It’s been a while since I have done a preview of the weekends fixtures and at the time of writing we still have 5 fixtures remaining.
In Division One I am hopeful that should no further rain pour down overnight Halesowen Zion will get their game on against Corinthians SK. I still maintain that the 3rd relegation place is between Halesowen and St Thomas’ Aldridge. The lads from Zion have a great chance to put a bit of space between themselves and the chaps from Aldridge with a victory over bottom placed Corinthians. As for Corinthians SK, if they are to produce a great escape, then it has to start tomorrow! I have this down as a home win, a result that would also see Zion leapfrog Amblecote. (Edit: Game Off)
Chawn Hill Church do not have a game tomorrow but with their win a couple of weeks ago have guaranteed themselves a place back in the First Division. (I really should have put a note congratulating them on this then but it slipped my mind). I think having a pitch that was playable virtually every week has helped them maintain the momentum needed when they were on a good run. Maybe something for other teams to ponder for next season?
So that leaves 2 promotion places up for grabs and what a match we have tomorrow. For me it’s the match of the day. Wolverhampton and Perton host Renewal Solihull at Aldersley Stadium. Only 1 point separates them at the moment with Wolverhampton having the advantage, but Solihull have a game in hand. If Wolverhampton win it would put the pressure on the Solihull lads in their remaining games. But if Solihull win it gives them the advantage. Their last tussle was a 2-2 draw and with no current form to go off I am going with my gut feeling on this one. I reckon Solihull will nick it 2-1 and in doing so, will move up to 2nd place. The race for the 2 remaining promotion places is enthralling.
Edit: Only 4 games remaining. Just received notification of Selly Oak Methodist vs Wollaston Free Atheltic is off. Prediction deleted!
2 games in Division 3 and I am confident Brierley Hill AOG’s game at South Road will be on. Monyhull Church are once again the visitors. They played this fixture 2 weeks ago but in the Division 3 Cup. That turned out to be a 1-1 draw on the day and I think it will be another close game tomorrow. Monyhull desperately need a win to have any hope of catching the Clubs above them and avoid ending in last place. Brierley Hill have 2 League games left and will want to end the season as they started, by winning them. I’m sticking my neck out again and predicting a 2-1 win to Monyhull.
The last fixture sees the ever improving Place Of Refuge host Maple Leaf Rovers. Like the Hill, Maple Leaf started the season well but have been struggling recently. I don’t see this changing tomorrow and only see a Place Of Refuge win, probably by 3 clear goals. Should the Refuge lads win, then the promotion race in Division 3 becomes as thrilling as in Division 2.
For those of you who don’t have a game, why not pop down and watch one that’s on? Remember our Mission Statement and that in everything we do we give Honour to Our Lord and God. Take advantage of the chance to fellowship with others in the League on the sidelines whilst you have a free weekend. Our League is not just about the participation on the pitch, it also stands for friendships that are made with others who are part of this League.