16 Nov 2018

Prediction Challenge – 17th November

A more detailed review of the challenge will follow tomorrow. However, for tonight, it’s just the predictions for tomorrows games.

Thanks to Joshua Briley and his wife for their forecasts. (He couldn’t forecast his own Cup tie and asked his wife to do so… she wasn’t confident and went the same way as myself. So 2 people to prove wrong for the Delph lads tomorrow. Hahaha).

 

17th November, 2018
Neil Kovacs
League Cup Round Two
Dudley Lions 3 Delph Athletic 1
Rowley College 3 Monyhull Church 1
St Marys 3 Connect Sports 1
St Thomas Aldridge 1 Selly Oak Methodist 3
Division One
Clarendon 5 Chawn Hill Church 1
Saint Michael 1 Life Central 1
Division Two
Brierley Hill A.O.G 1 Amblecote Nomads 2
Christ Church Coseley 3 Excel Church 2
Club Secretary (Joshua from Delph Athletic)
League Cup Round Two
Dudley Lions 3 Delph Athletic 1
Rowley College 2 Monyhull Church 3
St Marys 2 Connect Sports 1
St Thomas Aldridge 1 Selly Oak Methodist 4
Division One
Clarendon 4 Chawn Hill Church 1
Saint Michael 2 Life Central 5
Division Two
Brierley Hill A.O.G 1 Amblecote Nomads 3
Christ Church Coseley 5 Excel Church 2

9 Nov 2018

One Minutes Silence – Prediction Challenge – Kovacs Kolumn

22296 Private John William ARMSTRONG, Killed in action 1st July, 1916 – Aged 22

21450 Private Henry ASHWORTH Killed in action 1st July, 1916 – Aged 29

12287 Private Joseph BOWDEN Killed in action 1st July, 1916 – Aged 18

865 Sergeant William Archibald BURCHELL Killed in action 1st July, 1916 – Aged 33

24092 Private George CLARK Killed in action 1st July, 1916 – Aged 26

13762 Private Robert DALEY Killed in action 1st July, 1916 – Aged 38

2081 Corporal William Daniel GRIGGS Killed in action 1st July, 1916 – Aged 26

12274 Private Charles HUDSON Killed in action 1st July, 1916 – Aged 24

1912 Sergeant Arthur Edward LUCKETT Killed in action 1st July, 1916 – Aged 25

1923 Corporal William QUINN Killed in action 1st July, 1916 – Aged 31

926 Sergeant Albert ZALA Killed in action 1st July, 1916 – Aged 29

 

Please do not just glance at the names above, please have another good look at each name and the age that they died. 11 names, enough to make up a football team. But these 11 names formed a different team.

On the 1st July, 1916 they were ‘Soldiers In Arms’ at the Battle Of The Somme. Their names are listed in the Battle Of The Somme, Roll Of Honour, 1st Battalion, Lancashire Fusiliers.

I only chose these names and the regiment because the battle they lost their lives in was being talked about on Radio WM as I was driving home recently. But the 11 names above could be replaced with thousands upon thousands of names who have given their lives in all wars over the years. This Sunday will be exactly 100 years since the end of the First World War.

There will be a One Minutes Silence before all of the matches in the West Midlands Christian Football League. Look at the list above again, pick just one name out and remember his name and the age that he died. During the one minutes silence, remember him and remember the others that gave their tomorrow so that we could have our today.

 

I feel it right that there is no write up this week regarding the Prediction Challenge, but thanks to Andy from Charlemont Star for his forecast.

10th November, 2018
Neil Kovacs
League Cup Round Two
Ambecote Nomads 0 Clarendon 9
Charlemont Star 3 Chawn Hill Church 1
Living Hope Church Utd 1 City Church 3
St Andrews Netherton 1 Life Central 3
Division Two
Brierley Hill A.O.G 2 Excel Church 1
Christ Church Coseley 3 St Thomas Aldridge 1
Corinthians S.K 3 Dudley Lions 2
Club Secretary (Andy from Charlemont Star)
League Cup Round Two
Ambecote Nomads 1 Clarendon 3
Charlemont Star 3 Chawn Hill Church 1
Living Hope Church Utd 2 City Church 1
St Andrews Netherton 2 Life Central 1
Division Two
Brierley Hill A.O.G 3 Excel Church 1
Christ Church Coseley 4 St Thomas Aldridge 1
Corinthians S.K 3 Dudley Lions 1

9 Nov 2018

Postponed Matches – 10th November

Rowley College vs Monyhull Church Postponed

6 Nov 2018

Match Report – 3rd November Updated 8th Nov

Amblecote Nomads 0 vs 1 Living Hope Church United

Match Report from Stephen Farley, Living Hope Church United.

I wasn’t at the game on Saturday but nobody’s done a report so I thought what a great idea I’ll send a report in anyway. Always a risky proposition and apologies if I’ve missed something brilliant. Obviously it was a tight game pitting our wits against the unbeaten league leaders but we took the lead in the first half around the half hour mark. We should have had a penalty by all accounts but the referee played on to allow Ashley Turner to rifle home his third goal in two games so well done Ref!  Amblecote had their chances to equalise and we had to ride our luck at times,  most notably a free kick from twenty five yards that looked to be going over, dipped and hit the bar.  Defender Dylan Carter cleared one off the line after a goal mouth scramble and Goalkeeper James Farley parried a shot that saw an Amblecote striker put the rebound over the bar with the goal at his mercy.  Still a clean sheet is a clean sheet and a rare commodity in this division. Well done guys on pulling together for a great team effort and commiserations to Amblecote who put up a fine performance.

Game in three words : Was not there

 

Rowley College 2 Charlemont Star 5

Match Report From Pete Bennett, Rowley College.

Having been forced into a change of pitch this week onto the large 3G pitch we train on at Four Dwellings, we’d hoped to address our poor run of home results.  Instead we found ourselves with a mounting list of absentees as the week went on that left us short and then dogged us during the game as players with injuries started to feel the full force of the large pitch.  It is a surface for younger legs and this season we have our fair share though sadly not today where work commitments robbed us of Brad, Fin, Hayden and Jack (in  addition to full backs Matt and Joe). This meant asking winger Ken to play right back and adding Tom Cartin’s brother Andy as an emergency signing (and he did well). Charlemont looked more than  happy with the surface and played very well today.

My view is that we were architects of our own misfortune in the first half leaving us too much to do in the second half with deteriorating resources.  We certainly had as much offensive intent as they did and created as many chances but found ourselves two penalties to nil down. At this point we were playing decent football out from the back and through an active midfield which included Mark, Ben Smith and our man-of-the-match Clive and into Connor and Josh who were excellent.  We had shots but failed to really test their stand-in goalkeeper until a period of concerted pressure led to a couple of corners the second of which dropped to Connor who skilfully hooked it home.  Five minutes to half time and the game was on the turn!  Sadly we then shot ourselves in the foot by conceding a scrappy goal just this side of the half time whistle (their lad went through three or four of ours before slotting it home).

Second half was a bridge too far and I have to give credit to Andy’s lads who were terrific as an attacking force, particularly on the break and our back lads (including keeper Lee who was excellent again) who defended earnestly.  Our offensive capability was significantly blunted by injuries to Ben , Mark and Shola but we kept going even after they had added a sharp fourth (the lad with a decent head of hair up front is a very good player).  Shola stormed onto an attempted clearance to thump in a second for us which opened some hope of a repeat of the 5-4 we enjoyed last year coming from behind.  This was further fanned by an injury to their keeper which put in a genuine ‘rookie keeper’ but though we had pressure we couldn’t make it count and they finished it last minute with the perfect breakaway goal.  All the best to Andy and his lads: worthy winners.

2 Nov 2018

Prediction Challenge – 3rd November

Well yet another midnight bashing of the keyboard with my thoughts regarding todays matches. Chawn have suffered consecutive defeats and whilst it was close the previous week they took a bit of a hammering against Life Central. They face Saint Michael who also took a heavy defeat a couple of weeks ago but had a creditable draw versus Rowley last week. I’m taking Chawn to win this one. Clarendon remain one of only 3 teams unbeaten in the whole league and look as though they will be there or thereabouts again come seasons end. They face a St Andrews team who will be full of confidence following their big win last week. However, tomorrows opponents will be a tougher nut to crack. I expect St Andrews to fall short in what should be an entertaining encounter…Clarendon win. Dropping into Division 2 sees another unbeaten team in Amblecote Nomads come up against the leading goal scorers in that Division, Living Hope Church United, although there is not much in it. I think there may be new leaders by the end of play tomorrow and whilst I think Living Hope will win this clash I don’t think they will claim top spot. Looking elsewhere I reckon that Corinthians S.K will assume the role as leaders with a home win over Delph Athletic. Delph had a good result versus Amblecote last week but I do not anticipate the same this week. Current Division 1 leaders, Connect Sports face City Church who had a convincing win last week. Can they do it again against the current top boys? Well, like most teams at this level, a lot depends on whether you can get your best team out on a regular basis. I’m not expecting loads of goals in this game because both teams are decent in defence, (what’s that? 5 each)! I’m going for Connect to nick it by the odd goal. My hunch last week, Monyhull, fell just short in a 2-1 defeat to Connect and face another top team today in St Marys who are also unbeaten so far this season. I’ve predicted a 3-1 win to St Mary’s but having just looked at the League table have noticed they have only let in 2 goals in 5 games, now that’s impressive. I’m sticking with it though, Monyhull to breach their defence at least once. Brierley Hill in Division 2 notched up only their 2nd win of the season scoring 5 in the process! They are away today against Dudley Lions whose 8 games so far have averaged 5.5 goals. I’m not expecting that many and am going for a 3-0 win for the Dudley lads. The last game in Division 2 sees Excel play St Thomas Aldridge with both teams having won just 1 game each so far this season. So who will get their 2nd win? Both defences concede a fair bit and there isn’t much to chose between the attacking stats. On the fence for this one, a score draw. 2 games left to predict in Division 1 so I will start with Selly Oak Methodist versus Life Central. Selly Oak have taken two thumpings on the trot and Life Central appear to have loads of goals in them especially with a very convincing win over Chawn last week, Leon Naylor for them in his 6th consecutive league game. So it all points to a decent win for Life Central…or does it? Hunch time, score draw it is. Rowley College versus Charlemont Star is the last one to look at and both teams appear to have very similar attack and defence stats. I’m not sure whether Rowley will be going up the rollercoaster or hammering down the other side but I always think of Charlemont, (maybe incorrectly), as a good steady team. With this in mind, it’s yet another score draw for me.

This weeks Challenger is Phil Bostock from Corinthians S.K.

 

3rd November, 2018
Neil Kovacs
Division One
Chawn Hill Church 4 Saint Michael 0
Clarendon 4 St Andrews Netherton 0
Connect Sports 2 City Church 1
Monyhull Church 1 St Mary’s 3
Rowley College 1 Charlemont Star 1
Selly Oak Methodist 2 Life Central 2
Division Two
Amblecote Nomads 1 Living Hope Church Utd 3
Corinthians S.K 4 Delph Athletic 1
Dudley Lions 3 Brierley Hill A.O.G 0
Excel Church 1 St Thomas Aldridge 1
Club Secretary (Philip from Corinthians S.K)
Division One
Chawn Hill Church 3 Saint Michael 1
Clarendon 3 St Andrews Netherton 0
Connect Sports 2 City Church 2
Monyhull Church 0 St Mary’s 2
Rowley College 3 Charlemont Star 3
Selly Oak Methodist 1 Life Central 4
Division Two
Amblecote Nomads 2 Living Hope Church Utd 3
Corinthians S.K 3 Delph Athletic 1
Dudley Lions 1 Brierley Hill A.O.G 2
Excel Church 1 St Thomas Aldridge 3

 

31 Oct 2018

Extra Match Report – 27th October

Corinthians S.K 1 Living Hope Church United 2

Written by Josh Steventon, Living Hope Church United.

The weather got us off to a real cold start with some thick snowflakes dropping down but the game kicked off to a bright start. The Hope took the lead early on with some lovely ball play, which Bash Turner thundered home with a left footed piledriver from twenty yards, so much so the ball came out of the back of the net and carried on rolling for several yards.  The game was end to end and Living Hope continued to threaten with several long throws from Chuck Webb while The home side were threatening on the break, pushing the away defence to their limit calling for desperate clearances at times.  Corinthians equalised half way through the first half with a lovely diagonal through ball that split the back line allowing time for their striker to play the ball underneath Goalkeeper James Farley. Living Hope enjoyed some neat midfield play at times and looked comfortable knocking the ball about led by talisman Callum Oakshott but it was Bam Bam Bash again with a second identikit death strike after being teed up by Shane Parker.

At the start of the second period the Home team made a couple of changes, adding more firepower in the centre of the pitch.  Stalemate endured though and both teams created most of their goal line chances from some  impressive long throws.  Not much to report on in the second half as both teams dug in and neither team could make the most of the play to further the score. A mention to Jack Whitehouse who made his Hoper debut in defence adding some real coolness at the back.

Goals:
Turner: 2

Game in 3 words: Hope Getting Better

29 Oct 2018

Match Reports – 27th October

Delph Athletic 1 vs 1 Amblecote Nomads

Match Report from Joshua Briley, Delph Athletic:

After taking a heavy beating the week before vs Dudley Lions. The Delphs were intent on re-grouping against top of the league Amblecote Nomads.

With a depleted squad (2 Emergency signings – Nat Wallis & Liam Walton) & 2 players over 45 in the match day squad (Matt Slater & Liam Walton) the Delphs started the game the same way we had played throughout pre-season, but had not yet done in the league campaign.

We were well organised at the back, with lots of movement in midfield & options going forward. The football once again flowed really nicely with John Beall & Luke Thompson finding themselves controlling the midfield right from the start of the game. On Many occasions this season we have outplayed teams in the middle of the park & this game was no exception. Ben Mee & David Harrison were often found out wide with lots of space out wide. Matt Kindred in goal was always keen to start the football from the back, finding Jack slater & Liam Walton at full back to start the possession play from deep.

Whilst we had so many players away, we did struggle with creativity – Although we had the majority of the ball in the first half there were only half chances with a John Beall Volley & a Nat Wallis shot.

For the majority of the first half the Delphs continued to do the basic things we had been trying to in previous weeks, there were no Amblecote runners left untracked, there was lots of positive talking on the field & for the first time in our short history, there were no foul throws in the first half!!

On the stroke of half time Amblecote gave away a free kick not far from the edge of their penalty area. Nathanael Harding stepped up after watching Luke Thompson Blaze an earlier free kick well over the bar. Nat struck the ball sweetly, and with a generous deflection from the Amblecote wall the ball found it’s way into the top corner.

Half time – 1-0.

In the second half Amblecote came out looking to strike back, they saw more of the ball & forced some great saves from Matt Kindred in goal from long shots.

The Delphs continued to perform well though & the 2 Nat’s upfront were consistently providing an option for everyone to look too.

Stand in Manager Grant Esp then decided to make a change, with David ‘Mo Farah’ Harrison making way for Jamie chapman – If ever there was a risk for a foul throw, this was it.

Not long after his introduction to the game at RB, Chapman was getting well stuck in with some solid defending. This was until the time came for him to stand in & take a throw in on the half way line. It’s a well known fact that Jamie has very weak wrists due to a break in his teenage years. There are also rumours that he is starting a campaign to use a size 3 football instead of a size 5 football. In truth, the extra weight of the size 5 football took its toll on Jamie and his throw in resulted in the Delphs first & only foul throw of the game.

The Delphs continued to try to play nice football in the second half however the depleted squad started to tire which meant Amblecote were able to carve out some long distance chances which if they weren’t blocked by Joel Gooding were saved well by Matt Kindred.

On around 75 minutes Amblecote then won a corner which was whipped in towards the goal mouth – This saw a scramble to the ball & GK Matt Kindred unfortunately didn’t make the connection he’d intended and the ball flew into the net directly from the corner. 1-1

From there on the challenge was clear for us, Whilst we are learning a lot about 11 a side we have at times this season been a little naive when trying to hold onto games. Today was the exception & what we hope will be the start of some momentum.

From the moment Amblecote Equalised they never looked like taking the lead, it was all the Delphs from then in.

2 more substitutions for the Delphs (Ed Sutton on for Nat Wallis & Grant Esp on for Jack Slater – Both players came on whilst carrying injuries).

On 90 Minutes Grant Esp then went on a run down our Left hand side, he took on a few players and laid the ball off to Nat Harding who struck a left footed shot just inches wide of the top right hand corner from the edge of the box. The Full Time Whistle then blew. 1-1 FT.

Yet another game this season we have come away from feeling we should have taken more from it but a lot of promise from this game, I’m sure if you’d have offered us a 1-1 draw at the start of the game against top of the league we’d have been happy with it, but to come off the pitch feeling very disappointed not to win tells you a lot about the game & us as a team.

Good to see the lads starting to build on the things we speak about in pre-match team talks. We’re slowly learning to do the basics & if we can remain as organised & controlled as we did against Amblecote whilst adding in some of our missing more creative players we have no doubt that we can start to carve our results in the league.

Our Iconics Man of the Match for this game was Nathanael Harding for his non-stop running up front.

Next up Corinthians SK away from home who currently sit in 2nd Place in the league having just narrowly lost 2-1 to 3rd place Living Hope Church United.

 

Saint Michael 2 vs 2 Rowley College

Match Report from the ever reliable Pete Bennett, Rowley College

That we should have won this game three times over (and I reckon it was the third ‘winning draw’ we’ve had this season and it’s made a massive difference to where we find ourselves) is of no consequence in comparison to the delight (and relief) I feel about our performance, particularly with reference to last week’s debacle. Everything that was missing then was present here in spades. On a narrow but flat and firm Academy pitch in a game that kicked off in a mini blizzard, we restored our self-respect and identity. Though missing four offensive players, we were both positive and effective and might have had a hat-full.

St Michael, of course, are a side who want to get it down and play in true continental style and it was pleasing to see us go head to head with this in midfield where we had been so poor last week. With Clive back to hold, Mark was able to field a strong four with himself and Fin in the middle and Ben and Hayden wide. All had terrific games today as did Josh up top, leading the line with power and style and it was difficult to pick a man-of-the match for us today (always a good sign). I’d probably give it to Ben Smith , though in doing this I am giving further question to why I took him off with 15 minutes to play.

By then he’d caused them numerous problems down the right including setting up the goal that sent us in 1-0 despite playing up the hill and against the cold wind.  We’d looked good from the start but the goal was the culmination: Haydon won it, Clive slid Ben in and his cross was tucked away by Josh.  By this point St Michael’s hadn’t had a shot though two quickly followed and Lee was again on top form with a stretch having been wrong-footed and a full-length save. We then sought a penalty for what those close claimed was a clear hand ball, though nether Andy (who was again excellent) nor the lino had a clear view of it any more than we did on the side.  The appeals masked a chance for Josh that the keeper brilliantly saved.

Second half and the game should have been over as we over-ran them. Ben shot over when he should have squared it, Josh headed past after an exquisite first time pass in from Mark (who just got better and better) and Josh then drove wide having done everything right. Then against the run of play a smart counter attack brought them an equaliser and before we could get over the shock a freak bounce flicked off the newly arrived Matt Williams’ head to deceive Lee and leave them a tap in. We did not hesitate: we pushed Mark up alongside Josh and he quickly volleyed an equaliser though despite having time we just couldn’t manage a winner and even had a late scare when they had the ball in our net (thankfully via a hand).  So frustrating but also so much better than last week!  Good luck to St Michael’s for the season.

26 Oct 2018

Catch Up, 20th October + Prediction Challenge 27th October, (update 8.50a.m)

This time last week I was nicely settled in Lanzarote in lovely warm weather. Since coming back I have not had any free time to update the site. Well, not until now, late on Friday night. So first things first, here are the match reports received from last weeks games.Followed by the Prediction Challenge.

Rowley College 0 – 4 Monyhull Church

Match Report from Pete Bennett, Rowley College.

I thought I had to work this weekend so was initially delighted at the fact that not having to meant I could get down to witness the next stage of our season’s journey. Coming on the back of a 4-1 away win I was once more full of hope. Despite missing Jack and Matty Williams we lined up strongly with three good subs and a desire to be on the front foot. Thus for the first time in many a long year we won the toss and kicked down the slope with an attacking 4-1-3-2 formation. We knew Monyhull were a decent side having played them when they were first promoted and seen them give Clarendon a good game last week on an adjacent pitch at Rowheath. And so they proved to be: a bunch of lads who are maturing together: they were well-organised, committed and fluid. In Oli Smith they have a really good quality player but he was by no means the only one. All of my moaning about us takes nothing away from John’s lads who were on the top of their game.

By 12.15 they had murdered us subjecting us to a humiliating 4-0 defeat at home (a place we have taken 1 point at in five matches while unbeaten away). I’d never have believed this for the first half an hour where both sides had been pretty even and our slight physical superiority had given their back line problems, though we had also had a couple of scares with Lee diving bravely at their forward’s feet and another passed just wide. I thought at that point that if we could just get a goal up we’d have a good chance of imposing ourselves and we had a gilt-edged chance when Shola played in in-form Josh but he could only stab it directly at their keeper. His and our frustration grew as we failed to create more and they stunned us with two good goals from outside the area (the first a real beauty).

The problem was we just didn’t respond and things got quickly worse. Though Mark made a change at half time and Fin came in and did well, we were generally laboured and they looked more likely to extend their lead (Lee made a terrific save just after half time). We then lost Shola and a third to a classic centre forward’s header and just had no answer save frustration and petulance. Mark’s emergence did galvanize things and we managed a sustained period of pressure but we seemed to be lacking in something (Andy, the ref, who was excellent, said he thought we’d given it up second half: something he’s not witnessed before). Their 4th was another smart finish from just outside the box and 4-0 I’m ashamed to say was thoroughly deserved. Wished I’d had to work!

(edit Neil Kovacs, work or football, win, lose or draw, always football).

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Dudley Lions 1 – 5 Living Hope Church United

Match Report from Callum Oakshott, Living Hope Church United

Last weekend saw LHC concede 4 early goals to Christchurch Coseley and were determined that seven days on they would return to winning ways.

The scoreline doesn’t do justice to the end-to-end game this was. Yet, the hosts were unable to capitalise on the few clear chances they created early on, whilst the LHC defence largely dealt with everything that was thrown at them.

The opening goal came from an Ashley Turner free-kick on the right-hand side, which was slightly flicked on into the path of Chris Webb, who fired the ball home for his third of the campaign. Before long, LHC were awarded a penalty, which Callum Oakshott duly tucked away.

With the break nearing, the hosts did manage to capitalise on the visitors losing concentration, setting up an interesting second-half.

Tasked with scoring early, LHC forward Shane Parker found the net within ten minutes of the restart. Looking more comfortable with their two-goal cushion, LHC started to push more. The effort paid off, as Dean Cutler threaded a ball for Oakshott to run on to, before slotting under the keeper.

Dudley Lions didn’t give in and looked to find a way through the LHC backline. Yet, the game was well and truly put to bed when captain Neil Ward launched an outside-of-the-right-boot shot that curled its way into the top right-hand corner.

Goals: Webb, Oakshott (2), Parker, Ward

Game in three words: Just that bouncebackability.

