Rubery Athletic 1 - 2 Spa Athletic

Bromsgrove League Results 7th September 2014

Last Updated: Sep 7, 2014 09:29pm
Abbey, Redditch
By Simon Burgess
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Another wide range of games in Week 5 which even at this early stage of the season, saw the first Rose Bowl semi-final sorted out – This will be played between AFC Northfield Reserves and Stoke Sporting Reserves after the latter had an impressive 3-0 away win at Belbroughton Athletic Reserves, whom they lost too on the opening day of the season.

Goals from Dave Penn, Simon Steele and Ollie Clayton in this one. AFCN Reserves are already into the semis, courtesy of Alvechurch Lions Reserves demise.


Lots of LMS Shield and Bridgwater Cup group phase action to review next; Hare and Hounds remain unbeaten as they gained revenge on FC Rednal for last year’s cup quarter-final defeat, winning 5-1. FCR have had another drama filled week off the field and the mysterious resignation from Sunday football by their star striker Lee Davies is a devastating blow.


Woodgate Valley picked up a win against Vic Barnt Green Reserves, 2-1, they had to come from behind to do so. The winning goal was a howler by the Vic keeper who watched a 40 yard free kick sail over his head into the net when he thought it was going over! The first team of the Vic had better luck though as they saw off Studley Railway 4-2, in the first ever clash between the sides. Studley had an excellent first half really taking the game to their hosts and the Vic knew they were in a game, more so when Studley got themselves ahead twice. Goals from Richard Bishop (2, one a penalty), an Ellis Blakemore 25 yarder and Scott Smith were enough to win the match though, with Studley’s netters being Chris Hands and Marc Jovanovic. A very good spectacle all around and Vic have been pushed a couple of times already this season.


Still in the LMS Shield and Division 1 side Spa Athletic continue to feed large helpings of humble pie to the critics as they won again, this time an impressive 2-1 victory at Premier Division Rubery Athletic. A world class free kick from Tom Harris (footage is on the League’s Facebook Group page) and a header from Mitchell Parrish gave the visitors a 2-0 buffer from which they never looked back. Rubery’s effort with a few minutes ago, which was a close offside call, was all they had to show for the morning endeavours. Thomas Brothers striker Rob Burkus is another in-form player and his goal was enough to beat Santiago RV 1-0 in a narrow victory. This leaves this group wide open with 3 teams already locked together on three points.


In the Bridgwater Cup group phases, there was mixed success for the Callowbrook sides. The Division 2 ‘Blues’ pulled off a fine 3-1 win against Sporting Rednal who had a poor day at the office finishing with 10 men after a red card for Serious Foul Play. Goals from Jack Gauntlett (assisted by Tommy Lowe), Mitch Perry and Lowe himself were all the ‘Blues’ needed and now that superstar Jordan Murphy has signed for Walsall, they’ll need all the other players to step up to the plate more regularly. Richie Heywood got Rednal’s consolation goal after Chris Neilson made a defensive error. Blues travel to Laburnum next week and a win will almost certainly guarantee them a place in the quarter-finals. The result wasn’t so kind for the Division 3 ‘Greens’ who went down 2-1 to AFC Millfields, this despite taking the lead after 20 minutes. The goal clearly angered Millfields who were level 2 minutes later through birthday boy Stu Hatfield, before the O-Dog, Owen Hancox, scored the winner with a 35 yard free kick on the hour mark.


WA Harris Cup action now and two narrow 1-0 wins in both matches. In the Preliminary Round, Sporting Grapevine beat Lickey End Social thanks to the unpredictable Danny Fogarty popping up with a goal after a fine assist by Bell. Lickey End’s best chance came in the first half but their striker saw an effort crash against the woodwork. Well organised BGIS set up a mouth-watering first round clash with North Colts United as they beat Stoke Sporting thanks to another goal by a McCleary inspired signing Kemal Nedjat, after goalkeeper Aaron Collins launched a long kick.


Onto League action now and seven more games to review across the divisions, although no games were played in Division 1 this week. In the Premier, Belbroughton’s Will Tibbetts showed no signs of fatigue after yesterday’s FA Vase 120 minute bruiser for Bromsgrove Sporting, as his brace extended his sides 100% league win record in a 2-0 away day success at Meadow Park and put them joint top with Hare and Hounds. Even-Stevens down at Charford International as Golden Lion and AFC Northfield shared the spoils in a 2-2 draw, Ashan Thomas and ‘Dco’ Dan Connolly the successful AFCN marksmen.


