Review – 31st October

Not much in the way of match reports this week. Only the 1 received from Saint Michael, it is available to view in the Match Report section. Not sure why the numbers of match reports dropped last week but even if it’s only a few lines about your game it is something of interest to others within the League. With only one report coming in I have delayed last weeks review hoping to get some others in, but alas, no. Therefore, here’s a quick review of last week…..

Quite a few players scored a brace last week but only 1 player managed to bag a hat-trick and in doing so his team managed a 3-2 win. So it’s a well done to Luke Williams of Brierley Hill AOG whose 3 goals helped win the local derby down at South Rd between Hawbush and Brierley Hill AOG. This result moves the Hill well away from the relegation area and maybe stalking horses in the promotion race.

Another team who may also be considered as promotion candidates are a team I cannot quite figure out. On the day they can beat anyone in their Division and have pace, skill and ability in abundance. When they click, they are top draw but consistency every season seems to be their downfall. Last week they showed their quality with a hugely impressive 6-2 away win over St Matthew’s Walsall, who are no pushover. Zion City’s Leigh Edwards and Darren Hill bagged 2 goals apiece with Rajan Halaith and Oritse Jarrett getting their other goals. Kevin Humpage scored 2 for St Matthew’s but to no avail on the day.

I still fancy St Matthew’s to be challenging at the top come seasons end, so could the others capitalize on their defeat? Well current League Leaders Maple Leaf Rovers QMC may consider that they dropped 2 points in their 1-1 draw with Saint Michael but reading the report it seems to have been a game that could have gone either way, so maybe a point gained and a result that keeps their unbeaten record intact since the first day of the season intact.

Living Hope Church United definitely slipped up losing 3-1 at home to a rejuvenated Selly Oak Methodist. Rob from Selly Oak says his squad is getting back to normal now so maybe another promotion hopeful to add to the list.

Dudley Lions improved their promotion chances with Stephen Devonport and Nathan Johns getting 2 goals each in their 5-0 win over Sandwell United, Lee Mills popped their other goal in. This result means Dudley move into 2nd place with Living Hope losing.

Another team taking advantage of Living Hope’s defeat were Corinthians S.K who had a 4-2 away win at bottom placed St Thomas’ Aldridge. This result pushes Corinthians into 3rd place and the promotion race is absolutely wide open. I can only really discount the current bottom 3 teams at the moment. So with just over a third of the season gone for most clubs, we still have 9 viable candidates for promotion. What a season for this Division, I hope it continues like this for ages.

More To Follow:

On to Division One and not all of the action was on the field of play. Whilst walking the dog over the fields at around 11.15pm, I received a call that would mean trying to unsuccessfully rejig a fixture approaching midnight the night before the game!!!

Travellers had decided that Churchfields Playing Fields would be their new temporary residence and after careful consideration it was decided to postpone the Charlemont Star vs Zion Athletic fixture. Never nice as a Fixtures Secretary to lose a game, especially when it’s not down to a waterlogged pitch. The situation at Churchfields remains the same and tomorrows game between Sandwell United and St Thomas’ Aldridge has had to be reversed. I have no idea why Sandwell Council have not used another venue for the Clubs that play there!

So, only 4 games in Division 1 were played and St Mary’s continued their good form with a 3-1 home win against Chawn Hill Church. We had a League Observer at this game and his report to me was that Chawn were unlucky on the day to not come away with a point and 2 goals in a minute near the end of the game didn’t quite show how close it was.

As for the League Observer, well when we get chance, we send them out to keep an eye on things, you may or may not know them as we do try and keep them incognito and get feedback off them relating to everything on the day. If it’s a man with a dog, it may even be me!

Wednesbury Baptist were without a game and Jason was probably glad that he didn’t have to predict his own teams result. We agreed on all but 1 game in the prediction challenge and Jason won by getting that one correct, so a narrow 1 point defeat for last week.

Clarendon took full advantage of Wednesbury’s free week and reclaimed 2nd spot with a convincing 6-1 win over Wolverhampton and Perton. Michael Miller and Stevon Richards both scored twice with Junior Stewart and Kemar Marsh scoring their other 2 goals.

Whilst the current top 3 look to be all on their own, a closer look shows that if other teams win their games in hand we could have a good little tussle at the top. City Church could be one of those teams. Their 6-4 win over Monyhull Church has moved them into 4th, but should they win their game in hand on Clarendon they would only be 2 points off them.

Renewal Solihull jump out of the relegation zone with a 3-2 away win at Connect Sports with 2 goals for Paul Mahon and Mark Hadden popping the other in. Connect I believe are still looking for players and even though they lost this game I think things have improved for them over the last couple of weeks player wise.

Well, I am in between night shifts so I’m off for some kip in a bit. Steve Rose from Dudley Lions is this weeks Prediction Challenger. If i get chance, I will whack the predictions on here later, if not, it will be in the morning after I finish work.

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