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Prediction Challenge 27th October

Early Saturday morning and as most of you get ready to prepare for the rollercoaster that is called football I will try to do a quick review for the games today. Only 8 matches scheduled and with neither the top 2 in Division 1 playing Connect have a chance to regain top spot versus Monyhull Church. I would have gone with a Connect win but after reading Petes report from last week it has muddled my thinking, Monyhull are obviously maturing as a side but I do wonder if they can match the strength that Connect have? I don’t think so but my muddled thinking has Monyhull as my hunch of the week so it’s a win for Monyhull. Chawn Hill Church have an interesting game away to Life Central, A mid table clash but both teams could really do with a win to push them away from the threat of looking over their shoulder at the prospect of a relegation battle. Tough to call and unusual for me I am going for a score draw. Two teams who are looking to forget last weeks results play each other today with Rowley visiting St Michael with the hosts languishing at the bottom and the visitors mid table. Although Rowley, like Life Central and Chawn are looking over their shoulders having only managed 8 points from their 8 games. Reading Petes reports each week it would appear that they are a work in progress and like a rollercoaster are up and down, much like Petes feelings. St Michael are struggling for goals and their defence is letting in far too many goals. I expect plenty of goals in this game with Rowley coming out on top. 3 points for either Selly Oak Methodist or City Church would put pressure on the teams just above them and possibly propel them up to 5th or 6th but again, like St Michael they both seem to struggle to score and concede too easily. So, will it be a day for the strikers to lift their team away from the prospect of a relegation battle and if so, which ones will do best? I am tipping Selly Oak to run out winners in this by a 2 goal margin.

On to Division 2 and last week saw the only team without a win this season finally do so with St Thomas overcoming Brierley Hill, (something I predicted then initially inputted a Brierley Hill win in on the front page, apologies to the lads at St Thomas for that). So can they make it 2 wins in 2 games against today’s opponents Dudley Lions? Well, I reckon Dudley will be a tougher nut to crack than the Hill were last week and the Thomas lads will fall short today. A 2 goal margin win for Dudley to keep their faint promotion hopes alive. As for Brierley Hill, well another tough home fixture against Christ Church Coseley who will be looking to make up ground on the teams above them after their defeat to Amblecote last week. I don’t expect many goals here but I do forecast the visitors going home with all 3 points. Unbeaten Amblecote Nomads travel to Delph Athletic and it would take a brave person to predict a Delph win. I would love to say this is my hunch of the day but having already used that up on Monyhull then I have to go with Amblecote remaining unbeaten and bagging all 3 points in the process. Corinthinas S.K are also unbeaten but come up against far tougher opposition versus Living Hope Church Utd. Both teams average for scoring is 4 goals a game but Corintians have by far the best defensive record in this Division. But can it remain that way after today? Living really need to get all 3 points to maintain pressure on the top 2 but definitely need to make sure they avoid defeat otherwise a gap appears at the top. I am going for a narrow home win for the Corinthians lads. So what are the actual score forecasts? My thanks to Ben from Amblecote who is the Prediction Challenger today. (I aim to update on how the challenge is going over this weekend now I have some free time). Here goes folks:

27th October, 2018
Neil Kovacs
Division One
Life Central 2 Chawn Hill Church 2
Monyhull Church 3 Connect Sports 2
Saint Michael 2 Rowley College 4
Selly Oak Methodist 3 City Church 1
Division Two
Brierley Hill A.O.G 1 Christ Church Coseley 2
Corinthians S.K 4 Living Hope Church Utd 2
Delph Athletic 1 Amblecote Nomads 4
St Thomas Aldridge 1 Dudley Lions 3
Club Secretary (Ben from Amblecote)
Division One
Life Central 2 Chawn Hill Church 4
Monyhull Church 0 Connect Sports 6
Saint Michael 1 Rowley College 1
Selly Oak Methodist 3 City Church 2
Division Two
Brierley Hill A.O.G 1 Christ Church Coseley 4
Corinthians S.K 2 Living Hope Church Utd 1
Delph Athletic 1 Amblecote Nomads 5
St Thomas Aldridge 2 Dudley Lions 2

18 Oct 2018

Prediction Challenge – 20th October + Late Match Report 8th September

Absolutely no idea how the Prediction Challenge went last week as I have not had any free time to check it, but my initial thoughts when receiving the results last week that boy oh boy the write up must have inspired some of you to go out and really prove me wrong. I enjoy doing the write up and I hope you enjoy them, but unfortunately there is no time to do one this week. Work, family and much needed sleep has left scarcely any time for this. Add in, that I am away to Lanzarote again early Friday to see my lad Mark means a write up is out of the question. There may be a delay in the results from Saturday being entered but I will see what can be done. Hopefully, things will get back to where I want them to be when I get back, previews, reviews, etc. Thanks To Steve Rose from Dudley Lions for a very rushed Prediction Challenge. One last thing folks, enjoy your football.

 

20th October, 2018
Neil Kovacs
Division One
Charlemont Star 1 Life Central 1
Chawn Hill Church 2 Clarendon 2
Rowley College 1 Monyhull Church 1
Saint Michael 1 St Marys 3
St Andrews Netherton 1 Selly Oak Methodist 1
Division Two
Brierley Hill A.O.G 2 St Thomas Aldridge 3
Christ Church Coseley 1 Amblecote Nomads 3
Dudley Lions 3 Living Hope Church Utd 2
Excel Church 0 Corinthians S.K 3
Club Secretary (Steve from Dudley Lions)
Division One
Charlemont Star 2 Life Central 4
Chawn Hill Church 2 Clarendon 3
Rowley College 3 Monyhull Church 3
Saint Michael 1 St Marys 4
St Andrews Netherton 3 Selly Oak Methodist 1
Division Two
Brierley Hill A.O.G 3 St Thomas Aldridge 1
Christ Church Coseley 4 Amblecote Nomads 3
Dudley Lions 3 Living Hope Church Utd 3
Excel Church 1 Corinthians S.K 6

 

Apologies to Dave and the lads at St Andrews Netherton for only just adding this match report from September 8th. It did not come directly to me and I have only just picked it up.

September 8th.

St Andrews Netherton 4 Charlemont Star 1

After having a big squad last week it was a case of rotating the squad and letting everyone get game time.

After beating last seasons champions on match day one, match day two pitted us against last season cups finalists and we knew we was in for another tough game. It was vital we started well. Last season we struggled early doors against pretty much everyone and often had to climb mountains but we started well again and could have gone a goal up early doors. We lost Taughy early doors to a back injury and it meant Jack Jefferson come off bench earlier that expected. Jeffy made an instant impact setting Robbo free to smash the ball home to make it 1-0 Just before the half time interval we doubled our lead and it was that man Robbo again, a great ball in from New recruit Hydie. Hydie has been a revaluation at Right back and has increased the average age of the squad by 12 years. We trebled our lead after the interval and it was Robbo with his hat trick a with a low shot. A great turn and finish by Jamie Holder made it 3-1 But within 5 minutes Chris hunter got his first league goal of the season and made the game safe.

Thanks to Andy and his team for a great game we look forward to a return fixture later on in the season.

14 Oct 2018

More Match Reports For 13th October (Updated 23:45, 15th Oct)

Christ Church Coseley 4 V 1 Living Hope Church United

Thanks to Lee McGahan from Christ Church for the following report.

Today’s game saw Christ Church take on Living Hope at Churchfields in a game that both teams really wanted to win. After last week’s performance we went with the same formation, all we asked was the same kind of performance as last week and the lads didn’t disappoint us.
With the wind battering both teams we knew it was going to be a game of ball on the floor, Christ Church started and we soon took control of the ball in the middle and down both wings, 15 minutes in and the nerves settled Nathan Brain managed to beat a few players and find Scott Pearson who ran into the box and beat the keeper at his right side, 1-0. Christchurch didn’t settle and went straight back on the attack and 5 minutes later Scott found Owen chambers who hit a rocket past their keepers left side to make it 2-0. Living Hope came looking for a reply but a quick break saw Nath go 1 on 1 with the keeper and with his dink over the keeper bouncing towards the post Lewis Beardmore ran in to make sure it went in, 3-0 . Christ Church didn’t settle at that and went on the attack again, Scott finding Nath who made his way past the defence, rounding the keeper and scoring with a cheeky flick. 4-0 up and a goal scored from the left, 1 from the right and 1 from the middle and a tap in. Living Hope pulled a goal back before ht after Lewis made a save to his left, Living Hope won a corner that found there cb at the back post with header in the bottom right.
Ht 4-1

2nd half and Living Hope made some changes and seemed to have more of the ball but couldn’t get past the Christ Church defence, the midfield battled away and with a few attacks that came from both sides the ball didn’t find the net and the game seemed to go flat, both defences cleared everything. Lewis again pulling off another top draw save to deny the LHC cb getting his 2nd goal. While at the other end Lewis and Nath both had chances saved and Scott hit a shot over. The ref blew and the game was over, 4-1 to Christ Church.

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Monyhull Church 1 – 4 Clarendon

Thanks to John Millist from Monyhull Church for the following report.

After last weeks result, it was no surprise to see the predictions for this game to look unfavourably on the ‘hull. We have started the season slowly and conceded a lot of goals. If you score 4 goals and still lose a game, then it’s a problem! That said, we have played some good football and we have slowly started to get into our stride. Which is why we knew the predictions would be wrong (sort of).

Everyone knows Clarendon, one of the big boys, a great side who are always in the title race. In truth, I felt 4-1 flattered them. They have strength and speed but we more than matched them and for 30 minutes it was tight with only shots from the edge of the area. We then took the lead from Smallman who’s toe poked effort flew into the top corner of the net. We were then our own worse enemy as a back pass was never dealt with by the defence or the keeper allowing their striker sneak in and tuck it into an empty net. 1-1 HT and that seemed about right.

The second half started much the same, my lads working incredibly hard and digging in when needed. As the half wore on, Clarendon were keeping the ball and we were cut out any space. But sides had chances, with keeper Sam Jones tipping over a goal bound free kick, our defence throwing every body part in the way of the ball. At the other end, we had pace but couldn’t quite find the right ball, though a big chance came when top scorer Parton went through only for the keeper to save well.

Ten minutes to go and 1-1, foolishly I had a rush of adrenalin and switched to a 4-4-2 which left us lighter in the middle. This proved to be our undoing, Clarendon found space several times to go in on goal and net 3 times in the last ten minutes. Sadly it wasn’t the players that let the ‘hull down, it was the management! Clarendon are relentless and you cannot switch off for a second.

Massive pride and belief restored to the team though as I really don’t feel 4-1 reflected our performance and work rate. A superb team performance which, if we carry on into the next few games, will see us put more points on the board. As always I expect to see Clarendon in the title race.

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Amblecote Nomads 5 Excel Church 1

Thanks to Jim Wilkes from Excel for the following report:

Excel church by name but not by football ability. A lovely game against friends really. I must say each game we’ve played in so far the discipline has been excellent from both sides (Fair and competitive). We looked good for about 10 minutes and we scored arguably our best goal of the season. But as proven this season, when we make a mistake it seems to result in a goal. Heads dropped and Amblecote were clinical, organised and credit to them, the game was over by half time at 4-1. Maybe we are too nice, we know we have some promising young players and as other teams have evolved in the past who are in the top division, this 2018 version of formerly known as Bilston will grow in confidence and maturity. I wouldn’t be surprised if we pick up a shock result soon. Well done to Amblecote, good to see another team that struggled only two years ago down the league doing well.

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City Church 1 – 4 Rowley College

Thanks to Pete Bennett from Rowley for the following match report.

‘Funny old game’, as Greavsie used to say. Having spent the season ‘flush’ with players (of decent quality) and needing most weeks to find time for five subs, we approached this one with only eleven available players and that list didn’t include (because of injury) our goalkeeper Lee! Luckily, we thought, we’re playing at Rowheath and it’s been raining since Thursday: it’ll be off! We awaited the call from City (who are always bang on with this kind of thing), I even stopped my car on the way to the ground in wind and rain to check with Mark, it hadn’t been pulled. In fact the pitch was in great nick, the weather mellow (I ran the line in a t-shirt and shorts) and our eleven came very much to the party, as we’d been hoping they would all season.

Credit to all of them from Matt Williams who went in goal through another very solid defensive performance to numerous candidates for our man-of-the-match: Ben, Brad, Jack , Shola and to Josh who gets it for a decisive hat-trick. Credit also to Ken, whose first start this was: stepping up from 15 to 90 minutes was always going to be difficult but he made a great effort today. All this against a good City side who played their usual brand of good quality football.

The real weather menace here was not ‘wet’ but ‘wind’ and City started with it at their backs as they looked to build on a good win last week. However, our combination play up front and solidness behind also bode well and we registered an early return when Josh beat their keeper to Jack’s pass and opened the scoring. The game was settling down and both sides were trying to play football AND (when it gusted) manage the wind. They equalised when a clever cut back found its way to Dan Atkins who clipped it firmly into the bit of the line Matt couldn’t get to. We continued to give them plenty to think about with our forward play and from one interchange Josh got his second from a firm drive that squirmed under their young keeper.

Though playing up the slope, our advantage second half was the wind which made defending difficult for City. They certainly hadn’t given it up though and Chris and Kev both made last ditch tackles to prevent City getting back into it. Their keeper made one good save from Shola and Jack and Brad combined well down the left on many occasions. We needed a third and Brad supplied it, swinging a cross-come-shot into the top corner. City were at us again but this left them wide open defensively and we had a few chances to extend our lead before Josh beat their offside trap to flick in his hat trick goal and seal the points. All the best to Martin and his lads (a credit to the league) and to the ref who without appointed assistants managed the game well.

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Living Hope Church United 2 – 1 Saint Michael.  League Cup First Round, 6th October.

Thanks to Robert Zaleski from Saint Michael for this match report regarding their Cup game last week.

Cold. Rain and freezing morning ahead of this game but oh well football is football. Here we go again. Game started easy both team was looking what other can do and there was not much danger from both side till our goalkeeper decided to copy Loris Karius mistake from Final vs Real Madrid. Copy phase same mistake and goal for Living Hope Church. After that most of game we were trying to come back and level it up but defence of Living Hope Church was doing well or we miss it by miles. First half was disaster for us. Quick break and few harsh word brought us quick goal in 2nd half but Living Hope was not putting their gloves down and they come out with superb goal from 35 yard of the post to back of the net. With loads of tring and chances we couldn’t force their defence to fail and another year in cuo has finished for us in stage one. Well done to Living hope and their great spirit in game. Good game.

13 Oct 2018

Connect Sports – Goal Keeper Required

Connect Sports who currently play at the West Midlands Transport Stadium in Kings Heath are currently looking for a goalkeeper. If you are interested please contact their Club Secretary, Willis Mullin directly on 07920403084.

13 Oct 2018

Prediction Challenge – 13th October + Preview!

Shattered would be an understatement but duty calls. I would love to expand on the forecasts and reviews of the matches each but unfortunately I have had no time to do so. I would like to put some meat on the bone regarding my forecasts, but alas, again time is not my friend. So it’s just the basic Predictions with this weeks challenger John Myatt from St Mary’s. Last week saw me get 9 points with 5 correct predictions which included 2 correct scorelines. Jim wilkes from Excel Church scored 7 points with 5 correct predictions and 1 correct scoreline. So, a little gain for me there. Unsure on who is winning as I need to tally up the running totals, (another task for this weekend).

(Edit from above and can’t be bothered to delete) -I really want to expand on the forecasts so here goes:

I thought Brierley Hill might get a bit of a thumping last week but boy, Clarendon really went into overdrive smashing the net 17 times. I hope the players do not get the match ball for a hat trick because Remmel Johnson and Khalil Barnaby both scored 4 with Jordan Thomas and Joshua Berry also getting 3 each. Stevon Richards added another 2 with Ottis Reynolds getting the other. I fancy them to continue their fine scoring run against a Monyhull side whose defence will be stretched once more this weekend.

I don’t hold out much hope for Brierley Hill against Corinthians and I anticipate far fewer goals but still expect Corinthians to bag all 3 points.

Joseph Stokes from Chawn Hill Church also bagged a hat trick as they overcame Excel 6-0. Todays opponents will I believe be a tougher nut to crack, so much so that I believe Chawn will come away empty handed with St Andrews winning.

As for Excel, well, they come up against League leaders Amblecote and like Chawn I also expect them, (Excel), to go home with no points.

Connect Sports also had a player smash the net 3 times, with Adam Ricketts notching his hat trick, (and maybe the match ball), in Connects 9-4 win over Monyhull. They currently sit proudly at the top of Division 1 and will probably be doing so tomorrow as they overcome Charlemont Star who I used to class as stubborn and hard working opponents. 10 conceded in 5 games isn’t so bad but scoring less than 1 a game is. So, yep, it’s a Connect win in that match for me.

I thought that whilst they lost, Christ Church Coseley result appears to be a decent score against one of the big boys from Div 1 and I reckon they may keep in touch with the teams above them in Div 2 with a draw against Living Hope Church, who also had an impressive result in the Cup last week beating Saint Michael 2-1.

My hunch for this week is that I expect Saint Michael to bounce back with an away win over Life Central. Nothing to really pick between both sides but I just feel Life Central are not firing on all cylinders yet.. let’s see how that hunch goes!

Rowley College also seem to be another team who haven’t got started properly just yet and again, there is not much to choose between them and their opponents City Church, I really believe this could go either way but it’s a City and home win for me.

I think that only leaves the Delph versus Dudley match which should see loads of goals with 52 goals being scored in the 9 games that these 2 teams have been involved in…. so 0-0 maybe? well, not for me, it’s a Dudley win with a total of 6 goals being scored in the match. (Hope you have enjoyed the preview and maybe, just maybe, some of what I have written has helped your managers team talk), that’s if the rain hasn’t stopped play. Isn’t that a cricket phrase?

 

13th October, 2018
Neil Kovacs
Division One
Charlemont Star 1 Connect Sports 4
City Church 2 Rowley College 1
Life Central 1 Saint Michael 3
Monyhull Church 0 Clarendon 9
St Andrews Netherton 3 Chawn Hill Church 2
Division Two
Amblecote Nomads 3 Excel Church 0
Christ Church Coseley 2 Living Hope Church Utd 2
Corinthians S.K 3 Brierley Hill A.O.G 1
Delph Athletic 2 Dudley Lions 4
Club Secretary (John from St Marys)
Division One
Charlemont Star 1 Connect Sports 2
City Church 3 Rowley College 3
Life Central 4 Saint Michael 1
Monyhull Church 1 Clarendon 7
St Andrews Netherton 4 Chawn Hill Church 2
Division Two
Amblecote Nomads 4 Excel Church 1
Christ Church Coseley 2 Living Hope Church Utd 3
Corinthians S.K 4 Brierley Hill A.O.G 1
Delph Athletic 3 Dudley Lions 3

7 Oct 2018

Match Reports, Tom Jones – 6th October

Tom Jones Remembered, One Minutes Silence at todays matches.

Picture supplied from the Christ Church Coseley vs St Mary’s game. (Please click to enlarge).

Rowley College 2 Selly Oak Methodist 2

Thanks to Pete Bennett from Rowley College for this match report.

Another frustrating morning for us in the pouring rain against a competitive Selly Oak side. We were missing Mark and Connor and lost Chris in the kick in but once again we had a good complement of players, attacking intent and a baffling inclination to shoot ourselves in our own foot!

We played up the slope first half on a good surface (Holly Lodge has proper drainage) with, for the first time this season, a back four, ably led by Williams, who were excellent today. In front of them was our man of the match, Clive Haslam who was all action for the whole game. This allowed our younger and more creative players (Brad, Jack and Fin) to have licence to get up and support Josh: this they tried to do but were well countered by the Selly Oak lads. This made for a half of no real chances but with the slope to look forward to and our top scorer on the bench I felt confident we could prosper.

We were much better down the hill and started to make chances. Jack as ever was a box of tricks and Shola and Josh added quality, though we didn’t always make the right decisions and Selly Oak were still a threat from set pieces. Then we got the goal which I thought would win the game, a smart volley from Ben Smith. We were now running the game and looking for a second but two incredibly bad goals later (both rare mistakes from our excellent keeper) and we found ourselves 1-2 with five to play.

Our attitude in the face of adversity was excellent. Haydon, who had come on second half, drove us forward throughout this period of the game and Matt and Clive also kept us believing. Cue free kick and the last two kicks of the game as most of the 22 players congregated in their area. Josh delivered and Shola flicked in a deserved equaliser.

All the best to Rob and his lads, worthy opponents and to Andy, James and Mo who were also excellent in difficult conditions.

 

Living Hope Church United 2-1 Saint Michael

Thanks to Callum Oakshott from Living Hope for this match report:

This morning, LHC United welcomed Division One’s Saint Michael to St. Michael’s High. As expected, the game got off to a frantic start, which did not let up for the full ninety.

LHC broke the deadlock early on, as Shane Parker brilliantly found the net from an acute angle. The first-half continued as an end-to-end battle, with neither team creating clear chances.

The visitors pulled level just after the break, as a through ball was picked up and slotted past LHC keeper James Farley. Saint Michael saw much more of the ball following their goal, but the home defence stood tall and strong, with Farley pulling off some great saves.

With the visitors pushing forward, LHC broke on the counter – new boy Dean Cutler letting fly from long distance. The ball soared, dipped, flicked off the underside of the crossbar, bounced off the line and settled in the roof of the net. Not a bad way to open your account…

The remainder of the game saw Saint Michael looking to draw back level; however, LHC continued to dig in and saw the game out to set up a Round Two clash with Division One side City Church next month.

Game in three words: Grit and determination.

5 Oct 2018

6th October, One Minutes Silence – Tom Jones

Remembering Tom Jones

Tom Jones has been in the national news recently after disappearing before his body was sadly recovered from the River Severn in Worcester.

The 18-year-old University of Worcestershire student had close connections to football in our County with it being a massive part of his life having previously been involved with West Bromwich Albion, before playing at a competitive level for Bromsgrove Sporting FC.

With a vast amount of matches taking place across the Birmingham County FA this weekend, it has been marked as an opportunity to remember Tom by by conducting a minute of applause, or silence, before your matches.

This would mean a great deal to Tom’s family, friends and all of his connections in football.

Rest in peace, Tom.

5 Oct 2018

Prediction Challenge – 6th October

That time of the week to see the forecasts of this weeks matches. (Last week saw a narrow 4-3 win for me).Thanks to Jim Wilkes from Excel for being the Club Secs opposition this week. This week sees a slight difference in that the League Cup starts which sees some Div 2 teams coming up against the big Clubs, (historically), from Division One. I am anticipating some goal keepers to have bad backs come midday tomorrow hahaha. Seriously though, the challenge is out there now yo prove me wrong.  😛  😛

6th October, 2018
Neil Kovacs
Division One
City Church 1 Life Central 2
Connect Sports 3 Monyhull Church 1
Rowley College 1 Selly Oak Methodist 2
Division Two
St Thomas Aldridge 1 Amblecote Nomads 3
League Cup
Chawn Hill Church 6 Excel 0
Christ Church Coseley 0 St Marys 5
Clarendon 8 Brierley Hill A.O.G 0
Dudley Lions 1 Corinthians S.K 2
Living Hope Church Utd 3 Saint Michael 3
Club Secretary (Jim from Excel Church)
Division One
City Church 2 Life Central 3
Connect Sports 2 Monyhull Church 1
Rowley College 2 Selly Oak Methodist 2
Division Two
St Thomas Aldridge 2 Amblecote Nomads 2
League Cup
Chawn Hill Church 3 Excel 0
Christ Church Coseley 1 St Marys 4
Clarendon 6 Brierley Hill A.O.G 0
Dudley Lions 1 Corinthians S.K 3
Living Hope Church Utd 3 Saint Michael 4

5 Oct 2018

Match Reports received during the week

Delph Athletic 5 – 3 St Thomas Aldridge

Thanks to Joshua Briley from Delph for this report.

The Delphs started their 2nd home game of the season looking to try to move off the bottom of the table. A St Thomas Aldridge side who had lost 2 & drawn 2 stood in the way.

The game started off at a good pace, with the Delphs having the better of the chances in the opening few minutes. A good move forward resulted in a free kick which Steve Devonport hit against the wall, Grant Esp hit the bouncing ball on the half volley from the edge of the penalty area which forced a good save from the St Thomas Goalkeeper.

On 14 Minutes St Thomas forced one of their first attacks of the game, some scrappy defending meant they got into the penalty box & a Luke Thompson tackle resulted in a penalty to St Thomas which their number 7 slotted home, 0-1.

In truth the first half was probably our worst half of football this season. For the first 30 minutes we struggled to get our midfield into the game & found ourselves 0-2 down when their number 7 finished nicely from the edge of the box.

