Grange Run Away Easy 9-0 Winners

Bromsgrove & District League

Last Updated: Oct 20, 2015 11:40am
Abbey, Redditch
By Simon Burgess
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Grange Athletic 9, Lickey End Social 0

Thomas Brothers 1 CBH Fasteners 4
The Grove 1, WCT Youth Raiders 1 - WCT win 8-7 on pens

Bromsgrove United 3, VBG Fairfield 8 (MAY 4, Blakemore 2, Bishop, Molesworth)
Chaddesley Corbett 1 (Dugmore), Bartley Green Sunday 4 (Tandy 2, Groves, Strevens)
Northfield Athletic 6 (Ross 2, Thomas 2, Gibbs, Brians), Wychbold RBL 5 (Triana 2, Mould, Cooper, Dolphin)

Bridgefield 2, Hewell 7
Awkies Allstars 4 (Ash Tullett 2, Ryan 2), Rednal Social Club 3 (Markell 2, Murphy)
Stoke Sporting Reserves 1 (Ravenscroft), AFC Millfields 0
FC Bromsgrove 2 (Pell 2), Woodgate Valley 4 (Fergusson 2, Sippitts, Mcdonough)
Bromsgrove Brentnal 2 (Morgan, Eves), LPR 4

Bromsgrove Corinthians 0, Rubery 8

Belbroughton Athletic 2 (Gleadlow, Waldron), Rubery Athletic 3 (Court, Davies, Hurlbutt)
Alcester Town 3 (Marston 2, Kalach), Oak Tree Sporting 2 (D'Aguilar, Osborne)

AFC Northfield 2 (Beaumont, Pickersgill), Conway Albion 5 (WHITEHEAD 3, Jordan 2)
GLA 2, Sporting Rednal 2 (Newman, Foster)
Spa Athletic 1, Stoke Sporting 4 (Griffiths, Warman, Chaffe, Steele)
Hizza United 8 (AINGE 3, BRIGGS 3, Young 2), Sporting Club Redditch 1 (Maynard)
Laburnum 1, Chaddesley Corbett Reserves 4 (Westcott 2, Moriaty, Mackenzie)
Arrow Valley 0, Callowbrook Green 1 (Ward)
The focus on Week 11 was once again cup matches, both internal and external ones. 


The WFA Premier Cup draw was unkind to Lickey End Social and their match with Kidderminster League giants Grange Athletic was bought forward one week due to Grange also being in the Birmingham County Cup and Lickey End exited the competition with their tail firmly between their legs after Grange ran away easy 9-0 winners with two players bagging hat-tricks! Lickey unfortunately failing to repeat Belbroughton’s magical ‘result’ last season but they will certainly have had a good fitness exercise chasing the ball around for long periods! 


The Bromsgrove Charity Cup saw the remaining Round 2 games (actually the Quarter-Finals) played today and with Bromsgrove United already into the Semi-Finals, hopes were high the semi-finals would consist of four BDFL teams but Thomas Brothers lost 4-1 to their arch friends/rivals from the Redditch League CBH Fasteners which from our point of view was not anticipated, Brothers putting in an inconsistent performance. WCT Youth Raiders nudged past The Grove on penalties (8-7) in their tie after the sides had ended deadlocked at 1-1, this despite WCT having 80% of the possession as The Grove backline performed heroics. WCT had netted from the spot to equalize in normal time. The other game between Studley Entaco and Meadow Park is awaiting a decision from the competition.


