3rd October Review Updated 9th October

A mid-week review of the games played last Saturday due to my shift pattern. There’s not a lot to be drawn from in relation to how the games went as we’ve only received 2 Match Reports this week, 1 from each Division. John from St Mary’s supplies us with his version of events from their 5-1 win over City Church:

St Mary’s 5-1 City Church

Firstly can we pass on our condolences to the family and friends of Mikey Harper who passed away following a car accident last week. As far as I am aware he has not played in this league but a number of our squad play for the same sunday football team and say he was a great guy who will be sorely missed. It puts every game into perspective!

As is the norm in amateur football, once again we were missing players (some different ones this week) so I managed to sneak back into the starting 11 following our fantastic result away at Connect last time out. We also dragged former player Cook out of bed who was on a trip back from London to give us two on the bench.

The game started off fairly evenly although City had more possession down the hill and made their extra numbers in midfield count, esspecially once Harris went off injured after only 15 minutes and we had a very attack minded team on the pitch (although bringing in top scorer Wiedeman is never a bad move). With City dominating possession and hastling us all over the pitch, we resorted to hitting them on the break and after a couple of chances we finally went ahead when Locke got on the end of a good move and slotted the ball home into the far corner for 1 v 0. This is where we would normally take over, but City kept pressing and should really have equalised when their striker found himself clear through and Lutwyche pulled off a cracking save. I think that this was the catalyst for us to start playing and we could have had a couple more goals in the final 10 minutes of the half. HT 1v0

Half time brought another forced substitution with Sheward having to be replaced by Cook. We also had a re jig freeing up ‘Tink’ Beeson to push into his more usual forward role and giving us more shape as a consequence. We were much better in the second half, keeping the ball and probing down the hill at the City defence. The decisive 2nd goal came from a Coleman corner which was bravely headed in by Wiedeman who took a glove to the head. Then shortly afterwards an identical ball in was met by Tink to make it 3v0. City continued to pose a threat on the break, but it was a speculative shot which brough them a goal back with the ball bouncing 10yards out and shooting up above Lutwyche who made a fantastic save only for the ball to fall to the City winger 2 yards out in the middle of the goal.

Again this spured us on and we soon added a 4th and 5th through another great Locke finish and Wiedeman. Whilst City had given us a great game for 70 minutes I think that we should have added more in the final 20 with a number of great chances and a couple of very close penalty shouts. City did have one more good chance when a ball in from the right would have been an easy tap in but for Matt Beeson tracking back superbly to put the striker under pressure with the ball ending up over the bar.

Another great win and test for the strength of our squad. Cup action next week vs Wolves and Perton.

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As John says, a great win for St Mary’s who took advantage of the fact that some of their challengers at the top were playing elsewhere on the day. St Mary’s have started the season very impressively notching 24 goals already in only 4 games whilst keeping it tight at the back at the same time. They seem to have a few players who have found form in front of goal with Wiedeman, (6), Coleman, (6), Sheward,(3)  Harris, (3) and Beeson, (3), all on form. (Can you let Sherwood know the secret to scoring goals please lads)?

With all the scores in apart from Renewal Solihull vs Chawn Hill Church, Brian was leading in the prediction challenge due to a correct score so I was hoping for a 1-1 score line to come in to beat him on the day. Unfortunately for me the Solihull lads lost 2-1 which meant another narrow loss for me but I am sure that Brian would have swapped his prediction win in exchange for points in the league. A single Richard Floy goal was not enough as Matthew Hingley and an old pal of mine Curtis Jordan bagged all three points for Chawn.

The last game in Division 1 saw Andrew Oakes bag a hat-trick in Wolverhampton and Pertons 4-1 win over Monyhull Church. A big 3 points for W’ton & Perton as this moves them into mid table on 7 points. For the Monyhull lads it’s still tough going but looking at the table the 5 teams above them are no more than 3 points away and the battle at the bottom could once again prove to be a close fought thing.City Church, Rowley, Chawn, and Charlemont all currently look to be looking to stave off relegation with Renewal and Monyhull with the last 2 teams not having registered a win yet.

More To Follow: (Tea break time)

It will now be tomorrow for the rest of the review

8th October – Due to the demands of League Business elsewhere the continuation of last weeks review will be on Friday

Division Two Review:

Just the 1 match report sent in this week form Div 2 so that’s were I will start this brief review of last weekends games in Division 2, Living Hope Church United leapfrog Dudley Lions and move into 2nd place in the table with a 3-2 away win.

Dudley Lions 2-3 Living Hope Church United

Two great shots too good for the keeper from Lewis Beardmore who then unselfishly supplied Ben Berrows to score the winning goal ten minutes from time.

At the other end Dave ‘the cat’ had very little to do but saved us from defeat with two great pieces of work. Firstly running out the box to stop Lions’ number 9 in a run on goal, allowing Bob Lee the chance to clear. Then in injury time saving with his legs when Lions looked certain to score.

Before that Josh Steventon cleared off the line and the rebound saw Lions hit the post.

Apart from that LHC dominated but with countless shots going wide. A good performance from LHC who adapted well to the narrow pitch

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A brief report but it looks like a good win for Living Hope with Dudley coming up against a good goal keeping performance preventing them from possibly getting all 3 points.

Maple Leaf Rovers QMC maintain their place at the top with a 3-1 win over Selly Oak Methodist. With the current top 4 teams having played 5 game each they have a nice but narrow 2 point gap over them. But keep an eye out for St Matthew’s Walsall who have only played 2 games, having won them both.

Corinthians S.K keep the pressure on at the top with a very good team performance goal scoring wise with 6 separate players finding the back of the net in their 6-3 home win over Zion City and in doing so also leap frog Dudley Lions into 3rd place, albeit on goal difference.

Hawbush are the last team in the League to get off the mark with some points on the board, but my, they did it in style. A hat-trick from Mitch Poutney, 2 goals apiece for Mike Tyler and Jack Ball with Brett Ball and Tom Wylde also finding the net meant Hawbush scored 9 in 1 match. Sandwell United were weakened on the day with players out for various reasons but that’s park football for you. So a 9-3 win for Hawbush and this now puts them level on points with St Thomas’ Aldridge and Selly Oak Methodist and with such a big margin in their win has also closed the gap regarding goal difference as well.

A weird one for me regarding the St Thomas’s Aldridge vs Brierley Hill AOG game. I put my predictions down and then started to write my preview. When it came to this game I was doing the review and forecasting a 2-0 win to Brierley Hill only to realise that I had predicted a 0-0 draw. So a quick change in the review to match my prediction meant I got this one wrong! (Same as changing my mind with the St Mary’s game)! So a good away win for Brierley Hill AOG which moves them into mid table. For the Aldridge lads though, it’s another defeat and following last season it’s a habit they need to break as soon as possible.

In the Prediction Challenge I managed to get 4 correct results with Brian from Renewal Solihull getting 3 right. However, he correctly predicted St Mary’s 5-1 win over City Church meaning it’s another narrow win for the Club Secs with Brian beating me by 5 points to 4.

 

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