BDFL Finally Succumbs to the Weather

Bromsgrove & District Football League

Last Updated: Dec 13, 2015 08:32pm
Harvington, Wychavon
By Simon Burgess
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One thing the weather never normally does is beat the BDFL getting some games played and today despite mother nature's best attempts with endless deluges, we still managed to chalk off SIX games which is quite remarkable really. Our thanks go out to all clubs and referees for their efforts to get games played, including everyone who went out of their way yesterday to inspect pitches or sweep water from goalmouths etc.
We'll start with the Premier Cup semi-final and Belbroughton Athletic are our first club into a final for Season 2015/16, as they pulled off a shock result against divisional high flyers Thomas Brothers winning 4-1. The day started badly with Brothers arriving at the ground without their kit (Belbroughton came to the rescue with the use of their second strip) and it proceeded to get worse as firstly Stuart Hall limped off injured and then a revitalised motivated Belbroughton proceeded to dismantle the Brothers backline, with Chris Gleadlow the Geordie skipper putting in a particularly impressive display. Gleadlow netted two headers, Al Emery slammed in a knock down on the volley and Alex Mallen netted after good play by recent new signing Charlie Hanson. Belbroughton can look forward to a midweek cup final game against either Alcester Town, Oak Tree Sporting or WCT Youth Raiders, where a new name will be engraved on the trophy for this season. 
In Division 1, two games passed off with one alot more quieter than the other! The 'quiet' game was Chaddesley Corbett's 1-0 win against Sporting Rednal, Ryan Moore the man on target. It could have been worse had the Rednal keeper not had such a fine game and Ted Bayliss hit the woodwork for Chaddesley too with a diving header. The 'livelier' game came at North Bromsgrove High School where Bromsgrove won the game 3-2 having been 2-0 down (goals from Scott 'The beard to be feared' Bagley, Morgan Trevis and an own goal, but the match saw an astonishing four red cards issued as Conway were reduced to 8 men after some tackles, which in the opinion of the referee, ticked the criteria for sending off offences. There was also a red card for assumed abusive language (Hereward Davis, Niall Cole and Liam Conway the men to depart the scene early), whilst for Bromsgrove United, Kieron Pace also saw red after needlessly reacting to an incident. The result is a body blow to Conway's title hopes and they will also now have some suspensions to clear with the weather as bad as it is, but for Bromsgrove a fine result as they also lost 3 men through injury meaning the game ended 7 v 8! 
In Division 3, Stoke Sporting Reserves pulled off a surprise 5-2 win at in-form Callowbrook Green. Goals from David Hewitt (2), Adam Ravenscroft, Johnny Stockham and last week's naughty boy Ollie Clayton (a bullett header) did the damage and ensured the points went back to Stoke Country Club for Christmas. 
In the Kidderminster Hospital Cup, it was a good day for our sides in the Round 2 clashes in the Minor and Junior Cup. Firstly Oak Tree Sporting pulled off a fine 6-4 victory (AET) against established Kidderminster Premier Side Nameste Tigers, in what ended up being a topsy-turvey game in the Junior Cup. OTS had gone into a 3 goal lead with about 20 left on the clock only to allow Nameste back into the game as the Stourport based visitors forced extra time with 3 goals of their own. OTS fell behind in extra-time but then battled back and bulldozed 3 goals of their own to secure a famous victory. David 'Scoobsy' Marsh was the OTS hero netting four, with one each for Lee Jagger and Rory Milbourne. In the Minor Cup game, there was a good encounter at Four Dwellings 4G as Awkies Allstars took on unbeaten Kidderminster Division 5 side King William. After a first half, where both sides cancelled each other out and defences mainly on top (Awkies playing an ineffective 4-5-1 formation), the game took better order in the second half with both sides stroking the ball around nicely. Ash Tullett's header had gone wide before Awkies took the lead in the 54th minute with a fine goal, definitely straight out of the Awkies coaching manual; The stylish Jim Carnihan picked up the ball, played a neat one-two with Kurt Hoban and then slotted home a cool finish from 8 yards underneath the KW keeper. KW weren't really troubling Richard Beesley in the home goal but were dangerously probing away. Their reward came with the equaliser about 10 minutes later when Danny Tipper was left unmarked in the box and the big target man guided a neat header past Beesley. Disaster then struck for Awkies when Mike Ryan took a defensive free kick which went straight to a KW player who set Todd Warner away and his 30 yard chip evaded the back-pedalling Beesley and a really poor way for Awkies to fall behind having been in complete control. Awkies proceeded to pick the kitchen sink up and started hurling it at the KW goal; Arron Tullett had an effort well saved and Joe Stewart's powerful right foot drive from 25 yards was expertly tipped around the post. KW should have sealed it when their midfielder missed a one on one chance from 10 yards as the Awkies backline parted all too easily but they were made to pay for this miss; With 89 on the clock, Awkies won a corner from yet another period of presure and Liam O'Connell ghosted into creep a header over the line from close range. With extra-time looming and deep into added on time, Chris Fox found Ash Tullett who helped the ball onto Jason 'Golden Boy' Gibbons and Gibbons did what he does best, spinning on the proverbial sixpence and then firing a low drive into the net to spark wild scenes of celebration for The Bears. It all got too much for two KW players who squared up to each other after a bust-up from the strategy of a late throw-in but the referee blew for full-time and the KW players went off in their seperate directions without further issue. Well done to Awkies and Oak Tree Sporting. 
With yet another wet week forecast, it's highly likely next Sunday is going to see more call offs especially at those pitches with a known high water table. Pick of the games next week if we do get action is Chaddesley Corbett's home game against Northfield Athletic in a Division 1 championship title hum-dinger whilst Meadow Park make their first ever visit to Hewell in a Division 2 clash. Centenary Cup quarter-final action sees a Redditch derby between the Uniteds, Chaps and Hizza, whilst we have yet another episode of Bartley Green Sunday v Sporting Rednal in a critical LMS Shield group match where the fate of Group B will be decided.
If you have any spare time this week, please start doing some sun-dances and getting the prayer mats out as we desperately need our pitches to dry out!


Belbroughton Athletic 4 (Gleadlow 2, Mallen, Emery), Thomas Brothers 1
Chaddesley Corbett 1 (Moore), Sporting Rednal 0
Bromsgrove United 3 (S Bagley, M Trevis, OG), Conway Albion 2
Callowbrook Green 2, Stoke Sporting Reserves 5 (Hewitt 2, Ravenscroft, Stockham, Clayton)
Oak Tree Sporting 6 (MARSH 4, Milbourne, Jagger), Nameste Tigers 4 AET (3-3 after 90 mins)
Awkies Allstars 3 (L O'Connell, Gibbons, Carnihan), King William 2 (Tipper, Warner)


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