Four County Cup Victories for BDFL

Bromsgrove & District Football League results

Last Updated: Oct 23, 2016 07:13pm
Abbey, Redditch
By Simon Burgess
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Week 12 looked like getting off to a bad start with news of a referee cry off at 8am but credit to the two managers of the match concerned (more later) who stepped in and ensured the game wasn’t lost due to us having no spares having released the spare official the night before – Apart from that, another successful morning including four county cup victories for the games bought forward to alleviate the issues we have next week with the Birmingham derby noon showdown. 

We’ll start in the County Premier Cup and Millfield Rovers bowed out after a 5-0 defeat by crack Redditch League side Austin Ex Apprentices but importantly Gaz Evans’s men did not shame themselves at all putting in a full shift for the whole 90 minutes; Ultimately Austin’s superior quality shone through and a 3-0 half time lead was pretty much unassailable on their behalf. Northfield Athletic are however through after an astonishing match at Worcester Saints which they won 5-4. Not sure anybody knows the detail of the scoring pattern but what we do know is 48 year old Northfield manager Chris Bench scored the winner for his side (this after Aaron Westwood yet again lost his cool and got needlessly sent off), the Northfield supporters celebrating in ‘Westfields style’ by taking their trousers off and dancing the dance of fairies on the sidelines, unbelievable scenes! A very emotional occasion for Chris given his son Luke was on the pitch at the same time! Northfield’s other goalscorers before the madness were Josh Moore, Reiss Brians, Michael Teji and an own goal. Northfield await news of their quarter-final opponents with the other tie affected to be played next week. 

In the Junior Cup, Studley Lions battled their way into the next round but did it the hard way as they found themselves 3-0 down with 10 to play against a competent Virgin Athletic outfit from Division 1 of the Worcester League; Virgin took the lead through a floated free kick, knocked down and finished well before the lead was extended in the second period when a cross floated over Studley net-minder Kial Jackson into the top corner. Virgin counter-attacked quickly to make it 3-0 before the comeback began – Jamie Hatfield knocked home from close range after a fumble by the Virgin keeper, before Stewart Rowland smashed home Nick Briggs’s free kick and then to complete the comeback, a cool piece of skill from Marc Jovanovic fashioned a chance for himself which he didn’t miss. Onto penalties and Studley got the better of the shoot out 4-3 to move into the third round.  Spa Athletic continued their good form with a fine 5-1 home win over Perrywood AFC Reserves in an eagerly anticipated local derby with many local characters to each other on show! Harry Burchell led the way with a brace backed up by one for Luke Rainbow, one for Kev Owens and amazingly veteran Steve Williams’s first for the club. A good win! 

In the Minor Cup, Bromsgrove Corinthians had a fine day with a brilliant 9-1 away win at Droitwich Spa Eagles Reserves; The MnB strike force, Mason and Beck, netted hat-tricks, whilst Ed Tear grabbed a brace with Andrew Billingham netting a rare goal too.  There was also good news in the Birmingham County Cup first round as Black Horse, who have still only lost once this season, travelled to Leamington Spa to play Khalsa Leamington Spa coming away with a 7-1 victory to put them into the next round of the cup. Well done to Black as they warm up for their crunch FA National Cup game with Austin on 13th November. 

In the Premier Division, just the one game today and Thomas Brothers won 4-0 at Alcester Town. A bit of a turn up for the books given the recent fortunes and status of both clubs recently but Alcester have gone very inconsistent in recent times. We’d like to wish Brothers player Anthony Wright a speedy recovery after a leg break today, but the goals from Ethan Delaney (2), Fabian Connolly and Craig Walker will have put a smile on his face and that of the club overall. Charlie Ward (we think) was sent off for Alcester Town. 

In Division 1, a late change of fixtures on Friday night caused by Sporting Rednal’s county FA suspension saw Rubery moved to a league fixture at Oak Tree Sporting and a good game ended with a 3-3 draw and a share of the spoils. Oak Tree were ahead inside 30 seconds as recalled striker Rory Milbourne found some space and his fine cross was met by midfield powerhouse Lee Jagger who shot home. Rubery equalised (one of Brogan Halpin, Lewis Mcpike and Mason Mansfield with this one) before Oak Tree new signing Bradley Cooper fired home a long range shot Connor Devine will be disappointed he didn’t save. Rubery went ahead in the second half, 3-2, but Jim Keenahan rescued a point with another long range effort which fizzed in the top right hand corner. Milbourne was pleased with his sides commitment today and a point a piece was more than fair. Bromsgrove Athletico hit the goalscoring trail with a 6-0 home win over Quinton Athletic with three players getting braces, namely burly front man Dane Morgan, Wade Malley and jet heeled Sam Wright. It could have been so much different had Cordell White not missed a glorious chance to equalise at 1-0 before Quinton pressed the self-destruct button with a needless sending off; Their day was perhaps summed up when they missed a penalty in the second period (fine save by the O-Dog Owen Hancox), but take nothing away from Bromsgrove who have assembled a decent squad of players all capable of scoring goals. Red Lion were another team to score six, beating FC Hop Pole who did net one themselves. Pete Jenvey, Kieran Madden and Mitchell Sutor the men on target, each netting twice. 