We then changed formation in our midfield slightly to try to get back in the game & for the remaining 15 minutes of the first half we slowly started to get back into the game.

At Half time we discussed the fact that we hadn’t been doing anything we normally do, we didn’t get the ball down & play our football in the first half at all, we knew that had to change in the 2nd half as St Thomas are a big strong team & us playing the ball in the air was just playing into their hands.

In the 2nd half our new formation worked much better. We controlled the pace of the game with some really nice football in the centre of midfield from Grant Esp & Steve Devonport.

We then won a free-kick halfway into our own half on 50 Minutes. Steve Devonport took it & knocked it up into the penalty area, Ed Sutton challenged for the ball but it ended up bouncing through both our attack & St Thomas’ defence & finding itself in the top corner – Possibly a WMCFL record for a long range goal? 1-2.

For the next 25 minutes we controlled the game completely. Our back 4 We were now talking way more than in the first half, lots of talking from Matt Kindred in goal & some great organisation at the back from Jack Follis & Joel Gooding at CB meant we didn’t let anything silly past after getting the goal back. Luke Thompson was constantly creating chances from the Left hand side with Dave ‘Mo Farah’ Harrison constantly providing support from Left Back.

On 75 Minutes we then won a corner which Ste swung in, Nathaniel Harding who had been winning headers all over the pitch all game rose a good 2 foot above everyone else in the box & a bullet header later & it’s 2-2.

A few minutes later Matt Kindred took a GK which Nathaniel Harding took down & played a lobbed through ball for Ed Sutton to run onto. Ed managed to wriggle round a defender & calmly slot the ball past the GK to make it 3-2.

From here on we knew it would be a test of our resilience. We had led for a good duration of the game against living hope but unfortunately couldn’t see the game out so the whole team were aware of how important it is to see this game out to get a win.

St Thomas then broke with a nice through ball for their striker to run through & take it round Matt Kindred in goal to make it 3-3, 82 minutes in.

At this point, we could have crumbled, however the attitude of everyone on the pitch was fantastic, the response was immediate with a GK taken from Matt Kindred which Nathaniel Harding won the first, 2nd & third ball and ended up lobbing the GK to make it 4-3.

From this point on we played with a real intensity, we had great energy down the Right hand side of the pitch with Jack Slater & Mark Harrison, they didn’t stop running all game & were constantly giving us options out wide.

On 90 Minutes we then won a free kick midway into the St Thomas Half. Ste Devonport stood up to take it & drove it straight into the St Thomas Keeper, who parried the ball back into the box. Nathaniel Harding reacted the quickest to it & slotted the rebound in to make it 5-3.

A great game with a very strong & physical St Thomas side – we look forward to playing them again.

Great to get our first points of the season & climb off the bottom of the table. A strong 2nd half performance which has been coming all season for us, we’ll now look to build on this game & continue to get more experience playing alongside each other.

 

Saint Michael 1 – 4 Monyhull Church

Thanks to Robert Zaleski from Saint Michael for this report.

Today game was our home game on away pitch as our pitch is still not ready due to summer weather and all grass were gone. Pitch we playing now is smaller then other similar to the Connect Sports pitch so not much space to hold ball and run.

Rematch started excellent for Monyhull Church and you could see they came to win this game as they fight first 20 min for everything. 1st, 2nd, 3rd ball you name it it was next to them. They took us by surprise and I think we did not wake up till like 30 min in to the game but it was to late as Monyhull Church have had 3 goal in that time after sloppy defence and stupidity of goalkeeper. Once we wake up and Monyhull sit down tight on back due to spending lots of energy in first 30 minutes there was chance after chance where we could score but we failed to do so. First our goal came after corner kick that been played hard in to 5 yards area and ping balling everyone around and on the end went in to goal as  own goal. 3:1 first half and lots of talk in break few subs that could change game but they did not and again sloppy defence when ball was going out defender stopped it and lost it instead let it out and rebuild. Lost game that could be won if we have had half of the spirit fight that Monyhull brought on pitch today. Well done to them and again big lesson to us for not thinking and concentrating before the game.

1 Oct 2018

An Evening With Ricky Otto – From Prison To The Pulpit

An Evening with Ricky Otto… an event where Ricky talks about how his life was transformed by God among other things. How a youngster whose life seemed to be spiralling out of control, to becoming a Pastor and the road he walked on the way to this. Ever wondered where your life is heading, especially if it seems on a downwards spiral? This could be a great night for you to have these thoughts answered. (Please click on the poster to enlarge it).

 

28 Sep 2018

Prediction Challenge – 29th September

Not too sure about what the scores are in this Challenge but I managed to pull some ground back last weekend scoring six points to John’s one. I am a little rushed getting this on as once again it’s late in the night so a proper score update will be provided next week. No preview either just the predictions…. not what I aim for but time is against me. This weeks challenger is Steve Farley from Living Hope Church United.

 

29th September, 2018
Neil Kovacs
Division One
Clarendon 2 City Church 0
Connect Sports 1 Life Central 1
Rowley College 1 Chawn Hill Church 1
Saint Michael 3 Monyhull Church 0
Selly Oak Methodist 2 Charlemont Star 1
St Marys 1 St Andrews Netherton 2
Division Two
Brierley Hill A.O.G 3 Excel Church 2
Corinthians S.K 3 Christ Church Coseley 3
Delph Athletic 2 St Thomas Aldridge 1
Dudley Lions 2 Amblecote Nomads 1
Club Secretary (Steve from Living Hope Church United)
Division One
Clarendon 2 City Church 1
Connect Sports 2 Life Central 1
Rowley College 3 Chawn Hill Church 2
Saint Michael 4 Monyhull Church 3
Selly Oak Methodist 1 Charlemont Star 2
St Marys 1 St Andrews Netherton 1
Division Two
Brierley Hill A.O.G 1 Excel Church 3
Corinthians S.K 2 Christ Church Coseley 3
Delph Athletic 3 St Thomas Aldridge 1
Dudley Lions 2 Amblecote Nomads 2

23 Sep 2018

More Match Reports (Monday) – 22nd September

Thanks to Robert Zaleski from Saint Michael for this report.

Connect Sports 2 – 0 Saint Michael

This morning started really early as we have had to travel far. 1 hour drive after late night shifts can kill sometimes but for football you can do it every week. As we arrived on this school pitch we saw small/narrow in good condition pitch. Weather perfect for a game quick change warm up and here we go again.

From first minute of the game we saw home team playing 3/5/2 formation and amount of space in middle was max 1 yard to touch a ball and pass. By this mean there was fighting for space and ball each time ball goes in that area. In that result there were many tackles and fouls around area and game was stopped many times. Home team created few good goal scoring opportunities but they have been stopped by Patryk Jaworski who was in his top form that morning. By saving several shoots we kept clean sheet in first half. On other end we were fighting with good organized defence and well played in air. Our first chances came but most of them were shots off goal. First great chance and luck of home team came from corner kick when Patryk Jasiorowski jumped highest and header towards net but goalkeeper touched a ball that hit back to 5 yards and while goalkeeper was on floor Peter Moskal was first to ball to hit it toward goal but unlucky for him it went straight in to hand of goalkeeper who was still sitting on the floor.
2nd half was looking similar to first one with few chances for goals and lots of fights for space on the pitch. Golden chance came to home team first and they finished it in great style. Free kick from own half delivered in to far post and home team striker control ball in first touch and 2nd touch was going toward back of the net. Professional finish to beat our keeper who was in great shape today. That goal did not stop both team from trying score and we know we will have our chance to today. Unlucky for us we couldn’t deliver goal when ball was first shot by Patryk Jasicki and saved by keeper and then Peter Moskal shot was saved by defender and third was saved again by other defender from line and all that from one corner. In last breath of the game Connect Sport put dot on the score and created great team passing opportunity finished with shot from 16 yard to bottom left corner leaving us no hope for any point in this game. Well done to them and for a good game in friendly environment.

 

Thanks to Pete Bennett from Rowley for this report:

Charlemont Star 0 Rowley College 0
Not quite as rare as a curate’s egg, we had our 8th today, constituting just over 1% of our 704 competitive matches as a club and coming 386 games after our last one. The nil-nil draw, hardly the staple of amateur football where usually we think the first goal is important and get at least one a game, but strangely authentic and unsatisfying at the same time. Charlemont are a decent footballing side, refreshed this season by new faces and quicker legs, directed with cheerful enthusiasm by Andy and set off very much on the front foot. We are still bedding in a new team and getting sometimes frustrated because we’d like the process to be quicker but we too set out today to attack. The fact that neither of these attacking teams managed a goal was down to good defending, a bumpy playing surface and a certain lack of sharpness in front of goal.

They had the better of the early exchanges and then we got into the game and had three decent chances: the best was a Shola header from Jack’s pinpoint cross following good link up between Brad and Josh; another saw Mark shoot just wide and finally a scramble in their 6 yard box saw an infringement when it should have been a finish. Then, true to a game of constant fluctuations, they came back at us and came even closer. First their speedy winger forced a brilliant save from Lee low down (he even held onto it), then a crashing free kick hit the bar. We came off, like at the end, thinking nothing much was wrong and everybody was doing well but still no goals.

With a full bench we made progressive changes, starting with Matt for the injured Chris at half time and all the subs did well: Hayden in midfield, Connor and Kenny further forward. We had more control in the second half and Lee was thankful for this as he was playing full of cold: Matt Williams in front of him was terrific today: man-of-the-match, though Mark wasn’t far behind him. We had pressure second half and they had threat on the break. Jack was once again showing his class as we threatened without really breaching their defence. Finn was much more assured today, adjusting to the pace of the game. They defended really well, giving very little away. Our best chance came late on when Josh nodded down to Shola who shaped to play it into the corner only to see it come back off the inside of the post and his second attempt go wide. Meanwhile at the other end Matt’s determined covering run prevented a heartbreaker for us. We played well but didn’t quite do enough to win it and Charlemont by and large the same!

 

Thanks to Rob O’Neil from Selly Oak Methodist for this, a recap on previous matches and a report from yesterday’s games. Hopefully this will lead to weekly reports from Rob.

Season update/Clarendon match report. (Clarendon 2-0)

So Selly Oaks season started with victory over Connect. We were 2-1 down with 9 minutes to go and came out 3-2 winners. They have gone on to have some strong results and I see the Ricketts brothers are back so this was a good result. Next up was Rowley College where we lost 2-1, I feel we more than held our own in this match and two mistakes cost us but then that’s Division 1 for you. Next up was St. Mary’s away where we played the entire game with 8 players and it took St. Mary’s 70 mins to break us down and it was an own goal, a top corner outside the area effort and another own goal that saw us lose 3-0. Next up, in a cruel fixture list, was Clarendon away.

Clarendon started by far the stronger team on what was quite a small pitch, breaking with pace and with some great interplay but we have a stubborn defence and a great goalkeeper so were able to to weather the storm and gradually grew into the game when our midfield found their feet and started to pass the ball the Selly Oak way, which gave us some pressure on the Clarendon goal. This unfortunately was short lived and Clarendon broke the deadlock just before half time when their striker skipped in from wide across the face of the defence and slotted the ball low and hard into the far corner with a good finish. Half time 1-0. I think both teams were frustrated at half time, Selly Oak because we hadn’t got going and Clarendon that they hadn’t put the game to bed already. The second half was more even but a far more scrappy affair neither team playing great football and both teams capable of a lot better. Clarendon added a second half way through the second half after a mistake from our CB let the striker in for a comfortable finish. Selly Oak had a great chance late on from a corner where the ball was shot just wide after an initial scramble for the ball but it wasn’t meant to be. Looking at our results, 1 win from 4, it would be easy to be disheartened but we have played st Mary’s and Clarendon away, (not games you’d chalk 3pts up for), so actually I took heart from our early performances and know we are a lot better than the level we played this weekend.

Charlemont Star next week who I know absolutely nothing about but seem a solid mid table team which is where I think Selly Oak are capable of finishing if we play our football, so it should be a good benchmark game. Although, we will need to be a lot better if we are going to take 3pts as they never come easy in Division 1.

 

Thanks to Bob Lee for the following report, (it would have been better for my prediction if Christ Church had let in another goal though).

Christchurch 3-1 Dudley lions

Our 2nd home game of the season saw us face Dudley lions. The last 2 games we had under performed and somehow managed to come away with a point from both, so this week we were determined to get the 3 points and continue our unbeaten form. The game started well for Christ Church with the midfield battle being won by Mitch and Mubin with a few chances coming our way which saw the post and bar get rattled and a few headers go wide. Around 20 minute Mark Lewis broke free and crossed for Scott who fired home for his 2nd goal in as many weeks, Christ Church could sense more goals and we went forward again with Mubin winning every ball, with Mitch Cam and Chambers backing him up.but the Dudley defence kept us at bay until ht.

Ht 1-0

2nd half we asked for the same and we got just that. Any ball through to the Dudley forwards was cleared and again the midfield was winning that battle. With 15 minutes gone Christ Church won a corner and Cam found a diving Bob at front post but it was Dean who managed to get his body in there and put Christ Church 2-0 up. We looked dangerous from corners and as the half went on we came close from a few more chances. Christ Church then got the 3rd goal when a ball in found Chambers who beat his man on the penalty spot to get a shot away only for the keeper to save, unfortunately for him he pushed the ball into the path of Bob who netted. 3-0.
A few subs made by both sides didn’t really affect us as we were still keeping Dudley away and then it happened.. a seemingly nothing ball over the top and with Lewis wanting a nod back Dean managed to lob him and put the ball into his own net. Great finish but not what was intended, Dudley then turned up a gear but they couldn’t break a solid back 4 and the fantastic effort of the midfield of Christchurch until the final whistle.

Ft 3-1

Like to thank the officials today, not a foot wrong and allowed the game to flow and a massive thanks to Steve Rose and his team for a physical but enjoyable morning of football. Wish Dudley Lions all the best for the season.

21 Sep 2018

Prediction Challenge – 22nd September

it seems a long time since doing the last challenge with it being published very early in the previous week. This week is the opposite with it done very late on Friday night. (I was aiming to do it last night but other League issues took precedent which Club Secretaries have been informed about). Anyway, as the clock ticks nearer to midnight I need to better the predictions of my go to guy John Millist from Monyhull Church.

After reading Pete’s match report last week I reckon his players will turn in a more focused performance and overcome a Charlemont Star side who are struggling to find the back of the net. 2 teams remain unbeaten in Division One, St Marys and Clarendon. With the former not playing this week, will they be the only team left with that record? I don’t think so, whilst I fully expect a Clarendon win I think it will be a close scoreline. Connect had a cracking result last week in what was a goal feast of a game and I fully expect goals once more in their match versus Saint Michael with Connect edging it once again. Life Central play only their 2nd game of the season and whilst they were beaten in their only game so far I reckon they will overcome Monyhull leaving them as the only team without a win in Division One. City Church travel to St Andrews Netherton and I reckon they will be travelling back empty handed with St Andrews winning by 2 clear goals.

2nd plays 3rd in Division Two and with both teams having 16 goals in their 3 matches so far I am anticipating a few goals in this game. With Dudley Lions having the slightly worse defensive record I have gone for a Christ Church narrow win. At the other end of the table the bottom 2 play each other and looking at their defensive records you would again anticipate a few goals here. But to win games you need goal scorers, have either team got any? Well I am hoping so as I’ve forecast a draw with plenty of goals in it. A team that definitely have players who know where the back of the net is are Living Hope Church Utd and I think this will continue against tomorrows opponents, Brierley Hill. A comprehensive win for Living Hope. The last match sees St Thomas Aldridge host Corinthians S.K. Goals aplenty in St Thomas’s 3 games so far, 17 so far, but unfortunately for them 12 have been at the wrong end! Corinthians on the hand have only let in 3 in their 2 games and I believe their defence will hold firm again with a narrow win.

 

22nd September, 2018
Neil Kovacs
Division One
Charlemont Star 1 Rowley College 2
Clarendon 2 Selly Oak Methodist 1
Connect Sports 3 Saint Michael 2
Life Central 2 Monyhull Church 1
St Andrews Netherton 3 City Church 1
Division Two
Christ Church Coseley 3 Dudley Lions 2
Excel Church 3 Delph Athletic 3
Living Hope Church Utd 5 Brierley Hill A.O.G 2
St Thomas Aldridge 1 Corinthians S.K 2
Club Secretary (John from Monyhull Church)
Division One
Charlemont Star 2 Rowley College 2
Clarendon 3 Selly Oak Methodist 2
Connect Sports 1 Saint Michael 2
Life Central 2 Monyhull Church 2
St Andrews Netherton 1 City Church 2
Division Two
Christ Church Coseley 1 Dudley Lions 3
Excel Church 3 Delph Athletic 4
Living Hope Church Utd 4 Brierley Hill A.O.G 1
St Thomas Aldridge 1 Corinthians S.K 1

17 Sep 2018

Frustrating Weekend – Prediction Challenge Update – Match Reports

For those of us who have been Club Secs/Managers it is so frustrating when things do not work out how you hopes they would. After reading Pete’s match report I think it’s fair to say that a fair few of us have been in that position, but hey, it football was always so predictable wouldn’t it be boring. Talking about predictable, well I’m not sure if it was because they were rushed or what but neither me or Pete covered ourselves with glory following last Saturday’s fixtures but Pete can claim some glory beating me 4-3 with neither of us getting a correct score. So it’s 19 – 15 to the Club Secs and I really need to up my game!

Quick explanation for those not in the know regarding the delay in updates over the weekend. Well, I was lazing in glorious sunshine in Lanzarote but decided I would try to update the results as they came in. Unfortunately, this did not go well and I had to stop in case a bad situation got worse. No idea what happened but things got moved around and I was not willing to risk further work for my go to chap when I am out of my depth on here. Very frustrated but things are back where they should be now and everything is updated.

I would ask for some assistance in keeping Kovacs Kolumn interesting though. The input of more Match Reports would a fantastic help, even if it’s only a few lines about your match. If you’ve missed it, you can simply submit a report in the Matchday Section on the Front Page of the site. It creates more interest in how teams are doing and also gives myself AND Pete Bennett something to read.

17 Sep 2018

Match Report – 15th September

Sadly just the one match report this week and this from the ever reliable Pete Bennett. I am hoping that the lack of reports this week may be due to me being away until the early hours of Monday morning. If you wish to submit a report of your match please do so using the ‘Add A Match Report’ option in the ‘Matchday’ drop down section. Anyway, here is Pete’s take on a goal feast of a match:

Rowley College 4 v 5 Connect Sports

I was really looking forward to this week’s game. We have a good bunch of lads and have managed to renew ourselves somewhat, bringing in youth. Two decent performances with a few missing each week had led to all but Hayden available this week and a cracking 16 with as strong a bench as we’ve had for ten years. All were used and did well but neither the result nor the performance were what we hoped for. I think, with hindsight, this reversal started in our heads because while we were flush, my mate Willis was struggling for eleven (on the car park on the phone as I have so often been over the years). By the time we were properly warmed up he has assembled 10, including Vernon (at 61) with two more on the way. The contrast was extreme and somehow it trickled into our heads as a team strong on confidence somehow thought this was a foregone conclusion. 24 years ago we started a game against FC Foley with 9 men and had a player sent off within 10 minutes but still won 4-3. This week the wheel came full circle. It is embarrassing to write that we (fully loaded with 5 subs) played against 10 men for 15minutes then 11 for 15, then 10 again for 45 and finally against 9 as Connect had as many sent off as came late.

Let’s be clear that across the whole game they were mostly the better side and thoroughly deserved to win. They had 3 or 4 top quality players along with their usual mix and took the game to us from the off. We, with our ‘playing against 10 men’ mentality played too open and having not started well took the whole game trying to find our way. They were also more competitive than us: at times it was men against boys. Also they were not lucky! In fact to some extent the opposite was the case and that added to our horror at getting beat.

Having started badly we pretty much scored from our first attack when Bradley’s in –swinging corner was helped in by their keeper. This woke us up momentarily and a good run from Shola set up Connor for an effort. Sadly this was merely a side-show because they were playing the football and we weren’t to Mark’s obvious frustration. Their equaliser was slick with their 10 (man of the match by a good way) exchanging passes and finishing well. Approaching half time with the hill to come we felt like we’d got away with one and this became more defined when we took the lead from a Matt Williams header entirely against the run of play. This was the pivotal part of the match as they had just had a lad sent off so were back to 10. We just needed to hold on for 10 minutes and build on our undeserved good fortune. Instead we conceded 2 (including an own goal) and went in 2-3.

There were words and a structured series of changes starting at half time and we finally got better but not before they’d scored two more on the break and got down to 9 after another red. We did play some football (Brad, Ben, Jack and Shola deserve a mention) but it took Mark himself to come on and a change of formation to spur any kind of revival. There was still hope of a point as Connect were forced to dig in and first Shola (assisted by Ben) and then Josh got goals back. Finally the chance for a 5-5 was provided by Jack for Mark but he was unsighted by his own player and headed over. Truth is we didn’t do enough and had I been a neutral I’d have been tooting for the away team to complete a remarkable victory. Thanks also to Mo who stepped in at short notice to ref it.

10 Sep 2018

Prediction Challenge – 16th September (early publication)

“Ladies and gentlemen, this is Captain Tobias Willcock
Welcoming you aboard Coconut Airways Flight 372 to Bridgetown, Barbados
We will be flying at a height 32.000 feet
And at an air speed of approximately 600 miles per hour”

For those of us old enough to remember, these were the first lines of the song ‘Barbados’ sang by Typically Tropical way back in 1975.

I can see your minds ticking over wondering what this has to do with the League. Well, I may not be off to Barbados, but in the early hours of Tuesday morning I will be on my way to Lanzarote. Puzzlement still probably abounds in your heads. Well folks, it’s got to be an early Prediction Challenge for the coming week and my good mate Pete Bennett from Rowley College has helped me out by getting his forecasts in early for me. (Quick update on last week it was 9 points each with both myself and Baggie Bird Dave getting 5 matches right and both gettin 2 correct scores, I thought I was well in but Dave forecasts for Div 2 pulled him back).

Anyhow, the early publication of this may well lead to lots of banter between everyone and for some to go out and prove us wrong, (just like Saint Michael’s last week, boy, I was miles out on that one)!

16th September, 2018
Neil Kovacs
Division One
Charlemont Star 1 Saint Michael 2
Monyhull Church 2 Chawn Hill Church 1
Rowley College 1 Connect Sports 1
St Andrews Netherton 3 Clarendon 2
St Marys 3 Selly Oak Methodist 1
Division Two
Amblecote Nomads 2 Corinthians SK 3
Brierley Hill A.O.G 1 Dudley Lions 3
Christ Church Coseley 4 St Thomas Aldridge 1
Living Hope Church Utd 5 Delph Athletic 1
Club Secretary (Pete from Rowley College)
Division One
Charlemont Star 2 Saint Michael 2
Monyhull Church 2 Chawn Hill Church 1
Rowley College 3 Connect Sports 1
St Andrews Netherton 2 Clarendon 2
St Marys 4 Selly Oak Methodist 0
Division Two
Amblecote Nomads 3 Corinthians SK 3
Brierley Hill A.O.G 2 Dudley Lions 3
Christ Church Coseley 4 St Thomas Aldridge 2
Living Hope Church Utd 4 Delph Athletic 1

 

9 Sep 2018

Match Reports – 8th September

Just the 3 Match Reports so far this week, many thanks to the contributors of these. Apologies that it has taken until late Sunday night to get these on but family celebrations took precedent, and at the same time as your matches were finishing my car was in for its M.O.T. (Not great timing I admit).

 

Saint Michael 3 v 3 Clarendon

(Match Report Robert, Saint Michael)

Great game from both sides and I think a draw is fair for both sides but maybe Clarendon were a bit more lucky as they scored their 3rd goal in the last seconds of the game. (edit: I think it’s called Fergie time, Neil).

