Northfield Athletic Cup Champions

Bromsgrove & District Football League

Last Updated: May 9, 2016 07:12pm
Abbey, Redditch
By Simon Burgess
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Another exciting Super Sunny Sunday in the BDFL ended with new WA Harris Cup champions, new Premier Division champions and an astonishing 57 goals in 5 games in Division 2 - Always something great happening in the BDFL!
Impossible to know where to begin but we'll tick off Thomas Brothers first as they become the third new name on the Premier Division trophy since its inception since in the 2011/12 season. Their maiden triumph came with a 3-2 victory over VBG Fairfield, the reigning champions, as VBGF's two defeats inside four days proved costly. Goals from Ryan Molesworth and Dan Wilkes for VBGF were cancelled out by Stuart Hall, Rob Burkus and Kelvin White. Congratulations to Thomas Brothers and we look forward to them defending the title next season as the trophy will be presented to them next Sunday for their final game of the season. For VBGF, reeling from a 6-1 midweek defeat to WCT Youth Raiders where their second half capitulation was unexplainable, they have a chance to bounce back this Thursday when they face Alcester Town from the Evesham League in the semi-final of the Evesham Hospital Cup with the final set for the Thursday after at Evesham United FC if they are successful. 
In the WA Harris Cup Final, the finalists were only known about on Wednesday night after Timothy Toon's 30 yard screamer ensured Bartley Green Illey Sunday (BGIS) came from two goals down against Belbroughton Athletic to seal their final place and with the final 96 hours later, it was always going to take some re-focusing on the job in hand. Ultimately it proved too much as Northfield Athletic went onto win the game 4-1 in convincing style (in front of 242) and were by far the better team on the day, this match was also filmed live by Football Exclusives and we'll have the highlights package online as soon as we get it! Northfield started the game well and inside the first 6 minutes, dangerman Jason Cowley had fired over and fellow strike partner Josh Moore had hit a half-volley wide, Referee Tom Palmer reached for his yellow card on 9 minutes, the first of eight in the match, as Michael Teji fouled Dominic Strevens on the edge of the area as he was advancing into a promising position but the free kick came to nothing. Colin Tandy was the first BGIS caution on 17 minutes and 7 minutes later he was extremely lucky to stay on the pitch after clattering Jon Myrie but Palmer gave him a final warning a decision met by a chorus of boos from the Northfield supporters. In the interim period, Reiss Brians had given Northfield the lead on 22, firing home low inside the box after Cowley's assist. BGIS were back on level terms on 28 minutes though as Northfield's Luke Ellett failed to deal with a bouncing ball and Connor Collins smashed it into the top corner for a fine equaliser. In what was turning into a good contest, Northfield skipper Scott Taylor got his side back in front on 32 when his low drive fizzed past Aaron Collins in the BGIS goal and on 42, Cowley's free kick nearly increased the lead further before the break. In the second half, Northfield started well and Collins had to make a crucial save on 51 before Taylor's fine free-kick delivery on 53 confused Collins and Paul Newman/Cowley were desperately unlucky not to force the ball home. With BGIS not really making any in-roads to test stand-in rookie Northfield keeper Steven Jones, it came as no surprise to see a third Northfield goal on 69 - Moore kneed the ball onto his strike partner and Cowley despatched a clinical left footed drive into the corner of the net from 12 yards; This goal coming moments after Taylor drove the ball wide after exchanging passes with the midfield beast Myrie. In the dying embers of the game, Northfield sealed the win for sure and Moore scored from close range to mean it was Northfield Athletic who took home the coveted trophy and £500 - This is the third time this season Northfield have beaten BGIS and the Chris Bench/Andy Thomas tactics board is clearly working better than Mark Mccleary's at this moment in time, although with a league showdown still to come, likely to decide the Division 1 title too, BGIS are going to be a different proposition next time but they'll need to be as they simply didn't turn up. Congratulations to Northfield Athletic on their win!
In Division 1 action, Sporting Rednal and Spa Athletic battled out a 0-0 draw at Silver Street but the home side had Tim Cooney to thank for a penalty save to stop Spa taking the points back down the M5. It was the late late show at Wychbold RBL as Thomas Pugh's 92nd minute winner saw off Stoke Sporting to prevent another 0-0! No further information on either of these games.
Meanwhile Division 2 was completely crazy on Sunday! 57 goals scored over 5 games for starters and some large scores with strikers filling their boots accordingly! In the game which was the lowest scoring, but still 7 in this one, Rednal Social Club are clinging onto the lead at the top but making no further addition to their points total this after a 4-3 defeat at Hewell despite leading 2-1 at the interval via striker Ben Markall's brace. Hewell took the lead in the second half before Jamie Ashmore levelled only for Hewell to hit back on the counter to win. Rednal are still 3 points clear but Meadow Park are 3 points behind and have 5 games in hand, with the sides due for a showdown on Thursday evening at Harris Brush Works. Meadow themselves gave Bromsgrove Brentnal a thrashing, winning 12-1, with Sean Chance the pick of the goalscorers netting 7. The match also saw Meadow manager Paul Hutchins enter the fray for only his second appearance of the season and he amazingly netted too, a fine controlled header into the top left hand corner! Awkies Allstars and Hizza United both won their respective games 11-2 as LPR and Rubery Juniors were put to the sword respectively; Jason Gibbons the pick of the men on target as he netted 7 for Awkies as they showed no hangover from winning the Centenary Cup in midweek. Sporting Club Redditch were also determined to get their boots filled as renowned poor travellers Woodgate Valley were turned over 10-1; Jordan Adams the pick of the goalscorers with a hat-trick although braces for Dan Sill (yay!) and Shaun Maynard were also aided by single goals from Ryan Field, Harry Sharpe and Joe Shaw. Siil has to step aside from the special mentions column this week as we praise veteran Wayne Smith who went in goal on his 46th birthday and came away with the man of the match award! If Meadow Park's fixture schedule doesn't catch up with them, still 8 games to go and with a superior goal difference, they are the red hot title favourites.
In Division 3 much calmer waters here and the result of the day saw Callowbrook Green win 7-1 away at Stoke Sporting Reserves as they continue to put the pressure on Rubery at the top of the table. Arrow Valley had a fine 5-2 win away at AFC Millfields after initially believing they would struggle for a team, but goals from Reece Miles (hat-trick), Craig Jenkins and Alan Beech saw off AFC Millfields who put in a woeful performance (goals from Ash Roland and Ryan Wood), this on the back of an encouraging 3-2 midweek win over promotion seeking Chaddesley Corbett Reserves. Bromsgrove Corinthians's Chris Price scored perhaps the quickest goal in the league this season as he scored inside 10 seconds as Corries hosted Laburnum; From the kick off, Bryn Morgan's ball found Price and he strode forward to drive the ball home inside Paul Cooke's near post. With Laburnum yet to win a League game this season, many did wonder if the floodgates would open but from here on in, Laburnum really improved to play a fine game whilst Corries performance level dipped significantly, perhaps not aided by the pre-match burgers served up be Head Chef Christopher Walder. Laburnum deservedly equalised mid-way through the half when the lively Chris Stringer curled home an effort from 10 yards which was all they deserved as they played some nice football which belied their position, Ash Stirling and Chris Hancock at the heart of most of it. Laburnum were grateful to Cooke though who made an astonishing save with 5 minutes left of the first half, the ball fell kindly to we think Ed Tear in the box from some 8 yards out and he ran in crashing a shot towards goal which Cooke somehow got fingertips too to deflect it onto the bar and away - A wonderful wonderful save they'll be talking about for years in the adjacent Navigation Pub.  Into the second half and with Corries relying on the industry of Tommy Thompson and the hard running of Alex Beck up front, Laburnum were able to play around their opponents and Stringer missed an open goal from 3 yards from Hancock's fine cross to increase the lead. Laburnum also had a spell of intensive pressure with several corners unable to be converted and they had to settle for a point in the end in the 1-1 draw, in what was a game played in high temperatures with the sun beating down.
In midweek action not already touched on, Awkies Allstars claimed their second cup final victory of the season with a Centenary Cup penalty shoot out win over Meadow Park on Thursday night; After a drab 90 minutes where both sides cancelled each other out, only 6 goalscoring chances of note in the whole game, Chris Fox the 7th named penalty taker fired home the winning kick to start off emotional scenes after Richard Beesley had denied several Meadow penalty takers. In Division 1, midweek wins for Stoke Sporting and Northfield Athletic saw another couple of fixtures chalked off, whilst in Division 2, Chaps United and Redditch United played out a 1-1 draw as Hizza continue to find the energy from somewhere with all their games!
Another frantic week of midweek action is lined up this midweek and next Sunday as we are still unbelievably awaiting a date for Hizza United's Hospital Cup Final. 
As ever you can find the details of the midweek games on our website/social media on a daily basis, BGIS and Northfield both in action too as they chase down the Division 1 title with Northfield now slight favourites in the bookies eyes.
We'll be back next Sunday, no cup finals to attend next week (to date!) with all the news from another week in the BDFL as the 2015/16 season draws towards an end!

