LPR Notch Up Fourth Successive Win

Bromsgrove & District Football League

Last Updated: Aug 31, 2015 06:14pm
Abbey, Redditch
By Simon Burgess
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VBG Fairfield 9 (BISHOP 4, Smith, Blakemore, Westwood, Wilkes, May), Spa Athletic 0
Bromsgrove Corinthians 2 (Mason, Cawston), Alcester Town 5 
GLA 6 (WOZNIAK 3, Albutt 2, Mitchell), Sporting Rednal 3 (Gardner-Bennett, Heywood, Connelly)
Meadow Park 6, Laburnum 0
Sporting Club Redditch 6 (Jarrett 2, Cope, Higgins, Bayliss, OG), Stoke Prior 0
Lickey End Social 1, The Grove 2
Northfield Athletic 7 (COWLEY 5, Moore, OG), Alvechurch Lions 1 (Whittaker)
Stoke Sporting Reserves 0, Awkies Allstars 4 (GIBBONS 3, Adams)
Rubery Juniors 3 (Evans, Khan, Hodges), Arrow Valley 0
Rubery Athletic 2 (Court, Davies), Thomas Brothers 3 (Wright, Hill, Nige)
Bartley Green Sunday 17 (MARTIN 6, TANDY 3, MYRIE 3, Lawrence 2, Mitchell, Strevens, Blackford), AFC Northfield 0
Chaddesley Corbett 4 (Dugmore 2, D Ash, Phipps), Bromsgrove United 2
Bridgefield 1, Woodgate Valley 3 (Sippitts, Howell, Fergusson)

Hewell 2, Bromsgrove Brentnal 1 (Gaffney)
LPR 4 (WILKES 3, Small), Rednal Social Club 1 (Markall)

AFC Millfields 2 (Roland, Stevenson), Rubery 4 (Casey 2, Evans, Draper)

Callowbrook Green 4, FC Bromsgrove 2

Everybody loves Bank Holiday football and the BDFL Week 4 programme took centre stage on such a day with the usual mixture of games, some league and some cup.
We’ll go in reverse order for a change and start with Division 3 where two sides have 100% records intact after 4-2 wins in their respective games. At Boleyn Road, Callowbrook Green saw off Pat Sullivan’s FC Bromsgrove in a match where we don’t have any details but at Sidemoor Rec, Rubery put in a decent shift to inflict AFC Millfields second home defeat on the spin. Rubery started this game well and were 2-0 up after 11 minutes with long range strikes which left Rob Field helpless in the Millies sticks. Millies put in a very dour first half showing and never got to grips with Rubery’s crisp passing on a decent surface, with work rate and closing down seemingly a major factor in Rubery being able to play to their hearts content; The closest Millies came to scoring in the first period was an effort from Ryan Wood whilst Field saved well from Aaron Harper when it looked certain to be 3-0 on a quick counter attack. In the second half after an astonishing half-time interval which had seen manager Adrian Godwin storm off and take his car for a spin around the block, whatever was said in the limited time the team had together clearly worked as Millies were much improved. They pulled a goal back after 49 minutes when Ashley Roland scampered clear when good work by Dan Bolsher had released him, Roland crashing home a trademark 25 yard drive which gave Connor Devine absolutely no chance. Millies midfield started to get a grip of the game and even Ben Craddock woke up having been Mr Invisible in the first period; Wood and Roland then combined well with a defender nicking the ball off Wood’s foot just as he was about to pull the trigger. Just as the equaliser seemed inevitable, disaster struck as Brogan Halpin broke the offside trap, with club assistant Dave Stokes not watching the action or facing the pitch, the ball eventually being prodded home from close range. Millies heads didn’t drop though and from a Craddock corner, Robert Stevenson skilfully side footed home their second goal to breathe life into the game again. Rubery’s backline held firm, young Ryan Slevin at right back particularly eye-catching with his performance and a free header from a corner with 8 minutes to go ultimately sealed the points. Rubery goalscorers were Ryan Casey (2), Max Evans and Aaron Draper.
In Division 2, LPR are leading the way after notching their fourth successive win, this time seeing off previously unbeaten Rednal Social Club, to maintain their 100% start. Mark Wilkes was the LPR hero netting a hat-trick with one by Sam Small too; Ben Markall got the Rednal consolation as it turned out to be as they had a bad day at the office. Hewell won a very close game against Bromsgrove Brentnal 2-1, but Brentnal will be rueing Ryan Eves’s penalty miss which would have snatched a point after Scott Gaffney’s first goal for the club. Woodgate Valley notched up their first win of the season, a season that’s only two games old after two forfeits, with a fine 3-1 victory at Bridgefield. Rushing the transfer through of Northfield Athletic striker Josh Fergusson proved to be a masterclass piece of business, Fergusson scoring on his debut alongside Jamie Sippitts and Shak Howell with the latter opening the scoring from close range after Fergusson’s header got blocked on the line. Bridgefield equalised before half-time when Sam Varney fouled a player on the edge of the box and Bridgefield executed the free-kick with aplomb which beat Adam Kerrigan in goal. Sippitt’s second half goal was route one, Kerrigan to Fergusson to Sippitts in a matter of seconds before Fergusson put the icing on the cake for a fine debut.
In Division 1, AFC Northfield fans might want to look away now as we are going to mention their 17-0 defeat at Bartley Green Sunday, the heaviest defeat in the Bromsgrove League for some time. AFCN only had 9 men available for the game, so credit to them for turning up and playing but ultimately it was men against boys despite Danny Gould’s heroics in goal. There were 3 players netting hat-tricks (Carl Martin got 6, Jon Myrie 3 and Colin Tandy 3) with Dan Lawrence getting a brace and singular strikes for Alex Mitchell, Adam Blackford and Dom Strevens who must be feeling very jealous with all the goals flying around! Bartley are looking formidable opponents at the moment but they’ve got a ‘marker’ game next week, more on that later. Old friends Chaddesley Corbett and Bromsgrove United did battle again today with the home side running out 4-2 winners. Pre-match preparations not the best for Suki again with transport problems en route causing a late kick off for his team, but it didn’t affect them as they went to the break one goal to the good. Alex Dugmore equalised for the home side after fine work by Nathan Steward and returning Rocco Mitchell, before Chadds stalwart Damian Ash flicked the ball home from 10 yards out to put them ahead. Dugmore’s second soon after, reacting quickest to a rebound, seemed to have sealed the points before Bromsgrove hit back with a fine curling goal from 20 yards to breathe life into the match. It was left to Matt Phipps to get the fourth and the three points stayed in Chaddesley.
In the Premier just the one game and Thomas Brothers maintained their 100% record in the league after a battling 3-2 win against Rubery Athletic in what was a fine game and an excellent advert for the League. Andy Wright put the visitors (Brothers) ahead in the first half before Rubery hit a great free kick to equalise (not sure if this was Lee Davies or Andy Court but both scored today). Goals from Adam Hill and Nige (whoever that is) in the second half gave Brothers the points before a counter attacking second from the hosts left them in for a nervous few minutes which they saw through. Rubery played their part in this game with Court known to have whacked the crossbar and flashed several other efforts across the face of the goal. Surely their first win isn’t far away?
The Bridgwater Cup played out a couple more group games and there were wins in both matches for Rubery Juniors (3-0 v Arrow Valley) and Awkies Allstars (4-0 v Stoke Sporting Reserves). Awkies win came courtesy of a first hat-trick of the season for Jason Gibbons and one from Matt Adams, whilst Rubery’s win was not clear cut to start off with as Valley had a good opening 25 minutes which only got nullified when Josh Evans opened the scoring. In the second half, Valley again started well but when Ryan Khan reacted to Jake Wickett’s shot being saved, the lead was doubled and it got tripled when Dean Hodges’s neat lob beat the keeper after a fine assist from Sean Hoare.

