Toby Jug Athletic Blitz Extra Time

Bromsgrove & District Football League round up

Last Updated: Apr 8, 2014 04:43pm
Whitford, Bromsgrove
By Simon Burgess
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As the curtains start to fall down on many clubs league seasons, there was a much reduced fixture list in place for Sunday 6th April but it did include the Rose Bowl Final between Toby Jug Athletic and AFC Millfields from which you can find a detailed match report below.
Two first time finalists started this Rose Bowl showdown, played in front of a superb attendance of 329, very well with both sides having chances to score inside the first 7 minutes. Toby's top scorer Connor Collins who passed a late fitness test on his ankle injury, was the first to have a pop at goal but Rob Field in the AFC Millfields net was equal to the task, indeed Collins dipped his bread again on 5 minutes but to no avail. AFCM kicking up the slope were next to threaten when Timmy Houghton unleashed an absolute blockbuster of a shot on the half volley which produced an equally world class save from Aaron Collins in the Jug goal. With the crowd warmed up, neither side kicked on and a very turgid first half then ensued with little happening in the game apart from misplaced passes, balls out of play and ever growing frustrations. David 'Macca' Price set Collins free on 34 but he was offside before Chris Pratt wasted a free kick for AFCM on 35 when in a good position outside the area, his effort going high and wide. The last chance of the half came on 41 minutes, when Collins and Matt Wilkes combined but the formers effort on goal was weak. 0-0 at the break. Into the second half and Jug started the game the better; A raking free kick from specialist set piece delivery man Jay Nickless saw Collins head wide. AFCM had a shout for handball correctly waved away by man in black Dan Stokes on 53 before the referee was again involved on 60 minutes when Nickless picked up his standard yellow card and the first caution of a game played at a lower tempo than expected. Collins was becoming ever more influential in proceedings, his burst of pace and fleet footedness keeping the AFCM backline busy and it was a half volley on 62 by Collins which nearly broke the deadlock. As the half progressed, Toby seemed to up their game and Anton Gardner-Bennett, on for the strangely subdued Toby winger JJ Evans, was making a real difference with his direct style of play and sheer energy, a header on 70 minutes going just over whilst half volleys on 74 and 75 went wide. Matt Wilkes another influential Toby player who was fairly quiet, somehow managed to miss the target on 79 putting the ball wide from 6 yards. With 10 minutes to go on the clock, things became frantic on the benches; Adrian Godwin frantically trying to stem the Toby flow by urging his AFCM team forward, whilst Toby legend Russell Brookes was going hoarse barking out the orders. Godwin seemed to have got some restbite when Ben Craddock, another player who didn't show his best form tonight, got hold of the ball but his effort drifted harmlessly over. Back down the other end and on both 84 and 87 minutes, Wilkes missed golden opportunities to score/assist, with one deflected wide and the other when he failed to look up and see unmarked players in the box. With overtime looming, Houghton had one last chance for AFCM but his effort was again off target. 
Into extra-time the sides went and it's fair to say Toby took complete control of the game from here on in and blitzed AFCM with a 4 goal salvo to win the trophy by a possibly flattering 4-0 scoreline. No surprise really when Toby took the lead on 93 minutes, Price's corner being met by Collins. On 98, Collins got a second with a fierce 20 yard low drive. Shaun McAughey somehow headed wide on 107 minutes, again Collins involved in the build up, before Collins himself completed his hat-trick shortly after, teasing the AFCM backline and slotting the ball home at the second attempt. Gardner Bennett completed the scoring on 114 minutes when his low drive fizzed past Field inside his near post and GB celebrated by jumping into the crowd to be with his family; Unfortunately this action cost him a tenner as the referee brandished a yellow card upon his return to the pitch but with the Rose Bowl set to head home to Rednal, it was probably the last thing on his mind. In the final analysis, both teams will know they are capable of much better but Toby will care little for winning. AFCM were (and have been) missing their top scorer Courtney Lloyd and maybe he would have made a difference, along with the ineligible duo of Neil Dews and Bren Bartlett; One thing we do know is that beaten finalists in this competition always come back strong and AFCM will undoubtedly want to right this years wrongs next season by coming back to win silverware. As for Toby, it's one down three to go as they chase four lots of winners pickings. A punishing 7 weeks lies ahead, some hard games but winning breeds confidence and we fully expect to see some more trophies heading their way before season end. Congratulations to Toby on their win.
