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Rubery Take the Silverware

Bromsgrove & District Football League

Last Updated: Mar 9, 2016 09:31pm
Abbey, Redditch
By Simon Burgess
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The highlight of the BDFL at the start of March was the commencement of Cup Finals Season and indeed in front of a very healthy crowd of 240, we successfully completed the Rose Bowl on Sunday evening – Congratulations to Rubery FC who pick up the first silverware of the season – More on that game at the bottom of the page as we cover the other matches first. 

In domestic action, we had further success in the Worcester Nursing Cup. VBG Fairfield reached the Junior Cup final with a 2-0 away win at Worcester Raiders (not WCT Youth in our Premier Division) in a real dogs of war match which saw Pete Jenvey and Dan Wilkes net the goals as the hosts imploded after having two men sent off. Congratulations to VBGF who will play their final on April 10th at Malvern Town FC. Hizza United meanwhile reached the Minor Cup semi-final through a default after Colletts Green failed to raise a side, their semi-final against Colwall Village is pencilled in for 20th March. 

In the WA Harris Cup Round 1, Division 1 title contenders Northfield Athletic had a fine 7-0 win over Premier Division WCT Youth Raiders to set up a local derby with Rubery Athletic in the next round. They talk of the Halpin/Behan partnership for Rubery but Josh Moore and Jason Cowley are equally as prolific and both netted hat-tricks with an array of goals including lobs and a penalty. Daniel Gibbs with the other goal. In the second round of the Harris Cup, Division 2 side Sporting Club Redditch booked their place in the quarter-final with a 3-1 win over Division 1 side Conway Albion thanks to a brace from Ryan Field and one from the SCR Superstar, winger Dan Sill.  

The Centenary Cup Semi-Final between Meadow Park and Rubery Juniors was expected to be a lot closer than the scoreline turned out as Rubery took a good pasting from an in-form and very confident Meadow side who reached their third cup final of the season with an 8-0 victory. Rubery’s situation wasn’t helped by Zac Nearney and Sam Devaney received red cards to ensure the second half was a very uncomfortable one with wave after wave of attack, this after they acquitted themselves well in the first period. 

In league action, the Premier Division tie at Mill Lane went the way of Belbroughton Athletic who won 2-0 against The Grove, whilst Alcester Town bounced back to form in spectacular fashion as they beat Oak Tree Sporting 8-0 at Charford; Preparations didn’t go well from the start for Oak Tree with their late arrival at the ground and Alcester took full advantage. Top scorer Ellis Kalach netting a hat-trick, two for skipper Dean Hay, with Jay Gifford and new signing Jake Donnelly netting plus Mr Own Goal just for good measure. Alcester also missed a penalty as they put daylight between themselves and third place in the table. 

In Division One, Chaddesley Corbett won the first part of a back to back double header with GLA by a 3-1 scoreline with Alex Dugmore netting a brace and one for Matthew Perry. BGIS had a tricky looking trip to Stoke Sporting and the dreaded Stoke County Club pitch but they grinded out a narrow victory by the odd goal in five (this despite home goals from Pete Warman and Ben Johnson), a win which puts them at the top of the pile and firmly in the driving seat. Wychbold RBL increased the woes of Sporting Rednal with a 3-1 home win after goals from Mitchell Yardley, Reece Maycroft and Colin Rudge with Yardley’s a spectacular overhead kick from Maycroft’s centre. Wychbold have taken some time to settle into the BDFL but are now finding their feet so expect them to be competitive in the weeks ahead. 

In Division Two, LPR cemented their place in second place after beating Bromsgrove Brentnal 8-2 for whom the season seemingly cannot end quick enough. Awkies Allstars meanwhile warmed up for their Worcester Nursing Cup Semi-Final next Sunday with a 7-1 win over bottom side Bridgefield but it wasn’t without a fright as the visitors had the audacity to take the lead at Fortress Four Dwellings. Awkies soon got going again though after Jason Gibbons ended up being the star man again netting FIVE as he finds his very best form after a couple of lean seasons; There was also one for Az Tullett and Josh Clarke. Rednal Social Club remain at the top of the pile though as their strong home form also continues; Chaps made it hard for Rednal though defending solidly and it took a wonderful through ball from Tom Windsor Price to split them open and a chance which Ben Markall wasn’t ever going to miss. Connor Wilson then doubled the lead from Kurt Spence’s cross. A 2-0 half time lead seemed comfortable enough but Rednal didn’t stop and went in search of more goals, the third coming when Mike Price headed home. The fourth goal came ‘long ball’ style as goalkeeper Luke Stanley launched a long punt which Spence swept home with aplomb.  

