16th March Preview + Prediction Challenge

If memory serves me right I predicted that the 4 challengers for the Division 1 title would become 3 with me expecting Life Central to overcome St Mary’s. Now St Mary’s may not have won but by drawing the match 1-1 they stay in the race and with Connect Sports game versus Clarendon postponed tomorrow they have a chance to gain ground should they win one of their games in hand. They come up against Charlemont Star who may just have one eye on next weeks Semi-Final, (well that’s what they would say in the papers regarding professional football but let’s get real here, this is parks football and players compete properly every week). So, a tough ask for St Mary’s who, in my mind, have had some slip ups this season. However, having said all that I believe that St Mary’s focus will now come into play as the business end of the season starts, so it’s a narrow win for St Mary’s for me.

As mentioned above, the Connect Sports vs Clarendon game is off which means that leaves Life Central as the only other top 4 playing and they come up against Chawn Hill Church. After last weeks 1-1 draw with St Mary’s, Life Central need to take all 3 points from this game to keep the pressure up on the chasing clubs. Looking at the League Table it would be easy to predict a Life Central win, but if Chawn win their 2 games in hand and win tomorrow there would only be 1 point between them. If they realise that, they should be up for giving Life Central a good game. Chawn took a bit of a thumping in the reverse fixture back in October losing 7-2. As A Chawn chap of many years it would be great to tip them for a win, however, prediction challenge points are at stake so I am going for Life Central to win and at least increase the gap between them, Connect and Clarendon.

Clarendons game last week was also postponed so the possibility of mid week games looms large for them. Connect lost the upper hand in the title race dropping points last week, losing 3-2 to City Church, who, when they get their full team out can be a match for anyone. I’m not confident that City’s game versus Selly Oak Methodist will be on tomorrow. Selly Oak also had their game postponed last week and will not want to miss out for a second week. I reckon that should the game get the go ahead City Church will come out comfortable winners.

Should Selly Oak lose, it will give Monyhull Church a chance to distance themselves from them, but they travel away to face St Andrews Netherton who are another Club like Chawn, having games in hand on the top teams. I’m not expecting them to challenge for the title, but looking at the losing column 2nd place could be up for grabs should the top 4 teams suddenly have a major blip. I’m confident that St Andrews will just stay in touch by beating Monyhull.

Rowley College host Saint Michael with neither team having anything to play for except wanting to win. Rowley are still in touching distance of the bottom 2 but I reckon results elsewhere will mean they won’t end up there. So, both teams can throw caution to the wind, (which hopefully will not be a major factor in tomorrows matches). Lots of attacking play and loads of goals, so 0-0! Only kidding, I reckon a Rowley win in a 7 goal encounter. It will also be nice to get a Match Report this week.

Division 2 sees Champions elect Amblecote Nomads come up against bottom placed Brierley Hill A.O.G, but with Corinthians S.K not playing, Amblecote cannot be crowned as Champions tomorrow. Amblecotes last 2 games after tomorrow are against Corinthians and Delph Athletic, not bankers at all. So whilst the table looks good for them at the moment a slip up tomorrow could be costly. However, Brierley Hill let in too many goals and tomorrow will be no exception. It’s a big win for Amblecote for me which will then see them looking out for Corinthians result against Christ Church Coseley the following week.

Christ Church will be hoping for a Corinthians slip up as they look to get 2nd place and they come up against Delph Athletic who like Charlemont Star may have an eye on next weeks Semi-Final, (I’m not going to repeat what I said above). Delph were on the wrong side of a 7 goal thriller last week against Living Hope Church United so has their bubble burst. Well, as much as I think they will battle, I also reckon that like Charlemont they will be going into next weeks Semi-Final on the back of a defeat. A Christ Church Coseley win, but only by the odd goal.

Conquerors of Delph last week, Living Hope may still be hoping to get 2nd place and as they face St Thomas Aldridge for the second time in a fortnight will fancy their chances of keeping the pressure on those above them. They won 3-0 the other week in this fixture and I reckon they will come away with all 3 points again.

I think that only leaves the Excel Church vs Dudley Lions match to preview. Like the Rowley vs St Michael game in Division 1 both teams here are safe and not in contention for promotion so it’s a game to attack, attack, attack, especially for Dudley because Excel have let in 80 goals so far! With that statistic in mind, I am going for a Dudley Lions win.

Apologies for this being posted so last, just after midnight, (so tomorrow becomes today in the above comments). Not only did the computer update take longer than anticipated but for some reason the web site went down whilst doing this. (That’s why it’s fairly long this week… kept typing until it was back up and running). This weeks Prediction Challenger is Ian Baker from Brierley Hill A.O.G.

16th March, 2019
Neil Kovacs
Division One
Chawn Hill Church 2 Life Central 4
City Church 3 Selly Oak Methodist 0
Rowley College 4 Saint Michael 3
St Andrews Netherton 4 Monyhull Church 1
St Marys 2 Charlemont Star 0
Division Two
Amblecote Nomads 9 Brierley Hill A.O.G 2
Delph Athletic 2 Christ Church Coseley 3
Excel Church 2 Dudley Lions 7
St Thomas Aldridge 0 Living Hope Church Utd 3
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Club Secretary (Ian Baker from Brierley Hill A.O.G)
Division One
Chawn Hill Church 2 Life Central 2
City Church 4 Selly Oak Methodist 1
Rowley College 4 Saint Michael 2
St Andrews Netherton 3 Monyhull Church 1
St Marys 3 Charlemont Star 0
Division Two
Amblecote Nomads 3 Brierley Hill A.O.G 3
Delph Athletic 2 Christ Church Coseley 4
Excel Church 1 Dudley Lions 1
St Thomas Aldridge 0 Living Hope Church Utd 5
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