In the LMS Shield there were 3 ties which looked on paper to be excellent ones with an old standing rivalry between Chaddesley and Bartley Green Sunday re-activated and a trip to the countryside for Bartley where they won the Division 2 title some 140 days ago. The same result ensued with a 4-1 win for the visitors thanks to goals from Colin Tandy (2), Dom Strevens and Nick Groves. Chaddesley’s Alex Dugmore scored a consolation goal at the end of the game to deny the clean sheet bonus for the Bartley back line. VBG Fairfield all but guaranteed their place in the last 4 of the competition with an 8-3 away win at North Bromsgrove High School, the home of Bromsgrove United; Even with the narrow pitch, VBGF had too much firepower for the Division 1 side and Shaun May was back amongst the goals netting four of them with Ellis Blakemore (2), Richard Bishop and Ryan Molesworth also on target. Another eleven goal thriller was played out at Northfield Athletic, where Wychbold RBL went down 6-5 to Northfield Athletic who have now qualified for the semi-finals as Group D winners. Unfortunately this does leave a couple of dead rubbers going forward, but hopefully the teams can still use the games wisely. Wychbold went into a 7th minute lead and from here on in, the goals came at regular intervals which tested the blood pressure levels of both managers! Northfield then hit three quick fire goals to make it 3-1, Reiss Brians with one (though was probably an own goal) and the first two coming from the Portuguese flair player Jake Thomas who showed all of his silky skills especially with the first goal which involved turning a defender and firing in a low drive. Wychbold soon had the game level by the 38th minute firstly from the penalty spot and then they scored again with Northfield all in a dither over the penalty award. Gary Ross then netted for Northfield on the stroke of the interval to give them a 4-3 lead after a goalkeeping error and the interval came at a good time for everyone to draw breath. The topsy turvey-ness of this game continued in the second half as by the 67th minute, Wychbold had gone 5-4 up (their scorers today were Julian Triana 2, Matt Dolphin, Brett Mould and Lawrence Cooper); Daniel Gibbs (who has the amusing Facebook account name Bario Malotelli) equalized again for 5-5 before in the 89th minute, Ross got this second goal and ultimately the winner to send Chris Bench into orbit running down the line jumping in the air as high as he would have done if he had been on a trampoline!


In the Premier Division, Belbroughton Athletic were once again left devastated as they threw away yet another lead to lose three vital points, in an entertaining clash at Mill Lane. Belbroughton took the lead in the 12th minute when Geordie skipper Chris Gleadlow’s mazy run into the penalty area was bought to an abrupt halt by Dan Morris and there were no arguments about the ensuing spot kick, which Gleadlow powered past Matty Talbot in the away goal. Rubery were level about four minutes later when the ball fell kindly to Rob Hurlbutt in the box and he smacked it home with his left foot from 10 yards. 1-1 at the break. Belbroughton nosed ahead in the 62nd minute when Matt Waldron’s attempted cross veered off into the roof of the net, perhaps somewhat fortuitously. The game became quite congested in midfield as both sides battled hard but on 78 minutes, Andy Court was set free as Belbroughton’s backline was sliced open and Court applied an ice cool finish past the onrushing Calvert, the same Calvert who had earlier denied Lee Davies an equalizer palming away his overhead kick from a flurry of corner kicks as Rubery applied the pressure. The winner came in stoppage time when an offside flag never came and Jamie Brooks/Chris Innes failed to deal with the bouncing ball, which left Davies to dispatch a 25 yard chip over Calvert which nestled in the net just under the crossbar. The result and way the game panned out perhaps came as no surprise given Belbroughton’s inability to hold onto a lead and Rubery’s late late comebacks which now seem a feature of their game. Alcester Town meanwhile are back on top of the Prem after a hard fought 3-2 win over Oak Tree Sporting. Alcester were 2-1 ahead at the break thanks to a brace of goals from powerful midfielder Lewis Marston who headed home two set piece deliveries from Sam Bennett. Oak Tree equalized in the second half (their scorers were Ryan Osborne and Jason D’Aguilar), before Alcester top scorer Ellis Kalach won it with about 20 minutes to go.


Division 1 action saw Conway Albion do the double over AFC Northfield but the scoreline was a lot closer than the last encounter, Conway winning 5-2 but they had to come from behind after AFCN’s Daniel Beaumont opened the scoring. Ben Pickersgill also on target for AFCN. Conway scorers were Paul Whitehead with a hat-trick and Matt Jordan with two, Conway now move up to second and look a live threat for the title. GLA and Sporting Rednal played out a 2-2 draw at Charford a point each not really doing each others causes any good in the league table battle. Rednal took the lead when Russell Brooks and Richie Heywood combined to set up Lloyd Newman to finish from close range which was about as good as the action got in the first half. In the second half, Rednal will regret Brooks missing from close range as GLA then scored from a set piece, a downfall of Rednal’s in recent weeks. A second GLA goal came courtesy of a deflection but Rednal equalized with two minutes to go when player-manager Darryl Foster got on the score sheet again from close range.  

