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Victoria Barnt Green still top dog

Bromsgrove & District Football League

Last Updated: Jan 13, 2014 05:48pm
West, Redditch
By Simon Burgess
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Rain, Wind, Frost, Snow - We always get games on! Although there were several postponements over the weekend and this morning for waterlogged or frosty pitches, we still managed to get 7 games ticked off including two important semi-finals.

And it's in the semi-finals where we start this week. Young pretenders Hare and Hounds, unbeaten all season, were determined to lay down a marker to Victoria Barnt Green in the LMS Shield Semi-Final, but it was the more experienced Vic who showed they are the league's current topdogs with an emphatic 5-1 victory to secure their first final appearance of the season (congratulations to Wayne Davis and his team). Hounds got off to a terrible start, conceeding twice in the first 5 minutes and from there on, it looked mission impossible. A powerful array of names got on the Vic scoresheet, namely flying winger Dan Wilkes with a brace, but also James Turk, Stuart Hall and Richard Bishop. Aaron Roberts got the Hounds goal but we are sure this game is only the first of numerous 'David v Goliath' style battles between the two sides. Vic BG will play either Redditch United or Belbroughton Athletic in the final.

Congratulations also go to FC Rednal who reached their first ever cup final with a 2-1 win over AFC Millfields in the Bridgwater Cup semi-final. First of all credit to both sides for switching the match from FCR's pitch to AFCM's pitch at short notice to allow the game to go ahead. FCR opened the scoring on 15 minutes when Chris Gee lobbed the onrushing Martyn Cooke. Into the second half and AFCM came out strong to push FCR onto the ropes. Aaron Phillips gave away a penalty which led to Chris Pratt taking the chance to equalise. A good battle on a pudding of a pitch then ensued and it was Lee Davies's hard work capitalising on a mistake in the AFCM backline which led to Gee's second goal which proved the winner. Unfortunately as a result of an earlier collision, AFCM keeper Cooke had to go to hospital and we sadly report he has broken his nose and jaw - We wish him well in his recovery and hope to see him back soon. Meanwhile FCR await their final opponents, who will be either Laburnum or Lickey End Social.

In each of the four divisions, there was one league game played. In the Prem, Redditch Athletic wins are akin to London buses and they followed up last week's first win of the season with a 1-0 success at Meadow Park who remain rooted to the foot of the table. In Division 1, Belbroughton Athletic beat Sporting Grapevine 3-1, a result which leaves Grapevine on their worst run of form for some time. It had looked like the tide was going to turn when they went into the half time break a goal to the good after Danny Fogarty hit a 25 yarder into the roof of the net. Belbroughton came roaring back in the second half though and finally got the goals their creative approach work had threatened. Andy Innes rounded the keeper for the first before Tipton Town player Connor Gater stepped up to the plate and scored two in quick succession, the latter goal equally as good as Foggy's from the same distance.

Into Division 2 and a close tight game between Vic Barnt Green and Golden Lion Athletic Reserves went the way of Vic by a 3-1 scoreline but the GLA backline took some breaking down. We think Danny Hobbis got one of the Vic goals, but we do know that Andy Dawson got one and thereby able to celebrate the birth of his child in style. GLA had chances of their own and Jordan Hobbis in the Vic goal (with the JK Sports gloves on) had to make a fine double save to prevent a GLA equaliser. The win was sealed when Danny Hobbis crossed for Paul Badger who sent a majestic header into the net.

Division 3 action saw a top of the table clash between Toby Jug and Stoke Prior which the home side convincingly won 4-1. Toby who have been playing every week flew out of the traps and imposed their brand of high tempo 'in your face' football early doors which seemed to rock Stoke Prior, who were blowing off the cobwebs with their first game in 4 weeks after several postponements. Gaping holes in the Stoke defence led to the impressive, but troublesome, David Price opening the scoring when he was left in acres of space inside the penalty area. Jug continued to pile on the pressure, kicking down the slope in the first period and John Kirby in the Stoke goal had to be at his best to make two fine saves. With JJ Evans giving Pedro Costa a difficult morning down the left flank, it was only a matter of time before further goals were scored especially when the impressive defender Darryl Foster was mopping up any forthcoming Stoke attack. The second came when Jay Nickless's long raking ball into the penalty area was overhit but Kirby blotted his copybook by dropping the ball and the alert Evans pounced on it to head home from yards out. Another defensive blunder on the stroke of half-time saw Evans grab his second and the game looked as good as over. Into the second half and a more even game early doors until Jug scored the goal of the season to date - Some good passing play led to Connor Collins receiving the ball on the halfway line and he spun his marker before galloping down the left wing before centreing a perfectly weighted cross for Price to volley home a stunning strike from 12 yards out, which left Kirby clutching thin air as the ball whistled past him. The Jug supporters went wild on the sidelines for what was a truly tremendous goal. With the points secured, Jug made some substitutions and Prior got back into the game playing as well as they did for any part of the game. Riccardo Costa's bag of tricks and flicks led to a few opportunities, one of which was Kamil Dymon smashing the cross bar with a 20 yarder and then Costa had two shots himself, both straight at Jack Hayward in the home goal. Jug lost their discipline slightly towards the end of the game and needless cautions for Nickless (late tackle) and Matt Wilkes (arguing with the neutral assistant over an 'offside interpretation') were the only downers on a fine performance as the league leaders were shot down in some style. No doubt Stoke are alot better than they showed today and they'll need to prove this with only 5 league games left to play, whilst Jug continue to fight for honours on four fronts.

