VBG Fairfield 2 - 3 Meadow Park

Bromsgrove & District Football League

Last Updated: Mar 27, 2016 08:52pm
Abbey, Redditch
By Simon Burgess
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With just 9 Sundays of the season remaining after this weeks games, the fixture lists are slowly but surely coming to fruition despite the efforts of some early rainstorms from Storm Katie!
Three big games played this morning and a couple of results which made people stand up and take notice. First of all, Congratulations to Northfield Athletic who secured their first final appearance of the season after they embarrassed Bartley Green Illey Sunday with a stunning 4-1 victory which left the hosts totally shell-shocked. With both sides understrength to an extent, Connor Collins put the home side ahead after the twenty minute mark to give BGIS a 1-0 interval lead before a stunning second half recovery ensued which saw Jason Cowley net a hat-trick (one a penaltty after he had been shoved over in the box) and Josh Moore another with the last three goals coming in the final 8 minutes. Whilst Chris Bench gets his best suit ironed for the final, AFC Northfield and Chaddesley Corbett fight out the right next Sunday to play Northfield.
Meadow Park meanwhile tumbled VBG Fairfield out of the WA Harris Cup at the second round stage after they bridged a two division gap to stun the Harris Cup favourites with a 3-2 victory, with the last two goals coming inside a crazy last 5 minutes to overturn a 2-1 deficit. Shaun May and an own goal scored for VBGF with Sam Wright (2) and Ben Stanford against his old club netting for Meadow; The game also saw Meadow manager Paul Hutchins take to the field as the visitors struggled to get a full side together with the likes of Sean Chance and Craig Barnett missing. Meadow host BGIS next so if they get to the final, they'll certainly have done it the hard way.
Talking of finals for Meadow Park, their Centenary Cup Final opponents were known today as Awkies Allstars saw off Hizza United 4-1 with king goalscorer Jason Gibbons the star of the show netting a hat-trick. Awkies were ahead inside 10 minutes as Mike Ryan netted then doubled the lead when Chris Fox played in Gibbons to finish stylishly. With Awkies dominating the match, Hizza needed to breathe some life into their performance and whatever Luke Davenport said at half-time had the desired affect as they pulled one back shortly after the break following a long throw which wasnt dealt with. It was left to Gibbons to bag yet another hat-trick inside the last 5 minutes to secure Awkies first internal BDFL final. The Centenary showdown is planned for Sunday 10th April.
In the Premier, just the one game played today and WCT Youth Raiders saw Oak Tree Sporting 4-0 in the first league meeting between the sides; Dale Goddard and Tom Ward netted in the first half, the lead doubled in the second half through Tom Hobbs and an own goal from a Joey Haines cross. WCT have still only lost one league game and whilst the internal cups haven't quite seen the same success, they remain dangerous customers.
In the first division, Chaddesley Corbett maintained their lead at the top after a fine 4-1 win at Conway Albion. Matt 'superstar' Perry netted a hat-trick after recovering from his injury and Ryan Moore got the other. This somewhat softened the below of losing three points following a midweek deduction. Sporting Rednal also had a good home win, 5-3 over GLA, with the goals coming from Lloyd Newman's brace and one each from Richie Heywood, Michael Connolly and Anton Gardner-Bennett; No GLA goalscoring information but we know Darryl Foster the Rednal defender was at fault for all of them by his own admittance!
