Week 11's action

Last Updated: Oct 20, 2013 09:55pm
Catshill and North Marlbrook, Bromsgrove
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3 games postponed due to waterlogging, but plenty of other thrills and spills - See the Sunday Report below!


Toby Jug 2 (Wilkes 2),  Bromsgrove United 1 (Hylton)     

AFC Northfield 2 (Stewart, Carter), Stoke  Sporting 5 (MASON 3, Warman, Chaffe)      

LMS SHIELD - GROUP A Santiago  RV 0, Golden Lion Athletic 4 (BLAKEMORE 3, Waters)     
West Heath United OFF Redditch United (Due to Waterlogged Pitch)
Meadow Park 2 (Farley, Reynolds) Redditch Athletic 0
Rubery Social Allstars OFF Rubery Oak (Due to Waterlogged Pitch)     
Frankley OFF Belbroughton Athletic (Due to Waterlogged  Pitch)  

Hare and Hounds 10 (GAFFNEY 3, O'Connor 2, Farrell, Dugmore, Deeley, Dunkley, Hickey), Crabmill  Monchengladbach 1 
Spa Athletic 4, Sporting Grapevine 2 (Tierney, Miller)     

Hewell Grangers 0, FC Rednal 11 (DAVIES 3, T TOON 3, Mcgowen 2, Farrell, McCourt, A Toon)
Churchfields United 2 (D Roland, A Roland), North Colts United 7 (MOORE 3, Teji 2, Westwood, Taylor) Callowbrook  Swifts 0, Vic Barnt Green Reserves 1 (N Hobbis)
Studley Road Social 6, Golden Lion Athletic  Reserves 3     
AFC Millfields 6 (LLOYD 6), Red Lions 3 (Dawson 2, Stokes)
Arrow Valley 1 (S Voice), Longbridge Athletic 2 (Osborne, Walton)
Belbroughton Athletic Reserves 3 (Grimes 2, Unknown), Hizza Utd Seconds 3 (Whiston 2, Mcdonald)
Coldfield 1 (Adams), Laburnum 3 (Sproston 2, A Seager)
AFC Northfield Reserves 1 (Chaffatt), Stoke Prior 2



15 games played out of 18 scheduled is not a bad return given the rain has decided to sprinkle on us alot earlier than usual - It was just a shame that two of the games postponed were Premier Cup quarter-final ties which we wanted to get to the Semi-Final stages rather quickly.

