Group Winners Bartley Green

Bromsgrove & District Football League

Last Updated: Jan 17, 2016 08:07pm
Bartley Green, Birmingham
By Simon Burgess
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Another trying week all over as Winter well and truly sets in, but today’s completed game count was amazingly 7; Not too sure how we managed this but the pitches at Droitwich Leisure Centre once again being the proverbial life-saver and allowing one very important cup game to take place. 

This very important cup game was the LMS Shield Group C clash between Bartley Green Sunday and Sporting Rednal which would determine the group winner and who took their place in the semi-finals; Bartley Green’s 6-2 win ensured they won the group, they went into the game as massive odds-on shots to qualify given the way the group had panned out and they will now face Alcester Town in the semi-finals which should be a cracking game. Rednal were up for this and started the game well taking an early lead through Richie Heywood (assist provided by Anton Gardner-Bennett), before Rednal’s midfield veteran Russell Brooks hauled down Connor Collins for a penalty which Collins promptly dispatched and Brooks was relieved to not be turning the showers on early. Rednal didn’t let this setback affect them and Bartley were indebted to Fairfield Villa’s new signing Aaron Collins who made some decent saves to keep the scores level. Dan Lawrence then put Bartley ahead before half-time. Into the second period and Rednal’s equaliser came soon enough when Bartley’s defence was sliced open and Heywood doubled up. Collins then added two quick fire goals, another coming from the penalty spot to make it 4-2 to Bartley and a comfortable advantage, although the game had not been like this at all. Further goals from Dom Strevens and Collins completed the scoring although the sixth came in farcical circumstances from Rednal’s point of view. Bartley were adjudged offside but from the defensive free-kick, Josh Campbell attempted to blast the ball at Collins to get him booked as he had not retreated the full 10 yards but it missed him, instead finding Bartley player Jordan Strevens who played in Collins for Dom Strevens to roll into the net much to the anger of Rednal player/manager Darryl Foster who had some choice words to make. 

In the Premier Cup quarter-final tie, Alcester Town hosted Oak Tree Sporting in a game altered to a late kick off with the winners hosting WCT Youth Raiders in the semi-final; Both sides had last time out victories back in December and today’s honors went the way of Alcester by a 5-4 scoreline in an absorbing contest with both sides showing attacking skills and defensive errors in abundance. 5 goals in the first half, with Alcester leading 3-2 at the break following two OTS set piece goals and individual strikes from Jay Gifford, Dean Hay and Lewis Marston. Ellis Kalach eased the home side ahead again for 4-2 before OTS came storming back to eventually equalise as Alcester failed to defend a corner. With penalties looming, Alcester top scorer Kalach was first to react to a loose ball and knocked the ball over the line with a minute left to play from which OTS could not recover. 

The last time any Premier Division side kicked a ball was on the 13th December so four sides were glad to get the cobwebs blown off today as Rubery Athletic managed to host VBG Fairfield after a venue change to 3G, whilst The Grove hosted Thomas Brothers with on-lookers interested to see whether The Grove had managed to strengthen their squad in the interim period. Some improvement evident in their 0-3 defeat to the Brothers, who maintained their strong league form but The Grove remain at the foot of the division with only two goals scored all season in league games one of the main issues. The Brothers goals came courtesy of Richard Tyler (2) and Stuart Hall. VBG Fairfield meanwhile showed no after effects of the xmas shutdown as they stormed to an astonishing 10-1 victory over Rubery which we believe could be the worst result in Rubery’s history, Ian Rushton presumably regretting his decision to go 3G to get a game played against a good footballing side. The usual names on the VBGF scoresheet with Shaun May and Richard Bishop snaffling up their first hat-tricks of 2016 and one each for Laurence Martin, Ellis Blakemore, Ryan Molesworth and a rare Scott Smith goal. Ryan Brown scored for Rubery in what was ultimately no more than a consolation goal. 

In Division 1, Spa Athletic re-appeared on the scene for the first time in 7 weeks as they hosted second placed Chaddesley Corbett. A 2-2 scoreline ensued with the result perhaps not a surprise given Spa have drawn 3 home games already this season; For Chaddesley, they may see it as two points dropped as they now remain two points behind leaders Northfield Athletic. 

In Division 2, Rednal Social hosted the bottom side Bridgefield knowing a three goal win at least would put them back on top of the pile overtaking Meadow Park but they did better than that and won 6-1 to achieve their mission in some style! It didn’t start well as Bridgefield opened the scoring with a brilliant 25 yard free kick before Ben Markall equalised and Michael Diggins’s first career goal from close range edged the hosts ahead just before half-time. In the second half, Bridgefield visibly wilted and Rednal were in no mood to let them off as further goals by Markall (two more to complete a hat-trick) and Windsor Price secured the points, before a last minute penalty from goalkeeper Luke Stanley completed six of the best. On a side note, Meadow Park’s Bridgwater semi-final with Callowbrook Green was called off and you’ve got to feel sorry for MP legend Paul Hutchins who spent 6 hours working on his team’s pitch yesterday only for the overnight weather to deteriorate meaning the groundsman called the game off! Bad luck Paul, we are feeling your pain too! 

In Division 3, it was a first v second clash as Chaddesley Corbett Reserves hosted Rubery making their first ever visit to the picturesque Worcestershire village and also playing their first game for some seven weeks! The honours were perhaps fairly shared with a 1-1 draw which leaves both sides 7 points clear of the pack but Rubery still top dogs with a significantly better goal difference. Rubery took the lead when referee Alan Price pointed to the spot much to Chaddesley’s displeasure; The home side got back into the game in the second half after a goalkeeping error by the Rubery net-minder and Joe East poked the ball home from close range.  

We move onto next week’s fixtures and there are some important games to be played again, although most of the really important fixtures have alternative pitch options to give them the best chance of being played; Included within the fixtures are 5 quarter-finals of internal cups which need moving onto the semi-finals as soon as possible. For now, we will get back to our weather forecasting models and raise our heads next Sunday to let you know what games beat the elements!



Rubery Athletic 1 (Brown), VBG Fairfield 10 (MAY 3, BISHOP 3, Blakemore, Martin, Molesworth, Smith)

The Grove 0, Thomas Brothers 3 (Tyler 2, Hall)
Spa Athletic 2, Chaddesley Corbett 2

Rednal Social Club 6 (MARKALL 3,  Windsor-Price, Diggins, Stanley), Bridgefield 1
Chaddesley Corbett Reserves 1 (East), Rubery 1
Bartley Green Sunday 6 (COLLINS 4, Lawrence, Strevens), Sporting Rednal 2 (Heywood 2)
Alcester Town 5 (Kalach 2, Gifford, Marston, Hay), Oak Tree Sporting 4


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