A shortened review this week with both Rowheath and Saltley venues falling victim to the weather leaving us with only 4 matches.
Rowley College traveled to ‘The Bogs’ as it is know locally to find a pristine pitch much to Pete Bennett’s disappointment, (see his Match Report). Tom Doran was back on Halesowen Zion’s team sheet, (they have missed his goals), but, although Tom scored, Halesowen still lost with Rowley winning 3-1 in what sounds like a very competitive and close game and according to Pete maybe some positives for Halesowen to take into the Christmas period. For Rowley, another win that has seen them go soaring up into 4th.
Division Two’s only game saw Chawn Hill Church and Wolverhampton and Perton draw 1-1. I spoke to the Referee, James Orotayo, after the game regarding certain issues and he reported that it was a thoroughly entertaining game with both teams giving everything they had with a draw the right result. He was surprised to see how much Chawn had changed but was impressed with both the new young guns and their Manager, Steve Knight, who confirmed that he had used my forecast of them losing in his pep talk. I said that should Wolverhampton have lost this game they would be out of the title race but this result means the top 4 are all capable of becoming Champions.
In Division Three, Pye Green Towers further enhanced their title claim with a 3-1 win over new boys Place Of Refuge. I thought this may be a close game but a 3-1 scoreline doesn’t really give me anything to glean from in relation to that. All that matters for the Towers lads is that they keep ticking the games off with yet another win.
Living Hope Church move into 2nd with a 4-1 away win at Brierley Hill AOG, (Craig Abbey netting twice). Living Hope keeping themselves in the title hunt and Brierley Hill looking like a mid-table finish.
Hawbush, without playing, gain 3 points due to another Clubs indiscretions. This moves them 4 points clear of Monyhull who sit firmly on their own at the bottom of the table.
Next week sees 6 teams in Division Three, (League and Div 3 Cup), and 4 Clubs in Division Two playing, so there will be a preview following Christmas Day. I aim to do a seasons review for all the Clubs later today, I hope you enjoy it. No doubt it will enable much discussion over the Christmas period.
As an aside, I know column is with a ‘C’ and some people have queried why it’s Kovacs’ Kolumn without the ‘C’. The explanation is simple and will probably be appreciated more by some of the chaps who knew the League when Kev was League Secretary. Kev Kovacs’, or as he used to joke, The Double ‘K’. So there you have it, that’s why Kolumn is with a ‘K’.
We, The Management Committee, would like to thank all of the Club Secretaries for their efforts so far this season. We also give thanks to everyone who participates within our League and hope that it gives you much more than just having a kick about or run around on a Saturday morning.
We would also like to wish you all A VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A HAPPY AND HEALTHY NEW YEAR.