Tensions and Stakes Riding High

Bromsgrove & District Football League

Last Updated: Feb 22, 2016 09:01pm
Abbey, Redditch
By Simon Burgess
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Just the two matches wiped out this morning, one at Studley Entaco and one at what is fast becoming a real headache venue, Wythall’s Silver Street; Let’s hope both pitches are back in action soon with the latter still set for a double figure amount of matches on it before season end!  

A few issues sorted out this morning fixture wise, most notably the composition of the LMS Shield Final where Bartley Green Sunday will take on VBG Fairfield in what should be a thrilling game between two sides packed with quality players. Bartley won their place this morning with a 3-1 win against Alcester Town in a match where Referee Paul Battey was a busy man sending 3 players off as the tensions and stakes rode high. Bartley went into the lead thanks to Connor Collins’s deflected shot before Alcester’s Matt Chambers saw red for a late challenge on Carl Martin. After a few more meaty challenges, Colin Tandy the Bartley captain took his protests one step too far and was also dismissed to the showers. Ellis Kalach’s equaliser just before the interval left the game evenly poised. Bartley re-gained the lead in the second half when Ryan Young parried Collins’s shot and poacher Dan Lawrence reacted quickest to slot home.  Charlie Ward from Alcester was then sent off for another bad challenge and with Alcester pushing men forward, Collins caught them cold at the back and sealed the Bartley win with a break away third and trademark finish. Sunday March 20th is certainly a date to have pencilled in the diary, should be a great final. 

In the Evesham Hospital Cup second round, VBG Fairfield progressed into the next stages with a 2-1 win over Thomas Brothers, thanks go to the Brothers for reversing the fixture to VBGF’s pitch, with a later kick off, to get the game played; They may now be regretting that decision as despite Stuart Hall’s penalty against his former club, goals from Richard Bishop and a rare James Wells strike saw VBGF home. With this competition well behind, we await to see what happens and who VBGF play in the quarter-finals.

There were a couple of interesting WA Harris Cup games today, most notably a derby between Stoke Sporting and Meadow Park. On a heavy Harris Brush surface, Meadow Park started well and Craig Barnett felt he should have had a penalty when he went down under Phil Beech’s challenge but nothing was given. Pete Warman for Stoke had a goal disallowed for offside as the exchanges suggested this would be a tight game. With Simon Boon beginning to be worked hard in the Stoke goal due to his teams inability to keep the ball and its rapid return, it was perhaps no surprise when Meadow took the lead, Barnett expertly steering home a side-foot volley from 15 yards. Stoke were looking dangerous on the flanks with Ben Johnson in particular causing some problems but nothing was doing. H-T 1.0. Into the second half and with the referee’s notebook now open for yellow cards in what was becoming a competitive contest, the goal action was limited until Stoke equalised out of the blue in the 68th minute as Tom Westwood’s long free kick was headed clear but Warman from the edge of the area despatched a brilliant 20 yard volley back into the bottom corner. Meadow were back in front five minutes later when a long looping free-kick from the halfway line found substitute Sean Chance and he planted a quite magnificent header past Boon and into the far corner, a really wonderful finish from a striker who knows where the goal is. Stoke weren’t finished by any means and after a slip in the home backline moments later, Nick Baker found himself one on one but Josh Goddard blocked his effort when it did look easier to score which may well have ended up in a resulting penalty shoot-out. At the final whistle Meadow were the team who moved into the second round draw.  

The other WA Harris tie between Belbroughton Athletic and GLA went the way of the home Premier side by a 1-0 scoreline (Belbroughton keeping up their good WA Harris Cup performances), but GLA found themselves a man short for the second week running as Kit Wozniak saw red in the most bizarre of circumstances; Having won a free kick and preparing to take it, a Belbroughton player allegedly brushed past Wozniak, who allegedly slammed the ball down and in the referee’s opinion, deliberately tried to leather it against the opponent who was a short distance away; This was deemed to be Violent Conduct and Wozniak was on his way much to the bemusement of his teammates who were insistent that it was simply a case of trying to take a quick free kick with a GLA player free in space ahead. It would certainly have made great footage on a ‘Question of Sport’ but we did not have any cameras on site today! 

In the Centenary Cup Quarter-Final, Hizza United and Chaps United met for the first in a double header of cup ties with Hizza gaining the bragging rights for now with a 4-3 victory. Goals coming from Ben Ford, Josh Bowen, Aaron Clayton and one of the Youngs, possibly Martin although nicknamed Mary! Chaps will certainly be out for revenge in next weeks Bridgwater Semi-Final but for Hizza, their season is already looking like an April/May packed with midweek games as they are doing well in all their cup competitions.

One other cup match too, this was an LMS Shield ‘Dead Rubber’ game at Droitwich Leisure Centre and a chance for two teams to try something different, Spa Athletic getting the most out of the exercise winning 3-0 against a depleted Bromsgrove United side.

In League action, a very rare Sunday 0-0 scoreline was the order of the day as Rubery Athletic faced off against WCT Youth Raiders in the Premier Division; A good clean fair game this one, both defences on top throughout and a point shared was fair game. In the other top-fight game, Lickey End Social beat The Grove 4-1 thanks to a brace from the jet-heeled Sam Wright and one each for Rory Tuffin and Alex Short. 

Division 1 now and title chasing Chaddesley Corbett suffered a blow when they crashed 2-1 at home to Wychbold RBL, despite Matt

Danbury’s goal; Chaddesley struggled with the wind in this game and the visitors took the points home thanks to Bradley Talbot and Thomas Pugh. Another 2-1 scoreline saw the league leaders Northfield Athletic lose at home to Conway Albion who impressed with goals from Joel Francis and Matt Jordan. Josh Moore netted for Northfield who have now lost two on the spin, hardly a good preparation for next week’s County Cup semi-final against the experienced Meadow Park campaigners and Chris Bench will be pouring over his tactics book this week trying to concoct a formula to avoid defeat in what is arguably the biggest test of Northfield’s season. The cheers of the results in this division could be heard as far away as Hadley Stadium where Bartley Green were playing, they certainly had a good day results wise in respect of their title charge. 

