First Win of the Season for Sutton

Bromsgrove & District Football League Results

Last Updated: Nov 24, 2014 08:17pm
Abbey, Redditch
By Simon Burgess
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Bromsgrove League 1, Rain 0. Or should that be Bromsgrove League 10, Rain 0, given we managed to get 10 games played today despite the best attempts of mother nature!

A great return and massive credit to those sides who reversed fixtures/booked up other pitches so the games got ticked off. We also say Congratulations to Coldfield FC who won their first game of the season, more on that later.

One of those who switched venues at short notice were Rubery Athletic who were rewarded with a 2-0 win over Golden Lion Athletic in the WA Harris Cup Preliminary Round. Goals from Connor Wilson and Lee Davies did the damage in this one. Belbroughton away in the next round is their draw.

In the Bridgwater Cup group phases, Sporting Rednal and Arrow Valley played out a 'dead rubber' in Group C with both sides already knocked out the competition. Rednal warmed up for next weeks WFA County Cup Tie by getting some shooting practice in and putting 11 past a stunned Valley team. Dan Caveney led the way with four goals, two each for Connor Collins and Anton Gardner-Bennett; Lloyd Newman, Richie Heywood and the spud Michael Connolly one each. Chaddesley Corbett meanwhile knew they had already won the group but faced a Bromsgrove United side who needed the points to make their way up the table, but it was Chadds who showed they were top dogs with a 6-4 victory in a 10 goal Longmore thriller which the resident reporter Matt Guise couldn't keep up with! Bromsgrove took the lead after 5 minutes springing a very dodgy Chadds offside trap and leaving a tap in after a right wing centre. Nathan Steward (who would go on to net a hat-trick) pulled Chadds level after a monster goal kick from Christopher Crook. Chadds went ahead when Steward took advantage of fine work by Paul Lofthouse. Steward completed the hat-trick soon after with a brilliant 25 yarder and his performance stole all the first half headlines. Bromsgrove were back in it when a header from a corner made it over the line despite Guises's efforts to clear it, tangling himself in the net in the process. Into the second half and Bromsgrove levelled when the ball rebounded kindly to them from a saved shot. The comeback from Bromsgrove was seemingly then complete when a penalty was awarded and converted. Chadds long unbeaten run was on the line by now and they were determined not to throw it away and they managed to get another 3 goals to give themselves the win. By process of elimination on the match report, we've worked out 'Lego Hair' is actually Louis Teague and his 30 yarder got the teams level again! Damian Ash added the fifth Chadds goal after being assisted by Steward, before Ash Bradbury got his first goal of the season with a cool one on one finish to complete the scoring. Chadds will be at home to Bromsgrove United Reserves in the quarter-final.

In the Premier Division, Hare and Hounds had a fine day. Firstly they beat AFC Northfield 8-0, more on that in a second, before finding out two potential title rivals had only drawn, Bromsgrove Unionists and Belbroughton Athletic. The latter game ended 2-2, a fair result and a real physical game on a difficult surface. Craig Barnett and Joe Hawkins scored for Unionists and whilst we don't have the Belbroughton scorers, we know they missed a penalty which the Unionists keeper got down well too to stop. As for Hounds, they cruised to a very comfortable victory which really should have been more on what ended up being a Silver Street mudbath as the pitch cut up in the second eriod. Hounds started the game very quickly and took advantage of AFCN looking haplessly disorganised at the back to score twice in the opening four minutes, both through Jack Skerrett who was a handful all game with his physical presence and good link up play. Even at this early stage, it seemed to be a case of how many as blue shirts flooded the pitch with AFCN huffing/puffing to no avail. AFCN did have a chance on 8 minutes though as Sam Johnson Moore, playing as an emergency striker, hit a fine left foot shot which warmed the hands of Andrew Wardle between the sticks; Despite Moore's effort and Pickersgill's willing running, Hounds dominated the half. David Glaze added a spectacular third with a 20 yard left footer before Skerrett helped himself to two more as Hounds went through the AFCN backline like the proverbial knife through butter. 5-0 at half-time and the result not in doubt, Hounds did take their foot off the pedal in the second period and got a bit sloppy at times. However with fine ball players in the team, Richard Dugmore and Lee Dunkley in particular, they soon got hold of the ball again and re-started their attacks. AFCN keeper Robert Mugerameno had a busy afternoon and had to deal with numerous shots and tip overs. Further Hounds goals came from Richard and Ben Dugmore and a neat finish from Josh Westwood, R Dugmore's perhaps the pick of them with a cheeky flicked finish with his insole. Credit to AFCN who never ever gave up and battled hard, but they were undone by some footballers who were a class above and it was easy to see why Hounds are yet to taste defeat this season.

