Stoke Works 0 - 6 Harvington

Bromsgrove & District Football League Results

Last Updated: Nov 27, 2016 06:57pm
Abbey, Redditch
By Simon Burgess
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Northfield Athletic 2 (Bench, Brians), Callow End 4
AFC Claines 0, Awkies Allstars 6 (GIBBONS 3, Carnihan, Ash Tullett, Fox)
Red Lion 5 (Bearcroft 2, McNally, Street, Kalach), Chaddesley Corbett 2
Wilden Village 3, Studley Lions 2 (Smith, Dipple)
FC Highgate United 6 (Markall, Morrison, Hunt, Windsor-Price, Wilson, OG), Clifton Rovers 3
Prince Of Wales 0, Spa Athletic 0 - Spa win 3-0 on penalties
Meadow Park Youth 2, Worcester Lynx 3
Stoke Works 0, Harvington 6
Chaddesley Corbett Reserves 1, New Inn Pershore 4
Cropthorne 2, Bromsgrove Corinthians 5 (Mason 2, Beck 2, Kavanagh)
Black Horse 6, Marston Green OA 0
Thomas Brothers 1, Pilkington Sunday 3
Belbroughton Athletic 2, Meadow Park 3 (MOLESWORTH 3)
Millfield Rovers 4 (WARD 3, Hiles), BGIS 0
Rubery 2 (Behan, Mason Mansfield), Wychbold RBL 0
AFC Northfield 3 (Mcgrath, Nash, Hunter), Winyates 1
Callowbrook Green 8, Hewell 4
Sporting Club Redditch 4 (Sill 2, Shaw, Garvey), Redditch United Sunday 3 (Sanders, O'Donnell, Hewitt)
Bromsgrove Academicals 3 (Turnbull 2, Baker), Rubery Legends 3 (Gee, Doupe, Parker)
Stoke Prior 1, FC Bromsgrove 4 (Bate 2, Blakeway 2)
Cofton Old Boys 3 (Joynes 2, Parkinson), Arrow Valley 3 (Atkinson, Harvey, R Voice) - Arrow Valley win on penalties 4-3
Rubery Athletic 3 (Court, Pillinger, Draper), Quinton Athletic 3 (Jones, Laidley, Burston-Keeley)
Oak Tree Sporting 5 (Milbourne 2, Smith, Steele, Tierney), Millfield Rovers Reserves 0
Hizza United 6, Laburnum 2

Week 17 bought another phase of the Worcestershire County Cup matches and the majority of our successes came in the Junior Cup where out of the 5 matches, 4 of our teams got through with Studley Lions the only ones who crashed out losing 3-2 to Wilden Village on their legendary postage stamp pitch despite goals from Lewis Smith and the stylish Steven Dipple. 

Callow End of the Worcester League are fast becoming a bogey side for BDFL teams – Having dumped Belbroughton out of the last round, Northfield Athletic suffered a similar fate today as the Worcester visitors hoovered up a 4-2 win in the Premier Cup despite goals from Reiss Brians and another County Cup net for Northfield manager Chris Bench this time a fine header. When Northfield have a full strength team out they can compete but another understrength side today proved their undoing. Having taken the lead in the second half, Callow End went more direct and eventually scored three more goals to seal the victory with Northfield keeper Michael Kane injured mid-match meaning he was somewhat limited.  

Win of the day in the Junior Cup was Awkies Allstars 6-0 away rout at AFC Claines who had beaten Division 1 Wychbold RBL in the previous round so a great result for Awkies. Chris Fox continued his fine form with the opener on 15 minutes after Michael Ryan’s through ball and Awkies then had to defend firmly as the very tall Claines side pummelled them with set pieces which were well defended. The second half saw an Awkies goal blitz, including Jason Gibbons netting a strikers hat-trick and goals from Ash Tullett and James Carnihan as Claines tired. Awkies could even afford to miss a penalty! Red Lion got the bragging rights in the all BDFL tie with Chaddesley Corbett winning 5-2; Dan Bearcroft netted two goals whilst there was one each for Ellis Kalach, Jordan Street and Ant Mcnally. Chaddesley’s keeper pulled off two great penalty saves but there was a downside as Damian Ash saw red for the visitors after a flashpoint which saw referee Macilravey reach for the yellow card four times. FC Highgate United had a 6-3 win over Clifton Rovers in a match re-arranged to Droitwich Leisure Centre. FCH went ahead through Kyle Morrison only for Clifton to equalise before league referee Spencer Hunt got his side back ahead from close range, only for Clifton to equalise again after Arbiter Albrighton pointed to the spot. Ben Markall scored a worldie on the stroke of half-time to ensure FCH went into the break 3-2 up. Further second half goals from Connor Wilson, Tom Windsor Price and an own goal (some of the goals not dealt with well by the Clifton keeper) saw FCH run out comfortable winners in the end. Spa Athletic beat Prince of Wales on penalties (3-0) after the sides were deadlocked at 0-0 with 90 minutes played. The Spa hero was Chris Rich after he saved penalties in the shoot out, as successful spot kicks from Phil Burton, Tom Harris and Jack Weatherby did the trick. Spa move into the last eight of the competition for the first time ever and continue their brilliant Autumn form.  

