Meadow Park County Cup Win

Bromsgrove & District Football League

Last Updated: May 3, 2016 06:36pm
Abbey, Redditch
By Simon Burgess
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Into the final month of the season and only one place to start with and that's to celebrate Meadow Park FC's county cup final win last night as they ran out 3-0 winners over Broadway United from the Evesham League. 

Winning any outside cup is a super achievement but the County Cup is a prestigious trophy and helps to put the Bromsgrove League name on the map even more, so a huge congratulations to Paul Hutchins, Ivor Chambers and the team. After a cagey opening period where the teams cancelled each other out, Meadow stepped up the gas in the second half and went ahead when Craig Barnett side-footed home from Andy Crowther's cross. Super Sam Wright added a second when Barnett expertly chested the ball down to him and then volleyed it home before Max Crisp sealed the deal with another volley which ripped past the motionless Broadway keeper. Meadow could and probably should have scored more goals and managed to keep a couple of dangerous Broadway players quiet to ensure the trophy comes homes to Bromsgrove;  The Evesham League did get one over us though as in the Evesham Hospital Cup semi-final, Rubery Athletic bowed out as they lost 3-1 to Bretferton Old Boys despite Jack Berry's goal. 

Into domestic action and one of the WA Harris Cup finalists is known as Northfield Athletic travelled to Sporting Club Redditch and came away with a 3-1 win thanks to goals by Paul Newman, Michael Teji and Josh Moore. Shaun Maynard scored again for SCR but on the day, Northfield were the better side and book their place in the £500 showdown next Sunday night where they will face Belbroughton Athletic or BGIS with that semi-final scheduled for Wednesday evening. Ooh and on Dan Sill watch, he had a decent game for SCR, caused some problems for Northfield with his direct running but further breakthroughs couldn't be found!
VBG Fairfield are fighting for their Premier Division crown and next week's home game against Thomas Brothers is likely to give us a clear indication of where the title goes; VBGF warmed up for the match with a 4-0 win over WCT Youth Raiders, Richard Bishop netting all four goals, although Vic do visit WCT in midweek first in a quick return match caused by Vic’s Evesham Hospital Cup commitments. 

In Division One, it was smiles all around at Silver Street as AFC Northfield secured their first league win of the season with a 5-1 victory over Spa Athletic this despite only having 10 players available. First half goals from Ashan Thomas (2) and Jamer Richards (a really cool finish) gave them the platform to go and win the match convincingly. A second half brace from hot-headed forward Ben Pickersgill added the gloss and a late Spa consolation was of no comfort to Adam Storey on the long journey home. It's looking more and more likely the title is going to be between BGIS and Northfield with the final day showdown set for Sunday May 29th, BGIS won 7-1 in midweek against Conway in biblical rain conditions before winning 13-0 against GLA yesterday; GLA's cause was not helped by Brett Griffin's needless handball on the line after 8 minutes which reduced the team to 10 men and after that, BGIS ran GLA ragged with hat-tricks for Connor Collins, Dan Lawrence, Carlos Martin, plus a brace for Dom Strevens, one for Chris Hickey and one for Timothy Toon.  Wychbold and Chaddesley Corbett are two evenly matched teams and they played out an entertaining 4-4 draw; All we know about the game was that the Chaddesley superstar Matt Perry bagged a hat-trick with the Rhino, Ryan Moore, getting the other. Many thanks to Referees Secretary Colin Mortiboys for putting on a pair of boots yesterday and officiating Stoke Sporting v Conway Albion at short notice, 5 yellow cards for his troubles in this one, but Stoke Sporting got back on the winning trail through Peter Warman (2), Curtis Smith and Ben Johnson, with Johnson's goal a far superior effort to one of Warman's which was a shank! Maybe it was the change of captaincy with Phil Beech taking on the armband or James Ryan stepping up from the Reserves into goal, but whatever it was, tinkerman Fish got it right again! Conway's season has by and large dropped away this year and certainly BGIS gave them a footballing lesson in Thursday's defeat and they'll be ready for their summer break shortly. 

In Division Two, a pair of disappointing results for Awkies Allstars ahead of their Centenary Cup Final this Thursday night; A double-header against Woodgate Valley saw them draw Match 1 (goal by hot-shot Jason Gibbons) whilst the second game saw them lose 1-0. Maybe it was a case of one eye on the final and not risking silly injuries? Hizza United had a fine 5-2 win over second placed LPR, undoubtedly helped by LPR's Orrin Pendley being sent off.  Rubery Juniors have endured a really rotten time of late but have found their goalscoring boots in recent weeks and they got their just desserts today with a fine 7-0 win over depleted Chaps United. Nathan Derrick was the Rubery hero netting four goals, another one for utility player Ryan Khan whilst Lee Atkins and Connor Chipman also netted. More of an astonishing story was perhaps Bridgefield FC picking up their first league point of the season with a thrill-a-minute 5-5 draw with Rednal Social Club at the horrendous Rubery Park pitch, where the grass was overgrown and tufty in many parts - If ever there was a leveller, then this was it but credit to both sides who got on with conditions and produced a cracking game in which RSC were always on the backfoot despite their lofty position in the table. Luke Hancock put Bridgefield ahead when Luke Stanley fumbled a shot and Hancock reacted quickest to poke it home. Both sides scored again, two for RSC and lively Jordan Ward for Bridgefield before Hancock put the home side ahead just before half-time with a wonderful free-kick from 25 yards after Kyle Morrison had needlessly blocked off an attacker, the ball curing into the top corner with Stanley little more than an admirer.  

