BDFL Cup Domination

Bromsgrove & District Football League

Last Updated: Feb 24, 2015 10:09pm
Abbey, Redditch
By Simon Burgess
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Bromsgrove United 8 (BLAKEWAY 3, Hegarty 2, Bullimore, Quaynor, Banks), AFC Brickfields 1 
Callowbrook Blue 5 (KENNY 3, D Douse, L Douse), Bredon Sunday 3
Clifton Rovers 1, Chaddesley Corbett 5
Studley Railway 1 (Trainor), Perrywood AFC Reserves 5
Sporting Grapevine 2 (Milbourne, Jagger), Sporting Rednal 6 (Collins 2, Caveney 2, Evans, Connolly)

Hare and Hounds 2 (Glaze, L Dugmore), Golden Lion Athletic 0

Bromsgrove Unionists 2, Rubery Athletic 7 (Hurlbutt 2, Mayo 2, Court, Davies, Skinner)
AFC Northfield 5 (LITTLE 3, Attwell, Pickersgill), Alvechurch Lions 5 (Ewens 2, O'Reilly, Morgan, Unknown)

North Colts United 1 (Fergusson), Stoke Sporting 2 (Baker, Browning)
Hizza United Seconds 2 (Jagielski, Clayton), AFC Millfields 1 (Bolsher)

Bromsgrove United Reserves 2 (Crawford, Hylton), Arrow Valley 3
Belbroughton Athletic Reserves 4, Stoke Sporting Reserves 3 (Price 2, Clayton)
Callowbrook Green 3 (Booth, White, OG), Stoke Prior 2 (R Costa 2)

How the hell did we get all those games played? 

Quite a pleasant surprise either way given the horrendous weather of the week before and overnight frost – Credit to everyone who made it possible and we were certainly rewarded with County Cup success in that we now have TOTAL DOMINATION of the WFA County Minor Cup, as all the teams left in the competition are BDFL ones thereby guaranteeing we will win it this year, after Toby Jug were cruelly denied last year by a late fluke winner in the final. Well done to you all. However our day was tarnished by losing the Rose Bowl Cup Final, called off after Bromsgrove Sporting became completely saturated after the heavy rain – Not a good way to start the finals at all!

Awkies v BGIS County Cup match will now be played on March 8th as the outstanding game, with the winners away to Suki Purewal’s Bromsgrove United who simply can’t stop scoring at the moment. They beat Worcester side AFC Brickfields 8-1 in a one sided match, goals from Damien Blakeway (hat-trick), Michael Hegarty (2), Jamie Banks, Josh Quaynor and the inevitable Bradley David Bullimore goal. Callowbrook Blues victory over Bredon was a little tighter, 5-3, but again demonstrated the scoring power of Luke Bowles’s youngsters. Dayle Kenny was the impressive hero in this one, he got a hat-trick, with one each from Dudley Sports forward pair Dan and Luke Douse. Callowbrook have a home tie in the semi-finals, against Chaddesley Corbett, who travelled to a very cold Clifton Upon Teme on the edge of the County boundary to play and beat Clifton Rovers 5-1, thereby enacting revenge on Clifton who beat them in the Worcester Nursing Cup weeks before. Matt Guise continues to name the goalscorers in the report with all sorts of random nicknames which are hard to decipher but the pick of the goalscorers appears to be Chadd’s keeper Chris Crook who got two so did he play outfield or has he got a monster kick on him? 

In the Junior Cup, our last remaining representative Studley Railway bowed out of the competition with their heads held high after losing to Perrywood AFC Reserves from Worcester Division 1 by a 5-1 scoreline and not the 20-0 as had widely been predicted elsewhere. A very good footballing game in this one but Perrywood did had too much firepower and stamina in the end. Only 1-0 down at half time, Studley were undone late on as Perrywood piled on the pressure although Clay Dyson’s car had Sean Trainor’s consolation goal to take home with them as a source of comfort. Well done to Studley for flying the flag for the League so well in this competition for so long.

In the Kidderminster Hospital Cup, Division 2 Sporting Rednal won 6-2 against high flying Sporting Grapevine from Division 1, for whom Rory Milbourne scored a rare headed goal and the energetic Lee Jagger the other. Rednal’s strikers were on form though and Connor Collins’s brace was supplemented by a brace from Dan Caveney, one each for the mercurial JJ Evans and Michael Connolly. Grapes are left to lick their wounds with a cup final appearance looming in two weeks.

