Mixed Results in the County Cup

Bromsgrove & District Football League

Last Updated: Dec 7, 2015 06:47pm
Abbey, Redditch
By Simon Burgess
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Week 18 of the BDFL largely emerged unscathed after two dry days and strong winds managed to get our pitches into a playable condition, with just the one call-off and that being Rubery Athletic’s home game with Oak Tree Sporting at Holywell Lane swimming baths! Apart from this, a full programme went ahead and importantly, all the County Cup matches from last week were ticked off although heavy mid-game downpours have perhaps done the pitches more harm than good with next week’s fixtures in mind!


Mixed results in the County Cup today; Our representation in the Premier Cup was ended as Black Horse knocked out WCT Youth Raiders 3-0 (Raiders missing a few important players through suspension), whilst one Junior Cup team lost, Richard Heywood’s goal in Sporting Rednal’s 7-1 defeat at Plough Dukes being little more than a token consolation. Better news in the Junior Cup though where Meadow Park knocked out Kidderminster Division 1 high flyers Darby End Athletic with a thumping 7-0 victory, thanks to four goals from Craig Barnett and one each for veteran Andy Crowther, Dave Powell and Chris Glover. Meadow Park’s reward is a trip to Rednal Social Club in the next round, the teams having played each other twice this season already, this after Rednal Social Club saw off Stoke Sporting in an all BDFL match by a 4-3 scoreline and what a tremendous game it was with both sides giving it their all from the off. Rednal took the lead through Ben Markall before Stoke equalised, only to fall behind again when Connor Wilson netted. Redditch United’s Jamie Ashmore netted a third before Stoke pulled another back, only to see Markall, who was once the subject of a £50,000 transfer to Stoke City as a youngster, score a second before Stoke tried to make it competitive to the end with another (their goals coming from Jon Snell, Ben Johnson and Pete Warman, although the third might well have been an own goal from Michael Price). A fine advert for the league.


We had a WA Harris Cup shock today as lowly Division 1 side GLA knocked out Premier Division high flyers Thomas Brothers by a 5-2 scoreline to set up an away tie at Belbroughton in Round 2. GLA, who love a cup run, were on their game from the start racing into a 2-0 lead given to them by Matt Bedford and Kit Wozniak, although Brett Griffin had earlier missed an easier chance. Whatever was said in the Brothers dressing room at half-time sparked a turnaround as by the 55th minute, they had it level from Stu Hall’s penalty and Anthony Wright. However GLA were in no mood to roll over, fighting back to score three more goals, Bedford completing his maiden hat-trick for the club and Mariusz Manczak netting too. Wychbold RBL survived their potential banana skin at home to Chaddesley Corbett Reserves (Division 1 vs Division 3), winning 4-2. Colin Rudge was their hero netting a hat-trick with Aaron Stephens also on target, whilst for the Villagers, Gaz Moriaty netted his customary brace. You can see footage of one of Rudge’s spectacular strikes on the BDFL Twitter account @bdflofficial so if you aren’t following us already, head to the account, watch the goal and then give us a follow!


The Rose Bowl Round 1 game between Laburnum and Callowbrook Green went the way of the visitors who ground out a hard-fought 2-1 win against determined opposition, as the Rose Bowl is very dear to the hearts of last year’s finalists. However dreams of trophy glory were put on hold despite Adam Billingham netting after a Chris Stringer cross. Callowbrook have a home tie with FC Bromsgrove next with the winners going on to host Stoke Prior in the semi-final.


