Wednesday Report - 2017/18 Season - Week 10 - Sunday 08th October 2017

Just when you thought we had forgotten, here is a rare edition of the Wednesday report featuring all of the action from last Sunday, a Sunday that turned out to be a very good week for the BDFL in the competing outside cup.

The second Sunday in October traditionally brings the start of the Kidderminster Hospital Cup and we had some good results accordingly. Sporting Club Redditch were one side who were desperate for their win and that they did with a 3-1 win over Alveley Sports who had made the long jaunt over from Shropshire with only 9 men. Despite conceding first, a brace from star man Dan Sill and one for Ryan Field saw SCR home. Meadow Park had a nice 4-1 home win over Sporting Club whilst another scalp was gained when Chaddesley Corbett knocked out Tap House Rangers on penalties after the sides had been deadlocked at 3-3 AET. Super game this one where Chaddesley came from behind twice to equalise (at 0-2 and 2-3) whilst in the shoot out, they kept their nerve to win 4-3 with Will Tibbetts the hero saving two penalties and crucially the last one from Tap House skipper Jordan Tipper. In the actual 120 minutes, the game turned in Chaddesley's favour once Tibbetts had come out of goal in the second half; Trailing 2-0 to an own goal and a close range finish, Chaddesley got back in the tie when Tibbetts was bought down in the area (by Tipper) and then got up to smash the ball home past Ben Curtis from the spot. Alex Emery then levelled after a close range scramble which would have made pinball wizard proud to take the game to extra-time. Joe Lawley put the visitors in front after 97 minutes with a fantastic 20 yard curling shot past replacement keeper Dave Scott before a fine Chaddesley move in the 110th minute saw centre-half Lewis Clarke unmarked at the back post to tap home. A needless 115th minute red card for Tap House striker Luke Fellows didn't really give Chadds time to win the game outright with both sides looking leggy but luck was on Chadds side in the shootout.

The results in the Minor Cup, all of the above were Junior Cup, were equally as impressive. Winyates had a fine 3-2 win over Mostyn Rangers on the Lea Castle carpet with in-form midfielder David Phelan nabbing another brace with Lee Bourke also on target. Winyates had gone behind early on through Andy Langman's own goal but they fought their way back into the tie impressively through Phelan, one of which was a penalty after Devante Thompson was sent flying in the box. Mostyn equalised for 2-2 before Bourke put the tie to bed once and for all. Not a good day for Mostyn though as their reserves also lost to Chaddesley Ravens, a 3-1 scoreline this time. Josh Anstey and Daniel Weston gave Ravens a double goal start inside 20 minutes before a third from Ben Tolley (after Mostyn pulled one back) did the job. Bromsgrove Corinthians meanwhile literally went mental with goals, knocking 15 past a stunned Stourport Allstars side; This report has highlighted the Beck/Mason partnership many times before but they took it to a new level today plundering 13 of the 15 with Beck notching a TREBLE Hat-Trick!! Add in 4 for Mason, plus Ed Tear and Mike Price strikes, you can see why they enjoyed their trip to Wolverley! Studley Lions got the better of visiting Spennells United by a 6-0 scoreline with Jamie Hatfield getting a hat-trick and Marc 'How dare you say i'm past it' Jovanovic, Nick Briggs and Tommy Blewett all adding to the misery of Lee Kane. Not all good news though in the competition and we had some teams crash at the first hurdle; Awkies Allstars suffered a surprise 2-1 home defeat to Sporting Rangers as they only had Ash Tullett's goal to show for a domination of possession. Millfield Rovers lost 7-4 at home to a Royal Exchange side who were excellent from start to finish but had to be on their guard as having raced into a 5-1 lead, allowed Millies to pull the score back to 5-4 after the introduction of influential playmaker Darren Roland; He netted as did Ash Roland and Ryan Wood (2) but two late defensive errors put paid to any hopes of forcing overtime. Spa Athletic also went out, losing 2-0 at home to Roebuck with replacement keeper Daniel Forsyth performing miracles to keep the scoreline down in the absence of the giant Chris Rich serving a one match suspension.

In the smallest BRS Group going after Norton Athletic's decision to leave the league after one game, BGIS Fairfield drew 2-2 with Red Lion in the opening game. Two goalkeeper errors by new debutant keeper Anthony Brookes cost BGISF dearly as Dan Bearcroft and Ben Rogers gave the hosts a half-time lead, BGISF only bright moment coming when Connor Collins played in the 'Phonebox' (Alex Dugmore) to net. Carl Martin's second half goal grabbed the hosts what could be a crucial point. In Division 1 cup action, Bromsgrove Athletico reached the semi-finals where a tasty 'hands over your eyes' tie against The Hawthorns awaits, as they knocked out Sporting Grapevine 5-1. Tom Keogh the main man at present for Athletico as he gave a complete performance and then netted a hat-trick with Sam Wright getting two for good measure. Luke Hancock had earlier given Grapes the lead but their day got worse after that, turning into a disaster when the normally mild-mannered Will Doolan lost his head and got stupidly sent off.