In Division One and Sporting Grapevine's 2-1 home win over FC Rednal, jumped them 5 places to the top of the table. Goals from Will Doolan and in-form midfielder Danny Fogarty did the trick here. The Grapes are fast becoming a force to be reckoned with and it'll be interesting to see if they can maintain this form in the long run.
Division Two action saw Callowbrook Blue beat AFC Millfields 4-0 thanks to a brace from Ross Tipper and one each for the Superstar (Matthew Perry) and Curtis Donaldson. Meanwhile BGIS's fine run continued with a fine 2-0 away win from a tricky looking trip to Awkies Allstars on the infamous Boleyn slope and in the process kept their third clean sheet in the last five. Kicking up the slope in the first period, the outspoken Colin Tandy put BGIS ahead after 5 minutes. The second goal didn't come until the second half when Danny Lawrence, getting some game time in before a 3 match suspension, had his shot saved and it rebounded to Django (who we have no idea who this is) who couldn't miss. A scrappy but professional showing from BGIS who are expected to fill their boots against Evesham League Division 4  bottom side Ruby Jacks in next weeks county cup.

Into Division Three and it's a massive well done to Coldfield who won their first game of the season today, a 3-1 away win at Belbroughton Athletic Reserves! It's been a long time in coming but Coldfield have kept the faith in their players and they got their reward today. They had to do it the hard way though coming from behind after Belbroughton's early champagne football had given them an early goal. Coldfield talisman Chris Adams got his team back in the game with a fine solo effort to give a half-time scoreline of 1-1. Into the second period and David Lewis then gave Coldfield the lead with a fine individual run from left back. With Coldfield undoubtedly nervous at trying to cling onto their lead, they managed to give themselves a buffer after a poor headed backpass and Adams was first to react, deftly lobbing the keeper to spark wild celebrations as the points were banked. Let's hope they can kick on from this but with only 6 league games left to play, the season might end up ending too early! In the other game, there were another shedload of goals in a game involving Bromsgrove United Reserves, the real entertainers, as they drew 3-3 with Stoke Sporting Reserves. SSR actually went 2-0 ahead in this one before United's Matthew Tonks scored his first of the season to pull one back, before United hit the woodwork in every conceivable area as they desperatly sought a way back into the game. Shortly after half-time, the pressure paid off as in-form Connor Wheatley netted with the help of a deflection for 2-2. SSR were soon back in front after a one on one conversion before another rare strike from Lee Crawford pulled this topsy-turvey game back level again! A draw was probably a fair result, with SSR's goals coming from Peter Warman (a brace for the in-form little midfielder) and one for Dean Price.

Onto next weeks fixtures, rain permitting of course and it's back to the County Cup for the majority of our teams. Pick of the games is certainly Hare and Hounds v WCT Raiders which should be a cracker - It may even be the Hounds' biggest test of the season and if they come out it with the win, we'll be delighted as it will really put a marker down for our League and the strength we now possess. We have lots of representatives in the Minor Cup too, some with favourable draws, so let's hope they find their way into the next round as well.  In League action the pick of the ties would be Rubery Athletic v Bromsgrove Unionists and North Colts United v Lickey End Social. Good luck to everyone whatever game you are playing in. 

Chaddesley Corbett 6 (STEWARD 3, Teague, Bradbury, D Ash), Bromsgrove United 4 (Hegarty 2, Edgington, Blakeway)  
Arrow Valley 0, Sporting Rednal 11 (CAVENEY 4, Collins 2, Gardner-Bennett 2, Connolly, Heywood, Newman)

Rubery Athletic 2 (Wilson, Davies), Golden Lion Athletic 0
AFC Northfield 0, Hare and Hounds 8 (SKERRETT 4, Glaze, R Dugmore, B Dugmore, Westwood)
Bromsgrove Unionists 2 (Barnett, Hawkins), Belbroughton Athletic 2

Sporting Grapevine 2 (Fogarty, Doolan), FC Rednal 1
Awkies Allstars 0, BGIS 2 (Tandy, Django)
Callowbrook Blue 4 (Tipper 2, Perry, Donaldson), AFC Millfields 0
Belbroughton Athletic Reserves 1, Coldfield 3 (Adams 2, Lewis)
Bromsgrove United Reserves 3 (Wheatley, Crawford, Tonks), Stoke Sporting Reserves 3 (Warman 2, Price)


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