In Division 2, the Awkies v Hizza match was the one affected by the referee cry off and our wholehearted thanks go out to Luke Davenport from Hizza for stepping in and refereeing the whole 90 minutes; Initially Chris Fox from Awkies was going to do it, volunteering to step down from his own clubs playing squad but he took his place in the line-up – It was just as well he did as Fox netted both the opening Awkies goals with his head, netting from free kicks by Joe Stewart and Mike Wakeman. Lewis Murphy got the third after good work by Ash Tullett. A fourth from Jim Carinhan seemed to have sealed the result but Hizza scored two quick goals, one from the spot after Davenport (amusingly but correctly) awarded a penalty to his own side. Three more Awkies goals finished the game though for a convincing 7-2 victory with Niall Keaney, Wakeman and Kurt Hoban getting on the scoresheet. Winyates have had a terrible two weeks but got the show back on the road with a 6-3 victory over Callowbrook Green, for whom new signing Jack Garghan netted a debut hat-trick. Winyates seemed to have thrown away the good start they made with their last two results but some serious talking by Matt Phillips seems to have done the trick and they got back to winning ways in a nice fashion today. However they will have to do without top scorer Ben Rogers next week through suspension when they visit Hewell. 

Two games for Division 3 as well and a single Arrow Valley goal over Laburnum saw them take the three points in the always feisty local derby but the scoreline was perhaps a little false as Laburnum goalie, Paul Cooke, pulled off a series of wonderful saves to keep his side in the game. Reece Miles finally beat him though. Stoke Works netted five for the second week running as Ryan Cooper’s four goals and another from the giant Jon Snell saw Stoke beat Chaddesley Reserves 5-2. You can see a detailed report from Snell, some of which we don’t understand, on the League’s Facebook Group for those interested! 

In the Premier Cup Preliminary Round, Rubery Athletic and Pilkington Sunday met for the third time this season and Rubery got the better of Matt Wyton’s side on this occasion, winning on penalties after the sides were deadlocked at 1-1 after 90 minutes. Jack Berry put Rubery ahead at the end of the first half (could have been two as Andy Court’s goal was disallowed for offside) but Pilks having had two good penalty shouts turned down in the first period, a third shout was given and Jack Mcginn converted. Both sides were at this stage playing with 10 men after a having a man sent off each, Pilkington’s discipline problems rearing their head again with this red being the sixth of the season. Rubery were clinical from the spot in the shootout, netting all of theirs whilst Matty Talbot saved a Pilks effort as Rubery booked an away trip to Belbroughton in the quarter-final. 

In the Division 1 cup preliminary round tie between Chaddesley Corbett and Wychbold RBL, this also went to penalties after a 90 minute deadlock at 2-2. The only details on this game are that Chaddesley goals came from Dan Weston and Ted Baylis but sure it was a competitive and entertaining game between two well run clubs. 

Bartley Green Illey Sunday meanwhile are the first team into the quarter-finals of the WA Harris Cup after a surprisingly easy 6-2 win over Belbroughton Athletic who they yet again faced in the competition just not in the semis today. Belbroughton had an early chance to go ahead when Aaron Collins gave away a penalty with a shove but then redeemed himself with a fine save from the resulting spot kick. Chris Innes (with a rare goal) opened the scoring for the home side on 25 but this proved a wake up call as BGIS then scored twice before the break through Carl Martin and Connor Collins. BGIS stepped up the gas in the second half as one of Belbroughton’s famous ‘throw the towel in’ collapses began to happen; Further goals from Myles Newman, Colin Tandy (penalty), Collins again and Alex Dugmore saw the scoreline increased to 6. Ricky Cowdell got a late consolation to give the scoreline a bit more respectability but this was BGIS’s day and a deserved win.  

