Heartbreak for Black Horse

Bromsgrove & District Football League

Last Updated: Nov 15, 2016 08:01pm
Stratford-upon-Avon, Stratford-on-Avon
By Simon Burgess
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The weekend rainfall threatened to call some games off but we managed to get a full programme through with the help of one pitch change (Silver Street Wythall the offending pitch which was called off) and Thomas Brothers unfortunately had to call time on their home game with BGIS in the BRS Shield. 

In the FA National Sunday Cup second round, there was true heartbreak for Black Horse as they went down 3-2 to the Redditch League’s best side Austin Ex Apprentices, having been 2-1 ahead with about 15 to play. Austin are a relentless win machine in their own League and the long standing rivalry between the sides was renewed in what ended up being a scrappy game in front of about 200 spectators. Black got one from the penalty spot but no other game information, however Black are likely to be hurting having been so close. 

In the BRS Shield group stages, the finishing positions in Group B are confirmed with Black Horse winning the group and Premier Division Northfield Athletic are the runners up after a 4-2 win over Division 1 side Rubery. Josh Moore was the hat-trick hero for Northfield with Reiss Brians continuing his good form too bagging the other; Rubery’s goals came from speedy winger Elliott Hartley and bustling forward [censored] Behan. In Group A, it’s all still to play for after FC Highgate were held at home to Rubery Athletic in a 2-2 draw, after Andy Court’s brace had put Rubery 2-0 up on their return from a three week break. FCH came storming back and after an assumed red card, their 10 men scrambled home a late leveller to leave them waiting on other results to see if they qualify to the next stages. Meadow Park’s 2-1 win over Bromsgrove Athletico in Group D (thanks to goals from Jack Allerton and Ben Stanford) put pay to Millfield Rovers hopes of escaping the group stages despite them emphatically winning 8-1 in the Charford Derby over FC Hop Pole; Braces for Millies players Shane Smith, Chris Lowe, Jack Connolly and one each for Oliver O’Connell and Joe Mayo whose goal was apparently a screamer. 

The Bridgwater Cup Group D clashes between Awkies Allstars/Rubery Legends and Bromsgrove Corinthians/Meadow Park Youth both ended 3-3 which leaves the winners of the group unknown. Awkies were 3-1 up in their match against the Legends but the Division 3 side fought back to draw 3-3 with goals from Jake Booton, Chris Gee and Lee Farrell (Awkies goalscorers Chris Fox, Mike Wakeman and Ashleigh Tullett). We also wish Legends striker Jahmel Trevis a speedy recovery from a dislocated shoulder. Meadow Park Youth meanwhile had a better comeback as they were 3-0 down to Bromsgrove Corinthians after 65 minutes following a brace from Alex Beck and one for Ryan Molesworth, before storming back to draw the game. Xavier Symonds gave Ken’s team a breath of hope on 72 with a deft turn, shuffle and finish before Symonds grabbed the second on 84 to leave the Corries defence nervous wrecks. They finally tipped themselves over the edge on 87 when new signing Levi Street crossed for sub Rob Taylor to fire home to save the day. Colin Rudge of Meadow Park Youth also dislocated his shoulder so like Jahmel, we hope he isn’t out of action for too long. 

In Group B, Stoke Works had a fine 7-3 win over Millfield Rovers Reserves with captain fantastic Paul Halfpenny netting four goals (3 of them from free kicks), Lee Smith/Ryan Cooper and Ben Johnson all getting one each. For Millies, Sam Mcgowen’s brace was ultimately in vain as was a rare goal from Martin Weeks. AFC Northfield had a 2-0 win over Winyates also in Group B, goals from Chris Mcgrath and Wayne Boyce. 

WA Harris Cup action and a first round tie between Division 1 Red Lion and Division 2 Callowbrook Green went the way of Red Lion by a 2-1 scoreline, Joe Kalach and Jordan Harrison on target, to set up a home match with Wychbold in Round Two. Centenary Cup quarter-final action saw Sporting Club Redditch lose their first game of the season, in what turned out to be unlucky 13, as Spa Athletic continued their good form winning 3-2 thanks to goals from Luke Rainbow, Phil Burton and Matt Winsper.  

In the Premier Division clash between Belbroughton Athletic and Pilkington Sunday, there were FOUR red cards in what will become known and remembered as the battle of Mill Lane; Belbroughton ultimately won 2-0 although both sides ended with nine men each. In a competitive first half, both sides were evenly matched and there were more half chances than clearcut ones, with neither keeper seriously tested although willing Belbroughton front runner Rob Hancock was excellent. The game desperately needed a goal to open things up and Belbroughton’s Ricky Cowdell provided this in the 47th minute when his turn and shot from 45 yards caught the Pilks keeper off his line and the ball dropped into the top corner, a fine finish if indeed it was meant. The game exploded into life around the hour mark as Matt Douse and Cowdell got needlessly involved in an altercation after a tackle which saw both players sent off after grappling with each other. Dan Douse was looking lively on the flank for Pilks and he had the best chance to equalise firing wide. Belbroughton added a second soon though as Josh Cowdell-Jones floated in a free kick and new signing Seb Chaster sneaked round the back post unmarked to sidefoot home. The final pair of sendings off came in incredible circumstances in the 87th minute. A corner for Pilks on the left hand side was swung in and despite being on his final warning from the referee for persistent infringement, Adam Pearshouse needlessly pulled Belbroughton captain Alex Emery to the ground and before the referee could issue a second yellow for Pearshouse, Emery got up and viciously kicked out at his opponent on the lower leg to be shown a straight red as Belbroughton players sensibly ran to get Emery away from the scene before more problems were encountered. A decent game between two competent sides despite the silliness in two separate patches but Pilkington’s red card count is now up to eight which must be giving Matt Wyton some sleepless nights as his side is forever being blemished with suspensions. 

