Emphatic 12 nil win for Bartley Green

Bromsgrove & District Football League

Last Updated: Nov 4, 2015 09:11pm
Abbey, Redditch
By Simon Burgess
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Halloween weekend in the BDFL! A number of our clubs rolled out of their fancy dress costumes, latex clothing and fake blood-ridden gear onto the field of play this morning, still haunted by the ghosts of last night and determined to not end up back in the witches cauldron post-match!


Division 1 Bartley Green Sunday certainly frightened the life out of Premier Division The Grove by storming away to a comprehensive and emphatic 12-0 victory to become the first team into the WA Harris Cup quarter-finals. It took BGS till the 13th minute to score then The Grove backline became haunted by wave after wave of BGS attack; Colin Tandy helped himself to FIVE goals, two for Dan Lawrence and one each for Chris Hickey, Connor Collins, Adam Blackford, Carl Martin and Alex Mitchell.


In the Rose Bowl quarter-final derby, Stoke Prior ended their long losing streak as they creeped out Stoke Sporting Reserves by winning 3-2 to secure their place in the semi-finals, goals coming from Elliott James Nottingham (2) and Adam Harris, boyfriend of Stoke Prior’s chief executive Abi. Pedro Costa in the sticks again saved a penalty for Prior. Congratulations to Jamie Maycroft and team who are now only one game away from a first ever BDFL Cup Final appearance.


We also had the return of Worcester Nursing Cup action, in both the Minor and Junior competitions, with some spook-tacular results, some pleasingly in favour of the BDFL. In the Minor Cup, Hizza United and Awkies Allstars both had comfortable wins. Hizza saw off Malvern Vale from Worcester Division 4 by a 12-2 scoreline, whilst Awkies dominated their game from start to finish playing football on the floor as it should be played, defeating Rileys 5-0. Five individual scorers in this one, Alex Wesley, Jason Gibbons, Ashleigh Tullett (who always scores), Jamie Brennan and Kurt Hoban. It also contained a very odd caution when the referee marked 10 yards out in the wall for a free kick, but the attacking team disagreed with the distance and tried to undermine the referee by walking it out for him afterwards, a very silly way for that player to lose a tenner! In the Junior Cup, we lost GLA and Bromsgrove United from the competition; Bromsgrove United surprisingly going down 5-1 at home to Northside, whilst GLA faced an uphill task at Perrywood especially without Stee Collett leading the line as he was suspended (Perrywood won 8-3). There was however success for VBG Fairfield who out-gunned Arrow Upton 2000 3-1, thanks to Shaun May, Richard Bishop and one for Ellis Blakemore who also bagged an assist.


The game at Chaddesley Corbett in the LMS Shield where Sporting Rednal took on the villagers saw the visitors come away with a 2-1 win, in what was admittedly a poor contest. Chaddesley took the lead in the second half when a shot/cross from the wing eluded everyone and crept under debutant keeper Simon Flanagan. Rednal equalised through James Paul who took advantage of Michael Connolly’s assist, whilst it was perhaps apt that an own goal should win it but how it ended up in the net is anybody’s guess (Editor – Do you think a ghost helped it along the way?). The result sees Chaddesley exit the competition with a whimper losing all 4 group games whilst Rednal go head to head with Bartley Green Sunday next week in what is looking like a potential group decider.


In the Bridgwater Cup, three more group games ticked off but neither really does anything to help decipher who might win the groups concerned! Biggest win was Chaps United’s 8-0 win over AFC Millfields in Group B, whilst in Group A, Bridgefield bounced back to form with a 5-1 away win at Bromsgrove Corinthians who have gone right off the boil in recent weeks A welcome win for Bridgfield whose goals came from Luke Hancock’s hat-trick, Jordan Ward and Dom Landucci. Group C is wide open though and the top two clashed, producing an enthralling 5-5 draw between Rubery Juniors and Callowbrook Green. Our reporter at the match had too much witches brew last night and cant remember the order the goals were scored in but it was 4-4 at half time as both sides attacked with relish and the sun was causing a problem, with Rubery struggling to defend looking into it, especially keeper Ryan Khan who endured a tough 45 minutes between the posts. The second half was a bit quieter with both sides scoring once each for a 5-5 final score, though Khan saved a penalty to secure a point for his side. Rubery’s scorers were Jake Wicketts with a hat-trick, Sean Hoare and Dean Hodges.


In the Premier Division, two matches played and both scorelines were 3-2! The 3-2 scoreline went in favour of Thomas Brothers as they made it 5 from 5 in the League coming from behind to win, goals from Richard Tyler. Dan Price and Stuart Hall. Meanwhile there was late drama at Rubery Athletic v Lickey End Social which the home side won 3-2 for their fourth successive win; Lickey were awarded a free kick on the edge of the area and the ball ended in the net but the referee disallowed it, as there was a player directly in front of the keeper jumping up and down distracting him; It all got too much for Lickey’s Jamie Gardener who saw red for a tirade of industrial language aimed the arbiter’s way as a result of the decision.


