Kovac’s Kolumn January 18th Review

The weather did its best again to thwart any football on Saturday but I am glad to report that some matches were actually played. Maybe not where we as a Committee would like with the majority of games in Division 3 being played and hardly any in Division 1. which looks like causing further fixture congestion at seasons end for some clubs. However, we will take what we can get for the time being and address the problem of certain venues causing us more problems than others later on in the season. Oh for the luxury of under soil heating and pitch covers eh!

St Mary’s gave themselves a huge boost with a 2-1 win against Halesowen Zion. 0-0 at half time against a Halesowen Zion side that weren’t there just to make the numbers up and who gave a battling performance that probably belied their league position. However, St Mary’s went 2-0 up and probably thought the points were in the bag. But a late goal from Zion meant Mary’s were on edge at the end of the game and were happy to hear the final whistle. End result, 3 more points in the bag for the League Leaders to add further pressure on the chasing teams.

The only other game in Division One was at Churchfields Playing Fields, with All Saints Olympic taking on City Church. This was a game that would have tested All Saints credentials as a team capable of staying in among the upper echelons of the Division. City Church, whilst not having a fantastic season are still a very good competitive side. All Saints passed the test, albeit narrowly, scoring the winner in a 2-1 victory in the 92nd minute after it looked like the match would end up all square. They face each other again this weekend in the Cup in what I expect to be another close game.

Division 2 saw only one game played between Wollaston Free Athletic and Chawn Hill Church with Chawn running out 12-1 winners with Joseph Smith and Barzu Zare each getting a hat-trick.

The Race For The Title in Division 3 is becoming more and more enthralling after last weekends results. Living Hope Church came away from their fixture against Pye Green Towers victorious with a 3-2 win. Steve Farley’s report in the Match Report Section appears to show that this was a game not for the faint hearted and worthy of 2 teams battling it out to be named Champions. I personally thought that the Champions would come from this fixture but with Dudley Lions showing of late I reckon there could still be some twists and turns before the title is decided. Living Hope did what was needed to maintain their challenge but I am sure Pye Green will battle all the way to the end. This is a Division to keep an eye on!

I predicted Dudley Lions to lose to Zion City and I reckon Steve Rose from Dudley was happy about that, they keep winning when I forecast them to lose! A 2-1 win for Dudley means they cannot be discounted in the title race. Should they win their 2 games in hand on Pye Green Towers then they would only be 1 point behind them.

Place Of Refuge Community Church played Monyhull Church on their home pitch as Monyhull had decided that their was no chance of their pitch at Rowheath being playable.Place Of Refuge continued to apply pressure on the top 3 in the promotion race with another comprehensive 3-1 win.

Maple Leaf Rovers continue their awful run of form with a 3-1 loss to Saint Michael who now have a 5 point gap from the bottom club Monyhull Church.

In the last game, Hawbush and Brierley Hill AOG played out a goalless match. A result that probably suits both teams,

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