Updated 20th February

The big relief from last week was that we managed to finish off the Cup Quarter Finals off and only lost 1 game to the weather. In the Cup St Mary’s did progress as I forecast but it was a tougher game for St Mary’s than I thought it would be. Indeed, they needed a penalty save in normal time before securing a 1-0 win in extra time. The other Quarter-Final saw W’ton and Perton overcome Halesowen Zion by the odd goal in a 3-2 scoreline.

In Division 1 top beat bottom with Connect beating St Thomas’ 9-2 with Richard Ricketts bagging 5 and Adam Ricketts also bagging a brace. Whilst the teams below have games in hand Connect keep applying the pressure by winning their games.

Jumping into 2nd place are Clarendon who beat Zion Athletic 4-0 and with this victory have firmly thrown their hat into the ring regarding the Title Race. Clarendon have a chance to close the gap on Connect this week due to them not playing. I have no doubt that they will do so as they play Connects opponents from last week, St Thomas’ Aldridge, who are really struggling and I can’t see that changing tomorrow. Clarendon to win and close the gap.

Sheldon win a close game 4-3 against Charlemont Star and they may use this win as a springboard to try and finish 4th. They face City Church tomorrow and it all depends on whether City Church show their League Form or their Cup Form. I’m tipping Sheldon to carry on their winning form.

Chawn had a good 2-0 win over Rowley College, a win that was desperately needed to keep their slim hopes of Division 1 football alive. Rowley face 3rd placed St Mary’s who themselves will be desperate to win this game otherwise Clarendon will become favourites in the title race. St Mary’s need the win for the race at the top whereas Rowley need it to push away from the bottom. I’m sure both teams will give their all and I’m going for a draw.

Chawn Hill face W’ton and Perton in yet another game they must try and get 3 points from. If they achieve that then they close the gap on W’ton, who do have games in hand but will not want to be sucked in at the bottom end. W’ton won the reverse fixture quite recently and I believe they will be winners again.

The last game sees 2 teams who suffered defeats last week, Zion Athletic host Charlemont Star with 6 points separating these 2 teams. Charlemont really need a win as like W’ton they will not want to be sucked into the battle at the bottom. For Zion, it’s all about amassing enough points for 4th place in my eyes. Not sure if it’s a result that will please either side but it’s a draw for me.

Wednesbury Baptist march on towards the title with a 4-0 win over Dudley Lions which dents their hopes of an automatic spot for the time being. Wednesbury take a break but Dudley play Brierley Hill who have not won any of their 4 games in the New Year! Dudley should win, a result that would leave Brierley Hill stuck at the bottom but would breathe new life into Dudley’s promotion hopes.

Solihull could not follow up their tremendous win over Wednesbury the week before losing 2-1 to Zion City and with that result I know my hopes of Solihull being the stalking horse in the Title Race are over. 2 goals for Darren Hill for Zion City keeping them firmly in the promotion challenge. Should Zion win against Saint Michael then that will open up a bit of a gap between 4th and 5th. Saint Michael drew 2-2 with Sandwell but I reckon Zion will take their chance and beat Saint Michael’s.

Solihull on the other hand face Maple Leaf Rovers, who in my eyes had a tremendous result last week overcoming Pye Green 2-0 away from home. I think the confidence gained from that victory will boost Maple Leaf but not enough to win again. It’s a draw for me.

Pye Green face Selly Oak, whose game was the only one lost to the weather last week leaving them with almost half a seasons games to get in between now and the end of the season! As stated above, I really was surprised with Pye Greens defeat last week and am wary of this forecast but I’m stick with the Green boys to win.

2 draws in Division 2 last week, the previously mentioned 2-2 between Sandwell Utd and St Michael and the other being a 0-0 result between Hawbush and Corinthians SK, a result that doesn’t really help a lot for either Club but as a player it is always nice to walk off the pitch not having suffered a defeat, so some positives for both teams to take from last week.

Sandwell take a break but Hawbush play Monyhull who themselves didn’t play last week. Monyhull will be looking to enhance their promotion credentials with a win and if they apply themselves I think they could do it, but Hawbush will not be easy to beat. It’s a narrow 1 goal win to Monyhull for me.

I think I have touched on all of last weeks games and tomorrows fixtures but if I have missed anyone then my apologies. (I could check but as I’m burning the midnight oil again and have to be in work for 7 I’m hoping I’ve covered everyone).

So in a week, when the nation was gripped, to quote 1 Club Secretary, “One fictional character was revealed as the killer of another fictional character” I reckon most of those who read these Kolumn’s were more intrigued on the 3 major Cup Ties to be played on March 7th:

Rowley College vs W’ton & Zion Athletic

W’ton & Perton Churches vs St Mary’s

and the little matter of a tie that will surely have a lot of banter in some of our changing rooms……

yep, FA Cup Quarter Final Tie between Aston Villa and West Bromwich Albion.

Enjoy your football folks.

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