Two Rose Bowl semi-finalists were also sorted on Sunday after Crown beat Hewell 8-7 on penalties after a 2-2 FT scoreline, goals in the 90 coming from Curtis Holdam and Jordan Field for Crown. This kept Pat Sullivan's dreams of winning the cup alive whilst Lickey End Social's good run continues with a 4-0 win over Cofton Old Boys, Will Bachuss at the hat-trick and one for Adam Ward as well. Lickey now play Crown in the first semi-final.

Bridgwater Cup action saw the group stages rumble on; Rubery Legends and Meadow Park Youth drew 1-1 in their Group A tie whilst in Group B, Chaddesley's 'pensioners' won 6-3 against Royal Eagles thanks to a brace from Adam ' Sumo' Simpson and one each for Al Parkinson, Damo Ash, Nathan Steward and Paul Edwards. Group C bought a 5-2 win for Kings Norton Sporting at Stoke Prior with perhaps shock result of the day coming via Group D, where Redditch Borough stunned Arrow Valley 3-1; George Morris (2) and Ty Bailey the scorers for Borough with Jay Russell on target for the home side who had a rare off day, but take nothing away from Borough who have been threatening this sort of result for a while now.

In the Premier Division, Austin have had a frustrating few weeks having not played 3 out of the last 4 Sundays for various reason and they took it out on Rubery United smashing them 12-1 at the 3G, not long after a narrow 2-0 victory at the start of the season. In Division 1, Hawthorns got revenge on Avenue for two earlier in the season defeats as they ran out 4-1 winners at Illey Lane. Hawthorns went ahead through Jimmy Ward's penalty after Aaron Roberts had needlessly pushed Kyle Morrison in the box. A further two home goals came from Connor Wilson and Ward (latter heading home debutant player Kurt Spence's flag kick) before Avenue netted through Roberts's stunning free kick strike. Young Hawthorns player Billy Murphy then got sent off for the second time this season but it made little difference as his side grabbed a late fourth via Andy Court (who will be miffed to no longer be on penalty duties for Hawthorns) to put a convincing look on the scoreline. AFC Northfield meanwhile remain top, this after a 3-1 home win over Wychbold RBL for whom Brett Mould was shown the way to the showers first after collecting two yellow cards. Aaron Westwood, Chris Chapman and former Northfield Athletic schemer Gary Ross with the goals for a strong looking AFCN side.

In Division 2, Hizza United picked up a 5-1 away win at Redditch United Sunday in a game which was bizarrely played without corner flags; Ash Parker and Charlie Ward netted twice with one for Josh Bowen.

Division 4 action saw Bromsgrove Academicals win 8-1 at home to struggling Bromsgrove Raiders - Nick Baker plundered another 4 goals whilst Jake Exley's brace was added to by Andy Turnbull and Adam Pillinger. AFC Norton lost for the fifth successive game as they conceeded a 92nd minute goal at home to Catshill, Adam Dyer netting in injury time for a 1-0 win that sparked epic scenes by Gary Macpherson and his management team.

And finally thanks to Rubery Sunday Juniors who played Highgate Dynamos in a friendly game to give Ricardo Richards men a warm up game of their big assignment on Sunday (more of that below); Dynamos won the game fairly comfortably (we think it was 5-2 despite being reported as 4-2) with Daniel Preston and Brett Fellows the pick of the scorers for Highagte with two each; Jake Wickett and Nathan Derrick for Rubery.

Onto the fixture list for the weekend - It's the start of the FA National Sunday Cup so we send our customary good wishes to BGIS Fairfield, Black Horse, Austin Ex Apprentices and Highgate Dynamos as a record 4 BDFL teams take part; We wish each of you the very best of luck and trust all four of you will be in the hat for Round 2 come 4pm on Sunday! With Black Horse and BGIS Fairfield being at home with kick offs at 2pm, please do take the chance to go down and support them if you can. We also have a range of cup games from Worcester Nursing Cup (mop up ties), to the Birmingham Vase showdown between AFC Northfield/Avenue to the Bromsgrove Charity Cup which has a range of matches; This is before we factor internal games into the equation, with five internal cup matches, Hizza United v Winyates should be an interesting one to say the least. Red Lion and Rubery renew their rivalry in the 12pm kick off in the Premier whilst Studley Lions will need to play well to beat a capable Chaddesley Ravens side in their Division 2 meeting. Once again something for everyone and we look forward to the results rolling in on Sunday night!