11th January, 2020 – Preview

Following the League Meeting last night, it was the dreaded case of, ‘I will just rest my eyes for a minute’ then lo and behold it’s 4am and the Prediction Challenge needs doing !

Amblecote had a good 5-3 win over Corinthians S.K last week to get themselves off bottom of the table, they come up against Rowley College today, who I forecast to end the season in that place. Today will see that forecast totally bite the dust as Rowley will have a convincing win and at their half way stage of the season be safe from any relegation threat. Amblecote really do need to win this game if they are to have any realistic chance of staying up but I cannot see that happening.

Curtis Jordan from Chawn Hill Church had the rarity of scoring a hat trick against Clarendon last week and I cannot in all honesty remember when someone last did that against them or if anyone ever has? It was a good win for Chawn and with a third of the season gone for them they could still be in the battle for second place. They face Connect Sports today, the current League Leaders who have a 100% record and look like the new Liverpool, a juggernaut of a team who just keep winning. Can Chawn put the brakes on this juggernaut? My head says no, but it’s time for a hunch and if Chawn want it badly enough maybe, just maybe, they might get a draw.

Saint Michael who were top for quite a while have faded of late and will be looking for a win to boost their confidence. They come up against Clarendon who I predicted would finish 4th. I’m minded to go for a Clarendon win so that they close the gap on those just above them and join the group of teams chasing Connect Sports. It’s still hard to get away from the habit of just saying a Clarendon win, it’s a little like saying Man City will lose. I’m not going that far and reckon that Saint Michael will reverse their current form with both teams coming away with a point each.

Before the pre season meeting I had it firmly in my mind to predict Connect to be Champions, only to be persuaded following that meeting by some of the St Andrews’ Netherton players that they were up for the challenge and would finish top. I should have stuck to my original thoughts as they currently sit nearer the bottom than the top. There is still a lot of football to be played yet but their is no way they will end the season as Champions, indeed, they need a win against Corinthians S.K to push themselves away from having to look over their shoulders at the bottom of the table. A win for Corinthians would enhance their own chances of moving away from there. Corinthians are scoring 2 a game but this is still not enough to bag the points every week. Both teams have defensive frailties but I just see St Andrews scoring more so it’s a win for them.

St Mary’s face Charlemont Star with the weather having impacted upon both clubs having only played 6 matches each. I tipped Charlemont to end up in a comfortable mid table position but they really have to have a huge change in form to achieve this. Their ever reliable defence is shipping 3 goals a game whilst they are struggling to find the net at the other end of the pitch. St Mary’s, well they are St Mary’s, a team who have loads of goals in their team and a resilient defence. I really do only see one outcome of this fixture and it does not bode well for Charlemont.

Division 2 goes on the back burner this week with the Division Two Cup games taking place. This is based on 2 groups of 4 with matches played home and away with the top 2 in each group progressing to the Semi-Final stage.

Only one match in Group ‘A’ which sees Living Hope Church United host Delph Athletic. The reverse fixture in this group match saw Delph come out as 3-1 winners and it is hard to see it ending up as any other than a Delph win, which would put them in a strong position to progress to the semi’s. However, whilst the table would look good for them and Dudley Lions should that happen, you should not rule out Brierley Hill A.O.G or Living Hope from also getting into the next stage of the competition.

In Group ‘B’ St Thomas’ Aldridge suffered their only defeat of the season and will be looking to make sure they don’t end up chasing the top team by overcoming Selly Oak Methodist who themselves cannot easily be dismissed having turned their fortunes around moving off the bottom to mid table in the League with 3 consecutive League wins. But this is the Cup and I take St Thomas to edge this one.

Christ Church Coseley host Monyhull Church in the remaining match of the day and Christ Church will be looking to push on after their impressive win over St Thomas’ Aldridge in this Cup. It’s hard to call this one as Monyhull have really suffered fixture wise having only played 6 fixtures so far this season in our League due to the weather and other contributing factors. They did have a convincing 4-0 win over Selly Oak in this Cup so whoever wins this tie will be putting themselves into a strong position to progress. This could be a cracker of a match and having typed the above I have changed my predicted score but not who I think will win. Who is that? Well, the answer to that is below.

Well, at 4am I thought I would just post the Prediction Challenge on here and head to bed. Then it was, hmmm let’s just do a quick preview. 5.30am and it’s time for bed. Hope you enjoyed the preview.

Thanks to Joshua Briley from Delph Athletic for his predictions this week.

11th January, 2020
Neil Kovacs
Division One
Amblecote Nomads 0 Rowley College 3
Chawn Hill Church 1 Connect Sports 1
Saint Michael 1 Clarendon 1
St Andrews Netherton 3 Corinthians S.K 1
St Mary’s 2 Charlemont Star 1
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Division 2 Cup Group ‘A’
Living Hope Church Utd 1 Delph Athletic 2
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Division 2 Cup Group ‘B’
Christ Church Coseley 4 Monyhull Church 2
Selly Oak Methodist 1 St Thomas’ Aldridge 3
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Club Secretary (Joshua Briley from Delph Athletic)
Division One
Amblecote Nomads 1 Rowley College 2
Chawn Hill Church 2 Connect Sports 4
Saint Michael 3 Clarendon 3
St Andrews Netherton 3 Corinthians S.K 0
St Mary’s 4 Charlemont Star 1
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Division 2 Cup Group ‘A’
Living Hope Church Utd 0 Delph Athletic 2
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Division 2 Cup Group ‘B’
Christ Church Coseley 2 Monyhull Church 3
Selly Oak Methodist 2 St Thomas’ Aldridge 2
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