Last Saturday had only 2 Divisional games with both of them being in Division 2. The first match saw Dudley Lions beat Sandwell United 3-2 to close the gap on leaders Maple Leaf Rovers QMC with only 1 point separating the two teams now, although Maple Leaf do have a game in hand. Dudley will no doubt be pleased to get the 3 points, putting pressure on the teams below them to keep winning their games. One of those teams who join the chasing pack is Saint Michael who won their game in hand on some of the teams above them and it seems to have been a convincing win at that. Report from Saint Michael;
Saint Michael 6-3 Living Hope Church United
Thanks to Living Hope players to show us how team should work even when defeated. They spent good 15 minutes after game running and talking as team should do!
There was only two league games this weekend and that give us chance to get back to fight for good place in league as we were one game less then most of team. We took that chance straight in first half what finished 5:0 for us and we simple dominate all around!
First goal scored by Patryk Jasicki was a long pass from Arek Dabrowski to Robert Zaleski but ball was placed a bit to high and luckily for us to their centre back. First to that ball was Patryk who shoot in middle of goal but right below bar and goalkeeper could not save it.
Patryk Jasicki was in good shape and he fallow his good day and next goal was in big part his great delivery in to box from corner kick where mix of players could not score or clear it but Kamil Lason find him self back to goal and tap it to Arek Dabrowski who finished it off from short range!
We have had many free kicks close to goal this Saturday and Pawel Graczyk scored from one of this chance when he shoot low strong ball towards goal and small deflection from wall help him out to place it on back of a net.
Next goal scored by Janusz Cyran was also Patryk Jasicki great pass to open space and Janusz give no chance to goalkeeper placing ball to far left corner.
Fifth goal was tap to empty goal by Robert Zaleski to make sure it’s in but to be honest if he did not it would probably goes in. When Patryk Jasicki was taking free kick ball deflect again from wall and were going between all to far post and Robert just jump from to tap it in.
Great 5:0 first half has finished!
We did not bring any subs on and we carry on trying to score more but defence of Living Hope get back to shape and goalkeeper saves some of good shoots!
While we were trying Living Hope pick up game and they scored their first goal 5 minutes in to second half and 10 minutes later another one and they pick up good spirit to force us to defence and start to be more worried about what happening around.
Our respond was again from free kick and this time Kamil Lason was delivering ball to far post on tall Robert Zaleski but it’s Arek Dabrowski who took all glory this time and with dive header he beat goalkeeper and scored his second goal this morning what is great for our centre back!
With 6:2 on board we introduce our new players to Saturday football that they could grab some valid experience. Kuba Wieczorek who played with us few games last season and fresh blood Tobiasz Cichy who came to England 2 month ago came in to play.
With both team trying to score some more goals game was more open and there could be a lot more in but only Callum Oakshott was able to finish with great calm precision shoot that give no chance to out goalkeeper.
Last on pitch was Lukasz Kaczmarek our super sub who came in 15 minutes before end to try his best to score and he could be on score sheet if Patryk Jasicki seen him while he was taking his shoot what was save by goalkeeper.
First half was our but second definitely taken by Living Hope final score to us but we have to work out more about our performance! Thanks and cya next week.
So with no games in Division 1 and the 2 Div 2 games covered, we move on to the League Cup. 8 games were scheduled but this was quickly reduced to 7 with the Clarendon vs Charlemont Star match being postponed. The tie has now been moved to this Saturday hoping that we can complete the 2nd Round Cup games as soon as possible.
So, what about the 7 matches that did take place? Well, whatever the outcome of the postponed game we will have an even split in the Quarter-Finals with 4 teams from each Division. The Quarter-Final draw takes place at the League Meeting this Friday night and no doubt there will be some eyes glanced at how that turns out. If you’re that keen, I will try and get the draw on here when I get back from the meeting…have a look around 10.30pm!
Two Division 2 teams knocked out opponents from Div 1 and I got neither correct, although Daz did get Corinthians SK to beat Connect Sports in his predictions. I thought Connect had turned a corner but Corinthians ran out 6-4 winners in a goal feast of a game. The Brierley Hill AOG vs City Church also saw the back of the net smashed loads of times but it was only 2-2 at the end of extra time with Brierley Hill winning through 5-4 on penalties. The other 2 teams to progress into the next Round from Div 2 are St Matthew’s Walsall and Zion City who both played in all Div 2 games. It seems like the Zion game was another cracker with them beating Selly Oak Methodist 5-3 after extra time, I’m led to believe it was 3-3 after 90 minutes. So maybe not the convincing win that I had forecast for Zion but a win nonetheless. Rob from Selly Oak said he was going to pin my prediction up before the game, well if he did, it did the job for 90 minutes at least. The other Div 2 tie saw current leaders Maple Leaf knocked out 3-1 by St Matthew’s Walsall. Both myself and Daz went correctly for a home win in this game and may well be the Div 2 team that the Div 1 Clubs may like to avoid in the draw?
Then again, the 3 Div 1 Clubs through so far will not be fearing anyone! Wednesbury Baptist Church had a thumping 7-1 away win over Renewal Solihull with Ian Whitehouse and Fidell Glanville both bagging a hat-trick, their other goal being scored by Jason Marshall. This sort of win will no doubt have them fancying their chances of making the Final. One team who know about recent Cup Final appearances, Zion Athletic, also make it through to the Quarters with a 5-1 win over Chawn Hill Church. I met up with a couple of their lads during the week before the match and they were quietly confident about winning and looking at the score suggests they were right to feel that way. The last tie of the Round saw Daz surprisingly go for a shock win for Monyhull Church in his predictions. I stayed with St Mary’s to carry on their impressive form and was correct to do so. With only our 2nd Report of the week, here is St Mary’s take on the game;
Monyhull Church 1-4 St Mary’s
Despite the ref sec’s prediction of a loss, and Locke and Wiedeman on the bench following a two week absence, we went into the game with a positive outlook. However despite controlling the match for the first 25 minutes we fell behind to another good Monyhull break with De Lacy putting an attempted clearance into our net, wrong footing Lutwyche with 2 attackers waiting to slot in.
Luckily, as tends to happen, this woke us up and our work rate improved and in the final 15 minutes of the half we upped our work rate and scored 3 goals. Firstly Coleman shot from 20 yards when the keeper maybe should have one better and then two brilliant goals with sharp interplay and fantastic finishes from Rudd and Coleman.
Second half we really should have carried on but our workrate dropped and despite Wiedeman and :Lockes introduction Monyhull continued to look dangerous and had a number of chances to make it 3 v 2 until a kick from Lutwyche forced the Monyhull centre back into an error and Wiedeman slotted in.
As for the Prediction Challenge, well it was 1 point each last week and it’s Aaron from St Matthew’s Walsall who will be supplying the Club Sec’s forecast this week.
Due to the rearranged Cup Tie there have been alterations to the Div 1 Fixtures. The web site has been updated but please check so that you go to the correct match.