FCH Sitting Pretty with Six Points

Bromsgrove & District Football League results

Last Updated: Sep 11, 2016 08:43pm
Abbey, Redditch
By Simon Burgess
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40 out of the 42 teams in action for Week 6 so with 20 games to review, no time to waste!

The newly named and sponsored Bromsgrove and Redditch Standard Shield housed possibly the three ties of the day on paper. Premier Division Pilkington Sunday visited Division 1 FC Highgate United for a tasty derby with both sides holding good squads and it was the Division 1 side who came out 4-2 winners showing no ill effects from Friday's team night out; Early days in the group though but FCH are sitting pretty with six points. Pilkington goals came from Grant Jones and on his return from suspension, Adam Pearshouse. Wychbold and Meadow Park met for the first time in the BDFL in another Division 1/Prem clash and this ended 2-2, a point each keeping both at the head of the table in their group. Meanwhile Premier Division Millfield Rovers travelled to Bromsgrove Athletico of Division 1 and for the second week running, slipped to a defeat against lower graded opponents (and their third straight defeat); Athletico look set to be quite a strong side at home and they beat Gaz Evans's men 4-3. No details of goalscorers from Athletico as their media blackout continues.

It's been a tough week off the field for Sporting Rednal and their visit to Chaddesley Corbett didn't see matters improve much as they slumped to a 3-1 defeat again in the BRS Shield. Matt 'Superstar' Perry netted a brace for Chadds and a dubiously awarded penalty was also converted by Ryan Moore, a decision that set the excitable Rednal manager on the sidelines Jay Nickless into orbit so much so that he was technically sent off by the referee. Rednal goalkeeper Tim Cooney, who had played a blinder, then got himself stupidly red carded recklessly launching himself into Paul Lofthouse. The sides meet again in League action next Sunday on the 3G pitch and an interesting re-match is set to take place.

Laburnum's struggles continue as their Bridgwater Cup tie took them to prison for a showdown with Hewell which the prisoners won 9-1 but with some outstanding forwards in their ranks, it was always likely to be a home win. Nothing went right for Callowbrook Green last week and their Bridgwater Cup trip to Bromsgrove Academicals saw them bounce back to winning ways with a 4-2 victory. Dom Strevens signed off before his 2 match suspension with the perfect hat-trick (left foot, right foot, header) with Luke Wyatt also netting; Academicals goals came from Martin Bonnar and James 'Paris' Hylton who scored from the spot. Winyates lost their first game in the BDFL last week but bounced back today beating Division 3 side Millfield Rovers Reserves 7-1 in their Group B clash; Two hat-trick heroes in this one as Ben Rogers netted four and Adam Dale three; No details from MRR on how the game went and their goalscorer as Ady Godwin is seemingly lying down in a dark room after the result.


Awkies Allstars are traditionally strong at home on their 3G pitch at Four Dwellings School and a visit by Bromsgrove Corinthians saw them put in one of their best performances of the season to win 6-1 this time in Group D. Jase Gibbons opened the scoring early on from Ash Tullett's assist before Tullett missed a penalty. Further goals from Gibbons and one from the twinkle toed Chris Fox (his words not ours) who had the game of his life in the Awkies midfield gave Awkies a strong half-time lead. Alex Wesley notched another into the second half before Fox got his second from Joe Stewart's perfectly weighted cross field pass. Gibbons completed his hat-trick late on to put the cherry on a great home performance to which Corinthians, themselves having a good season, had no answer. We don't have any details on their consolation goal.

Into knockout cup action, Division 3 Rubery Legends got the draw nobody wanted when they pulled out Black Horse away and the Premier Division leaders showed no mercy to their opponents winning 10-2 in the Preliminary Round of the WA Harris Cup, the cup where the winners take home £500; Legends did score a couple of goals though Luke Parker and Jacob Booton the men on target but they need to tighten up at the back as too many goals are being shipped. Northfield Athletic, last year's WA Harris Cup winners opened their defence with a trip to Redditch United Sunday and came away convincing 7-1 winners. Jason Cowley's return has seemingly sparked a revival (another hat-trick for him to add to the ones last season) and fellow partner-in-crime up front Josh Moore has also started scoring now netting a brace; Reece Ward and the Beast, Jon Myrie, completed the goalscoring spree. Nathan Derrick netted what ultimately proved to be a consolation. Sporting Club Redditch are still unbeaten and today's win came over struggling Division 1 side FC Hop Pole and by a similar 7-1 scoreline; In-form SCR superstar Dan Sill netted a hat-trick with Ryan Field and Joe Shaw grabbing two each as SCR put in a proper 90-minute performance. An all Division 3 WA Harris Cup Round 1 tie between Stoke Works and Arrow Valley went to penalties which Arrow Valley won 4-1, this after Garry Harvey had scored a lovely free kick for Valley, thanks to Steve Voice for the footage which can be seen on the Facebook group, whilst Curtis Smith got the Stoke goal as the sides were deadlocked on 90 minutes before the enforced shoot-out. FC Bromsgrove of Division 3 hosted Premier Division Belbroughton Athletic, also in the first round of the Harris and the Prem side won comfortably as expected with FCB legend Pat 'The Cat' Sullivan having to don the gloves in the absence of Tom 'Forlan' Fletcher through suspension. FCB's goal came from Nathan Poole but no details from the Belbroughton camp of their goalscorers but they have at least bounced back from last week's capitulation.


