Seven Hat Tricks Across 14 Games

Bromsgrove & District Football League

Last Updated: Nov 15, 2015 08:23pm
Abbey, Redditch
By Simon Burgess
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Another week spent analysing weather forecasts but another week where we got the majority of games played and our policy of not inspecting pitches until Sunday morning, wherever possible, paid off with at least 3 more games going ahead on the back of strong overnight drying winds which made the unplayable playable! 7 hat-tricks were also scored across the 14 games played in what was a high scoring week of games.

One of the beneficiaries of the above ‘wait and see’ policy was LPR who yesterday thought their home WA Harris tie with Bromsgrove United was a certainty to be lost, but hard work from Kial Jackson and his groundstaff from 0730am this morning got the pitch ready and they were rewarded with a 3-0 home win over their higher division opponents. Mark Wilkes with a brace and Scott Harris the other. Another WA Harris cup game saw Belbroughton Athletic from the Premier avoid a banana skin as they beat Division 2 Awkies Allstars 2-1, no pitch concerns at this one with the 4G surface, but coming from behind to do so after Jason Gibbons had put the Bears ahead. A good win for Chris Innes’s team who have hit a bit of a wall in respect of winning matches in recent weeks.


A bit of a dead rubber game in the LMS Shield Group A game between Stoke Sporting and Thomas Brothers and it was the Premier Division side who ended Stoke’s recent impressive winning run in BDFL games as they won 7-1. Goals from Richard Tyler (with 4), Rob Burkus (2) and Mark Nicholls secured the three points which are ultimately meaningless with VBG Fairfield having won the group with a 5 from 5 record. Group B in the LMS Shield is still wide open though but the two sides who can’t qualify contested a hard-fought Charford derby today with Premier Division opposition once again coming out on top by a 3-2 scoreline. Lots of argument and debate about this game in terms of who deserved to win so we’ll stay out of it and report the facts that Jason D’Aguilar netted a hat-trick for Oak Tree to ensure they got the bragging rights in the history books at least. Group C is still very much open too, Bartley Green Sunday are still the favourites to win the group, but Rubery Athletic are the team who sit on top tonight after an 8-1 thrashing of fellow Premier Division side Lickey End Social also at Charford. Andy Court was the Rubery hero netting five goals in a dominant display of marksmanship, this was topped up by recent signing Reiss O’Connor with a brace and a rare goal for Ian Rushton’s combative midfielder son Craig.


In the Bridgwater Cup, Division 2 Hizza United completed their campaign with a 4-1 win against Bromsgrove Corinthians from Division 3 this win meaning they win Group A with a perfect 5 from 5 record to move into their first ever BDFL cup semi-final. It was a brotherly affair for Hizza today as all the Young Brothers netted, Martin, Scott and Mike, with Martin getting the brace. Division 2 Chaps United really opened up Group B as they put Division 3 Stoke Sporting Reserves to the sword by a 9-3 scoreline and it really is in the balance which of them, Awkies and Rednal Social win the group, the key game being Awkies v Chaps in two weeks time. Back to today, Paul Dowsett hit SIX for Chaps continuing his goalscoring form, there was also two from Stu Whalley and a very rare Phil Penny goal with the left back finding himself far enough forward and taking full advantage. No goalscorer details for the opposition but Penny is believed to have blotted his copybook with an own goal! Group C is anybody’s after Callowbrook Green beat Woodgate Valley 4-1, a defeat which knocked Valley out of the competition and stopped their winning streak. Callowbrook go top and need to win next week against Arrow Valley to secure qualification. If they draw, the door opens for Sporting Club Redditch who have two games in hand, whilst a defeat for Callowbrook can not be by more than five goals or it lets Rubery Juniors back in! Exciting stuff but with Callowbrook operating on a thread bare squad due to a host of suspensions, do they have enough in the tank to get through?


Into league action now and in the Premier, Alcester Town had a fine 8-0 home win over The Grove which consolidates second place and unfortunately put their visitors back to the bottom of the table on goals scored. Ellis Aiden Kalach took his seasonal tally to 19 by adding another four, whilst there were singular strikes for Jay Gifford, Listowel Fereday, Ryan Watson and Gary Bennett. The Grove’s cause in this game not helped by two needless red cards, Oliver Salt and Robert Hughes both taking an early visit to the showers. 

In Division 1, Chaddesley Corbett’s season is just starting to clunk into gear after a slow start and they saw off league leaders Conway Albion with an 8-2 scoreline, a tremendous three points for the villagers. Star of the show for the second week running was Alex Dugmore who netted a hat-trick, goals also for Damian Ash, Nathan Steward and Ryan Moore, whilst veteran forward Ted Bayliss climbed off the bench for two late goals, one a tap in from close range and one a fine one-on-one finish. 


