Stunning Comeback Closes BDFL Season

Bromsgrove & District Football League

Last Updated: May 30, 2016 08:02pm
Abbey, Redditch
By Simon Burgess
Share |

Season 2015/16 successfully completed itself this morning after a long slog over the past 40 weeks when at times, it looked like we would never finish as the heavens just opened and opened......and opened some more! Our thanks go out to all clubs for their support, help and co-operation to ensure the season finished as per the planned schedule especially those who have been playing midweek since April!
The biggest story to come out of this morning's action was the Division 1 title winners and that honour goes to Bartley Green Illey Sunday after their stunning comeback to win the title against Northfield Athletic; Needing to only draw or win to secure the title after a 6-1 midweek win over Sporting Rednal, BGIS knew they were up against it as Northfield had beaten them three times already this season but on the most important day of all, BGIS struck gold in dramatic fashion. Northfield started the game very well and were ahead inside 85 seconds as Jason Cowley volleyed home a fine angled drive. BGIS hadn't settled as well but when they did get free, Dom Strevens final ball into the box was not threatening. Things got worse for BGIS mid-way through the half when fine play from the Portuguese international Jake Thomas saw him ping a ball straight through to onrushing skipper Scott Taylor and Taylor took one touch before firing it home to double the visitors lead. Connor Collins had BGIS's best chances, lobbing wide on 24 and then screwing a header over on 27. With the game turning flat, Northfield managed to add a third when Cowley grabbed another goal in the 32nd minute to all but secure the divisional golden boot. H-T 0-3. Into the second half and with BGIS needing 3 goals, they were always going to have to push forward more but it was Northfield who started the half better again, Cowley rasping the crossbar for starters with a powerful drive. BGIS got back into the game around the hour mark when the ball eventually made its way to Strevens who advanced forward and fired an almost identical finish to Northfield's first, a clean strike into the corner. A second BGIS goal seemed inevitable and that came when Ryan Gardiner headed home from close range. Drama then set upon Illey Lane as firstly, Cowley missed an absolute sitter and an open goal after cunningly tricking Aaron Collins, before Sean Farrell failed to deal with a long ball forward, got himself in a horrible dither and when Josh Moore played the ball across, Cowley and Dan Taylor collided and even though the BGIS defender appeared to win the ball, the referee awarded a spotkick much to Taylor's disgust which ended with him being cautioned for dissent. Cowley stepped up from the spot to surely seal the game but Collins guessed the right way and saved it! Collins had to be at his best soon after to deny Moore with a one on one chance before Jon Myrie narrowly thumped a volley wide as Northfield looked to put the game to bed once and for all. Missed chances are often costly and today proved no different as with the clock ticking down, BGIS skipper Colin Tandy came to his sides rescue as he headed home in the 88th minute, despite Northfield goalkeeper Steven Jones getting a hand to the ball, to give BGIS the point they needed at 3-3. With Northfield visibly shocked, substitute Andy Nicol bagged a late fourth for some BGIS gloss and to secure a thrilling final day decider which BGIS won 4-3. A good crowd at Illey Lane too, the headcount being well over 100, so a fine advert and event for the League. We of course congratulate BGIS on their achievement and with both sides being promoted to the Premier Division next season, we can look forward to more battles between two sides where this is mutual respect.
In the Premier Division, VBG Fairfield played their last ever game together as a Sunday side as they beat Oak Tree Sporting 6-1; OTS were already in party and beach mode as their presentation evening was arranged for this afternoon. No VBGF scorers available at the time of writing but they bow out with their heads held high, three cups in tow and the door will always remain open should they ever wish to return in the future. We wish Wayne Davis, Lee Williams and Alan Vaughan the best of luck in their new roles with Fairfield Villa FC in MFL Division 2, their grounding of course coming via the BDFL, so it's not only players that we manage to move onto better things!
Away from the pressures at the top, AFC Northfield and Chaddesley Corbett finished their seasons in Division 1 as Chaddesley came away with a 3-0 victory. AFC Northfield have unfortunately finished 10 points adrift at the bottom of the table and in all probability (although not confirmed) are set to be relegated to Division 2, whilst Chaddesley Corbett finish in a nice tidy fourth place and have developed a promising blend of age and experience to work with going forwards.
In Division 2, which got a bit silly in the last 7-10 days with a host of forfeits giving the league table several stars against it, Bridgefield have hit form at the wrong time! The basement side have been at the bottom all season but having won 9-5 last week, they followed this up with a 4-2 win at Rubery Juniors. Whether Bridgefield continue next season remains to be seen but they finally showed what they could do but all too late. Sam Devaney and Dean Hodges netted for Rubery who are still leaking too many goals at the back but as a young side, are open to plenty of improvement. Meadow Park haven’t played for a couple of weeks through no fault of their own, but they ended their season today with a 4-2 win at Hewell to ensure the margin of victory in the Division 2 title ends up being a mammoth 15 points, a fine season for Meadow. Sporting Club Redditch and Hizza United in particular have had long campaigns, indeed Hizza have played 16 times since the start of April and perhaps a 2-2 draw was fitting today between the sides. Jordan Adams and Dan Sill scored for SCR and with Sill making his 100th SCR appearance amidst emotional scenes, he donned the captain's armband to celebrate! In the midweek action, Awkies Allstars finally ended their long season (45 games plus) with a 2-1 win over Hizza.
And finally in Division 3, AFC Millfields lost to Chaddesley Corbett Reserves 3-1 to end their season with a defeat although given they won 5-2 at Laburnum in midweek, it was no surprise Ady Godwin's men lost given their recent WLWLW record! Ash Roland for Millies, with Andrew Millward, Forde MacKenzie and Adam Westcott for Chadds. Both sides have had campaigns which met their expectations.
So that's us done for another 10 weeks before we start all over again with Season 2016/17; We'd like to thank all of our reporters for giving up their time in the past 9 months to watch games and bring all the news/views/incidents and of course to everyone who helps this to be pulled together each week. All that's left is for us to say 'Thank you' for reading and the league looks forward to seeing as many clubs and players as possible at the forthcoming Presentation Evening on Tuesday 7th June 2016 - If your club has won something or has a cup to collect, then why not come along and enjoy the evening with us? It's been another truly remarkable BDFL season and we shall recognise everyone's efforts on the night.

Oak Tree Sporting 1, VBG Fairfield 6

AFC Northfield 0, Chaddesley Corbett 3
BGIS 4 (Tandy, Gardiner, Nicol, Strevens), Northfield Athletic 3 (Cowley 2, Taylor)

Rubery Juniors 2 (Devaney, Hodges), Bridgefield 4
Sporting Club Redditch 2 (Sill, Adams), Hizza United 2
Hewell 2, Meadow Park 4
Chaddesley Corbett Reserves 3 (Millward, Mckenzie, Westcott), AFC Millfields 1 (Roland)


BGIS 6, Sporting Rednal 1
Hizza United 1, Awkies Allstars 2

Laburnum 2, AFC Millfields 5



blog comments powered by Disqus