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Charity Cup Hopes Dashed

Bromsgrove & District League Round Up

Last Updated: Oct 21, 2014 09:20pm
Abbey, Redditch
By Simon Burgess
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Another week of fun and games in the BDFL with the usual mixture of goals, red cards, yellow cards, good goals, flukey goals, own goals to name but a few things, all of which contributed to another entertaining morning for everyone to discuss! 
In the early rounds of the Bromsgrove Charity Cup, we lost two of our representatives. Stoke Sporting Reserves lost at home, 6-1, to established pedigree Kidderminster League side Wilden Village; Always going to be a tough tie. Another tough draw befell Sporting Grapevine as they drew Charford neighbours Millfield Rovers, the current leaders of Redditch Division 1. In a close fought game, the Grapes lost 3-2 although on another day, the ball might have run a little kinder for them, this despite Chris Pratt (Tufty) being sent off for Millfields. However congratulations to Arrow Valley who desperately needed a win after recent disappointments and this came in their 6-2 win at Kidderminster side Kewford Eagles. Jay Russell and Alan Beech are Valley’s key men at present and both found themselves covered in glory again, Beech with 4, Russell with 2 and an assist.
In the Premier Division, Vic Barnt Green continue to show no mercy to most opponents, an 8-0 home win over AFC Northfield saw the swagger back in the Vic side. Richard Bishop helped himself to yet another hat-trick, a brace for Peter Jenvey, one each for Ryan Molesworth, Ellis Blakemore and we assume Jamie Hatfield. We think it’s time for the first Hounds v Vic showdown of the season and will endeavour to arrange this shortly! Another proven goalscorer in the Prem is Rubery Athletic’s Andy Court and his 4 goals in his sides 5-1 win at Meadow Park continues Rubery’s solid start to life in the top flight. Adam Neason was the other scorer. Manager Ian Rushton missed the game as he was running the Birmingham half marathon!
A couple of games in Division 1 to tickle everyone’s taste buds and league leaders Spa Athletic drew 2-2 with rejuvenated FC Rednal who appear at ease with themselves again. Good game this, a point shared and deserved all around, The highlight of the match being a stunning free kick from Spa Athletic’s set piece specialist Tom Harris. Kev Owens got the other one, whilst FCR replied through returning striker Jacob Booton and Alex Dugmore.  In the afternoon kick off, Stoke Sporting beat Woodgate Valley 4-2, in a game where Valley’s defensive weaknesses were once again exposed. This time Stoke’s Dave Penn was the main beneficiary (he struck with two), whilst Paul Badger and Jon Snell also netted. The win lifts Stoke up to seventh leapfrogging Valley in the process. Valley’s goals came from Josh Fergusson and Jamie Sippitts although they were unlucky not to score more with the woodwork and Stoke keeper Simon Boon coming to the rescue.
No games in Division 3 this week so it’s onto Division 2 to complete the league round up. Bromsgrove United played host to fast improving BGIS but a 3-2 win for United took them to the summit of the division.  It was an emotional day for United as some of their players were mourning the passing away of a close friend, but this seemed to galvanise them to victory with the returning BGIS striker Danny Lawrence, formerly of United, unable to beat his former team mates. Indeed it was a much changed BGIS side which took to the field of play with wheeler dealer Mark Mccleary a busy bee putting more names on registration cards in the run up to the match. No specific match details available although we do know BGIS were unhappy with a penalty award to United, after Arbiter Mcilravey adjudged a BGIS defender to have pushed a United striker in the back.
In LMS Shield and Bridgwater Cup group phase action, the final positions are starting to take shape with just a few matches remaining across most of the groups. Hare and Hounds gave a severely under strength Belbroughton side a good going over, a 7-1 LMS victory with Josh Westwood netting four and Lee Dunkley three. Meanwhile Unionists, that’s the Bromsgrove Unionists, won for the second week running with David ‘Diddy’ Cummings on target in the narrow 1-0 victory over Vic Barnt Green Reserves. Unionists have profited from the demise of Fairfield General La Coruna by snapping up a number of their players and this could be a shrewd move in the coming weeks from Kevin Banner.  
Bridgwater Cup action now and perhaps the surprise result of the day was Division 3 leaders AFC Northfield Reserves 4-1 away winning away at Division 2 side AFC Millfields, who are traditionally pretty good at home.  There seemed to be no fluke about the result though and this came after Dan Nurthern’s fine header had Millies in front. Strikes from Odane (2), Cash and Daz Bull saw Northfield home as they prepare to change pitches and move into Four Dwellings 4G in Quinton in the coming weeks, a move which will cut down their lengthy travel to home games at Droitwich Leisure Centre.  This result, coupled with Bromsgrove United Reserves thrashing Callowbrook Green 7-0 in a game which ended  10 a side after a ‘handbags’ incident saw one from each side dismissed (Jonny Ingram the Bromsgrove player to take an early shower), leaves Group D well poised with all the teams on 3 points. Bromsgrove still have to play AFC Millfields and with no love lost between these sides, this is effectively a winner takes all match to decide who qualifies for the quarter-finals.
