chadds and perhaps a realisation for Red Lion that Division 1 will be competitive and they’ll need to find a better way of playing as the Chadds centre backs Craig Price and Adam Simpson were pretty much in control throughout. 

Quinton Athletic showed more life than their performance last week but were cruelly defeated in the last minute as Wychbold RBL got their first points on the board in a 2-1 win. Quinton’s goal came from a super free-kick by James Hunt but Wychbold’s winner came directly from a corner.  Any game involving FC Highgate United is competitive and the Charford encounter with Oak Tree Sporting was no different today as the sides shared the points in a 2-2 draw. The OTS goals came from Jack Steele and David Marsh with Steele unlucky not to win it late on with a one on one chance.  Newboys Bromsgrove Athletico beat FC Hop Pole by 2-0 to give them a 4 points from 6 start, former Alvechurch Lions striker Dane Morgan with a brace. 

In Division 2, Sporting Club Redditch conceded their first goal of the season but it mattered not as they beat AFC Northfield 3-1, the goals coming from Billy Garvey (2) and Brett Skinner. Winyates opened life in the BDFL with a 3-0 away win at Awkies Allstars and were indebted to their keeper for saving several first half Awkies chances, mainly from Jason Gibbons. All the Winyates goals came in the second half as Awkies usual defensive resolve was broken. There is a 100% start from Studley Lions as they secured a hard fought resilient 1-0 win over Hewell, the goal coming from the Fantasy League king, Nick Briggs, as Hewell never really got going when forward play is their strength. Redditch United Sunday, formerly Rubery Juniors, played their first game of the season today but were on the wrong end of a 7 goal thriller at Spa Athletic with the Droitwich based side winning 4-3. Redditch were 4-1 down but showed great character to come back into it at 4-3 and with Spa not renowned for holding onto leads, an equaliser was sought but on this occasion never came. Redditch goals from Sam Robinson, Nathan Derrick and Troy Herbert with Kev Owens, Matt Winsper, Jack Weatherby and free-kick king Tom Harris all netting for Spa but do not know if Harris’s was actually a set piece special signed, sealed and delivered by himself! 

Into Division 3 and early leaders at this stage are Arrow Valley who won 5-1 for the second week running, this time at Stoke Prior. Robert Voice with yet another brace, plus strikes from Jacob King, Garry Harvey (a fine left footed shot from outside the box) and substitute Jack Grinnell. In a pattern that has been repeated over other divisions (for the most part) where teams who didn’t win last week, won this week, Rubery Legends had a fine 6-3 win at Meadow Park Youth. Jahmel Travis proved to be the legend for the Legends, netting a hat-trick with Adam Doupe, Luke Parker and Lee Farrell also on target. Legends took the lead after a few minutes and never really looked back – Goals from Chris Taylor, Will Symonds and Oliver Kay in reply weren’t enough and Ken Symonds the Meadow Park chief was realistic enough to admit post-match that there is still a lot of transitional work required to adapt into adult football by his young side. Millfield Rovers Reserves also showed ‘bouncebackability’ with their 4-1 win at Cofton Old Boys thanks to goals from Ryan Wood (2), Ash Roland and Dom Phillips. COB picked up some injuries today which meant they finished the match understrength but Millfields fully deserved to win whichever way you look at it. In the late kick off at the 3G, a bit of a mouthful with the teams names but Bromsgrove Corinthians had a very convincing seasonal debut win over Bromsgrove Academicals; Both Corinthians strikers hit the ground running today with hat-tricks, step forward Alex Beck and Tom Mason and their firepower proved too much for Academicals. 

Next week’s fixture list sees the start of some cup games, certainly for those teams who have played two league games already to get themselves into their season and with two knockout cup games next Sunday, two lots of cup dreams will be over for a couple of sides! Please head to our full-time website for full fixture details as there’s a wide range of fixtures to choose from if your team haven’t got a game and you plan to go to watch one.





Meadow Park 1, Alcester Town 5 (MARSTON 3, Daniel, Kalach)


Black Horse 7, Northfield Athletic 1 (Valente)


Thomas Brothers 0, Rubery Athletic 2 (Court 2)
BGIS 1 (Bullimore), Millfield Rovers 2 (Mclaughlin, Broadhurst)


Oak Tree Sporting 2 (Marsh, Steele), FC Highgate United 2
Wychbold RBL 2, Quinton Athletic 1 (Hunt)
Chaddesley Corbett 4 (Phillips, Perry, Trossell, Moore) Red Lion 1 (Bearcroft)
Sporting Rednal 1 (Wilkes), Rubery 5 (BEHAN 3, Donovan, Mason Mansfield)
Bromsgrove Athletico 2 (Morgan 2, FC Hop Pole 0

Sporting Club Redditch 3 (Garvey 2, Skinner), AFC Northfield 1 
Spa Athletic 4, Redditch United Sunday 3 (Derrick, Robinson, Herbert)
Awkies Allstars 0, Winyates 3
Hewell 0, Studley Lions 1 (Briggs)
Stoke Prior 1, Arrow Valley 5 (R Voice 2, Harvey, King, Grinnell)
Meadow Park Youth 3, Rubery Legends 6 (TREVIS 3, Doupe, Parker, Farrell)
Cofton Old Boys 1, Millfield Rovers Reserves 4 (Wood 2, Roland, Williams)
Bromsgrove Academicals 1, Bromsgrove Corinthians 6 (MASON 3, BECK 3)



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