Result of the day was perhaps in the LMS Shield where Division 1 Northfield Athletic sent out a statement of intent with a brilliant 7-1 win over Premier Division Alvechurch Lions who are really struggling to get going this season. The talk on the street at the moment is all about Northfield’s new striker, Jason Cowley, who netted a sensational hat-trick inside 8 minutes as Northfield raced into a 3-1 lead, Aaron Whittaker netting for the Lions in the middle of it all, before Cowley’s 4th gave Northfield a comfortable half-time buffer.  In the second half,  Northfield didn’t let up and scored 3 more goals (Cowley again, Josh Moore and an OG) and this result sets them up for next week’s clash with Bartley Green which is not one to miss and it will be interesting to see the result of that one given the squads both have assembled.

All other matches played were WA Harris Cup ones, the first hurdle for clubs to negotiate on their way to a possible £500 cash prize for winning the cup. In the early rounds, there can often be some high scores and today was no different. VBG Fairfield had a straight forward task on paper against Spa Athletic from Division 1 and this it proved as they romped to a 9-0 victory. Richard Bishop hit four, with a rare goal from Scott Smith plus strikes from Ellis Blakemore, new signing Josh Westwood, Dan Wilkes and the returning Shaun May who has been ‘down under’. Josh Westwood could prove an inspirational signing to an already strong squad, as he was apparently responsible for 8 assists in this game! VBGF travel to Rubery Juniors next. Alcester Town were another Prem side who successfully negotiated lower league opposition as they ran out 5-2 winners at Bromsgrove Corinthians who showed up a good account of themselves. Sam Bennett was the Alcester hero with a brace, one of which was a sensational volley which nestled in the top corner stanchion and described by Corinthians as the ‘best Sunday League goal ever seen’, but further goals from Dean Hay, Josh Green and Ellis Kalach were also needed to see off the plucky Division 3 side whose goals came from Tom Mason and Mr Cawston. GLA secured a welcome victory over fellow Division 1 side Sporting Rednal with a 6-3 scoreline. Dosy Rednal defending saw them 2-0 down in a matter of minutes before Richie Heywood scored to give them hope. GLA then got two more quick fire goals, one a penalty after a clumsy challenge by Matthew Harper whose day got worse in the second half when he was dismissed for very offensive language towards the match official. Rednal got a penalty of their own which Michael Connelly netted via the rebound for 4-2 before Lloyd Newman gave the ball away and GLA were clinical in front of goal to make it 5-2 at half-time a very entertaining first period indeed. The second half was predictably a bit calmer but Rednal reduced the arrears through Anton Gardner Bennett. Another GLA penalty was put away and the match ended 6-3 to the hosts for a welcome win of which there have been very few in recent times. GLA’s hero was Kit Wozniak who hit a hat-trick, Marcus Allbutt got a brace and Jason Mitchell with one.
Wins for Sporting Club Redditch (their first of the season, 6-0 v Stoke Prior) and Meadow Park (6-0 v Laburnum) were a little bit more routine with neither of the opposition providing much resilience. SCR’s win was timely given their unexpected horror start to the season and goals from Jack Jarrett (2), Tom Higgins, John Bayliss, James Cope and an own goal were most welcome to give them some breathing space. Lickey End Social also exited the competition in their first game, losing 2-1 at home to The Grove. Ollie Pugh with the home side’s goal.
Game of the day next Sunday is Northfield Athletic v Bartley Green whilst Awkies Allstars v LPR will also be an interesting one given Awkies’s pre-season status and LPR’s fine start. It’s another mixed week of league and cup fixtures, so keep your eyes peeled for next Sunday’s report!


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