Preview + Prediction Challenge – 9th March

I stated this last week and the seriousness nature of the statement means I will repeat it before this weeks preview and prediction challenge.

As League Secretary, I am now making this fact known publicly so that everyone is aware that standards of behaviour must improve. Be of little doubt that actions will be taken to make sure that this League meets its Mission Statement which is as follows:

To enable Christian and non-Christian men alike to participate in a capably organised league in a manner, both on and off the field of play, that is morally, decently and ethically sound of action and speech and is honouring to the name of Jesus Christ.

I have had some full and frank discussions over the past few weeks and need to state the following, this League will be run according to Christian values in line with the F.A’s Laws Of The Game. Anyone, whether it be an individual or a Club that fails to meet these values is at serious risk of no longer being a part of this League. This could be de-registration of an individual, expulsion of a Club or no entry next season. At the moment, there are certain individuals and Clubs who are at risk of the aforementioned sanctions. In closing this part, please enjoy your football but make sure your actions are worthy of partaking within this League, both on and off the field of play.

Only 3 games in each Division tomorrow, St Andrews Netherton vs Saint Michael has been postponed due to a waterlogged pitch. There may only be 3 matches in Division 1 but all the top 4 teams are in action, all of which will still fancy their chances of becoming Champions. Clarendon are only 3 points behind the joint leaders who are both on 37 points but Life Centrals goal difference puts them in top spot for the time being. Clarendon have 2 games in hand but they do still have to play the current top 2 teams. They face struggling Selly Oak Methodist tomorrow who I envisage having a tough day as Clarendon set about improving their goal difference. I don’t like saying this but I can see double digits tomorrow in this game if Clarendon set about the task in hand. (Rob from Selly Oak will print that out and that’s his team talk done).

Connect Sports have a slightly more tricky game against City Church, but like Clarendon, I expect them to win. I don’t expect a landslide of goals in this one but a comfortable enough win for Connect to possibly go clear at the top depending how the last game in this Division goes. Connect had an impressive win in my eyes last week overcoming a stubborn Charlemont Star side. By beating City Church they would be all set up for a great clash with Clarendon next week.

As I predict Connect and Clarendon to win, both teams are away at the same venue, Rowheath Pavillion. With the continued rain, I am just hoping we get these games played.

The last match sees Life Central host St Marys, who like Clarendon, have games in hand on the league leaders. Whilst this isn’t one of their games in hand, I do believe it to be a MUST WIN for them. Should Life Central win, I reckon St Marys would be ruled out as title contenders and it then becomes a 3 Club run in to be crowned as Champions. I reckon 4 becomes 3 tomorrow and go for Life Central to win and remain top of the table.

Three of the top four in Division 2 are in action with Christ Church Coseley having a break, (they only have 3 games left).

Amblecote Nomads are already figuring out when they might be crowned as Champions but it won’t be happening tomorrow. They face Dudley Lions in what should be a tough challenge. Dudley beat a team in form last week, overcoming Delph Athletic by a single goal. So, can they overcome the leaders? I don’t envisage many goals in this and reckon it will be a point a piece come the full time whistle.

Second place Corinthians S.K face Excel Church looking to cement their chances of ending up as Runners Up. With Brierley Hill A.O.G only having 2 games left, Excel have enough points in the bag to avoid finishing bottom. Corinthians should keep the pressure on the clubs behind them to keep winning by beating Excel.

Living Hope Church United are one of those clubs chasing and really need a win to maintain their challenge for promotion and possibly second place. They face a Delph Athletic side who lost last week but have been in impressive form recently. I watched some of Living Hopes recent defeat to Amblecote and was impressed that they still tired to play some good passing football and their attitude stayed positive all the way to the final whistle. Reading last weeks match report for the Dudley vs Delph match it would seem like Delph still played well even though they lost. Not sure on this but I’m going for Delph to continue their recent good form and slightly dent Living Hopes chances of a top 2 place.

Pete from Life Central is this weeks Prediction Challenger. No doubt the Selly Oak lads will be looking to see my actual score forecast and definitely going out to prove me wrong. (No pressure on you Clarendon).

 

9th March, 2019
Neil Kovacs
Division One
City Church 1 Connect Sports 4
Life Central 4 St Marys 1
Selly Oak Methodist 0 Clarendon 10
*******
Division Two
Corinthians S.K 3 Excel Church 1
Dudley Lions 1 Amblecote Nomads 1
Living Hope Church Utd 1 Delph Athletic 2
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Club Secretary (Peter Allen from Life Central)
Division One
City Church 1 Connect Sports 3
Life Central 4 St Marys 2
Selly Oak Methodist 0 Clarendon 3
*******
Division Two
Corinthians S.K 2 Excel Church 2
Dudley Lions 2 Amblecote Nomads 3
Living Hope Church Utd 1 Delph Athletic 2

 

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