In Division 1, Wychbold RBL picked up their first ever three point haul in the BDFL with a 5-3 victory at AFC Northfield in a bizarre but entertaining game at Silver Street where you simply didn’t know what was going to happen next and not sure the players did either! Wychbold took the lead inside 7 minutes when the heavily bearded Paul Brogan was left unmarked to head home Ciaran Sheehan’s well floated corner, this after a sustained period of corners before this. AFCN equalised out of the blue on 11 minutes when the ball fell to Ben Pickersgill who lashed it home from 25 yards past the stand in goalkeeper Ryan Wooley. Wychbold got back in front on 20 minutes when a fine run by Julian Triana saw a left wing pass expertly converted by the experienced Colin Rudge who drilled it home with pinpoint precision. AFCN had a golden chance to equalize from the penalty spot shortly after when Brogan upended an attacker with a rash challenge but Ashan Thomas skied the penalty and a real let off for Wychbold, who were cursing their backline again moments later when the flag correctly stayed down but the Northfield attacker one on one with the keeper could only fire it straight at him; Just before half time, Wychbold scored again when Sheehan, who was buzzy and at the heart of most things Wychbold did, scored from close range for a 3-1 lead. Into the second half and when Sheehan’s cross dipped into the net for a fourth, the points looked safe before AFCN came storming back from nowhere to net, when Thomas turned sharply in the box after Brogan lost the ball and the ball had too much power for Wooley. AFCN holding player Gav Singh then fired a 30 yard thunderbolt inches past the woodwork as AFCN found a turbo charge and put aside their on pitch bickering to concentrate on football. The deficit became one less when Michael Chaffatt got free down the right and his cross was expertly headed home by Thomas at the back post. Wychbold were still in control of the game and looked dangerous on the break, with Aaron Stephens and Triana both squandering chances by not getting their shots off early enough. With AFCN now playing a very misshaped back three, the gaps were wide open and Sheehan completed his hat-trick with the last kick of the match for a 5-3 away win. In the other match, Conway Albion blew a chance to go top of the table by three points as they could only draw at mid-table Spa Athletic, a 2-2 scoreline not being what the halloween skeleton ordered!


In Division 2, Sporting Club Redditch’s home game with Meadow Park was in some doubt leading up to kick off as SCR had not marked out their pitch with no trace of any old markings either. Fortunately some lining equipment was found and the game went ahead, but SCR were on the end of a 6-3 defeat with Sean Chance showing there is still life in him with a hat-trick, Dan Cliffe, Craig Barnett and Karl Cooper also netting, although we understand Steven Rainbow netted an own goal somewhere along the line! SCR scored through Ryan Field, Dan Sill and Shaun Maynard. League leaders LPR were overturned in the prison by a 4-2 scoreline, a result that has been coming for a while for LPR who haven’t been at their fluent best recently, whilst Rednal Social Club took advantage of LPR’s slip up to win 8-1 against Bromsgrove Brentnal, a result which was perhaps a little harsh on the visitors but they were powerless to stop Rednal’s firepower. Kyle Williams netted for Brentnal, who are going through a bit of a managerial re-juggle at the moment with Gary Morgan now entrusted to pick the team.


In Division 3, Laburnum’s horror season shows no signs of abating as they conceded double figures for the second week running, this time in a 10-2 defeat at Arrow Valley for whom Alan Beech and Garry Harvey both netted hat-tricks. Jay Russell bagged a brace (including a long range 25 yarder), with one each for Rob Voice and Matthew Remes. Chaddesley Corbett Reserves move up to second place after a 3-1 win at FC Bromsgrove, goals from Gaz Moriaty and Forde Mackenzie being ‘standard’ but a new name on the scoresheet too in Luke Keeling. 


Onto next weeks’ fixture listings and we have the Evesham Hospital Cup stepping up to the plate for its first appearance of the season and we have good representation in this cup too. A couple of other games to keep your eyes on include Bartley Green Sunday v Sporting Rednal in the LMS Shield and Wychbold RBL v Northfield Athletic in Division 1, will Chris Bench’s men maintain their form after a break? The focus is mainly on league games next week though across all divisions, so we’ll round up as much as we can next Sunday.

Arrow Upton 2000 1, VBG Fairfield 3 (May, Bishop, Blakemore)

The Bell @ Pensax, WCT Youth Raiders
Perrywood 8, GLA 3
Bromsgrove United 1, Northside 5

Meadow Park 2, Spa Athletic 0
Harvington 2, Rednal Social Club 4 (Markall 2, Morrison, Vaughan)
Stoke Sporting 6 (Griffiths, Chaffe, Warman, Badger, Johnson, Baker), LPR 1
Northfield Athletic 9 (BRIANS 3, Teji 2, Gibbs, Moore, Newman, Jackson), Cropthorne 1
Worcester Saints 3, Wychbold RBL 0
Areley Kings 1, Bartley Green Sunday 9 (TANDY 3, MARTIN 3, Myrie 2, Lawrence)
Sporting Rednal 4 (Campbell, Connolly, Gibson, Gardner-Bennett), Bretferton Old Boys 1
Lionfields 6, Stoke Sporting Reserves 0
FC Bromsgrove 2, Queens Head 6
St Peters 4, Callowbrook Green 2

Chaps United 6, Stoke Prior 3

Conway Albion 3 (Jordan, Cole, OG), GLA 1 (Burrows)

Rubery Athletic 0, Alcester Town 0 (Rubery won 3-2 on pens)

Lickey End Social 3, Thomas Brothers 3 (Price, Wroe, OG) (Thomas Brothers won 4-3 on pens)

Bromsgrove United 4 (Halsall, Bullimore, Trevis, OG), AFC Northfield 0 

Hizza United 11, Bridgefield 3
Woodgate Valley 5, Bromsgrove Brentnal 2
Hewell 3, Rubery Juniors 7 (WICKETTS 3, Hodges 2, Mcdonald, Beadle)
Arrow Valley 5 (R Voice 2, Harvey, Russell, Callaghan), Chaddesley Corbett Reserves 4 
Rubery 11, Laburnum 0


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