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Six Games Manage to Beat the Weather

Bromsgrove & District Football League Round Up

Last Updated: Jan 6, 2015 12:33pm
Abbey, Redditch
By Simon Burgess
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Happy New Year to you all! The weather gods are not shining on us at the moment as the cold wintry weather forced a host of postponements today, with just six games surviving - Not that we are complaining as any game that is ticked off now is a bonus!
4 teams reached semi-finals of various competitions today with 2 being in an outside cup; Congratulations to Awkies Allstars and Chaddesley Corbett for reaching the semis of the Worcester Nursing Minor Cup. Awkies travelled to play Blackpole Sports and came away with a 5-0 win over the Worcester League rivals. Mike Ryan's brace was supplemented by Matt Adams, Joe Stewart and an own goal, with Awkies keeper Richard Beesley reduced to a mere spectator. Chaddesley Corbett meanwhile won for the first time in three games, a comparitive win drought as such given their record in the latter half of 2014, with an 8-1 win over the amusingly named Ale Madrid. Fine interplay by lethal front pairing of Rocco Mitchell and Nathan Steward saw Steward put Chadds ahead inside 10 minutes before veteran Paul Lofthouse turned sharply and scored from 12 yards for a second soon after. Chadds took another goal into the interval with Ryan Moore's solo effort. Three soon became four though when Ash Bradbury combined well with Mitchell who returned a pass and the strike was unstoppable. Ale Madrid got a foothole in the game with a goal after some bad defending. Moore scored the fifth goal, somewhat luckily, after his penalty was saved but rebounded straight to him to slot home! Matt Guise got a rare goal for number six but what a fine free kick it was - Placing the ball confidently and facing a 5 man wall and an agile keeper along with an acute angle, the free kick specialist had little if anything to aim at; a short two step walk up before unleashing an absolute rocket that bent and curved into the top corner nestling neatly in the far stanchion. A truly wonderful gooooooallll! Two late goals from Steward completed his hat-trick as Chadds cruised into the semi-finals. Let's hope our two sides avoid each in the draw for the semis as it would be nice if they played each other in the final!
Hare and Hounds moved ominously into the LMS Shield Semi-Finals with a 5-2 win over Thomas Brothers in what was a really good game on the 3G surface at Studley. In-form Michael Skerrett's brace was backed up by Luke Dugmore, Steven Deeley and the goal a week utility player Josh Westwood. For the Brothers, Richard Tyler and Rob Burkus were on target. Thomas Brothers FC's match report was not available to crib from at the time of writing, so keep checking their Facebook pages for more details on this match. 
In the Bridgwater Cup quarters, Callowbrook Blue outgunned out of practice Hizza United Seconds 2-1 to continue their fine form. A high tempo game to start with, probably because it was bloody cold and good early chances for Callowbrook went begging. Callowbrook right back Dan Wyatt did open the scoring though with a drive from the edge of the box. Dayle Kenny then grabbed a second as Callowbrook took control. Hizza were back in it during the second half when they opened up Callowbrook's defence and Dan Ellis had too much time to slot the ball home from inside the area. However they couldn't press on and Callowbrook's backline, which can be creaky, held firm.
In League action, Division 2 leaders Sporting Rednal biffed ten past AFC Millfields, in what turned out to be a one sided encounter at a distinctly chilly Silver Street. Both sides spent the opening exchanges finding their feet in difficult conditions. Our reporter at this match got a little cold and confused when sending in his match notes so bear with us if anything is inaccurate or out of order! Goal 1 came when Joshua Campbell caught a fierce volley from the edge of the area which was well saved by Rob Field in the Millfields goal, but Dan Caveney was on his toes as he often is and poked home from only 2 yards out. Millfields then had a chance to get back into the game as the ball was played back to Tim Cooney in the home goal who attempted to side step the onrushing forward; However Cooney forgot to take the ball with him and the forward was left with an open goal, but for some reason he shot with the outside of his foot and the effort drifted well wide. A real let off if there was ever one! Goal 2 came when Rednal captain Lee Crook had a shot from distance which was again well saved by the keeper, before Campbell gambled and poked home from close range. The third goal came towards the end of the half when Michael 'Spud' Connolly had made good progress on the left hand side and Matt Wilkes had drifted into the box; Connolly's cross was deflected into the air and Wilkes hit a volley from close range. More chances to get forward were denied by keen assistant David Felton who adjudged numerous offside calls. Into the second half and this is where the precise detail becomes somewhat sketchy! Lloyd Newman got in on the goals when he curled an effort home, following good work from JJ Evans who was disappointed not to score in this rout. Caveney's second came when Campbell, becoming very influential, played him in before the hat-trick strike which in truth should have been saved by Field. Darryl Foster scored from 3 yards as the goal tally increased to seven, before Connolly hit a fizzing drive from the edge of the area which flew into the net. Further goals from Newman and Campbell completed the double figure tally. For Millfields, they will need to put this down to a bad day at the office and must regroup quickly as it doesn't get any easier next week with the visit of Chris Fox's Awkies Allstars.
In Division 3, Laburnum moved into second place in the table after a 5-2 win over Callowbrook Green, but unfortunately still well behind run away leaders AFC Northfield Reserves. Goalscoring hero for Laburnum was the talented but inconsistent former AFC Ipsley player Luke Bryan who hit 4 fine goals with one from Will Sach too. For Callowbrook, Tom Mason's brace was all they had to show for the drive home to the Birmingham suburbs. The scoreline could and should have been more had the goalkeeping not been so good and the finishing much sharper from the Laburnum front men.
We'd also like to take this chance to wish James Turk, a well known player in the Bromsgrove League over the years, a speedy recovery as he broke his leg today playing for Millfield Rovers in the Redditch League. James has had a clean break and is due to be operated on tomorrow. All the best in the recovery and hope to see you on the pitch again soon.
Next week is an exciting programme of action, weather permitting, especially with clashes such as Callowbrook Blue v BGIS in Division 2 and the Division 1 derby between FC Rednal and North Colts United. Plenty of outside cup action too, Kidderminster Hospital/Evesham Hospital and Worcester Nursing action to boot. Let's hope we are bringing you the results from ALL the games next week!


BROMSGROVE LEAGUE RESULTS - SUNDAY 04TH JANUARY 2015

SIX GAMES BEAT THE WEATHER
 
WORCESTER NURSING MINOR CUP - QUARTER FINALS
Blackpole Sports 0, Awkies Allstars 5 (Ryan 2, Stewart, Adams, OG)
Ale Madrid 1, Chaddesley Corbett 8 (STEWARD 3, Moore 2, Guise, Bradbury, Lofthouse)
 
LMS SHIELD QUARTER-FINAL
Hare and Hounds 5 (Skerrett 2, L Dugmore, Westwood, Deeley), Thomas Brothers 2 (Burkus, Tyler)

BRIDGWATER CUP QUARTER-FINAL
Hizza United Seconds 1, Callowbrook Blue 2 (Kenny, Wyatt)

DIVISION TWO
Sporting Rednal 10 (CAVENEY 3, Newman 2, Campbell 2, Foster, Wilkes, Connolly), AFC Millfields 0

DIVISION THREE
Laburnum 5 (BRYAN 4, Sach), Callowbrook Green 2 (Mason 2)

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