The Minor Cup was not so kind to us today and only one representative progressed , that being Bromsgrove Corinthians who beat Cropthorne 5-2 on a 3G pitch much to Matt Guise’s disgust as he is now in agony with his peg leg! Goals from the hot strike force of Tom Mason and Alex Beck (two each) plus one for Ben Kavanagh saw Corries home with something in hand. Stoke Works put in the proverbial ‘shocker’ losing 6-0 at home to Harvington a performance which had steam coming out of manager Adam Malpas’s head whilst the Australia branch of Stoke Works will be choking on their cup of tea in the morning when they read the result! Stoke captain Paul Halfpenny hitting the woodwork three times perhaps summing up their day. Chaddesley Corbett Reserves have turned very inconsistent and Gaz Moriarty’s suspension would have hit hard today as they lost 4-1 at home to New Inn Pershore whilst Meadow Park Youth also crashed out at home to Worcester Lynx 3-2.   

In the Birmingham County Cup (the prestigious Roger Wood Memorial Game), some brighter news came through when Black Horse beat Marston Green OA from the Coventry League by a 6-0 scoreline. There were some off the field issues in the run up to the match but these got resolved and the game went ahead as planned. 

In the Premier Division, Pilkington Sunday rose to the summit of the League with a 3-1 win at Thomas Brothers (no game details available) although the match was in severe doubt after the referee cried off at 0955am – Luckily we had a spare official in the wings and thanks to Ian Darby for jumping in his car quickly and heading to the ground. Meadow Park had a narrow 3-2 win at Belbroughton Athletic with Liam Moleswoth the man on fire with a hat-trick. Result of the day though in the Premier was Millfield Rovers 4-0 win over BGIS, who were perhaps ring rusty after the now dreaded 3 weeks off. Millfields went ahead on the half hour mark when Mike Hewitt’s ball found Jimmy Ward to finish well and the lead was doubled on the stroke of half-time after BGIS’s defence had a breakdown in comms allowing Danny Hiles to net. BGIS summer transfer target Ward continued his good form in the second period netting again with a swivel and far post curler before another Ward header nailed his treble and Millfields prevented BGIS from scoring, a very rare feat these days, although Dan Lawrence hit the bar from 25 yards but it would have been little more than a consolation. 

In Division 1 and with Sporting Rednal leaving the league this morning after a forfeit against Bromsgrove Athletico, it was left to Rubery and Wychbold RBL to provide the action. A solid 2-0 win for the Rubery youngsters with [censored] Behan and Mason Mansfield on target. 

In Division 2, AFC Northfield beat Winyates for the second time in two weeks, a 3-1 victory coming care of goals from Chris Mcgrath, Elliott Nash and Shaun Hunter. Nobody knows what Callowbrook Green are going to produce from week to week and today’s 8-4 win over Hewell would have been the prediction of the century for anyone who saw that scoreline coming although Hewell have dropped right off in recent times having started the season well and are now 5 points adrift at the bottom of the division. In the other match, we had a super game involving leaders Sporting Club Redditch and Redditch United Sunday which the hosts, in the end, scraped home by the odd goal in seven (to make it 8 wins from 8 league games) despite dominating the majority of the match. SCR had a strong squad of 18 players assembled today and Redditch only had 11 with a few niggles; The early exchanges seemed to dictate this would be a hard morning for the visitors as SCR started well. Dan Sill could have opened the scoring on 8 minutes but Chris Davies made a good block with his legs. Joe Shaw did get the ball rolling on 11 minutes with a tidy finish and despite the enterprise of Jake Wicketts in the Redditch midfield, RUS just couldn’t keep the ball up top and it kept on pinging back with Adam Thornton particularly influential. The way the game was going it was no surprise when the fleet-footed Sill netted his first on the 29 minute mark and then Redditch conceded a calamitous third three minutes later; Ryan Khan took a throw in back to Davies who miscontrolled the ball, tried to dribble around Sill but the master marksman dispossessed him and walked it into an empty net. At 3-0 down there seemed to be no way back but from nowhere, RUS got a fine goal after some lovely one touch football which led to one of Leon Hewitt, Jack O’Donnell or Declan Sanders scoring (not sure which but they were the RUS scorers) as the ball was curled past Paul Maynard (in the grey Sheffield United kit) into the far corner. Khan then found himself on the edge of the area but his powerful right foot shot was just wide as RUS started to show what they could do. Billy Garvey then restored the three goal buffer on 42 minutes but in truth, this was as good as it got for the player who plays on the edge as he went on to miss a hatful of chances in the second period along with second half substitute recent new signing Jamie Gifford. The second half as a whole was mostly one way traffic with RUS’s goal living a charmed life as well as several efforts straight at Davies but in patches, RUS played very well and a second goal on 82 minutes gave them unexpected hope. SCR were clearly shaken and conceded again on 87 to set up a grandstand finish as panic mode enabled. After a cynical trip by John Wakeling the home defender, RUS’s chance to equalise came in the 93rd minute but Darren Deaming’s free kick was high and wide. An entertaining game which SCR deserved to win on the day due to getting out of the blocks far quicker but RUS played their part and will be kicking themselves for starting so sloppily. 

