VBGF Celebrate 5th LMS Shield Win

Bromsgrove & District Football League

Last Updated: Mar 22, 2016 07:02pm
Abbey, Redditch
By Simon Burgess
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Could get used to having this calm placid weather around the place as it certainly leads to less stress in HQ in the run up to Sunday’s games; However the Easter forecast remains a vile one so we’ll have to see how we go this week with the weather models! 

Onto the football and the LMS Shield Final was the highlight of this week’s programme, the third of seven finals this season. VBG Fairfield (VBGF) took on Bartley Green Illey Sunday (BGIS) with VBGF looking to win the shield for the fifth successive season and this they managed to achieve with a 2-0 scoreline, in what turned out to be a ‘flat’ final with neither side performing anywhere near their best capabilities. In front of another bumper attendance of 250, the first shot at goal came in the sixth minute when Richard Bishop shot wide for VBGF. In the 14th minute, BGIS had their first chance when Dom Strevens shot straight at Chris Mole, whilst at the other end, Dan Wilkes’s shot failed to trouble Aaron Collins who made a comfortable save. Two quick cautions for BGIS, Ryan Gardiner and Sean Farrell making their way into Darren Amor’s notebook for fouls eased the tempo of the game back down and it wasn’t until the 30th minute when the next noteworthy action took place; However it led to the opening goal for VBGF when Ellis Blakemore put in a fantastic cross which Wilkes finished at the backpost, shooting back across the keeper into the corner. BGIS fought back and Strevens’s 35th minute free kick was well dealt with by Mole who tipped it over. VBGF nearly took a valuable two goal lead into the break when Pete Jenvey, breaking from the middle, was put in on goal by Wilkes but Collins produced a point blank save. Into the second half and VBGF extended their lead on 55 minutes when Laurence Martin headed home at the back post from close range before Blakemore lashed a half-volley over the bar on 60 minutes. BGIS were struggling to create anything of note although Mole did well on 73 to deny Danny Lawrence a goal which could have set up a grandstand finale. With the clock ticking down towards 90, Jenvey was unlucky with another effort after he broke away but couldn’t convert. It was therefore left for VBGF to celebrate an unprecedented 5th successive LMS Shield victory and congratulations are passed to them accordingly for an amazing achievement. 

In cup semi-final action, the Bromsgrove Charity Cup Final composition is now known following the semis being played yesterday; WCT Youth Raiders took on Bromsgrove United and won 4-1, whilst Meadow Park from our Division 2 beat Redditch Premier side CBH Fasteners 4-2 despite having to play the majority of the game with 10 men following Rob Southwell’s dismissal for denial of an obvious goalscoring opportunity. In the WCT game, goals from Richard Smith (2), Matt Andrews and Todd Porter did the trick giving the Prem side a cup final to look forward too. The date of this final is provisionally pencilled in for Thursday 28th April as the competition organisers have stated this is their preferred date. 

Hizza United meanwhile had one of their longest trips of the season, a trip over and beyond the Malvern hills to the leafy village of Colwall where a place in the Worcester Nursing Minor Cup Final awaited; Unfortunately they could not make it an all BDFL final as they crashed out 4-1 which leaves Awkies to fly the flag in the final (03rd April). 

Two key games took place in the WA Harris Cup too including the eagerly awaited Northfield derby between Northfield Athletic and Rubery Athletic which went the way of Northfield but only after a dramatic penalty shoot out; Thanks to Northfield’s Jason Cowley for filming the shoot out which you can watch on our Facebook Group page If you are interested! The shoot out came after the sides were deadlocked at 2-2 after 90 minutes. Northfield took the lead on the half hour mark when Rubery defender Martin Byfield underplayed a backpass which was swept home by Josh Moore. In the second half, Rubery came back into the game strongly, equalising through the Andy Court/Lee Davies axis (Court setting up Davies) before Court put the visitors ahead with a trademark finish. The Northfield equaliser came from a bullet header from a corner by the bedrocking Paul Newman. Onto the shoot out and with Court missing for Rubery (he certainly doesn’t miss normal domestic penalties!), Northfield were clinical from the spot and won the shoot-out 5-3 to book a trip to Chaddesley Corbett in the Quarter-Final. 