The one remaining game saw Golden Lion Athletic bow out of the Evesham Hospital Cup, as they lost 3-0 at home to Evesham WMC. It's been a tough season for both Golden Lion sides and the firsts will certainly be relying on the WA Harris Cup to give them an end of season boost, as they face Sporting Grapevine in a Charford quarter-final derby.

So onto Week 24 next Sunday and weather permitting, we have another stack of top drawer games and important external/internal cup ties. You can view the fixture list on the website under the 'Fixtures and Results' tab and if you havent got a game, please go and give one of the matches a watch!

 

BROMSGROVE LEAGUE RESULTS - SUNDAY 12TH JANUARY 2014

As usual, we lead the way in getting games played - 7 in total!

 

EVESHAM HOSPITAL JUNIOR CUP - ROUND 2 

Golden Lion Athletic 0, Evesham WMC 3

  

LMS SHIELD - SEMI FINAL

Hare and Hounds 1 (Roberts), Victoria Barnt Green 5 (Wilkes 2, Hall, Turk, Bishop)

 

BRIDGWATER CUP - SEMI FINAL  

FC Rednal 2 (Gee 2), AFC Millfields 1 (Pratt)

 

PREMIER DIVISION 

Meadow Park 0, Redditch Athletic 1

 

DIVISION ONE 

Belbroughton Athletic 2 (Gater, A Innes),  Sporting Grapevine 1 (Fogarty)

 

DIVISION TWO 

Victoria Barnt Green Reserves 3 (D Hobbis, Badger, Unknown), Golden Lion Athletic Reserves 1

 

DIVISION THREE   

Toby Jug Athletic 4 (Price 2, Evans 2), Stoke Prior 1 (Cole)

 

PREM Team P W D L F A GD Pts   DIV 1 Team P W D L F A GD Pts
1 Rubery Social Allstars 9 6 1 2 23 16 7 19   1 Hare and Hounds 2013 11 11 0 0 55 15 40 33
2 Victoria Barnt Green 6 6 0 0 20 4 16 18   2 AFC Northfield 7 6 0 1 23 12 11 18
3 Redditch United 8 6 0 2 26 13 13 18   3 Rubery Athletic 9 5 2 2 25 13 12 17
4 Rubery Oak 8 5 1 2 26 23 3 16   4 Spa Athletic 10 4 2 4 20 29 -9 14
5 West Heath United 10 4 2 4 25 23 2 14   5 Sporting Grapevine 13 3 1 9 28 40 -12 10
6 Redditch Athletic 98 10 2 0 8 17 30 -13 6   7 Belbroughton Athletic 7 3 0 4 13 14 -1 9
7 Golden Lion Athletic 8 1 0 7 16 30 -14 3   6 Stoke Sporting 7 3 0 4 13 19 -9 9
8 Meadow Park  7 0 2 5 5 19 -14 2   8 Santiago RV 10 2 0 8 23 45 -22 6
COURT LEET DONS RESIGNED 29TH SEPTEMBER 2013           9 Frankley 8 1 1 6 24 37 -13 4
                      CRABMILL RESIGNED 11TH NOV 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 12 10 1 1 53 14 39 31   1 Stoke Prior 15 11 0 4 39 20 19 33
2 FC Rednal 12 9 1 2 65 19 46 25   2 Toby Jug Athletic 10 9 1 0 32 11 21 28
3 Vic Barnt Green Res 12 8 0 4 32 37 -5 24   3 AFC Millfields 12 8 1 3 49 32 17 25
4 Washford Lions 10 6 1 3 43 22 21 19   4 Laburnum 10 8 0 2 45 23 22 24
5 Lickey End Social 10 6 1 3 40 26 14 19   5 Hizza Utd Seconds 11 7 2 2 36 18 18 23
6 Bromsgrove United 9 5 2 2 48 22 26 17   6 Belb Athletic Res 13 5 2 6 39 44 -5 17
7 Studley Road Social 11 4 0 7 23 38 -15 12   7 AFC Northfield Res 14 5 1 8 35 33 2 16
8 Callowbrook Swifts 12 1 1 10 12 51 -39 4   8 Arrow Valley 14 3 3 8 31 40 -9 12
9 Hewell Grangers 14 1 1 12 16 80 -64 4   9 Longbridge Athletic 12 3 0 9 30 49 -19 9
10 Golden Lion Ath Res 8 1 0 7 12 35 -23 3   10 Red Lions 13 2 1 10 18 46 -28 7
FC REDNAL DEDUCTED 3 POINTS                    11 Coldfield 14 2 1 11 24 62 -38 7

CHURCHFIELDS UNITED RESIGNED

8TH JANUARY 2014

                             

 

 

 

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