BGIS Confirm Quarter-Final Place

Bromsgrove & District Football League

Last Updated: Nov 5, 2014 10:02pm
Abbey, Redditch
By Simon Burgess
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Into November we go and Halloween Horror weekend it was for some teams, whilst for others, they managed to spook their opponents out. Terrifying stuff really! (Enough of this silliness now - Ed)
We'll start with the easiest win of the day and that was Santiago RV who had a weekend off (and a bye) when their Birmingham FA County Cup match was called off when the opposition, Codsall Athletic, couldn't raise a team. Fortunately in this instance, Santiago RV had the courtesy to let us know about this but it was too late to schedule them a game so they enjoyed a Sunday lie-in. Having had a bye in Round 1 anyway, they are now through to Round 3 the furthest one of our teams has ever reached in this competition.
We also had the next round of the Worcester Nursing Cup, a competition our clubs have supported well this season and are looking to do well in. Some tough draws for our guys though in both the Minor and Junior competitions, one of these being Golden Lion Athletic's trip to Gloster Arms (who beat Woodgate Valley 12-0 last week); GLA fared slightly better with the scoreline but unfortunately it was still a defeat (5-1). Perrywood AFC away was also an incredibly tough tie for Spa Athetic and whilst the 5-0 looks like a sound thrashing, this wasn't the case at all with 4 goals coming late on as Spa looked for the equaliser. Maybe things would have been different had Perrywood's goalkeeper been sent off in the first half as many observers believe he should have been (DOGSO), but credit to Spa for putting on such a good show for the League against higher graded opponents. AFC Brickfields beat Hizza United Seconds 4-1, a bad day at the office for Hizza against a Worcester Division 5 side and they also had some problems with the local authorities in Worcester but we won't go into that detail! Oceans from the Kidderminster Premier Division had already been knocked out of the County Cup against our Hare and Hounds but Belbroughton Athletic couldn't do the same in the Nursing Cup as our side bowed out 5-3. Meadow Park also had a narrow 2-1 reverse in the competition playing away at Arrow 2000 Upton. 
There was good news though as Victoria Barnt Green travelled to St Johns and came away with a nice 5-2 win to put them into the next stages of the competition, due to be played in the first week of 2015. Alvechurch Lions also won, 6-3 at home to New AFC Barbourne, to secure their passage (Dane Morgan's hat-trick the pick of the goals), whilst 9 man Chaddesley Corbett came away from Virgin Athletic with a 3-2 victory to secure their 10th successive victory in all competitions; Goals coming from in-form Rocco Mitchell, Paul Lofthouse and Mr Bradbury. Resident reporter for Chadds, Matt Guise, has promised a report and a half so be sure to check out the League's Facebook Group or Chaddesley's own page in the coming days for the match details and of course the Sausage/Chips rating! Awkies Allstars completed the victories for BDFL teams winning 4-1 at home to Falcons and coming from 1-0 down to do so. The Tullett's stole the show in the second half, young whipper-snapper Arron with a brace and older brother Ash with the other, this was backed up by Chris Fox who is having a fine season in front of goal, not bad for a deep [censored] combative midfielder who much prefers putting his foot in!
In the Bridgwater Cup group phases, BGIS confirmed their quarter-final spot from Group C (and topped the group in the process) with a 4-0 win over Laburnum. Callowbrook Blue also qualify from this group, with Sporting Rednal perhaps surprisingly missing out. BGIS won 4-0 at Laburnum today despite a lack lustre first half where the only player to come out with any credit was Paul Cooke in the Laburnum goal who made countless good saves. The possible inevitable breakthrough came in the second half when Glennon and Ryder combined to set up Dominic Strevens to score. Dan Lawrence soon had another in the net, before Streven's brace was up as Marcus George' pullback gave the striker a free hit at goal from 10 yards a chance he coudn't and didn't miss. Cooke was performing more miracles in between, but could not do anything to stop Lawrence's second, a thunderbolt from an acute angle to complete the scoring. Group D meanwhile remains wide open and it is going to go down to the final game to determine who qualifies and in what position. Bromsgrove United Reserves 3-3 draw at AFC Northfield Reserves today means Bromsgrove can knock their foes AFC Millfields out of the competition when the sides meet in a few weeks time, so long as they avoid defeat. A win for Millfields, as long as it isn't by a significant amount, would mean they qualify knocking out AFC Northfield Reserves in the process. Exciting stuff especially with a rivalry between Bromsgrove and Millfields! Today's draw was just as exciting though with AFCN racing into a 3 goal lead just before the break (thanks to Michael Chaffatt, Daz Bull and whoever 'Rob' is!). Phil Eves's half time talk was made easier as Lee Crawford set up Connor Wheatley just before the whistle. The revivial continued afterwards with two more strikes, firstly Andi Lynch from the penalty spot and then secondly when the veteran Chris Chancellor, who has a habit of popping up with crucial goals, scored with a low drive