First goal came from Tobiasz Cichy as he found space in the area and Patryk Jasicki delivered a ball straight on to his head which he placed away from the keeper. Clarendon levelled when a free kick from distance was delivered with a flick on which was met first by their attacker who scored. We took the lead again with a great pass from Przemek Gorka towards Tobiasz Cichy who shot from 11 yards straight into the bottom left hand corner of the goal. HT 2-1 to us.

Clarendon started the second half defending further up the pitch gaining more possession. This led to another equaliser which was scored with a perfect shot from 40 yards in to the top left hand corner of the net.

Tobiasz completed his hat-trick from a free kick for us to take the lead again, 3-2. However, as the game went on we started defending deeper and deeper with Clarendon pushing us back. With seconds left, their striker found himself one on one with our keeper and finished it off to make it 3-3. Seconds later the final whistle went.

(edit: Sounds like a great game and made my prediction look stupid. Tobiasz Cichy looks like a name to keep an eye on though)

Selly Oak Methodist 1 v 2 Rowley College

(Match Report Pete Bennett, Rowley College)

Another week and another strong performance from us against a tenacious and competitive Selly Oak , who have made a good start on their return to Division One. We had a clutch of players unavailable this morning and Mark only fit enough to be an emergency (and thankfully unused) sub so it was an early test of our improving squad which we comfortably negotiated. Jack and Haydon both claimed starting berths after impressive displays from the bench last week and both took their opportunities with Jack providing the class and guile and Haydon an all action man-of-the-man performance.

This was a good competitive match. Selly Oak have some skilful players and a decent balance of youth and experience but they also have tremendous commitment. They were at us all over the pitch, never giving us a moment and there was some terrific last gap defending. I thought from the start we had a little more football but if we did have superiority we were never able to force it home and get clear of them. Everyone was good today, both our experienced back line (Lee, Joe, Matt,Chris and Kev) and our more youthful and pacey offensive unit with debutant Fin with Brad, Connor and Shola looking forward.

We started really well and passed our way into decent positions but, as through the whole game, their defenders were incredibly competitive, so often getting a foot in. We now have pace going forward and their excellent goalkeeper had already shown great awareness as a sweeper keeper before, rushing from his line to clear he landed one at Shola’s feet, leaving an unguarded goal. Mind you, Shola was practically on the half way line so it took particular composure and skill to hit a lofted drive straight into the goal. They came straight back at us down the slope and we were playing largely on the counter attack seeking a second. I hoped it would only be a matter of time but the game turned just before half time.

First Jack played Shola in and he outpaced the defence but slid his finish narrowly wide. Two minutes later a mix up in our defence let in one of their useful forwards and he made no mistake. Turning around we were intent on better exploiting out strengths but the half settled into the previous pattern as soon as we retook the lead. A good move this as Fin fed Jack wide and his inch perfect cross was turned in by Shola. Thereafter they threw everything at it and we tried to pick them off on the break: both Connor and Shola hit the post (same one) and we had dangerous possession throughout the half. However, inspired by Haydon’s commitment and Lee’s marshalling of an excellent defence we saw it through. All the best to Rob and his boys!

Amblecote 3-3 Christchurch
(Match report from Christ Church Coseley)
A trip to a soggy Springfield park was in order today for a second away match to start the season.
The game started bright for Christ Church and with 10 minutes we took the lead after some good play from Mubin, he found Nath who skipped past a couple of players and fired high into the net. 1-0
Before long we were 2-0 up when a half cleared cross fell to Mubin 25 yards out who fired in.
Seemingly looking like we had full control, Amblecote then woke up with a few chances but they couldn’t get past Lewis who made some smart saves. The half continued and finally Amblecote did get a goal back when their forward took the ball down out wide and cruised past 3 or 4 players before firing from the edge of the box. 2-1
2nd half and Christ Church came out looking to get the 2 goal lead back and it wasn’t long before we had it when Lewis was put through by Scott and finished to the keepers right.
Amblecote managed to get a goal back which mirrored the 1st goal and again, from our point of view it was disappointing to see a player walk past our midfield like they were not there. 5 minutes later it was 3-3 and again not much difference in 3rd goal to the first two.
Both teams had a chance to win it before the end but the full time whistle went and we walked off feeling like we had lost. We threw away 2 points today from sloppy balls and lack of tackling, but with the negatives we find positives. Both forwards on the score sheet again and still unbeaten as a team in our furst 2 games. We smile and look ahead now and continue our journey in the WMCFL.
On to next week and our 1st home game. Look forward to it.
All the best to amblecote for the season.

7 Sep 2018

Prediction Challenge Week Two

Not the best start to this seasons Prediction Challenge with me only getting 3 matches right but no correct scores. Pete from Life Central also got 3 matches correct but also had the bonus of getting the Rowley College vs St Mary’s score correct. So it’s 5-3 to the Club Secretaries. This weeks challenge is taken up by Dave from St Andrews Netherton or as he is more affectionately known by some as Baggie Bird. Yes, for all you folks who love Baggie Bird we can reveal that it is our Dave from St Andrews Netherton. Now being a Villa fan this really is a must win week for myself. hahaha  🙂  🙂  We both seem to think the goal nets will be taking a battering, with me predicting 36 goals in total and Dave going for even more saying 40. So, where do we both think the strikers will be filling their boots and the defenders chasing shadows. Here you go:

8th September, 2018
Neil Kovacs
Division One
Chawn Hill Church 2 Connect Sports 1
Saint Michael 0 Clarendon 6
Selly Oak Methodist 1 Rowley College 2
St Andrews Netherton 5 Charlemont Star 0
St Marys 2 City Church 1
Division Two
Amblecote Nomads 1 Christ Church Coseley 4
Dudley Lions 1 Corinthians SK 1
Excel Church 1 Living Hope Church Utd 4
St Thomas Aldridge 2 Brierley Hill A.O.G 2
 
Club Secretary (Dave from St Andrews Netherton)
Division One
Chawn Hill Church 3 Connect Sports 1
Saint Michael 1 Clarendon 3
Selly Oak Methodist 2 Rowley College 2
St Andrews Netherton 1 Charlemont Star 1
St Marys 2 City Church 1
Division Two
Amblecote Nomads 3 Christ Church Coseley 3
Dudley Lions 2 Corinthians SK 4
Excel Church 2 Living Hope Church Utd 5
St Thomas Aldridge 2 Brierley Hill A.O.G 2

 

7 Sep 2018

League Cup, First Round Draw

The First Round of the League Cup was drawn at last Friday nights League Meeting. These matches will take place on Saturday, 6th October. Ten teams were drawn out for the 5 matches required with 11 teams receiving byes into the Second Round. Please be advised that Clubs that have received a bye may have a League Fixture rescheduled to be played on that day, 6th October.

First Round League Cup Draw

Chawn Hill Church vs Excel Church

Christ Church Coseley vs St Marys

Clarendon vs Brierley Hill A.O.G

Dudley Lions vs Corinthians S.K

Living Hope Church United vs Saint Michael

1 Sep 2018

Match Reports – Updated 3rd September.

Delph Athletic 1 v 5 Christ Church Coseley
‘On a surprisingly bright & sunny September morning, Delph Athletic & Christ Church Coseley began their maiden WMCFL season with a minutes silence, which was a great time for all involved to be thankful for the many blessings we have in this life.

The Game kicked off with both teams looking to make their mark on the league.

The Delphs capitalised on Christ Church not starting too well & for the first 15 minutes played some really nice football, but unfortunately couldn’t take the chances we created.

Christ Church then made 2 great counter-attacking moves which resulted in 2 similar goals, a very pacey number 11 for Christ Church breaking with the ball, who played in their number 9 for him to square it to their other striker to slot in the first goal. Second goal was very similar, although it was the finish of the season by our very own Joel Gooding, our first goal of the season unfortunately happened to be in our own net. 2-0, although I’m sure the Christ Church striker will be claiming it, and I’m sure Joel will be more than willing for him to have it. (edit: yes it’s been claimed. Neil).

We then continued pressing & a great run from Ed Sutton resulted in a penalty (A very dubious penalty we must add, although Ed’s lucky as we all thought he’d overran it). Ed was rewarded for his non-stop running & slotted home the penalty to make it 2-1.

HT – 2-1 Christchurch.

We came out in the 2nd half hoping to continue the nice football we were trying to play & hopefully take some of our chances, in honesty, it didn’t happen. Christ Church looked like a team that simply had more football under their belts than us. Maybe we got a bit tired & we made a few sloppy mistakes all over the pitch which all led to goals, the game ended 5-1.

For us, there were lots of positives & all 5 goals probably could have been dealt with, which we will work on as we gain more 11 a side experience as a team.

Full credit to Christ Church, who made the most of their chances & defended well against us all game. Their keeper was in top form.

Jack Follis was voted our team’s man of the match by our players, his influence in the game up until he had to go off with an injury was clearly noted.

Good Luck to Christ Church – We look forward to playing them again in January where we will look to put up more of a fight for the full 90 minutes.’

Rowley College 0 v 2 St Mary’s
Match Report by Pete Bennett, (welcome back matey).
I’ve been lured back by the return of Kovacs’ Kolumn and the hope that we might have a broader conversation about the football we’re playing and watching. Though the first game of our 28th season couldn’t deliver a victory, my enthusiasm for new seasons remains undimmed and despite a 0-2 reversal we took more positives than negatives from today’s game. Precisely 17 years ago, at Saltley Leisure I suggested to our lads that what we achieved against Christchurch Hornets that morning would be replicated by England later that day in Munich. This was Chris Staien’s debut game (and he’s still with us) and we won 6-1: England couldn’t quite match us! That team went on to win our one and only league title led from centre mid by Johnny Warr and our current manager Mark Southall, who remains player- and was as good as anyone today.

In the St Mary’s (invisible) dugout was another of the WMCFL’s consistently quality performers, Shaun Green, who is running the football side this year but has not given up hope of returning the ‘player-‘ bit to his title. It was interesting (and sometimes amusing) to witness Shaun’s initiation as a coach (the energy and frustration) but you could see his influence on a very impressive St Mary’s side. Having spent a couple of seasons struggling for players, they are back to their best: lots of familiar faces plus some new lads including a more than decent centre forward called Ralph (reminding us that these are middle class lads: there are not many Ralphs in the Black Country!) We are also a team in transition with new lads to come in to provide much needed energy.

Having spent the summer on artificial surfaces, we were given a chastening ‘welcome back to grass’ by a St Marys team who were brilliant in the first twenty minutes. Down the slope they gave us very little of the ball and Lee, our man-of-the-match, had already made a smart double save before they took the lead when a near post corner was headed in by the smallest player on the pitch. Strangely they then went slightly off the pace and we began to ease ourselves into the game without being entirely threatening. St Mary’s on the other hand brought excellent saves from Lee (full length dive and point blank block).

We knew that we were a little fortunate to go in only one down and were determined to take advantage of this down the slope with Josh causing them problems and a strong bench. Sadly neither of these transpired as the result was effectively sorted before we’d even made a change. First a sloppy goal from a long free kick nodded straight in, then Josh’s dismissal for a second yellow card. We introduced new boy Jack Guy, who was excellent and birthday boy Haydon Richards who also made a difference as well as Ken, who also put himself about. They defended well but were offensively unable to take advantage of their extra man for which our lads deserve much credit. The experience of Mark and Matt and Joe was vital as was Lee’s excellence in goal but all over the pitch we were showing great attitude.

St Mary’s as ever are a credit to this league and deserved their win. Having played nearly half the game with 10 men we can only think of what might have been. A good competitive game, which was aided by Andy and his officials.

Living Hope Church United 8 v 1 St Thomas Aldridge
Match Report from Callum Oakshott, Living Hope.
This morning saw the meeting of last season’s third and fourth placed teams at LHC’s new home, St. Michael’s High.

The first-half saw the hosts enjoy much of the possession, with the opposition only having a couple of chances. Despite this, LHC could only find the net once before the break, when a whipped in Ashley Turner corner was volleyed home by Shane Parker.

The second-half continued in much the same fashion. However, this time around LHC were able to capitalise upon their patient build-up play. A flurry of goals from Turner (3), Webb, Oakshott, Langford, and Parker again ensured the hosts came away with all three points on the opening day of the WMCFL season. Man of the Match was debut boy Ashley Turner with three goals and five assists.
Next week, LHC travel away to face Excel Church (last season’s Wolverhampton Churches United).

Delph Athletic 1 v 5 Christ Church Coseley
Match Report from Bob Lee, Christ Church.
So finally, after months of hard work, Christ Church Coseley kicked life off in the WMCFL with a win away to fellow new side Delph Athletic. The game started with Delph on the front foot and Christ Church seemingly off the pace. We then settled and were forced into an early change as Bob went off injured making way for Jordy.
We finally settled down and it wasn’t long before a ball found Chambers on the right, he squared it to Nath who then found Lewis at the back who smashed the ball into the net, (think someone had missed scoring the last few weeks).
It wasn’t long before Christ Church grabbed a 2nd through another strong run from Chambers, beating 2 men and firing it across the box for Lewis to get his 2nd. (Some debate on who touched it but as any good forward does, Lewis claimed it and I won’t argue with that)
Delph did get a goal back from the penalty spot after a tangle of legs. As the half drew to a close both teams had chances, the best one falling to Nath who beat the offside, rounded the keeper but couldn’t find the net.
HT 2-1

2nd half Christ Church made a change with Screeny, (who had run 90 mins in the 45), coming off and Scott going into midfield.
Both teams had chances and Lewis Riley saved a few low to his right before Christ Church broke in the middle with Scott getting past a couple of players in midfield, he slipped Nath in who 1 on 1 wasn’t missing this chance, 3-1.
It wasn’t long after Christchurch were awarded a penalty when Nath was brought down. He stepped up and put the ball high to the keepers left. 4-1.
Delph didn’t give up and came searching for a reply only for Bryan Scott and Mubin chasing everything which paid off when Bryan came out on top of a battle with the cm and released Nath to complete his hat-trick and get Christchurch their 5th goal.

F.t 5-1

We wish delph all the best for the season. Great bunch of lads.
A few words for the referee today, who was fantastic, not easy being in the middle alone but he was a credit to the league.

1 Sep 2018

Score Updates – 1st September

The web site will be undergoing some changes for this season. Whilst it is in a transitional stage we will try and update you on the results as quickly as possible. You may also follow the Full Time links should you wish to do so. Couple of photos from today’s game, Amblecote Nomads first goal of the season from a penalty and a clearance by Life Central in the other.

Division One
City Church 3 Charlemont Star 0
Connect Sports 2 Selly Oak Methodist 3
Life Central 0 St Andrews Netherton 3
Monyhull Church 2 Saint Michael 3
Rowley College 0 St Marys 2
Division Two
Amblecote Nomads 5 Brierley Hill A.O.G 2
Delph Athletic 1 Christ Church Coseley 5
Dudley Lions 3 Excel Church 2
Living Hope Church 8 St Thomas Aldridge 1

31 Aug 2018

Prediction Challenge

Okay folks, well, not only is Kovacs Kolumn back but it’s also me against the Club Sec’s in the Prediction Challenge. I must admit to being completely out of the loop with how Clubs have been doing recently but it’s a new season with renewed hope for all Clubs and players including the 2 new teams Christ Church Coseley and Delph Athletic. (Welcome onboard folks). Work and a League Meeting means this is a little rushed and I do hope to sort out a better format than below but I know what you’re all wondering is, what’s the forecast? Has he written us off? This all started off a few years back when Ed Walker started it up and boy did it create some interest! Even to the point where 1 team printed off his yearly forecast and stuck it up in there dressing room. (I’ve not had time to do a Final season forecast, but as I am sat here chuckling about the past, I think there will be one done). Anyhowdydoodydiddly, on to the business side of it all. Same scoring procedure applies as in previous years; 3 points for a correct score, 1 point for correct result and nothing for being wrong. Big thanks to Peter Allen from Life Central who is first up.

Neil Kovacs
Division One
City Church 2 Charlemont Star 1
Connect Sports 1 Selly Oak Methodist 1
Life Central 2 St Andrews Netherton 3
Monyhull Church 3 Saint Michael 0
Rowley College 2 St Marys 2

Division Two
Amblecote Nomads 3 Brierley Hill A.O.G 2
Delph Athletic 3 Christ Church Coseley 2
Dudley Lions 1 Excel Church 1
Living Hope Church 1 St Thomas Aldridge 1

Club Secretary (Peter Allen from Life Central)
Division One
City Church 2 Charlemont Star 2
Connect Sports 2 Selly Oak Methodist 1
Life Central 2 St Andrews Netherton 2
Monyhull Church 3 Saint Michael 1
Rowley College 0 St Marys 2

Division Two
Amblecote Nomads 3 Brierley Hill A.O.G 1
Delph Athletic 1 Christ Church Coseley 1
Dudley Lions 1 Excel Church 0
Living Hope Church 1 St Thomas Aldridge 1

19 Aug 2018

Kevin Kovacs Memorial Trophy 2018

I wrote in my first post, (17th August), whether this season would be the merry go round or the rollercoaster. Well, the first competitive match of the season was definitely a rollercoaster by the sounds of things. Due to an injury my driving is limited and I could not attend. However, we do have a match report supplied to us, (hopefully the first of many in the new season). Thanks to Shawn Devonport for the report.

Life Central First 4vs4 St Andrews Netherton Baggies
Life Central Won 5-4 on penalties

A good game today, as the cliche goes a game of 2 halves.

I actually missed the first 15 minutes whilst I went and got changed after not managing to do so before the game due to running around getting everything organised. I came out to hear that we were 3-0 up, clearly a very fast start. Ste Jones, Leon Naylor and an own goal from a Jay Western throw in doing the damage. We missed a few other good chances, Mark missed one on one almost dinking the keeper and Greg missed a good chance from a rebound before it was 4-0, Ste getting his second pouncing on a defensive error. St. Andrews weren’t out the game though and with 10 minutes of the first half to go they started to create some chances and got one back from a scramble following a ball into the box. They could have pulled another back but the Cb missed a good chances Mis timing an header.

We made 3 changes at the break, wanting to give some of the other lads some much needed pre season minutes. St Andrews came out strong and after we missed a good chance they countered and a defensive error allowed their striker to make it 4-2. We had a 3 on 1 but a good tactical foul stopped us in our flow and 2 minutes later St Andrews made it 4-3 from the spot, we felt the foul was outside the box but the skipper made no mistake and the goal was probably deserved. The game turned into a basketball match with both teams having half chances, St Andrews in particular missing one very good chance when a square ball for an open goal was slightly misjudged and a header missed at the far post after a great Robbo delivery. With 2 minutes to go St Andrews completed the comeback with a tap in to make it 4-4.

On to penalties, Robbo scored for St Andrews, Leon made no mistake finding the corner, St Andrews scored again with a penalty almost saved, Joe made no mistake for us 2-2. Skipper stepped up and scored a great penalty 3-2, Mark with another good penalty making it 3-3. St Andrews then missed, think Colombia at the World Cup hitting the bar, Ethan then made it 3-4 with a very good penalty sending the keeper the wrong way. St Andrews stayed alive when the RB made it 4-4 and it was down to myself to send the keeper the wrong way to make it 4-5 and hand us the trophy.

A great game, I felt the way we played first half we deserved the win, changes seemed to disrupt us at HT but full credit to St Andrews they didn’t give up and it turned into a very good game. All 3 officials were excellent, a good start to the season!

17 Aug 2018

Kovacs Kolumn (The Return) – 18th August, 2018

To quote Eminem, “Guess who’s back, back again?” Yes folks, Kovacs Kolumn is back and who knows what the future holds.

In the film Parenthood, there is a scene where the Grandmother states she prefers the Roller Coaster to the Merry Go Round because you just go round and round on the one and on the other you go up and down, frightened, sick, (brings back memories of Tommy Johnson at Villa Park one game), and excited.

Well I have no idea what the forthcoming season holds for everyone who is involved in it, but I do hope excitement is the main theme for the season. What i do know is that the season starts today with the Kevin Kovacs Memorial Trophy fixture between Life Central and St Andrews Netherton Baggies.

For the rest of the teams it is only a couple of weeks away until they begin to find out if it’s the Merry Go Round or the Roller Coaster.

It would be remiss of me not to thank James Orotayo for his service as League Secretary the last couple of seasons. Whilst he is still assisting in the transitional period I would like to wish him all the very best when he finally moves on to his new ventures. Many thanks James.

9 Jun 2018

WMCFL League AGM – Friday 29th June 2018

Notice to all Team Secretaries:

Club Secretaries are reminded that attendance at the League’s A.G.M is MANDATORY. The meeting will commence at 7.30p.m and the details of the venue are as follows:

St Judes Church,

St Judes Road,

Wolverhampton,

WV6 0EB.

7 May 2018

WMCFL Cup Final 2017-18 – SATURDAY 19th MAY

This seasons WMCFL Cup Final will take place on Saturday 19th May at AFC Wulfrunians – Kick Off 11am. The cup final will be contested between

CHARLEMONT STAR v ST. ANDREWS NETHERTON

Both teams are appearing in the cup final for the first time. This seasons league games between these teams ended in a draw (1-1, 3-3), so what odds for a repeat and it goes to penalties?

 

 

29 May 2017

WMCFL – Division 2 Cup Final

Monyhull Church 4 – St Andrews Netherton 4 (Monyhull win 8-7 on penalties)

Congratulations to Monyhull on picking up the Division Two Cup after an enthralling cup final at Coseley.

Thanks to John Millist for the match report and photos.

Of all my years playing football, this is greatest game I have ever been a part of and I would like to think, it will go down as one of the greatest cup finals WMCFL has ever seen.
Things didn’t start so well, with the changing rooms being double booked and being told we would have to share a dressing room (awkward) to a less then desirable pitch. You would have thought it was more of a friendly! However, as both sets of players started to arrive, the tension and nerves were all too visible, Netherton looking to win the double and Monyhull, second best in the league and in both games against Netherton, looking to win their first bit of silverware. If the lead up to the final was low key, the game itself was anything but, in what was an incredible advert for the WMCFL, the game swung one way, then the other, which was great for the crowd of 65 gathered, but not great if you were the manager!
The first 10 minutes were spent with both sides finding their feet and getting into the game, neither wanting to make an early mistake but players eager to get on the ball and play football. The deadlock was broken when a ball from the right was flicked on by Oli Smith and headed home by Pete Mander to send the crowd into jubilant celebration. With the game now freely flowing both sides looked dangerous going forward and both defences having their work cut out. But it wasn’t long before the ‘hull found themselves 2-0 when Jake Parton curled a free kick in, over the wall and in to the top corner. Monyhull were in dreamland! But we had been here before, having previously taken a 1-0 lead against Netherton in the last league outing we lost badly, and as if just to remind us of that, straight from kick off Netherton came forward and their dangerous no.9 got in round the back and lobbed the on rushing Webber to pull it back to 2-1. The tide started to turn, Monyhull now were having to defend hard, the usual composed ball playing had gone, replaced with a sense of panic and trepidation. Netherton took full advantage to level at 2-2 with a near post shot in the area. Things weren’t looking good, Webber in the Monyhull goal was being kept busy and had to pull off a “worldie” of a save when an effort was heading for the top corner, only for him to push it wide. Another effort hit the post and was then cleared off the line by Aaron Chance. Eventually the pressure told, when a diagonal ball found its target who ran in past the full back and slotted it home. 3-2 Netherton as we came to half time.
But this game was far from over and the same spirit that has been a key part to our season was reignited and early in the second half, the explosive Tom Hales ran in past the full back and tucked it home for 3-3. Now it was Monyhull pouring forward, looking to press ahead and a ball which hit the bar and came down was judged to not have been over the line, though there seemed plenty of evidence to the contrary. The game was to take yet another turn as Netherton attacked and found the roof of the net inside the area after a bit of a scramble to give St Andrews a 4-3 lead. Surely that was it, surely that was game over. With not long left, Reeson and Reiss Chance entered the game to try and turn it around again. Reiss Chance has had a habit all season of scoring goals from the bench and with time running out, Jake Partonbeat the keeper to the ball in the area and squared across the face of goal for R.Chance to stick it home and level the game up once again. The last five minutes saw Netherton search for the winner, they pressed the ‘hulls back line, but an incredible defensive display kept any further chances away and the game went to penalties.
After 5 each it was 3-3 and still the teams couldn’t be separated and so it went to sudden death. Both sides had chances to win it but in the end all outfield players had taken and at 7-7, it came down to the keepers. Netherton went first and hit it wide, which meant substitute keeper Luke Hardman could write his name in Monyhull history. He shot low and hard, the keeper got a hand but it went in and finally this incredible game was over and the ‘hull had won the cup! Fair play to Netherton who were gracious in defeat and contributed to a fantastic game of football, they will give division one some problems next season. It seems fitting that first vs second played the cup final and played it so well. As for my lads, I am incredibly proud of how the played, how they handled themselves and how the fought. Not just on the day, but all season. Its been a pleasure to watch and manage them and am delighted that they have created this memory for themselves, the team and the church. What a day!!!
 
