Not much in the way of match reporting from last week so this weeks column will be short.
St Mary’s overcame Clarendon for the 2nd time in recent weeks and by all accounts it was another close encounter. Everton Morrison returned to the Clarendon fold but even with his firepower up front notching another goal on his return could not help them to beat St Mary’s who seem to be the team to beat again this season. John’s report suggests that they are really focused on getting another Cup Final appearance this season and you would fancy them to do so, but the Cup can throw up some surprise results!
Connect had a narrow 4-3 reverse against Zion Athletic and what had appeared to be a steam roller flattening everything in its path appears to have found some sticky stuff in its pathway suffering their 3rd defeat in a row, albeit another narrow loss. For Zion, well it was an important win for me as they are a team in transition and I think this win will stop them looking at Clubs below them and focus on how high they can finish rather than a looming relegation battle.
Likewise, the other team from Zion Christian Centre, Halesowen Zion will be focusing on the upper half of the table following their impressive 4-1 win over W’ton & Perton Churches. I had predicted W’ton to win and whilst not surprised I got that wrong the scoreline did surprise me! A very good win for the lads from Halesowen in my eyes.
Division 2 saw a 50% correct forecast rate, so an improvement on recent weeks! One I did get wrong was Monyhull vs Pye Green Towers with me going for a Pye Green win, however, I did say that this was a good match to assess how Monyhull are doing and the fact that they got a 4-4 draw would seem to show that they have indeed improved hugely, now, can they keep it up? For Pye Green it was a match I thought they needed to win to stay in promotion contention and I reckon their chances of that went with the draw last week.
Wednesbury Baptist Church march on with a 5-1 win over Dudley Lions. Like St Mary’s in Division 1 it would appear to be that Wednesbury are the team to be above come seasons end if you want to be Champions. For Dudley, well, maybe a bad day at the office but against opposition like Wednesbury you have to be at it for 90 minutes and they are still in touching distance of the promotion places.
Brierley Hill AOG had a cracking 4-2 win over Zion City and whilst I thought Zion wouldn’t like little old South Rd I did think their youth and pace would be enough to win. Looks like the experienced Brierley Hill lads had more in their locker than I thought!
Saint Michael gained another 3 points with their win over Corinthians Sk. Saint Michael, like Monyhull, seem to have also found some form this season. The match reports suggest that Corinthians were the better team on the day but that doesn’t always get you the points. It seems the game swung in Michel’s favour when Corinthians were reduced to 10 men. Not for the first time I have heard that this season off various clubs!
Rockmount had a steady enough win against Selly Oak Methodist although I believe it was only 1-0 at half time but Selly Oak capitulated in the 2nd half losing 6-1 in the end.
Renewal Solihull also scored 6 in their 6-3 win over Hawbush. Stalking horses maybe?
I raised the question whether you would chose a good goalkeeper or good goalscorer last week and hope that some of you at least discussed it, (no feedback received though). I said I would reveal my opinion and I would go for a goalkeeper every time.The rationale behind this being that you have 10 outfield players who should at various times of the season have chances to score and that teams that do well tend to have a few decent goal scorers within the team. Now a goalkeeper is a specialist area, where 1 mistake from him and it’s 90 minutes of hard toil and graft gone in an instant. Goalscorers may win you games but keepers also do the same when they are flying all over the place making some great saves. Goalscorers will sometimes miss, something a keeper can’t afford to do. So for me, it all starts at the back with a good keeper.
My focus tonight is not tomorrows matches because in all honesty I don’t expect many to be played! So I thought I would take this opportunity to raise an issue of discipline within the League and where we stand with it. Now most Leagues rate how well it’s doing by the sheer number of Clubs it has, this League doesn’t! Time and time again we repeat that this Leagues aim is to meet the Mission Statement, insomuch that it has to be ‘Honourable to God’ That’s it folks, in a nutshell, it is that simple. I can let you know now that the current Management Committee will not shirk its responsibility in ensuring that this ‘Statement’ is met. If the League numbers decrease then so be it, we really do not have a problem with that. We have already seen 2 Clubs regarding discipline and another 1 is lined up for next week. Looking at all Clubs BCFA disciplinary points today leads me to think there may be another 4 Clubs following suit. So please be advised, do not take your participation within the League as guaranteed, it has to be earned and if it’s taken for granted, you as an individual or as a collective group of people representing your Club may find that you will not be part of this League any longer.