Excellent Day of Results for Team BDFL

Bromsgrove & District Football League

Last Updated: Feb 1, 2016 08:53pm
Abbey, Redditch
By Simon Burgess
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Just 4 months of the season left now but a large amount of football still to play, this despite a majority number of teams beating the recent weather mayhem to get their games played today. It’s just as well they did as ‘Team BDFL’ had an excellent day in the Outside Cup competitions progressing with each game played. 

The games that did go ahead saw the main focus fall onto the County Cup. Bartley Green Sunday whose game was moved to a 3G pitch at the start of the week, saw off previous WFA Minor Cup winners Plough Dukes by an 8-1 scoreline, the game done and dusted by half-time as Bartley raced into a 6-0 lead. 8-1 should really have been 9-1 though as Connor Collins hat-trick bid failed as he inexplicably hit the bar from 5 yards out with a completely wide open goal having rounded the keeper; It is rumored to be ten times worse than Dom Strevens’s miss last week but it wasn’t costly as Bartley strolled to the semi-finals with the minimum of fuss. It is also worth mentioning the Plough consolation goal as Bartley keeper Aaron Collins was beaten from all of 55 yards as he lost concentration. Collins’s brace was added to by a hat-trick for Strevens and a hat-trick for fellow front man Dan Lawrence as Bartley’s strikeforce proved too much for the Cleobury Mortimer based side.

With Meadow Park and Rednal Social Club playing each other, one more junior cup semi-finalist was guaranteed and this game went the way of Meadow Park 4-1; In a feisty game of 7 yellows and 1 red, a fine performance by Meadow who bossed the game and Rednal had no reply, even grateful to Luke Stanley for keeping the score down, but their consolation goal came courtesy of Redditch United’s Jamie Ashmore. The only blot on the landscape for Meadow (whose goalscorers are unknown) was the red card for midfielder Chris Glover received for violent conduct and this will rule him out of the semi-final at the end of the month. Our third and final semi-finalist this year is the compass and map carrying Northfield Athletic, off on their long travels again, but they had a lucky escape playing The Bell @ Pensax; With Northfield 3-2 behind in the dying moments of the game, also down to 10 men after an injury and all subs used, they came roaring back to snatch victory 4-3 and the Northfield fan base firmly believe their name is on the trophy! Josh Moore was the hat-trick hero with Paul Newman getting one. At the time of writing, we are awaiting the exact match details percolated to the precise second by their main chef, Chris Bench, but keep your eyes peeled on the Facebook group where another essay will surely be posted for your enjoyment! Regardless of which of our sides get drawn against each other in the semi, we are now guaranteed one finalist and it is very much hoped there can be an all BDFL county final for the second year running.

In the Minor Cup quarter-finals, Bromsgrove Corinthians travelled to Swan Athletic, another fixture reversed after the Navigation Inn suffered from some flooding and our side came away with a hard fought 2-1 win. Leigh O Connell’s moment of magic set up Tom Mason for the opener before the Swan equalizer came; Corinthians bagged the winner through Joshua Mitchell. A great win, semi-final place booked and a great end to a successful County Cup day for the BDFL!

Some cunning planning by our fixture computer saw some Worcester Nursing Cup ties bought forward a week to try and help pitch allocations and both these matches played….eventually! In the Worcester Nursing Minor Cup, there was pre-match drama when referee Russell Thomas ruled the pitch unfit for play with both sides already on the pitch pretty much ready to go, however after some fast intervention by a clearly seething Chris Fox who was leaping around like a kangaroo on heat, the game was transferred onto an adjacent dormant pitch and the game went ahead! Awkies came away with a 3-2 victory so job done but they did it the hard way; Inspirational half-time tactics and substitutes from Fox got the Bears back in the game after falling behind in the first period, firstly when returning striker Matt Adams was set up to volley home after fine play by Ash Tullett and Mike Ryan. The second goal came when Chris Mcgrory headed in Fox’s free kick but this was cancelled out by The Talbot who drew level. The winner for Awkies came when Jason Gibbons raced away and calmly lifted the ball over the onrushing keeper, so big congrats to Awkies who reach the semi-finals, we believe for the second successive season, where they will play either FC Korono or Clifton Rovers.