In Division 2, LPR moved back to the top of the table for the first time this year after a 4-0 win over Bromsgrove Brentnal who are now embroiled in a relegation fight with their strikers having stopped scoring and the goals flowing against. Hewell meanwhile, despite playing the second highest amount of games in the League, are up to 4th place after a demolition job on Woodgate Valley who continue to swing from the sublime to the ridiculous and who completely crumbled at their first visit to HM premises losing by an 11-0 scoreline. Awkies Allstars meanwhile had a hard fought 1-0 win over Rubery Juniors, the goal coming on the hour mark from the younger Tullett Arron, this after the elder Tullett (Ashleigh) dislocated his finger causing a depleted Awkies outfit to have yet another reshuffle. The two teams were quite well matched all over but Awkies showed the greater attacking flair in the second period and Rubery were indebted to keeper Gio Blakeman who made some wonderful saves to keep the score down. Awkies have a much deserved week off next Sunday before they head into a Worcester Nursing Cup semi-final in Worcester the week after, the Awkies physio will certainly be busy attending to the walking wounded in the interim period. In the other game, the bottom two in the division Sporting Club Redditch and Bridgefield fought out a 7 goal thriller which the home side edged 4-3, this also the first game on Henley Forest FC this year. Despite Bridgefield midfielder Luke Hancock storming around the pitch like The Terminator, the sides put on a good game of football with SCR’s goals coming from Joe Shaw (2), Ryan Field (who also did wonders prepping the pitch) and Steven Rainbow although we are unable to confirm if his goal was indeed a ‘worldie top corner volley’! Bridgefield are still searching for their first points of the season. 

In Division 3, there was an excellent game at Baytree Farm where Rubery and Callowbrook Green played each other in a cup final warm up match which Callowbrook won 4-3, to really set the touchpaper alight for the final in two weeks. Rubery cruised into a 3-0 lead setting out to destroy Callowbrook with their brand of fast flowing football which saw off Chaddesley last week but Callowbrook were having none of it and stormed back to win 4-3; Rubery’s first goal came when stand in keeper Adam Kelsey got a hand to a shot but couldn’t keep it out, Kelsey in goal with normal keeper Colin ‘The Godfather’ Tomlinson not available. The second goal came when Jordan Redden made an error and the third soon followed; Callowbrook started their comeback with Jimmy Ward’s 25 yard free kick to give hope at the break at 3-1. Into the second half and when Oliver Walls scored for 3-2, Rubery started pressing the panic buttons as if stuck in a moving out of control elevator and they were made to pay when Ward got his second and the Callowbrook equaliser. With the tails of the visitors well and truly up, it was only a matter of time before the winner came and Jack Steele duly obliged to take the points back to Boleyn. A really good game and Rubery will be hungry for revenge under the lights of Bromsgrove Sporting in a few weeks’ time, we look forward to seeing this one as well!  

In a battle of two sides near the bottom, FC Bromsgrove saw off Stoke Prior 6-1 to record their biggest win of the season; Braces for Joe Hawkins and Anthony Bate plus one each for James Robinson and Jamie Dorgan saw the Sidemoor side take the points. The other game saw Bromsgrove Corinthians see off AFC Millfields 4-3 to complete their County Cup semi-final preparations in style. Tom Mason was the star of the show for the 8th time this season (he netted a brace in this game) with Alex Beck and the infamous Mr OG also contributing. For Millies who have had a very stop start couple of months, Ryan Wood, Steve Holmes and Bob Stevenson all netted. 

A good week’s football played that didn’t look likely midweek but thanks to everyone for their efforts this morning; We wish all our sides in County Cup action next Sunday the very best of luck, remember that BDFL flag needs to be flying high this time next week, hopefully with three finalists! Internally, we have the Bridgwater semi-final between Chaps and Hizza and a host of other League games all of which are now on the league website. We’ll report on the day’s main issues next Sunday.



Rubery Athletic 0, WCT Youth Raiders 0
Lickey End Social 4 (Wright 2, Tuffin, Short), The Grove 1
Northfield Athletic 1 (Moore), Conway Albion 2 (Jordan, Francis)
Chaddesley Corbett 1 (Danbury), Wychbold RBL 2 (Pugh, Talbot)
LPR 4, Bromsgrove Brentnal 0
Sporting Club Redditch 4 (Shaw 2, Rainbow, Field), Bridgefield 3
Awkies Allstars 1 (Arron Tullett), Rubery Juniors 0
Woodgate Valley 0, Hewell 11
FC Bromgrove 6 (Hawkins 2, Bate 2, Robinson, Dorgan), Stoke Prior 1
Bromsgrove Corinthians 4 (Mason 2, Beck, OG), AFC Millfields 3 (Wood, Stevenson, Holmes)
Rubery 3, Callowbrook Green 4 (Ward 2, Steele, Walls)
Stoke Sporting 1 (Warman), Meadow Park 2 (Barnett, Chance)
Belbroughton Athletic 1, GLA 0
Spa Athletic 3, Bromsgrove United 0
Bartley Green Sunday 3 (Collins 2 Lawrence), Alcester Town 1 (Kalach)
Thomas Brothers 1 (Hall), VBG Fairfield 2 (Wells, Bishop)
Chaps United 3, Hizza United 4 (Ford, Bowen, Clayton, Young)



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