Rain Calls off Cup Final

Bromsgrove & District League Sunday Report

Last Updated: Mar 3, 2014 05:08pm
Whitford, Bromsgrove
By Simon Burgess
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A really frustrating end to a good day as the evening's final, the Premier Cup Final, was called off at 545pm after two pitch inspections; Initially the pitch had been taking the rain well, but once the heavens opened for 20 minutes just after 515pm, the pitch was deteroriating and the right decision was probably made.

The final has been re-arranged for Sunday 23rd March. Meanwhile we got all of our other league games completed his morning, bar one the Longbridge v Belbroughton Athletic Reserves match.

No Premier Division games scheduled, so straight to the Division 1 action and AFC Northfield finally kicked a ball after over six weeks off. An own goal from Scott Mccartney and a Lee Smiley penalty gave them a 2-0 away win at Stoke Sporting. Midfield debutant and ex AFC Ipsley campaigner Brian Carr having a particularly strong game for AFCN. Rubery Athletic could only draw 1-1 at home to lowly Santiago RV. Connor Wilson's strike looked to have sealed the points for the away side, before James Draper struck to save the home sides blushes. A good point for Santiago which wrecked many a pools coupon!

In Division 2, game of the day was at Boleyn Road where FC Rednal plunged 3 precious points off leaders and fierce rivals North Colts United in what was a thrilling game which FCR nicked 2-1. FCR had a great chance to go one up in the first half, but hot striker Lee Davies's penalty kick was superby saved by the big fella in the Colts goal, Michael Kane. 0-0 at the break, but Colts went ahead through the prolific Josh Moore 5 minutes into the second half, Julian Bellamy in the FCR goal only able to get a hand to it but he couldn't stop it. Luke Bench then scored an own goal after Arron Foxall's low cross had caused panic, before ex Colts striker Jordan Ward banged home the winner, after a lovely assist from Davies. A good advert for the league and keenly contested throughout, it was also well officiated. Golden Lion Athletic Reserves finally completed a game of football having had one game abandoned and several others called off (meaning the suspensions of Ollie Brookes and Nathan Thomas couldn't be completed), as they beat Callowbrook Swifts 3-1. Goals from Anton (who we presume to be Deli-Bovi), Jimmy Breakwell and David Copson Godwin doing the damage on a luckless Callowbrook side who play nice football but lack a killer instinct.  Bromsgrove United warmed up for their first ever cup final next Sunday by winning the 'dress rehearsal' with Studley Road Social 9-2. A bit of a bizarre game this as both sides only started with 10 men, Bromsgrove completing their complement of men quicker than Studley and that proved crucial as they took a 4-1 lead into the break thanks to two from Dan Lawrence and one each from Oliver Murphy and Ryan Eves. Studley scored a fine goal to make it 4-2 before Lawrence completed his hat-trick from the spot (no Onions heroics with this one), with his fourth coming either side of Brad Bullimore and Michael Harvey getting in on the fun. Sean Mcdermott completed the scoring. James Hylton got man of the match for Bromsgrove, showing age is no barrier to a fine performance!

In Division 3, the teams went goal crazy with 33 goals scored in 4 games. Best result of the day was Laburnum's 6-2 victory over Toby Jug Athletic who despite not being at full strength, fully acknowledged the quality Laburnum showed. Jay Nickless (later to get himself needlessly sent off) put Toby ahead early doors from a deflected shot, before Mark Powell got the game back on level terms from 20 yards. David Price's diamond gold strike made it 2-1 to Toby but from then on in, Laburnum took control. Andy Seager outmuscled the backline to slot home into the corner past Jack Hayward. Wez Daniel the Laburnum free kick specialist soon scored with another bit of magic from outside the area. The in-form Ryan Sproston then came to the party in the second half and he got a quick fire double to make it 5-2, one a cool lob after Paul Cooke had launched a monster goal kick. Toby fought furiously to get back into the match and had shots cleared off the line/hit the woodwork twice, before the gloss was put on the Laburnum win when Seager again broke clear, was upended by Hayward and Powell converted from the spot. Do not rule Laburnum out of the title race, it really is going to be an interesting end to the season!

Meanwhile AFC Millfields and Stoke Prior, both vying for the title, drew 5-5 in a superb game and a result which will certainly make Toby feel better!  An awful pitch at the Navigation Inn, which had badly cut up in places after being used on Saturday saw both teams start brightly and Stoke took the lead after a bustling run from Scott Davies up the right side saw him run into the box and slam the ball home from a tight angle. Practically straight from kick off, Millies equalized through Ash Roland. Both teams tried to play the passing game which wasn't working due to the pitch, however a neat passage of play saw Pedro Costa (in the unfamiliar lone striker role) put Elliot Nottingham in, who neatly slid the ball past the on-rushing Rob Field in the Millies goal. Stoke then committed the ultimate sin by conceding a penalty just before half time, Stu Hatfield duly converted by placing it in the top right corner. Half Time 2-2. The second half was scrappier than the first and Stoke went ahead for the third time through Kamil Dymon only to be pegged back by Wes Connor. Connor then put Millies ahead for the first time in the game when his scuffed shot beat keeper Kirby who should have kept it out. In past seasons Stoke would have folded, but a fantastic strike by Stuart Hawkes put Stoke level and they nearly went ahead through Hawkes again but he was denied by a full length save by the impressive Field. Millies took the lead again with 5 minutes left through a header from sub Dave Stokes and Stoke seemed dead and buried. With only a minute left, Millies decided against a short corner to keep the ball and they put in a poor corner which Stoke cleared and went straight down the other end to score through Elliot Nottingham with practically the last kick of the game. Another great advert for the League in poor conditions, well done to both sides.

