A little later than I would have liked but I have had very little spare time this week to do Kovacs’ Kolumn but here goes.
Not much factual evidence from Clubs to rely on this week in the way of Match Reports to glean information from so the review will be brief.
As predicted, St Marys overcame Rowley College with a narrow 2-1 win to keep the pressure on the trailing pack. This appears to have been a game where Rowley failed to capitalize on the chances they created letting St Marys pinch what may prove to be a precious 3 points come seasons end.
Sheldon keep their momentum going with a 6-4 win away at St Thomas Aldridge with Brett Horobin scoring 4 for Lyndons lads. I must admit, I was surprised at the scoreline in that Sheldons mean defence were breached 4 times by St Thomas and all those within the first 45 minutes giving a half time score of 4-4. Sheldon then took control in the second half adding 2 more goals to secure the win but St Thomas can take a great deal from this game, (maybe not the defensive side though), in so much that they can score against top sides and battle to the end.
I met Paul, the All Saints Manager last Friday to borrow a kit for our Charity Game. I had not long put my forecast of a thumping win for All Saints on the web site only to be met with a question of “What’s the consequences us having to cancel the game due to injuries?” You could have knocked me down! Anyway, after I had told Paul that they had better find in the region of £200 and the points would in all likelihood go to their opponents he decided better to play and see what happens. Sorry Sandwell! Old Sandwell boy Rob Gill bagged a hat-trick scoring first for All Saints, Sandwell battled back to lead 2-1 with Rob then equalising. All Saints then ploughed on running out 5-2 winners. Maybe I should take a bit of credit for the win as well..haha.
Clarendon stay 4th with a 2-0 win over Halesowen Zion, a steady result for them but I still believe they are out of contention in the title race. As for Halesowen, there’s still work to be done to avoid relegation.
Zion Athletic win 3-1 away at Corinthians SK to possibly stay in the hunt for the top. Shawn Devonport notched a brace and thought that he had reached the milestone of 200 WMCFL League Goals in this game. Unfortunately for Shawn this was not the case. Upon checking the records I believe that Shawn notched his 200th League Goal on September 14th against Clarendon. This is quite an achievement, so even though it’s late, Congratulations Shawn, especially after recovering from the broken leg that almost finished your playing career.
Surprise result of the day was Amblecote’s 2-1 win over City Church. A brief chat with Phil Deeley on my doorstep revealed that Jadon Silva played in the defence and it made the difference. Even though I tipped City to win, I did say if Amblecote could sort their defence out they could pull out of danger. Sorry Jadon, looks like a season at the back for you!
Only 3 games in Division 2 last week with me only getting 1 result correct and that being Renewal Solihull and Chawn Hill Church’s score draw, ( normally the hardest to predict)!
Connect Sports stay top with Martin Lees carrying on from his 4 goals the week before with another 2 goals in their 3-1 win over Charlemont Star.
Chawn Hill come back from 4-2 down to secure a valuable point away to Solihull.
I wonder if Wollaston Free Athleic are back to last seasons form overcoming Wolverhampton and Perton Churches 3-2. After shipping in 11 and 5 goals in the last 2 weeks I expected Wollaston to suffer at the hands of Wolverhampton but they will take a great deal of pleasure from this victory during what has been a turbulant season so far for them.
Due to Lighthouse Athletic withdrawing, the League Records have been adjusted accordingly. Looking at the Table most teams have now played half a season, 8 games. There doesn’t appear to be a lot in it at the top but I believe the Champions will come from 1 of the teams currently occupying the top 3 spaces. Only 1 team will now be relegated from Division 2, (subject to other AGM business), and it’s looking like a straight fight between Selly Oak and Rockmount.
League Leaders Pye Green Towers strengthen their hold on the top with a 3-2 win at South Rd against Hawbush. Aaron from Hawbush reckoned they should have got something out of the game but as I was on the other pitch at South Rd in our Charity Game I couldn’t really discuss his game with him. Nonetheless, the performance should give Hawbush hope for the rest of the season. For Pye Green, it’s a massive win with the 2 teams below them dropping points.
Ed used to say he had certain Club Secretaries asking him to predict them to lose, Well, 2 weeks into Kovacs’ Kolumn and I have a certain Steve Rose from Dudley Lions expressing those same sentiments.Since hinting that you will not see a lot of goals at their games they have certainly disproved this in their last 2 games culminating with a 7-3 win away at Maple Leaf with hat-tricks for both Ant Parke and Sam Overfield. I reckon Maple Leaf must have had my old mate Saggy in the defence last week. Well Steve, I bet you’re checking the site every day this week to see what I say about this coming weekend!
Zion City ease their position at the bottom end of the table with a 5-2 win over St Michael and their eyes possibly looking to see if they can sneak into the 3rd promotion place with a strong second half of the season push.
Pete Falconer slotted another 2 goals in Living Hope’s 5-0 win over Monyhull Church.
Brierley Hill and Place Of Refuge drew 2-2. A result that doesn’t really do much for either team.
Finally, this may be called Kovacs’ Kolumn but I will occasionally put a different picture on with my Kolumn. There are many people who help run this League, mostly in the background. This picture is of Graham Brazier, the League’s Chairman. A brief background of Graham is contained within the Committee Page in The League Section. Have a look and find out more about the people who run the League for you.