Tap House 3 - 0 Toby Jug Athletic

Bromsgrove League - Sunday 13th April 2014

Last Updated: Apr 13, 2014 09:25pm
Stoke, Bromsgrove
By Simon Burgess
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A beautiful morning for football - Bright sunshine, warm temperatures, light winds and the players in the BDFL responded with some cracking football played all over. Let's hope this weather holds for our remaining 2 cup finals!

We'll get the bad news out of the way first - Our representation in the Kidderminster Hospital Cup is over for another season as both remaining sides got knocked out. Kidderminster Division 3 was our curse today as Tap House (that league's leaders) saw off Toby Jug 3-0 whilst Vic Barnt Green Reserves lost at home to Wilden Village, currently second! So no disgrace in the results as our boys were up against good sides, but Toby will certainly feel their chance went begging in the first half when they had Tap House pinned back but couldn't convert the chances that came to them. Vic dominated their encounter for half an hour before two quick Wilden goals put them ahead. Despite Dan Reeves scoring from a corner in the second half, a Nick Hobbis own goal soon after deflated Vic and they bowed out by a 3-1 scoreline.
Moving onto internal action, Congratulations to Belbroughton Athletic from Division 1 who knocked out Premier Division Golden Lion Athletic in the WA Harris Cup Semi-Final, to book their place in the £500 showdown on Sunday 04th May. Will Tibbetts had Belbroughton head early doors from a 20 yard strike before Marcus Allbutt made the most of a rebound to beat Tom Calvert to equalise. GLA then rattled the crossbar as they sought to take control. It was nip and tuck all the way into the second half and the goals came again on 75 minutes. Former referee Bruce Rogers now plying his trade in the Belbroughton midfield, played a nice slide rule pass to Kyle Frater who was upended in the box, Frater getting up to convert from the spot. Jamie Gatfield then added another before Frater's second put the result beyond all doubt. It wasn't the result Golden Lion Athletic legend Brett Griffin wanted, as he bought the curtain down on a glittering 20 year career in his clubs backline and we understand he is moving 'upstairs' within the club for next season. Belbroughton await the winners of Vic Barnt Green and FC Rednal, this semi final being played next Sunday, with the final booked in for 04th May.
In the Premier Division, the title race could have been done and dusted today had Vic Barnt Green won and Redditch United lost; As it happened, neither event occurred and the race is alive, in theory, for at least another few weeks. Redditch were 4-2 winners at West Heath, first half strikes from Matt Fearon, Matt Peters, Ben Allbutt and Jak Allbutt put them in total control; West Heath staged a comeback in the second half and two Josh Westwood spot kicks added some respectability to the scoreline. Meanwhile at Triplex Social Club, Rubery Social Allstars drew 4-4 with Vic Barnt Green in an astonishing encounter result/event wise, in a game where 8 different people scored. Vic started the game really well and scored quick goals to grab control. An early barrage of Vic pressure soon paid off when Dan Wilkes put his side ahead on 8 minutes after a deflection fell kindly for him inside the penalty area which he dispatched in clinical fashion. Colin Tandy making his Vic debut put the visitors 2 up, a fine lob over Tim Cooney in the Allstars goal, after a quick free kick from Wilkes had caught the ageing Allstars backline fast asleep. Tandy then missed two glorious chances to score again, one saved by Cooney and one hit wide. Allstars were being outplayed but on the breakaways they did have, they were fashionng chances themselves. Alan Beech's powerful strike on 30 minutes was well held by Chris Hancock in the Vic goal with Lloyd Newman advancing well down the wing on 37 but his shot was also blocked. Matty Collins the Vic left back was unlucky on 39 as his long range strike fizzed over. Vic appeared to have sealed the points on 43 minutes when Stuart Hall's shot squirmed away from Cooney who will be disappointed he didn't save it. 3-0 at half-time. Into the second half and Wilkes powerful running down the wing on 49, was abruptly bought to a halt inside the area and Shaun May smashed home the resulting penalty. 4-0 to the Vic and it looked to be a case of how many. Allstars then launched an unforgettable comeback which resulted in the match ending in a 4-4 draw, three goals coming in the final 11 minutes. Dan Caveney got the ball rolling when his cross on 56 minutes looped into the back of the net, before Joe Drake had a shot saved on 57 and Alan Beech somehow shot wide from 6 yards on 66 minutes as the home side upped their play. In between these breaks, Vic were still pressing forward and fashioning chances and opportunities which weren't converted, especially on 70 minutes when Joel Keogh the Allstars veteran keeper (on in place of Cooney who had now gone up front as a make shift striker), saved at point blank range from a Tandy header. Vic substituted Wilkes shortly after, his place being taken by Lee ' Lezza' Williams who ploughed a furrow down the right flank and nearly scored but his effort was blocked by Michael Bagley. Allstars skipper Michael 'The Spud' Connolly got another goal back on 79 minutes, before the Silver Fox (Nick Rumbold) rifled in a fabulous 20 yard free kick (84 minutes) after Cooney's height and presence up front had forced a needless foul from a now panicing Vic backline who had lost all their shape. The final nail in the comeback coffin was completed on the stroke of full-time, when a scramble following a corner, fell kindly to the evergreen Les Turner and the subsitute prodded the ball home to secure what has to be the most unlikely of comebacks. A great result for Allstars which wrecked Vic's 100% win record in the league and keeps their champagne on ice a little longer, although they are still very strong favourites.