 

14 May 2017

WMCFL CUP FINAL

St Mary’s 1 – St Matthew’s Walsall 0

Congratulations to St Mary’s on winning their 4 WMCFL Cup final at AFC Wulfrunians last Saturday. The winning goal was scored by Andy Beeston, who also picked up the Man of the Match award.

Thanks to Simon Faulkner for the pictures from the day.

St Mary’s collect the trophy

Andy Beeston collects the Man of the Match award

The moment the winning goal was struck by Andy’s infamous white boot……

Goal celebrations 😀

More pictures from the day

 

 

 

 

14 May 2017

WMCFL – Division One Champions

Congratulations to Clarendon on achieving their 7th league title. Under the leadership of Sir Roger Moore (the knighthood is in the post Roger), Clarendon went through the season unbeaten in the league, scoring an incredible 112 goals!

31 Mar 2017

1st April – Predictions & Preview

It would be remiss of me not to start this weeks preview by congratulating Clarendon on securing their 7th Division One title last weekend. Their 5-2 win over Zion Athletic combined with St Mary’s being held at Rowley College meant they have built an unassailable lead at the top of the table. This weekend could see the Division Two title being wrapped up by St Andrew’s if they win against Renewal Solihull.

Division One:

Chawn Hill v St Mary’s – Chawn charge up the table continued with last weeks defeat of Charlemont and they can put pressure on St Mary’s for their league runners up birth if they can take the win over them this weekend. St Mary’s have won the previous 2 games against Chawn this season, the latest of these the 4-0 cup semi-final win two weeks ago.

Prediction: 1 – 3

City Church v Charlemont – City bounced back from their cup semi-final disappointment with a fine 6-1 home defeat of Wednesbury, which will secure them a mid table birth come the end of the season, removing any question of being dragged in to the relegation battle. Charlemont are in fight to retain their Division One status, and their back to back wins against the Zion’s in recent weeks have put them back in the mix to survive, plus they have games in hand.

Prediction: 2 – 2

Connect v Zion City – The bottom two meet at Saltley where Zion need the points to avoid losing touch with those above them. Connect put back to back draws together before their last game (a 5-0 defeat at Clarendon), but I did hear that Connect had Clarendon pinned at 1-0 for much of the game. Zion City games normally guarantee goals, so I’m predicting a high scoring game this weekend.

Prediction: 3 – 5

Maple Leaf v Clarendon – Maple Leaf’s shock win at St Matthews last weekend saw them stop the slide down the table and effectively secured their Division One status for next season. Clarendon have won 17 of their 19 league games this season and the meeting between the teams two weeks ago saw Clarendon hit Maple Leaf for double figures.

Prediction: 1 – 6

St Matthews v Zion Athletic – St Matthews came down from their league cup semi final win with a bump last week as they were beaten by out of form Maple Leaf at home. Zion probably need 2 wins from their final 3 games to secure Division One football next season, but have just 1 win in their last 9 league games.

Prediction: 2 – 2

Division Two & Division Two Cup:

Corinthians SK v Living Hope – Corinthians need a win to maintain their promotion hopes, currently trailing St Michaels in 3rd place by 4 points with a game in hand. Their last 2 league games have seen them draw twice to teams below them in the table. Living Hope are top of the bottom half of Division Two and can cement 7th place (above rivals Dudley Lions) with a win this weekend. These two teams met at the start of the season with Corinthians running out 3-2 winners.

Prediction: 3 – 1

Dudley Lions v St Thomas – Dudley’s win over Living Hope last weekend gave them hope that they can finish above them with a string end to the season and 3 wins in their last 4 games suggests this is a possibility. St Thomas are undefeated in their last 3 games and have found goals easy to come by. St Thomas won the reverse fixture back in September 2-1.

Prediction: 3 – 2

Holy Trinity v Selly Oak – Holy Trinity’s defeat at St Thomas last weekend means they must win this game to harbour any hopes of making it out of Group B. Selly Oak have won both of the league games between these 2 teams and are undefeated in their last 3 games and on the road are undefeated in their last 6.

Prediction: 2 – 4

Saint Michael v Brierley Hill AOG – Saint Michael are pushing for promotion this season and could pinch the runners up slot if Monyhull slip up in their final two games. Saint Michael have won their last 3 home games and are undefeated at home in their last 5 home games. Brierley Hill have struggled to get points recently having not increased their points tally since the win over Amblecote before Christmas.

Prediction: 4 – 0

St Andrews v Renewal Solihull – St Andrews can wrap up the Division Two title with a win over Renewal. St Andrews have won their last 9 games, stretching back to Christmas and have suffered defeat just once in their 18 league games. Renewal will want to finish the season strongly as a 4th place finish might result in a Division One birth next season dependant upon how things shape up in the close season. The other fixture between these teams (also held at Lode Lane) saw St Andrews run out 3-0 winners.

Prediction: 3 – 0

17 Mar 2017

18th March – Predictions & Preview

It’s Cup Semi-Final Weekend, with 4 teams battling it out at Moor Lane for a place in the final. In the league we have some interesting match ups, which could have a bearing on final league positions as we enter the last weeks of the season.

Many thanks to Dave Challoner of St Andrews for providing his predictions this week.

League Cup:

St Mary’s v Chawn Hill – St Mary’s returned normal service last weekend with a 5-2 home victory over Wednesbury. This is the 3rd successive season that St Mary’s have made it to this stage of the competition. Chawn continued their current hot streak with a 1-0 victory at Rowley, which pushed them up to 4th position in Division One. In the league meeting between the clubs at St Mary’s the home team came out winners 3-1.

Prediction:  Dave 4 – 0  Matt 3 – 1

St Matthews v City Church – Both of these team have had additional time to prepare for this semi final having not played last week (City haven’t played since 25/02). St Matthews are unbeaten in their last 3 games, which includes the 1-0 quarter final victory over Division One runaway leaders Clarendon. City have lost one of their last 8 games and are finding goals easy to come by in averaging over 3 goals a game since the turn of the year. The last league meeting between these teams saw a 2-2 draw at Rowheath on 17/12.

Prediction:  Dave 3 – 2  Matt 4 – 2

Division One:

Clarendon v Maple Leaf – With St Marys in cup action, Clarendon have the opportunity to stretch their lead at the top of Division One to 15 points this weekend, with St Mary’s having just 6 games left and Clarendon have a far superior goal difference that effectively gives them an extra point. Clarendon scored a regulation win over Connect last week in Handsworth. Maple Leaf have picked up 2 points in their last 8 games and are in what looks like a relatively safe 7th spot in Division One. However, Maple Leaf are just 5 points above 11th place and have played more games than those below them and are looking over their shoulder with a very difficult 3 games remaining this season.

Prediction:  Dave 5 – 1  Matt 5 – 0

Zion Athletic v Zion City10th v 11th at Brown Westhead Park this weekend, where both teams will be looking for a victory that will enable them to leapfrog Charlemont and climb out of the relegation zone. Zion dropped in to the relegation zone as a result of their 4-5 home defeat to Charlemont last week, succumbing to a very late strike by substitute James Wood. Zion City secured their first league win in 6 games defeating Maple Leaf 4-2 at home at weekend. The reverse fixture back in September saw Zion Athletic run out comfortable winners 6-1 in Wolverhampton, but something tells me this time it will be much closer.

Prediction:  Dave 3 – 3  Matt 2 – 2

Division Two & Division Two Cup:

Corinthians v Selly Oak –  Corinthians can make the most of St Michaels slip up last week to jump in to the final promotion position if results go their way this weekend. Corinthians haven’t played for 2 weeks, since their 1-1 draw away at Holy Trinity. Selly Oak occupy 6th place in Division Two, which will not change regardless of the result on Saturday. Last weekend Selly Oak took a point away from their trip to St Thomas.

Prediction:  Dave 4 – 2  Matt 3 – 1

Living Hope v St Michael – St Michael are now in a battle for the last promotion place and will be looking to bounce back from last weeks defeat to Renewal. St Michael have won their last 3 home games and have only suffered one defeat at home in 9 games this season to Division Two title hopefuls St Andrews back in November. After hitting a purple patch in the new year, Living Hope have suffered back to back defeats in recent weeks, last week suffering a heavy defeat to St Andrews at Hadley Stadium. Whilst recent form away from home is very good, Living Hope haven’t won at home in their last 6.

Prediction:  Dave 2 – 3  Matt 2 – 3

Renewal Solihull v Dudley Lions – Solihull scored an impressive 5-2 home win over St Michael last weekend and will be looking to back that up with a repeat of their league meeting with Dudley back in November when they ran out 7-4 winners at Lode Heath. Dudley have won their last 2 games, both games on the road, which will give them encouragement they can get a result this weekend. Dudley lost their first game in Group D to St Andrews, so they’ll need to win big and hope the final group result goes in their favour if they are to progress in the competition.

Prediction:  Dave 4 – 2  Matt 2 – 0

St Andrews v Amblecote Nomads – This games sees top verses bottom at Hadley Stadium on Saturday. St Andrews scored their 15th league win of the season in their 8-0 thumping of Living Hope to top the table and effectively secure promotion last weekend due to their healthy goal difference. Amblecote are on a 7 game losing streak and conceded their 100th league goal in their 3-1 defeat at Holy Trinity. Its been a difficult first season for Amblecote, but they should take heart that many of the teams in Division One started their WMCFL years with similar first seasons, learning from the experience and progressing in second and subsequent seasons, developing in to successful teams.

Prediction: Dave 7 -2 Matt 8 – 0

St Thomas v Brierley Hill AOG – A win for either team would see them jump up to 8th and top of the bottom half mini league in Division Two. St Thomas scored an impressive 6-1 victory in the reverse fixture at the start of the season. Brierley Hill have yet to secure a point since the turn of the year, suffering 6 consecutive defeats. Last weekend saw Brierley Hill lose 8-2 away at Monyhull in a Division Two Cup fixture.

Prediction:  Dave 4 – 2  Matt 3 – 1

10 Mar 2017

11th March – Predictions & Preview

Thanks to John Myatt of St Mary’s for providing his predictions for this weeks round of matches:

Division One:

Clarendon v Connect – Clarendon enjoyed a week off last week after their shock cup quarter final defeat and come in to this game refreshed and eager for the 3 points that takes them within touching distance of wrapping up the league title. Connect have remained unbeaten in their last 2 games and have found goals a little easier to come by, scoring 5 at Maple Leaf last weekend. The reverse fixture at Saltley saw Clarendon run out winners 6-0.

Prediction: John  12 – 1, Matt 7 – 0

Rowley v Chawn Hill – Rowley chalked up their 8th draw of the season on Saturday with a last minute penalty at home to St Matthews to secure a 2 -2 draw. One more draw and Rowley will equal the highest number of drawn games in a season since internet records began (2000). Chawn have won 5 of their last 6 games including their cup quarter final victory and are now up to 5th in the division with a game in hand on Wednesbury 3 points above them. Interestingly, unlike Rowley, Chawn haven’t been involved in a draw in their last 18 leagues games stretching back to March 19th 2016.

Prediction: John 4 – 2, Matt 2 – 1

St Mary’s’ v Wednesbury – St Mary’s have been stuttering of late, losing to ten man Clarendon and being held to a draw in normal time by Zion City in the cup quarter final. St Mary’s have a very strong record at home, conceding just 9 goals in 7 home league games. Wednesbury will be looking to complete the double over St Mary’s having won the reverse fixture 2-1 in September. Wednesbury are unbeaten in their last 4 league away fixtures.

Prediction: John 2 – 1, Matt 3 – 2

Zion Athletic v Charlemont – Zion have won just one of the their last eight league games and find themselves a point above the relegation positions. A defeat on Saturday to Charlemont will result in them slipping in to the bottom three. Charlement ended a 4 game winless streak with a win over Zion City last weekend. Charlemont have games in hand over those above them and will be keen not to allow a gap to build up between them and the teams directly above.

Prediction: John 2 – 4 Matt 2 – 2

Zion City v Maple Leaf – Zion City’s last league win came in January, when they defeated Maple Leaf by the odd goal in 9, in a thriller at Clapgate Lane. Zion have struggled to score goals at home, managing just 10 goals in their 7 league home games. Maple Leaf have yet to pick up a win in 2017 and will be hoping to stop their slide down the league table with a win, as their remaining 3 league games see them take on Clarendon twice and St Matt’s away.

Prediction: John 3 – 3, Matt 4 – 3

Division Two & Cup:

Holly Trinity v Amblecote Nomads – The divisions bottom two teams face off at NEW Academy. Holly Trinity ended a 4 game losing streak with a draw at home to Corinthians last weekend and have picked up 11 points from 8 games at home this season. As I think I’ve mentioned before, Amblecote are better on their travels than at home, picking up 6 more points and scoring 5 more goals on their travels than at home.

Prediction: John 4 – 3, Matt 5 – 3

Monyhull v Brierley Hill AOG – Table toppers Monyhull take on Brierley Hill in a division two cup game. In the league fixtures between these 2 teams, Monyhull have run out winners 23-0, so its a brave person that would tip Brierley Hill to pick up anything in this game! Monyhull suffered a scare (by their standards) away to Living Hope last week, scoring a 4-3 win. Brierley Hill have lost their last 5 games and are winless in 2017.

Prediction: John 7 – 2, Matt 8 – 0

Renewal Solihull v St Michael  – Renewal have performed well at home this season winning 5 of their 8 games, but come in to this game off the back of a home league defeat to title chargers St Andrews. St Michael’s have hopes of a top 3 finish and promotion to Division 1, facing competition from Corinthians for the final promotion berth. St Michael’s haven’t played for 3 weeks so might need an extra long warm up to prepare for this match. St Michael’s last away game saw them lose 4-2 at Corinthians.

Prediction: John 2 – 2, Matt 2 – 4

St Andrews v Living Hope  – St Andrews scored a 13-2 win over St Thomas last week, their biggest win of the season and average over 8 goals a game in their last 4 home games. Living Hope will have taken confidence from their narrow defeat to Monyhull last week, but come in to this game on a 3 match winning streak when away from home. St Andrews won the reverse fixture 5-0 when the sides faced each other in January.

Prediction: John 5 – 2, Matt 4 – 1

St Thomas v Selly Oak – St Thomas will be smarting after their hammering at St Andrews last week and have collected just 4 points from their last 6 league games. Selly Oak’s had won 4 games on the bounce before their defeat to Living Hope last time out. Selly Oak won the reverse fixture 2-1 back in October with Kieran Blake-Burke scoring a brace to secure the win.

Prediction: John 5 – 4, Matt 1 – 1

3 Mar 2017

4th March – Predictions & Preview

Back to league business this week, though the weather appears to have had an impact on this weeks fixtures with a couple of games already off (8pm Friday).

Steve Farley of Living Hope has kindly agreed to provide his predictions for this weeks round of matches:

Division One:

Maple Leaf v Connect – Maple Leaf are on a 4 game winless streak since the beginning of the year and their last 4 home games have yielded 28 goals. So, if you are local and free on Saturday morning, Clapgate Lane is the place to be for guaranteed goals. Connect collected their first point of the season last week at home to Zion Athletic and will be hoping to build on that result and collect more points at Maple Leaf.

Prediction: Steve  2 – 1, Matt 2 – 2

Rowley v St Matthews – Rowley earned a point at Wednesbury, their 7th draw of the season (I make the league record 9 draws in a season), however they remain unbeaten since the turn of the year. St Matts pulled off somewhat of a cup shock at Clarendon and will be looking to consolidate 3rd place as well as position themselves for any slips up from St Marys to pinch 2nd place.

Prediction: Steve 2 – 3, Matt 2 – 2

Zion City v Charlemont – Bantock Park hosts this clash in which both teams need 3 points to catch up with those above them. Zion forced extra time in last weeks cup quarter final at St Marys, which will give them belief despite the final result going against them. Charlemont’s last win came in the reverse fixture, winning by the odd goal in 11 at Hydes Road before Christmas, and are averaging over 3 goals a game on their travels.

Prediction: Steve 1 – 3, Matt 2 – 3

Division Two:

Amblecote Nomads v Dudley Lions  – Amblecote’s winless home form continued with defeat at the hands of table toppers Monyhull on Saturday. Dudley secured their first league win on the road at Brierley Hill last week and buoyed by that result and hopeful of another 3 point haul from their travels this weekend.

Prediction: Steve 4 – 3, Matt 1 – 3

Living Hope v Monyhull – Living Hope extended their unbeaten run to 4 games with last weeks defeat of Selly Oak. The defence has been a key feature of Living Hope’s recent success, securing 3 clean sheets in the last 4 games. Monyhull have been strong on their travels this season, securing 7 wins from the 9 games and have scored on average over 5 goals a game in away league games.

Prediction: Steve 6 – 0, Matt 2 – 4

St Michael v Holly Trinity – St Michael are unbeaten in their last 5 games at home, including a 4 nil defeat of table toppers Monyhull in January. Holly Trinity have struggled on their travels, picking up 4 points from their 10 away games, with the last point collected a 1-1 draw in November at Living Hope.

Prediction: Steve 5- 2, Matt 4 – 0

St Andrews v St Thomas – St Andrews have won their last 4 home league games and are undefeated in the league since October. St Andrews have averaged over 6 goals a game in home games this season. St Thomas have a better record on their travels than at home this season, securing 3 wins from their 7 league away matches.

Prediction: Steve 4 – 1, Matt 5 – 0

24 Feb 2017

25th February – Predictions & Preview

As well as the usual serving of Division One and Two fixtures, this weeks fixtures see the remaining 3 cup quarter finals played to see who will join Chawn Hill in the semi finals.

Stephen Richardson of City Church joins me in predicting the outcomes of this weeks round of matches:

WMCFL Cup:

Charlemont v City Church  – Both teams head in to this game off the back of home league defeats. Charlemont’s defeat at home to Chawn saw their first shutout since early November. City come in to this game off the back of their first home defeat since April 2016 at the hands of 10 man Rowley. Charlemont need to start winning to get themselves out of the relegation zone, whereas City will want to get back to winning ways in their pursuit of a top 3 finish.

Prediction: Steve  2 – 3, Matt 3 – 2

Clarendon v St Matthews  – Clarendon’s last gasp defeat of St Marys, despite ending the game with 10 men, pretty much clinched them their 7th WMCFL title in Handsworth last week. St Matts come in to this game off the back of a comprehensive 5-1 home win over Connect. The 2 league games between these teams have seen Clarendon run out winners 12-2 on aggregate, but this is the cup and as last weeks FA Cup ties showed us anything can happen in the cup!

Prediction: Steve  3 – 2, Matt 4 – 1

St Marys v Zion City  – With St Marys league title aspirations extinguished last Saturday, they can now firmly “focus on the cup”. The 2 league games between these teams this season have ended up with St Mary’s triumphing 2-0 on both occasions. Zion City have scored 17 goals in the cup so far this season and they’ll be hoping to continue that free scoring attitude in to this game and cause a shock.

Prediction: Steve  3 – 1, Matt 3 – 0

Division One:

Chawn Hill v Maple Leaf – Chawn come in to this game in impressive form, having won 5 of their last 6 matches in all competitions. Maple Leaf on the other hand have won 1 of their last 5, though the solitary win was an impressive 6-1 away win at Zion Athletic. The reverse fixture earlier this season saw Maple Leaf run out 3-1 winners at Clapgate Lane.

Prediction: Steve  1 – 4, Matt 4 – 3

Wednesbury v Rowley – Wednesbury are undefeated in their last 3 games, moving up in to 4th place with victory over Zion Athletic. Rowley ended a near 5 month wait for a win, with their defeat of City Church at Rowheath. The previous 3 games between these teams have harvested exactly 6 goals a game, the 2 most recent matches ending 3-3. What price a 3rd consecutive 3-3?

Prediction: Steve 2 – 2, Matt 2 – 3

Connect v Zion Ath – Connect continue to search for their first league point and can take hope that the closest they came to securing points this season came against Zion Athletic when they went down 3-2 back in September. Zion have won 1 of their 7 away games and need a win to pull away from the relegation zone.

Prediction: Steve 1 – 4, Matt 1 – 2

Division Two & Division Two Cup:

Amblecote Nomads v Monyhull Church – Bottom verses top kicks off the Division 2 preview. These teams have met twice in the league this season with Monyhull winning handsomely on both occasions. Amblecote will come in this game with increased confidence following the narrow loss last Saturday at 3rd place St Michael’s. Monyhull got back to winning ways last weekend, scoring 7 in their defeat of Holy Trinity.

Prediction: Steve 0 – 4, Matt 2 – 5

Brierley Hill AOG v Dudley Lions

Brierley Hill play their last home league match of this season against Dudley Lions. Brierley Hill are yet to earn a point this year, a run of 4 defeats in 2017 started at the hands of Dudley Lions in a 3-1 at the SW&B Academy. Dudley Lions have picked up 1 point from their 9 league away matches, but have managed 2 or more goals in 7 of 9 away games.

Prediction: Steve 2 – 1, Matt 2 – 2

Holly Trinity v Corinthians – Holly Trinity suffered a 7-2 loss at Monyhull last weekend, their 4th consecutive defeat since the turn of the year. Corinthians cup hopes ended with defeat at Chawn on Saturday, but in the league they are on a run of 3 successive wins and boast a decent away record, with just 2 defeats from 8 games on the road.

Prediction: Steve 1 – 3, Matt 0 – 3

Renewal Solihull v St Andrews – Renewal have been scoring lots of goals recently, averaging just under 6 goals per game from their last 6 matches, which included the 14 goal thriller with Corinthians in the first week of 2017. St Andrews are on a 5 match winning streak and have been scoring goals themselves, 29 goals scored in those 5 games. If this goes to form, it could be an epic!

Prediction: Steve 2 – 2, Matt 4 – 6

Selly Oak v Living Hope – Selly Oak have won 4 on the bounce, against the current bottom 4 teams in Division 2. The winning run has seen Selly Oak nearly double their seasons point tally and rise to 6th in the Division. Living Hope have won 3 of their 7 games away from home, but have scored the least number of goals away from home in the division. Defences could be on top in this game.

Prediction: Steve 2 – 2, Matt 1 – 1

17 Feb 2017

18th February – Predictions & Preview

We’ve had a week without freezing temperatures and significant rain, so after a near wipe out last week I’m hopeful that we’ll see all fixtures played tomorrow.

Roger Moore (WMCFL’s very own Sir Alex Ferguson) has kindly agreed to provide his predictions for this weeks round of games:

Division One:

Charlemont v Chawn Hill – Charlemont are a tough proposition at Hydes Road, losing just 3 of 8 home games with two of those defeats at the hands of the leagues top two. Chawn have 6 points from on their travels in 7 games, scoring 12 goals (6 of which came against Connect).

Prediction: Roger 2 – 2, Matt 3 – 2

City Church v Rowley – City are 1 of 3 teams in Division 1 who are unbeaten at home this season. Rowley have won just 1 of their 7 away games, scoring the second lowest number of goals away from home in the division.