In the Junior Nursing Cup now and the first eagerly awaited contest between the Premier Division big boys VBG Fairfield and WCT Youth Raiders, VBGF got the bragging rights for now as they won the match 4-1, this after the match was switched from Fairfield Villa at 9am this morning. On a quagmire of a Droitwich pitch which actually held its condition pretty well throughout despite being extremely muddy from the word go, VBGF started the game by far the better team adopting to the conditions well and had created several good chances before their keeper Chris Mole pulled off a point blank save to deny WCT the lead; After this, VBGF took complete control for the rest of the half as WCT seemed to pay too much respect. Dan Wilkes, Ellis Blakemore and Ryan Molesworth, playing as an emergency centre forward, were dominating the WCT backline with their pace and movement and it was Wilkes who put VBGF ahead with a lovely finish on 15 minutes after accelerating clear of his marker. The lead was doubled moments later when Dan Stevens in the WCT goal bought down Molesworth who had scampered clear of the backline and Wilkes sent Stevens the wrong way from the spot. VBGF continued to pour forward and some lovely interchange play by Pete Jenvey and Laurence Martin set up Blakemore who really should have scored, this being one of a host of chances created and missed. WCT were really struggling with their final ball often letting them down and VBGF counter-attacked quickly. Just before the half-time oranges, VBGF went further ahead when Molesworth applied an ice cool one on one finish for 3-0. WCT made a couple of half-time subs and they managed to get themselves back in the game showing far more positivity and Andy Cornes coming on at right back seemed to nullify Wilkes as VBGF began to lose the ball in bad areas. From a quick free-kick just before the hour mark, WCT netted as skipper Rich Smith was fast to react and beat Mole to the ball and finishing well. WCT really had a head of steam now and Mole was again the saviour, getting down low by his near post to tip around another goalbound effort. VBGF held firm though and overcame the pressure being applied by grabbing a fourth as Martin showed smart skills on the edge of the box and fired across substitute keeper Ryan Tooth into the corner. This pretty much killed the game off and VBGF went on to see the game out, but WCT in patches showed they could live with VBGF and the league games between the two sides, hopefully on a far better pitch than the one today will see an equally good encounter played in the same spirit and sportsmanship as it was today. VBGF also move into the semis where we believe Perrywood are likely to await them.

Another team celebrating tonight are Callowbrook Green, into their first ever cup final as they secured a Rose Bowl Cup Final place after they beat Stoke Prior 4-1 for the March 6thshowdown with either Chaddesley Reserves or Rubery. Congratulations to Callowbrook Green who endured a nightmare October with a glut of suspensions but have gamely plugged on! This was a fairly routine win as Callowbrook went into a 3-0 lead, clearly adapting to the mud and molehills a lot better than their opponents and then after Stoke did get back in the game by pulling one back, simply went forward and scored again to kill it off, the braces coming from Jimmy Ward and Jack Steele. Stoke could have reduced the deficit further after a foul by Luke Wyatt, but Colin Tomlinson in the home goal saved the resulting penalty. A clean game too with renowned card arbiter John Harris seeing the game through without recourse for any disciplinary action.

WA Harris Cup Preliminary Round action next and the Sidemoor derby didn’t disappoint as both sides AFC Millfields and FC Bromsgrove got embroiled in an 8 goal thriller which ended 4 each, the tie being decided on penalties in AFCM’s favour. AFCM found it hard to shake off FC Bromsgrove in this one with the ‘visitors’ twice coming back from two goal deficits. Goals for AFCM in this game from Ash Roland (2), Chris Burford and the chatty man Robert Stevenson. 

In other league action played, amazingly 7 games in total surviving this week, we had a Premier Division match where Rubery Athletic got lucky and edged out Lickey End Social 3-2 in a game where the hosts left gutted not to get something out of the match with Rubery cheekily taking the three points back down the A38. Andy Court at the double (one of these the late winner), whilst Nathan Ward netted too. 