In Division 2, the game of the day was at Vineyard Lane where Rednal Social Club took on Meadow Park in a crunch clash and the 4-1 win for Meadow saw them leapfrog Rednal into top position. Bromsgrove Brentnal and Hewell played out a 2-2 draw (Ryan Eves and a Jake Exley penalty for the Brentnal) whilst we had a proper ‘Sunday morning’ match at Rubery Park where Rubery Juniors visited Bridgefield with both sides looking to kickstart their seasons in the league table, this after the pitch passed an early morning inspection. Rubery Park is not the best of pitches anyway and add a few boggy areas to the mix and a swirling wind, the conditions soon became a leveller with a direct Bridgefield having a contrasting style to pass and move Rubery. Indeed Rubery had the shock of their lives when Bridgefield netted inside 4 minutes. Robust striker Sam Valente with a fine finish (his first of the season) into the top right hand corner which left Ryan Khan motionless. Rubery hit straight back and their attempts to get the ball down and play should have paid dividends as they hit the woodwork and missed a load of chances, thanks in part to Bridgefield goalkeeper Gary Hayles who pulled off a series of top class saves with one in particular him having no right to get too. The deserved equaliser came in the 22nd minute when a free kick was kept out by Hayles but the ball fell kindly to Brad Hendry the Rubery skipper making no mistake from close range. Sloppy defensive play from Rubery saw the Bridgefield lead restored inside a minute, as Matt Cash curled home a fine finish from just inside the penalty area. The scores were level again after 37 minutes when Jake Wicketts neatly netted. 2-2 at the break and plenty for the spectators to digest and plenty for the managers to discuss with their teams. A Bridgefield tap in made it 3-2 early in the second half after Rubery again started sluggishly, however after a series of corners most of them headed away by Leon Parslow, the pressure told as Sean Hoare netted the first of his two goals with a neat header on 57 to equalise for the third time. Two minutes later, Rubery went ahead with a cool finish from Dean Hodges. Bridgefield would not lie down though and the introduction of Ricardo Manouchehri saw some added quality in the middle of the park, alongside the hard working Joe Mckeown who also caused problems with his long throw. Indeed Manouchehri came closest to equalising when his free kick struck the woodwork with Khan getting a lucky break believing it was going wide, the re-bound could not be forced home. With about 10 minutes to go, Bridgefield were presented with another chance, when Valente’s neat flick set Luke Hancock free and from 8 yards with only Khan to beat, he hit the shot straight at the Rubery net-minder who to be fair had spread himself well and kicked it away with his legs. The last goal from Hoare came in the dying embers of the game but was another cool low drive from a player who looks to have all the attributes needed to progress further. Great credit should be given to both sides for the part they played in this game, in difficult conditions, with Bridgefield already looking much improved for Jason Harris returning to the dugout, whilst Rubery’s energetic and skillful team are sure to cause problems for many teams as the season progresses.


And finally in Division 3, Arrow Valley won 4-3 at Stoke Prior thus denying the home side a third straight win. The hat-trick hero for Arrow Valley was Rob Voice whilst Reiss Harvey got the other.  

Next week’s fixtures will hopefully all go ahead and we have some decent games next week. LMS Shield Group B sees Conway Albion play WCT Youth Raiders whilst Sporting Rednal and Rubery Athletic have a critical battle in Group C, as do Bartley Green Sunday who will be hoping to play for the first time in three weeks after two call offs. Bridgwater Cup showdowns too as commented above earlier, plus the Sidemoor derby between AFC Millfields and FC Bromsgrove, not forgetting a host of other league games across the four divisions.


Despite the bad weather, we only lose 4 fixtures

GLA 2, Oak Tree Sporting 3 (A'GUILAR 3)

Lickey End Social 1, Rubery Athletic 8 (COURT 5, O'Connor 2, C Rushton)
Stoke Sporting 1, Thomas Brothers 7 (TYLER 4, Burkus 2, Nicholls)

Bromsgrove Corinthians 1, Hizza United 4 (Martin Young 2, Mike Young, Scott Young)
Chaps United 9 (DOWSETT 6, Whalley 2, Penny), Stoke Sporting Reserves 3
Callowbrook Green 4, Woodgate Valley 1
Awkies Allstars 1 (Gibbons), Belbroughton Athletic 2
LPR 3 (Wilkes 2, Harris), Bromsgrove United 0

Alcester Town 8 (KALACH 4, Gifford, Fereday, Watson, Bennett), The Grove 0
Chaddesley Corbett  8 (DUGMORE 3, Bayliss 2, D Ash, Moore, Steward), Conway Albion 2
Bromsgrove Brentnal 2 (Eves, Exley), Hewell 2
Rednal Social Club 1, Meadow Park 4 
Bridgefield 3 (Cash, Valente, Unknown), Rubery Juniors 5 (Hoare 2, Hodges, Wicketts, Hendry)
Stoke Prior 3, Arrow Valley 4 (R VOICE 3, R Harvey)


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