Preview + Prediction Challenge

So my plans for today totally fell apart upon receiving a message from my daughter saying “are you still coming round for tea?” Now this was the first that I knew of this and the fact that there was also a job that needed Dad/Grandads assistance that had been forgotten to be mentioned during the week meant that I got home around 10pm. Quick close of my eyes and it’s suddenly nearly midnight! So apologies but this weeks preview will be very brief.

Only 2 matches in Division Two with Christ Church Coseley playing their last game of the season against Living Hope Church United.  Christ Church can confirm at least a top 3 finish should they win which I believe they would have settled for at the beginning of the season. I must admit to expecting more from Living Hope and whilst they can still aim for second place I reckon that defeat for them will end those hope. Christ Church win.

The second game in Division 2 sees last weeks beaten Semi-Finalists, Delph Athletic face an improving St Thomas Aldridge. I am informed that Delphs match against Charlemont Star was a really good game and that Delph missed some great opportunities to score, having four one on one chances… or maybe it was good goalkeeping? Anyhow, I think that because they had a good performance they will not be too deflated and will overcome St Thomas.

Five games in Division One and I begin with the aforementioned Charlemont Star who host City Church. Charlemont will be on a high reaching the Final, but will they be able keep the momentum going. Both teams have 3 games left and this really is a middle of the table clash. I think that City may just want it a bit more as they can certainly aim for a higher finish than mid table if others slip up. City Church to win.

Life Central travel to face Monyhull Church and I will say right from the off that I fully expect a Life Central win. This may keep their very slim hopes of winning the title going for an extra week but I really believe that their loss to Chawn Hill Church a couple of weeks ago extinguished their hopes of becoming Champions. Monyhull still need points to avoid being bottom, although I still expect Selly Oak Methodist to finish there as they play Clarendon in their final game. Comfortable Life Central win for me.

Chawn Hill Church failed in their efforts to prevent St Marys from taking top spot last week, but it took the last kick of the game to win it for St Marys and it was a penalty kick that sealed all 3 points for them. Steve from Chawn was gutted, as like Delph he assures me that they missed chance after chance. Well, Chawn are away to Saint Michael who need to start picking up some more points to ensure they do not end up in the bottom 3. Saint Michael won the reverse fixture 1-0 earlier in the season but something tells me it will be Chawn that take all 3 points. Chawn win.

The other losing Semi-Finalist last week were Connect Sports who before then were in the race for both the Cup and the Division One Title. Well, as the saying goes, ‘a week is a long time in football’ and this weeks results could have a massive bearing on where the title ends up. In my view, this is a must win for Connect, in fact I would go so far as to say they have to win all 3 of their remaining games to have a chance of being Champions and even that may not be enough with 46 points. St Andrews Netherton stand in their way first and I have to admit, like Living Hope, I did expect more from them this season. they play some good football but I think they need to be more competitive. For this reason it’s a Connect Sports win for me and for them to then look at the last game that I have not mentioned yet.

The last match to preview is surely the ‘Match Of The Day’ with St Marys hosting Clarendon. Clarendon are currently 6 points off the top but do have 6 games to play. However, 3 of those are against the current top 3 sides in Division One! So, if they are to add to their already impressive trophy tally they will have to do it the hard way. St Marys must be thinking that win this one and they will have one hand on the trophy. I think a St Marys win would near enough end Life Central and Connect Sports challenge, (although they would not be out of it mathematically). I really struggle to back against Clarendon and a win for them would keep the title race wide open still. But it’s ‘hunch time’ again and I’ve changed from my original thought and am going for a St Marys win.

(So much for this being brief)!

Having challenged the Chairman a few weeks back, (and lost), I got to thinking that some of the Committee are Club Secretaries so why not include some of the rest of the other Committee Officers. With this in mind, this weeks Prediction Challenger is Darren Appleby the Referee’s Secretary.

 

30th March, 2019
Neil Kovacs
Division One
Charlemont Star 1 City Church 3
Clarendon 1 St Marys 2
Connect Sports 3 St Andrews Netherton 1
Monyhull Church 1 Life Central 4
Saint Michael 1 Chawn Hill Church 2
Division Two
Christ Church Coseley 2 Living Hope Church Utd 1
Delph Athletic 3 St Thomas Aldridge 2
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Referee’s Secretary, Darren Appleby
Division One
Charlemont Star 2 City Church 2
Clarendon 3 St Marys 1
Connect Sports 4 St Andrews Netherton 2
Monyhull Church 1 Life Central 4
Saint Michael 2 Chawn Hill Church 1
Division Two
Christ Church Coseley 1 Living Hope Church Utd 4
Delph Athletic 5 St Thomas Aldridge 1
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