First Ever Silverware for Bromsgrove Utd

Bromsgrove & District Football League

Last Updated: Mar 11, 2014 07:30pm
Sidemoor, Bromsgrove
By Simon Burgess
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A dose of spring like sunshine swathed the pitches of the Bromsgrove League on Sunday morning which allowed almost every game to take place, barring two, however Victoria Barnt Green were able to reverse their game at HDA Club in Redditch onto Meadow Park's pitch which allowed them to play for the first time in three weeks, so big thanks to Meadow Park for that favour.

Onto the football itself and a day of at least 8 red cards across the various matches, but we'll start with a match report on the Centenary Cup Final played between Studley Road Social and Bromsgrove United on Sunday evening - Two debutant finalists and at the end of the night, it was Bromsgrove United who were smiling the most as they collected their first ever silverware in front a brilliant crowd of 309 at Bromsgrove Sporting FC.

The game started extremely competitively with both sides showing no fears. Brett Lodge had the first chance for Studley when he fired wide after 6 minutes, but it wasn't long before the breakthrough. Bees midfielder Paul Carter needlessly bundled over Tom Murphy in the box (for which he was cautioned) and Terry Nolan converted a very cool spot kick to give [censored] Carr's men the lead. The lead lasted little more than 5 minutes though as Bees striker Danny Lawrence, who had arrived to the game extremely well suited and booted and overdressed compared to his teammates, showed his skills were not limited to the fashion stakes, as he rifled home a 25 yard free kick which alluded the diving Peter Onions in the Studley goal who will be disappointed he could only palm it into the back of the net. Moments earlier, Lawrence's striking sidekick and Bees man of the match, Bradley Bullimore had shot wide as the Bees came bouncing back from their early setback. The action continued with frantic play all around without many clear cut chances being created. Bees thought they had taken the lead on 28 minutes when a cross was headed home but referee Macilravey correctly adjudged Onions to have been fouled in the build up and Studley breathed a sigh of relief. 1-1 at the break. Into the second half and Nolan had a good chance to put his Studley side back in front on 50 minutes but having beaten Mark Bagley to the ball using his seering pace, his lob agonizingly bounced wide of the upright. This miss was punished on 52 minutes though as Lawrence broke the offside trap and slotted home from close range to give Bees the lead. They were very much in the ascendency now though as Scott Bagley volleyed wide on 65. The game continued to ebb and swing, with the crowd enjoying the game in a special Bromsgrove League final atmosphere, but  the game was put to bed on 76 minutes when Bullimore's cheeky backflick from a left wing centre gave Onions no chance at his near post. Studley threw everything at Bees but they could not find a goal to give them hope, their last chance being a free kick on 90 minutes and at the final whistle, it was the yellow and black army who celebrated in what had been an entertaining final.

The remaining action across the League saw a host of interesting results. In the Evesham Hospital Cup, our two remaining representatives, Redditch United and Washford Lions had mixed fortunes. Redditch who were already facing some fixture congestion, crashed out after losing 3-2 to Bretferton Sports AET, so maybe the defeat is a blessing in disguise on this occassion. Joe Kings and Jamie Hatfield on target in a game which could have gone either way. Washford meanwhile progress into the semis where they will face Bredon; This after they saw off Tesco United 4-1 (what a great name for a football team!), thanks to goals from Marc Jovanovic, Chris Hands, Sean Trainor and Matt Rowland.

Premier Division action now and as mentioned above, Vic Barnt Green managed to get a game in and their 2-0 win over Meadow Park allowed them to maintain their 100% record in the league. Two Richard Bishop strikes were enough for the points and although the scoreline suggests a close game, the reality was very different as Vic dominated most of the match. Rubery Social Allstars played for only the second time in 2014 and came away from Baytree Farm (finally back in action) with a 3-0 win over Rubery Oak as they look to finish off their spell in adult football in style by finishing runners up in the league. No details of goalscorers but Rubery Oak played for 60 minutes with 10 men after Dean Lea was sent off for retaliating in an incident with Allstars centre back Michael Bagley, who was extremely lucky to escape with only a yellow card. Lea will unfortunately now miss the cup final in two weeks time, which merely rubs salt into the wounds. Another team to play with ten men for most of the game were Golden Lion Athletic who had Luke Benson heading for the showers after only 8 minutes; Redditch Athletic took full advantage and came away with a 3-1 win as they haul themselves towards mid table safety with one game remaining.

Onto Division 1 and game of the day was the AFC Northfield v Hare and Hounds showdown, an afternoon kick off on Boleyn Road East due to the ongoing problems with Boleyn Road West. A very successful day for Hare and Hounds though whose 3-2 victory secured them the Division 1 title. Congratulations to Mark and Ian Hickey and their lads and a 13th successive league win means they only need to win at Rubery Athletic next week to go through the whole league season unbeaten. Another sending off in this game as AFCN's Danny Mayo saw red for a professional foul, but the two strikes from Lee Dunkley (one a penalty from the sending off) and Elliott Cody were enough for the Hounds. Matt Carter got both AFCN's goals as they pushed Hounds all the way but just didn't have enough in the tank. Rubery Athletic had a fine 4-1 at Stoke Sporting, a game which was changed to Pershore High School 3G as we expanded our horizons further. Adam Neason's hat-trick and Andy Court's strike secured the points, although it could have been more had Rob Hurlbutt not missed from the penalty spot. Matt Chance's free kick for Stoke Sporting was all they had to show for their day. A stormy game between Spa Athletic and Belbroughton Athletic saw both sides end up with 9 men after an astonishing four red cards in the Droitwich Leisure Centre showdown. Shem Bennett and a Spa player were the first to go after squaring up to each other, before Spa had another man dismissed for two bookings, this was shortly followed by Belbroughton's Al Emery departing for the same reason. In between the fun and games of all that, Jamie Brooks low shot secured the away win and Belbroughton head into their semi final next week in good spirits but tarnished by the fact Bennett and Emery are both going to miss out on a possible final appearance due to suspension.

