The weather has been drier this week than of late but with some more rain possibly forecast tonight do we dare to dream that there may be some football played this Saturday? When you pack your football boots, shin pads etc, maybe you should also take a garden fork and brush. This may be the essential equipment required to get your game on. With a positive frame of mind here are my observations and forecasts for this week.
Sheldon have the chance to make up some ground on St Mary’s, (who are not playing this week), with a home fixture against Rowley College. After such a lengthy hiatus since any football has been played it is hard to figure out how clubs and players react to such lengthy lay offs. Do they have players champing at the bit to play or has the desire faded a bit. I think Pete from Rowley probably feels like this every week, never knowing who will turn up! For the Sheldon lads this could be a tough one to crack if their approach is all wrong, Rowley will always battle and give it their best. However, Sheldon must take all 3 points from this game to really stay in contention for the title. Having only missed out to Clarendon last season on goal difference I expect them to keep the pressure on and win this game. (Edit: Match Postponed)
Like Sheldon, All Saints Olympic will keep to the task of taking one game at a time and see where they end up come seasons end. They take on Sandwell United tomorrow who already look doomed for relegation. I do not anticipate any shocks here with a win for All Saints but Paul will probably have to make sure his lads do not take things for granted with one eye on next weeks Cup Quarter Final tie against City Church. Myles and Roy from Sandwell will ensure that their lads are very focused on tomorrows game in this local derby at Churchfields.
Clarendon host Halesowen Zion and whilst it is still mathematically possible for them to retain the title I do not think they will. However, tomorrows opponents are struggling to score and I don’t see them hitting the net in this fixture either. Clarendon should have a comfortable win here.
I have been informed that Zion Athletics pitch is touch and go for tomorrow so don’t forget the forks and the brushes here! A heavy pitch may work in the favour of Corinthians SK by not allowing Zions neat passing game to be played. A battling performance from Corinthians may see them sneak a point from this game. My hunch of the week is that this is exactly what will happen. A draw is my prediction here.
The last game in Division One sees Amblecote travel to Rowheath Paviilion with City Church as their opposition. Phil’s lads will still be casting an eye at the bottom of the table as they could yet be sucked back into trouble. City Church are only 1 point ahead of Amblecote but do have 4 games in hand. I reckon City’s greater scoring threat will see them run out victors, possibly 3-2.
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In Division Two, Chawn Hill Church can seal the title with a win over Charlemont Star. This fixture has been moved from Churchfields to Hydes Rd. Although Chawn won the previous encounter 2-0 they will need to bring their ‘A’ game to this match if they want to seal the title up tomorrow. Whilst Charlemont sit bang in the middle of the table, a closer look at their statistics shows that had they scored more goals them they may well have been in the title race themselves. Their defence and team as a whole looks quite solid. If Chawn’s desire and attitude is bang on I think they will win by the odd goal.
Second placed Connect Sports host bottom placed Selly Oak Methodist with a pitch inspection at the one and only pitch possibly playable at Saltley Leisure Centre. Like Pete from Rowley, Willis is wondering if his lads will turn up or fail to show like they did against Chawn. As stated earlier, you cannot under estimate how powerful desire is when playing football. Should his lads turn up, I fully expect them to heap further misery on Rob O’Neils Selly Oak
Third placed Wolverhampton and Perton Churches have Wollaston Free Athletic as their visitors. Wollaston won the previous game 3-2 and I think they may just have enough in them to come away with another point from this game. However, last time out, they conceded 12 and if they defend like that again Wolverhampton will run riot. But I am sticking with my initial thoughts of a draw.
The last game in Division Two, fourth placed Renewal Solihull vs Rockmount United has bitten the dust as I am writing this column.
Pye Green Towers have to put away their disappointment of their defeat to Living Hope Church in their last match and get back to winning ways. Otherwise, a season that promised so much could yet slip away into nothing with the Clubs below them improving and making it a fascinating title and promotion race. Brierley Hill AOG are their visitors and this is a good chance for them to stay at the top of the pile for the time being at least. The Hill are struggling and a 3 goal winning margin would not surprise me.
Living Hope Church can take advantage of Place Of Refuge’s Community Church inactivity this weekend and claim second place with a win against Monyhull Church. The Hull have now won 3 games and the bottom of the table is tight. I do not expect their position to improve tomorrow though and reckon a 5 goal margin to Living Hope may be on here.
Dudley Lions could also leapfrog Place Of Refuge, and even Living Hope if they slip up, with a win over Maple Leaf Rovers. I expect Dudley to win but maybe only by a couple of goals. Maple Leaf, like Brierley Hill started the season well but have really struggled lately. I don’t seee any sign of an improvement for them tomorrow.
Can Zion City make a late push for promotion with their improving form? They travel to play Saint Michael tomorrow and I think they will be too strong and fast for them. This will leave Saint Michael still in the thick of it second bottom of the table.
Well I keep bashing the keyboard in hope that games will be played. We will see! Don’t forget the garden fork and brooms though!