In-form Stoke Sporting won 4-1 away at Spa Athletic and with goals now being scored all over the pitch, Stoke are picking up quite nicely. They had to come from behind though having been 1-0 down at the break. After some strong words from a normally placid David Fisher, Jon Snell sent Michael Griffiths clear and he coolly converted. Griffiths then turned provider for both Pete Warman and James Chaffe to net. The final goal of a good second half performance came when Warman’s corner found 5ft 2in Simon Steele at the back post unmarked to head home. 


In the Bridgwater Cup, a number of exciting games to report on most notably LPR’s visit to Bromsgrove Brentnal which resulted in a 4-2 win for the away side, unfortunately this was not enough to qualify for the semi-finals and Meadow Park sneak the spot on goal difference. A valiant effort though by LPR who needed to score one more! Ryan Eves and Gary Morgan netted for Brentnal. Hewell drew the sting out of Bridgefield, winning 7-2 although Jason Harris has now taken over as manager at Bridgefield and he is expected to ring the changes in the club in the near future. Meanwhile Awkies Allstars won the battle with Rednal Social Club winning 4-3. This game sounded pretty decent with Rednal going into a two goal lead, then Awkies equalized before the half-time break; Rednal regained the lead but with Awkies continuing to dictate the play and playing football the right way, they eventually overhauled Rednal to win 4-3; Ash Tullett continued his hot goalscoring run and stylish left footer Mike Ryan nabbed a couple too for the Awkies lads, whilst Ben Markall with two of his own and Brad Murphy netted for Rednal. Woodgate Valley came away from their visit to FC Bromsgrove winning 4-2 to record their third successive win this despite playing 65 minutes of the game with 10 men after Alex Griffiths Hughes needlessly kicked out and was shown the red card. Group C, Woodgate’s group, remains wide open and it is tough to know who will emerge victorious from it with a couple of big games coming up. Josh Fergusson made it 10 goals in three games with another brace, motorbike man Jamie Sippitts with one and one for Callum Mcdonaugh also making it two in two games for the new signing; Paul Pell hit the FC Bromsgrove goals. Stoke Sporting Reserves had a narrow 1-0 over AFC Millfields with Adam Ravenscroft on target, making it a good day for David Fisher FC.


In Division Two, just the one match and this was the Redditch derby at Feckenham between Hizza and Sporting Club Redditch which the home side won 8-1 in an impressive display which saw them go 4-0 up in the first twenty minutes mainly in part due to Ryan Ainge’s hat-trick. Ben Briggs also netted three of the best with Martin Young’s brace adding the gloss to an already polished home display, indeed Young could and should have had more. SCR had a very bad day at the office but will be relieved to have Shaun Maynard back from injury for the rest of the season (and he scored today)


Callowbrook Green’s 100% record remains intact in Division 3, this after a narrow 1-0 victory over Arrow Valley thanks to Jimmy Ward’s sole goal. Arrow Valley hit the post and were unlucky to get something out of the game, whilst referee Ryan Khan who plays for Rubery Juniors got in touch with to praise both sides for their attitude and application during the match, so well done to everyone involved. Chaddesley Corbett Reserves beat Laburnum for the second week running and amazingly by the same 4-1 scoreline with the same goalscorers (Adam Westcott 2, Gaz Moriaty and Forde Mackenzie). Another team to ‘double’ up were Rubery FC who thrashed Bromsgrove Corinthians 8-0 in the Rose Bowl to move into the next round, this followed their 6-0 victory last weekend against the same opposition.


It’s back to County Cup action next Sunday with 14 ties amongst the three WFA competitions. WCT Youth Raiders against The Gloster Arms is the pick of the Sunday Prem ties, Stoke Sporting v LPR in the Junior Cup looks a good tie given the sides respective recent form, whilst we will be looking for all of our four sides in the Minor Cup to progress having been given winnable games. There is a sprinkling of internal cup games too with the Premier Cup quarter-final between Lickey End Social and Thomas Brothers the highlight. With six other leagues games across Divisions 1-3, it’s another exciting week which we are hoping will come around quickly! Until next Sunday…………….


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