4th June

Well, I received Pete’s Match Report from their match a couple of weeks ago, (it was delayed, technical issues then time constraints for me). Now, I would normally put that on straight away but not this time!

Why not you may ask? Well, something I love to see finally happened last week so that’s where I will begin. Losing hurts, but to keep going week after week and finally getting a victory is fantastic. Only one team had failed to win a match so far this season, but finally, Brierley Hill A.O.G got a win to their name this season meaning every team has won at least one game. Delph Athletic, who they beat last week may not see it that way but a strange twist in the fixtures sees a reverse of that match again tomorrow. Can the lads from The Hill make it 2 out of 2?

St Thomas’ Aldridge play their last match of the season tomorrow against Christ Church Coseley, (who also play their last match) and how things can change in 18 months. St Thomas’ looked nailed on to be Champions for me before last season was cancelled due to Covid and they simply have not been able to regain that form this season, although they pushed Monyhull Church all the way last weeks, eventually losing 3-2. Christ Church will end up in 4th place whatever the result of this match, maybe something they were aiming higher for at the beginning of the season.

Should Brierley Hill make it 2 consecutive wins then Living Hope Church United will be glancing over their shoulders as there may then only be 1 point separating them should they lose to Dudley Lions tomorrow. Dudley will be looking to close the gap on Selly Oak Methodist as they try and chase them down for 2nd place.

Selly Oak play Monyhull Church who will be looking to seal the title with a win and maintain their 100 per cent record. The only team to do so this season.

Football throws up some strange things and in our League non more so than St Andrews’ Netherton having a 100 per cent record of 10 wins from 10 in their Divisional season. But having played 2 Division One Cup games they have lost 1 and drawn 1. You would have made them favourites in their group but with Chawn Hill Church and Clarendon in there as well, it’s what I would have called the Group Of Death. Don’t discount St Andrews though and I am sure they will eagerly looking at the result of Chawn Hill Church vs Clarendon tomorrow.

In Group B City Church look favourites for me after their 3-1 win over Charlemont Star last week. Who themselves beat Rowley College 2-1 the previous week, (see report below). Rowley need a win tomorrow, it’s as simple as that for me.

***There may be a delay in the results tomorrow***

22nd May 

Charlemont Star 2 – 1 Rowley College

One of the frustrations of Amateur football is the variable availability of players.  We suffered that frustration when we most needed to avoid it in a competitive cup game against a Charlemont team understandably lacking confidence after some poor results.  This galvanised them to greater effort on a day we had four starters missing, all legitimately working, and they just happened to be the front half of our team: Ben Fowler,  JJ and  Jake as well as missing Hayden’s energy.  This meant we went into the game with five defenders and six midfielders and were always trying to find a way of giving their defenders real problems.

We tried Shola up first but missed his drive in the middle of midfield and were forced finally to make a change when Star took a 2-1 lead towards the end of a fairly scrappy first half.  Neither side had much penetration but to be fair Star scored two decent goals: the first from free kick unnecessarily conceded (Jamie got a hand to it but it was well struck) and then from a shot from the edge of the area by their big centre forward which just beat the keeper into the corner.  Between these goals Shola had been barged over in the box and Jack converted a penalty. I feel we’d been taken aback a little by missing personnel and two-one half time was about fair.

Mark made decisive changes in the second half bring Shola back into the middle then Jack got on the ball and largely ran the second half.  In fact we played very well particularly going forward which just underlined the need we had for a genuine forward player.  Billy and Brad both delivered decent balls into the box but we lacked a fox in the box.  Brad’s quality is the norm for this season and he was delivering another man of the match performance that is until he was red carded for a loose tongue: this accolade I then passed on to Jack who backed up by the endeavour of Ben and Shola took the game to Star.  Defensively Chris and Kev were solid throughout: they had a couple of shots but if anybody was going to score it was us.  Even after the sending off the only impact of the red card was the game slightly petered out.

Even so in the very last minute Jack beat three or four players on the left hand side of the box pulled it back.  Tess jumped over it and Ben strode in to stroke in from the penalty spot what looked like a certain equaliser had it not been for a n instinctive Banks-like save from their keeper.  It’s these moments that make the game what it is.  Great to see Andy!  Look forward to doing this again with some forwards!

Thanks again to Stephen Farley for being this weeks Prediction Challenger, fewer matches so he has had 2 opportunities.

5th June, 2021
Neil Kovacs
Division Two
Brierley Hill A.O.G 1 Delph Athletic 1
Living Hope Church Utd 1 Dudley Lions 5
Monyhull Church 1 Selly Oak Methodist 1
St Thomas’ Aldridge 2 Christ Church Coseley 2
Division One Cup Group ‘A’
Chawn Hill Church 0 Clarendon 3
Division One Group ‘B’
Rowley College 1 City Church 3
Club Secretary (Stephen Farley From Living Hope Church United)
Division Two
Brierley Hill A.O.G 2 Delph Athletic 1
Living Hope Church Utd 2 Dudley Lions 1
Monyhull Church 4 Selly Oak Methodist 2
St Thomas’ Aldridge 2 Christ Church Coseley 3
Division One Cup Group ‘A’
Chawn Hill Church 2 Clarendon 4
Division One Group ‘B’
Rowley College 2 City Church 2
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