We'll start with the one Premier Cup tie that was played and a fine win for Meadow Park who move into their first ever semi-final, defeating 10 man Redditch Athletic 2-0. A Redditch player being sent off for foul and abusive language undoubtedly helped but credit to Meadow for their achievement, which came thanks to goals from Lee Farley and Alex Reynolds, they could even afford the luxury of Dan Farley missing a penalty.
In the Bridgwater Cup, something had to give between Toby Jug and Bromsgrove United who have both been on fire recently and the home side ran out 2-1 winners to move into the quarter-finals where they await the winners of Lickey End Social and North Colts United. Matthew Paul Wilkes MAAT with a brace (not sure what Maat means!) put the home side in the driving seat before James Hylton's introduction as a sub for Bromsgrove changed matters and he converted a penalty for 2-1, but Toby saw out the game. In the MG Sportswear Division 1 Cup quarter-final, Stoke Sporting set themselves up a semi-final tie with Hare and Hounds as they travelled to AFC Northfield and won 5-2 (AET). 1-1 at the end of 90 minutes, this after AFCN had gone ahead after 10 minutes and then on 73, Stoke equalised when two substitutes combined when Peter Warman's free kick was headed home by Tom Mason. Stoke went ahead in extra-time when a rare error by Lewis G Williams saw James Chaffe float the ball into an empty net. The visitors were well in the ascendency and Andy Wild's cross field pass was driven home on the volley by the impressive Mason. With 5 minutes left, AFCN got back into the game with a goal (their scorers today were Mikey Stewart and Matt Carter), but Stoke scored two late goals to seal the win thanks to Mason's third and a Warman strike. Matt Chance has asked that his cheeky backheel flick clearance be mentioned in the report.........we duly oblige.
In LMS Shield Group A, Golden Lion Athletic made it 2 wins on the spin with a 4-0 away win at Santiago RV thanks to a hat-trick from lightning fast winger Ellis Blakemore and one from another wideman Ryan Waters. Defender Brett Griffin's long wait for a goal is still ongoing, he missed a golden opportunity today when he dragged his shot wide after dancing around several defenders with all the guile of a slalom skier. This result eliminates Santiago from the competition with one group game left to play.
On a quieter than usual cup day, all other games completed were League ones. In Division 1 and with Frankley v Belbroughton falling to the infamous waterlogging at Balaam Wood Academy, it was left to Hare and Hounds to rack up the headlines with another double figure victory - This time over hapless Crabmill Monchengladbach who have now conceeded an astonishing 24 goals in 2 weeks. Scott Gaffney was the hero for the Hounds with a hat-trick, with goals from 7 different players as well proving they are a strong force; They remain unbeaten and look set for a very good season. Spa Athletic v Sporting Grapevine saw a 4-2 win for Spa to end their run of draws. Two penalties in this game (not sure who too) but we know that Shaun Tierney and Brad Miller scored for the visitors.
In Division 2, the top two both won convincingly. North Colts beat Churchfields 7-2 (Josh Moore with 3, Michael Teji 2, Aaron Westwood 1, Scott Taylor 1) in a game where Colts flew out of the blocks to be 3-0 up inside the first ten minutes before Churchfields got a lifeline in the game with a hotly disputed penalty. Colts merely pressed the accelerator pad pretty hard after that and could have scored alot more as well as hitting the woodwork twice. The downer on the day for them was Aaron Westwood's red card. Ash Roland and Darren Roland got the Churchfield goals. Meanwhile FC Rednal put 11 past Hewell Grangers in a game where FCR keeper Julian Bellamy pretty much had the deckchair and sunglasses out as he was barely troubled. Lee Davies and Timothy Toon both scored hat-tricks, Sam Mcgeowen a brace, one each for Paul Mccourt, Lee Farrell and a rare goal from centre back Aaron Toon although it was worth it, a long range hammer strike. Victoria Barnt Green Reserves continued their rise from the slumber with their third successive win, this time a 1-0 win over Callowbrook Swifts thanks to Nick Hobbis. In the other game, mid table Studley Road Social who are impossible to predict from one week to the next, beat Golden Lion Athletic Reserves 6-3; The game was pretty much over by half time as Studley were 5-1 up but GLA showed second half spirit to pull it back to 5-3 before a late Studley goal made it 6-3.
Division 3 action now and league leaders Laburnum came away from Coldfield with a 3-1 win, but the bottom side, still winless, put up a hell of a fight and gave as good as they got. Andy Seager can't stop scoring right now neither can Ryan Sproston and between them they bagged the goals which put the hosts to the sword; Chris Adams got the Coldfield goal. Neil Seager also hit the woodwork for Laburnum. Second placed Stoke Prior's impressive run of winning form continues and they came away from AFC Northfield Reserves with a 2-1 win thanks to goals from Neil Hethrington and Elliott Nottingham, with Michael Chaffatt scoring for the hosts. AFC Millfields in third place returned to winning ways beating Red Lions 6-3 thanks to a double hat-trick from their main hitman, Courtney Lloyd. They needed his goalscoring prowess in the second half as Millies let a 3-1 lead slip to 3-3, as Oliver Stokes and Transfer King (with 2) had hauled Lions back into the game. Lions ran out of steam and only a fine goalkeeping display kept the score down. Belbroughton Athletic Reserves and Hizza United Seconds played out an entertaining 3-3 draw at the Redhill Theatre; Stu Grimes for the home side and Kyle Whiston for the away side both getting braces. Arrow Valley's season seems to be getting worse as they continued their poor recent form going down 2-1 at home to a very motivated Longbridge side who were missing a large majority of their influential players and goalkeeper, with Michael 'KRO' Butler stepping up to don the gloves. The first half was goalless but into the second half and a bit of pressure from Longbridge saw new striker Paul Walton score from a corner after a tense 6 yard box scramble. A quick response from Arrow Valley saw them equalise a few minutes later through Steven Voice. With 7 minutes to go, Longbridge midfielder Ryan Osborne got on the end of a Kieran Cooper header (ironically the smallest player on the pitch) and ran into the Valley box to slip past their keeper to seal the points. 

The main focus of next weeks fixtures is the County Cup where we have 13 teams in action - The very best of luck to you all and remember the Bromsgrove League flag must keep flying as long as possible! It's also Rose Bowl Quarter-Final week, Longbridge v AFC Millfields will be a tasty game for sure. All in all, a very attractive fixture list and all we need now is for the rain to firmly stay away so all games get completed!



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