Prediction Challenge 9th February

Well, last week was a complete wipe out with the frost and as I type away at nearly midnight all I can hear is wind and rain thinking please do not let us have any postponements tomorrow, especially as it is Cup Quarter-Final day and some interesting games elsewhere in the League. I’ve not done a preview for ages but with my illness hopefully getting better and the magic of the Cup, especially how the draw has worked out with who you would consider to be favourites on the one side of the draw means it’s all very interesting. But first a little something from Pete Bennett of Rowley College.

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Clarendon 6 vs 1 Rowley College

Mini-report

I wasn’t at our 666th game because I was teaching Research Design to Masters students but I’ve produced this bit of ‘hearsay’ because it might be better than nothing and maybe it might respectfully encourage others to see that submitting a report doesn’t have to mean 500 words: two or three sentences gives us all a snapshot of what is going on.

We played Clarendon today, a team we have good relations with, usually good games against and have only beaten once in 29 attempts, though to find 12 draws having only scored 28 goals is an achievement. Truth is they have been consistently better than us and mostly the standard to aspire to and that has usually brought out the best in us.

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W

D

L

F

A

Clarendon

29

1

12

16

28

83

In 29 games we have only had six ‘wallopings’ but sadly the latest came today. When I knew that our new keeper was injured and our trusty deputy (and centre back) was abroad I feared the worst but Mark said we were competitive for the first half an hour, that our two stand in keepers (Jack and Chris) didn’t let us down but that we just didn’t play well. It didn’t feel like a 6-1 to him. Parker had a sound debut and Bradley returned with a goal (we were one up!).  All the best to Squaddie and Roger and their lads.

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(edit: Apologies to Pete for not putting this on the site earlier, things have been hard for myself lately but as I alluded to earlier, hopefully things are progressing in the right direction. This should mean the site will be back up to speed which has really been a bug bear for me whilst being bad. So, as Pete says, please send some reports in, even brief ones will do).

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Now, where were we? Oh yes, the magic of the Cup and we can only really begin with Delph Athletic vs Selly Oak Methodist. This looks to be a classic Cup Tie with a lower League team against a team a Division higher but who are struggling. Out of the eight teams left Delph Athletic are the only Division 2 side left in the Cup and I seem to remember that Joshua Briley’s wife didn’t think they would get past the last round of the Cup as it was his Prediction Challenge that week, (November 17th), and he left that one to his wife. Well, Delph Athletic are in fine form with 4 consecutive wins whereas Selly Oak Methodist have been struggling of late. They did however smash 15 goals past their opponents in the last Round but I do not think that likely in this match. I’m going for the magic of the Cup to continue with a 3-1 win to Delph Athletic. Whoever does make it through that tie will face either Charlemont Star or Rowley College with the latter having won the Cup in 2001. Charlemont Star are faring better in the League but Rowley do possess more up front but then again Charlemont have a good defence. This could go all the way to extra time and penalties but the Prediction Challenge is based on 90 minutes. It’s so tough to call, but I will go with Rowley’s experience and a 2-1 win for them.

The other half of the Cup Draw is just as interesting with the current top 3 teams in there. City Church are also in there and should not be easily dismissed, especially if they can field their strongest team. It’s Life Central versus Connect Sports, 1st vs 2nd and boy I would love to be at this tie, (unfortunately I am working and really am gutted to miss watching this one). I am anticipating a quality match and a few goals as well. I have changed my mind many times on this one, once again I think experience will pay and go for Life Central having been in this situation many times before, but, the magic of the Cup and a hunch has me backing Connect. Well, it’s approaching 1 a.m and I have to decide! Experience again for me and a 3-2 win for Life Central. City Church host Clarendon in the other tie and whilst Clarendon would appear to easily be the favourites I would not write off City Church with them proving they can beat the best with a 2-1 win over them on 5th January. Can City Church repeat that and move into the Semi-Finals? Again, experience keeps coming back to me and says Clarendon. Their 17-0 win in the First Round looks like they do have their minds on this Competition. My head says Clarendon my hunch says City Church, so, 2-1 City Church.

Apologies to teams in Division One and Division 2 as my preview of these games will be quite rapid.. 12.30 am and I need to be up again at 5am.

Only one match in Division 1 with Chawn Hill Church hosting Monyhull Church. Chawn are the favourites for this and that is where my prediction goes, but it is only by the odd goal in five, 3-2 to Chawn.

I stated a few weeks ago that it was Amblecote Nomads title to lose. Well, they had a blip and it’s still all to play for but Amblecote do have points in the bag already which is always a bonus. However, many more slip ups and it gets interesting. The chasing pack have games in hand and tomorrows opponents, (it’s today’s opponents now whilst typing this), are Living Hope Church United. This is, I believe, a must win for them if they have any hopes themselves of being Champions. I think that they will win this match 3-1 and keep this Division very interesting. Corinthians S.K sit in 2nd and face bottom placed St Thomas Aldridge. I really only see a Corinthians S.K win here with them running out 6-1 winners. Should those 2 results happen it gets closer at the top. Christ Church Coseley sit in 3rd but I believe the title to be out of their reach and a promotion tilt to be their remaining aim. They face struggling Brierley Hill A.O.G and I do not see any improvements for Ian’s lot from there. Christ Church Coseley to stay in the race for promotion with a 5-0 win. Excel Church versus Dudley Lions is the last fixture in Division 2 to be mentioned and whilst Excel may still be looking over their shoulder I believe neither team will finish bottom. I am going for an Excel 2-1 win.

So, approaching 1am and the preview is done. As stated earlier, I hope to be getting on top of this sort of thing so that people can read this earlier on a Friday night rather than later than that. But, we will see. Also a quick reminder, please send some match reports in to keep this site more interesting. Prediction below:

 

9th February, 2019
Neil Kovacs
League Cup
Charlemont Star 1 Rowley College 2
City Church 2 Clarendon 1
Delph Athletic 3 Selly Oak Methodist 1
Life Central 3 Connect Sports 2
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Division One
Chawn Hill Church 3 Monyhull Church 2
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Division Two
Christ Church Coseley 5 Brierley Hill AOG 0
Excel Church 2 Dudley Lions 1
Living Hope Church Utd 3 Amblecote Nomads 1
St Thomas Aldridge 1 Corinthians S.K 6
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Club Secretary (Dave from St Andrews Netherton)
League Cup
Charlemont Star 3 Rowley College 2
City Church 1 Clarendon 2
Delph Athletic 2 Selly Oak Methodist 2
Life Central 4 Connect Sports 0
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Division One
Chawn Hill Church 2 Monyhull Church 0
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Division Two
Christ Church Coseley 3 Brierley Hill AOG 1
Excel Church 2 Dudley Lions 4
Living Hope Church Utd 3 Amblecote Nomads 3
St Thomas Aldridge 2 Corinthians S.K 2

 

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