Prediction: Roger 4 – 3, Matt 1 – 3

Clarendon v St Marys – WMCFL’s “El Classico” in Handsworth tomorrow. Clarendon unbeaten all season and averaging over 4 goals a game are on a title charge scoring 17 goals in their last 2 games. St Mary’s have to win to keep up the pressure on Clarendon and the record books show they have a very good record at Clarendon. St Mary’s have only conceded 4 goals on their travels this season.

Prediction: Roger 1 – 2, Matt 2 – 2

St Matthews v Connect – St Matts have had a strong first season in the top division, sitting 3rd and boasting the 2nd post potent attack in the division behind Clarendon. Connect are having a tough season and they will pick up points before the end of the season, but I think they’ll return from Walsall empty handed.

Prediction: Roger 5 – 1, Matt 6 – 0

Wednesbury v Zion Ath. – Both these teams have had indifferent seasons, having occupied 2 of the top 4 positions in Division 1 at the end of last season. Wednesbury have won 4 and lost 4 of their 8 home games this season, with the highlight inflicting St Marys’ only away defeat so far this season. Zion are the draw specialists away from home, drawing 4 of their 6 away games with their solitary away win coming at the start of September.

Prediction: Roger 1 – 3, Matt 2 – 3

 

Division Two:

Brierley Hill v Selly Oak – Brierley Hill have won 3 of their 9 home games this season, with those 9 games notching up a total of 59 goals in total. Selly Oak have a better away record than home record, winning 4 of their 6 away games and scoring 13 goals in their last 2 away games.

Prediction: Roger 1 – 3, Matt 1 – 4

Dudley Lions v St Andrews – Dudley have a good home record, despite their league position and have scored 3 or more goals in their last 5 home games. St Andrews are unbeaten on their travels this season, winning 7 of their 8 away games and have scored on average 5 goals a game – so this should be an enjoyable match to watch!

Prediction: Roger 0 – 5, Matt 2 – 6

Monyhull v Holly Trinity – Monyhull currently sit top of Division 2, having won 12 of their 18 games and scoring 84 goals in the process – the highest scoring team in WMCFL. Holly Trinity have won 1 of their 9 away games, the win coming away at Amblecote on the 2nd weekend of the season and are struggling for goals away from home.

Prediction: Roger 7- 1, Matt 5 – 0

St Michael v Amblecote – St Michaels have lost just 1 of their 8 home games, a defeat to St Andrews, and have conceded less than a goal a game at home this season. Amblecote are having a tough first season in WMCFL, but are performing better away from home securing a 4 – 4 draw at St Thomas in their last away game.

Prediction: Roger 3 – 1, Matt 4 – 0

St Thomas v Living Hope – 8th take on 7th at Streetley tomorrow, with St Thomas looking to leapfrog Living Hope with a win. St Thomas’ last home game saw them beat Holly Trinity 4 – 1, creating a buffer between themselves at the team at the foot of the table. Living Hope’s last away game saw them score 6 at Brierley, erasing the memory of the previous away game when they’d conceded 6 at table toppers Monyhull.

Prediction: Roger 1 – 1, Matt 1 – 2

27 Jan 2017

Zion City – Players Wanted

Zion City are looking for players to join their team.

If you or anyone you know is interested, please contact Arun on 07817 846740.

15 Jan 2017

Comedy Night – Chawn Hill Church

Church Hill Church are hosting a comedy night on Friday 10th February with John Archer @ 8:00pm

BAFTA-winning comedy magician, John Archer, is one of the few people to have ever fooled Penn & Teller.

As a winner of the Magic Circle Stage Magician of the Year, he’s the real deal. Derren Brown, Dynamo, and Tim Vine all say he is hysterically funny.

Tickets: £8:00 booked online.

This will be a great evening to invite friends and family to join you.

Steve Knight (Chawn Hill Church)

 

13 Jan 2017

Cup Draws

At tonight’s League Meeting, the draw took place for the quarter finals of the League Cup and the Division 2 Cup.

 

League Cup – Quarter Finals (Ties to take place 11th February 2017)

Clarendon v St. Matthew’s

St. Mary’s v Zion City

Charlemont Star v City Church

Chawn Hill Church v Corinthians SK

 

The fixtures for the Semi Finals are now also know.

Clarendon or St. Matthew’s v Charlemont Star or City Church

St. Mary’s or Zion City v Chawn Hill Church or Corinthians SK

 

Division Two Cup

This competition will take the form of 4 Groups, where each team will play the other teams in the group once (one game at home, the other away). The winners from each group will progress to the semi finals.

 

Group A

Amblecote Nomads

Monyhull Church

Brierley Hill AOG

 

Group B

Selly Oak Methodist

Holy Trinity

St. Thomas Aldridge

 

Group C

St. Michael

Corinthians SK

Living Hope Church

 

Group D

Renewal Solihull

Dudley Lions

St. Andrews Netherton

8 Jan 2017

WMCFL website – Your views wanted!

Having recently taken on the role of WMCFL e-secretary, I seeking your views on the WMCFL and our FA Full Time site. I’m keen to hear the views of players, managers and those associated with WMCFL as to what you think of the current content and welcome your suggestions on changes you’d like to see the site and the online presence of the league.

Please provide your feedback via the “Contact” form on this site or by email to matt.will7777@googlemail.com.

8 Jan 2017

League Meeting – Friday 13th January

A gentle reminder to all team secretaries / representatives, that the next league meeting is this Friday at Zion Centre, Halesowen. KO 19:30

3 Dec 2016

League Predictor: 3 December 2016

Two perfect predictions helped the Club Secs comfortably win last week’s challenge 14 to 8! Despite that I still lead 86-81.

This week Aaron Muffett from St Matthews Walsall has made the selections for the Club Secs.

 
  League Secretary Club Secretaries
Match Result Score Result Score
         
Charlemont Star v Coventry United Away 1-4 Away 2-3 AET
Maple Leaf v City Church Away 2-3 Away 1-3
Rowley College v Wednesbury Baptist Away 1-2 Away 1-5
St Mary’s v Chawn Hill Home 3-2 Home 7-0
Zion Athletic v St Matthews Away 1-5 Away 2-5
         
Corinthians SK v Holy Trinity Heath Town Home 4-2 Away 0-1
Dudley Lions v Saint Michaels Away 1-3 Draw 1-1
Living Hope v Brierley Hill AOG Draw 3-3 Away 1-2
Selly Oak v Monyhull Draw 3-3 Away 2-4
St Andrews v Two Gates Home 5-3 Home 4-1
         
         

 

As always it’s just fun…so enjoy your matches and prove us wrong!

 

Till next time

 

James

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

29 Nov 2016

Team News: Living Hope Church

Thanks to Steve Farley of Living Hope Church for sharing the news below:

Callum Oakshott is the latest winner of Living Hope’s Elvis Gordon trophy. The award was presented on Sunday at Living Hope Church’s morning service attended by several players and their partners.

Elvis Gordon was a Black Country heavyweight judo legend who died at the age of 52 following a brave battle against cancer. He joined Living Hope Church and gave his life to the Lord after the cancer was diagnosed.
The 11-times British champion was one of the region’s best known and most respected sports stars.

Weighing in at 23 stone, he struck gold in the European Championships and Commonwealth Games, silver in the World Championships and competed in the Los Angeles, Seoul and Barcelona Olympic Games before retiring in 1992.

Elvis was a great advocate of fair play and commitment to the team and the Elvis Gordon award is given to a person who has given themselves to the club above and beyond the usual cause of duty.

Congratulations to Callum, without his hard work, vision and dedication this team would not run. Richly deserved my friend

LHC - Callum

25 Nov 2016

League Predictor: 26 November

No perfect predictions last week, however, I did win the round 5-4 to extend my lead to 78-67.

This week Ben Hart from Amblecote Nomads has made the selections for the Club Secs

 

 
  League Secretary Club Secretaries
Match Result Score Result Score
         
Charlemont Star v Rowley College Away 1-3 Draw 2-2
Chawn Hill v Connect Sports Home 3-0 Home 5-1
Clarendon v City Church Home 3-2 Home 4-0
St Matthews Walsall v Zion City Home 5-1 Home 2-1
Wednesbury Baptist v Maple Leaf Rovers QMC Away 2-3 Home 3-1
Zion Athletic v St Marys Away 2-5 Away 2-5
         
Amblecote Nomads v Living Hope Church Away 2-3 Home 3-2
Brierley Hill AOG v Holy Trinity Heath Town Draw 3-3 Away 1-6
Corinthians SK v St Thomas Aldridge Home 3-1 Home 7-2
Monyhull Church v St Andrews Netherton Baggies Away 4-5 Away 2-4
Renewal Solihull v Dudley Lions Home 3-2 Home 7-3
Saint Michael v Selly Oak Methodist Away 3-4 Home 5-3

 

As always it’s just fun…so enjoy your matches and prove us wrong!

 

Till next time

 

James

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

22 Nov 2016

Match Reports

Aside from Pete Bennett of Rowley, who has been a regular contributor to the site, the match reports submitted to the WMCFL site have recently dried up. This is a request to everyone who visits the site and plays for / is involved with a WMCFL team to submit match reports via the site or by email to matt.will7777@googlemail.com.

Win, lose or draw its great to read the details behind the result!!

18 Nov 2016

League Predictor: 19 Nov 2016

A perfect prediction on the Selly Oak match has allowed me to put some breathing space between me and the Club Secs. I won the week 9-6, taking the overall score to 73-66.

This week Jason Marshall from Wednesbury Baptist has made the selections for the Club Secs

 

League Secretary Club Secretaries
Match Result Score Result Score
Brierley Hill v Charlemont Star Home 7-1 Away 1-5
Clarendon v Chawn Hill Church Home 6-3 Home 6-0
Connect Sports v Corinthians SK Away 0-3 Away 1-2
Maple Leaf Rovers QMC v St Matthews Walsall Away 3-4 Draw 2-2
St Marys v Zion City Home 4-1 Home 3-2
Zion Athletic v Rowley College Away 2-3 Away 1-2
Dudley Lions v Amblecote Nomads Home 2-1 Home 7-1
Living Hope Church v Holy Trinity Heath Town Home 3-2 Home 3-2
Monyhull Church v Renewal Solihull Away 3-4 Draw 4-4
Saint Michael v St Andrews Netherton Baggies Away 4-5 Home 3-2

 

As always it’s just fun…so enjoy your matches and prove us wrong!

 

Till next time

 

James

 

 

 

 

 

 

12 Nov 2016

League Predictor: 12 Nov 16

Another low scoring weekend last week – I won 6-4 – putting me four ahead of the Club Secs overall (64-60).

This week John Millist from Monyhull Church has made the selections for the Club Secs

 

 
  League Secretary Club Secretaries
Match Result Score Result Score
         
Clarendon v Renewal Solihull Home 3-2 Home 5-1
Living Hope Church v St Marys Away 3-4 Away 2-4
Maple Leaf Rovers QMC v Chawn Hill Church Home 3-2 Home 2-1
Rowley College v City Church Away 3-4 Away 2-3
Wednesbury Baptist v St Matthews Walsall Away 2-4 Away 2-4
Zion City v St Andrews Netherton Baggies Away 2-5 Away 2-3
         
Amblecote Nomads v Monyhull Church Away 1-4 Away 0-3
Selly Oak Methodist v Dudley Lions Home 3-2 Home 3-1
St Thomas Aldridge v Saint Michael Away 1-4 Draw 2-2
         
         
         

 

As always it’s just fun…so enjoy your matches and prove us wrong!

 

Till next time

 

James

 

 

 

 

 

3 Nov 2016

League Predictor: 5 Nov 16

Another low scoring weekend last week – I won 6-4 – putting me two ahead of the Club Secs overall (58-56).

This week Pete Barks from Zion Athletic has made the selections for the Club Secs

 

 
  League Secretary Club Secretaries
Match Result Score Result Score
         
Charlemont v St Marys Away 1-3 Away 1-4
Chawn v Wednesbury Away 2-3 Home 3-2
Connect v Clarendon Away 0-6 Away 1-6
Rowley v Maple Away 3-4 Home 3-2
Zion A v City C Draw 3-3 Home 3-1
         
St Matthews v Brocton Home 4-2 Away 0-2
         
Brierley H v Monyhull Away 2-3 Home 3-1
Dudley v Corinthians Away 2-4 Away 2-4
 Holy Trinity v St Michael Away 2-5 Away 1-6
Selly O v Amblecote N Home 3-0 Away 2-5
St Thomas v Renewal Away 2-4 Draw 3-3

 

As always it’s just fun…so enjoy your matches and prove us wrong!

 

Till next time

 

James

 

 

 

 

28 Oct 2016

League Predictor: 29 Oct 16

Low scoring weekend last week – I won 7-3 – bringing me level with the Club Secs overall (52-52).

This week Robert Zaleski from St Michaels has made the selections for the Club Secs

 

 
  League Secretary Club Secretaries
Match Result Score Result Score
         
Charlemont v Zion A Draw 2-2 Away 1-2
City Church v Zion C Home 3-2 Home 4-2
Connect v Chawn Away 0-1 Away 0-3
St Matthews v Rowley Draw 3-3 Draw 2-2
         
Brierley Hill v St Andrews Away 2-4 Away 0-6
Living Hope v Nomads Home 6-1 Home 2-1
Renewal v Corinthians Draw 2-2 Draw 2-2
St Michaels v Dudley Home 5-1 Home 4-2
Selly Oak v St Thomas Away 2-3 Home 3-1
         
         
         

 

As always it’s just fun…so enjoy your matches and prove us wrong!

 

Till next time

 

James

 

 

 

21 Oct 2016

League Predictor: 22 October 2016

Better week for me I beat the Club Secs 13-11, thus reducing the overall gap to 4 points (45-49). Interestingly both the Club Secs and I correctly predicted that Monyhull v St Michael would end 2-2.

This week Pete Bennett from Rowley College has made the selections for the Club Secs

 

 
  League Secretary Club Secretaries
Match Result Score Result Score
         
Chawn v Zion A Away 0-3 Away 2-4
City v Connect Home 2-0 Home 4-1
Clarendon v Rowley Home 3-2 Draw 1-1
Maple v Charlemont Home 4-2 Home 2-1
Wednesbury v St Matthews Home 4-3 Draw 2-2
Zion City v St Marys Away 2-3 Away 1-5
         
Nomads v Brierley Hill Away 1-4 Away 2-3
Dudley v Renewal Away 1-4 Away 1-4
Holy Trinity v Living Hope Away 1-2 Away 1-2
Monyhull v Selly Oak Home 5-2 Home 3-1
St Andrews v St Michael Away 4-5 Home 3-0
St Thomas v Corinthians Away 3-5 Home 2-1

 

As always it’s just fun…so enjoy your matches and prove us wrong!

 

Till next time

 

James

 

 

14 Oct 2016

League Predictor: 15 October 2016

Last week was quite a week for the Club Secs with them getting full marks for the Charlemont and City Church results giving them a score of 12 to my 7. This brings the overall score to League Sec 32 Club Secs 38! A wider gap than last week but I can’t hear the operatic lady yet…

This week Rob O’Neill has made the selections for the Club Secs

 

 
  League Secretary Club Secretaries
Match Result Score Result Score
         
Charlemont v Clarendon Away 2-5 Away 1-3
Connect v Maple Away 0-2 Away 0-2
St Matthews v Chawn Home 1-0 Home 2-1
Wednesbury v City Church Home 4-1 Home 3-2
         
Rowley v Zion A Home 3-2 Away 2-2 – Zion win AET
         
Corinthians v Nomads Home 3-1 Home 3-1
Dudley v St Andrews Away 1-3 Away 1-5
Living v St Thomas Away 1-3 Away 0-2
Monyhull v St Michael Draw 2-2 Draw 2-2
Renewal v Holy Trinity Home 3-1 Home 3-1
Selly Oak v Brierley Hill Draw 1-1 Home 3-1

 

As always it’s just fun…so enjoy your matches and prove us wrong!

 

Till next time

 

James

 

7 Oct 2016

League Predictor: 8 October 2016

Unfortunately I wasn’t able to publish the League Sec and Club Sec predictions for last week, however in the week before the Club Secs scored 8 to my 6 bringing the overall score to League Sec 25 Club Secs 26! I’m behind but only just.

This week Steve Knight has cast his thoughts over the League and Cup matches:

  League Secretary Club Secretaries
Match Result Score Result Score
         
Clarendon v Wednesbury Home 3-2 Home 3-1
St Matthews v St Marys Away 3-4 Away 0-2
Charlemont v Monyhull Away 2-4 Home 3-2
City Church v Holy Trinity Home 2-1 Home 2-1
St Michael v Maple Leaf Home 2-1 Away 1-3
Living Hope v Dudley Home 3-2 Home 4-2
Renewal v St Thomas Away 1-2 Home 3-2
St Andrews v Nomads Home 6-1 Home 5-0
Brierley Hill v Corinthians Away 1-6 Away 1-7

 

As always it’s just fun…so enjoy your matches and prove us wrong!

 

Till next time

 

James

23 Sep 2016

League Predictor for 24/9/16

All of last week’s matches were played and in the Prediction Challenge the Club Secs managed to get full points on the St Matthews v Clarendon match. Well done! The scores for the week were League Sec 7 Club Secs 8, taking the overall scores to League Sec 19 Club Secs 18.

This week Andres Senior from Maple League Rovers QMC has done the predictions on behalf of the Club Secs, so here are both mine and his:

 
  League Secretary Club Secretaries
Match Result Score Result Score
         
City v Maple Away 2-5 Away 1-2
Connect v Rowley Away 0-2 Away 0-2
St Marys v Charlemont Away 1-3 Draw 2-2
Wednesbury v Chawn Home 3-0 Away 1-2
Zion A v Clarendon Away 4-5 Away 1-4
Zion C v St Matts Away 2-4 Draw 2-2
         
Brierley v Renewal Away 0-3 Away 0-3
Holy Trinity v Selly Oak Home 3-0 Home 2-1
Monyhull v Corinthians Away 2-3 Draw 3-3
St Mike’s v Living H Home 4-2 Home 2-1
St Toms v Dudley Home 3-0 Home 4-3

 

As with last week’s predictions it’s just for fun.

 

You’ll find match reports on this site at http://www.wmcfl.co.uk/matchday/match-reports/

 

Till next time…

 

James

16 Sep 2016

League Predictions 17 Sep

All of last week’s matches were played and in the Prediction Challenge neither I nor the Club Secs managed to get full points from any of the matches. The scores for the week were League Sec 4 Club Secs 6, taking the overall scores to League Sec 12 Club Secs 10.

This week Brian Follows from Renewal Solihull has volunteered to do the predictions on behalf of the Club Secs, so here are both mine and his:

 
  League Secretary Club Secretaries
Match Result Score Result Score
         
Charlemont v Maple Home 4-1 Draw 2-2
Rowley v Zion City Away 0-4 Home 3-1
St Matts v Clarendon Away 0-4 Away 1-5
Wednesbury v St Marys Home 3-1 Away 1-3
Zion A v Connect Home 5-4 Home 5-1
         
Corinthians v Brierley Home 2-1 Home 3-1
Holy Trinity v Monyhull Away 1-7 Home 4-2
Living Hope v Dudley Home 4-3 Draw 2-2
Renewal v Nomads Away 2-3 Home 4-2
Selly Oak v St Mike’s Away 1-3 Away 2-3
St Toms v St Andy’s Home 3-2 Draw 2-2

 

As with last week’s predictions it’s just for fun.

 

You’ll find match reports on this site at http://www.wmcfl.co.uk/matchday/match-reports/

 

Till next time…

 

James

 

9 Sep 2016

Prediction Challenge: 10 Sep 16

All of last week’s matches were all played and in the Prediction Challenge I managed to get full points from both the Chawn v Clarendon and Corinthians v Dudley matches giving me 8 points to the Club Secs 4. Andy didn’t fare so well, only managing to pick up single points from four matches.

 

This week Ian Baker from Brierley Hill has volunteered to do the predictions on behalf of the Club Secs, so here are both mine and his:

  League Secretary Club Secretaries
Match Result Score Result Score
         
Wednesbury v Connect Home 3-2 Home 3-2
Maple v Chawn Away 0-2 Draw 2-2
St Marys v Clarendon Home 4-2 Away 1-5
St Matts v Charlemont Away 3-4 Home 3-2
Zion C v Zion A Draw 4-4 Home 4-3
         
Nomads v Heath Town Home 3-0 Home 4-1
Brierley Hill v St Thomas Away 2-4 Home 3-2
Living Hope v Corinthians Draw 2-2 Away 2-4
Monyhull v Dudley Draw 2-2 Home 5-2
St Michaels v Renewal Draw 3-3 Home 4-2
Selly Oak v St Andrews Away 0-4 Away 2-5

 

As with last week’s predictions it’s just for fun, however, one of the Club Secretaries did tell me that my predictions were used as part of the team talk to spur the players on.

 

You’ll find match reports from last Saturday on this site at http://www.wmcfl.co.uk/matchday/match-reports/

 

Till next time…

 

James

1 Sep 2016

Prediction Challenge: 3 Sep 16

Here then is the first set of predictions. In a change to the advertised order we have Andy Wilcoxson (Charlemont Star) representing the Club Secs.

 

League Secretary Club Secretaries
Match Result Score Result Score
Charlemont v Connect Draw 4-4 Home 3-0
Chawn v Clarendon Away 0-3 Away 1-3
Maple v Rowley Away 2-3 Away 1-2
St Marys v Zion A Home 4-2 Home 2-1
St Matts v City Home 4-1 Home 3-0
Wednesbury v Zion C Away 2-4 Home 3-0
Nomads v St Michaels Away 1-3 Away 2-3
Corinthians v Lions Home 3-2 Draw 1-1
Holy Trinity v St Thomas Home 2-0 Away 1-3
Renewal v Monyhull Home 3-1 Home 2-1
St Andrews v Brierley Hill Draw 2-2 Away 1-3

 

On Saturday we’ll see how both of us have got on

27 Aug 2016

League Meeting

The next League Meeting is on Friday 2 September, commencing 7:30pm.

 

We will be meeting at Zion Church, Halesowen, B63 3AJ.

All Club Secretaries are expected to attend. If you can’t attend personally send a deputy.

Map link: https://www.google.co.uk/maps/place/Little+Cornbow,+Halesowen+B63+3AJ/@52.4486529,-2.0503122,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x4870969365cb624d:0xfbb28c51e9106da9!8m2!3d52.4484785!4d-2.0479959

12 Aug 2016

Behaviour towards Match Officials

A reminder of new rules being introduced for the new season regarding behaviour towards officials , by players and managers.

 

http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/36844570

12 Aug 2016

City Church are looking for opponents for the evening of Thursday 18th August 2016

If you are interested please contact Stephen Richardson using the details in the handbook.

20 Jun 2016

Prediction Challenge – Final Post + Player Of The Season

It has been a while since an update but here we go….

The Prediction Challenge was a close run thing with the final score as follows:

Kovacs’ Kolumn 170 Club Secretaries 163

I hope you’ve enjoyed following it every week.

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Player Of The Season Winners are as follows;

Division One Winner – James Chambers from Renewal Solihull

Division Two Winner – Callum Oakshott from Living Hope Church United

Congratulations to the pair of them.

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Here are all of the individual Clubs Player Of The Season

St Mary’s – Ian Coleman

Zion Athletic – Leon Naylor

Clarendon – Stevon Richards

Wednesbury Baptist Church – Craig Abbey

City Church – Daniel Haynes

Rowley College – Christy McKenzie

Chawn Hill Church – Curtis Jordan

Charlemont Star – Jamie Holder

Connect Sports – Martin Lees

Renewal Solihull – James Chambers

Monyhull Church – Oliver Smith

Saint Matthew’s Walsall – Kevin Humpage

Zion City – Benjamin Wilkes

Maple Leaf Rovers Q.M.C – Kiran Kellman

Selly Oak Methodist – Kieran Blake-Burke

Dudley Lions – Stephen Devonport

Corinthians S.K – Daniel Byrne

Saint Michael – Janusz Cyran

Brierley Hill A.O.G – Glen Gibbons

Living Hope Church United – Callum Oakshott

Sandwell United – Luke James

St Thomas’ Aldridge – Luke Helsdon

Hawbush – Mitchell Pountney

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The Referee Of The Season was John Flavell

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So that’s it folks…20+ years involvement within the League technically comes to an end at this Fridays A.G.M.