In the Premier Division, BGIS hosted Rubery Athletic with the sides having played each other in pre-season to get a look at each other ahead of the new campaign and today BGIS came through convincing 5-1 winners with the opposition manager Ian Rushton admitting it would have been stopped had it been a boxing game. Bartley's goals came care of Connor Collins (2), Dan Lawrence, Myles Newman and Carl Martin who scored a rip roaring volley from outside the box. Rubery's consolation goal came from the reliable and prolific Andy Court and his 25 yard strike was also worthy of plaudits. Thomas Brothers have had another spree of signings this week but it all seemed to no effect as the five debutants saw Alcester Town race into a two goal lead in their Premier clash at Fairfield Villa. Robbie Bunn, recently acquired from Black Horse, got one back with a low drive before Stuart Hall's wonderful free kick got things level for Brothers. With the points set to be shared, Bunn was tripped in the area and Hall made no mistake from the spot to secure the victory as Brothers title defence has new life breathed into it.


In Division One, the points were shared between Red Lion and Rubery just weeks after Rubery beat Lion at Baytree Farm. Rubery looked set to collect three more points when Sean Donovan and Mitchell Mansfield put them into the driving seat but Lion fought back and goals from the Bear (Dan Bearcroft) and a late Jordan Street free kick ensured the honours were even.

In Division 2, Spa Athletic ended a run of three successive defeats as they beat Hizza United 2-1, thanks to a brace of goals from key midfielder Tom Harris. Studley Lions are going along very nicely at present and their 3-1 win over AFC Northfield was basically sealed in the first 45 minutes as first half goals from Nick Briggs, Chris Hands and debutant Lewis Smith did the damage. AFCN improved after the break but they could only score through Ashan Thomas as Studley game-managed the situation well to pick up the three points ahead of the local derby with Hizza United next Sunday.


In Division 3, two away wins to report on now and the first was a maiden triumph for new side Cofton Old Boys over Ken's Meadow Park Youth who are finding it tough going right now. Old Boys hero was one of their not so old boys, Steve Joynes, as he netted a fine hat-trick although Andy Jervis is staking a claim in the first after his initial shot touched Joynes on route to the goal. Maybe the game would have changed had Meadow netted a first half penalty but after a tough few weeks, Brad Miller in the Old Boys goal made a fine save to keep the clean sheet intact. Chaddesley Corbett Reserves also had a comfortable 5-0 win over Stoke Prior who collapsed in the second half giving away four goals to give the points to the visitors. Phillip 'Pip' Bower netted and the supporting cast of Forde Mackenzie and Craig Sabel both got two each for the Villagers.


Next week sees the first of the outside cup matches as Meadow Park, Oak Tree Sporting, Millfield Rovers and Wychbold RBL all play games in the Bromsgrove Charity Cup a locally organised cup that the League is NOT involved with. We've got Hizza v Studley Lions Part 2, this time in the Centenary Cup Quarter-Final whilst the first of the BGIS v Northfield Athletic clashes takes place in the Premier Cup this match being played at Four Dwellings 3G pitch with Quinton Athletic not using the pitch this week. A couple of tasty Prem and D1 fixtures too so plenty for you to get stuck into next week if you haven't got a game and/or have the chance to go to one.






Winyates 7 (ROGERS 4, DALE 3), Millfield Rovers Reserves 1 


Bromsgrove Academicals 2 (Bonnar, Hylton), Callowbrook Green 4 (STREVENS 3, Wyatt)


Awkies Allstars 6 (GIBBONS 3, Fox 2, Wesley) Bromsgrove Corinthians 1


Hewell 9, Laburnum 1






Chaddesley Corbett 3 (Perry 2, Moore), Sporting Rednal 1


Wychold RBL 2, Meadow Park 2


FC Highgate United 4, Pilkington Sunday 2 (Pearshouse, Jones)


Bromsgrove Athletico 4, Millfield Rovers 3





Black Horse 10, Rubery Legends 2 (Parker, Booton)


Redditch United Sunday 1 (Derrick), Northfield Athletic 7 (COWLEY 3, Moore 2, Teji, Ward)


Sporting Club Redditch 7 (SILL 3, Field 2, Shaw 2), FC Hop Pole 1






Stoke Works 1 (C Smith), Arrow Valley 1 (Harvey) - Arrow Valley win 4-1 on penalties


FC Bromsgrove 1 (Poole), Belbroughton Athletic 8



Thomas Brothers 3 (Hall 2, Bunn), Alcester Town 2
Bartley Green Illey Sunday 5 (Collins 2, Lawrence, Newman, Martin), Rubery Athletic 1 (Court)




Red Lion 2 (Bearcroft, Street), Rubery 2 (Donovan, Mitchell Mansfield)

Studley Lion 3 (Briggs, Hands, Smith), AFC Northfield 1 (Thomas)


Spa Athletic 2 (Harris 2), Hizza United 1


Meadow Park Youth 0, Cofton Old Boys 3 (JOYNES 3)


Stoke Prior 0, Chaddesley Corbett Reserves 5 (Mackenzie 2, Sabel 2, Bower)



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