Kovacs’ Kolumn 30th November Preview

The feedback received from last weeks preview seems to show that it went down well so I will continue with it. So replacing Ed’s Eye will be Kovacs’ Kolumn, Neil’s Natter was suggested by Pete from Rowley but I have gone with the suggestion from my son. So look out for the Kovacs’ Kolumn Preview and Kovacs’ Kolumn Review each week, time and circumstances allowing. Anyway, on to my predictions.

Division One

There doesn’t appear to be any stand out games like there was last week but after tomorrows games the table may start to take a little bit more shape with Clubs having a more clear view of what the rest of the season holds in store for them. Fighting for the Title, battling against relegation or mid-table stability.

The league leaders, St Mary’s are at home to Rowley and I expect another 3 points will be on its way to enhance St Mary’s claim for the title. Rowley will be no push over but St Mary’s should prove too strong for them on the day.

Sheldon travel to St Thomas Aldridge, who, like Rowley, turn up some weeks just hoping to have enough players to field a team. But credit to Rob Hill and Pete Bennett, they have this inner passion about just loving the game and the match itself. Unfortunately for Rob, as with Pete, I don’t envisage much for either of them to be happy about come the full time whistle tomorrow and like St Mary’s, expect Sheldon to claim another 3 points to keep the pressure on at the top of the table.

At the head of the chasing pack of Clubs are All Saints Olympic who currently lie 3rd in their first season in Division 1. I am sure their Manager Paul will be reminding them that loose tongues can cost points following last weeks encounter as vital points slipped away. The mark of a good team is how they react after a disappointment. They face a struggling Sandwell who are missing Rob Gill’s goals for them this season scoring only 9 goals in 8 games whilst conceding 30. I can only see an All Saints victory here, it’s just by how many?

Clarendon, like All Saints are on 14 points having played 9 games, very un-Clarendon like. When they have been behind before they have normally had games in hand to make up the deficit. This isn’t the case this season and I think the title has gone for them. But, like All Saints, all you can do is keep winning your games and hope the leaders slip up. I’m not sure what to make of Halesowen Zion, their opponents tomorrow, they have had good performances against All Saints and Sheldon but were well beaten by City Church and St Marys. I can sense a draw here but my head and forecast says it will be a narrow win for Clarendon.

City Church have 4 games in hand on the leaders and to have any chance must win all of these. They play Amblecote, who are scoring just over 2 goals a game but their failing is that they are letting in over 4 goals a match. Should they be able to sort their defensive frailties out I think they would get out of the relegation battle but until that happens and with City scoring 18 goals in their last 4 games I can only see a City Church win here.

Bottom team Corinthians SK host Zion Athletic, who like City Church have numerous games in hand, but they have to be won! Corinthians seem to have the same problem as Amblecote, letting in more goals than they score. But whilst you are scoring this gives everyone hope. Zion have already beaten 3 of the current bottom 5 teams with a creditable win against Clarendon. I just fancy that Corinthians will score and for that reason i am predicting a draw in this game.

Division Two

This is an interesting weekend in Division 2 with four of the top five playing against each other.

Current leaders Connect Sports are away to 3rd placed Charlemont Star. Connect will be buoyed by their 11-2 win last weekend but they will have a tougher game tomorrow. Charlemont’s need to win this game is more than Connect’s. They have already played 1 more game and cannot afford for the gap to widen. I think this game will be decided by the narrowest of margins with Charlemont winning by the odd goal.

Chawn Hill Church in 2nd travel to Solihull. It’s hard to predict Chawn due to all my years associated with them. However, having made a clean break from the Club last year I hope to be able to be impartial when forecasting their results. I like Renewal Solihull a lot. I don’t know the team, but Brian Follows is without doubt one of the larger than life characters within our League and a thoroughly nice gentleman to boot. It is nice to say that he has mellowed over the years regarding decisions made on the pitch. He puts a smile on my face anyway. My recollection of Solihull from a couple of years ago is that they are a tall team and very competitive. If this is still the case, Chawn’s young guns will have their work cut out, although with their old boy, Beddy Bedford, throwing himself into everything, they have their own warrior on the pitch. I predict goals in this fixture but also forecast a score draw.

Only 3 games in Division 2 this week and the 3rd game is Wollaston Free Athletic vs Wolverhampton and Perton. Wolverhampton will still be eyeing the title and having already won 2 games earlier in the season 7-1  and 6-1 will be looking to further improve their goal difference here. My forecast is a win for them.

Division Three

Having already beaten new boys Hawbush 5-0 a couple of weeks ago, Pye Green look nailed on to improve their claim for the title with another win placing pressure on the chasing pack.

3rd plays 4th with Place Of Refuge playing Brierley Hill AOG. Should Pye Green win, as I have forecast, then Brierley Hill’s need to win is greater than Place of Refuge, who have 2 games in hand on the leaders. Should The Hill lose, I believe that’s the end of their title hopes. Should Place Of Refuge win, it keeps them in with a strong shout at the title. I backed against Brierley Hill last week and they proved me wrong with a good win against Maple Leaf. Even allowing for this, I reckon Place Of Refuge will win knocking Ian Bakers boys out of the title race.

After last weeks set back, Maple Leaf play Dudley Lions, who themselves showed me that they knew where the back of the net was last week. I think both Clubs emotions will be the opposite of when last weeks final whistle blew with Maple Leaf taking the points.

Living Hope Church sitting in 6th look like title outsiders, but if they win those games, then everything is to play for. They look poised, like Clarendon used too, seeming far away and then suddenly they have passed everyone. Although they lost to Clarendon in the Cup last week it appears that it was a close game as I predicted. Monyhull, who are conceding an average of 3 goals a game, keep trying to play some good football but tomorrows opponents will, I believe be too strong for them, in all departments of the pitch. A convincing win for Living Hope I believe.

Saint Michael’s inability to score keeps them in the lower regions of the Division. I don’t envisage any improvement by tomorrow afternoon. A win for Zion City, as forecast, will propel them away from the bottom 3. Not enough to look at the upper echelons of the table but enough to not have to worry about ending up with the wooden spoon. (The League will have to buy 1 for the Presentation Night 🙂 ).

That’s my forecasts for this week, I may ask for the odd guest slot occassionally to do this as well as doing it myself. Maybe something for the future?

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