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Reputations get Dented in Opening Games

Bromsgrove & District Football League

Last Updated: Aug 10, 2015 09:28am
St. Johns, Bromsgrove
By Simon Burgess
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The BDFL opened up its proceedings for the season on a glorious sunny morning with 16 matches played across the four divisions - As is always the case on the opening day there were shocks with reputations dented and scorelines where reputations were simply enhanced.
In the Premier, all the pre-season talk has been about WCT Youth Raiders and they opened up against established league side Rubery Athletic looking to lay down a marker to every body else and this they did with a 6-1 victory. WCT settled well and attacked from the off; Paul Smith opened the scoring after 6 minutes when his free-kick curled over the wall and crept inside Jake Doyle's far post. Rubery hit back and top scorer Andy Court was desperately unlucky when his own free kick crashed against the crossbar; The equaliser wasn't long in coming though - Court's flagkick was headed down in the box to Lee Davies who turned on a sixpence and fired home from 6 yards. Shortly after, quick thinking by Rubery saw a free kick taken which caught WCT's backline asleep and Danny Mayo agonisingly poked the ball wide from 8 yards. WCT soon had their noses back in front when Jamie Heason struck when he was left unmarked in the box and scored from close range and the referee then waved away appeals for a penalty, when Jack Berry appeared to handle inside the box but it was deemed to be totally accidental. Half-Time 2.1. WCT increased their lead early doors in the second half through Matt Andrews before Paul Smith added a fourth on the line, after a fine energetic run by Richard Smith. Toby Attwood and Andrew Cornes scored the other goals to put the gloss on a fine morning's work for WCT in their new league; Rubery to their immense credit never gave up despite tiring in the second half and Davies was denied a second goal by a good save. Not wanting to be undone, VBG Fairfield got their season up and running with a similar five goal winning margin at home to Alvechurch Lions - Richard Bishop the golden boot winner of last season netted a hat-trick, surely the first of many this season, with further goals from speed merchant Ellis Blakemore and tricky winger Dan Wilkes.

