Well we had more games played than I expected at the weekend but 6 games still fell foul of the weather. For me personally, the stand out result of the weekend was Monyhull Church winning their second game of the season 6-0. Whilst I predicted them to win I never envisaged that scoreline!
In Division One, things went very much to form with both St Mary’s and Sheldon running out comfortable winners against Corinthians SK and Sandwell United respectively. St Mary’s enhanced their differential in goal difference with a comprehensive 7-0 win with Ian Coleman notching a hat-trick, Chris Morrison banging yet another 2 in to add to his 100+ total and 1 goal each for Thomas Locke and Nicholas Sheward. Another game ticked off the list by St Mary’s means the chasing packs chances of catching up are diminishing with every passing week. 2 goals by Adam Shakespeare and 1 apiece for Tom Hewitt, Andrew Ford and Edward Nsaiaia keep Sheldon’s hopes very much alive and like St Mary’s this is another win ticked off the list. Clarendon start the new year in fine form hammering St Thomas’ Aldridge 8-0. Everton Morrison stays in front as the Division One’s Leading Goalscorer with another 2 goals, with Stevon Richards and Laurie Cunningham also scoring 2 goals each, Jason Green and Odane Campbell popped in the other 2 goals. Clarendon apply a little bit of pressure on the teams above with a good win but for St Thomas’ they must be wondering where their next point is coming from! Amblecote ease the threat of relegation with a 4-2 win over Halesowen Zion with goals from Sam Crook, Jon Doman, Jadon Silva and Mike Tyler. I am informed that Jadon was released from defensive duties and played in midfield but it was his partner in the middle Mike who ran the show, oozing quality with every touch of the ball. For Halesowen Zion, it looks very much between them and St Thomas’ for the drop.
Only 2 of the 4 scheduled games took place in Division Two. Connect Sports beat Wolverhampton and Perton 2-0 courtesy of goals from Ben Sutton and Martin Lees. This result strengthens Connects push for the top but it still looks like Chawns’ title to throw away. There is a long way to go in the promotion race from this Division and everything is still to play for. In the other game played, Darkhouse ran out 3-2 winners against Wollaston Free Athletic and ruining my almost perfect prediction week, (I forecast a score draw in this one). No feedback from this game but it does look like it was an entertaining match with both teams not having any fear of relegation able to just go for it.
With the top 3 teams having their games postponed Place Of Refuge Community Church carried on their fine recent run of form with a 3-1 win over Hawbush and in doing so, may just have Dudley Lions and Living Hope Church looking over their shoulders. All of these teams may also need to keep a look out for another improving team in Zion City who beat Brierley Hill AOG 1-0 with a goal from Amrik Sanghera. However, as stated above, the performance of the week surely goes to Monyhull Church with their 6-0 win away to Maple Leaf Rovers QMC with Oli Smith and Pete Mander both scoring twice and Dave Williams and Jordan Armstrong-Sly popping up with 1 apiece. Maple Leaf are on an awful run at present but for Monyhull, well, these are the days that you enjoy. This result, as well as the 6+ goals means it is still all to play for at the bottom of the table.