Only Four Games Lost to Weather

Bromsgrove & District Football League

Last Updated: Nov 9, 2015 06:49pm
Abbey, Redditch
By Simon Burgess
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The first significant rainfall didn’t cause as many issues as was first anticipated yesterday morning, with only four games lost namely those at Harris Brush Works, Baytree Farm, Sidemoor Rec and Illey Lane, with at least two of those pitches on the perennial postponements list anyway!


Evesham Hospital Cup action first and in the all BDFL tie, Bromsgrove United knocked out fellow Division 1 side GLA by a 4-0 scoreline, with all four goals going to Michael Hegarty. Also winning to nil were VBG Fairfield as they ran out 7-0 victors at Pinvin United a hat-trick for Richard Bishop (one from the penalty spot) and braces for Shaun May/Dan Wilkes, with one of May’s goals a brilliant 25 yarder. Ellis Blakemore was also unlucky not to get on the scoresheet as his mazy run beating several players saw his shot [censored] back off the post. Not such good news for Stoke Sporting FC, with both sides going out of the competition in their respective games; The firsts lost 4-1 at The Bear (Tom Westwood on target), whilst the reserves went down 7-3 to New Inn. It wasn’t a happy convoy of cars making their way back up the A44!


Alcester Town went top of LMS Shield Group B and eliminated opponents Oak Tree Sporting at the same time as they beat their hosts 9-2. Goals all over the pitch for Alcester today as Shane Hancox/Ellis Kalach netted braces, whilst Lewis Marston, Josh Green, Jay Gifford, Sam Bennett and Listowel Fereday grabbed one each. At 7-0 down at half-time, OTS are to be credited for coming out to draw the second half but the damage was well and truly done by then as Alcester turned in a strong performance. The other LMS Shield Group C match between rivals Bartley Green Sunday and Sporting Rednal was one of those to fall foul of the weather, however thanks to the early inspection and call-off, we were able to divert the referee from that game to help out the Kidderminster League who needed to cover a game after some injuries; Thanks to Melvin from the Kidderminster League and to Colin our referees secretary for liaising with each other to ensure the game got covered.


Only one other cup game today and perhaps a bit of a shock as Sporting Club Redditch gunned down LPR in the Redditch derby which was the Centenary Cup first round game, SCR coming out with a 3-2 win to set up a trip to Awkies Allstars in the quarter-finals. SCR are about as inconsistent as they come at the moment, but this was a good win for Rainbow’s boys this despite key winger Dan Sill missing.


In the Premier Division, Lickey End Social played host to Thomas Brothers, a game which switched venue at the twelfth hour and Brothers took full advantage to stretch their lead at the top of the table to 6 points after a 6-0 win; Richard Tyler was the goalscoring hero netting four, ex Churchill striker Ross Kendall getting one and Mr Jordan too who was presumably an emergency signing on the day. Rubery Athletic’s season continues to get better and they travelled to The Grove who were looking to bounce back from last week’s drubbing; Still a defeat for The Grove but only by a 3-1 scoreline with Andy Court nabbing yet another hat-trick. Rubery also had three first half goals disallowed. A tight game at WCT Youth Raiders meanwhile, with the home side getting the better of Belbroughton Athletic by a 5-4 scoreline. Belbroughton took the lead when Jay Paradise’s fine run found Jamie ‘Mr Smile’ Gatfield who delivered the finish the cross deserved. WCT equalized before Alex Mallen kept his cool to put Belbroughton 2-1 ahead at the break. WCT came out all guns blazing in the second period and two goals inside five minutes put them 3-2 ahead. Andy Innes then equalized for 3-3 in this exciting game before Chris Innes got taken down in the box for a spot kick which although Mallen missed, Connor O Reilly netted the re-bound to put the visitors ahead yet again. WCT were determined not to lose this one though and once they got it back to 4-4, they pushed hard and Al Emery was adjudged to have fouled a WCT player inside the area, perhaps harshly and the game’s second penalty was netted by a WCT player for a 5-4 win. Tough on Belbroughton who played very well and deserved a point from the game, Paradise on his debut their star man. 


In Division 1, Chaddesley Corbett moved up to fourth after a 4-0 home win over Spa Athletic. With the Chaddesley pitch in good condition despite the rain, they set out to attack Spa from the start this after a late kick off caused by a bizarre incident with Spa Athletic’s socks. Chadds took the lead inside 5 minutes, when Lewis Mitchell slotted home inside Chris Rich’s near post. Chadds extended the lead on 13 minutes when Nathan Steward’s pace and trickery left Shaun Cooper in a right tangle and he squared for Alex Dugmore to net the first of what would be a fine hat-trick. Spa were trying to move the ball through Tom Harris in midfield but Paul Lofthouse was in fine closing down form meaning they struggled to create any meaningful chances and when they did, James Poulton in the home goal used his height to punch everything away. A third home goal, Dugmore’s second, just before half-time after more hard work by Steward seemed to put the game to bed there and then. In the second half, Spa were a lot brighter creating more chances as Chaddesley sat back and were happy enough to soak up the pressure and let Steward’s pace up top cause the problems. Spa captain Perry Reynolds came closest to a goal though when his header from Harris’s corner went over when it looked easier to score. The final goal came in the dying moments of the game when Dugmore was set free by Ryan Moore, after Ted Baylis’s neat backheel and with the Spa linesman Harvey Harris being extremely honest in keeping the flag down when it would have been easy to flag for offside, Dugmore took it round Rich and slotted into an empty net to seal a comprehensive win. Northfield Athletic made it 5 wins from 5 games in the League with a 5-1 victory at second from bottom and the pre-season title favourites Wychbold RBL; Northfield got off to a great start inside 2 minutes when Michael Teji lobbed the goalkeeper but this was the only goalscoring action of the half. A carbon copy goal and equalizer for Wychbold on 47 minutes seemed to get Northfield angry and they then stormed forward to bag a further four goals through Daniel Gibbs and a Josh Moore hat-trick to give the scoreline a comprehensive look and set them up for next week’s WA Harris cup game. 


