County Cup Semi Final Sunday

Bromsgrove & District Football League

Last Updated: Mar 2, 2016 06:07pm
Abbey, Redditch
By Simon Burgess
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County Cup semi-final Sunday is always an important day in the grassroots football calendar and none more so than today as 4 BDFL teams went in search of County Cup final places; However things came to a bit of a sticky halt as only one team, Meadow Park, made it through to the final, after a disappointing set of results in the other games. 

Perhaps the most disappointing and surprising was Bartley Green Sunday’s 1-0 loss against Broadway United. Take nothing away from the Evesham based visitors though as they managed to stop Bartley scoring for the first time in an astonishing 82 matches with a workmanlike organised defensive display before hitting the hosts with the ultimate sucker punch on 83 minutes, with a deflected shot to leave Mark Mccleary as pig sick as we don’t know what. His shock was perhaps nullified by Northfield Athletic losing their semi-final to Meadow Park, as the dream County final would have been a Northfield Bartley final, however it wasn’t to be. Instead we have another great story to dwell on as the re-built Meadow Park adult side, under the guidance of Paul Hutchins, have reached the County Final instead after a fine 4-3 victory in a quite brilliant game at the Harris Brush Works. Meadow raced into an early lead, a two goal one in fact and with Chris Bench the Northfield manager donning the goalie gloves along with a bright yellow Liverpool top for his first game of football in 11 years (not the game he would have chosen to play in!), it looked like a rout could be on the cards; Northfield are made of much stronger stuff these days though and they came roaring back into the game in the second period scoring 3 times in 10 minutes through Josh Moore, Aaron Westwood and Jason Cowley. Meadow found an equaliser then kicked on again to score the winner with four minutes to go to send Hutchins running down the line dancing in delight and in dreamland of a second final as they also have the Bridgwater Final in two weeks time. The Meadow men on target were Craig Barnett (2), Ben Stanford and Sean Chance. 

In the Minor Cup semi-final, Bromsgrove Corinthians marvellous run also came to an end as they crashed out 3-1 at home to Fernhill Heath Athletic from the Worcester League. Corries never really recovered from going 2-0 down really quickly and ultimately can have no complaints at the end result. They’ve done really well though and we’d like to congratulate them on their run. 

In the WA Harris Cup, VBG Fairfield faced a banana skin type tie at youthful Division 2 side Rubery Juniors but they taught Rubery a footballing lesson coming away with a comprehensive 11-0 victory; Goals from Ellis Blakemore (5), Richard Bishop (4), Ryan Molesworth and Dan Wilkes highlighted VBGF’s firepower and they showed their hosts no mercy at any point in the game getting the job done in style. A second round tie against Meadow Park awaits but it is certainly a different Meadow Park side compared to years gone by and this will certainly be a great tie. 

The composition of our Bridgwater Cup Final is now known after the Hizza United v Chaps United derby showdown, the second in two weeks and it will be Hizza United who face Meadow Park in the final in two weeks after their 3-1 win. Chaps went into an early 4th minute lead and for long periods of the game, looked like they would see it out to gain revenge for last week’s defeat; When Hizza missed a penalty this feeling only increased, however Feckenham recreation ground erupted in the 75th minute when Hizza equalised and with their tails firmly up, went on to score two more (Kyle Whiston and an Ash Verity brace the goalscorers). Hizza reach their first ever BDFL final and we look forward to welcoming them and their supporters in a couple of weeks. 

With cup games getting less and less each week, we are now able to ramp up the league action and in the Premier Division, three games took place. Good to have Holywell Lane back in action after its traditional mid-winter shut down and for the second week running Rubery Athletic had a home game and a clean sheet as they saw off Alcester Town 3-0. A very open game this one where Rubery had five decent chances to score within the first ten minutes as they started the game very well, closest being when the impressive Reiss O’Connor hit the bar. Alcester couldn’t get going as their danger men up front Listowel Fereday and Ellis Kalach did not see much of the ball to begin with. Way too much goalmouth action to discuss in depth but the only goal of the first half came midway through when diminutive winger Nathan Ward hit a cross come shot which shinned into the net deceiving Alcester’s stand in net-minder Richard Briggs. Alcester eventually had a few chances themselves but all of them failed to hit the target. In the second half, Rubery were pinned back somewhat as Alcester pressed hard, passing the ball around smoothly with Andy Stewart at the heart of it but again failing to fashion gilt edged chances, more half chances, despite the eventual introduction of lively forward Jay Gifford. A second Rubery goal came on 70 minutes when Rob Hurlbutt turned and shot through a body of players into the corner. Alcester conceded a third very late on when Lee Davies turned on a sixpence inside the six yard box and slotted home. WCT Youth Raiders are slightly behind on their league games having been involved in many cup exploits so they’ll have been pleased to get another league game under their belts and it was a fine 7-0 win over bottom side The Grove. Richard Smith and Steve Jeffries with braces, one each for Dale Goddard, Joe Haines and Matt Andrews.  Over at Mill Lane in Wolverley, Oak Tree Sporting bought the points home after a fine 4-3 win over Belbroughton Athletic; Oak Tree forward Rory Milbourne was the hero and villain in this one, netting a hat-trick for his side but then getting needlessly sent off late on. The fourth Oak Tree goal came from ‘tekkers’ by James Gasson. 