Into the second division now and Chaps United have some catching up in the league to do and what better way for them to start the Easter celebrations winning 5-1 away at LPR in a Redditch derby, thanks mainly to a hat-trick from Paul Dowsett but also one each for Stuart Whalley and Kevin Jones. Apparantly the teams switched pitches late on after Greenlands 5 was left waterlogged but we have no idea where the game got played! League leaders Rednal Social Club appear to have forgotten how to score as they fired a second successive blank as promotion chasing Woodgate Valley won 3-0 with Nick 'Muscleman' Wilson, Jamie Sippitts and Ben Smith all netting with the latter a fine curling effort; Woodgate even had the audacity to start the game with 10 men but still managed to keep the away side out. Sporting Club Redditch are possibly in a bit of a false position in the table and they heaped more misery on Rubery Juniors as they got the better of a 7 goal thriller at Henley Forest FC; A hat-trick for key SCR striker Shaun Maynard (who also missed a penalty) was backed up by a Harry Sharpe goal and nothing of note from Dan Sill today to highlight because he was away in Newcastle! SCR seem to have at last found some confidence and they are looking forward to their WA Harris Cup Quarter-Final in two weeks against either AFC Millfields or Wychbold RBL.
In the third division, all ten of our sides were playing in league fixtures today which is a rarity! Highest scorers of the day were leaders Rubery who put eight past Stoke Prior in a one sided encounter, not helped by a couple of Stoke Prior lads arriving for the game thinking it was a 1030am kick off! AFC Millfelds and FC Bromsgrove played out a point each in a fair game at Sidemoor. AFCM went into a 2 goal first half lead given them by Ash Roland and Ryan Wood before Joe Hawkins and Mark Smith pulled matters level in the second period. Laburnum's woeful season by their own standards continued as they slipped to a 2-1 home defeat against arch rivals Arrow Valley in the Redditch derby. Garry Harvey and Craig Jenkins netted for Valley with Valley scoring yet another goal for the opposition as Arron Price netted in return. Chaddesley Corbett Reserves meanwhile got back to winning ways with a solid 2-0 win at Stoke Sporting Reserves; Matt Neale put the visitors ahead on the stroke of half-time after good work by Gaz Moriaty and Anthony Ward. The second goal came from Forde McKenzie after Matthew Guise had the vision to pick out Moriaty who in turn laid on the chance which couldn't be missed. Jimmy Ward did the skipper's job for Callowbrook Green as he netted both goals in his sides 2-0 away win at Bromsgrove Corinthians to keep them breathing down Rubery's neck with the sides set to clash again next weekend in a hastily re-arranged fixture, just four weeks on from the Rose Bowl final
Plenty of exciting games to look forward to next weekend too including the big Premier showdown between Thomas Brothers and VBG Fairfield. We also have the Rubery/Oak Tree Sporting derby match in the Prem which should draw a few spectators. Kidderminster Hospital Cup action for many too, the pick of the games looking to be BGIS's trip to a big name in Kidderminster football that of Wyre Forest, certainly not a game to go too if you have heart problems! The Division 1 semi-final between AFC Northfield and Chaddesley Corbett is also eagerly awaited, can miracle man Nick Clarke guide his team to the final against all the odds or will the experienced heads of Chaddesley prove too strong?
And lastly but by no means leastly, we wish Awkies Allstars the very best of luck in their Worcester Nursing Minor Cup Final against Colwall Village. A tough game for sure but one Awkies are more than capable of winning; It's a 6pm kick off and we'll be live at Malvern Town FC bringing you all the updates from the ground so if you can't make it up there to give Awkies a cheer, stay tuned to our social media outlets to follow the action


VBG Fairfield 2 (May, OG), Meadow Park 3 (Wright 2, Stanford)
BGIS 1 (Collins), Northfield Athletic 4 (COWLEY 3, Moore)

Hizza United 1, Awkies Allstars 4 (GIBBONS 3, Ryan)
WCT Youth Raiders 4 (Goddard, Ward, Hobbs, OG), Oak Tree Sporting 0

Conway Albion 1, Chaddesley Corbett 4 (PERRY 3, Moore)
Sporting Rednal 5 (Newman 2, Heywood, Connolly, Gardner-Bennett), GLA 3

LPR 1, Chaps United 5
Sporting Club Redditch 4 (MAYNARD 3, Sharpe), Rubery Juniors 3 (Chipman 2, Derrick)
Woodgate Valley 3 (Sippitts, Smith, Wilson), Rednal Social Club 0 
AFC Millfields 2 (Wood, Roland), FC Bromsgrove 2
Laburnum 1 (OG), Arrow Valley 2 (Harvey, Jenkins)
Stoke Sporting Reserves 0, Chaddesley Corbett Reserves 2 (Neale, McKenzie)
Rubery 8, Stoke Prior 0
Bromsgrove Corinthians 0, Callowbrook Green 2 (WARD 2)


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