October 24th – Review, Part 2

Another 3 match reports have filtered through and I begin the 2nd part of the review with a report from St Mary’s:

Zion Athletic 1-3 St Marys

We made the long trip down to Kidderminster with just myself (Myatt) and a crocked Andy Harris on the bench, which became just a crocked Andy when Coleman went down after 30 seconds… Even so we had a strong team out and it was an even game with defences on top until Zions centre mid let frustration get the better of him and they were down to 10 men. Even then it was hard to tell that Zion had 10 men as we struggled to create chances as they remained well organised. We were understandably keeping more and more possession and this eventually told when we forced a corner and Sheward curled it straight in via the slightest flick from a defender. It remained this way until half time and we could tell that Zion felt that they were still in with a chance.

Second half we played much better and controlled the game from the off but again Zion were resolute and we had to wait 20 minutes until Tink Beeson effectively ended the game with a bullet header from another Sheward corner.

Sheward then rounded off a great display by whipping in another free kick from the left which evaded everyone bar another slight flick from a Zion head and ended up in the far corner. (Weirdly when we played Zion away last season (i think) we also scored 3 goals direct from set pieces)

We then proceeded to relax thinking the job was done, and straight from kick off Zion reminded us it wasnt as we allowed Leon to run half the length of the pitch to the edge of the area unchallenged and curl the ball over Phil into the top corner.

This should have woken us up but with Zion going for it they sensed that they could get back into the game. Luckily for us it was not to be and we secured the 3 v 1 win.

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So St Mary’s continue as pace setters in Div 1 and are sitting well placed to retain their title being 2 points in fromt of the nearest team and having played 1 less game. Last seasons close challengers Clarendon dropped points on Saturday, but do we have a new challenger appearing ? Wednesbury Baptist go into second place and maybe make this what looks like a 3 team race for the title. They do so, with a 4-3 away win at Chawn Hill Church, how Pete Barks predicted this I will never know!

Chawn Hill Church 3-4 Wednesbury Baptist Church

Saturday started as one of those days, where from the moment I woke up to see the rain pouring down, that you just knew nothing would go to plan. How correct I was!! Firstly what google maps said would be a 25-30 min drive for me took the best part of an hour and also i was fielding calls from most of the team asking how to get there (Safe to say that this was the first time any of our team had played here). After a call to local lad Chrissy T we finally found the entrance to the car park after his fantastic directions and rushed to the changing rooms to get ourselves prepared.

Due to the time taken finding the place the match started without us starting with our usual warm up and just like the weather we started the first half cold, and boy did we pay for this. With only 5 minutes gone Chawn scored with a bullet header from an inch perfect cross 1-0. Chawn gained momentum from this and continued to press as we failed to make the ball stick and in all honesty struggled to even string a few passes together. Chawn capitalised on this and extended their lead to 2-0 with a well taken finish from their number 9. We started to get a foothold as the half was drawing out and a lovely reverse pass from Fidell set Craig through to reduce the deficit with a well placed right foot shot into the top corner 2-1 and the game finally come alive with us starting to play some fantastic football which left Chawn at times chasing shadows. All credit to them though they did not let their heads drop and right on the stroke of half a long ball forward dropped kindly to their winger who cut it back to their onrushing player who finished nicely into the bottom corner.

Half Time 3-1.

Second half started pretty much has the first had finished (just without Chawn scoring a goal) we continued to play some free flowing football and within a few minutes of the restart Pete found himself with the ball at his feet and only the keeper to beat 3-2 and once again game on. Within 5 minutes of us reducing the deficit once again to one goal we found ourselves back on level terms after some lovely play by Fidell found Craig who finished for his second of the game 3-3. Fidell then once again caused the Chawn Hill defence problems this time resulting in him winning a penalty – Nick stepped up but was thwarted by a fantastic full stretch save from their keeper who had been superb all game. We continued to ask questions of the Chawn defence and we finally got our reward when after some lovely trickery from Tino we won a corner which Chrissy T nodded in for us to take the lead for the first time in the game. With the game drawing out Fidell who deserved a goal had one chalked off for offside which we thought was not the case (but as always we accept the officials decisions). We thought this might come back to haunt us as on the cusp of the final whistle the ref awarded Chawn a penalty for a bit of pushing and shoving in the area as both attack and defence jostled (One of those that if you give a penalty for it you would be giving penalties every 5 mins but once again we accepted the decision that was made) fortunately for us keeper Carl made a fantastic save to tip the penalty kick over the bar after it looked set on nestling in the top corner.

We managed one more attack before the end of the game but once again Fidell was unlucky was his effort hit the post and went out for a goal kick. Full Time 3-4. The old cliche ‘Game of two halves’ could not have been more fitting.

