All Saints Olympic vs St Marys definitely turned out to be the Match Of The Day, although Rockmount vs Lighthouse probably pushed it close. St Marys made their title claim stronger by overcoming a 3-0 deficit at half time to win 5-4. All Saints made their task harder by having a player dismissed for foul and abusive language early in the second half and maybe feel that had they kept 11 players on the pitch that they may have claimed all 3 points and kept their own title aspirations alive.
I predicted a close result in the Sheldon game and so it turned out to be with Sheldon winning 3-2 to keep them in the race for the title.
City Church kept their hopes alive with a thumping 6-0 win over St Thomas Aldridge who seem to be struggling of late with players out injured and some missing. Nevertheless, you still have to beat who is in front of you and City Church went out and did the business.
My prediction of a tight affair between Rowley and Amblecote was a little off the mark with Rowley winning 6-1, (Leon Mitchell notching a hat-trick), although Pete Bennett’s report states that this result does not reflect the performance on the day.
Zion Athletic vs Sandwell United was off due to fog. According to Shawn Devonport, the pitch was the only place fog bound with the surrounding area clear. I only live a mile away from their pitch and was bemused at this fixture being off due to fog. It was lovely and clear in my garden!
Stand out performance in this division goes to Connect Sports who thumped Wollaston Free Athletic 11-2 placing them back on top of the table. Among the scorers were Martin Lees with 4 and Richard Ricketts bagged a hat-trick. Whilst I predicted Connnect to win, I did not expect this scoreline! Wollaston walk away and lick their wounds for another day, but they are a Club in transition, having to remove some players in the Club and start afresh. Hopefully, they won’t be having many off days like this whilst they are pressing ahead with their changes.
Charlemont Star go 3rd after beating Selly Oak Methodist, (another Club in transition), 5-0, (Jamie Holder hat-trick). Selly Oak look like having back to back relegations unless their form improves, whilst Charlemont are putting pressure on the 2 Clubs above them.
Wolverhampton and Perton stay in the pack chasing promotion and possibly the title whilst denting Darkhouses chance with a 3-1 win. Whilst Darkhouses title chances seem slim they are still in the hunt for promotion.
Rockmount let me down in my forecasts for Division 2 by drawing 4-4 with Lighthouse. I thought Lighthouse would nick this one but Rockmount were obviously up for this game with Jayson Sewell netting 3 times for them.
I wouldn’t be surprised if my old, very old, buddy Ian Baker used my prediction of them losing to Maple Leaf in his pre-match talk. Actually, i’m not sure if Ian bothers with these as Brierley Hill just seem to turn up and play for the fun of it, and credit to them for that. After scoring only 12 goals in 8 games Brierley Hill hit the onion bag 3 times in this game eventually winning 3-2 to stay in the race for the title. For Maple Leaf, a missed opportunity to create a bit of distance between them and the chasing pack.
Pye Green Towers maintain top spot with what looks like a comfortable 5-1 win over Zion City. They have only lost 1 game so far and in my eyes currently look favorites for the title currently scoring 4 goals per game.
Place of Refuge keep themselves in the hunt with a repeat of last weeks 5-0 result against Saint Michael. They can go joint top on points if they win their 2 games in hand. Like Pye Green each of their 5 goals was scored by a separate player, always a pleasing thing for a team.
A predicted tight affair between Dudley Lions and Monyhull Church turned out to be wrong with Dudley Lions notching 4 goals and Monyhull scoring 1 in reply.
My prediction of a close game between Living Hope and Clarendon appears to have been correct. However,in the Cup, close game or not, all that counts is winning and Clarendon have once again overcome stubborn opposition and progress to the Quarter-Finals. Goals from Matt Williams and Chris Brown ensured a 2-0 win for Clarendon.
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