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Meadow Park Draw 2-2

Bromsgrove & District Weekend Round Up

Last Updated: Nov 11, 2014 07:13am
Abbey, Redditch
By Simon Burgess
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Postponement season hit the BDFL today for the first time this season as a sprinkling of matches were lost as a result of the Friday/Saturday deluges; However we still managed to get 12 games played, which was alot more than HQ expected. We also asked for all teams to have a minutes silence before their games for Remembrance Sunday.
Just the one game in the Premier Division and Meadow Park crawled their way off the bottom of the table as they drew 2-2 away at draw specialists AFC Northfield; Ben Ross and Lee Farley with the Meadow goals, Richard Attwell replying with two for Nick Clarke's men. In Division One, Sporting Grapevine crushed Santiago RV by an astonishing 14-1 scoreline, yes FOURTEEN! Seven different scorers for the Grapes with the stars being Jason D'Aguilar with four and Rory Milbourne with three. Richard Hall chipped in with a brace and there was one apiece for Foggy, Will Doolan, James Gasson, Dave Osborne and Tom Devaney. Not too sure what went wrong for Santiago in this one but their goal difference has taken a massive caning as a result! As for the grapes, they are really starting to click, with their manager Keith Righton seemingly well versed on the latest edition of the coaching manual!
In Division Two, Chaddesley Corbett made it 11 straight wins in all competitions as they travelled to a boggy, soggy and muddy Greenlands and came away with a 3-1 win, the goals coming from Damian Ash, Nathan Steward and Dan 'Viking' Beard who hit a 25 yard pearler. Jack Latham got the early goal for Hizza capitalising on a mistake by Crook in the Chadds backline. Chaddesley are set for a very successful season if they carry on in this vein in the next few months. In Division Three, leaders AFC Northfield are still 5 points clear at the top of the league, this after a 2-2 draw away at Belbroughton Athletic Reserves. Belbroughton were 2 up with 15 minutes to play, but Odane and Daz Bull struck late on to rescue a point. Another boggy venue up at Balaam Wood Academy was the venue for Callowbrook Green 7 Coldfield 4 in the other game. Sam Robinson with a hat-trick for Callowbrook, braces for Tom Mason and Alex Beck. For Coldfield who have yet to register a point this season, Dan Wirges hit a double, one each for Jamie Hodgkinson and Chris Adams. Callowbrook Green really struggled last season but the ease in grade has helped them and they seem to be enjoying their football right now, esepcially as this win came on the back of 2 Sundays off.
In the Premier Cup quarter-final, Victoria Barnt Green made light work of Golden Lion Athletic by a 6-0 scoreline to set up a mouth watering semi-final against new rivals Hare and Hounds. Ellis Blakemore, playing against his boyhood side, came back to haunt them with four goals as he was in unstoppable form. Jamie Hatfield's 25 yard piledriver and a Benjamin Stanford effort completed the scoring. As it happens, the first H and H v Vic clash is next Sunday anyway and we can't wait to hear how the match goes! Talking of Hare and Hounds, they moved into the second round of the WA Harris Cup with a 5-2 away win at FC Rednal on the Boleyn slope. Hounds were too strong for FCR in the end as both Michael Lowe and Luke Dugmore struck twice, one for Elliott Nash too. Jacob Booton got two of his own for FCR, for whom goalkeeper Julian Bellamy was the man of the match indicating Hounds had a hell of a lot of shots on goal! Hounds will host Chaddesley in Round 2. Meanwhile the long awaited derby between BGIS and North Colts United went the way of the BGIS by a 4-3 scoreline, with Colts putting up a fine effort despite their ongoing injury and suspension problems. BGIS started like the proverbial train, scoring two early goals through Dom Strevens with Strevens then providing an assist for Colin Tandy to half volley home. A fine team goal on the half hour mark increased the lead further, Danny Lawrence, Carl Martin and Tandy all combining at some point to leave Tandy to hit his second. BGIS relaxed a little bit too much and gave away two very sloppy goals to make it 3-2 before Lawrence scored before half-time to restore the two goal buffer. It was just as well this buffer was in place as a lethargic second half show from BGIS nearly cost them as Colts pulled it back to 4-3. Colts keeper (presumably Michael Kane) nearly scored a dramatic late equaliser to take the game to penalties, but his header drifted over the bar as BGIS were somewhat relieved to hear the final whistle and they can look forward to playing Woodgate Valley in the second round.
In the Rose Bowl Quarter-Final, a very motivated Laburnum side who have their heart set on the Rose Bowl trophy turned over and stunned Bromsgrove United Reserves in a competitive encounter down at Parkside Middle, to come away with a 4-2 victory thanks to a brace from Rob Smith and goals from Tim Lees/Dan Kings, the latter a trademark long range boomerang. Bromsgrove scored through Kyle Williams, yet another player in the League to net a brace today, but in truth they failed to manufacture many clearcut chances despite having lots of the ball. Both sides felt one goal the oppositon scored was offside, but on the day it was Laburnum who won through and that's what the record books will show.
LMS Shield and Bridgwater Cup matches also continued a plenty, the most significant being Thomas Brothers winning 3-2 at Lickey End Social which sealed their place in the next round. The Brothers made hard work of the win scoring the opening goal against the run of play, as Lickey's goalkeeper mis-kicked and found the feet of Rob Burkus who chipped him to make it 1-0. The Lickey strikers used their speed well to get in behind the Brothers back four but Wayne Bradshaw/Cooper was on hand to make some great saves. It was an error which allowed Lickey to get back in the game. A long ball was heading to the Lickey striker who was stood offside, the Brothers defence stopped and allowed the winger to run through to make it 1-1. The Brothers were finding some rhythm but the long grass made passing difficult. Brothers did get back ahead from the head of Richard Tyler after Burkus turned provider with a great cross. The third goal for Brothers was almost instant; The influential Burkus found space in the midfield, touched the ball out of his feet and hit a left foot strike into the top corner leaving the keeper with no chance. 3-1 to Brothers at half-time. The Brothers started the second half better and had opportunities to get more goals but it was Lickey who pulled the next (and last) goal back. A poor clearance found a midfielder and he shot from distance, with Bradshaw/Cooper trying his best not to dive into the muddy puddle, couldn't stop! Rubery Athletic are out of the LMS Shield as their 2-1 away defeat at Alvechurch Lions extinguished any hope they had of progressing out of the group stages. Mike Poston and Garry Farmer were the key men for Lions as Poston set up both Farmer's goals, which were sandwiched in between Rubery's equaliser - We're not sure who scored but Andy Court was at the assist.
In the Bridgwater Cup, goals from Tom Nicholson and Peter 'PJ' Warman were enough for Stoke Sporting Reserves to hold the bragging rights in Stoke Prior, as they beat yes you've guessed it, Stoke Prior by a 2-0 scoreline. This group is still wide open and we will need to play a few more matches here before knowing who is going to go through.
So onto Week 15 next Sunday, weather permitting. Undoubtedly all eyes are on Hare/Hounds v Victoria Barnt Green in what should be an absolute humdinger! If you are not playing next week or just want a game to watch, this will be the one to go too! On current form, it will be interesting to see how Sporting Grapevine get on against Alvechurch Lions in another LMS Shield match, whilst Rubery Athletic against Belbroughton Athletic is another match which should certainly contain some fine football. We'll bring you all the news next Sunday as normal!

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