In Division 2, Bromsgrove United made light work of Golden Lion Athletic Reserves by winning 8-1, although we are pleased to see Golden Lion DID score, so hopefully the tide will turn for them soon. No goalscorer details in this one, but it did include a bizarre incident for Division 2 golden boot winner Danny Lawrence who walked off the field of play, failing to inform the referee beforehand who then rightly cautioned him. Game of the day in this division was a top of the table clash between Chaddesley Corbett and Awkies Allstars which the home side won 3-2, having come from 2-0 down as Awkies un-nerving habit of throwing away leads continues. Second half goals from Rocco Mitchell, Paul Lofthouse and an own goal put Chadds top of the table and there to be shot at by the rest of the pack.


Into Division 3 now and the quirk of the fixture list put Bromsgrove United Reserves up against Coldfield for the second time in two weeks and once again the same result materialised which was a Bromsgrove win this time by a 5-1 scoreline. It was the Courtney Lloyd and James ‘Paris’ Hylton show in the first half as Courtney scored a brace (a great way to celebrate his marriage from a few days back) with one inside the first minute of the match, whilst Paris showed all his Premier Division experience to score a brace of his own. Coldfield got one back just before half time from Mr Unknown, before a Jon Ingram strike in the second half period put the gloss on another solid display from the Bees second string. AFC Northfield Reserves appear to have been completely dismissed by the pundits too, but a 6-1 victory over Stoke Prior might make everyone sit up.  Michael Chaffatt and Mr Cash led the way with braces, one each for Odane and Daz Bull. Meanwhile Big Phil’s honeymoon period is over for the season at Arrow Valley as his side crashed to back to back defeats, this time at home to Laburnum. Not a lot happened in the first period and the sides were deadlocked. It took a quick-fire second half double from Laburnum’s strikers, Ryan Sproston and the BFG Andy Seager to clinch the points, with the latter coming off the bench after inspiration by Laburnum manager Andy Cooke. Valley failed to muster a shot on target all game and will be disappointed at the way the game panned out.


So what do we have on store for Week 6’s menu in the BDFL? The usual range of LMS, Bridgwater and WA Harris Cup games with perhaps Belbroughton v FC Rednal being the pick of them along with an intriguing clash between Laburnum and Callowbrook Blue. Division 1 games involving Lickey End Social/Spa Athletic and North Colts United/Sporting Grapevine will certainly be interesting to see how they end, whilst Sporting Rednal need to get back on track, a home game against Hizza not necessarily the easiest to do so.

FC Rednal 1, Hare and Hounds 5
Woodgate Valley 2, Victoria Barnt Green Reserves 1
Victoria Barnt Green 4 (Bishop 2, Blakemore, Smith), Studley Railway 2 (Hands, Jovanovic)
Rubery Athletic 1, Spa Athletic 2 (Harris, Parrish)
Thomas Brothers 1 (Burkus), Santiago RV 0

Callowbrook Blue 3 (Gauntlett, Mitch Perry, Lowe), Sporting Rednal 1 (Heywood)
Callowbrook Green 1, AFC Millfields 2 (Hatfield, Hancox)

Sporting Grapevine 1 (Fogarty), Lickey End Social 0

Stoke Sporting 0, BGIS 1 (Nedjat)

Belb Athletic Reserves 0, Stoke Sporting Reserves 3 (Steele, Penn, Clayton)

Golden Lion Athletic 2, AFC Northfield 2 (Thomas, Connolly)
Meadow Park 0, Belbroughton Athletic 2 (Tibbetts 2)

Bromsgrove United 8, Golden Lion Athletic Reserves 1
Chaddesley Corbett 3 (Mitchell, Lofthouse, OG), Awkies Allstars 2

Bromsgrove United Reserves 5 (Lloyd 2, Hylton 2, Ingram), Coldfield 1
AFC Northfield Reserves 6 (Chaffatt 2, Cash 2 , Odane, Bull), Stoke Prior 1
Arrow Valley 0, Laburnum 2 (A Seager, Sproston


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