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Bromsgrove League Weekend Round Up

Congratulations Redditch Utd Sunday and Toby Jug Athletic

Last Updated: Mar 18, 2014 02:59pm
Stoke, Bromsgrove
By Simon Burgess
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A spring scorcher on Sunday - The rain and doom/gloom of January/February seemed light years away as the players in the BDFL took to the field this morning with gorgeous sunshine beaming down and as far as we are aware, very little ill discipline which can sometimes be the case when the sun comes out!

Two more finalists were known this morning - Congratulations to Redditch United Sunday and Toby Jug Athletic who won their respective semi finals. In Redditch's case, it was a 4-2 victory in the LMS Shield but not as comfortable as it should have been as they began to contrive to throw away a 4-0 lead given to them courtesy of goals from Jamie Hatfield, Nick Briggs, Jay Gifford and Lukas Eilberg. Belbroughton got a lifeline through a penalty (Connor Gater) before Shem Bennett got another one back but it was too little too late. Redditch now play Vic Barnt Green on 30th March. In the Rose Bowl semi, a bit more of a routine victory for Toby Jug who won 3-0 at Arrow Valley, goals from Connor Collins, Matt Wilkes and Tom Gardner-Bennett completing the job. Toby's cup final date is 06th April but they await to see who they play as AFC Millfields and Laburnum don't play until next week.

The remaining games played were all league ones across all the divisions. Just the two games in the Prem and lowly Golden Lion Athletic came away from even lowlier Meadow Park with a solitary 1-0 win, only their second 3 points of what's been a below par season for GLA, although they are into the WA Harris Cup semi finals where they are sure to make it blooming difficult for their eventual opponents. In the other game, Vic Barnt Green made it 10 wins from 10 league games as they beat next weeks Premier Cup Final opponents Rubery Oak 6-2. Shaun May with a hat-trick, one each from Richard Bishop, Stuart Hall and Chris Thurbon. Oak's goals came from Ben Fowler and Nathan Eaton; One bright spark for Oak today was the completion of suspension from their utility warhorse Martin Johnson and he is now available for selection next Sunday.

In Division 1, game of the day was at Holywell Lane where Hare and Hounds were looking to make it a perfect 14 from 14 league campaign but they were stopped in their tracks by a superb and highly motivated Rubery Athletic performance, who beat them 1-0 to poop the party that had already started in earnest with the awad of the Division 1 trophy by League President and Acting Chairman Arthur Smith. Having gone close to scoring several times mainly through Jay Timms, Athletic scored the only goal when Adam Neason broke clear and fired through the goalkeepers legs. We'd also like to wish Hounds defender Darryl Strickley a speedy recovery from his serious knee injury which caused a delay to the game. Stoke Sporting ended Sporting Grapevine's miserable season with a 3-0 away win in a game moved to the other pitch at Charford after mindless vandals returned to damage the goalposts. Reiss Edgerton's brace and a strike from the enigmatic Shane Shallcross did the business. For the Grapes, its a bit of a regroup that is required, but they have at least arranged a match next week with AFC Northfield Reserves and with the pressue now firmly off, maybe they can get back to enjoying their football. Santiago RV, one of the teams who really suffered when Frankley resigned from the League, had a good 2-1 win over Spa Athletic the third attempt to get this particular fixture on! Connor Wilson has scored consistently throughout the season and he got both today, with Phil Burton scoring for the Droitwich based visitors. Very few fixtures left in this division and we'll try and keep the teams playing as long as possible, although teams can of course arrange friendlies between themselves should they so wish.

Into the second tier and no real changes in the table today. North Colts had a home win over Studley Road Social 5-2 (Dayle Hawkins and Josh Moore with braces, one for Paul Newman), whilst FC Rednal had a nice 4-1 win over Lickey End Social despite going behind, with Lee Davies scoring two more (one from the spot) and Richard Haywood/Dan Ormsby the others. Washford Lions have games in hand due to continued outside cup competition success and their 6-1 win against Callowbrook Swifts keeps them in touch. Matt Rowland and Andy Reeves both at the double with Kevin Gilbert and Marc Jovanovic also scoring.  As is often the case with Callowbrook, the opposition praise them up for having a good spirit and for trying to play football, but the results just won't come and Washford had too much firepower for them. Last weeks Centenary Cup Final winners Bromsgrove United played out a 4-4 thriller with Vic Barnt Green Reserves on their return to league action. Bees took the lead after a minute through the veteran James Hylton before master striker Danny Lawrence made it 2-0 after 15 minutes. Vic were soon level through a penalty and a tap in, but 2-2 soon turned to 3-2 to Bromsgrove with another goal from Lawrence, another superb finish. Vic  turned things around to make it 4-3 but with 10 left on the clock, before Jamie Banks's header from a corner sealed a point. Vic's scorers were Andy Dawson (2) and the Hobbis brothers Nick and Dan. In the other match, Hewell Grangers recent revival continued and they beat GLA Reserves 3-1.

In Division 3, w.hich seems to be the most intriguing of all the divisions at present, we had a few more twists and turns to get our heads round. First off, Laburnum will be disappointed to have dropped two points at home to Coldfield, but they were quick to acknowledge how much Chris Adams's team have improved and a draw was a fair result. More braces in this game, Andy Seager for Laburnum (also one for Ash Holdstock) with Tim Lees's brace being backed up by Adams himself. AFC Millfields wasted no time at all in picking up on this 'slip up', as the leaders beat Red Lions 5-2 - Two for Stuart Hatfield (including a penalty), with Rob Stevenson, Ash Roland and the returning from nowhere Timmy Houghton with the other. Stoke Prior who now only have two games left and must win both to stand any chance of being up there, travelled to Longbridge Athletic and came away with a 5-1 victory. Will Heath from the spot for the home side, with Stoke's goals coming from Elliott Nottingham (2), the legendary Pedro Costa, Kamil Dymon and Stuart Hawkes. All in all a tight finish is assured with Toby still having 8 games to play but at present, everyone is hanging around waiting for Toby Jug to become available to play, with Jug having 3 successive weeks of unavoidable cup games on conference dates after their league fixture next week. Belbroughton Athletic Reserves had a narrow 1-0 away win at AFC Northfield Reserves to pretty much secure them a mid table finish on their first season as a team. For AFCN Res, not much glimmer today apart from Richard Preston's man of the match award 

With hopefully the worst of the weather over with (typed with baited breath), we can complete the season as planned although several sides will have to play midweek games from the middle of April onwards, primarily due to the continued success of some of our clubs in outside cups, not that we are complaining about this because it's good press for the League! Please bear with us whilst we sort these games out. Next Sunday sees the Premier Cup final between Victoria Barnt Green and Rubery Oak - As usual, its a 630pm kick off at Bromsgrove Sporting and we look forward to seeing everyone down there. Its only £2 admission and you are sure to see a good game, so please do come down to support the event.

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