Kovacs’ Kolumn 12th April

Early hours of the morning and here we go again!

With St Mary’s not playing last weekend Clarendon seized the initiative with a comprehensive 6-1 defeat of Rowley College. There is now a 5 point gap at the top with St Mary’s needing to win both games in hand. St Mary’s have it all to do but could close the gap over the next 7 days as they have to play Sheldon today and then travel to play W’ton & Perton on Tuesday night. Both of these 2 teams are also Clarendons opponents in their last 2 games and I am sure that neither of them will have given up on finishing in 4th place. Sheldon vs St Mary’s should be a win for the away team but with Sheldon likely to have a stronger side out than of late then unless St Mary’s start taking their chances I can see this being a draw and that’s what I’m tipping…1-1.

Whilst Rowley were losing 6-1 their rivals regarding relegation, City Church, were also beaten, 6-0 by Sheldon. A win for City in either of their last 2 games would move them onto the same points as Rowley and then it really gets interesting regarding relegation criteria! (Points,Goal Difference, then Goals Scored and then Matches Won if it comes down to it). It’s tough to see them getting the 3 points required and I don’t see that happening today against W’ton & Perton. Although again, I am going for a score draw.

Like Rowley, Zion Athletic finished off their league season but with a 2-2 draw with Halesowen Zion. I mentioned last week that if they had a draw their seasons record would be something I’m not sure I’ve seen before..winning and losing the same amount of games, 8, whilst also scoring and conceding the same amount of goals, 62. I’m not sure whether this could be enough for Halesowen to stay in 4th come seasons end but they do have 1 more game to play.

Even though bottom placed Sandwell United had finished their season the previous week they moved off the bottom last week as Brierley Hill were beaten comprehensively by Saint Michael. It has to be said that the Hill lads were under strength but a thumping 10-2 defeat has seen their Goal Difference take a hammering and in doing so they have replaced Sandwell at the bottom. For St Michael, it was a great way to round off their season which for a while looked as though it would produce a higher finish but this has still been a good season for them. Will Brierley Hill get the 1 point to get them off the bottom? I don’t think it will happen today as they face a Monyhull side who will be looking to wrap up their Promotion place and will still have an eye on edging Renewal Solihull out of 2nd place. This is a banker for me with a Monyhull win….as for the score..I haven’t a clue!

Dudley Lions overcame Corinthians 4-0 but come up against ┬áZion City today who will still be hoping that they can nick 3rd place, although in all reality this is very unlikely. However, if Zion do win, it will assure them of at least a 4th placed finish. I must admit, my pre season thoughts were that they would be promoted along with Solihull and Wednesbury Baptist. A win for Dudley though would mean 4th place would be in their own hands with 1 more game left and I will admit I didn’t see that happening. 2-1 win for Zion is my shout.

Corinthians come up against a team who beat them 8-1 two weeks ago and who also had a good 4-1 win over Hawbush last week in the shape of Selly Oak Methodist. If results go the right way for Selly Oak in the last 2 weeks of the season in Division 2, then it’s not inconceivable that they could end up 5th. I’m going for a 4-1 win to Selly Oak. As for Hawbush, well their last game saw them losing 11 games over the season and being unbeaten in 11 which included 7 wins. So for me, that’s another good season for them, and this doesn’t include that they were top of the Division 2 ‘Entertainment Table’ prior to last weeks games. (Brierley Hill are now top of that).

A quick mention about the Division 2 Results Page…Unfortunately, we are having some technical problems with it and I am really unsure when this will be resolved. (Not something I can sort out and due to a family bereavement our e-Secretary has had to put the football side of things on hold). It will be updated as soon as possible.

The Archive Section has now been restored for ‘Public Viewing’ we needed to take it offline for a while.

Well, with the sun shining, (well not at the moment as it’s pitch black), it’s a great time to be playing football, enjoy it folks but please remember…it’s only a game.

Neil

 

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