More Games Wiped Out

Bromsgrove & District Football League

Last Updated: Feb 16, 2017 08:28pm
Abbey, Redditch
By Simon Burgess
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We all knew the weather was going to hit, was just a case of when and how hard - Another plethora of games wiped out this morning with just 8 played and teams like Redditch United Sunday (1 game played since 27th November) and Meadow Park (no completed game this calendar year) must be at their total wits end! In situations like this, it's a shame to see the South Bromsgrove 3G sitting unused for the second booking, it was definitely made for days like today. 

In the Kidderminster Hospital Cup, congratulations to Studley Lions who are into the semi-finals after beating Spennells United 2-1, hereby gaining revenge for the BDFL on the Kidderminster League side who knocked out Awkies Allstars in an earlier round. Two goals from the chief of beards (sorry Nick Briggs), Jamie Hatfield, in the last 20 minutes did the trick before Spennells got a late consolation. Not such good news for Spa Athletic who despite taking an early lead through Matt Winsper, didn't work hard enough in their game against Wollaston United and paid the price crashing out 4-1. 

The Rose Bowl quarter-final got played though and it's Bromsgrove Corinthians who will play Arrow Valley in the semi-final (assuming Big Phil comes out of his sulk!) on 5th March after the Corries continued their good form with a 3-1 win over Stoke Works. The Corries strikeforce of Beck and Mason were at it again, netting all of the goals, with Paul Badger getting the Stoke goal. The lack of a proven goalscorer in the mould of Beck/,Mason is holding Stoke back at the moment, Adam Malpas on the lookout for someone to add to his squad. 

In the Premier Division, Millfield Rovers made it two successive Premier Division wins on the spin as Gary Evans continues to overhaul his squad with wheeler-dealing Barry Fry would be proud of. New signing Littleton's Danny Stokes scored on his debut before Belbroughton smacked the crossbar. Jack Connolly, James Ward and Stokes again added more in the second half for a convincing win. 

In Division One, the Charford derby went the way of FC Hop Pole who beat Oak Tree Sporting 3-2, to record their first league win of the season however they did it the hard way coming from two goals down after Richard Hall and James Gasson had put OTS in control. Second half strikes from the rejuvenated Sam Partridge (2) and Kit Wozniak from the spot after Anton Deli-Bovi took a tumble in the box. Well done to FC Hop Pole on the result!  There are always goals in any game involving Quinton Athletic or Chaddesley Corbett so put the two together and end result is 8 goals! That's what happened today with Chadds getting the better of it 5-3; They were 3-0 up inside 20 minutes with the opener coming after the Superstar Matt Perry cooly converted Ben Tolley's centre. Lewis Phillips doubled the lead with a solo effort before providing the ball into the box that spelt OWN GOAL as the Quinton player looked on helplessly. Quinton were obviously reeling from Darryl Foster raising his voice at half-time and they came storming back to level the game thanks to Keil Sumnall's brace and one from Joe Brookes. With the game swinging the way of Quinton, wily old manager Richard Ash performed his latest masterstroke and introduced Dan Weston to the fray who promptly hit the two goals needed for the Villagers to win the game, one a how-witzer from fully 25 yards. 

In Division Two, just the one game and AFC Northfield ran out comfortable 5-2 winners over Hewell but the game wasn't without its dramas. Hewell took the lead inside15 seconds as AFCN lost possession from their own kick off and the ball soon found its way to a locally well known striker who finished with aplomb. Hewell were all over AFCN and it was no surprise when they doubled the lead on 13 minutes but it was in comical fashion - The ball was played through and Colin Matthews ran out of goal to kick it clear, missed it and left the striker an empty net to hit home! Slowly but surely AFCN played their way back into the game, Aaron Westwood particularly tricky on the right flank with Oli Gibson buzzing around up front. The equaliser came when debutant Michael Crook prodded the ball home from close range from Scott Taylor's free kick delivery. Hewell could of scored again but the striker who hit the first smashed the crossbar but it was also a good Matthews save who got fingertips to it. In the second half, the introduction of Shaun Hunter and Chris Mcgrath really helped AFCN become a threat in front of goal with probing higher up the pitch and slowly but surely they got on top of the game with Hewell's fitness and shape slowly going; Mcgrath scored from 8 yards to level matters before Westwood (who also missed two 1 on 1's), curled a left footer home despite handballl suspicions. AFCN were then reduced to 10 men when McGrath needlessly hurled a volley of foul and abusive language towards the Hewell club linesman and the referee immediately brandished the red card. It didn't stop AFCN though as they continued to dominate proceedings, Hunter adding another and Sean Farrell sent the keeper the wrong way from the spot this after a first penalty award had been missed. 

In Division 3 to finish off and the Legends of Rubery are up to 4th place in the table after a 3-0 win over Bromsgrove Academicals. Adam Doupe, Jahmel Trevis and an own goal did the trick. Legends have games in hand on the next two in the table and if they can find consistency, they could be promotion dark horses. The game also saw Colin Webb return to the playing fraternity after a head injury to an Academicals player whom we hope is not seriously hurt.  

Next weeks fixture list is all league games bar the Centenary Cup semi-finals which both have 3G backup if required, although looking at the weather models there is no reason why Droitwch LC won't play next week for the Spa game, it'll be the other semi-final more likely to switch. In league action, all the Prem games are potentially tasty (Belbroughton v BGIS on the small pitch especially so), whilst Wychbold RBL in Division 1 travel to Quinton absolutely desperate for points. Sporting Club Redditch and Winyates are in derby action for Division 2 with Stoke Works playing Rubery Legends in Division 3. That's just a small taster and you can head to our website portals for full fixture details.




Another bout of bad weather saw some games cancelled but healthy amount ticked off!

Wollaston United 4, Spa Athletic 1 (Winsper)
Spennells United 1, Studley Lions 2 (Hatfield 2)
Belbroughton Athletic 0, Millfield Rovers 4 (Stokes 2, Connolly, Ward)
Quinton Athletic 3 (Sumnall 2, J Brookes), Chaddesley Corbett 5 (Weston 2, Phillips 2, Perry)
FC Hop Pole 3 (Partridge 2, Wozniak), Oak Tree Sporting 2 (Gasson, Hall)
Hewell 2, AFC Northfield 5 (Westwood, Hunter, Farrell, Mcgrath, Crook)
Rubery Legends 3 (Trevis, Doupe, OG), Bromsgrove Academicals 0
Bromsgrove Corinthians 3 (Beck 2, Mason), Stoke Works 1 (Badger)



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