BGIS 1 (Collins), Northfield Athletic 4 (Cowley, Brians, Taylor, Moore)
Att: 242

VBG Fairfield 2 (Molesworth, Wilkes), Thomas Brothers 3 (Hall, Burkus, White)
Sporting Rednal 0, Spa Athletic 0
Wychbold RBL 1, Stoke Sporting 0

LPR 2, Awkies Allstars 11 (GIBBONS 7, Fox, Carnihan, Stewart, OG)
Rubery Juniors 2 (Derrick, Chipman), Hizza United 11
Rednal Social Club 3 (Markall 2, Ashmore), Hewell 4
Sporting Club Redditch 10 (ADAMS 3, Maynard 2, Sill 2, Shaw, Field, Sharpe), Woodgate Valley 1
Bromsgrove Brentnal 1 (Gaffney), Meadow Park 12 (CHANCE 7, Crisp, Glover, Woolridge, Wright, PAUL HUTCHINS)
AFC Millfields 2 (Roland, Cummings), Arrow Valley 5 (MILES 3, Jenkins, Gascoigne)
Stoke Sporting Reserves 1, Callowbrook Green 7
Meadow Park 0, Awkies Allstars 0
Awkies Allstars win 5-4 on penalties
Att: 90
BGIS 3, Belbroughton Athletic 2

WCT Youth Raiders 6, VBG Fairfield 1

GLA 0, Stoke Sporting 2
Sporting Rednal 1, Northfield Athletic 4

Chaps United 1, Hizza United 1
AFC Millfields 3, Chaddesley Corbett Reserves 2


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