Kovacs’ Kolumn Review 22nd February

Only two of the five scheduled matches were played in Division One last Saturday with both All Saints Olympic and Clarendon warming up for this weeks Cup Quarter-Finals with emphatic wins over Sandwell United and Halesowen Zion respectively, both by 5 goal margins. For All Saints, Ryan Piggott notched another 2 goals to become their joint leading goalscorer with Rob Gill. Daniel Stanton also popped up with 2 goals, 1 each for Luke Charlton and Mathew Martin and an own goal completed All Saints goals scoring in their 7-2 demolition of Sandwell United, whose 2 goals were scored by Stefan Samuels and Ainsley Henry. This result leaves Sandwell floundering at the bottom, 8 points adrift of safety with 10 games left to play. For All Saints, it’s another comprehensive result keeping them 3 points in front of Clarendon in 3rd place. 4th placed Clarendon scored 5 with no reply. Everton Morrison once again banging in a brace, keeping him well in front in the goalscorers charts. Michael Miller, Stevon Miller and Chris Brown also had their scoring boots on, each of them finding the back of the net once. For Halesowen Zion, they must be wondering were the goals are going to come from to prevent relegation, whereas, Clarendon just keep that little bit of pressure on the clubs above them.

In Division Two, 3 of the 4 scheduled games managed to beat the weather. I said in my weekly preview that Chawn would have to bring their ‘A’ game if they were to beat Charlemont Star and claim the title. It would appear that they didn’t with a 0-0 draw the outcome of the game. Another point keeps applying the pressure and means that only Connect Sports can catch them now. Maybe the nerves are getting to the Chawn lads. For Charlemont, it’s another good point for them as they maintain a mid-table place. Nerves were definitely not on display in the Connect Sports vs Selly Oak Methodist game, with Connect thrashing Selly Oak 9-2. Selly Oak took the lead in this game but according to Rob O’Neil, Connects number 10 was lethal. I would imagine that it was Martin Lees who wore that shirt as he had the individual performance of the week hitting the back of the net and astonishing 5 times making him the current leading goalscorer in Division 2. I know Rob is an avid Liverpool fan and being as old as I am, I can remember an old saying that if you took the lead against them too early in the game that they would come back and beat you, (they had a great side in the 70’s), I reckon Daryl Brandys gaol for Selly Oak must have inspired the same response from Connect. So Connect are still fighting for the title, whereas Selly Oak are desperately trying to find some points to avoid going down.Luke Werhun, 2, and Dean Peddie scored Wolverhampton and Perton Churches goals in their 3-1 win over Wollaston Free Athletic with their goal coming from Rory Hobbs. A very important victory for Wolverhampton in their chase for a promotion place. I thought they may drop a couple of points here but they did the business to keep their dreams of Division One alive for next season.

All 4 games were played in Division 3 with current League Leaders, Pye Green Towers beating Brierley Hill AOG 6-2. Two goals apiece for Adam Beech, Richard Penwright and James Lockley ensured a comfortable win for the Towers lads. Daniel Luxton also netted twice in the game for Brierley Hill AOG in what was their last League game of the season, a season that started promisingly but went downhill rather rapidly, much like Ian Baker on his skiing holiday! For Pye Green, another 3 points in the bag, all they can do is to keep winning and see if anyone can catch them. Living Hope Church can catch them, and they gave their goal difference a huge boost with a 9-0 thumping of bottom placed Monyhull Church. Pete Falconer and Martin Woodhall were on the score sheet again with 2 goals each with further goals coming from Callum Oakshott, Craig Abbey, Jack Chapman, Chris Webb and an own goal. These goals may prove crucial come seasons end. For Monyhull Church, the loss was probably expected but the level of the defeat may have disappointed them. 3rd placed Dudley Lions had a narrow 3-2 win over Maple Leaf Rovers with goals from Lewis Hill and Ryan Cartwright, who netted twice. 2 goals for Michael Knowles could not prevent another defeat for Maple Leaf whose League season is also close to an end. Dudley Lions cannot be ignored in the title race and this result really does keep them there as serious contenders. Thomas Queensborough, the current leading goalscorer in Division 3, popped up with 2 goals again on Saturday for Zion City against Saint Michael. However, it was not enough to prevent defeat with Saint Michael winning 4-2. Their goals coming from Szczepan Chrzanowski, Patryk Jasicki, Kamil Lason and Daniel Kuliga. This result probably ends Zion City’s hopes of gate crashing the promotion places but it’s a result that takes Saint Michael above Hawbush in the table.

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