Two high scoring games in the LMS Shield today, again still in the group phases. Stoke Sporting's 3-3 draw with FC Rednal didn't do either side any favours in the quest to qualify and both sides are more than likely going to be eliminated. Goalscorers for Stoke were Jon Snell and both Paul Badger/Dave Penn on target for the second week running; For FC Rednal, who are starting to spread the goals out amongst the team, Lee Farell/Alex Dugmore/Shaun Woodall. Sporting Grapevine from Division 1 had a fine 6-3 win over Prem side Rubery Athletic in their group game, a group where there is a long way to go before we know who qualfies. The Grapes are in good nick right now and this continued today, as they romped into a 5-0 half time lead. Jason D'Aguilar and Danny 'The Fog' Fogarty both got braces, one each for Rory Milbourne and James Gasson as new Grapes manager Keith Righton got his tactics spot on. Rubery Athletic did better in the second half, actually winning it 3-1, but the early damage was done from which they could not recover.
Thomas Brothers proved too strong for AFC Millfields in the WA Harris Cup with a 5-0 win as the two division gulf was too much for Millies to breach, especially with manager Adrian Godwin banned from watching the match. Always nice when a side has five different scorers too and this proved the case today as Rob Burkus, Tommy Williams, Richard Tyler, Scott Harris and James Moore all netted. This sets up a home tie for the Brothers against fellow Prem opposition Meadow Park in Round 2. Bromsgrove Unionists revivial continues, also in the WA Harris Cup, as they beat Victoria Barnt Green Reserves 6-0 and move through into Round 2 without any dramas. The recent new signings at Unionists are making a hell of a difference, Sean Chance was the hero today with four goals and Diddy Cummings continued his fine recent form, grabbing two more to make it three games in a row he has scored.
Stoke Prior's best hope of picking up a trophy this season were extinguished as they lost 3-2 away at Arrow Valley in the Rose Bowl Quarter-Final, with Valley reaching another semi-final; It's been the semi final that has caused problems for them before and they'll be desperate to reach their first ever final. Ricardo Costa and Elliott Nottingham with the Stoke goals in a game where match information is limited.
No league games in the Premier Division and only 5 spread out across the other divisions. In Division One, two weeks after the battle of Boleyn Road, North Colts United and Studley Railway faced off again. Colts are really struggling for bodies at the moment with a raft of suspensions and long term injuries, including manager Christopher Bench who is laid up after knee surgery but they eeked out a creditable 2-2 draw with one of their new signing veteran Dean Meyrick on target and Scott Taylor; Studley Railway suffered from a confidence crisis in front of goal for the second week running but credit to them for hitting back twice to get the draw, thanks to Marco Jovanovic and Nick Briggs. Lickey End Social were looking to build on last weeks impressive win over Studley as they hosted Woodgate Valley whose defence has been cutting up more easily than a Pumpkin in recent weeks; This proved to be the case yet again as Lickey (or should that be the comeback kings) ran out 5-4 winners in a 9 goal thriller, this having been 4-2 down at the break and the game also had 4 penalties, with one of them spectacularly saved by Lickey's Luke Abbey! With Colin Wright the Lickey manager on a 2 game ground exclusion order, their lads did well to sort themselves out and the winner came with a stunning volley from livewire striker Sam Wright. Jamie Sippitts with a hat-trick and Josh Fergusson had scored in the first half for Woodgate who are seemingly desperatly seeking some defenders!
Division Two action saw a tasty local derby between Callowbrook Blue and Sporting Rednal, with the visitors running out 4-1 winners to maintain second place in the table. Callowbrook remain in the bottom two but this is at odds with their cup form which has been very good, but you know what they say about league form being the 'Bread and Butter'. Rednal took the points home thanks to a brace from Mr Spud AKA Michael Connolly (one a worldie), whilst Matt Wilkes and David Price were also on target. Meanwhile the ultimate acid test for slowly improving Golden Lion Athletic Reserves was a home game against in-form Bromsgrove United the league leaders but it went spectacularly wrong as they were crushed 13-3 in a bizarre high scoring affair. Star of the show for the Bees was Michael Hartery who hit SEVEN, with one each for Michael Harvey, Mark Bagley, Jamie Banks and Damion Blakeway, with Brad Bullimore's double completing the rout. With a clash with Chaddesley Corbett on the horizon shortly, it will be interesting to see how that game pans out.
And finally one game in Division Three to finish off where bottom side Colfield played host to inconsistent and unpredictable Belbroughton Athletic Reserves (also near the bottom of the table) with the result going as the bookies had predicted, a 4-2 away win. Coldfield remain without a result this season and are firmly rooted to the bottom of the table. Four different scorers for Belbroughton namely Matt Waldron, Oliver Berry, Alex Mallen and George Innes, with the returning from suspension Chris Adams and Matt Collins scoring for Coldfield.
Next week, with the weather forecast looking ever more unpredictable, we hope to get several important games played, none more so than the eagerly awaited BGIS v North Colts United derby game in the WA Harris Cup. Colts will have Daniel Gibbs back from suspension for this one but probably no one else from their absentee list. Jostling for final positions in the LMS Shield and Bridgwater Cup group phases also continues with an eagerly awaited Rose Bowl Quarter-Final between Bromsgrove United Reserves and Laburnum too, the latter desperate to get their hands on this trophy this season. We hope you all have a good week and that next Sunday comes around quickly.


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