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Bridgwater Cup Final take Centre Stage

Bromsgrove League Results: 27th April 2014

Last Updated: Apr 30, 2014 09:07pm
Stoke, Bromsgrove
By Simon Burgess
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The Bridgwater Cup took centre stage on Sunday night as Division 2 sides Lickey End Social (LES) and FC Rednal (FCR) went head to head for this prestigious trophy and the match ended up being a fantastic spectacle with the result impossible to call right until the final whistle.

LES had the first chance inside the first minute when Dane Morgan the LES striker (and bizarrely wearing a bright yellow stripe on the side of his shorts), headed wide from a floating free kick into the box. FCR responded and they won two long range free kicks, which were both disappointingly hit into the assembled walls by Matt Draper and Aaron Phillips. Meanwhile at the other end, LES were looking dangerous from set plays and long throws. When Morgan wasn’t hurling a long throw himself, Jay Wooldridge was and from one of these, Morgan headed over the bar. Indeed his aerial strength was causing panic in the FCR backline every time the ball bounced in the box. On 19 minutes, Brad Wright somehow put the ball wide from a yard out after Morgan had flicked on another Wooldridge throw in bomb. FCR responded when willing front runner, Chris Gee, forced a corner and when the ball was eventually recycled following the flag kick, he shot wide. On 22 minutes, another LES long throw led to the ball striking Julian Bellamy’s cross bar as the FCR goalkeeper in a dazzling lime green coloured kit remained rooted to the spot. The game needed a goal though and it duly came on 32 minutes. FCR left back Arron Foxall found himself in an advanced position and his cross was somehow headed home whilst under no pressure from LES centre back Joe Buckley. FCR had their tails up on the back of this and on 41, they nearly doubled the lead when Paul McCourt the foil to Chris Gee, hit a shot which LES goalkeeper James Troth saved but nearly spilt into his own net. The second goal did however come on the stroke of half-time – Gee stretched his legs and hit a fine shot across Troth’s body which nestled in the left hand corner of the net. H-T LES 0 FCR 2.

Into the second half and LES were clearly pumped up – On 47, Morgan thought he had equalised but Bellamy pulled off an astonishing world class save from 6 yards out. Back down the other end on 53 as McCourt’s free kick was fumbled by Troth, who was beginning to look a bag of nerves and a goalmouth scramble ensued with the ball rolling LES’s way. On 54, Gee clattered into Troth whilst chasing a loose ball but both players were uninjured. On 55, LES substitute James Hemming (formerly of Stoke Sporting) saw a tame header go straight into Bellamy’s hands. The game was really opening up and on 57, LES winger Sam Wright tried an audacious lob which Bellamy just about clung onto. FCR substitute Jordan Ward had a half-volley flash wide on 62, as the game continued to be played at a frantic tempo, both sides playing well and eager to get forward at every opportunity. LES were handed a lifeline on 66 minutes with the second own goal of the game and their first – A right wing centre was spectacularly sliced into his own net by FCR defender Adam Cotton and It was very much game on; Joe Buckley on 68 having a shot neatly gathered by the FCR green demon between the sticks. The game’s biggest talking point came on 74 minutes when Gee was ruthlessly tripped by LES’s Jamie Gardener as he went to attempt to latch onto a through ball; The FCR supporters howled for a red card but referee Dan Pattison the coolest man in the arena, correctly chose a yellow card as the punishment for Gardener as Gee was some distance away from goal when he was lunged at. The last 15 minutes were played at an even faster tempo with LES taking the objects out of the kitchen to hurl at the FCR goal but the green demon and his equally bright pink defenders kept out anything LES had and FCR went onto win their first ever piece of cup silverware.  Credit to both sides for a tremendous application to the big occasion and the feedback we are receiving from everyone has been very positive.  

In other league action that took place on an ever decreasing end of season fixture list, Redditch United from the Premier Division secured second place as they won 4-1 away at Meadow Park who ended their league campaign with only 2 points to show (although they did have a win which was chalked off following the resignation of Court Leet Dons). Goals from Matt Fearon (2), returning holiday maker Jak Allbut and Jay Gifford did the business. Redditch still have an extremely slim chance of winning the League, if Vic Barnt Green slip up and the two sides clash on Wednesday night at The Valley stadium although a Vic win will finally secure the title.