In Division 1, AFC Northfield took on GLA in another match moved to Droitwich at short notice but the move didn’t pay off for AFCN as they were beaten 2-1. Sam Chilton opened the scoring for AFCN on 6 minutes when he beat the offside trap and finished well. Despite a barrage of GLA pressure, the breakthrough just wouldn’t come and the teams went off at interval with AFCN holding the lead. GLA came out even stronger in the second half and equalized through Kit Wozniak’s heavily deflected goal, before the evergreen veteran Stee Collett netted the winner on 68 minutes. Bromsgrove United got back on the winning trail too as they beat Sporting Rednal 6-2, with the goals coming from James Halsall (3), Michael Hegarty (2) and Tom Trow-Poole with the other. Bromsgrove were down to the bare bones today which meant Suki Singh had to play a full 90 minutes in the middle of the park, his legs are sure to be stiff in the morning. Chaddesley Corbett were, perhaps surprisingly, seen off at home 3-1 by Stoke Sporting playing their first game for some 8 weeks; The rustiness didn’t show though after David Fisher put his squad through a tough midweek training regime, goals coming from Peter Warman’s brace (he can’t seem to stop scoring this season) and Ben Johnson. Chaddesley netted through superstar Matt Perry, stabbing home after Paul Lofthouse had hit the post, but their defeat wasn’t helped by Matt Danbury’s astonishing post-match outburst at the referee which will undoubtedly land him in hot water in the coming weeks.

In Division 2, Chaps United were another team glad to get back to playing and they had an even longer absence to overcome, a 9 week one, but they travelled to Hewell and came away 3-2 winners. Hizza had a comfortable 8-1 win over Bridgefield, thanks to Aaron Harris for reversing the fixture to get a match chalked off, but Hizza dominated the game throughout and it could have been double figures. As it happens, Ben Briggs and Scott Young both got hat-tricks whilst Ash Verity hit two, one a 30 yard screamer. In the only other game, another reversal of a pitch saw Bromsgrove Brentnal play Woodgate Valley and Woodgate stormed to a 7-0 victory over a Brentnal side who finally played their first game in 2016, under new management after Phil Eves spectacularly decided to step down from his roles within the club over the xmas period. After holding their own for 70 minutes, Brentnal tired and Valley took advantage with the motorbike man Jamie Sippitts grabbing three, Josh Fergusson two plus one apiece for Ben Fowler and the legendary named muscleman Nick Wilson. 

So all in all a successful days football although some pitches out there may not be feeling the same tonight; It seems like it had got to the stage today that people were so desperate to play they were going to play whatever. It doesn’t mean we can put away the prayer mats for good weather as we are far from out of the woods and pitches need some dry weather to recover, but with more uncertain weather due next week, this may not be possible; However we head into February knowing a little bit more about how the season may pan out here on in.


Bartley Green Sunday 8 (STREVENS 3, LAWRENCE 3, Collins 2), Plough Dukes 1
Meadow Park 4, Rednal Social Club 1 (Ashmore)
The Bell @ Pensax 3, Northfield Athletic 4 (MOORE 3, Newman)
Bromsgrove Corinthians 2 (Mason, Mitchell), Swan Athletic 1
Callowbrook Green 4 (Ward 2, Steele 2), Stoke Prior 1
AFC Millfields 4 (Roland 2, Burford, Stevenson), FC Bromsgrove 4
AFCM win 4-3 on penalties
VBG Fairfield 4 (Wilkes 2, Molesworth, L Martin), WCT Youth Raiders 1 (R Smith)
The Talbot 2, Awkies Allstars 3 (Adams, Mcgrory, Gibbons)

Lickey End Social 2, Rubery Athletic 3 (Court 2, Ward)
AFC Northfield 1 (Chilton), GLA 2 (Wozniak, Collett)
Chaddesley Corbett 1 (Perry), Stoke Sporting 3 (Warman 2, Johnson) 
Bromsgrove United 6 (HALSALL 3, Hegarty 2, Trow-Poole), Sporting Rednal 2
Hewell 2, Chaps United 3
Bromsgrove Brentnal 0, Woodgate Valley 7 (SIPPITTS 3, Fergusson 2, Fowler, Wilson)
Bridgefield 1, Hizza United 8 (YOUNG 3, BRIGGS 3, Verity 2)



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