Sporting Rednal scored heavily once again as their strike force was too much for Laburnum.  Star man was Connor ‘ Stan’ Collins who netted 5 in an impressive display of marksmanship. Richie Heywood has been a fine signing from FC Rednal and he also netted, as did Lloyd Newman who is getting back into the groove after a suspension. Laburnum’s consolation came through Dean Sutton his first of the season.  You can read a full match report on Sporting Rednal’s website obtainable through the clubwebsite setup. Chaddesley Corbett fresh on the back of a week off, saw off Belbroughton Athletic Reserves 5-1 to cement their place at the head of affairs and in one of the pole positions to reach the knockout phases.  Although Rocco Mitchell had put the visitors ahead on 25 minutes, the floodgates did not open for the rest of the half as many might have anticipated. Indeed Belbroughton had the tenacity to equalise after some poor defending and this visibly shook Chaddesley who were all over the place for the next 10 minutes or so. Normal order restored on 70 minutes though, when Richard Ash netted. Brother Damian scored shortly after, twice in fact, as Chadds once again seized full control and Belbroughton looked well beaten. It was perhaps fitting that top scorer Mitchell netted his second and Chadds’s fifth late on to boost the goal difference in the group table.
A huge shout out to Golden Lion Athletic Reserves who finally won their first game of the season, this coming in a 2-1 away win at Division 3 basement boys Coldfield. Former Churchfields United full back Jordan Field and ex Longbridge campaigner Paul Walton the men on target. It’s been a rough time of late for GLAR and their sticking together has finally come off.  Well done! We only hope Coldfield can follow up with a win soon as some of their performances deserve more than they are getting.  Meanwhile, a Kyle Whiston brace for Hizza United Seconds was enough to beat an out of sorts Awkies Allstars who turned in the proverbial ‘shocker’, this despite Liam O Connell netting. Hizza can now go into next weeks tough trip to Red Man in the County Cup with a confidence boost.
In a couple of the knock out cups, Alvechurch Lions have now put 8 past Thomas Brothers this season without reply, as they won 3-0 in the Premier Cup Quarter-Final, backing up a 5-0 win not so long ago on the same pitch. Alvechurch Lions took the lead within the first 15 minutes as a throw in down the left hand side saw Garry Farmer slide a perfectly weighted ball into the path of Anthony Miller who in turn dispatched it with consummate ease. In the second half, Thomas Brothers were then dealt a blow when they needlessly had a player sent off for lashing out. Once Dane Morgan had put Lions 2-0 up from a free kick, the result was never in doubt and when Miller/Morgan again combined to allow Morgan to net his brace, it was the icing on the cake. rest of the half seemed to fizzle out as both teams battled hard on a slick, wet surface. The second half began with both midfiields battling hard to try and gain some sort of foothold in the game. But with a seemingly harmless ball rolling out of play a Thomas brothers' player lost a bit of composure and lashed out at a Lions centre half and correctly was sent from the field of play. This was the catalyst to their downfall. More pressure from the lions forced a free kick on the right hand side. Anthony Miller and Jake Reeves pulled off a training ground set piece to deliver a telling cross to the back post for Dane Morgan to head home. Another ten minutes passed, a few changes happened and Alvechurch put the game to bed with 15 left on the clock. A long pass out wide found Dek (don't know his surname) who In turn delivered a deep cross for Anthony Miller to knock down to his strike partner Dane Morgan, who lashed home to effectively end the game.
Congratulations to Santiago RV who reached their first ever semi-final with a hard fought 3-2 victory over fellow Division 1 side Lickey End Social in the Division One Cup. This despite Santiago incurring the wrath of the referee yet again as another player was dismissed and being 2-0 down to a hard working Lickey side.
The County Cup match between North Colts United and Studley Railway was abandoned after 35 minutes, with Studley firmly in the driving seat at 2-1 with Colts reduced to 8 men after Colts had seen John Jeyes, Aaron Westwood and Martin Johnston receive red cards in the first half hour of play. A decision is awaited from the County FA on whether this match is replayed.
Whatever happens next Sunday, we’ll be back next week with your round up, hopefully on Sunday night and not Monday assuming all goes well in the matches. Enjoy your football.

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