Thomas Brothers have had a summer re-build and with Stuart Hall and Robbie Bunn in their ranks, they can expect to do well too - Their opener came against new boys Alcester Town and the Brothers came away with a 6-3 victory. Both sides carved out chances in the early exchanges but it was the Brothers who took the lead as Richard Tyler ghosted in unmarked and headed a corner in from close range. The Brothers second goal came courtesy of a bit of magic from Robbie Bunn whose Cruyff turn also megged his man on the edge of the box and then found the top corner with a curling shot. Brothers were in dreamland as they went 3-0 up from the penalty spot; Stuart Hall did well to hold the ball up in the box, using every ounce of his upper body strength, but was bundled to the floor before making no mistake from the spot sending the keeper the wrong way. It was 4-0 and an increasing advantage when Dan Price latched on to a through ball and was challenged by the keeper but the ball fell kindly to Tyler who rolled it into an empty net form the edge of the box. Just before the halftime oranges, Alcester pulled a goal back from a corner; Mark Nicholls in the Brothers goal came and caught but amongst the bustle, the ball popped out for an easy tap in. Half Time 4-1. The Brothers got out the traps early getting their fifth of the game within minutes of the restart; Hall and Ian Wroe did well down the right with the latter providing the assist for Tyler's hat-trick. The game petered out a little until Alcester started piling on the pressure. Their second came again from a corner with a sub heading in unchallenged before they got a third and a revival looked on the cards. However the Brothers kept their three goal advantage when some great work by Wright down the flank found Marc Grogan six yards out who tapped into an empty net. This sets up a really interesting early season clash with WCT next Sunday. Oak Tree Sporting meanwhile lost their first home game as a Prem side as they lost 2-0 to Belbroughton Athletic at Charford Rec. Sporting gave a very hard working display and were unlucky not to be in front numerous times, with away defender Chris Innes in particular making one brilliant clearance off the line to keep the scores level at 0-0. The deadline was broken when Belbroughton were awarded a penalty (which we assume Al Emery converted) before Will Tibbetts sealed the points late on. A very encouraging start for Sporting who showed energy and endeavour in large quantities, whilst Belbroughton's rock solid backline won the day, Jamie Brooks giving a polished display at the heart of it.
In Division 1, Wychbold RBL the title favourites had their bubble well and truly burst when visiting and unfancied Spa Athletic rode into town and came away with the 3 points in the Wychavon derby game, a result that has got resident Spa reporter Karl Stokes in a good mood as he has posted some video footage of two of their goals on our social media sites; Phil Burton's long-range 'Ping' opened the scoring in the first half before Perry Reynolds headed home a corner to double the advantage in the second half. Wychbold got one back but Luke Rainbow's ice cool penalty saw the match signed, sealed and delivered to Spa. Another 'surprise', at least in our resident prediction guru's eyes The Stoat, saw Northfield Athletic visit Conway Albion and come away with a 2-0 win in a cracking game which was a good advert for the BDFL. Reiss Brians gave Chris Bench's men the lead just before the break with Josh Moore adding another with 15 minutes to go, before Scott Taylor was denied a third late on. And The Stoat's morning of misery continued when Stoke Sporting beat GLA 3-0; GLA relegated from the Premier last season have had an encouraging pre-season but back to the drawing board for them after this result; It took an hour before the first goal, with Tom Westwood providing a rare assist to Simon Steele who netted from close range. GLA wasted a chance to equalise as they missed a penalty thanks to Simon Boon's superb save. This gave Stoke the momentum and new signing Ben Gidley, not seen since the days of Rubery Jim at Redditch United, netted a debut goal and then Jon Snell headed home Westwood's free-kick for the third and last goal.
Division 2, already known as the division of death, started with some of the fancied sides all winning. Awkies Allstars, the favourites, opened up at their new home on Four Dwellings 4G, with a 4-1 win over Hizza United with the Awkies front pair netting all four between them (Ash Tullett a hat-trick and Jason Gibbons the other); Rednal Social Club started their season with a similar scoreline at Sporting Club Redditch, Ben Markall the hero with a hat-trick with former Hare and Hounds player Kyle Morrison getting the other one. Meadow Park visited Chaps United and came away with the points in a seven goal thriller which they won 4-3, whilst LPR brushed aside the promoted (and re-named) Bridgefield with a 6-1 win. In the other match, Rubery Juniors played out a 3-3 draw with relegated Woodgate Valley who were only authorised to start the season late last night after a takeover deal was secured by Adam Kerrigan which enabled him to transfer funds to the League; It could have been much more though as Woodgate were 3-1 up in what looked to be a coupon busting result. Indeed Woodgate dominated the match from the off as Rubery Juniors looked like rabbits in the headlights on their debut match in the League; Jamie Sippitts fine volley gave Woodgate the lead before Dean Hodges got a Rubery equaliser to take the teams into the break level. Mr Unknown gave Woodgate the lead after the break, before another from Sippitts looked to have taken the points; Rubery came back and Dean Hodges won a penalty (which he duly converted) although Woodgate were lucky not to be down to 10 men after the incident. Rubery scented their prey and attacked hard; The reward and point came when Jake Wicketts, formerly of Woodgate, found Josh Evans who fired home.
Into the bottom tier now and the surprise result of the day was undoubtedly Laburnum's heavy 11-1 defeat against Rubery, one of the league's newboys. Laburnum turned in a very poor showing though but we must take nothing away from Rubery who obviously have firepower in their boots and it'll be interesting to see if they can kick on from this next week. Alvechuch player Brogan Halpin nabbed a hat-trick as did Ellis Lacey, whilst Sean Donovan, Aaron Draper, Ryan Casey, Josh Western and Mitchell Mansfield got one each. Stoke Sporting Reserves received a bloody nose as they were beaten 2-1 at Arrow Valley, a team who have made a number of unexpected decent signings, whilst Chaddesley Corbett Reserves opened up their debut season with a fine 5-4 win at Stoke Prior in a thrill a minute game at Navigation Inn, which was superbly refereed by our new female official Susan Albrighton. Some terrible defending by both sides throughout but an entertaining game on the back of it; Gaz Moriaty hit a brace, as did manager's son Adam Westcott with Ben Mcgarrity getting the other. Stoke could have snatched a point late on but they missed a penalty! Quietly fancied Callowbrook Green opened up with a 5-2 win over Bromsgrove Corinthians; Corinthians found themselves 3-0 down very quickly but came back into it when a penalty was awarded when we believe Colin Tomlinson bought a player down; Corinthians missed the penalty though and they kind of knew it wouldn't be their day, but at least goals from Tom Mason and Edward Tear gave them something to cling onto on the journey home.
In a couple of friendly games, Sporting Rednal took on Hewell (4-4, Richie Heywood getting a hat-trick for Rednal), with AFC Millfields also playing and beating Worcester League side Rileys FC, with braces for the now unretired Courtney Lloyd and Ryan Wood.
There are already some very good games lined up next Sunday; WCT Youth v Thomas Brothers, Meadow Park v Awkies Allstars and the first eagerly anticipated Sidemoor Rec derby between FC Bromsgrove and AFC Millfields, both opening their seasons properly; We'll be back next Sunday with all the news and match reports!


BROMSGROVE LEAGUE RESULTS - SUNDAY 09TH AUGUST 2015

PREMIER DIVISION
VBG Fairfield 5 (BISHOP 3, Wilkes, Blakemore), Alvechurch Lions 0
Thomas Brothers 6 (TYLER 3, Hall, R Bunn, Grogan), Alcester Town 3
WCT Youth Raiders 6 (P Smith 2 Cornes, Heason, Andrews, Attwood), Rubery Athletic 1 (Davies)
Oak Tree Sporting 0, Belbroughton Athletic 2 (Emery, Tibbetts)


DIVISION ONE
Conway Albion 0, Northfield Athletic 2 (Brians, Moore)
Stoke Sporting 3 (Steele, Gidley, Snell), GLA 0
Wychbold RBL 1, Spa Athletic 3 (Rainbow, Burton, Reynolds)
 
DIVISION TWO
Rubery Juniors 3 (Hodges 2, Evans), Woodgate Valley 3 (Sippitts 2, unknown)
Awkies Allstars 4 (ASH TULLETT 3, Gibbons), Hizza United 1
Chaps United 3, Meadow Park 4
LPR 6, Bridgefield 1
Sporting Club Redditch 1, Rednal Social Club 4 (MARKALL 3, Morrison)
 
DIVISION THREE
Arrow Valley 2, Stoke Sporting Reserves 1
Callowbrook Green 5, Bromsgrove Corinthians 2 (Tear, Mason)
Stoke Prior 4, Chaddesley Corbett Reserves 5 (Westcott 2, Moriaty 2, Mcgarrity)
Laburnum 1, Rubery 11 

 

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