Bridgefield v AFC Millfields was the Round 1 match in a section of the draw slightly behind and the Division 3 side tore strips out of the basement Division 2 side winning 10-1 as they took complete control of the game from the start never looking back. Ash Roland bagged four goals, Ryan Wood three whilst veteran Steve Holmes netted alongside Robert (not Bob) Stevenson and Chris Burford. Millfields will host Division 1 side Wychbold RBL next.  

With VBGF in cup final action, the Premier Division match with Oak Tree Sporting took on extra importance for Thomas Brothers (following Lickey End Social’s midweek resignation from the League) as they looked to get back on top of the table; A 5-1 success was achieved largely thanks to Stuart Hall’s hat-trick (goals also Rob Burkus and Ross Kendall) but with Oak Tree Sporting being massively understrength, the result never looked like being in doubt from the first whistle. 

Danny Fogarty netted his fourth internal league goal of the season for Oak Tree. 

In Division One, the second instalment of the Silver Street derby ended in dramatic fashion as Sporting Rednal nicked two late goals to secure a league double over AFC Northfield who had taken the lead when Ashan Thomas finished off Michael Chaffatt’s pass. Rednal equalised from the spot just past the half hour mark. In the second half, Chaffatt and Thomas struck again together with Thomas again netting and they looked set to hold on until two late Rednal goals spoilt the party. Rednal’s day was however spoilt by a ridiculous red card for Lloyd Newman who will now miss three games for his actions. Spa Athletic and GLA were also playing a quick-fire league double but this was less full of drama with the only goal coming from GLA’s Stee Collett, back from suspension, as they won 1-0. Stoke Sporting and Wychbold RBL had the makings of a close game but the much improved Wychbold romped away with the victory in this one by a 5-1 scoreline, thanks mainly to Bradley Talbot’s brace backed up by Colin Rudge, Reece Maycroft (hero not villain this week!) and Henry Davis. 

Awkies Allstars home record on their 4G pitch in Division Two is as good as anything but Sporting Club Redditch had other ideas and took the three points from a 3-2 victory; It looked to be another home victory once Jason Gibbons had netted early on from Chris Fox’s sublime through ball weighted to inch-perfect precision, but SCR had other ideas and came roaring back to net through Harry Sharpe, James Cope and Tom Higgins. Ash Tullett netted the other Allstars goal and perhaps could have had another one which was ruled not to have crossed the line despite strong protests.

Rednal Social Club have been scoring goals for fun recently and would have expected this to continue against Bromsgrove Brentnal who have been shipping them for fun but amazingly, this game ended goalless despite both sides having good chances to score and Bromsgrove having to field ‘Paris’ Hylton in the sticks (a man of the match award to boot!). Woodgate Valley meanwhile got taught a footballing lesson last time they visited Hewell (a double figure defeat) but they’d clearly learnt some lessons from that day as they returned and won the match 4-3 mainly thanks to Jamie Sippitts hat-trick but Brad Hendry netted too. Rubery Juniors have had a torrid time results wise since returning from their enforced winter break and their misery continued with a 3-2 home defeat to LPR. Rubery’s goals came courtesy of Dean Hodges and Dom Partridge although Hodges missed another penalty. LPR did have a stroke of luck when the referee adjudged one of their players to handle on the line but with a penalty awarded, a yellow card was the colour of the card 

and not red as everyone from the home side had expected.  

