Nothing to glean from this week apart from Pete Bennett’s Rowley Match Report, (as always, thanks Pete, win, draw or lose you put one in, measure of a good man in my eyes). Shawn did send something in, but in his own words, it wasn’t really a match report as he was ill and left after a couple of minutes. (Edit: some more reports have filtered in since my review, please have a read of them).
In the midst of numerous changes to the fixtures because of venue availability and open date requests I completely forgot that Sheldon’s game with Clarendon was off and initially put a prediction down, (now deleted). Too little too late methinks as I believe Lyndon from Sheldon had already read it…oh well Lyndon, that’s half your team talk done for you, haha.
That left 5 matches in Division One and I had a clean sweep of correct predictions here beginning with St Mary’s drawing 3-3 with City Church. Will this be seen as 2 points dropped by St Mary’s or 1 point gained? This will become clearer as the season unfolds, but if I were in St Mary’s position I would view it in the positive. City Church are a strong team and whilst this result probably rules them out of the title race, they are still a formidable team to face.
As forecast, a convincing win for All Saints beating Corinthians 8-2 with Ryan Piggott scoring a hat-trick. All Saints, like a few other teams are lurking in the background, should either of the current top 2 teams falter, they will be looking to take any opportunity that arises to seize the title. For Corinthians, I really see no way back from relegation so perhaps the order of the day is to just go out and play for fun. Not nice on days like this, but never forget, there are many people who are unable to play, so I would encourage them just to enjoy themselves.
I went and watched the last 30 minutes of the game between Halesowen Zion and Zion Athletic. When I arrived Zion Athletic were leading 1-0. The lads on the pitch from both sides, were giving their all, but it wasn’t pretty to watch. Halesowen Zion were the better of the 2 teams, but for all of their possession they could only muster 2 long range efforts which were off target. Zion Athletic broke with around 5 minutes left to seal the game. Looking at Shawn’s comments in the Match Report section they will no doubt be over the moon about this result. Like All Saints, they are waiting for the top teams to slip up and this result, with so many players out, keeps them in the hunt. On this showing I see Halesowen Zion being relegated, improvement in front of goal is needed!
Jadon Silva sent me a text asking me to stop giving his Manager advice on where to play him, haha, (I enjoyed the text conversation with him). He did agree that the needs of the team come first and Amblecote pushed themselves further away from trouble beating St Thomas’ 8-2 with Sam Crook notching a hat-trick and Jon Doman getting 2. I wonder how Amblecote would have done from the start of the season if Jadon had played in defence all season ??? For St Thomas’ that’s 7 straight defeats after a promising start to the season, they need to regroup otherwise, they, and not Halesowen Zion, may be going down.
To complete my predictions, Rowley College downed Sandwell United 2-1 at Churchfields Playing Fields. The tale of this game is best read in Pete Bennett’s Match Report. Another 4 points should see Rowley safe, (Ed always reckoned 20 points should keep you up), but Sandwell look doomed, currently sitting bottom of the pile
(There is a slight glitch in the Tables at present that we are aware of with the g/d not placing teams in the correct position, we have our chap looking to sort it asap).
Time For A Break..Further Updates To Follow…….
Division Two only had three games and with Connect Sports not playing the chasing teams had an opening to claim top spot for themselves. Chawn Hill Church and Wolverhampton and Perton both taking their chance to leapfrog Connect with 3-0 and 3-1 wins respectively.
2 out of 3 predictions correct in Division Two and it would have been 3 correct if I went with my head instead of a hunch, (bit like my playing days). Wolverhampton casting my prediction of a draw with Charlemont into the failed category. They won 3-1, aided by Luke French popping up with 2 goals. This sees Wolverhampton sitting on top of Division 2 on goal difference. Charlemont look set for mid-table as the promotion places currently look to be between the teams place 1st to 4th, (3 teams get promoted).
Sitting in 2nd place are Chawn Hill Church who beat Rockmount 3-0, Danny Knight coming up with the goods once again with a brace. Chawn could go top if they win their game in hand. Rockmount are left to slug it out with Selly Oak to see who goes down.
I predicted that the Champions would come from the top 3 but Renewal Solihull keep themselves nicely placed with a 4-2 win away at Darkhouse. Mark Hadden scoring all 4 goals for Solihull. I believe that Darkhouse are too far away from the bottom 2 to get dragged into a relegation fight but they would probably feel more comfortable with 2 more points in the bag.
Time for a cuppa..back in a bit with Division Three.
Once again, going with a hunch rather than my head means I got 3 out of 5 correct results but although Pye Green won it wasn’t by the 3 goal margin I forecast, I’m still claiming it though 🙂
Pye Green keep the momentum going with a 2-0 win over Monyhull at Rowheath. I did expect a bigger margin in their victory but maybe John Millist did put a 10 man defence up after all, but I doubt it somewhat. So Monyhull sit bottom, (see above regarding tables), and Pye Green top, but the narrowness of the defeat may give the Monyhull lads some confidence going forward. 7 more straight wins for Pye Green and the Title is theirs. It’s in their own hands, but their fixture against 2nd placed Living Hope Church on January 18th may be pivotal in their quest for the trophy.
Living Hope Church beat Maple Leaf Rovers QMC 6-1 and in my eyes finish off Maple Leaf’s involvement in the title race whilst enhancing theirs. Again, Living Hope’s fixture on January 18th looks more and more important. Maple Leaf need to get back on track if they want to get promotion.
I knew I should have tipped Dudley Lions, me and my hunches!!! Steve’s lads gatecrash the promotion places and may possibly believe that they could yet win the title. Their 2-1 win over Place Of Refuge Community Church has made them into strong promotion contenders. Place of Refuge need to win their games in hand to stay in contention.
Zion City spanked Hawbush 8-0, I thought this may happen. 3 more goals from Thomas Queensborough and 2 apiece for Darren Hill and Bawo Jarrett moves Zion up the table. Promotion outsiders maybe? A game to forget for Hawbush who battle with Monyhull for the wooden spoon.
Saint Michael get their 2nd win of the season beating Brierley Hill AOG 5-1. I definitely did not see this one coming. Ian Baker’s Boys are out of the title race and if they carry on like this can forget about promotion. Saint Michael, however, will be euphoric. 7 points may not seem great but I believe neither Hawbush or Monyhull will amass that many points and reckon Saint Michael will not be bottom at seasons end.