In Division 2, Awkies Allstars visited Hewell Prison for their ‘home’ game with the prisoners and they came away with a 4-1 win, Chris Fox, Jason Gibbons, Mike Ryan and Chris McGory all on target but no champagne football from the Bears today to report on! Bromsgrove Brentnal’s 4-1 win over Chaps United put the smiles back on their faces, James ‘Paris’ Hylton scoring a hat-trick and the first time since his Bromsgrove Town days he has been able to take home the match ball. A further strike came from veteran Jonny Ingram, whilst Andi Lynch, standing in for John Kirby, saved a penalty. Woodgate Valley’s 4-3 home win over Hizza United moves them up to third place and whilst Woodgate won’t be winning any awards for club administration, their style of football and willingness to win (they were 2-0 down and 3-1 down in this one) remains top notch and they may well end up bouncing back to Division 1 at the first attempt. Goals from debutant Ben Fowler (2), James Parker and Jamie Sippitts motorbike man did the business. We don’t have Hizza’s goalscorers but some very sloppy Woodgate defending let their goals happen in the first half and it needed Adam Kerrigan’s half-time roasting to correct these issues. 


In Division 3, Bromsgrove Corinthians have endured a tough month or so but they bounced back to win 3-2 against Arrow Valley thanks to Ollie Gibson and two for Alex Beck. The game also contained a bizarre caution for a Corinthians player who had come on a half-time sub for Alex Foster but hadn’t told the referee he was coming on so was correctly cautioned for entering the field of play without permission. Stoke Prior backed up their win in the Rose Bowl last week with another away win, this time at a Laburnum side who now drop to the bottom of the table. Goals from Elliott Nottingham and Adam Harris who out-paced the home backline to slot home. In the clash between Callowbrook Green and Chaddesley Corbett Reserves, Chaddesley came away with the 3 points following goals from Gaz Moriaty and Adam Westcott; Callowbrook are going through a poor phase at the moment from a disciplinary point of view, another two players saw red today making it 5 red cards in 3 games, Luke Wyatt and Dan Vale the men to leave proceedings early today for two cautions and Violent Conduct respectively. The result has tip-toed Chaddesley up to second in the table and they are now level on points with Rubery who have now had points deducted from their existing total bringing them back into the pack.


Back to cup action for most sides next week, weather permitting of course, a host of LMS Shield and Bridgwater Cup games which should hopefully decide one way or the other what happens in the majority of groups. We’ve got a very tasty WA Harris Cup game between Northfield Athletic and WCT Youth Raiders, whilst Division 2 Awkies Allstars will fancy themselves to turn over Premier Division Belbroughton Athletic on the 4G pitch given their form on it. Chaddesley Corbett welcome Conway Albion to their club for the first time ever in a Division 1 clash, whilst Meadow Park go back to Vineyard Lane for the second time this season to face Rednal Social Club in a crunch Division 2 game. A good book of games overall and we’ll look forward to reporting on them all next week.


Pinvin United 0, VBG Fairfield 7 (BISHOP 3, May 2, Wilkes 2)

The Bear 4, Stoke Sporting 1 (Westwood)
Bromsgrove United 4, GLA 0
New Inn 7, Stoke Sporting Reserves 3
Oak Tree Sporting 2, Alcester Town 9

LPR 2, Sporting Club Redditch 3
Lickey End Social 0, Thomas Brothers 6 (TYLER 4, Kendall, Jordan)

The Grove 1, Rubery Athletic 3 (COURT 3)
WCT Youth Raiders 5, Belbroughton Athletic 4
Chaddesley Corbett 4 (DUGMORE 3, Mitchell), Spa Athletic 0
Wychbold RBL 1, Northfield Athletic 5 (MOORE 3, Teji, Gibbs)

Awkies Allstars 4 (Fox, Gibbons, Mcgory, Ryan), Hewell 1
Bromsgrove Brentnal 4 (HYLTON 3, Ingram), Chaps United 1
Woodgate Valley 4 (Fowler 2, Parker, Sippitts), Hizza United 3
Bromsgrove Corinthians 3 (Beck 2, Gibson), Arrow Valley 2
Callowbrook Green 0, Chaddesley Corbett Reserves 2 (Moriaty, Westcott)
Laburnum 0, Stoke Prior 2 (Nottingham, Harris)


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