In Division 1, runners up AFC Northfield have shown good league form through the past month or so, this continued today with a 5-1 win over Rubery Athletic in the local derby. A 4-1 half time scoreline reflected their dominance. AFCN scorers were Matthew Carter with a brace (one a beautiful curling effort from 20 yards), Rob Benton a rare goal, one also for Mickey Stewart from a huge Lewis Gwilliams goal kick and a spectacular own goal from a Rubery centre-back. Andy Court hit Rubery's only goal, this from the penalty spot. 
In Division 2, the Bridgwater Cup Final 'dress rehearsal' went the way of FC Rednal 4-1 against Lickey End Social, FCR shrugging off the devestating midweek news that 41 goal top scorer Lee Davies is out for the season with a broken jaw. Lickey End took the lead through a spot kick which Jay Wooldridge converted, this only served to fire FCR up and they came storming back to win 4-1 with goals all over the team. Lee Farrell equalised with a half volley before Lickey End had their pocket picked straight from the kick off, when Chris Gee stole possession and crossed for Jordan Ward to convert.  The tempo of the game rose significantly and eventually when the football recommenced, Ward returned the favour for Gee to convert. The gloss on the performance was provided by Aaron Phillips who scored with a long range shot/chip/punt (Delete as appropriate) and FCR ran out the convinving winners and got first blood so to speak. We have no idea what sort of side Lickey End had out, but with Chopper Hodgetts on his stag do, maybe Lickey End will have a few surprises on the teamsheet in a few weeks as they seek revenge? The date of the Bridgwater Cup Final between the two sides is Sunday 27th April, 630pm. Bromsgrove United appear to have recovered 'internally' following last weeks fall out, a 7-0 away win at Golden Lion Athletic Reserves will have done the camps morale no harm. Fashionable striker Danny Lawrence hit a sensational double hat-trick with James 'Paris' Hylton getting the other goal.
Division 3 action saw AFC Millfields turn on the style as they beat Coldfield 6-0 in a very determinded showing after last weeks cup final defeat. Ethan King's long range free kick got things going before Ash Roland showed some magic in converting a ball from Robert Stevenson. Into the second half and Millies didn't let up - Stuart Hatfield crashed home an 18 yard drive before Roland netted again. Stevenson and Hatfield netted the last two goals as Millies moved into second place in the table, level on points with Hizza who didn't have a game today. Coldfield were well beaten in the end and their last game against Toby Jug obviously won't get any easier. Stoke Prior ended their season on a high with a 5-1 win over Laburnum. Stoke have done much better this season and their final haul of 40 points from 20 games isn't to be sniffed at. They started today's game well and Elliott Nottingham, later to go on and get a brace, should have scored after 5 minutes but he fired over, whilst Jose Costa headed over shortly after when it looked easier to score. The deadlock was broken and then added too, when shots by Nottingham and Stewart Hawkes rifled into the onion bag, the latter a 25 yard screamer. Kamil Dymon was running the show for the home side, his assist setting up Nottingham to strike again. Laburnum were well beaten off when Costa breached the backline and Paul Cooke was left helpless in the visitors goal. Into the second half and with the points all but won, Stoke relaxed and Laburnum came back into it; However Dymon's corner was met by Luke Parker for Stoke's fifth of a five star display. The visitors got a late consolation to take back to Redditch when Andy Seager cut in and rifled his shot across John Kirby in the home goal who will be disappointed not to keep a clean sheet. Another team to complete their season in style today were Belbrougton Athletic Reserves who ran out 3-1 winners at Longbridge Athletic, this despite Dominic Ducci's first goal for the home side. Belbroughton sit in mid table and for their first season as a team, it's a respectable and acceptable effort which they will be looking to build on as they move to a new pitch next season.
In a friendly, AFC Northfield Reserves got the better of Arrow Valley by a tight 3-2 scoreline. We do not have any match details, suffice to say the run out keeps AFCN ticking along as they still have some league games to play, just waiting for the opponents to become available.
With 6 Sundays of the season left, the fixture list is becoming less congested but we'll probably still have some football every week up until the 25th May so keep clicking back here on a Sunday/Monday for your exclusive round up of the games played!


