Prediction Challenge – 21st September

Poor form for myself last week only getting 2 out of 7 matches correct. Steve Rose from Dudley Lions fared slightly better scoring 3.

St Mary’s and Saint Michael sit at the top of Division 1 both with 2 wins out of 2 to maintain their 100 per cent record. St Mary’s had a very good win against Clarendon whilst Saint Michael beat Rowley College. Chawn Hill Church got their season underway but Corinthians S.K made sure it was not to be a bright start for them to this season by beating them 2-1. Amblecote Nomads were on the wrong end of the result in their match against Charlemont Star meaning their start to life in Division 1 this season has started with 2 defeats. Division Two also sees 2 team with 2 wins out of 2, St Thomas’ Aldridge and Delph Athletic both have 6 points but St Thomas’ goal difference is far superior. They had a good win over Dudley Lions last week whilst Delph had a steady win over Brierley Hill AOG. Monyhull Church had a very convincing win away to Living Hope Church United to get their first win of the season. I won’t ignore the fact that there was 1 abandoned game, (Selly Oak Methodist vs Christ Church Coseley), suffice to say that a full investigation into this is already underway.

We now move onto matches played tomorrow and I will start with Saint Michael. Can they maintain their impressive start to their season, take advantage of St Mary’s not playing and move clear at the top of the table ? They come up against Amblecote Nomads who are chasing their first points of the season. It would be easy to predict a Saint Michael win and I am going for that.

Connect Sports are the only other team who can maintain their 100 per cent record but are away to St Andrews Netherton in what I classed pre season as the 2 teams that would be competing for the title. St Andrews got a point in their first match and they will need to improve on that should they believe they could be possible title winners. Connect would be 5 points clear of St Andrews should they win and that is a huge incentive. I’m not certain about this one, but have to go with a St Andrews win if my tip for the title is going to stand a chance of coming true.

Rowley College, another team looking to get their first points of the season come up against Corinthians S.K who beat Chawn Hill Church last week to get their season up and running. If Rowley can get their full team out I reckon they will achieve their aim of getting their first points of the season.

The last match in Division One sees Chawn Hill Church host City Church, like Amblecote and Rowley, Chawn also have zero points and will want to change that. City Church got a good point against St Andrews in their only game so far and will regret not taking all 3 with a missed penalty in the second half. I class both teams as being what I would call ‘solid and efficient’ and with this in mind I am going for a draw.

Leaders St Thomas, (who I tipped to finish 5th), have got off to a flying start, which will look more promising if they overcome their opponents tomorrow, Living Hope Church United. There has been a lot of goals in both Living Hope’s matches, I think this will continue tomorrow and I also predict St Thomas will remain top continuing their 100 per cent record.

Delph Athletic, (who have also won both their matches), will be looking to go top should St Thomas slip up. They face Christ Church Coseley who will be looking to stay in touch with the current top two teams. I am going for a score draw here.

Two teams looking to get their first points of the season come face to face with Dudley Lions hosting Brierley Hill A.O.G. Dudley have lost both of their games 2-1, losing their first game with the last kick of the game. Brierley Hill, have problems defensively having let in 9 goals so far this season. I only see one outcome here with a comfortable Dudley Lions win.

The last game sees Monyhull Church play Selly Oak Methodist and Monyhull have already proven they have goals within their team. Selly Oak let in 8 in their first match of the season versus St Thomas and I think their defence will struggle again tomorrow. It’s a Monyhull win for me.

So, what scores have I gone for and what does this weeks challenger go for. Thanks to Pete Bennett from Rowley College for his predictions this week. Also a quick thank you to all of those that continue to send in match reports, Pete does this week in week out, win, lose or draw. I hope others continue like this.

21st September, 2019
Neil Kovacs
Division One
Chawn Hill Church 2 City Church 2
Rowley College 4 Corinthians S.K 2
Saint Michael 3 Amblecote Nomads 1
St Andrews Netherton 3 Connect Sports 1
Division Two
Delph Athletic 2 Christ Church Coseley 2
Dudley Lions 5 Brierley Hill A.O.G 0
Monyhull Church 3 Selly Oak Methodist 0
St Thomas’ Aldridge 4 Living Hope Church Utd 2
Club Secretary (Pete Bennett from Rowley College)
Division One
Chawn Hill Church 2 City Church 2
Rowley College 4 Corinthians S.K 3
Saint Michael 2 Amblecote Nomads 1
St Andrews Netherton 3 Connect Sports 3
Division Two
Delph Athletic 3 Christ Church Coseley 2
Dudley Lions 2 Brierley Hill A.O.G 2
Monyhull Church 4 Selly Oak Methodist 2
St Thomas’ Aldridge 3 Living Hope Church Utd 1
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