Division 2 next and North Colts United regained their top spot with a 4-0 away win at Golden Lion Athletic Reserves. Colts won Division 3 last season at a canter, but are finding it slightly more taxing this season; Still they retain a good quality squad and goals from Josh Moore, Jake Thomas, Michael Teji and Dayle Hawkins did the trick against a GLAR side for whom the season seemingly can't end quick enough. Another side in need of a summer break are Callowbrook Swifts who took a hefty 9-0 blow against Lickey End Social, for whom finally found their feet again after a period of indifferent results. Dane Morgan was the hero with 4 goals, Sam Wright got 3, one each for Lee Ewens and Jay Woolridge. A nice result for Hewell Grangers too, only their second win of the season, as they beat Victoria Barnt Green Reserves 5-3. Hewell went in front after 15 seconds when their centre forward barged his way through the heart of the Vic backline to shoot past Mark Hobbis, who was to later concede a penalty as well. Although Andy Dawson's brace and Nick Hobbis gave Vic three goals, their misery was compounded when (we think) Danny Hobbis was sent off for needlessly collecting two yellow cards in the space of seconds the first for dissent and then the second for sarcastically clapping the referee for giving him the first card! A day to forget for the Vic Reserves!

A really big game in Division 3 too, AFC Millfields and Toby Jug Athletic was a hugely anticipated clash and Toby Jug dished out a 7-1 thrashing to a shell shocked home side. Lots of different scorers for Toby but Connor Collins's brace was the key to the success and they are now ominously closing in on the top of the table with games in hand. Stu Hatfield (from the spot) got the home sides goal, which turned out to be little more than a consolation. AFCM manager Adrian Godwin was quick to acknowledge his side were well beaten on the day. Another team with title aspirations, Laburnum, continue to go about their business quietly this time racking up a 3-1 away win at Longbridge Athletic. Ryan Sproston and Andy Seager are the form strikers with all the Laburnum goals coming courtesy of this pair. Michael Butler got the home sides consolation and man of the match award at a boggy Rubery Park. Meanwhile AFC Northfield Reserves and Arrow Valley played out an entertaining 2-2 draw with the match referee praising the attitude, application and banter of both sides. Ben Pickersgill and Michael 'Fuller' Chaffatt for AFCNR.

Two important semi finals on next weeks fixture list, which will complete the line up for the LMS Shield cup final and then the first half of the Rose Bowl final. We'll be back on Sunday next week, not Monday with your number one round up.

PREM Team P W D L F A GD Pts   DIV 1 Team P W D L F A GD Pts
1 Victoria Barnt Green 9 9 0 0 33 6 27 27   1 Hare and Hounds 2013 13 13 0 0 62 18 44 39
2 Rubery Social Allstars 11 7 2 2 28 18 10 23   2 AFC Northfield 10 8 0 2 30 17 13 24
3 Redditch United 8 6 0 2 26 13 13 18   3 Belbroughton Athletic 12 7 0 5 25 19 6 21
5 West Heath United 11 5 2 4 28 25 3 17   4 Rubery Athletic 11 5 3 3 24 17 7 18
4 Rubery Oak 9 5 1 3 26 26 0 16   5 Stoke Sporting 12 5 0 7 18 26 -8 15
6 Redditch Athletic 98 13 4 0 9 23 36 -13 12   6 Spa Athletic 12 3 2 7 18 32 -14 11
7 Golden Lion Athletic 12 1 1 10 22 45 -23 4   7 Sporting Grapevine 13 2 0 11 22 41 -19 6
8 Meadow Park  9 0 2 7 6 23 -17 2   8 Santiago RV 11 1 1 9 16 45 -29 4
                      CRABMILL RESIGNED 11TH NOVEMBER 2013            
DIV 2 Team P W D L F A GD Pts   DIV 3 Team P W D L F A GD Pts
1 North Colts United 15 12 1 2 62 16 46 37   1 AFC Millfields 17 11 2 4 64 47 17 35
2 FC Rednal 15 12 1 2 76 23 53 34   2 Stoke Prior 17 11 1 5 45 27 18 34
3 Vic Barnt Green Res 14 9 0 5 38 43 -5 27   3 Laburnum 14 11 0 3 70 30 40 33
4 Washford Lions 11 7 1 3 46 23 23 22   4 Hizza Utd Seconds 14 10 2 2 48 21 27 32
5 Lickey End Social 12 7 1 4 49 30 19 22   5 Toby Jug Athletic 12 10 1 1 41 18 23 31
6 Bromsgrove United 11 6 2 3 58 27 31 20   6 AFC Northfield Res 16 6 2 8 42 36 6 20
7 Studley Road Social 14 4 0 10 29 55 -26 12   7 Belb Athletic Res 15 5 2 8 43 54 -11 17
8 Hewell Grangers 15 2 1 12 21 83 -62 7   8 Arrow Valley 18 3 5 10 40 53 -13 14
9 Golden Lion Ath Res 9 2 0 8 15 40 -25 6   9 Longbridge Athletic 15 4 0 11 37 57 -20 12
10 Callowbrook Swifts 15 1 1 13 13 67 -54 4   10 Coldfield 16 3 2 11 34 70 -36 11
FC REDNAL DEDUCTED 3 POINTS                    11 Red Lions 16 2 1 13 19 70 -51 7
CHURCHFIELDS UNITED RESIGNED 08TH JANUARY 2014                              


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