Into Division 3 and Laburnum’s season shows no sign of getting any better as they lost to FC Bromsgrove 4-2 to leave them rooted at the bottom of the table. FCB’s goals came from Will Rowland, Jamie Dorgan and Martin Bonnar (2). Stoke Prior lost to Bromsgrove Corinthians in the Navigation Inn Derby (another 4-2 scoreline here) and were then dealt a further blow with key striker Adam Harris announcing he is unable to play for the rest of the season. Corries goalscorers came courtesy of Alex Beck (2), Tom Mason and Adam Fry, whilst Tommy Thompson missed a real sitter for a fifth. Meanwhile Chaddesley Corbett Reserves season has a taken a mini downturn after a crucial league defeat, this time a single goal loss to Stoke Sporting Reserves who had Paul Halfpenny to thank for bringing the points back to Bromsgrove. 

And lastly but not leastly, here are the match details you need for the Rose Bowl cup final to complete this week’s round up. The final started at a frentic pace with plenty of early action to get the crowd off their seats on a chilly evening; Rubery had several early half chances all of which went straight into big Col Tomlinson’s arms whilst for Callowbrook, Jack Steele’s pace was causing Dan Francis and Ryan Slevin real problems, indeed Steele nearly got free twice only to be denied by last ditch tackles. Rubery took the lead on the half hour mark through Brogan Halpin who pounced at close range after Tomlinson could only parry a low shot from [censored] ‘Pirlo’ Behan.  Steele went close for Callowbrook on 34 minutes when Connor Devine denied him before Tomlinson saved the day on 36 minutes with a fine save as Rubery came straight back down the pitch. Things got worse on 39 minutes though when Rubery doubled the lead; Behan left with a free header at the back post from a corner and he headed home easily. Disaster then struck for Callowbrook on 42 minutes when Rubery went into what would be a 3-0 half time lead; Elliott Hartley who terrorized the backline all game long got over a brilliant left wing cross, Tomlinson flapped at it which left Behan with a chance he couldn’t miss. The second half predictably wasn’t as action packed as the first but Tomlinson, earning his corn between the Callowbrook sticks like never before, saved well from Behan in the 50th minute. Callowbrook nearly got a goal back on 66 minutes but Jimmy Ward’s free kick was well saved by Devine before Behan completed his hat-trick on 72 minutes. About 5 minutes after, Halpin scored his second and the Rubery front line had bagged all five goals for their side on what ended up being a comprehensive and impressive victory; On all known evidence, Rubery despite their points deduction, are going to be very hard to keep off the top of table come the end of the season. A great start to the finals season and we mustn’t forget Callowbrook either who played their part in an entertaining game and showed immense respect to the winners in the post-match trophy presentation. 

Next week’s cup final is the Bridgwater Final, this is a 630pm kick off between Meadow Park and Hizza United so let’s hope your fantastic support is mirrored next Sunday as well. In other action, we have the Premier Cup semi-final between WCT Youth Raiders and Alcester Town, some Evesham Hospital Cup ties and two Division 1 cup quarter-finals, one of which between Conway Albion and BGIS is set to be a very tasty competitive game and one Conway will be desperate to win to keep their chances alive of cup success this season. The Monday Report will be back this time next week as all of our reporters will be tied up on duty at the Bridgwater Final and unavailable to do the business on Sunday!

 

BROMSGROVE LEAGUE RESULTS - SUNDAY 06TH MARCH 2016

ROSE BOWL CUP FINAL
Rubery 5 (BEHAN 3, Halpin), Callowbrook Green 0
Att: 240
 
PREMIER DIVISION
Belbroughton Athletic 2, The Grove 0
Oak Tree Sporting 0, Alcester Town 8 (KALACH 3, Hay 2, Gifford, Donnelly, OG)
 
DIVISION ONE
GLA 1, Chaddesley Corbett 3
Stoke Sporting 2 (Johnson, Warman), BGIS 3 
Wychbold RBL 3 (Yardley, Rudge, Maycroft), Sporting Rednal 1
 
DIVISION TWO
Bromsgrove Brentnal 2, LPR 8
Awkies Allstars 7 (GIBBONS 5, Clarke, Aaron Tullett), Bridgefield 1
Rednal Social Club 4 (Markall, Spence, Wilson, Price), Chaps United 0
 
DIVISION THREE
Stoke Prior 2, Bromsgrove Corinthians 4 (Beck 2, Mason, Fry)
FC Bromsgrove 4 (Bonner 2, Dorgan, Rowland), Laburnum 2
Chaddesley Corbett Reserves 0, Stoke Sporting Reserves 1
 
WA HARRIS CUP ROUND 1
Northfield Athletic 7 (COWLEY 3, MOORE 3, Gibbs), WCT Youth Raiders 0
 
WA HARRIS CUP ROUND 2
Sporting Club Redditch 3 (Field 2 Sill), Conway Albion 1
 
CENTENARY CUP SEMI-FINAL
Meadow Park 8, Rubery Juniors 0
 
WORCESTER NURSING JUNIOR CUP SEMI-FINAL
Worcester Raiders 0, VBG Fairfield 2 (Wilkes, Jenvey)
 

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