In Division 1, AFC Northfield finished their league campaign on a high, winning 3-2 at home to Stoke Sporting who unfortunately had to wait 6 weeks for this fixture to become available to play. AFCN finish runners up and only 3 points behind runaway league leaders Hare and Hounds. Matthew Carter scored another brace (one a penalty) and there was also a goal from AFCN keeper Benji Wiggett, stepping up from the Reserves, with normal goalkeeper Lewis Gwilliams having a run out at left back. We don’t have Stoke’s scorers but we do know they equalised twice (one also a penalty) and finish the season in a comfortable 5th place.

More fixtures remaining in Division 2 than anywhere else and another three chalked off today. Golden Lion Athletic Reserves appear desperate for the season to end as they were thumped 9-2 at home to Studley Road Social. Hat-tricks for Terry Nolan and Nick Carr, supplemented by Brett Lodge and Tom Murphy’s brace; Jimmy Breakwell at the double for GLAR ended up being little more than a consolation. Vic Barnt Green Reserves ended their season on a high with a hard fought 2-1 win over Bromsgrove United in a game which threatened to boil over. Andy Dawson opened the scoring for Vic after a fine passing move, but were pegged back after half-time, when Bromsgrove skipper Scott Bagley’s low drive found the net. Another Dawson strike pinched the points for Vic and both sides were unlucky not to add to their tallys as the respective woodworks lived a charmed life. Key story of the day from Division 2 though is the success of North Colts United, who beat their only remaining rivals Washford Lions 4-2 to secure a second successive title - Congratulations to Christopher Bench and all his team. The star of the show was Aaron Westwood who scored a stunning hat-trick which included wonder strikes from his magic left peg; Michael Teji, another very skillful player got the other. For Clay Dyson army, Tom Wainwright and Stewart Roland were the men on target but Colts had too much energy and craft on the day.

In Division 3, Toby Jug Athletic were left kicking their heels as Red Lions were unable to raise a side and forfeited, which means Jay Nickless their influential right back will now be suspended for the WFA Cup Final next Sunday as he has not cleared his two match suspension for a misconduct charge. Toby get the 3 points from the game but they would have much preferred to have had the game, clear Jay’s suspension and perhaps boost their goal difference. Laburnum and AFC Millfields did play though and Millies ended a promising first full season with a 3-1 victory over a Laburnum side who appear to have lost the plot. Ashley Roland at the double for Millies, with the legendary Timmy Houghton grabbing the other. Rob Smith got the Laburnum goal when his shot was inexplicably fumbled through his legs by the Millies net-minder.

Meanwhile we also had two midweek games played; Firstly an Alan Beech hat-trick saw Prem side Rubery Social Allstars end their campaign with a fine 3-0 home win over Rubery Oak who have this week also been rocked by the news silky ball player James Parker will need an enforced lay off from the game - We wish him a speedy recovery. In Division 3, Toby did manage to get a game in, a 9-0 thrashing over 10 man Longbridge Athletic just what the doctor ordered for the goal difference - Matt Wilkes, Russell Brookes, Luke Brookes, Anton Gardner-Bennett, David Price, Dan Mooney and Gary Austin all on target with various numbers of goals between them.

Onto next weeks fixtures and two massive games involving our clubs. Firstly we have the WFA Minor Cup Final at Bewdley Town FC, which is a 1030am kick off between Ferndale from Kidderminster Division 3 and our very own Toby Jug Athletic FC – Your support for Toby would be appreciated and if that isn’t enough of a football fix for you, we have the WA Harris Cup Final on the night – 630pm kick off at Bromsgrove Sporting FC between Victoria Barnt Green and Belbroughton Athletic, with the winners taking home £500. A massive game for grassroots football and we really hope you will come down and support the occasion – Your support at the finals so far has been brilliant and we’d really like to see EVERY single club in the League bring a few representatives down for the match. Look out for our additional marketing as the week progresses but potentially a very good day’s football for the Sunday League fanatic and with no work on Monday, a perfect chance to come down and enjoy the final.