In the Premier, the most surprising result of the day, but a very creditable one, was Golden Lion Athletic keeping the score down against Hare and Hounds, as the Hounds won by a low 2-0 scoreline, this after a fine goalkeeping display by the unknown GLA netminder. Luke Dugmore and David Glaze did find a way past though and 3 more points help Hounds title bid whilst VBGF were without a game. Rubery Athletic are up to fourth after seeing off 10 man Bromsgrove Unionists who were beset by injuries, suspensions and unavailability. Rubery went in front through Rob Hurlbutt, after some fine work down the left hand side by Martin Byfield and Danny Mayo doubled the lead when prodding home from close range. Andy Court made it 3-0 before Chris Skinner eclipsed them all when powering forward from the half way line before unleashing a peach of a shot from at least 25 yards to make it 4-0. Unionists grabbed a goal back before half time to go in at the break three goals behind. It became 4-2 early in the second half before Rubery goalkeeper Matty Talbot had to come off with a head injury, to be replaced by Rubery old boy Spencer Hunt who rolled back the years by pulling on the keeper’s jersey once more. Rubery soon took control again and ended up deserved winners with second half goals from Hurlbutt, Mayo and Lee Davies. AFC Northfield and Alvechurch Lions had to share the spoils at a muddy Silver Street after the sides played out an astonishing 5-5 draw with Lions distinctly ring-rusty in the overall analysis; This didn’t stop them taking an early 2-0 lead before AFCN came alive with two in two minutes from Matthew Little and Ben Pickersgill. Richard Attwell then swept AFCN ahead before Lions equalised. With half-time looming, Little’s second regained the lead and his third in the second period seemingly gave AFCN an unassailable lead. Lions roared back with two more goals to level it up at five apiece and both managers had near heart attacks on the touchline as both sides went for the jugular, both hitting the woodwork! Lions scorers were Lee Ewens (2), Connor O Reilly, welsh wing wizard Dane Morgan and Dan Crawford.

One game in Division 1 survived and it was North Colts United who are still feeling the blues as Stoke Sporting rolled into town and grabbed the points with a 2-1 victory, thanks to Nick Baker and James Browning netting. Josh Fergusson got North Colts goal. 

In Division 2, Hizza United got the better of AFC Millfields, also by a  2-1 scoreline after a late Millies mistake let Hizza score. Goals from Aaron Clayton and Andrzej Jagielski with the latter being a screamer. Daniel Bolsher got Millies goal but Hizza’s day was spoilt by a needless red card for Dan Ellis who took his frustrations out on the match official a step too far and was dismissed.

Into Division 3 and Callowbrook Green’s 3-2 win over Stoke Prior means AFCN Reserves twelve point lead has been whittled down to a lead on goal difference only. After a cagey first period where Stoke missed the chances that came their way, an unfortunate own goal put the Greens ahead before half-time.  Two goals from Carlos Santos earlier in the second half, one a spot kick, put Stoke ahead before the Greens fought back with two late goals from Mitchell Booth and Matthew White, one a 30 yard pearler from a free kick. All the games were close today not least when the reserves of Belbroughton and Stoke Sporting played out a 7 goal thriller at Redhill School 3G which the home side edged by the odd goal. The match also ended 10 a side as Chris Innes got dismissed for Belbroughton for handball on the line, whilst Darren Lumley saw red for Sporting after two bookings; It’s fair to say both players are probably the least you’d expect to see sent off in any match! In between all this, we had a moment the MOTD summarisers would relish when two Sporting players bizarrely got booked for undertaking a substitution without the match officials being informed that a change had happened/was about to happen. No information on Belbroughton’s scorers in a battling win, but Dean Price and Ollie Clayton were the Sporting goalscorers. Another narrow win was Arrow Valley’s coupon busting win at Bromsgrove United Reserves although on the day, they just about shaded the match and deserved to win. Two early goals from Jay Russell and Jon Walker, both fine cool finishes, had the home side rocking until Lee Crawford gave them a foothold in the match with a cracking strike.  Another Valley goal came from the penalty spot after the ‘Pink Panther’ lost his head and ridiculously rugby tackled Alan Beech in the penalty area, Beech dusting himself down to score from the spot kick. James ‘Paris’ Hylton got another back for the newly nicknamed Beevers side with a trademark ‘Number 9’ strike shortly after. It wasn’t to be enough though and the PP had to make several fine saves to prevent Valley increasing their lead as the away side piled forward. 

Onto next week’s fixtures and we have the semi-finals of the Centenary Cup and the Bridgwater Cup, no surprise to learn it’s the Division 2 sides all up against each other again! Bromsgrove United v BGIS and Chaddesley v Callowbrook are the games in question and we can only hope this sodding weather relents and we get the games played, although we have gone on a pitch scrounge this week and secured alternative venues throughout! The same term applies to the Premier Cup Final which is due to be played at Bromsgrove Sporting at 630pm, weather permitting, this is between VBG Fairfield and Rubery Athletic – If the match is on, please do come down and join us to watch the match in what is now our first final of the new season! There are also league games to enjoy in every division so a good weekend of action to look forward too and moving into March without sounding like a stuck record, we can only hope it dries up quickly and stays that way – We have football to play and lots of it!




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