Last week saw Connect Sports claim the Division 2 Cup with what would appear to have been a comfortable 6-1 win over Renewal Solihull with the Ricketts lads seeing the season out with a couple for Richard and 1 for Adam, Ben Sutton also notched 2 with Marcus John completing the scoring for Connect, Ryan Deeney scored Renewal’s consolation goal. The League Representative at the game reported back to me that as per the week before, both teams and spectators were a credit to the League. The Division 2 and 3 Cups were introduced to extend the season for the Clubs in each Division. The feedback I have received regarding these Competitions was that they were contested seriously and competitively and judging by the reaction of everyone at the Final I attended meant a great deal to all the individuals involved. I would like to take this opportunity to thank the Management Committee for having the courage to implement these competitions when it would have been an easy decision to have said no due to fixture congestion. It may have been the middle of May when these games were finished but they have proven worthwhile.
In Division One Sheldon Community Church proved me wrong and claimed second place with a 3-1 win over All Saints Olympic. To overcome All Saints after having been beaten by St Mary’s a few days earlier and players feeling the effects from their fixture backlog was a massive result in my eyes and showed true strength of character. All Saints end up 3rd in their debut season in Division 1 and were 10 points clear of Clarendon. At one time, if you were above Clarendon you won the title, not quite so this season but for All Saints it should be viewed as a good season.
I thought Amblecote would get the point they needed to get out of the relegation places but goals from Andy Thomas and Chris Yeo for City Church means Amblecote are still stuck in the bottom 3. Jon Doman’s goal was not enough on the day for Amblecote. For City, the 2-1 win meant they leapfrogged Rowley College into 5th place on goal difference.
No idea where my maths head was when I said Corinthians SK needed a 6 goal winning margin to finish above Sandwell United? They beat out of sorts Zion Athletic 4-2 and in doing so finished in last but one spot.
So that is last weeks review out of the way and not much of a forecast needed for this week with only 1 game being played. However, even on the 4th Saturday in May we still have something to play for. Amblecote play Zion Athletic with Amblecote requiring a point to ensure First Division football next season. St Thomas’ Aldridge really did apply some pressure when it looked as though they were doomed with 2 great wins, firstly against City Church and secondly against Amblecotes opponents tomorrow, Zion Athletic. Will it be enough for the lads from Aldridge or can Amblecote get the point they need? Looking at Zion’s current form I am easily swayed to go for an Amblecote win. It may be tight but I believe they will have secured their Division One status for next season.