Although the First Round of the Cup was 2 weeks ago, 11th October, here is my catch up of what happened on the day.
We had 9 matches played and I managed to predict 5 correct teams to progress, no great shakes and I really need to up my game with my forecasts!
I think the stand out result in the First Round was Monyhull Church’s victory over Chawn Hill Church. This was the upset of the round in my eyes and not only were Monyhull victorious but it was by a comprehensive 6-2 score line with Oli Smith, Tom Hales and Pete Mander all bagging a brace apiece.
Monyhull Church will face Hawbush in the next round after they themselves beat Brierley Hill AOG 3-0 in their local derby down at South Rd. I thought the tie would be closer than this and predicted Hawbush to win on penalties but 2 goals from Aaron Hope and another from Tom Wylde proved me right and wrong!
My forecast for the upset in the round was for Renewal Solihull to beat Sheldon. It didn’t happen and Sheldon march into the next round with a 2-1 win. I reckon Sheldon will be going all out to make the Final 2 years on the bounce but they face tricky opposition in the next round in the name of Zion City who overcame Dudley Lions 8-3 with Thomas Queensborough bagging a hat trick. This for me was an impressive result as Dudley Lions are no easy team to beat, indeed, I forecast them to win a tight game!
Pete Falconer was another player who notched a hat trick on the day as Wednesbury Baptist demolished St Thomas’ Aldridge 7-2 and in doing so set themselves up with a tie against Halesowen Zion in the next round.
Two teams who appear to have comfortably qualified for the next round are Charlemont Star and City Church with both teams notching 4 goals in their respective games. Charlemont beat Corinthians SK 4-1 with 4 separate scorers whilst City Church overcame Sandwell United 4-0 with Chris Yeo hitting the back of the net twice. Charlemont Star now travel to face City Church in the next round.
A close encounter saw Rowley College overcome Rockmount United by 2 goals to 1 courtesy of strikes from Ben Fowler and Christy McKenzie. Rowley’s reward is a home tie against St Michael in the next round
Luke Wiedeman was another player who found the old onion bag three times as St Mary’s convincingly beat Sandwell United 5-1, Tom Cartin getting Sandwell’s goal. This result sets up what is probably the tie of the next round for me with St Mary’s now facing Clarendon who receive a bye into the next round. This could be a cracker of a game.