Many thanks to everyone who has helped me along the way and I wish you all the best for the future.

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15 May 2016

Seasons Last Match Report Off Pete From Rowley

CHARLEMONT STAR 1 ROWLEY COLLEGE 2
15/05/2016
By Rowley College

So, the end of our twenty fifth season and I missed it, though I found myself relaying the salient details from mark through me in Manchester to Mike on Manor Way. And this is how it went:

Not playing particularly well. They’re on top

Not playing particularly well. They’re on top but we’re one up. Clivey scored

Not playing particularly well. They’re on top but we’re two up. Keeper saved a shot and Benna poked it home.

They’ve scored.

Don’t worry, we’ve won.

Thus we put a season to bed that had fallen asleep in front of the tele a few weeks ago and looks statistically worse than it was partly because we lost 6 points but also because with these we lost momentum. Matt Williams had a great home coming. We livened up the side with legs and youth. We never looked over our shoulders (always the foundation of footballing contentment). And most importantly we’ll be back next year, which brings me to a more important ‘ending’. Truth is Rowley would not be continuing (and truth is neither likely would the league) without the support over an extended period of Neil Kovacs (in fact the Kovacs brothers).

There’s so much I could say about Neil but most importantly I can express a genuine pride that I have him as a friend. Straight-talking, principled, compassionate, tireless, I doubt we’ll see his like again. He has been a driving force in a successful league at a time amateur football has been in general decline. He owes wmcfl nothing and we owe him everything and he deserves a rest. He was even a half decent referee!

This then is my tribute with apologies to Milton:

To the League Secretary Neil Kovacs, May 2016,
On the disturbing prospect of having a Kovacs-free wmcfl next season

Kovacs, our chief of men, who through a cloud
Not of work only, but detractions rude,
Guided by faith and matchless fortitude,
To peace and truth thy glorious way hast plough’d,
And on the neck of crowned Fortune proud
Hast rear’d God’s trophies, and his work pursu’d,
While South Road with sweat of Chawn imbru’d,
And Stevens Park, resounds thy praises loud,
And Wmcfl’s laureate wreath; yet much remains
To conquer still: rest hath her victories
No less renown’d than work. New foes arise:
The Early Night’, ‘the Late Lie-in’: free from the chains:
Of secretaries wanting registration numbers “NOW!”
Our love, thanks and respect: To you, Neil, we endow!

8 May 2016

Catch Up On Couple Of Match Reports

Quick catch up on Match Reports that have been submitted. We have 2 off Pete Bennett of Rowley dating back to the 16th + 23rd April.

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ROWLEY COLLEGE 0 CITY CHURCH 4
16/04/2016
By Rowley College

Bad day at the office, today in a season that is rapidly fizzling out. We weren’t terrible but we were lack lustre and somehow ended up heavily beaten in an otherwise close game. In our 601st game we seemed to have a strong enough team (and three subs) but, on a heavy farmer’s field of a pitch, we wasted the first half chasing shadows. City were much better than us and deserved their 1-0 lead (simple football, keeper lobbed).

However we were much better second half after Mark had opted for a more attacking formation with Christie and Sam up top and ran them ragged until uncharacteristic defensive frailties and verbal indiscipline left us 0-4 and with ten men. However, the latter was not the defining factor. We more than held our own at 10 v 11 but three poor goals (to concede) gave our otherwise solid second half performance nothing to play with. We had earlier thought we’d levelled things when Tom scored but was considered offside and at 0-2 Obi pulled off a great save from Ben Smith, but these were cold comfort by the end. Our only real satisfactions came from the long-awaited return of Nathan Hylton after nearly two seasons out and a man-of the match performance from Nathan’s former midfield partner Olly Staien.

All the best to City whose attitude was excellent. For us the summer can’t come soon enough: losing six points from W&P has punctured our momentum leaving us like a Premier team who has reached 40 points with a bit to spare but have not kicked on.

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ST MARY’S 4 ROWLEY COLLEGE 1
23/04/2016
By Rowley College

Today a tribute to worthy champions because saving a Devon Lock style collapse that’s what St Mary’s will deservedly be. We managed to stop them having the perfect season a few weeks ago with a hard fought 2-2 but today we were well beaten by a better side. Though missing Ben Fowler and Clive we had a decent team out and were intent on keeping things tight but despite living with them up the slope we were undone by two first half goals. Both were perfect finishes, the second an imperious free kick from Shaun that gave Lee no chance.

We turned around disappointed but keen to have a go, moving to 4-4-2 to give the hard-working McKenzie some support. However they were even more dangerous up the slope, playing with momentum and grace. This is a team renewed. Four or five years ago they had rejoined the pack but now they are back setting the standards. They play football the right way and encourage one another to do so, back to front. Even after Phil had a clearance charged down, they didn’t stop using him as an extra outfield player. The ginger haired lad they had in centre mid today was brilliant: he ran the show alongside the usual suspects. Within fifteen minutes of the restart we were four down despite the best efforts of our excellent defenders and keeper.

Still we pressed with Olly and Ben working their socks off and Ben at least managed to score the goal of the game as a consolation: lofted drive on the turn that even Phil could only gape at! We will hope to get a positive result next time out to send us into the summer break. Meanwhile hats off to St Mary’s : a credit to this league!

7 May 2016

7th May – :-) :-)

Only one place to start with today’s catch up and that is with a massive congratulations to St Mary’s in becoming Champions of Division 1 and in doing so, become only the 2nd Club to win 3 Division 1 Titles in a row, matching Chawn Hill Church’s achievement in 1991, 92 and 93. We have had some fantastic teams over the years who have never managed to secure the 3rd title on the bounce so this is no mean task and cements St Mary’s as one of the top Clubs in history within the League. Can they push on next season and become the first ever Club to win it 4 times in a row? Well, they have gone unbeaten in the League all season so far, but they play one of the Clubs today, that could stop them achieving that aim for next season. Clarendon vs St Mary’s is a huge match this morning with the current Div 1 Winners playing the current League Cup Winners in a repeat of the League Cup Final and there is still something riding on the game. Clarendon need to repeat their League Cup victory over St Mary’s to leapfrog Zion Athletic and claim 2nd place in the table. Zion Athletic stay in 2nd place courtesy of a 2-2 draw with Clarendon last week and no doubt the Zion lads will be hoping St Mary’s stay unbeaten, at least for 1 more week. Zion’s last defeat was back on January 30th at the hands of St Mary’s and they have put a tremendous run of form together since then to keep themselves within a shout of 2nd place.

The other match in Division One sees Charlemont Star and Rowley College finishing their seasons off and unlike the other match there is nothing riding on this game apart from pride, (and that’s over rated). I know that a Match report will definitely follow from Pete Bennett of Rowley. (Apologies buddy that I have not kept up to date with entering them onto the web site but they will all be on here this weekend, apologies to anyone else who has also submitted one).

Division 2 is all sorted and despite Zion City losing to Dudley Lions last week, they still finish the season as Runners Up. Maple Leaf Rovers Q.M.C overcame the challenge from Selly Oak Methodist regarding 3rd place but the goal difference for Zion City was so superior before kick off that it would have taken a gargantuan score line for Maple Leaf to finish in 2nd place.

So St Matthew’s Walsall are Div 2 Champions and Zion City as Runners Up. Maple Leaf end up 3rd and in the other automatic promotion place but I am unsure whether they will be in the League next season as they have stated that they may not be. What may this mean to anyone else regarding next season. Well, not a lot really. The formation of the Divisions will be decided as always at the AGM and it is never normally as straight forward as the Rule Book dictates. The main reason for this is that at this moment in time we are unsure how many new Clubs may enter the League. We have set aside a meeting with all interested parties and I am led to believe that we have sent out 11 invites to the meeting. No doubt there will be a lot of dialogue over the next 7 weeks getting everything sorted for next season.

Division 2 also has two matches today and like the Charlemont Star vs Rowley game, there’s only the enjoyment element to play for in these matches.

So how is the Prediction Challenge going and what’s the forecasts for today. I have absolutely no idea how it stands between myself and the Club Secs as I haven’t had time to do an update for a while. I will wait until after tomorrows games and do an update then. Forecasts for the games today and for the final games next weekend are as follows:

Division One                                                                          Neil                Steve (Chawn)

Charlemont Star vs Rowley College                                      Away 1-2        Draw 1-1

Clarendon vs St Mary’s                                                         Draw 2-2         Away 2-3

Division Two                                                                          Neil                 Ian (B’Hill)

Living Hope Church United vs Dudley Lions                         Away 1-3        Draw 3-3

Selly Oak Methodist vs St Matthew’s Walsall                        Away 1-3         Away 2-4

May 14th

Division One                                                                         Neil                  Steve (Chawn)

Monyhull Church vs St Mary’s                                              Away 0-2         Away 0-5

Division Two                                                                         Neil                 Ian (B’Hill)

Saint Michael vs St Matthew’s Walsall                                  Away 1-3        Away 2-5

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30 Apr 2016

Quick Catch Up + Prediction Challenge

Unfortunately, I have not had time to keep up to date with my thoughts regarding all things WMCFL. This remains the same today as I’ve just finished yet another night shift at work and am back at work again tonight. So my bed is calling me!

With the little time I have, I would just like to add my congratulations to Clarendon on winning the Cup Final, beating St Mary’s 3-1 and in doing so, inflicting upon them, their first defeat of the season. I have to say, that in my opinion, Clarendon totally deserved their win and some of the football played was superb. St Mary’s battled hard but the power and pace that Clarendon had on the day aligned with some fantastic bits of skill meant they were worthy winners. Khali Barnaby bagged a hat trick on the day and I have to say, that in all my time of watching WMCFL Cup Finals, that this was probably the best I have seen.

With the season coming to a close, other things are also being decided. Congratulations also got to St Matthew’s Walsall on becoming Division 2 Champions. Their 6-1 win over Living Hope Church United last weekend means they cannot now be caught. They looked favourites for most of the season but Zion City suddenly started hammering Clubs all over the place and it was theirs to lose at one stage. However, I did say earlier in the season that they can blow hot and cold and unfortunately for them they blew cold at just the wrong time. Mathematically, they could still be caught in 2nd place, but there goal difference should keep them there. Maple Leaf Rovers QMC play Selly Oak Methodist today and should they win then they would be assured of finishing 3rd. A win for Selly Oak though would make for an interesting game the following week against St Matthew’s as a defeat there would mean 3rd place would be decided on goal difference!

Quite a few teams have already finished their season, but I have had it confirmed that 2 Clubs have played their final games in the League. We wish all the players and people that have been involved in both Hawbush and Sandwell United the very best for the future.

I am expecting St Mary’s to confirm themselves as Champions today, but there is also a huge game between Clarendon and Zion Athletic. Should Zion win, then they will finish 2nd and Clarendon 3rd.

Which leads me nicely on to the Prediction Challenge. With me stepping down from the League at the end of the season and with only 6 matches left in each Division I have decided that the 2 Club Secretaries from the 2 Clubs that have been in the League since it started would do the last predictions. I have asked Ian Baker from Brierley Hill A.O.G to do the remaining games in Division 2 and Steve Knight from Chawn Hill Church to do the same for the matches in Division One. I will just do matches for today though first and do the rest tomorrow.

Division One                                                          Kovacs           Steve (Chawn)

Charlemont Star vs St Mary’s                                Away 1-2        Away 0-2

Clarendon vs Zion Athletic                                     Draw 2-2        Home 3-2

Renewal Solihull vs Monyhull Church                    Draw 2-2        Home 2-1

 

Division Two                                                               Kovacs          Ian (B’Hill)

Dudley Lions vs Zion City                                           Away 1-2      Away 2-4

Selly Oak Methodist vs Maple Leaf Rovers QMC       Draw 2-2      Home 3-1

St Matthew’s Walsall vs Saint Micahel                        Home 3-0     Home 6-1

 

23 Apr 2016

23rd April

Just keeping the Prediction Challenge rolling along today. Fair bit to catch up on and update, hopefully, my Kolumn will have a little more to read tomorrow.

 

23rd April
Division One                                                                       Kovacs’          Pete (Rowley)
Charlemont Star vs Wednesbury Baptist                            Away 3-1       Home 3-1
City Church vs Clarendon                                                   Away 0-3       Away 0-2
Monyhull Church vs Zion Athletic                                        Away 0-5       Away 1-5
Renewal Solihull vs Connect Sports                                   Draw 2-2        Home 3-2
St Mary’s vs Rowley College                                              Home 2-0       Home 3-0
Division Two
Dudley Lions vs Maple Leaf Rovers QMC                          Away 1-3        Away 2-4
Living Hope Church United vs St Matthew’s Walsall           Away 0-5       Away 2-6

16 Apr 2016

16th April – Prediction Challenge

16th April
Division One                                                                      Kovacs’         Jason (Wednesbury)
Clarendon vs Connect Sports                                            Home 5-0      Home 5-0
Monyhull Church vs St Mary’s                                            Away 0-4       Away 0-4
Rowley College vs City Church                                          Home 2-0      Home 3-1
Zion Athletic vs Charlemont Star                                        Home 2-0      Home 4-1
Division Two
Corinthians S.K vs St Thomas’ Aldridge                             Home 3-1      Home 5-1
Living Hope Church United vs Dudley Lions                      Home 2-1       Draw 2-2
Selly Oak Methodist vs Maple Leaf Rovers QMC              Draw 2-2        Draw 3-3
Zion City vs St Matthew’s Walsall                                       Home 2-1      Home 4-2

8 Apr 2016

!!! Cup Final – ROADWORKS !!!

We have been advised that there are major roadworks regarding getting to the venue for tomorrows Cup Final. Diversions are in place. Please allow extra travelling time to get there.

 

There are road works on the A491 (the road that takes you off the Ring Road and up past the ground) which means there is a diversion in place as you can’t use the road to come off the ring road. The diversion takes you up the A458 in to Wollaston, turn right at the round a bout and then follow all the way down to a set of traffic lights where you turn right onto the A491 and the ground is about half a mile down on the right hand side.

 

 

 

5 Apr 2016

April 5th – Match Reports, Catch Up

Apologies to everyone that the Match Reports that have been sent in have not appeared on here recently. Other things have taken priority. Just to keep you informed, there will be some members of the Management Committee stepping down for next season and focus has been on this. I will add that I will be one of the people stepping down so not many more Kovacs’ Kolumns to come from myself. Anyway, we have the little matter of the Cup Final this Saturday and I am really hopeful that this should be a cracking game between Clarendon and St Mary’s. It’s £3 entry for adults and £1 for under 16’s. Personally, I am hopeful of a good attendance because in my eyes, if we had scheduled fixtures for the day people would be turning up for them so why not the League’s showpiece Cup Final ?

Anyway, my main apology would be to Pete Bennett who never fails to submit a report, bloke is top class in my eyes. There is also a report off Living Hope Church United when they played Sandwell and a couple off St Mary’s, including their report of the win over St Matthew’s Walsall in the Cup Semi-Final. I will start with the most recent and work back.

ROWLEY COLLEGE 1 ZION ATHLETIC 4
05/04/2016
By Rowley College

2nd April

This is the first time I have delayed my report this season, leaving a little more recovery time from the first game this season that we ended up well beaten in. We were faced by a strong Zion side crammed full of attacking players and intent but we are also a good side and once again played well. However with a strong, but bare eleven which had Craigy needing to play ninety minutes out for the first time since October, we were ultimately out run by a Zion side that brought on three strong subs (the third was Shaun Devenport!). Thus we had to take our medicine as Zion took us apart in the last twenty minutes with fluent football.

This was no bad reflection on our defending, Matty Stanton deputised effectively for Chrissy Staien, Williams was excellent, as was Joe (pitting his wits against the mercurial Naylor) and Clivey was man-of-the –match). Lee was also on top form, making two great saves one in each half. Zion started extremely well and put us under considerable pressure but we maintained a threat and took the lead half way through the half when Ben Smith knocked a good ball forward and Craigy’s persistence (he had a terrific first half) created a simple chance for Ben Fowler. Across the middle of the match this looked likely to be enough but we couldn’t kick on and in the second half they kicked back.

Leon is a player who would enhance any team and it was he who hauled Zion back into the game. First an angled volley, then earning a penalty (perhaps just outside the box) which he slotted home and finally a great delivery from a corner to provide the killer goal. Despite our shape and endeavour we were not coming back and when Leon was moved into the centre of things (surely his natural position) things became even harder. Shaun came on and might have had a hat trick: one well saved, one just wide and a brilliant finish from hardly a chance. The last twenty were torture but sometimes you need these moments to also indicate the progress you’ve made.

All the best to Zion.

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CLARENDON 3 ROWLEY 1
05/04/2016
By Rowley College

26th March

Cracking game with Clarendon today and much closer than the final score suggests. We lost a bench full overnight and found an emergency sub in Joshua Moseley who came on and did well: they had a strong bench (in anticipation of a Cup Final) but both teams had strong starting elevens. A squally wind and bumpy pitch made everything difficult so it was a testimony to both teams that this was a high quality game played at pace. We lost it in the first half when they had the slope and wind but matched them across the ninety minutes, which underlines how small the margins are against the best teams. None of our players deserved to lose today but Matty Williams, in particular, had scant reward for a magnificent performance against his former team-mates alongside the also excellent Chris Staien.

We started well and the returning Tom Cartin was only just thwarted by an alert Bigga, who also made saves from Christy and Ben. Clarendon though, as ever, were pressing all over the pitch and Sav was mercurial in midfield against Lee and Ben (a classy all action performance). They took the lead when a smart exchange between their two strikers resulted in a sharp finish which just eluded Lee in our goal. Given their ‘environmental’ advantage this was not a disaster and our plan to be solid up the slope was working (and we were making progress). However we were undone in five mad minutes which reminded us what a cruel game football can be.

First Ben Fowler hit a firm back pass that bobbled over Lee’s foot then shortly after, somewhat shellshocked by that misfortune we defended sloppily (the only time in 90 minutes) and found ourselves three down in a game that was otherwise completely even. Mark had nothing but praise at half time and pushed Benna up alongside the outstanding Christy second half and we went for it putting Clarendon under pressure for much of the second half. Benna had an early header wide and later beat three players and angled a shot that hit the underside of the bar. Clarendon defended heroically, particularly Junior at centre back and we just couldn’t get the goal to get us back in the game. The game became stretched with both sides going at it hammer and tongs. Then Christy got it wide, bamboozled Roger and pulled back for Ben Smith to drive home but that was it.

All the best to Clarendon in the final!

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ST MARYS VS ST MATTS (AND ROWLEY)
05/04/2016
By St Mary’s

12th March + 19th March

Rowley College vs St Marys

Firstly I will give a report on the game vs Rowley. As you will know this was the 1st game we did not win in WMCFL competitions this season and Pete as has always given a comprehensive account. Rowley were in this game throughout as we did not finish our chances. From our point of view (always going to be different) Andy Harris goal was a fantastic run and how he slotted it in from a tight angle I do not know (can I apologise for omitting praise for his hatrick from centre mid vs Solihull, all of which were bullets!). Before and most certainly after this we missed a host of very presentable chances, whilst Rowley always threatened on the break and had at least 2 very good clare through chances. Until 70 mins we had numerous chances to kill the game off at 1 v 0 however Rowley were always ‘in’ there and they gave us a great game for the final 20 minutes particularly once they equalised from a contested header (I think their striker would rather have it than me!). Green then struck a great free kick to let us think we would win with 5 mins left. However Rowley had been pushing for a while and grabbed the equaliser with a great header with virtually the last kick of the game. Rowley 2 vs St Marys 2

St Marys vs St Matthews – Cup Semi Final

Having never played the current St Matts we did not know what to expect and they came out of blocks quickly bossing the game with good football whilst never stretching our defence too far.

This lasted until the 70th minute when following an enforced change we finally made the break through with a pinpoint Green free kick. As we do, a 2nd goal followed quickly with good interchange between the Beesons leading to a cracking finish from Andrew ‘Tink’ Beeson.

Following us making another change at 2 – 0 there was then a very unfortunate incident as a free kick was swung in and their keeper and the other ‘Matt’ Beeson badly clashed heads.

This led to a 30 minute delay but due to excellent management from the officials, help from all sides and the venue, and great sportsmanship from St Matts we finished the final 4 minutes on the adjacent pitch. We really hope their keeper is ok as it looked very bad! (Matt is luckily ok)

When the game did restart ‘Tink’ scored an amazing goal flicking over the defenders and firing into the top corner to make it 3 – 0

It will be great to meet Clarendon in the cup final when we are sure we will meet their very best team!

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ROWLEY COLLEGE 4 RENEWAL SOLIHULL 1
05/04/2016
By Rowley College

19th March

Good result for us today. Solihull, as ever are a decent side who try to play football the right way, but we always had a bit too much fluency for them. Having not won for five games (three draws) it was important to get three points, but perhaps more important to continue playing the kind of football that has made for a much more successful season this term. Matt Williams was again an effective leader, getting us going early on a very cold morning. Defensively we were very good (Chrissy Staien very calm and collected again) against the real threat which Hadden and Chambers continued to offer but the drive was provided in the centre of midfield. Ben Smith was perpetual motion, Mackenzie class and guile and Olly Staien offered a man of the match performance of quality and purpose.

Starting up the slope we shook off a little early lethargy and got to our task. Christy put us ahead when he chased down their centre back, drew the keeper and slotted home. Fowler also had a couple of half chances while Solihull also offered their own threat. Half time 1-0. A second goal was always going to be important, particularly after Lee was forced to make a very good full length save. Again Christy was instrumental, exchanging passes before rifling in a shot that a Solihull defender could only help into the net.

We gave Sam Varney a much awaited first appearance second half and he didn’t disappoint. His movement was excellent, linking up well with Sammy and later Christy. He announced himself with a sharp finish into the roof of the net which seemed to put the game to bed. However james Chambers had other ideas and went on a run from half way that left half our team in his wake and Joe bringing him down for a penalty that Hadden converted (obviously). They then had a good ten minutes and threatened to get back in it. This was curtailed by a sumptuous chip from Olly which let Ben Fowler in to round the keeper and settle it. All the best to Solihull, it’s always a pleasure to see Phil and Brian.

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LIVING HOPE CHURCH UNITED 5 SANDWELL UNITED 2
05/04/2016
By Living Hope Church

19th March

LIVING HOPE 5-2 SANDWELL.

Today was a game neither team wanted to lose, with us having 3 ex Sandwell players and with the previous away draw it was always going to be a must win for both teams.

The 1st half didn’t really have any excitement, just a lot of end to end football with both keepers saving well and LHC hitting the bar, but both defences keeping the door shut. Then a good move from Sandwell found the forward who made it 1-0.
Both teams battled the remainder of the half but no more goals.

HT 1-0.

Football is a game of 2 half’s and today was a good example. Both teams again playing some really nice football with both keepers kept busy. Living Hope got a goal back when some good play down the wing helped Ralphy find a yard to whip in a cross that was met by the head of Bob. 1-1 game on.
Within minutes of getting level, we found ourselves 2-1 down.
We settled down and kept going and it paid off. A corner from Josh found Ralphy at the back post and he managed to hold off the defender and head the ball past a line of defenders on the line. 2-2.
Living Hope now had the belief that we could win this game, a good run from Lewis and he was brought down in the box, no complaints. Penalty. Callum was given the task and made it 3-2 although Myles in the Sandwell goal got a hand to it but it nestled in the net. With the lead at last in our favour we didn’t want to sit back so with some great defending and continuous attacks we forced a throw in, a flick on at the front post saw some indecision between the keeper and one of his defenders that allowed Callum unmarked at the back post to put the ball firmly in the net to make it 4-2 and grab his 2nd of the game. Sandwell continued to test our defence but LHC stood strong. Another attack found Callum running through on goal with the choice of a pass or getting the hat-trick, a pass was the choice to find Lewis who made no mistake and finally got his well deserved goal and ended any comeback from Sandwell.

