19th October

12 hour days at work leaves little time for football stuff and when the little time I actually have is spent dealing with disciplinary issues makes for one very grumpy League Secretary. Such has been my week and with working Saturday as well means virtually no time for me to do my normal review/preview. The individual Fixture Pages have now been updated, as for updating Man Of The Match entries, well I will have to see how I feel when I finish here.

Connect Sports definitely seem to be the team to beat with their 9-1 demolition of Corinthians S.K showing they mean business this season. However, Connect still sit in 2nd place because Saint Michael continued their fine form courtesy of a 2-2 draw with St Mary’s and whilst they did not win this match it appears to show that they are up at the top on merit with some good performances thrown in as well. They come up against Corinthians this week who will be hoping to bounce back from their defeat last week. Can Saint Michael stay at the top ? I reckon they will need to win to do so because Connect play bottom placed Amblecote who lost 4-1 to City Church last week. Amblecote are finding it tough in Division 1 and I do not see it improving this weekend. A harder match for City this week as they face a St Mary’s side looking to maintain their 100 per cent record having won all 4 games played so far. Both of these sides have good defensive records so this may be a close one to call. St Andrews Netherton had a good win over Chawn Hill Church, 5-2. Are they finally performing how I thought they would ? Well, they face Charlemont Star next, who like Chawn, I always consider tough to beat. I don’t think St Andrews can afford to lose another game all season but Charlemont have their own issues to deal with…. the bottom of the table is very interesting this season. I look at the bottom and the 2 most successful teams within the League are currently in the bottom 3. Chawn have had their ups and downs over the 40 years they have been part of the league. However, Clarendon, now that’s a different matter. Having known only success it is so strange seeing them near the bottom of the table with 1 win and 3 defeats in their 4 games so far. A couple of wins quickly changes how you view things though and they come up against the team I predicted to finish bottom in Rowley College ! Whilst Pete’s reports indicate that they are performing well they have still also only managed to win 1 game so far. What I am confident about is that there will definitely be goals aplenty in this match.

The Division Two teams return to league action this week after playing the first round of their Division 2 Cup matches last week. Current leaders, St Thomas’ Aldridge face 2nd placed Delph Athletic and will be looking to get back to winning ways after losing to Christ Church Coseley last week. Delph suffered for me what was a shock defeat to Selly Oak Methodist a couple of weeks ago but returned to winning ways in the Cup beating Living Hope Church United 3-1. I reckon Delph need to win this one if they are to maintain any hope of being Champions. 5 wins out of 5 for St Thomas would really see them setting the pace in Division 2. Monyhull Church, will be interested in the result of that match as they try to stay in touch but they really just need to focus on their own games first. Having beaten Selly Oak Methodist 4-0 in the Cup they now face Dudley Lions who also had a cracking win in the Cup overcoming Brierley Hill A.O.G 6-0, scoring more in that 1 match than in their 4 league games so far. Dudley will be need to maintain their goal scoring prowess of last week to move up the table. Will they though ? The bottom 2 placed teams face each other with Living Hope Church United travelling to face Selly Oak Methodist. Like Dudley, Selly Oak seem to struggle in front of goal whereas Living Hope know where the net is, unfortunately for them though, that applies to both ends of the pitch. Christ Church Coseley host Brierley Hill A.O.G and like Monyhull will also be keeping an eye on the St Thomas vs Delph result. Which Brierley Hill will turn up, the one that struggled last week or the one from 2 weeks ago who battled hard and only just lost ? Christ Church will probably fancy their chances in this game. I am just hoping that should they win I am not on the receiving end of a video being sent to me just after midnight ! The goal was a screamer mind you hahaha

Anyway, if I have missed anyone out apologies, but it’s nearly midnight once again and I have to be up in 5 hours for work.

Tomorrow sees me with a very limited opportunity to update scores, 12.15-12.45. It may be a little while after this that scores get updated.

Last weeks Prediction Challenger, Phil from Corinthians S.K scored 4 points matching my score, so it’s currently 26 – 25 to the Club Secretaries. Thanks to Jordan Armstrong-Sly from Monyhull Church for this weeks challenge.

19th October, 2019
Neil Kovacs
Division One
Amblecote Nomads 0 Connect Sports 5
Rowley College 3 Clarendon 2
Saint Michael 3 Corinthians S.K 1
St Andrews Netherton 4 Charlemont Star 1
St Mary’s 2 City Church 1
Division Two
Christ Church Coseley 4 Brierley Hill A.O.G 1
Monyhull Church 1 Dudley Lions 1
Selly Oak Methodist 3 Living Hope Church Utd 2
St Thomas’ Aldridge 2 Delph Athletic 3
Club Secretary (Jordan Armstrong-Sly from Monyhull Church)
Division One
Amblecote Nomads 1 Connect Sports 6
Rowley College 2 Clarendon 3
Saint Michael 2 Corinthians S.K 1
St Andrews netherton 4 Charlemont Star 1
St Mary’s 3 City Church 2
Division Two
Christ Church Coseley 3 Brierley Hill A.O.G 1
Monyhull Church 2 Dudley Lions 1
Selly Oak Methodist 2 Living Hope Church Utd 2
St Thomas’ Aldridge 2 Delph Athletic 0
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