In the bottom tier, Chaddesley Corbett Reserves needed to get their promotion push back on track at home to FC Bromsgrove and looked on course to win the game before two minutes of complete madness cost them against a spirited FCB side. FCB could have taken the lead inside the first minute but the ball was hacked off the line in desperation by the home side before Pat ‘The Cat’ Sullivan, donning the bright orange gloves once again for FCB, had to get down to low to save a Gaz Moriaty cross shot before spectacularly denying another long range strike midway through the half. A pretty even first half ensued with both sides competing well and the scoreline was goalless at the break. Into the second half and Chaddesley took an early lead through Moriarty before ‘The Cat’ collapsed in the area clutching his knee in one of those ‘how did he do it ‘ moments and had to leave the field of play in some agony (we hope his injury is not too serious). A second Chadds goal from Forde Mackenzie followed with a low drive before impressive FCB skipper Paul Pell headed home from close range to give his side a lifeline. With Chadds losing momentum after Matthew Guise left the field, substitute Anthony McDermaid astonishingly missed from 6 yards with only the keeper to beat which should have given them an equaliser. A further strike from Chaddesley (Moriarty) seemed to have secured the points but FCB then launched a Lazarus style comeback to steal what could be argued was a fully deserved point. Firstly Mark Smith was set free one on one and he made no mistake slotting home past Matt Buckley before awful backline dithering and miscommunication left Anthony Bate to slot home into an empty net with seconds remaining on the clock.  

Arrow Valley faced a tough looking task at home to title favourites Rubery but were not disgraced in a 4-1 defeat where they scored three own goals (although these have been claimed by Rubery players) and took the lead through Garry Harvey. Rubery came back strong and the own goals/deflected free kicks were also added to by a goalkeeper clanger and Brogan Halpin’s low drive. Bromsgrove Corinthians and Stoke Sporting Reserves contested a true derby game with the sides being based only a few miles apart and it was Stoke who nabbed the points by a 3-2 scoreline in an entertaining game. Corinthians went into a 2-0 lead thanks to Sam Smith’s free kick and then Alex Beck reacted quickest to a penalty re-bound, before it all went horribly wrong culminating in Stoke’s goals, one of which was a penalty and a Simon Johnson own goal too. Stoke Reserves, tipped to win the League at the start of the season, move ominously into second place just two points behind Rubery having played a game more. 

A timely break from cup finals next Sunday as we reflect on the three finals held to date; Weather permitting, we will crack on with more important games next Sunday including a WA Harris hum-dinger between VBGF and in-form Meadow Park. BGIS have a semi-final tie in the Division One cup against Northfield Athletic with revenge on their minds after an early season league defeat, whilst the Centenary Semi-Final between Hizza United and Awkies Allstars also looks a hot contest. 13 other leagues games across the four divisions too with the Sidemoor Derby in Division 3 noteworthy and Woodgate’s home game against Rednal Social Club could be equally as tasty too! Back to a Sunday Report next week with no final.



VBG Fairfield 2 (Wilkes, Martin), Bartley Green Illey Sunday 0
Att: 250 
WCT Youth Raiders 4 (R Smith 2, Porter, Andrews), Bromsgrove United 1
Meadow Park 4, CBH Fasteners 2
Bridgefield 1, AFC Millfields 10 (ROLAND 4, WOOD 3, Holmes, Stevenson, Burford)
Northfield Athletic 2 (Moore, Newman), Rubery Athletic 2 (Davies, Court)
Colwall Village 4, Hizza United 1
Oak Tree Sporting 1 (Fogarty), Thomas Brothers 5 (HALL 3, Burkus, Kendall)

Spa Athletic 0, GLA 1 (Collett)
Sporting Rednal 3 (CONNOLLY 3), AFC Northfield 2 (Thomas 2)
Stoke Sporting 1, Wychbold RBL 5 (Talbot 2, Maycroft, Rudge, Davis)

Awkies Allstars 2 (Gibbons, Ash Tullett), Sporting Club Redditch 3 (Sharpe, Cope, Higgins)
Bromsgrove Brentnal 0, Rednal Social Club 0
Hewell 3, Woodgate Valley 4 (SIPPITTS 3, Hendry)
Rubery Juniors 2 (Hodges, Partridge), LPR 3
Chaddesley Corbett Reserves 3 (Moriaty 2, Mackenzie), FC Bromsgrove 3 (Smith, Pell, Bate)
Arrow Valley 1 (Harvey), Rubery 4 (OWN GOAL HAT-TRICK, Unknown)
Bromsgrove Corinthians 2 (Smith, Beck), Stoke Sporting Reserves 3


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