Full time 3-4 and I give enormous credit to the lads for their fighting spirit and determination to turn the game around and come away with 3 points when at half time it looked as though it would be nothing.

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So what looks like a great game of football ends up with Wednesbury moving into 2nd place above Clarendon. But at a cost!

Google Maps may have stated 25 minutes but a late kick off immediately leads to a fine! My advice, always allow extra time for finding venues and with the Saturday morning shoppers on the roads, allow even more time than  normal.

Could any of the chasing pack be dark horses in the title race? I really cannot see it, Rowley sit in 4th after their 3-0 away win at Rowley, (match report in part 1 of last weeks review), but they are a massive 8 points behind the leaders.

Wolverhampton and Perton slip below Rowley with 2-1 defeat to City Church, probably blowing W’tons lingering hopes of a title challenge. Ogochukwu Obiakor and Nicholas Graham scored City’s 2 goals moving them away from the relegation area for the time being. 6 points from their last 2 games making their position on the table look a lot better.

I think the last Div 1 game to cover this week is the Monyhull Church vs Connect Sports match. Monyhull win their first game of the League season with a 3-2 win over Connect and in doing so means every team has now won at least 1 game so far this season. If they can follow City Church’s lead and win 2 on the bounce they could be out of the relegation area. Just looked to see who their opponents are and it’s none other than City Church themselves.

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More to follow:

Just the 1 Match Report form Div 2 and it comes from Saint Michael:

St Thomas’ Aldridge 0-6 Saint Michael

On Saturday we visited St Thomas Aldridge on their ground. This was our first game with this team in our 3rd season so we’re going there with same attitude like to play a leader. Game score it’s not showing how good St Thomas players are so don’t be mislead.

Game started on time with huge rain and wind. We started a bit better and our team was able to create few chances but Kamil Lasoń did not finish them off. While we were trying to score some goals St Thomas was playing really well and they pass ball around pitch pushing us a bit to defence and doing some shoots on goal luckly for us none of them goes in.

First goal come when Marcin Gałuszka start from goal kick and he send ball to St Thomas half where Robert Zaleski flick it to Kamil Lasoń who run in to space and face only goalkeeper on his way. He mark shoot and when goalkeeper was on floor he ride all most in to goal.

This was only goal in first half as goalkeeper was doing great and defenders in both team was to strong to find open chance to score to anyone.

Soon after small break both team come back to pitch but that was our half as we pushed St Thomas in to deep defence and chance by chance we known that goals will come.

Open goal in 2nd half was great shoot from Patryk Jasicki who lob goalkeeper to give us 2 goals lead.

Then Arek Dabrowski comes out with even better shoot from free kick. 25 yards from goal and not strong shoot but ball bounced just on from of goalkeeper getting extra spin and jump over him and we’re 3:0 up!

4th goal was corner kick taken by Patryk Jasicki who delivery perfect ball to box and one of smallest player on pitch Radek Guterwil headed it in.

5th goal was again Radek who find him self in right place to finish a pass that goes thru whole St Thomas defence.

Last goal in this game was again corner kick played by Patryk Jasicki who strong deliver it just yard from nearside post and Robert Zaleski just by placing his head in score goal.

Both team got some chances in last 10 min of the game but none of them been placed on back of net. St Thomas was stoped by great performed Marcin Galuszka who save few lovely chances!

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So it’s a win for Saint Michael which moves them into 4th place, 3 points behind the next 2 teams and with a game in hand. But their is only 1 point difference between them and the 5 teams behind them.

St Matthew’s Walsall maintain their 100% record with a 5-0 away win at Sandwell United with Kevin Humpage bagging a hat trick. Sandwell did have a weakened team out on the day but St Matthew’s look strong title challengers for me.

Maple Leaf Rovers QMC won the battle of the top 2 with a 3-2 win over Living Hope Church United giving them a 5 point cushion between them and the next team. It’s looking good for them with around a third of the season played. For Living Hope, it’s their 2nd defeat of the season but they stay in 2nd.

Moving alongside Living on 13 points are Dudley Lions who missed the chance to claim 2nd spot as their own. However, a 1-1 draw away at Corinthians SK is a good result. Corinthians could have also claimed 2nd spot with a win so they will probably feel it’s points dropped being the home team and a result which has meant Saint Michael have now gone above them.

The last game in Div 2 saw Brierley Hill AOG travel over to Rowheath. A journey that ended up pointless for them with Selly Oak Methodist coming out as 3-1 winners. A result that has moved them above their opponents on the day.

With 2nd – 4th only being separated by 3 points and 4th – 9th separated by only 1 point the fluctuation in the table is huge at the moment. So every point is vital at the moment in this Division. A prediction nightmare for some of us!

 

 

 

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