Firstly, I have to correct a previous observation regarding last weeks predictions by Steve from Dudley Lions. I had stated that he had 4 correct results with no correct scores. He actually predicted a correct score, 4-2 to Sandwell, in the St Thomas’ Aldridge vs Sandwell match. With that in mind and the fact that I have some spare time before going on my night shift, I have managed to do an update on how the challenge is going. Well, it’s quite close but at the moment the Club Sec’s are leading. The League Cup is not included in the Club Sec’s Challenge but we are still having some fun with it.
|Scores After 7th Nov.||Forecast||Prediction||Score||Points|
|Individual Club Secs|
|Andres (Maple Leaf)||12||6||0||6|
|Brian (Ren Sol)||8||3||1||5|
|Daz (Ref’s Sec)||4||1||0||1|
|Pete (Zion Ath)||11||5||2||9|
|Jason (Wed Bapt)||10||6||0||6|
|League Cup Challenge|
|Daz (Ref’s Sec)||8||5||0||5|
So, onto this weeks Challenge. Well, as most of the games are Cup fixtures I have once again asked Daz, the Referee’s Secretary to be my opponent this week and I must say if one of his predictions comes off then maybe he should have as award for ‘surprise of the season!’ No disrespect to their opponents but i really cannot see St Mary’s losing in their Cup game against Monyhull Church, but that’s what Daz has gone for. Could a Cup upset really happen tomorrow? Could Charlemont Star spring a surprise and overcome Clarendon? Well they drew 2-2 with them on Oct 24th so they will take confidence from that, but for me, I’m sticking with Clarendon. Have Connect Sports gone through their bad spell as they come up against Corinthians SK from Div 2? These are the ties I like to see, Div 2 against Div 1 and with Corinthians having only suffered 2 defeats, I believe that this could go either way. So have I predicted a draw? Nope, I’ve plumped for one of them to win 2-1. Renewal Solihull play 3rd placed Wednesbury Baptist in an all Div 1 clash. This should go to form, but Renewal, who are previous Cup Winners, can be a different beast in the Cup. (The Cup can throw up some fixture surprises and it has done so again as these 2 teams face each other again following their game last weekend). An all Div 2 match sees Selly Oak Methodist play Zion City, a team who I have previously commented on as a team who blow hot and cold, (a little bit like today’s weather)! Selly Oak are coming off the back of 4 straight wins and Zion have scored 17 goals in their last 3 straight wins, although they do let goals in as well. Having read this as I type, I’ve altered my thoughts and whilst I’m sticking with my prediction I have changed my mind on the score. Another all Div 2 clash sees current leaders Maple Leaf Rovers QMC travel to face one of the new teams this season, St Matthew’s Walsall. Both teams had 7 goal wins in the previous Round with Maple Leaf beating Hawbush 7-0 and St Matt’s overcoming St Thomas’ Aldridge 9-2. Both teams have only suffered 1 defeat this season so something has to give tomorrow, I think it will be close. The last tie sees Zion Athletic host Chawn Hill Church. I’m lead to believe the Zion lads are quietly confident about this one and who could argue with their Cup pedigree in recent years. Both teams drew a bye to get into the 2nd Round and with a Quarter-Final place up for grabs suddenly thoughts of a Cup Final appearance do not seem that far away. So can Chawn, who also have Cup pedigree, follow in their teams of old and win the Cup again? Well they have got to up their game beginning tomorrow if they are to do so.
Two Division 2 take place tomorrow with Sandwell United hosting Dudley Lions and Living Hope Church United travelling to face Saint Michael. I expected more from Living Hope but they have won the same as they have lost so it’s not all doom and gloom. But they really do need a win tomorrow if they are to force their way into the automatic promotion places. Depending how Dudley Lions do, a win could put them 2nd!
Dudley should be looking to cement their 2nd place position against Sandwell, a team they played 2 weeks ago and won 5-0. Will they repeat that feat? Well, here are the predictions for this week:
|League Cup||Kovacs’||Daz (Ref’s Sec)|
|Brierley Hill AOG||vs||City Church||Away 1-2||Away 1-3|
|Clarendon||vs||Charlemont Star||Home 4-0||Home 4-2|
|Connect Sports||vs||Corinthians SK||Home 2-1||Away 1-3|
|Monyhull Church||vs||St Mary’s||Away 0-4||Home 2-1|
|Renewal Solihull||vs||Wednesbury Baptist||Away 1-3||Away 1-4|
|Selly Oak Methodist||vs||Zion City||Away 1-5||Home 4-3|
|St Matthew’s Walsall||vs||Maple Leaf Rovers QMC||Home 3-2||Home 5-3|
|Zion Athletic||vs||Chawn Hill Church||Home 3-1||Home 6-3|
|Sandwell United||vs||Dudley Lions||Away 1-2||Draw 2-2|
|Saint Michael||vs||Living Hope Church United||Draw 2-2||Away 1-3|