Cup Quarter-Finals day, at the 3rd time of asking, so let’s hope they all get played. Current Cup holders, All Saints Olympic host City Church in what is probably the tie of the round. These 2 teams teams had a very close game in the league a few weeks ago and I envisage the same will happen here with it going to extra time. I think the younger legs of All Saints will just about see them through but should City manage to take the tie to penalties then they will go through. Zion Athletic, who have had Cup Final heart ache the last 3 seasons should reach the semi-finals again by overcoming Corinthians SK but must have the right attitude. The Cup can be a great leveler. Clarendon travel away to play 3rd Divisions Dudley Lions, who are in a great run of form. I don’t think this will be enough on the day though and the greater quality of Clarendon will shine through. The final tie also sees Division 1 versus Division 3 with Sheldon playing Place Of Refuge Community Church. Again, I expect the Division 1 team to progress.(Edit: Sheldon vs Place Of Refuge Match Postponed). So my forecast for the semi’s are; All Saints Olympic, Clarendon, Sheldon and Zion Athletic. With the Cup Draw taking place at tonights League Meeting I will have a bit of fun and try forecasting that as well – All Saints vs Clarendon and Sheldon vs Zion Athletic. That should give all the teams I have tipped to lose and extra incentive to prove me wrong 😆 (Edit: Just finished a night shift and found out that my forecast of who would play who in the semis is wrong, so maybe the teams I have chosen to win may prove to be wrong as well, all the best to the 8 teams involved in the Cup today)..
Division 1 has 3 games with current leaders, St Mary’s facing Amblecote. A win for them will apply more pressure on the chasing teams who are all in Cup action. I expect a narrow 1-0 business like result for them with Amblecote being tough to beat on the day. The other 2 games relate to the other end of the table. Bottom Club Sandwell United travel to play Halesowen Zion, a game that Zion must surely win to help keep their status as a Division One Club. Sandwell suffered a thumping last week but did score a couple of goals against top opposition. I do not expect many goals here in a 1-1 draw. St Thomas’ Aldridge play Rowley College and whilst Rowley are comfortably set for the remainder of the season I do not anticipate any let down in their efforts to finish as high as possible. St Thomas’ have forgotten where the net is, so a 3-0 win to Rowley here. (Edit: Rowley College vs St Thomas Aldridge is postponed).
Division 2 sees leaders Chawn Hill Church having a free week, giving Connect Sports the chance to play catch up. It’s a big ask for them in that they have to win every game and hope Chawn fail to win their last game to be Champions, whilst at the same time looking over their shoulders at the threat posed from Wolverhampton and Solihull.. Tomorrows opponents, Charlemont Star, stopped Chawn’s title celebrations last week with a good 0-0 draw. I stated then that they were a tough team to beat and still think the same. Can they do the same to Connect? I think Connect will crack them with a narrow 1-0 win and keep the title race alive. 3rd place Wolverhampton and Perton Churches play Rockmout United and need the win to keep Renewal Solihull at bay, I think they will. Solihull travel to Selly Oak Methodist who themselves also suffered a thumping last week. Maybe not the same score line but once again I expect a loss for Selly Oak. (Edit: Selly Oak vs Renewal Solihull is postponed).
Division 3 Leaders, Pye Green Towers also have a free week, and like Division 2 it gives the chasing pack a chance to close the gap. Living Hope Church, who are probably the biggest threat play Saint Michael, who, like Living Hope, had a great win last week, They will be full of confidence but the extra experience will see Living Hope winning here. A mid-table clash sees Maple Leaf Rovers vs Zion City. The young guns of Zion City should win this one. The final game sees the bottom 2 teams playing each other with Monyhull hosting Hawbush. For Monyhull it’s a must win game should they hope to avoid finishing bottom, whereas, should Hawbush win then they will be hugely confident of avoiding being bottom come seasons end. (Edit: Monyhull vs Hawbush is postponed).