Hopefully a little calmer in the other divisions although in Division 1, we had 19 goals in two games! Wychbold’s Brad Talbot was their hero as his four goals helped his side to a 6-1 win over Sporting Rednal. The other goals came from Brett Mould and Callum Goddard. Quinton Athletic had a tremendous win at Chaddesley Corbett 9-3, a Chaddesley side who have lost their way in the past couple of weeks. Despite Chaddesley opening the scoring through Daniel Weston after Mitch Perry’s cutback, they soon found themselves 5-1 down as Quinton went goal crazy, Darryl Foster finally finding the right formula. Keil Sumnall and Callum Burston-Keeley both netting hat-tricks with Anton Gardner-Bennett getting a brace on his birthday with one from Matt Carter for good measure. Chaddesley scored two themselves in the second half through their superstar Matt Perry and could have had a lot more, but Perry then blotted his innocent baby face reputation by needlessly wiping mud on an opponent’s face and rightly getting sent off. The win pushes Quinton into lower mid-table. 

In Division 2, there was a rare Sunday 0-0 between Hizza United and Redditch United Sunday at the Greenlands Arena; A point each was fair game given both sides dominated a half each and the draw extended Redditch’s little unbeaten run to seven. Studley Lions bounced back to winning ways as they travelled to Hewell and came away with a 3-2 win; Marc Jovanovic with a brace and an ice cool penalty from Steven Dipple despite the wind, the penalty spot being in a hole and being intimidated by the fans behind the goal! 

Arrow Valley are back on top of Division 3 as they beat Chaddesley Corbett Reserves 4-1, thanks to Rob Voice with two and Garry Harvey/Nick ‘Silver Fox’ Rumbold with one each. Danny White got the Chaddesley consolation. Cofton Old Boys also scored four in a 4-0 away win at Laburnum whilst Bromsgrove Academicals completed the goalscoring fours, with a 4-1 home win over FC Bromsgrove as Pat Sullivan was again cursing his missing (defensive) players a factor he felt was key in his team losing the game today. Nick Baker of Academicals hit the perfect hat-trick which set the way for the victory before Andy Turnbell got another, Mark Smith with the FCB consolation as his fellow teammates had an off day in front of goal.  

Next week sees some tasty fixtures, most notably BGIS v Pilkington Sunday in the Premier whilst the Division 1 clash between Bromsgrove Athletico and FC Highgate United could see some lively characters playing who live on the edge. The top two in Division 3, Arrow Valley and Stoke Works, play each other in an important mid-season clash whilst Bridgwater Cup Group D could be decided when Meadow Park play Awkies Allstars, before Studley Lions face Winyates for the first time since their Redditch League clashes last season. Black Horse meanwhile face a tricky looking WFA Premier Cup trip to Upton Snodsbury. We are sure they’ll be plenty to write about next week so please join us next Sunday evening for all the news!


Austin Ex Apprentices 3, Black Horse 2

FC Highgate United 2, Rubery Athletic 2 (Court 2)
Northfield Athletic 4 (MOORE 3, Brians), Rubery 2 (Hartley, Behan)
Meadow Park 2 (Allerton, Stanford), Bromsgrove Athletico 1
FC Hop Pole 1, Millfield Rovers 8 (Smith 2, Lowe 2, Connolly 2, Mayo, O'Connell)
Belbroughton Athletic 2 (Cowdell, Chaster), Pilkington Sunday 0
Callowbrook Green 1, Red Lion 2 (J Kalach, Harrison)
Sporting Club Redditch 2 (Williams, Thornton), Spa Athletic 3 (Burton, Winsper, Rainbow)
AFC Northfield 2 (Boyce, Mcgrath), Winyates 0
Millfield Rovers Reserves 3 (McGeown 2, Weeks), Stoke Works 7 (HALFPENNY 4, Smith, Cooper, Johnson)
Awkies Allstars 3 (Fox, Wakeman, Ash Tullett), Rubery Legends 3 (Booton, Gee, Farrell)
Bromsgrove Corinthians 3 (Beck 2, Molesworth), Meadow Park Youth 3 (X Symonds 2, Taylor)

Wychbold RBL 6 (TALBOT 4, Mould, Goddard), Sporting Rednal 1
Chaddesley Corbett 3 (Perry 2, Weston), Quinton Athletic 9 (SUMNALL 3, BURSTON-KEELEY 3, Gardner-Bennett 2, Carter)

Hizza United 0, Redditch United Sunday 0
Studley Lions 3 (Jovanovic 2, Dipple), Hewell 2
Bromsgrove Academicals 4 (BAKER 3, Turnbull) FC Bromsgrove 1 (Smith)
Arrow Valley 4 (R Voice 2, Rumbold, Harvey), Chaddesley Corbett Reserves 1 (White)
Laburnum 0, Cofton Old Boys 4


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