Onto other action and staying with the cups, WA Harris Cup Quarter-Final action took place - Shock of the day was Belbroughton Athletic beating (an injury hit) Redditch United 3-2. Goals from recent new signing Will Tibbetts, Chris Mitchell and Kyle Frater propelled Belbroughton into the semi finals where they can start to smell the money. There were nervy moments throughout but some brilliance in the Athletic goal from man of the match Tom 'The Long Trousered Cat' Calvert meant Athletic held on to book their place against Golden Lion Athletic next week. Athletic took the lead when Tibbetts hit a curling effort from 20 yards. Although Redditch equalized ten minutes before the break after a flicked header from a free kick, there was enough time for Athletic to take a lead into half time after an excellent deep cross from Kyle Frater allowed Chris Mitchell to power home an unstoppable header at the back post. Athletic doubled their lead midway through the second half with a great counter attack; Tibbetts the Causeway United and Bromsgrove Sporting midfieder put Frater through and the latter made no mistake with a clinical finish. Redditch pulled a goal back 15 minutes from time to set up finger biting times but they couldn't find a way past the impressive Calvert, who saved the best till last with a crucial one on one save in the last minute. A very frustrating morning for Jim Nicholls but take nothing away from the visitors who took the game to their higher ranked opponents. Redditch goalscorers were Mat Fearon and Jamie Hatfield. Redditch need to rediscover their 'mojo' as they have some big league games coming up as they look to secure the runners up spot in the League as it is looking likey Vic Barnt Green will retain their title again.
In the other quarter-final, it was a little bit more routine as Vic Barnt Green beat AFC Northfield 4-2. Daniel Lee Wilkes's first half hat-trick pretty much killed the game dead before Richard Bishop got another for the rampant home side. Late goals from Matthew Carter and a rare Sam Chilton header put some respectability into the visitors scoreline but the Vic march onto into the semis, where free scoring Division 2 side FC Rednal await them.
Elsewhere in the league action, Hizza United Seconds moved 3 points clear at the top of the Division 3 table after they fought off local rivals Coldfield to win 3-2 in the Greenlands 5 bog. Hizza have slipped under the radar in recent weeks and slipped under ours too, we have no matchday information to provide other than it could have been a lot more comfortable at 4-2 if they hadn't have missed a penalty. Coldfield's league position looks bad but the side is slowly coming together and we only hope they stay together to improve further. Unfortunately this was the only game in the division after Red Lions's home game with Belbroughton had to be cancelled owing to a suspension matter.
In Division 2 where three games were played, Golden Lion Athletic Reserves won for the second week running as they beat Callowbrook Swifts 4-3; Seven different scorers in this game - Chris Eacock, David Copson Godwin, Gav Lawrence and Jimmy Breakwell for the winners with Matt White, Alex Beck and Sam Robinson on target for the home side. Swifts end a tough campaign on a low note but the calmer waters of Division 3 should suit these promising youngsters better next season. There were also goals galore between Studley Road Social and Bromsgrove United as they shared 8 goals with both sides taking home a point. Terry Nolan and Tom Murphy for the home side (both with braces), whilst we know Danny Lawrence and Michael Harvey got one each and Scott Bagley a brace, for a Bees side who have now drawn their last four games - It seems they have left their performances and team spirit at the cup final last month as they splutter towards the summer break. However Lickey End Social are awakening from their mid season slumber as they beat Vic Barnt Green Reserves 3-0 at Stadia Brush - Sam Wright the hat-trick man with the goals, one a penalty kick. The one big game left in the division is North Colts v Washford Lions, currently scheduled for 27th April; The mathematics are simple in that Washford need to win their last 4 league games to pip Colts to the title!
Meanwhile nothing in Division One yesterday and only one game in the Prem - Golden Lion Athletic wamed up for their semi next week with a convincing 4-0 win over Meadow Park. Jason Mitchell with 2, Sam Tedstone and Marcus William Allbutt with the goals, with the mean defender Simon White picking up the man of the match award.
Commiserations to Washford Lions who played in the Worcester Nursing Cup Semi-Final and lost 2-1, to Worcester Division 2 side University of Worcester down at Pitchcroft Racecourse. All the more galling was that this loss came in extra-time after Sean Trainor had popped in the Lions goal from the spot. Lions also ended the match with 10 men after a needless sending off, but they'll no doubt look back on this match as one that got away with several glorious chances missed to equalise and then win the game even with 10 men! They've had a really good run though and can look forward to their Evesham Hospital Cup Semi-Final a week on Sunday, where they are on their travels again this time with their passports out as they travel to Bredon.
We also had two friendly games played - Rubery Athletic and West Heath United played out an entertaining 2-2 draw (Adam Neason and James Draper on target for the Holywell Laners), whilst Arrow Valley reversed form with Longbridge from the week before and won 3-1.
Next week sees the first of the WA Harris Cup semis, Belbroughton Athletic v Golden Lion Athletic and we also have two of our sides in the Kidderminster Hospital Cup where the 'flag' will once again be under scrutiny! Toby have a tough trip to undefeated Kidderminster Division 3 league leaders Tap House, whilst Vic Barnt Green Reserves face experienced old hands Wilden Village from the same division. Tough games for our teams but we are confident they can pull through! There are also a couple of meaty Prem games, particularly Rubery Social Allstars v Vic Barnt Green so why not check out some of the games on offer if you are not playing next week? Details can be found on the website under 'Latest Fixtures and Results'.


