14th Aug, 2018

Austin ease into top gear of county cup quarter-final

AUSTIN Ex Apprentices cruised to a double-figure victory to give them the perfect warm-up to this weekend’s Birmingham FA Roger Wood Memorial Cup quarter-final.

Premier Division table-toppers Austin smashed Division One side Quinton Athletic 10-1 in the Bromsgrove League’s WA Harris Cup and earn a second-round tie with Division Four side AFC Norton.

Andy Nicol led the way with four goals, with Will Parker (2), Steve Thorn (2), Ryan Spink and Ben Judd, also on target, while Cordell White replied for Quinton.

Austin’s focus on Sunday, however, will be trying to reach the Birmingham Sunday premier cup last-four when they entertain Wolverhampton League side AFC Jacks, who knocked them out of the FA National Cup.

The National Cup also continues on Sunday when Bromsgrove League side Highgate Dynamos head to North London to face New Salamis at Haringey Borough.

Avenue bowed out of the Birmingham County Sunday Vase, after losing a penalty shoot-out to Wednesfield Red Lion.

It ended 3-3 after normal time, with Jamie Molyneux (2) and Chris McGrath the Avenue scorers, but Red Lion progressed 5-4 on penalties.

Chaddesley Corbett missed the chance to knock out Rubery United from the BRS Shield after they drew 2-2 in Group B. Adam Garmson scored twice for Rubery and they can progress into the quarter-finals, at Chaddesley’s expense, if they beat Avenue in the final group game.

In Premier Division, BGIS Fairfield fell behind to Meadow Park but recovered to win 2-1 and move into second spot. Nick O’Connell gave hosts Park the lead but Lewis Phillips and Carl Martin struck for BGIS.

Table-toppers Arrow Valley remain five points clear of Rubery Legends in Division Three after the top two teams recorded wins.

Jamie Callaghan, Rob Voice, Garry Harvey and Daniel Montgomery were on target as Arrow swept aside Hewell Grangers 4-2, while Legends also hit four, defeating Likey End Social 4-0 with two goals apiece from Jahmel Trevis and Jake Booton.

Crown missed a penalty and then conceded a late equaliser in their 2-2 draw with Royal Eagles.

Jordan Ward fired Eagles ahead but Sam Partridge and David Copson-Godwin edged Crown ahead. Crown skipper Joe Hawkins had a chance for 3-1 but Tom Kearns saved his penalty and it got worse when Eagles got a deserved equaliser through Josh Tisdell.

Division Two leaders Hizza United slipped to a fourth defeat in a row after Alex Beck (2) and an own goal gave Bromsgrove Corinthians a 3-2 verdict.

In Division Four, Bromsgrove Raiders created their own piece of history after chalking up their first ever Bromsgrove League win – at the 19th time of asking.

The basement side chalked up a 2-1 home victory against Millfield Rovers, with Matthew Fothergill netting for Rovers.

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