Thanks to John Myatt of St Mary’s for providing his predictions for this weeks round of matches:
Clarendon v Connect – Clarendon enjoyed a week off last week after their shock cup quarter final defeat and come in to this game refreshed and eager for the 3 points that takes them within touching distance of wrapping up the league title. Connect have remained unbeaten in their last 2 games and have found goals a little easier to come by, scoring 5 at Maple Leaf last weekend. The reverse fixture at Saltley saw Clarendon run out winners 6-0.
Prediction: John 12 – 1, Matt 7 – 0
Rowley v Chawn Hill – Rowley chalked up their 8th draw of the season on Saturday with a last minute penalty at home to St Matthews to secure a 2 -2 draw. One more draw and Rowley will equal the highest number of drawn games in a season since internet records began (2000). Chawn have won 5 of their last 6 games including their cup quarter final victory and are now up to 5th in the division with a game in hand on Wednesbury 3 points above them. Interestingly, unlike Rowley, Chawn haven’t been involved in a draw in their last 18 leagues games stretching back to March 19th 2016.
Prediction: John 4 – 2, Matt 2 – 1
St Mary’s’ v Wednesbury – St Mary’s have been stuttering of late, losing to ten man Clarendon and being held to a draw in normal time by Zion City in the cup quarter final. St Mary’s have a very strong record at home, conceding just 9 goals in 7 home league games. Wednesbury will be looking to complete the double over St Mary’s having won the reverse fixture 2-1 in September. Wednesbury are unbeaten in their last 4 league away fixtures.
Prediction: John 2 – 1, Matt 3 – 2
Zion Athletic v Charlemont – Zion have won just one of the their last eight league games and find themselves a point above the relegation positions. A defeat on Saturday to Charlemont will result in them slipping in to the bottom three. Charlement ended a 4 game winless streak with a win over Zion City last weekend. Charlemont have games in hand over those above them and will be keen not to allow a gap to build up between them and the teams directly above.
Prediction: John 2 – 4 Matt 2 – 2
Zion City v Maple Leaf – Zion City’s last league win came in January, when they defeated Maple Leaf by the odd goal in 9, in a thriller at Clapgate Lane. Zion have struggled to score goals at home, managing just 10 goals in their 7 league home games. Maple Leaf have yet to pick up a win in 2017 and will be hoping to stop their slide down the league table with a win, as their remaining 3 league games see them take on Clarendon twice and St Matt’s away.
Prediction: John 3 – 3, Matt 4 – 3
Division Two & Cup:
Holly Trinity v Amblecote Nomads – The divisions bottom two teams face off at NEW Academy. Holly Trinity ended a 4 game losing streak with a draw at home to Corinthians last weekend and have picked up 11 points from 8 games at home this season. As I think I’ve mentioned before, Amblecote are better on their travels than at home, picking up 6 more points and scoring 5 more goals on their travels than at home.
Prediction: John 4 – 3, Matt 5 – 3
Monyhull v Brierley Hill AOG – Table toppers Monyhull take on Brierley Hill in a division two cup game. In the league fixtures between these 2 teams, Monyhull have run out winners 23-0, so its a brave person that would tip Brierley Hill to pick up anything in this game! Monyhull suffered a scare (by their standards) away to Living Hope last week, scoring a 4-3 win. Brierley Hill have lost their last 5 games and are winless in 2017.
Prediction: John 7 – 2, Matt 8 – 0
Renewal Solihull v St Michael – Renewal have performed well at home this season winning 5 of their 8 games, but come in to this game off the back of a home league defeat to title chargers St Andrews. St Michael’s have hopes of a top 3 finish and promotion to Division 1, facing competition from Corinthians for the final promotion berth. St Michael’s haven’t played for 3 weeks so might need an extra long warm up to prepare for this match. St Michael’s last away game saw them lose 4-2 at Corinthians.
Prediction: John 2 – 2, Matt 2 – 4
St Andrews v Living Hope – St Andrews scored a 13-2 win over St Thomas last week, their biggest win of the season and average over 8 goals a game in their last 4 home games. Living Hope will have taken confidence from their narrow defeat to Monyhull last week, but come in to this game on a 3 match winning streak when away from home. St Andrews won the reverse fixture 5-0 when the sides faced each other in January.
Prediction: John 5 – 2, Matt 4 – 1
St Thomas v Selly Oak – St Thomas will be smarting after their hammering at St Andrews last week and have collected just 4 points from their last 6 league games. Selly Oak’s had won 4 games on the bounce before their defeat to Living Hope last time out. Selly Oak won the reverse fixture 2-1 back in October with Kieran Blake-Burke scoring a brace to secure the win.
Prediction: John 5 – 4, Matt 1 – 1