The Bridgwater Cup saw a couple of ‘dead rubber’ games played out as two more groups drew to a formal close. Sporting Club Redditch won 4-1 away at FC Bromsgrove to finish second in the group, James Cope opened the scoring for SCR with a curling shot before Steven Rainbow got a nose bleed charging down the right flank and his super cross was clinically despatched by Shaun Maynard. Harry Sharpe then provided the assist for the SCR super-star, Dan Sill, to net the third and as good as seal the game. In the second half, conditions turned ugly but both sides battled through, Maynard providing an assist to Tom Higgins to net the fourth. FCB scored a late tap-in consolation but that’s all it was as SCR were never in danger of losing the game. In the ‘Stoke’ derby, it was Stoke Prior who got their first win in the group with a 4-2 away win at Stoke Sporting Reserves. Dave Penn put the home side ahead early at the scenic Country Club with a neat finish before impressive Prior striker Carlos Santos netted the equalizer, after the eccentric Scott McCartney failed to deal with a headed flick on from Neil Hetherington and Santos ghosted in to fire home. Santos netted another just before half-time after a fine mazy run across the box went unchallenged and he shot home. In the second half Sporting, who hadn’t played badly at all, pressed hard down the slope with Alex Crawford lashing a shot against the cross bar and Pedro Costa making a couple of important saves and interceptions. However it was a break away third goal for Prior which seemed to seal the points as Santos raced down the right flank before putting the ball onto the head of fellow striker Adam Harris who headed home with aplomb from eight yards; Throughout the game, the Santos/Harris pairing looked lively and sharp seeming to have a decent understanding between them. Paul Halfpenny then rattled the Prior crossbar with a free kick as Sporting desperately tried to get back in the game but it was the hard working physical Penn who grabbed another with 4 minutes to play to give some hope. However the ball broke kindly in midfield to Prior after a challenge in midfield between Prior’s Hethrington and Sporting’s Ollie Clayton, which late substitute Elliott Nottingham ran onto and slotted home; Protests from Clayton unfortunately went too far for a perfectly fair passage of play in the run up to the goal and the man in black sent him to turn on the showers with a second yellow card.


In the Premier Division, VBG Fairfield had a routine 7-0 win away at The Grove, hat-tricks for Shaun May and Laurence Martin plus one from Scott Smith, his shot deemed to have gone in by the goal line technology at Droitwich, before Richard Bishop ran in to make sure. We must however mention May whose goals today helped him to surpass the 250 goal mark in a ‘Vic’ shirt, a tremendous achievement for the popular hit-man – Well done Shaun! In-form Alcester Town also had a 7- 0 away win at Belbroughton Athletic as they slowly ground the hosts into submission with Listowel Fereday netting an impressive hat-trick. Josh Green also netted two (seemingly to the surprise of his manager), with one apiece from Ryan Watson and Ellis Kalach as Alcester showed their fire power is very much up to the standard required in this division.


In Division 1, the top three sides all successfully picked up three points in their matches. Biggest and most convincing winners were Northfield Athletic who are simply oozing goals right now, an 11-1 win against 9-men AFC Northfield helping their goal difference no end as they made it 7 straight league wins. Hat-tricks in this one for the Portugese flair player Jake Thomas and the lightning quick Michael Teji, with regular scorer Reiss Brians netting a brace not forgetting Daniel Gibbs, Josh Moore and John Jackson who got one apiece. Bartley Green Sunday put in a professional performance against their old friends Chaddesley Corbett to win 2-0, Danny Lawrence and Carl Martin the men on target; Chaddesley found this tougher than recent weeks and they were lucky to not end the game with 10 men as Richard Ash was allegedly involved in an off-the-ball incident with Martin completely unseen by the match official whose back was turned, which might have incurred a red card. Conway Albion, who switched their home game to the ground of Spa Athletic as Earlswood Town FC was waterlogged, won 5-3 in an entertaining game to keep up their title hopes – They’ll certainly be hoping their injury issues ease off in due course.