Toby Jug Athletic 4 (COLLINS 3, Gardner-Bennett), AFC Millfields 0 AET
Att: 329
Victoria Barnt Green 4 (WILKES 3, Bishop),  AFC Northfield 2 (Chilton, Carter)
Redditch United 2 (M Fearon, Hatfield), Belbroughton Athletic 3 (Frater, Tibbetts, Mitchell)
University of Worcester 2, Washford Lions 1 (Trainor) AET
Golden Lion Athletic 4 (Mitchell 2, Tedstone, Allbutt), Meadow Park 0
Callowbrook Swifts 3 (White, Beck, Robinson), Golden Lion Athletic Reserves 4 (Copson-Godwin, Eacock, Breakwell, Lawrence)
Lickey End Social 3 (WRIGHT 3), Victoria Barnt Green Reserves 0
Studley Road Social 4 (Nolan 2, Murphy 2), Bromsgrove United 4
Hizza United Seconds 3, Coldfield 2

Rubery Athletic 2 (Neason, Draper), West Heath United 2
Longbridge Athletic 1, Arrow Valley 3 


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 10 10 0 0 39 8 31 30   1 Hare and Hounds 2013 14 13 0 1 62 19 43 39
2 Rubery Social Allstars 12 7 3 2 30 20 10 24   2 AFC Northfield 12 10 0 2 39 19 20 30
3 Redditch United 10 7 1 2 30 16 14 22   3 Belbroughton Athletic 13 8 0 5 27 19 8 24
4 West Heath United 12 6 2 4 31 27 4 20   4 Rubery Athletic 12 6 3 3 25 17 8 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 17 13 1 3 82 27 55 37   2 AFC Millfields 18 12 2 4 69 49 20 38
3 Washford Lions 14 10 1 3 61 27 34 31   3 Stoke Prior 19 12 1 6 50 30 20 37
4 Lickey End Social 15 9 1 5 59 35 24 28   4 Laburnum 15 11 1 3 73 33 40 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 15 6 6 3 70 39 31 24   6 Belb Athletic Res 19 8 2 9 47 58 -11 26
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 Hewell Grangers 18 3 2 13 27 92 -65 11   8 Arrow Valley 20 4 5 11 52 55 -3 17
9 Golden Lion Ath Res 14 4 0 10 24 53 -29 12   9 Longbridge Athletic 18 5 0 13 42 68 -26 15
10 Callowbrook Swifts 18 1 2 15 19 79 -60 5   10 Coldfield 18 3 3 12 39 76 -37 12
FC REDNAL DEDUCTED 3 POINTS                    11 Red Lions 19 2 1 16 21 86 -65 7
CHURCHFIELDS UNITED RESIGNED 08TH JANUARY 2014                              




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