Kovacs’ Kolumn Easter Review + Preview 26th April

Yet another week with too much to do so here’s a quick review of the fixtures played over the last 7 days and a preview of tomorrows games.

Sheldon Community Church’s title challenge suffered a set back last Saturday with a 2-1 defeat at the hands of Halesowen Zion, a result that means safety for Halesowen Zion and by all accounts from Lyndon a result they thoroughly deserved. Sheldon, who had gone so long unbeaten also suffered a defeat in their mid-week game against All Saints Olympic, 5-4. I spoke with Lyndon after the game and had a couple of texts off Paul from All Saints and it appears the game was every bit as good as the score line suggests with both teams going for all 3 points. Sheldon now have to regroup and settle back into the football that they have managed over their long unbeaten run. For All Saints, it was a victory that leaves them in with a chance of becoming Champions should St Mary’s slip up. There are some great matches to be played between them all before this is decided!

Corinthians SK jump above Sandwell United at the bottom of the table with a very impressive 3-1 win over Amblecote. I had this as Amblecotes game to secure their first division survival but fair play to Corinthians who whilst in a relegation place could still end up above St Thomas’ Aldridge and final places may have a bearing on any Divisional restructuring decided at the AGM. Amblecote, who should be safe will still be looking over their shoulders though to see how St Thomas’ Aldridge are doing.

St Thomas’ lost 4-3 against Rowley College but the report from Pete suggests that St Thomas’ have not thrown the towel in yet and could yet manage a great escape.

Another team who suffered defeat but appears to have had a good game were Sandwell United who lost 3-2 to Clarendon. No report to glean anything off but in my eyes that’s a good scoreline for a team at the bottom against Clarendon.

I think I predicted a City Church win over Cup Winners, Zion Athletic, but I never anticipated that it would be a thumping 7-1 score line to them. This result looks like setting the scene for Division 1 with a top 6 and bottom 6 feel to the Division.

Division Two’s League fixtures were completed with a 1-1 draw between the bottom 2 clubs, Selly Oak Methodist and Rockmount United, a result that meant Rockmount United leap frog Wollaston Free Athletic, but for Selly Oak, leaves them in final place.

Charlemont Star inflicted a 2-1 defeat upon Chawn Hill Church in the Division 2 Cup and leaves Group ‘A’ wide open. In Group ‘B’ Renewal Solihull beat Darkhouse with a solid 4-0 win.

The Division Three Title Race took another twist last week with Zion City beating Pye Green Towers 2-1. This result and Living Hope Church beating Hawbush 9-0 means it is now back in the hands of Living Hope to seal the title.

Place Of Refuge Community Church finished their League games last week with another victory, 2-1 over Saint Michael. Place Of Refuge, like Zion City, just missing out on a promotion spot by 1 point.

The final game from last week was a very surprising score line…Monyhull Church 8 Dudley Lions 1. Unfortunately for Dudley, some of their players were involved in a car crash on the way to the game which meant they only had 9 players. I am glad to report that Steve from Dudley has informed me that whilst it was a serious crash, his injured players are now not in a serious condition. Situations like this make any score line seem irrelevant and we wish those players a speedy recovery back to full health.

Preview To Follow:

An enthralling Division Three has its final fixtures tomorrow and the title race has come down to the last day with both Living Hope Church and Pye Green Towers in with a chance. It has swung this way and that over the past few weeks but in my eyes Living Hope are now clear favourites to be named Champions. No disrespect to Hawbush but I fully expect Living Hope to beat them tomorrow to secure the title. For Pye Green, well all they can do is go out and beat Saint Michael and hope for the best. I don’t expect an easy game for Pye Green but they should have enough to beat Saint Michael.

Connect Sports should put themselves in a commanding position in the Division 2 Cup with a win over Selly Oak Methodist. A win for Selly Oak would set the group up nicely for the last set of games, but I just cannot see it.

3 games in Division One tomorrow and a repeat of the Cup Final is one of them. Sheldon Community Church play Zion Athletic. Now whilst Zion Athletic totally deserved their Cup Final win I’m tipping Sheldon to win this game and stop the mini slump of 3 defeats on the bounce.

Amblecote have 3 games left to play and probably only need 1 more point for survival. They host Rowley College tomorrow and I think Rowley will again finish with all 3 points, but I believe it will be another close result.

The final game sees Clarendon play City Church. A few years back this may have been classed as a title decider but both teams have been surpassed at the moment. However, both teams will want a win in this game. For Clarendon, they still have their eyes focused on 2nd spot, which would be some achievement after their start to the season. City Church on the other hand have 6 games left to play and will want to end up as high in the table as possible. I don’t go against Clarendon very often but I am tomorrow forecasting a City Church win.

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