Coldfield and Arrow Valley also shared a 10 goal thriller. Unfortunately we do not have any specific match details, but can report the Coldfield scorers were Chris Adams, Kyle Hindley, Andy Burne, Stu Morris and Jamie Hodgkinson. Both sides havent played much football recently, so they'll be happy enough with a point from an enjoyable game. Hizza United Seconds also beat Red Lions 4-1 in a game which saw three red cards and the dismissal of the Hizza manager Luke Davenport.

In the cup action, congratulations to Washford Lions who saw off Worcester League Division 4 side Droitwich RBL by a single Marc Jovanovic goal to seal their place in the Worcester Nursing Cup Semi-Final. Internal WA Harris Cup action saw Redditch United impressively win 5-3 at West Heath United who were quick to acknowledge the strengths Redditch have. Goalscorers for the hosts were Ash Tullett, Jason Gibbons and Josh Westwood, with Jay Giifford and Jamie Hatfield with braces for Redditch, James 'JB' Browning with the other.

Golden Lion Athletic are into the WA Harris Cup semi-final with a 5-2 away win at Sporting Grapevine, in a match which basically finishes Grapevine's season (1 league game left). Golden Lion have a good cup pedigree over the years and they'll be no pushovers in the Semi-Final.

Evesham Hospital Cup action next Sunday, we have two representatives left and League action to complement the main event of the Centenary Cup Final between Studley Road Social and Bromsgrove United. As ever, your support for the final would be appreciated, its a 630pm kick off at Bromsgrove Sporting FC - Weather permitting! We'll keep you fully updated nearer the time.

PREM Team P W D L F A GD Pts   DIV 1 Team P W D L F A GD Pts
1 Victoria Barnt Green 8 8 0 0 31 6 25 24   1 Hare and Hounds 2013 12 12 0 0 59 16 43 36
2 Rubery Social Allstars 10 6 2 2 25 18 7 20   2 AFC Northfield 9 8 0 1 28 14 14 24
3 Redditch United 8 6 0 2 26 13 13 18   3 Belbroughton Athletic 11 6 0 5 24 19 5 18
5 West Heath United 11 5 2 4 28 25 3 17   4 Rubery Athletic 10 4 3 3 20 16 4 15
4 Rubery Oak 8 5 1 2 26 23 3 16   5 Stoke Sporting 11 5 0 6 17 22 -5 15
6 Redditch Athletic 98 12 3 0 9 20 35 -15 9   6 Spa Athletic 11 3 2 6 18 31 -13 11
7 Golden Lion Athletic 11 1 1 9 21 42 -21 4   7 Sporting Grapevine 13 2 0 11 22 41 -19 6
8 Meadow Park  8 0 2 6 6 21 -15 2   8 Santiago RV 11 1 1 9 16 45 -29 4
                      CRABMILL RESIGNED 11TH NOVEMBER 2013            
DIV 2 Team P W D L F A GD Pts   DIV 3 Team P W D L F A GD Pts
1 FC Rednal 15 12 1 2 76 23 53 34   1 AFC Millfields 16 11 2 3 63 40 23 35
2 North Colts United 14 11 1 2 58 16 42 34   2 Stoke Prior 17 11 1 5 45 27 18 34
3 Vic Barnt Green Res 13 9 0 4 35 38 -3 27   3 Hizza Utd Seconds 14 10 2 2 48 21 27 32
4 Washford Lions 11 7 1 3 46 23 23 22   4 Laburnum 13 10 0 3 67 29 38 30
5 Bromsgrove United 11 6 2 3 58 27 31 20   5 Toby Jug Athletic 11 9 1 1 34 17 17 28
6 Lickey End Social 11 6 1 4 40 30 10 19   6 AFC Northfield Res 15 6 1 8 40 34 6 19
7 Studley Road Social 14 4 0 10 29 55 -26 12   7 Belb Athletic Res 15 5 2 8 43 54 -11 17
8 Golden Lion Ath Res 8 2 0 7 15 36 -21 6   8 Arrow Valley 17 3 4 10 38 51 -13 13
9 Callowbrook Swifts 14 1 1 12 13 58 -45 4   9 Longbridge Athletic 14 4 0 10 36 54 -18 12
10 Hewell Grangers 14 1 1 12 16 80 -64 4   10 Coldfield 16 3 2 11 34 70 -36 11
FC REDNAL DEDUCTED 3 POINTS                    11 Red Lions 16 2 1 13 19 70 -51 7
CHURCHFIELDS UNITED RESIGNED 08TH JANUARY 2014                              



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