Preview + Prediction Challenge 6th April

I was just going to do the¬†Prediction Challenge this week as it’s another late contribution and I am up at 5 o’clock. But with only 5 matches being played I changed my mind and decided to do a very quick preview of these games, (I hope), so here goes.

The top 3 in Division One all dropped points last weekend with Clarendon closing in on them all. I’m struggling to see past Clarendon as Champions even with them having 5 games remaining. Can Charlemont slow down their challenge? Much as I say Charlemont are well organised they are still a mid table side and I expect Clarendon to win.

Current table toppers St Mary’s could be displaced if Clarendon do win and they fail to pick up at least a point, (just noticed that should that happen, Clarendon would go top), St Mary’s go to City Church and both Club Secretaries will be wondering the same thing… who will turn up? Will it be the bare 11 or our strongest squad for the day. Having communicated with people from both Clubs it would seem that this has been an issue all season. St Mary’s really need to win their last 2 games to set Clarendon a target of 46 points and I am not sure they will do so. It’s a draw for me.

The last match in Division 1 sees me knowing that I will receive at least 1 match report this week. Yes, Rowley College are back in action and they travel to face St Andrews Netherton who had a very impressive result last week. It may have been a draw but it was against a very good side in Connect Sports. I think St Andrews could win all their remaining games and end up in 6th or even 5th place. So the challenge is there for them to do this. For Rowley, well they still need 1 point to ensure that they do not end up in the bottom 2. So, another big challenge for them. My head is saying a St Andrews win but it’s just gone midnight and my hunch brain has kicked in! Not a win for Rowley, but a draw which would give them that much needed point and as Rowley face Clarendon in their last match, they really do need to get that point today. Otherwise they will be hoping todays opponents do not lose to Monyhull Church.

Just 2 matches in Division Two and all eyes from Christ Church Coseley will be on the Corinthians Sk result. Christ Church finished their season last week with an impressive 7-0 win over Living Hope Church United. This ended Living Hopes promotion chances but will it be enough for Christ Church? Corinthians have 3 games in hand needing 3 points to grab 2nd place. Their first obstacle is St Thomas Aldridge and looking at their other 2 remaining games this is probably their best chance of making 2nd place their own. St Thomas have had a much improved second half of the season. Both teams have won 4-2 in their previous matches this season, so not an easy call to make. It’s a narrow win for Corinthians for me.

The last match sees Dudley Lions hosting Delph Athletic, (Joshua from Delph has sent me 3 match reports this week which I have not had time to put on here yet, these should be on here tomorrow, apologies Joshua). Back to the match.. a Delph win would close the gap between these 2 teams with both maybe harbouring hopes of even catching Living Hope. Both teams have produced plenty of goals in their respective games all season so we should expect at least 4 goals in this fixture. So that’s what I am going for…split evenly between both teams, a 2-2 draw.

This weeks challenger is Roberto Gocan the League’s Fixtures Secretary.

 

6th April, 2019
Neil Kovacs
Division One
Charlemont Star 0 Clarendon 4
City Church 2 St Mary’s 2
St Andrews Netherton 3 Rowley College 1
Division Two
Corinthians S.K 2 St Thomas Aldridge 1
Dudley Lions 3 Delph Athletic 2
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Fixture’s Secretary, Roberto Gocan
Division One
Charlemont Star 1 Clarendon 3
City Church 0 St Mary’s 2
St Andrews Netherton 1 Rowley College 1
Division Two
Corinthians S.K 2 St Thomas Aldridge 1
Dudley Lions 2 Delph Athletic 2
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