Wednesday, 30th April Review + Preview May 3rd

3 matches played last Wednesday and for me the result of the night was St Thomas’ Aldridge 8-0 thumping of City Church! So St Thomas take their relegation plight into their last match of the season against Zion Athletic, who were beaten 2-1 by Sandwell United on Wednesday. St Thomas’ have given themselves a chance and after a comprehensive win they must be confident of getting something from tomorrows game. Zion on the other hand have hit a poor run of form since their Cup Final win. If I had done this prediction earlier in the week I would have gone with a Zion week, but as the old saying goes, ‘A week’s a long time in football,’ so much so that I am predicting a St Thomas’ win which will leave Amblecote needing more points to stay up, a draw will not be enough for the Aldridge lads. Corinthians SK lost to Sheldon mid-week and with Sandwells win over Zion means that Corinthians are bottom again, 3 points behind Sandwell. Neither team plays tomorrow so the last place scenario will rumble on for a little longer. Sheldon, 4-2 mid-week conquerors of Corinthians SK got themselves back on track for a tilt at the top moving above Clarendon into 3rd place. 2 huge games tomorrow in Division 1, firstly with Sheldon hosting Rowley. To keep their title challenge alive Sheldon really need 3 points here but are facing a very resilient Rowley whose current form is impressive, I’m going for a draw. Match of the day for me is St Mary’s vs All Saints Olympic, a fixture that could have a huge bearing on where the title ends up. I believe that if St Mary’s win they will have virtually sewn the title up but should All Saints win they will really fancy their chances. Much like the Premiership tomorrow, there are so many permutations on who could be Champions. It would be easy to opt for a draw but time for my head on the chopping block, I’m going for a narrow 1 goal win to St Mary’s.

With Divisions 2 and 3 finished we have Clubs playing in their Divisional Cups. Division 3 is at the semi-final stage and the big one is really Pye Green Towers vs Living Hope Church, Champions versus Runners Up. Due to Pye Greens goalposts already being down the match is being played on Living Hopes pitch. I was a little surprised that Pye Green lost last week but I expect a different result from them tomorrow with them beating Living Hope. A surprise forecast some may say, but it’s a chance to win the Cup and they want it just that little bit more than Living Hope. The other semi-final is between Zion City and Dudley Lions, 3rd and 4th placed teams in the final league table. Both these teams have been in excellent form since Christmas and it’s a tough one to predict. I’m going for Zion to get through, it may even go to penalties but it’s Zion for me, a prediction that will no doubt leave Steve from Dudley with a smile on his face.

The Division 2 Cup is still in its Group stages, Group ‘B’ is already decided but Renewal Solihull and Rockmount Unted play to see who ends up as top team in that group, Solihull win for me.

Group ‘A’ is full of permutations with Chawn Hill Church playing Connect Sports and Charlemont Star playing Selly Oak Methodist. I expect Charlemont Star to beat Selly Oak Methodist to move them on to 6 points. Should this be the case, Chawn must beat Connect to have any chance of progressing. I think that Connect, who finished 2nd in the final league table, will, like Pye Green, just want it that bit more and will win. A result that will prevent all permutations having to be thought through. Unfortunately, I have to rush off to work now and haven’t time to do this. If I get chance in the morning I will have it on here for everyone to see how it would finish. (It’s all covered in the Rule Book, so maybe the Club Secretaries will be studying it tonight)!

7.50am Update:

Well after a long night shift I thought it best to explain the qualifying criteria should teams end up level on points, so here goes:

Rule 12(A): In circumstances where two or more teams are equal on points, team rankings shall be determined by goal difference where the goals scored against each team shall be deducted from the goals scored by that team and the largest positive difference shall be placed the highest. In the event of the goal difference being equal, the highest placed team shall be the team which has scored the most goals. In the event that two or more teams have the same goal difference and have scored the same number of goals then the highest placed team shall be the team which has won the most matches.

In the event of the two teams still being equal, the team which has the better playing record against the other team in their head to head Competition matches during the Season will be the highest placed team.

If the records of two or more teams are still equal and it is necessary for any reason to determine the position of each then the teams affected shall play a deciding match or matches as determined by the Management Committee.

Simple really, eh folks! Well i’m off for some sleep, enjoy your football today.

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