In Division 3, the points were shared between Bromsgrove Academicals in a 3-3 draw with Rubery Legends (Andy Turnbull with two and Nick Baker for Academicals, Chris Gee/Adam Doupe/Luke Parker for Legends) whilst FC Pat (FC Bromsgrove) chalked up another good away win this time 4-1 at Stoke Prior with Anthony Bate and Damian Blakeway both getting braces. 

The quarter-final of the Rose Bowl (Division 3 teams) saw Arrow Valley sneak past Cofton Old Boys on penalties after the sides drew 3-3 after 90 minutes in an entertaining encounter. Both teams started quick, with early chances presenting themselves at both ends of the pitch. It was Arrow Valley who stuck first, a deflected shot from Connor Atkinson at the near post which Brad Miller got a hand to, but couldn’t keep out. COB unhappy with the way they conceded then went on to score straight from the kick off and as the ball was played back to Ian Forman, he sent a beautifully flighted ball into Steve Joynes who then sent Karl Parkinson through on goal to coolly finish a chipped effort past the keeper. Things got worse for COB though, as they gave away yet another penalty (to keep that little run of one a game going), which was converted by Garry Harvey, a low effort slipped under Miller. Arrow then scored again from close range after a deflection off Miller found its way to the Robert Voice two yards from goal. After a great motivational speech from the legendary Cofton manager John Wright at half time, COB came out with all guns blazing in the second half. Whilst it was still a close contest much of the play was in Arrow Valley's half, which begged the question, was a comeback on the horizon? Well it was as a Steve Joynes double, one of which was in the dying embers of the game, recused COB and sent the match to penalties. As penalties began, Arrow Valley chose to go first and it proved to be the right choice as they went on to win 4-3 (Aaron Price their man who missed but the Silver Hulk Nick Rumbold netted) as COB missed their first and last penalties to crash out of the divisional cup at the first attempt.

In the WA Harris Cup, two more teams lost their chance to win £500 by exiting at the first attempt; Laburnum went out 6-2 at Hizza United on an emotional day where Hizza Legend Luke Davenport was not present as the team played its first game without him holding the reigns, whilst the Oak Tree Sporting v Millfield Rovers Reserves clash went the way of the Division 1 side 5-0, but the game changed on a red card for Millies influential centre-back Ethan King after a handball. Oak Tree upped the ante in the second half and ran out clear winners thanks to a brace from Rory Milbourne (one a penalty), Jack Steele, Shaun Tierney and Joe Smith.

One final match was the BRS Shield game in Group A between Rubery Athletic and Quinton Athletic; Rubery needed a win to keep their hopes alive of qualifying but improving Quinton held them to a 3-3 draw despite being 2-0 and 3-1 down and that knocks Rubery out although they can still have a say who qualifies as they do travel to Belbroughton who need to win. Rubery’s goals to get them in the driving seat had come from Adam Pillinger, Andy Court and a face from the past James Draper; Quinton replied through captain Carl Jones, Callum Burston-Keeley and a screamer from Simon Laidley.

We’ve got some excellent matches for next week’s helping in Week 18 as Xmas fast approaches; Pilkington v Northfield in the derby clash is likely to be feisty both on and off the pitch whilst Quinton v Rubery catches the eye in the first division. Premier Division cup action sees Black Horse host Meadow Park whilst the Worcester Nursing Cup match between Winyates and Sporting Club Redditch will be a good watch down at the H.D.A Club. BGIS face a tricky looking trip to Perrywood in the same competition. Plenty of other good games too so till next week……..


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