Into the first division and GLA have had a rough few weeks with some results and alleged red card injustices going against them; No idea if they had anyone sent off today but they will be happy for the three points against Spa Athletic after a 5-1 win at the Charford International Stadium. Football also returned to Earlswood Town for the first time since November as Conway Albion hosted Wychbold RBL and in a ding-dong contest, Conway had the lead twice through Niall Cole and Graham Hill, only for Wychbold to peg them back through Colin Rudge (penalty after a striker was shoved over in the area) and Josh Weatherby the substitute with a cool finish. A point shared was well deserved for both sides but Wychbold hit the bar with a minute to go to deny them the three. Silver Street also came back into play today after a very frustrating period of time being out of action and what better way to start than a ‘Landlords v Tenants’ derby between AFC Northfield and Sporting Rednal which went the way of Rednal thanks mainly to Lloyd Newman’s spectacular hat-trick (the other goal coming from Richie Heywood). AFCN’s ultimate consolation goal was scored by James Draper and leaves Northfield staring relegation in the face with seven games remaining.

Occasionally in Sunday football you get a ridiculous scoreline and in Division 2, Rednal Social Club and Sporting Club Redditch played out at 16 (yes SIXTEEN) goal thriller, which the home side edged 9-7! Sporting Club Redditch raced into a 3 goal lead inside 25 minutes before 8 goals before half-time saw the sides go in with Rednal holding a 6-5 lead. In the second half, Sporting Club got it back to 7-7 before Rednal’s continued prolific firepower saw another two goals scored to give them the victory. Woodgate Valley and LPR meanwhile played out a 3-3 draw where the home side goals came courtesy of Jamie Sippitts’s brace (Motorbike man) and one for new signing from Rubery Juniors Brad Hendry. In a feisty tie that was ready to go pop at any point in time, indeed Woodgate finished with 10 men, LPR were perhaps unfortunate not to win and the non-award of three penalty shouts could have seen the single point trebled to three had one been awarded and converted.  

In the bottom tier, both of next weeks cup finalists warmed up for the Rose Bowl final with convincing wins. League leaders Rubery thrashed Stoke Sporting Reserves 7-0, welcome back to Stoke Country Club pitch as well, hat-tricks coming from Brogan Halpin and [censored] ‘Pirlo’ Behan with a rare goal also from Dan Francis. The new Halpin/Behan axis is proving pivotal for Rubery with 15 goals netted together since their partnership formed. Rubery did a suffer a blow in the game as defender Luke Hobson broke a collarbone and now misses the final, we extend our best wishes to him for a speedy recovery. Callowbrook Green had a good win over Chaddesley Corbett Reserves to put a spanner in the home side title hopes. Swifts went 1-0 up from a though ball to Jamie Carr who calmly slotted home. Chadds managed to equalise before Callowbrook went 2-1 up thanks to James Cadd’s powerful header. Chadds got another equaliser in the second half before Callowbrook accelerated away for the victory; Jimmy Ward headed home after good work by Jordan Smart and then Luke Wyatt gave them some daylight with a fourth. Smart was at the assisting again providing the cross from which Jordan Redden headed home the fifth.  Arrow Valley meanwhile are unbeaten in three league games, today was their first game at all in five weeks as they came away from Sidemoor with a 3-1 win over inconsistent FC Bromsgrove who failed to build on last week’s stunning win although after a good first half where FCB went 1-0 up, they’ll be disappointed to lose. However two moments of madness from FCB players saw two players sent off within moments of each other which gave the platform for Arrow to go and win the game thanks to goals from Jay Russell, Reece Miles and Chris Wright.
As we move into March, we very much hope we are over the worst of the weather and can plan ahead with confidence. Next week’s highlight is of course the Rose Bowl Cup Final (Rubery v Callowbrook Green) which is a 630pm kick off at Bromsgrove Sporting FC so please do join us for the match; As you can see from the above reports, both sides know how to score goals so it should be a very close game. We also have a tasty WA Harris Cup match between Northfield Athletic and WCT Youth Raiders as well as the Centenary Cup Semi-Final between Meadow Park and Rubery Juniors with the home side hot favourites to make it to their third cup final of the season! Only one outside cup game next week as Hizza United look to reach the semi-finals of the Worcester Nursing Cup as they host Colletts Green, as their ‘warmup’ cup final match.  

We’ll be back next MONDAY evening as our reporting team will be on full duty at the Rose Bowl Final so we will not be publishing until 24 hours later than normal.


Bartley Green Sunday 0, Broadway United 1
Meadow Park 4, Northfield Athletic 3 (Cowley, A Westwood, Moore)
Bromsgrove Corinthians 1, Fernhill Heath Athletic 3
Rubery Juniors 0, VBG Fairfield 11 (BLAKEMORE 5, BISHOP 4, Molesworth, Wilkes)
Hizza United 3 (Verity 2, Whiston), Chaps United 1

Rubery Athletic 3 (Davies, Hurlbutt, Ward), Alcester Town 0

The Grove 0, WCT Youth Raiders 7 (R Smith 2, Jeffries, Goddard, Andrews, Haines)
Belbroughton Athletic 3, Oak Tree Sporting 4 (MILBOURNE 3, Gasson)
GLA 5, Spa Athletic 1
Conway Albion 2 (Cole, Hill), Wychbold RBL 2 (Rudge, Weatherby)
AFC Northfield 1 (Draper), Sporting Rednal 4 (NEWMAN 3, Heywood)
Rednal Social Club 9, Sporting Club Redditch 7 (SHAW 4, Rainbow, Sill, Edmonds)
Woodgate Valley 3 (Sippitts 2, Hendry), LPR 3
Chaddesley Corbett Reserves 2, Callowbrook Green 5 (Redden, Carr, Cadd, Ward, Wyatt)
FC Bromgrove 1, Arrow Valley 3
Stoke Sporting Reserves 0, Rubery 7



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