Into the second half and RSC equalised through Connor Wilson who produced a fine lobbed finish after Stanley's long punt which eluded everybody. The fourth Bridgefield goal though was an absolute stunner and probably one of the best goals you'll see in Sunday League; From a fast breakaway, Ward outmuscled his opponent, got to the bye-line and whipped in a delicious cross which the on-rushing Hancock, a dogs of war player, met with a leaning back half-volley scissors kick which ripped into the opposite corner of the goal for a super super finish and what a way to bag your hat-trick! Predictably RSC equalised again (Ben Markall finally finding the net after several attempts) before woeful RSC defending left Ward unmarked in the middle of the pitch and he strode forward to despatch a lovely finish into the corner past a helpless Stanley. With the game moving into time added on, RSC bagged a point which could prove vital when substitute Sam Brownhill rifled home from 15 yards through a crowd of players.  Great stuff from both teams and we have to give credit to Bridgefield for getting their first point of the season and on this performance, they are not as bad as the league table makes out. The other RSC goals not mentioned and no idea what order they were, went to Oli Pugh and Wilson's first strike.  With RSC winning 8-2 in midweek over Chaps United, it's clear they can score goals they just need to tighten up at the back in the final few weeks of the season with some tricky matches still to be played. 

In Division Three, three home wins from the three games played; Firstly braces from Gaz Moriaty and Forde MacKenzie saw Chaddesley Corbett Reserves beat Stoke Prior 4-0, whilst an Ash Roland brace set the foundations for a similar scoreline win over Laburnum, Chris Burford and Ryan Wood also on target. Arrow Valley's 3-2 over FC Bromsgrove was welcome and a rare brace from Robert Voice did the trick in this one, Alan Beech with the other, before FC Bromsgrove replied through James Robinson and Anthony Bate; Arrow Valley also missed a penalty which Nick Ross saved. 

In the Becky Price trophy which we presume is some sort of annual memorial game, Bromsgrove Corinthians beat a Chairman's Select XI 6-0, goals from Tom Mason (3) and Paul Medway (3).

In a quick round-up of the midweek games not mentioned in despatches, congratulations to WCT Youth Raiders who won the Bromsgrove Charity Cup beating Meadow Park 4-1 in stormy weather at the Victoria Ground on Thursday evening, the win certainly giving Meadow Park the kick up the backside they needed for the County Cup final! This means we have won four outside cups this season to date! Hizza United made it to the Kidderminster Hospital Minor Cup Final with a 9-1 victory over Wilden San Marino, but Awkies Allstars could not join them after losing on penalties to Vine in the pitch-black after the sides had drawn 0-0. We do not have a date from the Kidderminster League as yet for the Vine v Hizza United final and will let you know when we do via Social Media.  Just one more match to cover from Division 1, Northfield Athletic played Stoke Sporting and followed up the previous weeks win with a 6-2 victory, this despite debutant goalkeeper Steven Jones being sent off early doors for a professional foul. 

So the next 7 days is looking just as busy; We have 7 midweek games including the WA Harris Cup semi-final and the Centenary Cup on Thursday night between Meadow Park and Awkies Allstars (730pm at Bromsgrove Sporting FC) and then onto next Sunday it will be the WA Harris Cup Final where the winners take home £500, this is a 630pm start at Bromsgrove Sporting FC and we’ll update and encourage the attendance through social media when the other finalist is known. There are also some tasty games in the morning in League action; VBG Fairfield v Thomas Brothers, Wychbold RBL v Stoke Sporting and Rednal Social Club v Hewell all jumping out at first glance. We hope to see as many of you as possible at the cup finals, thank you for your ongoing support.


Meadow Park 3 (Crisp, Wright, Barnett), Broadway United 0
Bretferton Old Boys 3, Rubery Athletic 1 (Berry)
Sporting Club Redditch 1 (Maynard), Northfield Athletic 3 (Newman, Teji, Moore)

VBG Fairfield 4 (BISHOP 4), WCT Youth Raiders 0
AFC Northfield 5 (Thomas 2, Pickersgill 2, Richards), Spa Athletic 1
Bartley Green Illey Sunday 13 (COLLINS 3, LAWRENCE 3, MARTIN 3, Strevens 2, Hickey, Toon), GLA 0
Wychbold RBL 4, Chaddesley Corbett 4
Stoke Sporting 4 (Warman 2, Smith, Johnson), Conway Albion 1

LPR 2, Hizza United 5
Chaps United 0, Rubery Juniors 7 (DERRICK 4, R Khan, Atkins, Chipman)
Bridgefield 5 (HANCOCK 3, Ward 2), Rednal Social Club 5 (Wilson 2, Pugh, Brownhill, Markall)
Awkies Allstars 1 (Gibbons), Woodgate Valley 1
Woodgate Valley 1, Awkies Allstars 0
Chaddesley Corbett Reserves 4 (Moriaty 2, MacKenzie 2), Stoke Prior 0
Arrow Valley 3 (Voice 2, Beech), FC Bromsgrove 2 (Robinson, Bate)
AFC Millfields 4 (Roland 2, Wood, Burford), Laburnum 0
Bromsgrove Corinthians 6 (MASON 3, MEDWAY 3), Chairmans XI 0 
WCT Youth Raiders 4, Meadow Park 1
Wilden San Marino 1, Hizza United 9
Vine 0, Awkies Allstars 0 AET - Vine win 4-3 on pens
Northfield Athletic 6, Stoke Sporting 2
Conway Albion 1 (N Conway), Bartley Green Illey Sunday 7 

Chaps United 2, Rednal Social Club 8


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