In Division 2, the Redditch derby between Hizza United and LPR ended 2 each, a draw doesn’t really do either side any favours, but Hizza will be the happier of the teams having come from 2-0 down to secure a point (Josh Bowen and an own goal). Meanwhile, Awkies Allstars, who have played the least number of league games, got their third win from five games winning 5-2 at Bromsgrove Brentnal, who seemed to lose their heads after midfielder Jake Exley was sent off for Serious Foul Play, a decision Brentnal did not agree with. Awkies took full advantage and the stylish Jim Carnihan netted four goals with one for Chris Mcgrory too. Rubery Juniors visited Hewell Prison for the second time this season and Hewell got their revenge after the previous 7-3 defeat, winning by the odd goal in seven after another good game between the two sides. Rubery got stung big time in the first half as Hewell bossed proceedings and ended up 3 goals to the good by the time the half time oranges were ready; Whatever Matt Khan said to his youngsters in the break worked a treat as Juniors pulled it back to 3-3, goals from Rob Beadle (heading in a Jake Wicketts assist), Zac Nearney and then Sean Hoare doing the trick. However disaster struck with minutes to go as Hewell counter-attacked and netted the winner. Ryan Khan, finally able to move out of the sticks, picked up the Juniors man of the match award. Better times lie ahead for this group of players if they can stick together as they are still feeling their way into adult football.


In Division 3, just the one game and Rubery played their first game for some time and it showed early doors as Bromsgrove Corinthians dominated the early proceedings this despite losing the two previous encounters between the sides by a cumulative 14-0 scoreline. Corinthians went ahead after an early penalty and then were denied by fine goalkeeping and an open goal miss. This came back to haunt them as Rubery equalised before the break and then scored four second half goals to give the scoreline a slightly unfair look given the early energy and good play expended by the hosts. Six cautions in this one as arbiter Darren Amor became a busy man as the conditions worsened with several heavy downpours. 

Weather permitting again, we have a varied and interesting variety of games next Sunday. The Kidderminster Hospital Cup returns where four of our teams face tricky ties with Alcester Town perhaps facing the hardest, away at Kidderminster League giants Woodside United but given Alcester’s current form, anything is possible. We have our first semi-final of the season between Belbroughton Athletic and Thomas Brothers, as well as WA Harris Cup games between Northfield Athletic and WCT Youth, plus another attempt at the ‘Sidemoor’ Derby. In league action, keep your eyes on GLA v Wychbold in a Division 1 derby whilst Meadow Park v Chaps will be a good game especially if Paul Dowsett can keep banging them in for Chaps! Fingers crossed, we’ll bring you a full round up next Sunday.


Black Horse 3, WCT Youth Raiders 0
Plough Dukes 7, Sporting Rednal 1
Rednal Social Club 4, Stoke Sporting 3 (Snell, Johnson, Warman)
Meadow Park 7, Darby End Athletic 0

FC Bromsgrove 1, Sporting Club Redditch 4 (Cope, Sill, Higgins, Maynard)
Stoke Sporting Reserves 2 (Penn 2), Stoke Prior 4 (Santos 2, Harris, Nottingham)
GLA 5 (BEDFORD 3, Wozniak, Manczak), Thomas Brothers 2 (Hall, Wright)
Wychbold RBL 4 (RUDGE 3, Stephens), Chaddesley Corbett Reserves 2 (Moriaty 2)
Laburnum 1 (Billingham), Callowbrook Green 2

The Grove 0, VBG Fairfield 7 (MAY 3, MARTIN 3, Smith)
Belbroughton Athletic 0, Alcester Town 7 (FEREDAY 3, Green 2, Watson, Kalach)
Bartley Green Sunday 2 (Lawrence, Martin), Chaddesley Corbett 0
Conway Albion 5, Spa Athletic 3
AFC Northfield 1, Northfield Athletic 11 (THOMAS 3, TEJI 3, Brians 2, Jackson, Gibbs, Moore)
Bromsgrove Brentnal 2, Awkies Allstars 5 (CARNIHAN 4, McGrory)
Hizza United 2, LPR 2 
Rubery Juniors 3 (Nearney, Beadle, Hoare), Hewell 4
Bromsgrove Corinthians 1, Rubery 5


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