Another 3 points and three wins from three after that horrendous mid season slump. The lads are beginning to believe in themselves again! Thank you to Sandwell for giving us a good game and thank you also to the officials who refereed the game really well.

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1 Apr 2016

Update 1st April

It’s been a busy week behind the scenes regarding the League this week, mainly regarding the Management Committee Roles for next season and preparations for next weekends Cup Final. So for me, whilst I have had some time off work to catch up with things, it has been spent on those issues rather than this Kolumn. However, once again, we keep the Prediction Challenge going and this week, Roger Moore from Clarendon is the challenger. I really hope to catch up with everything by this Sunday, so there may be a lot more to read then. As for now, here is a very interesting Prediction Challenge…see if you can spot what has never been predicted before?

2nd April

Division One                                                                           Kovacs’      Roger (Clarendon)
City Church vs St Mary’s                                                        Away 1-3     Away 0-3
Renewal Solihull vs Charlemont Star                                     Draw 2-2     Draw 2-2
Rowley College vs Zion Athletic                                             Draw 2-2     Draw 1-1
Wednesbury Baptist vs Clarendon                                         Away 1-3     Home 1-0
Division Two
Corinthians S.K vs Sandwell United                                       Home 4-1    Draw 2-2
Hawbush vs St Matthew’s Walsall                                          Away 0-6      Away 2-7
Maple Leaf Rovers QMC vs Saint Michael                            Home 2-1     Away 1-2
Selly Oak Methodist vs Living Hope Church United               Home 3-1     Home 2-1

25 Mar 2016

Happy Easter

Just the Prediction Challenge for today’s/this weeks update.

However, I will take this opportunity to wish you all a Very Happy Easter on this the Most Holiest of weeks.

26th March
Division One                                                                              Kovacs’       Steve (Chawn)
Charlemont Star vs Monyhull Church                                        Home 3-1    Draw 3-3
City Church vs Wednesbury Baptist                                           Away 1-3     Away 1-2
Clarendon vs Rowley College                                                    Draw 2-2     Home 2-0
St Mary’s vs Connect Sports                                                      Home 5-0    Home 4-1
Zion Athletic vs Chawn Hill Church                                             Home 3-2    Draw 2-2
Division Two
Living Hope Church United vs Maple Leaf Rovers Q.M.C          Away 1-3      Draw 2-2
Selly Oak Methodist vs Dudley Lions                                         Home 2-1      Home 4-1
St Matthew’s Walsall vs Brierley Hill A.O.G                                 Home 8-1     Home 5-1

18 Mar 2016

19th March Prediction Challenge + Tomorrows Results Update

Just got time for this weeks Prediction Challenge with this weeks challenger being Hawbush’s Simon Ashby who reckons he will score a last minute winner in their game tomorrow. As an aside, tomorrows scores will probably not be updated until late evening as James is away and I am at work.

 

19th March
Division One                                                        Kovacs’        Simon (Hawbush)
Charlemont Star vs Zion Athletic                         Away 1-3     Away 1-4
City Church vs Chawn Hill Church                       Away 1-2     Home 3-1
Clarendon vs Monyhull Church                           Home 3-0     Home 9-0
Rowley College vs Renewal Solihull                    Home 3-0     Home 5-1
Division Two
Hawbush vs Zion City                                          Away 0-3      Home 3-2
Corinthians S.K vs Maple Leaf Rovers Q.M.C     Draw 2-2       Home 2-1
Dudley Lions vs Brierley Hill A.O.G                      Draw 2-2       Home 3-1
Living Hope Church United vs Sandwell United   Home 3-0      Home 3-1
St Thomas’ Aldridge vs Selly Oak Methodist        Draw 1-1       Away 1-4

12 Mar 2016

12th March – Predictions + Some Match Reports

So, busy week again followed by me getting home from work around 8pm with a plan of action in mind. Relax for 30 minutes then start on some football stuff. WELL, things didn’t quite go to plan as I fell straight asleep waking up at 5am this morning!

I have the usual ever reliable match report from Rowley College followed by some reports off St Mary’s as they seemingly progress on towards another Championship Title.

ZION ATHLETIC 2 ROWLEY COLLEGE 1
12/03/2016
By Rowley College

I think we were a tad unlucky today in a game where both sides probably thought the other was there for the taking. Both were down to a bare eleven: their twelfth man arrived at half time and we had to persuade Stew Harvey out of retirement to provide cover from the bench. Our problem today was in Fowler and Smith (the two Bens), Clive and Tom (our four principal absentees) we lost our top scorer and much of our youthful energy (these lads are all under 25: our youngest starter today was 31!). Zion, on the other hand had Sean providing a constant threat and a lad I consider the best player in this league, Leon Naylor who proved to be the difference today.

In a game in which none of the three keepers had a proper save to make, Leon produced two quality strikes (low drive and proper 30 yarder) one in each half and was their major threat. However before the first of these we had both suffered the loss of our keeper and taken the lead. Within fifteen minutes Lee had to leave the field, Matty Williams deputising, bringing veteran Stew Harvey to the field moments after he’d told me that when South asked him to help us out he’d ‘fancied a bit of a run’. In fact he had to give us 75 minutes and did so with all his customary power and commitment, getting both a booking and a hand in the opening goal. He combined with Mark to set up Christy for 1-0.

In the circumstances I think we played pretty well. Mark has us well organised and he himself once again led by example. Defensively we kept them very much at bay despite having our centre back in goal for most of the game. Joe was outstanding and Chris and Matty Stanton settled well at centre back: Chris literally did not put a foot wrong and his brother continues to impress. We just failed to create real chances, lacking the extra running that being full strength would have delivered (this is the common complaint at this level: how often can you get your best eleven out?). Actually we didn’t come that close, nothing would quite drop and the saw it home. Best Wishes to Phil and Pete and the Zion lads.

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VARIOUS ST MARYS
12/03/2016
By St Mary’s

Apologies for a lack of match reports, I have not been able to find the time something I must improve on, so thanks to our keeper Phil Lutwyche who has sent me few that I have finally managed to put together and add a couple that were missing (the shorter ones…). We also lost 5 – 2 to Peugeot Millpool (Coventry Alliance) in the Quarter finals of the BCFA Junior Cup in Mid January. They were good team but we were also a bit rusty after no game for 6 weeks and had a few missing when ironically we had had a full squad the 3 times it had been called off! hopefully we can go even further next year.

St Mary’s 2 vs 1 Zion Athletic.
30th January 2016
St Mary’s verse Zion is always a great game to either watch or be involved in. This one was no exception.
We knew Zion would always try and play the ball round along the floor and be patient enough to wait to slot the through balls through for the pace up front. With this in mind we set up expecting this. With De Lacy sweeping up almost everything that came through.
Despite both teams really playing well and moving the ball, Zion earned themselves a penalty when a shot hit AJ on the arm from a yard away and the ref deemed it deliberate.
Devonport stood up to take the penalty which was easily saved by Phil in goal who having managed to hold onto the ball immediately pumped a ball up to Tink who slid a great through ball to Ian Coleman so slotted superbly to make it 1-0. Sucker punch!
As the first half ended, the second started, both teams playing well with us creating the better chances. Finally the goal came to settle our nerves after a great team effort. Keeping the ball well, passing thoroughly and a fake shot from Harris, lead to a run to the by-line who squared for Ali Davis to tap in. 2-0.
Zion did manage to get a goal to make the last 5 or 10 minutes nervous after a free kick was sent in by Leon Naylor and the big centre back headed back across goal for a tap over the line. We felt this was harsh as it seemed it should have been a foul on the keeper but the goal stood. 2-1.
A great win and with Wolves and Perton leaving us, means we’re only 1 point behind Wednesbury and play against them on our next league game.

Chawn Hill 2 v 4 St Marys
6th February 2016 WMCFL Division One
Away at Chawn on a boggy pitch in freezing, wind and rain was never going to be a classic! But fair play to both teams as we a managed to win in an encounter not full of flowing football but contested all the way through. We opened up a 2 goal lead by half time but were pegged back to 2 1 as Chawn exerted some pressure from set pieces. But we hit back almost immediately to finish the game with our 3rd and 4th goals, Alex Blackshaw getting his first goal since returning after a few years away from the WMCFL.
Chawn scored with the last kick of the game to make it 4 -2 after a deep cross was fumbled by stand in keeper Mike in very unhelpful conditions, falling straight to the Chawn striker who could not miss.

Brierley hill AOG 0 vs 6 St Mary’s FC
13th February 2016 WMCFL League Cup
A league cup quarter final is never easy and we made the long trip in near on sub zero conditions to find the lovely changing rooms at South Road waiting to greet us…
Both teams started well and after a few half chances we were unlucky not to take an early lead. Brierley Hill were restricted to long range shots which mostly went straight down Phils throat in goal. One lead to Phil saving and pumping a ball forward to Luke Weideman who finished with a pearler from just outside the area. 1-0.
As the same as last week, we had another dubious penalty decision go against us as the ref felt De Lacy had handled the ball when he stood up tall to block a cross.
The outcome was also the same as last week with Phil again saving with his legs to stop Brierley Hill getting back into the game. I think that is the 5th in a row Phil has saved, must be some kind of WMCFL record!?
Weideman was as clinical as ever in front of goal snatching a second and soon to be third for his hat trick. Myatt grabbed a 4th with a near post flick from a corner Weideman added his 4th and our 5th to round off a pretty one sided first half. Half time 0-4.
The second half went pretty flat with us thinking we had won it already. Brierley Hill then chased the game with everything they had forcing better openings and a few corners, as a whole we didn’t play well but had still done enough to add a 5th and 6th on a break late with Wiedeman getting his 4th and 5th of the match.
In a nutshell we deserved the win by the way we played but it could have/ should have been by a lot more if we played the same as first half.

Wednesbury Baptist 1 v 3 St Marys FC
20th February 2016 WMCFL Division One
We went in to today’s game knowing we would go back to the top of the pile with a win.
It was a good contest between two sides who really went at each other on a bobbly pitch and with a swirling wind.

The first break through came from a corner and Ali Davis managed to dive across and glance his header into the far corner for 0-1 although the keeper should have done better.

Typically as you go ahead, the opposition pick themselves up and work harder. This played dividends as wednesbury got an equaliser from a quick throw in and the striker managed to turn and lay off a ball his partner to slide in through a few bodies into the bottom corner. 1-1

The first half ended and a few words of encouragement from injured Weideman set us up highly motivated for the second half. We came out all guns blazing and got our rewards when Oldham was clipped from behind and we were awarded a penalty. The cool minded Ian Coleman stepped to take it and sent the keeper the wrong way to give us the lead again. 1-2.

It was pretty much a game of midfield battles and both teams really went at it, Wednesbury always chasing the game and after throwing everyone forward they had a free kick in a dangerous position. However we cleared the cross and broke with great intent unleashing Ben through one on one who beat his man with pace and stroked the ball home to ease our nerves with 10 minutes left.

A great win proving our depth in the team missing both Myatt at the back and our talisman Weideman.

St Marys FC 7 v 1 Renewal Sollihul
27th February 2016 WMCFL Division One
This match was a lot closer than the score line suggests, especially first half. Sollihull actually took the lead as we failed to get going. We were still creating more chances but could not take them and although we equalised fairly quickly it took until around 43 minutes for us to finally take the lead.
Second half we needed to be more clinical and had taken a 4 v 1 lead before an innocuous looking challenge left Locke with a dislocated shoulder and having used 3 subs we were down to 10 men for the last 20 minutes. However this seemed to make us concentrate and we played some of our best football of the match with the 3 subs having good games with Rudd and Ben Blackshaw scoring.

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Today sees our first League Cup Semi-Final taking place with Wednesbury Baptist facing Clarendon at Moor Lane. No forecast for this match but I hope both teams have a cracking game of football. No review or preview this week, (still need some more sleep), so here are today’s predictions. Last week saw myself and Steve from City Church both get 5 points each with us both predicting 1 correct score. Of today’s 10 matches, there is only a difference of opinion in 2 matches so correct scores could be important for me in trying to close the gap on the Club Secs. Jason from Wednesbury Baptist is the challenger today. (Some editing issues which I am not sure on but my predictions are first followed by Jason’s)

12th March

Chawn Hill Church vs Renewal Solihull                         Home 2-1     Home 3-2
Connect Sports vs Charlemont Star                              Draw 1-1      Away 1-2
Monyhull Church vs City Church                                   Away 1-3      Away 1-3
Rowley College vs St Mary’s                                         Away 1-3      Away 1-4
Division Two
Dudley Lions vs Hawbush                                             Home 2-0     Home 5-0
Living Hope Church United vs Brierley Hill A.O.G         Away 0-3      Draw 2-2
Maple Leaf Rovers Q.M.C vs St Thomas’ Aldridge       Home 2-0     Home 3-1
Saint Michael vs Zion City                                             Away 1-3      Away 2-5
Selly Oak Methodist vs Sandwell United                       Home 4-0     Home 4-2
St Matthew’s Walsall vs Corinthians S.K                       Home 3-1     Home 4-1

4 Mar 2016

4th March Update

No time this week to do a preview, (night shifts again)! However, just found time to continue with the Prediction Challenge. The gap now between me and the Club Secs is down to 4 points! I managed to get 2 correct scores last week with 6 correct results so bagged 10 points for the week. Roberto from Zion City also managed 6 correct results but no correct scores meant a total of 6 for the Club Secs. This week could be an interesting week as there are only 3 matches that me and Steve from City Church agree on. So here are our predictions followed by a couple of Match Reports from last weeks games. (Apologies for not being able to get these on quicker but time has been spent doing other stuff this week….it is an area that I am looking to improve on).

 

5th March
Division One Kovacs’ Steve (City Church)
Charlemont Star vs Connect Sports Home 2-1 Draw 2-2
Chawn Hill Church vs City Church Draw 2-2 Away 1-3
Clarendon vs Wednesbury Baptist Away 1-3 Away 2-4
Renewal Solihull vs Monyhull Church Home 3-1 Away 1-2
Zion Athletic vs Rowley College Draw 2-2 Home 2-1
Division Two
Brierley Hill A.O.G vs St Thomas’ Aldridge Home 2-1 Home 2-0
Living Hope Church United vs Dudley Lions Away 1-2 Dtaw 1-1
Sandwell Unted vs Hawbush Draw 1-1 Home 4-0
Selly Oak Methodist vs Maple Leaf Rovers QMC Draw 2-2 Away 2-3
Zion City vs Corinthians S.K Home 3-2 Home 5-1

 

Match Reports:

WEDNESBURY BAPTIST 3 ROWLEY COLLEGE 3

By Rowley College

27th February

Another cracking encounter with Wednesbury today, producing six goals with them looking significantly stronger than when they beat us at our place three weeks ago. On a decent pitch we were able to some extent to set the record straight over what happened earlier in the mud and rain. We were welcoming back Chris Staien our talented centre back and was good today. Though we equalised with pretty much the last kick, I don’t think anybody can argue that we didn’t deserve something from the game today. We had the better chances, though they have ‘nous’ in abundance and a competitive mentality which allied to their undoubted ability almost won the day.

The foundation of our game today was strong individual performances from our older heads, Matt Williams, Mark Southall and Christy McKenzie, allied with a strong team performance anchored and directed by my man-of-the-match Lee Inett, who pulled the strings for us. Wednesbury are also strong in midfield: their 11 was a class act today and the first half saw a real battle in there which they shaded, particularly in the first half hour. In this period Wednesbury appeared to have more desire and though Christy and Olly had decent chances, the Baptists forged a 2-0 lead, the second a thumping drive from Abbey and we were mightily relieved to see Pete Falconer screw a 1-on-1 wide! Instead we were able to finish the half strongly when after a period of sustained pressure (Mark had one cleared off the line), Ben Fowler atoned for last week’s misses by classily megging a defender on the edge of the box and then simply driving home.

We knew there was plenty in this for us and said so at half time but we had an early blow, losing the industrious Ben Smith to an ankle injury just after the break. This didn’t deter us though and we dominated second half possession and put pressure on without creating clear cut chances. The game then was ‘visited’ by one of those moments that has no level. A good cross from the right was met by the excellent McKenzie with a goal-bound header. For all the world it was going in but their keeper made a brilliant leap to push it onto the post and then just as miraculously managed to get up and block the follow in. We wondered if it was going to be our day.

In fact it was, then wasn’t , then was again. Our pressure told when Christy chased down their defender and won the ball and Olly met the cross to level the scores. This came just as I was planning to throw Sammy on as a second striker but I didn’t have to wait long as we seemed to be intent on throwing it away as Martin Woodhall ran half the length of the pitch to put them back in front. Sammy went on to lead the line across a frantic last fifteen during which we besieged their goal (but were still susceptible to their threat on the break. And just as I’d given up the ball was pulled back to Mark who capped off a fine performance with a vital goal. Best wishes to Jase and his lads!

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ST THOMAS ALDRIDGE FC 0 ST MATTHEWS WALSALL 2

By St Thomas’ Aldridge

27.02.2016

St. Thomas Aldridge FC 0 St. Matthews Walsall 2

The third meeting between the two local teams was finely poised with St T’s hoping to draw upon the same spirit that saw them come back from 4-0 down to earn a well deserved point with a 4-4 draw earlier in the season in a result that in all honesty no one outside of St T’s expected. That result however was the start of a mini run of games that saw St T’s form read DDWWWLL in the last seven games which they would have expected to be taken into account when predicting the outcome of the latest meeting of the two sides. There was little doubt that St Matthew’s current form & recent results would make them favourites for three points but by the margins predicted was let’s just say questionable.

St T’s welcomed back Jake Lakin & Scott Tibbetts to the starting 11 meaning that unfortunately for Phil Rogers who had put in a good performance the week before vs Zion City at left back had to settle for a place on the bench. Surprisingly St Matthews who are currently in a great position to clinch the Division 2 title in their first season & are also in the semi final of the league cup only had the bare eleven, with a couple of players letting the manager down by being not turning up, but never the less it was still a strong eleven.

Both of the goals came in the first half, if you listen to the pundits on sky sports they often make references to champions needing an element of luck during the course of a season; decisions going their way, situations turning out in their favour, results going their way etc. For St Matthews it was one of those days where fortune favoured the brave, as a manager & as players, it is a bitter pill to swallow to come off the pitch suffering a defeat knowing that the opposition beat you without even scoring a goal.

Both goals in this defeat were scored by St Thomas players, two own goals, how bizarre is that, in fairness to St Matthews the first came as result of pressuring the defender in the air from a corner kick, as the ball came in Tommy Hoccom jumped highest to get his head to the ball before the St Matthews player only to see his header fly straight into the top corner past the keeper, at the other end this would have been a fantastic strike, but in your own net devastating.

The second was all of St Thomas’s own making, a breakdown in communication between goalkeeper & defender or should I say no communication between goalkeeper & defender. Josh Merrick has been in scintillating form again this season carrying on from his player of the year award last season & indeed it was his heroics in the 4-4 draw earlier in the season that was a major contributory factor to the spirit that saw the rest of the team play the way they did. But he openly & honestly held his hands up to the mistake that resulted in the second goal, as the ball came in, Scott Tibbetts waited for the call of the keeper to come & collect the ball, the call didn’t come so he assumed the keeper had stayed on his line, cushioning a back ward header towards the goal, he didn’t realise that the keeper was advancing towards his position to claim the ball this resultied in the ball looping over the keeper & straight into the net. A simple mistake & in fairness the number of goal scoring chances Josh Merrick has denied the opposition through superb goalkeeping this season & last season far outweigh the number of mistakes by a million percent.

The difference between the two teams on the day was how well each team used the ball, defensively (other than the two own goals) both teams handled what the other threw them with relative comfort, it was offensively where the difference between the two teams laid. St Matthews used the ball through midfield into attacking areas better than St T’s, with both defences holding their own both teams found themselves trying a fair few long range efforts. If you were keeping stats on attempts on goal/target St Matthews would come out on top of that duel by some way as St T’s struggled to make an impact in this area. A combination of good defending & poor decision making at times meant St T’s were once again left frustrated at the lack of penetrating offensive play.

The game was played in good spirits, & a good game to watch, with Zion City losing to Maple Leaf you would have to think that St Matthews are the only team that can stop St Matthews taking the league title with three games in hand & a two point deficit surely they can feel confident of getting the job done.

Good luck to St Matthews for the rest of the season in pursuit of the league & cup double, however in St Marys they face a tough opponent to reach the final. But there is no doubt that they are both the in form teams in their respective divisions so I wouldn’t bet against a hard fought game where either team could get the win.

26 Feb 2016

Update 26th February – Review and Challenge

This weeks Prediction Challenge comes from Zion City but their Club Sec has passed the responsibility on to their Team Manager, Roberto Gocan. (I did think Georgina would do this mind you).

I used to compare Clarendon to a steam roller who virtually beat everyone before them over a dominant decade in the League. Well, if they were a steam roller, St Mary’s must be something like a juggernaut with their form the past few seasons. A massive win last week over their nearest rivals Wednesbury Baptist almost has me ordering their Champions medals already. I don’t thnk even a Devon Loch style slip would see them through the title away. With that in mind, I am going for another win for them over Renewal Solhull tomorrow. Wednesbury face Rowley tomorrow and it’s not inconceivable that they could still challenge for 2nd place. Like Zion Athletic and Clarendon they do have games in hand but they are must wins. For Rowley though, I think Wednesbury will finish off their dreams of a 2nd place finish tomorrow. I fancy Zion and Clarendon to both keep their hopes alive with a win over Connect and City Church respectively. I am sure they will both be hoping for a Rowley win though! The last game n Div 1 sees Charlemont Star face Chawn Hill Church, if memory serves me right, these are normally close affairs. Charlemont do need to start picking up points as they remain in the bottom 2 and whilst they do have games in hand, 1 win so far is worse than I thought they would be doing. Head says a draw but I am going to go with a hunch and tip the Chawn lads to win.

Div 2 leaders Zion City are away to Maple Leaf whose early season dominant form seems to have become a distant memory. Zion have been sweeping all aside but as their recent 2-2 draw with Hawbush shows, they can still blow cold. I believe this is a must win for them and take them to do so. St Mattew’s Walsall, who are currently 2nd, face St Thomas’ Aldridge and I do not see any hope for Steve’s lads apart from keeping the goal tally down. A look at the table has made me change my mind on 1 prediction, with 3rd place Saint Michael not playing, if results go as I think then Selly Oak Methodist could leap into 3rd place with a win over Sandwell Utd. A draw was my first thought but now I am tipping Selly Oak to do just that. Dudley Lions travel to face Hawbush and a win may just keep their promotion hopes alive. The same can be said regarding Corinthans S.K as they face Brierley Hill A.O.G. I am tipping both Dudley and Corinthians to win. Think that’s all the games covered, now I am hoping they all get played!

27th February
Division One Kovacs’ Roberto (Zion City)
Charlemont Star vs Chawn Hill Church Away 1-2 Draw 2-2
Clarendon vs City Church Home 3-0 Home 3-1
St Mary’s vs Renewal Solihull Home 5-0 Home 4-0
Wednesbury Baptist Church vs Rowley College Home 3-1 Home 2-0
Zion Athletic vs Connect Sports Home 3-0 Home 3-1
Division Two
Corinthians S.K vs Brierley Hill A.O.G Home 2-1 Home 3-2
Hawbush vs Dudley Lions Away 1-3 Away 0-3
Maple Leaf Rovers Q.M.C vs Zion City Away 1-3 Away 1-2
Sandwell United vs Selly Oak Methodiat Away 1-3 Away 0-2
St Thomas’ Aldridge vs St Matthew’s Walsall Away 0-6 Away 1-7