Belbroughton Athletic 4 (Frater 2, Tibbetts, Gatfield), Golden Lion Athletic 1 (Allbutt)
Tap House 3, Toby Jug Athletic 0
Victoria Barnt Green Reserves 1 (Reeves), Wilden Village 3
Rubery Social Allstars 4 (Connolly, Turner, Caveney, Rumbold), Victoria Barnt Green 4 (Wilkes, May, Tandy, Hall)
West Heath United 2 (Westwood 2), Redditch United 4 (B Allbutt, J Allbutt, M Fearon, Peters)
AFC Northfield 5 (Carter 2, Benton, Stewart, OG), Rubery Athletic 1 (Court)
Golden Lion Athletic Reserves 0, Bromsgrove United 7 (LAWRENCE 6, Hylton)
Lickey End Social 1 (Wooldridge), FC Rednal 4 (Gee, Phillips, Ward, Farrell)
AFC Millfields 6 (Hatfield 2, Roland 2, Stevenson, King), Coldfield 0
Stoke Prior 5 (Nottingham 2, Hawkes, Costa, Parker), Laburnum 1 (A Seager) 
Longbridge Athletic 1 (Ducci), Belbroughton Athletic Reserves 3

AFC Northfield Reserves 3, Arrow Valley 2


PREM Team P W D L F A GD Pts   DIV 1 Team P W D L F A GD Pts  
1 Victoria Barnt Green 11 10 1 0 43 12 31 31   1 Hare and Hounds 2013 14 13 0 1 62 19 43 39  
2 Redditch United 11 8 1 2 34 18 16 25   2 AFC Northfield 13 11 0 2 44 20 24 33  
3 Rubery Social Allstars 13 7 4 2 34 24 10 25   3 Belbroughton Athletic 13 8 0 5 27 19 8 24  
4 West Heath United 13 6 2 5 33 31 2 20   4 Rubery Athletic 13 6 3 4 26 22 4 21  
5 Rubery Oak 11 6 1 4 31 34 -3 19   5 Stoke Sporting 13 6 0 7 21 26 -5 18  
6 Redditch Athletic 98 14 4 0 10 24 38 -14 12   6 Spa Athletic 14 3 2 9 20 38 -18 11  
7 Golden Lion Athletic 14 3 1 10 26 45 -19 10   7 Santiago RV 14 2 1 11 19 53 -34 7  
8 Meadow Park  13 0 2 11 10 34 -24 2   8 Sporting Grapevine 14 2 0 12 22 44 -22 6  
                      CRABMILL RESIGNED 11TH NOVEMBER 2013              
DIV 2 Team P W D L F A GD Pts   DIV 3 Team P W D L F A GD Pts  
1 North Colts United 17 13 2 2 69 20 49 41   1 Hizza Utd Seconds 17 13 2 2 59 27 32 41  
2 FC Rednal 18 14 1 3 86 28 58 40   2 AFC Millfields 19 13 2 4 75 49 26 41  
3 Washford Lions 14 10 1 3 61 27 34 31   3 Stoke Prior 20 13 1 6 55 31 24 40  
4 Lickey End Social 16 9 1 6 60 39 21 28   4 Laburnum 16 11 1 4 74 38 36 34  
5 Vic Barnt Green Res 17 9 1 7 43 53 -10 28   5 Toby Jug Athletic 13 11 1 1 45 19 26 34  
6 Bromsgrove United 16 7 6 3 77 39 38 27   6 Belb Athletic Res 20 9 2 9 50 59 -9 29  
7 Studley Road Social 17 4 2 11 37 66 -29 14   7 AFC Northfield Res 18 6 2 10 44 40 4 20  
8 Golden Lion Ath Res 15 4 0 11 24 60 -36 12   8 Arrow Valley 20 4 5 11 52 55 -3 17  
9 Hewell Grangers 18 3 2 13 27 92 -65 11   9 Longbridge Athletic 19 5 0 14 43 71 -28 15  
10 Callowbrook Swifts 18 1 2 15 19 79 -60 5   10 Coldfield 19 3 3 13 39 82 -43 12  
FC REDNAL DEDUCTED 3 POINTS                    11 Red Lions 19 2 1 16 21 86 -65 7  




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