September 29th, 2016

Gleadlow double helps Belbroughton to reach cup final

Gleadlow double helps Belbroughton to reach cup final Gleadlow double helps Belbroughton to reach cup final

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CAPTAIN Chris Gleadlow led the way with two goals to help Belbroughton Athletic produce a shock win to become the first Bromsgrove League team to book a place in a cup final this season.

Belbroughton toppled divisional high-fliers Thomas Brothers with a 4-1 home win to set up a final date against either Alcester Town, Oak Tree Sporting or WCT Raiders.

The day started off badly for Brothers, who arrived without their kit – Belbroughton coming to their rescue with the use of their second strip – and then saw Stuart Hall limp off injured.

It got worse when Belbroughton began to dismantle the Brothers backline and Gleadlow netted with two headers.

Al Emery slammed in a knock-down on the volley and Alex Mallen netted after good play by recent signing Charlie Hanson.

Conway Albion’s Division One title hopes suffered setback after losing 3-2 to Bromsgrove United after having three players sent off.

Conway had led 2-0 at North Bromsgrove School, only for Scott Bagley, Morgan Trevis and an own goal to secure the points for Bromsgrove.

Hereward Davis, Niall Cole and Liam Conway were all red-carded for Conway while Bromsgrove’s Kieron Pace also saw red after needlessly reacting to an incident.

The match, however, ended seven v eight after Bromsgrove had three players injured.

Ryan Moore hit the only goal to seal Chaddesley Corbett’s 1-0 win against Sporting Rednal.

It could have been worse had the Rednal keeper not had such a fine game and Ted Bayliss hit the woodwork for Chaddesley with a diving header.

In Division Three, Stoke Sporting Reserves pulled off a surprise 5-2 win at in-form Callowbrook Green. Goals from David Hewitt (2), Adam Ravenscroft, Johnny Stockham and Ollie Clayton ensured the points went back to Stoke Country Club for Christmas.

David Marsh hit four goals as Oak Tree Sporting defeated Kidderminster Premier Side Nameste Tigers 6-4 in extra-time after a topsy-turvy game to progress in the Kidderminster Hospital Junior Cup

OTS seemed to have the game won after leading 3-0 with 20 minutes left on the clock, only for Stourport-based visitors Nameste to force extra time and then edge 4-3 ahead.

But OTS battled back with three goals of their own to secure a famous victory.

Marsh was the OTS hero netting four, with one each for Danny Fogarty and Rory Milbourne.

Awkies Allstars bagged two late, late goals to defeat unbeaten Kidderminster Division Five side King William 3-2 in the Kidderminster Hospital Minor Cup.

Both sides cancelled out each other in the first half at Four Dwellings 4G but the game took better order in the second half with both sides stroking the ball around nicely.

After Ash Tullett’s header went wide, Awkies took the lead in the 54th minute. The stylish Jim Carnihan played a neat one-two with Kurt Hoban and then slotted home a cool finish from eight yards.

King William continued to probe and their reward came with the equaliser 10 minutes later when Danny Tipper was left unmarked in the box to guide a neat header past Richard Beesley.

Disaster then struck for Awkies when Mike Ryan’s defensive free-kick went straight to a KW player who set Todd Warner away and his 30 yard chip evaded the back-pedalling Beesley.

It called for a late onslaught from Awkies as Arron Tullett had an effort well-saved and Joe Stewart’s powerful right-foot drive from 25 yards was expertly tipped around the post.

KW should have sealed it when their midfielder missed a one-on-one chance from 10 yards and they were made to pay for this miss.

With 89 minutes on the clock, Liam O’Connell ghosted into creep a header over the line from close range following a corner.

And deep into added on time, Chris Fox found Ash Tullett who helped the ball onto Jason Gibbons and Gibbons spun to fire a low drive into the net for The Bears’ winner.

Pick of the games on Sunday, weather permitting, will be Chaddesley Corbett’s home game against Northfield Athletic in a Division One championship title hum-dinger whilst Meadow Park make their first-ever visit to Hewell in a Division Two clash.

In the Centenary Cup quarter-final action, there is a Redditch derby between the Uniteds, Chaps and Hizza, whilst Bartley Green Sunday face Sporting Rednal in a critical LMS Shield match to decide the fate of Group B.

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