Finally we had some Bridgwater Cup group stage matches all of which were high scoring. Bromsgrove Academicals put a spanner in the hopes of Hewell progressing into the semi-finals with a 5-2 win. James ‘Paris’ Hylton and the Baker man Nick both netted braces with one for Phil Beech which by all accounts was a Van Basten like strike! Redditch United Sundays (AKA Barcelona if you believe the match reports!) are finding some form now with their third successive win, 5-1 over Cofton Old Boys and they remain a team to keep a keen eye on. Jake Wicketts penalty was all they had to show for in the first half but they truly turned on the style in the second half where Dan Fox, Leon Hewitt (debutant), Troy Herbert and Jack O’Donnell found the net. Craig Ball netted a consolation for Cofton. Meadow Park Youth got their Bridgwater campaign underway with a 3-2 home win over Rubery Legends on a massive Wembley sized pitch at Harris Brush Works. The scoring was opened by Oli Rainsford on 20 minutes when he turned the ball home from close range. Rubery looked dangerous on the break with Jahmel Trevis and Jake Booton looking particularly lively but some fine defending saw Marc Bagley rarely troubled and when he was the long range strikes were straight at him. Legends equalised on 41 minutes from a simple corner routine when Booton’s flag kick was headed back across goal and Trevis pounced from 6 yards to steer the ball home. MP went into the break ahead though when Xavier Symonds rifled home a 20 yarder which Julian Bellamy was not well positioned for and it flew past him. Into the second half and the game opened up somewhat but neither side could really hold possession for as long as they wanted. Symonds got his second goal on 55 minutes after a defensive mix up from Rubery before they hauled themselves back into the game with a well worked goal; Trevis got loose and played an unselfish ball out to Lee Farrell who tuned his marker and curled his shot beyond Bagley for 3-2. Legends didn’t really build up enough of a head of steam to equalise and it was MP who came closest to netting again but Bellamy showed some good reflexes to palm the ball over the bar. And lastly but by no means leastly, Sporting Club Redditch’s unbeaten start to the season continued as they travelled to FC Bromsgrove and won 5-2, this despite a sloppy performance and falling behind to Mark Smith’s goal. John Wakeling and Billy Garvey then got SCR in front before another Smith goal equalised. Two Garvey penalties then completed another hat-trick for the in-form star before Joe Shaw’s weekly goal was scored to finish the scoring. FC Bromsgrove had a man sent off too which didn’t help matters especially when they were well in the game against higher graded opponents. 

Next week sees a very strange fixture list; The aforementioned Premier League game at noon has meant 16 clubs are not on the fixtures whilst a large majority are in outside cup action both Worcester Nursing and Worcester County! There are only five league fixtures so a really quiet one hopefully for us, Thomas Brothers v Millfield Rovers being the pick of the matches (that in the Premier Division). Good luck to all our sides in the County Cup next week and we look forward and hope to be reporting more success next Sunday!



Millfield Rovers 0, Austin Ex Apprentices 5
Worcester Saints 4, Northfield Athletic 5 (Moore, Teji, Brians, C Bench, OG)

Spa Athletic 5 (Birchall 2, Rainbow, Owens, Williams), Perrywood AFC Reserves 1
Studley Lions 3 (Hatfield, Jovanovic, Rowland), Virgin Athletic 3 - Studley win 4-2 on penalties
Droitwich Spa Eagles Reserves 1, Bromsgrove Corinthians 9 (MASON 3, BECK 3, Tear 2, Billingham)

Khalsa Leamington Spa 1, Black Horse 7
Alcester Town 0, Thomas Brothers 4
Belbroughton Athletic 2 (Cowdell, C Innes), BGIS 6 (Collins 2, Newman, Tandy, Dugmore, Martin)

Oak Tree Sporting 3 (Cooper. Jagger, Keenahan), Rubery 3 (Halpin, Mcpike, Mason Mansfield)
Bromsgrove Athletico 6 (Morgan 2, Malley 2, Wright 2), Quinton Athletic 0
Red Lion 6 (Jenvey 2 , Madden 2, Sutor 2), FC Hop Pole 1

Awkies Allstars 7 (Fox 2, Carnihan, Murphy, Keaney, Wakeman, Hoban), Hizza United 2
Callowbrook Green 3 (GARGHAN 3), Winyates 6

Arrow Valley 1 (Miles), Laburnum 0
Stoke Works 5 (COOPER 4, Snell), Chaddesley Corbett Reserves 2
Pilkington Sunday 1 (Mcginn), Rubery Athletic 1 (Berry) - Rubery win 5-4 on penalties
Chaddesley Corbett 2, Wychbold RBL 2 - Wychbold win 3-1 on penalties
Bromsgrove Academicals 5 (Hylton 2, Baker 2, Beech), Hewell 2
Redditch United Sunday 5 (Fox, Wicketts, Sippitts, O'Donnell, Herbert), Cofton Old Boys 1 (Ball)
FC Bromsgrove 2 (Smith 2), Sporting Club Redditch 5 (GARVEY 3, Wakeling, Shaw)
Meadow Park Youth 3 (X Symonds 2, Rainsford), Rubery Legends 2 (Trevis, Farrell)



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