 

BRIDGWATER CUP FINAL 

Lickey End Social 1 (OG), FC Rednal 2 (OG, Gee)
Att: 262
PREMIER DIVISION  
Meadow Park 1, Redditch United 4 (M Fearon 2, Allbutt, Gifford)

MIDWEEK RESULT
Rubery Social Allstars 3 (BEECH 3), Rubery Oak 0

DIVISION ONE 

AFC Northfield 3 (Carter 2, Wiggett), Stoke Sporting 2
DIVISION TWO
Golden Lion Athletic Reserves 2 (Breakwell), Studley Road Social 9 (NOLAN 3, N CARR 3, Murphy 2, Lodge)
North Colts United 4 (A WESTWOOD 3, Teji), Washford Lions 2 (Wainwright, Rowland)
Victoria Barnt Green Reserves 2 (Dawson 2), Bromsgrove United 1 (S Bagley)
DIVISION THREE 

Laburnum 1 (Smith), AFC Millfields 3 (Roland 2, Houghton the Legend)

MIDWEEK RESULT
Toby Jug Athletic 9 (Wilkes 2, L Brooks 2, Austin, Price, Gardner-Bennett, R Brookes, Mooney), Longbridge Athletic 0

 

PREM Team P W D L F A GD Pts   DIV 1 Team P W D L F A GD Pts
1 Victoria Barnt Green 11 10 1 0 43 12 31 31   1 Hare and Hounds 2013 14 13 0 1 62 19 43 39
2 Redditch United 12 9 1 2 38 19 19 28   2 AFC Northfield 14 12 0 2 47 22 25 36
3 Rubery Social Allstars 14 8 4 2 37 24 13 28   3 Rubery Athletic 14 7 3 4 29 23 6 24
4 West Heath United 13 6 2 5 33 31 2 20   4 Belbroughton Athletic 14 8 0 6 28 22 6 24
5 Rubery Oak 12 6 1 5 31 37 -6 19   5 Stoke Sporting 14 6 0 8 23 29 -6 18
6 Redditch Athletic 98 14 4 0 10 24 38 -14 12   6 Spa Athletic 14 3 2 9 20 38 -18 11
7 Golden Lion Athletic 14 3 1 10 26 45 -19 10   7 Santiago RV 14 2 1 11 19 53 -34 7
8 Meadow Park  14 0 2 12 11 38 -27 2   8 Sporting Grapevine 14 2 0 12 22 44 -22 6
COURT LEET DONS RESIGNED 29TH SEPTEMBER 2013           FRANKLEY RESIGNED 14TH FEBRUARY 2014            
                      CRABMILL RESIGNED 11TH NOVEMBER 2013            
DIV 2 Team P W D L F A GD Pts   DIV 3 Team P W D L F A GD Pts
1 North Colts United 18 14 2 2 73 22 51 44   1 AFC Millfields 20 14 2 4 78 50 28 44
2 FC Rednal 18 14 1 3 86 28 58 40   2 Hizza Utd Seconds 18 13 3 2 61 29 32 42
3 Washford Lions 15 10 1 4 63 31 32 31   3 Toby Jug Athletic 16 13 2 1 53 21 32 41
4 Vic Barnt Green Res 18 10 1 7 45 54 -9 31   4 Stoke Prior 20 13 1 6 55 31 24 40
5 Lickey End Social 17 9 2 6 61 40 21 29   5 Laburnum 18 11 2 5 75 41 34 35
6 Bromsgrove United 17 7 6 4 78 41 37 27   6 Belb Athletic Res 20 9 2 9 50 59 -9 29
7 Studley Road Social 18 5 2 11 46 68 -22 17   7 AFC Northfield Res 19 6 3 10 44 40 4 21
8 Golden Lion Ath Res 17 4 1 12 27 70 -43 13   8 Arrow Valley 20 4 5 11 52 55 -3 17
9 Hewell Grangers 18 3 2 13 27 92 -65 11   9 Longbridge Athletic 20 5 0 15 43 80 -37 15
10 Callowbrook Swifts 18 1 2 15 19 79 -60 5   10 Coldfield 19 3 3 13 39 82 -43 12
FC REDNAL DEDUCTED 3 POINTS                    11 Red Lions 20 2 1 17 21 86 -65 7
CHURCHFIELDS UNITED RESIGNED 08TH JANUARY 2014                              

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