21st May – Catch Up

Been a bad week regarding getting stuff done on here and my apologies go out mainly to Pete Bennett who, whatever the result always gets a Match Report in on the Sunday. So, irrespective of other stuff that happened last week I will begin the ‘Catch Up’ with Pete’s report regarding their match against Chawn Hill Church.

Rowley College 1 – 2 Chawn Hill Church

Chawn had the better of us today, as they did more marginally in the first game at their place and yet like then we had the chance to get something from a game they should have been out of sight in.  They are always a difficult side to play because they are a team and they work for one another and like most teams have a couple of better players who make them tick.  What we learned today what’s the real value of our long serving centre back Chris Staien who was away in Cornwall with his family leaving a round hole (he is a manager with Krispy Kreme doughnuts) in the middle of our back four.  Clive came in to deputise but lasted only 15 minutes sending Joe freshly back from injury, one day beyond his 40th birthday into a 75 minute shift when he might have wanted and expected 20!  It was not that our defenders were individually poor but as a unit we left something to be desired and with three veterans out of four this got worse as the game progressed.

The first half was very even on a big wide pitch at Dudley Wood.  Neither side really managed to turn their efforts into constructive football.   Danny Knight was causing us problems down their left from full back forcing us to move Fowler out right to push Danny back.  This resulted in our and probably the half’s best chances: Ben first beat five players and blazed over and then cut a great ball back that neither JJ nor Jamal could get a touch on.  At that point Jamie didn’t really have much to do in goal.  The second half for him would be very different.

We started with good intent with Jay and Brad continuing to be lively but with Shola and Hayden over run in midfield and our back four strung out across the pitch, Chawn began to create openings.  Much was channelled through our old mate Curtis whose intelligence and ability to step both in and out of things caused our defenders significant problems.  When Ollie got in and scored a one on one my heart sank: the first goal in Rowley Chawn games is usually scored by the winners.  Today like the other week the first two were both scored by Chawn but not before they’d given us a torrid time with Jamie making two great saves from one on ones and also diving full length to block a drive at the front post.  When Danny Knight cut back and got the goal he deserved we felt quite sorry for ourselves but this was no time to lick our wounds and Mark made positive changes with Jack, Tom and finally himself added to the Rowley offence.  This led to three efforts from our man of the match Jay.  He worked tirelessly for the whole game and gave their defence much trouble when we sent him down the middle.

I spotted their keeper before the game because he’s not the tallest but he is a goalkeeper and a really good one. Jay got in three times flanked by defenders and twice their keeper made excellent saves and follow ups.  Finally he got the goal he deserved and left Chawn hanging on a little , even taking it to the corner flag after seeming such comfortable winners.  This is what makes the game fascinating! Thanks to the WMCFL for enabling this season to be completed.  Thanks also to the officials who communicated clearly and with good humour.  Looking forward now to a competitive Cup group with Charlemont and City Church.

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Again, not really much time for a full review and preview. So it really is a short version tonight.

St Andrews’ Netherton made it a perfect season making it 10 wins out of 10 with Shawn Devonport bagging 5 in that match. I have been informed he is the ‘Leading Goal Scorer’ for Division One, but I have not had time to confirm it yet. The 9-0 win over City Church put paid to City’s chances of the Runners Up place but they do still have some influence on that outcome. Chawn Hill’s 2-1 win over Rowley College has them currently in 2nd place but Clarendon’s 7-2 win over Charlemont Star also has them sitting on 18 points. So, a draw will be good enough for Clarendon to nip in and get 2nd in the last match in Division One this season. Whilst City Church play Clarendon in the final game the other 4 Clubs will kick off the Division One Cup.

Monyhull Church removed one of their main challengers with their 3-0 win over Dudley Lions. Will Monyhull match St Andrews’ Netherton in winning all of their games? They currently have 9 wins from 9 played. Whilst Dudley Lions hit a bump in the road last week, Selly Oak Methodist keep the pressure on at the top with an emphatic 5-1 win over Delph Athletic who play Monyhull tomorrow. Selly Oak face bottom placed Brierley Hill A.O.G who are still looking for their first points of the season following their 6-1 defeat at the hands of Christ Church Coseley. St Thomas’ Aldridge move clear of the bottom positions with a 3-0 win away to Living Hope Church United. They face them again tomorrow and will be looking to further improve their points tally whilst Living Hope will be looking to avenge last weeks defeat.

A reminder that although Covid Lockdown Criteria has recently changed the WMCFL will still be maintaining the stance that Changing Rooms Are Not To Be Used. This stance will remain in place for the remainder of this season.

Thanks to Jordan Armstrong-Sly from Monyhull Church for being this weeks Prediction Challenger.

22nd May, 2021
Neil Kovacs
Division One
City Church 1 Clarendon 2
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Division Two
Brierley Hill A.O.G 1 Selly Oak Methodist 4
Delph Athletic 1 Monyhull Church 3
Dudley Lions 2 Christ Church Coseley 1
St Thomas’ Aldridge 2 Living Hope Church Utd 1
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Division One Cup Group ‘A’
St Andrews’ Netherton 2 Chawn Hill Church 2
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Division One Group ‘B’
Charlemont Star 1 Rowley College 2
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Club Secretary (Jordan Armstrong-Sly from Monyhull Church)
Division One
City Church 2 Clarendon 2
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Division Two
Brierley Hill A.O.G 1 Selly Oak Methodist 5
Delph Athletic 0 Monyhull Church 4
Dudley Lions 3 Christ Church Coseley 1
St Thomas’ Aldridge 4 Living Hope Church Utd 1
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Division One Cup Group ‘A’
St Andrews’ Netherton 4 Chawn Hill Church 0
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Division One Group ‘B’
Charlemont Star 2 Rowley College 1

 

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