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Shock WA Harris Result

Bromsgrove & District Football League Round Up

Last Updated: Mar 18, 2015 09:27pm
Abbey, Redditch
By Simon Burgess
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It was another vibrant and colourful week in the BDFL as the season moves towards the latter stages, indeed it was the setting for a shock WA Harris Cup result which still has the foundations of HQ shaking. More on this one later……..  
The Bridgwater Cup Finalists are now known and it will be Bromsgrove United who are scheduled to face Chaddesley Corbett FC in the final which will take place a week on Sunday 29th March; This match finally saw Bromsgrove get the upper hand over Bartley Green Illey Sunday with a 3-1 victory where every single Bromsgrove player won their individual battle and came away deserved winners on the day. Goals from Brad Bullimore, Michael Hegarty and Josh Quaynor did the damage with Marcus George pulling a late consolation back for BGIS. The sides will do battle in yet another semi-final on 5th April this time the County Cup where stakes are going to be massive with the County final the prize for the winner.
In a long delayed WA Harris Cup Round 1 tie, Awkies Allstars sealed their ticket to a home match with Bromsgrove United Reserves in Round 2, as they saw off Arrow Valley 5-0; Michael Ryan led the way with a brace of goals, with Kieron O’Connell, Ash Tullett and an own goal chipping in for good measure; A note on the own goal the opening goal, believed to be one of the funniest ever seen in the BDFL, as poor Alan Fergie attempted to make up for a miscommunication with his keeper, but ended up clattering the ball against the woodwork and another team mate with the ball then bouncing into the net – Pure and simple misfortune that Valley team members probably couldn’t try to repeat even if they tried!
In the WA Harris Cup Round 2 tie, Division 2 Sporting Rednal produced the result of the day (year) when they sensationally dumped Premier high flyers VBG Fairfield, the winners of the competition for the last two years, out of the competition with a thrilling 2-1 win, with Rednal also having the audacity to take the victory in VBGF’s backyard; A truly excellent result for Rednal with Daniel Caveney and Tom Gardner-Bennett being the heroes. Richard Bishop got the VBGF goal and the Prem side have to bounce back in their Kidderminster Hospital Cup Tie next week at Wall Heath Albion. You can read more on Rednal’s thrilling win by visiting their club website where there is a full match report which would do far more credence to their achievement than us nicking a few lines from it. A quarter-final tie with longstanding rivals BGIS awaits Rednal and both sides in that one will now fancy their chances of a semi-final berth.
Meanwhile in the LMS Shield, it was not all doom and gloom for VBGF who survived in the LMS Shield (but only as group runners-up), thanks to their parent reserve side, beating Studley Railway 3-1 who limped miserably out of the competition despite the ‘carrott’ on offer if they won. As we touched upon last week, it was going to be touch and go if VBGF qualified with the matter being out of their hands, but the gods were smiling on them in one way. A strong Vic Reserves performance didn’t really give Railway a sniff who were left to lick their wounds, although Laan David’s goal did give them some joy to cling onto.
In the Premier Division, Hare and Hounds 10-0 win over 10 man Thomas Brothers helped their goal difference no end with Hounds now only having two league games left to play. Jack Hickey with a hat-trick and Kyle Morrison with a brace were the main protagonists in this one, with the usual axis of Glaze/Westwood/Dugmore also chipping in. A visit from Kidderminster League side Oceans awaits Hounds next Sunday and they enter the match in stonking form. AFC Northfield bought down the curtain on their maiden voyage in the Prem with a 2-1 defeat at Belbroughton Athletic, who had to come from behind to win this match which was switched from Redhill School 3G after a broken goalpost. Another team to win by this scoreline in this division was Alvechurch Lions who secured a fine win at Rubery Athletic for whom Lee Davies netted a brilliant goal of individual brilliance, but Alvechurch Lions came roaring back in the second period to grab the points through Antony Miller and Dane Morgan.
In Division 1 and Sporting Grapevine are really riding on the crest of a wave right now after their 4-1 victory over Stoke Sporting, which ultimately took them to the Division 1 summit for the first time this season and putting Grapes in line for a crack at the Prem. Danny Fogarty was the man on fire with a brace, Lee Jagger and James Gasson also netting (Gasson’s from the half way line). Ryan Cooper scored a consolation for Stoke. Grapes opened the scoring after 19 seconds and guess they knew at this point it would be another good day for them, even more so when Ben Gardner saved a Stoke penalty following on from his shoot out heroics the week before.
In Division 2, Callowbrook Blue were somewhat surprisingly beaten at Hizza United Seconds by a 2-0 scoreline, thanks to Dan Mchugh who netted twice; The motto of the story in this one is to never underestimate Hizza! Callowbrook need to hold it together for a few more weeks with a County Cup semi-final on the horizon on 5th April. Chaddesley Corbett are their opponents in that game and Chadds were comfortable 7-0 winners over AFC Millfields in their league game, Nathan Steward the main man with a hat-trick, with the Ash Brothers also netting plus a rare goal for Paul Lofthouse and a first of the season/even rarer goal for standby centre back Matthew Fludgate. Chadds have two cup finals in the next two weeks, so they couldn’t enter them in better shape really.
Into the third tier and another team carrying some momentum are Bromsgrove United Reserves who nicked a narrow 1-0 victory at Stoke Prior, thanks to Jamie Young netting; It could have been more but the woodwork saved Stoke on four occasions! The Beevers are well placed for promotion and they’ve certainly been on a good recent run to give themselves a shot at it. Laburnum are also not out of it,  despite a mid-season blip and they won impressively at Stoke Sporting Reserves by a 3-1 scoreline – Goals from Chris Hancock, Andy Seager and the returning striker Ryan Sproston did the trick in this one, for an inconsistent Stoke side who will be better next season for their first season as a team.
This Sunday sees the Centenary Cup Final with a 630pm kick off at Bromsgrove Sporting between BGIS and Chaddesley Corbett; We are expecting a large crowd so please do come down and support us and the teams, £2 admission with the bar and refreshment kiosk being open to tempt you down! We also have the aforementioned Kidderminster League cup matches and an intriguing LMS Shield quarter-final between Bromsgrove Unionists and Sporting Grapevine, which will be a decent test for both sides. The rest of the fixtures are all league ones which you can find on the league websites.

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