24th January – Preview

No Division Two matches tomorrow as the Division Two Cup resumes, hopefully all of the matches get played which will mean we reach half way in the Group Stages. Brierley Hill A.O.G host Delph Athletic whilst Dudley Lions have Living Hope Church United visiting their patch. Should both home sides win it would be hard to see them not making the next stage of the Competition. It wouldn’t be all over but it would be a huge ask for the other sides to overtake them. Living Hope must come away with at least a draw to give them any hope whatsoever. They do possess a stronger goal threat than Dudley, but, like the Villa, they need to tighten up defensively. If Dudley can find their goal scoring boots they should win but I am tipping this to end up all square. I only see one result in the other match and it does not bode well for Brierley Hill A.O.G. Delph will almost certainly be in the next round as they run out comfortable winners.

Group ‘B’ is all to play for. Whilst St Thomas’ Aldridge are running away with Division 2 their defeat against Christ Church Coseley previously in this Competition has really opened up this group. Monyhull Church travel, (and I use that term lightly), to face Selly Oak Methodist who have yet to register a win in this Cup. Fresh from beating Rowley College last week Monyhull will really fancy their chances here to keep things interesting. Should Christ Church repeat their win over St Thomas it would leave them in a good position but If results go as I think, then 3 teams will be on 6 points midway through the group stage. It’s a Monyhull and St Thomas’ win for me.

In Division One, ‘Champions Elect’ in my eyes, come up against the team by who all others are measured such has been their dominance over recent years in Clarendon. There have been many great teams over the history of this League but Clarendons list of honours is the biggest. I would normally say this would be a great clash, but in all honesty, I believe that Connect Sports dominance this season is such that they will win this game easily.

St Mary’s are Connects only real threat and even that is stretching it a bit. They face Corinthians S.K who even if they managed a win would remain in the bottom 3, just like Charlemont Star and Amblecote Nomads. Those 3 teams need to get some wins if they are to put pressure on the teams above and stay in Division 1 next season. I don’t see Corinthians getting anything tomorrow though.

Charlemont had a good win against Corinthians last week to move themselves off bottom spot but I was surprised to see they scored 5 ! Can they carry this forward ? Well, they come up against a solid Saint Michael who were so strong early in the season but are struggling of late. I see points for going any which way in predicting this match, so I will sit on the fence and forecast a draw.

St Andrews Netherton travel to face City Church who will be buoyed by their league Cup win on penalties last week against Saint Michael. St Andrews have in no way been the team I expected them to be and also the team that some of them thought they would be. I tipped them to be Champions following a pre season chat with some of them, (should have stuck with my original choice of Connect but was too easily persuaded). Whilst typing this I have changed my mind on this match and I am now going for a City win.

The last match sees Chawn Hill Church travel down the road to play Amblecote Nomads, (a match I may just pay a visit to, I can smell the bacon and egg sandwich from the nearby cafe already… hahaha). Chawn had a bit of a thumping in their last match against Connect but had previously beaten Clarendon the week before. So which Chawn will turn up here ? A look at the League Table shows they are not exactly setting the world alight in an attacking sense only scoring 14 in 8 games. Amblecote also struggle to score whilst also struggling to keep the ball out of the net at the other end. The recent reverse fixture saw a narrow win for Chawn and I am just gong for them to edge this one as well.

No game for Rowley College this week which is always disappointing as this will mean no match report off the ever reliable Pete Bennett. Will anyone fill the void created by this ?

Thanks to Lee McGahan from Christ Church Coseley for being this weeks Prediction Challenger. (I will be updating this over the weekend and also updating the man of the match awards on the individual Fixture Pages).

 

25th January, 2020
Neil Kovacs
Division One
Amblecote Nomads 1 Chawn Hill Church 3
Charlemont Star 1 Saint Michael 1
City Church 3 St Andrews’ Netherton 1
Clarendon 0 Connect Sports 3
St Mary’s 3 Corinthians S.K 1
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Division 2 Cup Group ‘A’
Brierley Hill A.O.G 1 Delph Athletic 5
Dudley Lions 2 Living Hope Church Utd 2
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Division 2 Cup Group ‘B’
Christ Church Coseley 1 St Thomas’ Aldridge 3
Selly Oak Methodist 0 Monyhull Church 4
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Club Secretary (Lee McGahan from Christ Church Coseley)
Division One
Amblecote Nomads 1 Chawn Hill Church 3
Charlemont Star 1 Saint Michael 2
City Church 2 St Andrews’ Netherton 3
Clarendon 1 Connect Sports 4
St Mary’s 4 Corinthians S.K 2
*******
Division 2 Cup Group ‘A’
Brierley Hill A.O.G 0 Delph Athletic 3
Dudley Lions 3 Living Hope Church Utd 2
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Division 2 Cup Group ‘B’
Christ Church Coseley 4 St Thomas’ Aldridge 3
Selly Oak Methodist 1 Monyhull Church 3

 

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