Once again a very busy weekend and week and with only a couple of reports in I start this weeks review away from our League.
St Mary’s did us proud in the BCFA Cup, (renamed but I still call it that). Here is John’s report of their game followed by a quick report from their game against Chawn the previous week:
St Mary’s 4-3 Hall Green United
I think this was St Marys first ever game in the BCFA cup, and we started with a win which should have been far more comfortable than it was. considering we were 3 v 0 up at half time.
We started well, knocking the ball around as well as we could on a sticky pitch whilst being careful not to allow Hall Green to break on us as they liked to push forward in numbers when given the chance. We got an early breakthrough with a rare Green goal. He received the ball on the edge of the area and placed a shot at the keeper who fumbled it into the net, not pretty but they all count!
We continued to press but following the goal became more lax in our play, then one good move found Andy Harris who slid the ball through for Tink to round the keeper an slide in for 2 v 0. Phil then provided an assist for Tinks 2nd with a huge kick allowing him to run clear and once again round the keeper to score. 3 v 0 half time.
Being 3 v 0 up we coasted through the first 15 minutes of the 2nd half however that can always be dangerous and with our workrate dropping Hall Green began to get ontop and we allowed a cross in from deep for the Hall Green Striker placed a superb header into the corner. This should have woken us up but a virtually identical goal 10 minutes later made it 3 v 2 and game on. At this point there were 10 minutes left and we could not seem to keep the ball with Hall Green going all out for a 3rd goal. However good work from Tink led to a free kick on the right and Green curled the ball to the front post where I (Myatt) managed catch a volley sweetly (with a full on toe poke) and the game seemed settled at 4 v 2.
Hall Green had other ideas and managed to force a 3rd with the last kick of the game when the ball fell at their players feet 3 yards out following a corner.
In the cup it is only the result which matters, but we will need to concentrate for the whole game in later rounds!
St Marys 3 v 1 Chawn Hill Church
A quick report on last weeks game vs Chawn Hill. This was a lot closer than it should have been due to very lax finishing. We created numerous excellent chances but could not manage to kill the game off and as always Chawn would not give in and kept coming at us. As the league observer stated it took us until at least 70 minutes to get the vital 2 goals with an O.G. and a Tink lob/cross (depending who you believe…) finishing it after we had earlier taken the lead and then given it up too easily. Again though it is the 3 points that count and we got there in the end.
So whilst St Mary’s played elsewhere, could the chasing teams take advantage.
Well Clarendon keep the pressure on with their 5-2 win over bottom placed Monyhull Church. This result leaves them only 1 point behind St Mary’s but they have now played 2 extra games. 3rd placed Wednesbury Baptist also won their game away to Renewal Solihull but it would appear that this was no easy win. But as John states above, it’s the result that counts and a 4-3 win is better than being on the other end of that scoreline. Wednesbury themselves are only 1 point behind Clarendon with a game in hand. The top 3 could be interesting this year. Can Wednesbury carry their form all the way through the season or will they fade away like Connect did last season? Speaking of Connect, who have been struggling lately. Well they had a great 5-3 win over a rejuvenated City Church who had won their 3 previous League matches. This result puts Connect on the same points as City and makes their position in the table look a bit better. Wolverhampton and Perton jump above City up to 4th with their 5-2 win over Zion Athletic. W’ton had lost their last 2 games so this will be seen as 3 well needed points for them. The last match in Div 1 to cover is Chawn Hill Church vs Charlemont Star. This game is always well contested and normally close. With that in mind, I went for a draw in my predictions and it duly turned out that way, ending up 1-1. With both teams in the bottom 3 this result doesn’t really help either team, but they do have games in hand on Renewal Solihull who they can catch. So maybe a point gained is better than 3 going to a relegation opponent.
I mentioned the Prediction Challenge with the Chawn game, well I finally had a good week gaining some ground on the Club Secs. I managed to get 8 out of 11 games correct with 1 correct score whilst Steve from Dudley Lions got 4 correct with no correct scores….so it was 10 – 4 to me this week and after the drubbing I got off Steve Knight from Chawn the other week it was well needed.
Division 2 leaders Maple Leaf Rovers QMC open up a 4 point cushion at the top despite only managing a 1-1 draw with Corinthians SK who were placed 3rd before last weeks results. The Division is so tight that even though Corinthians managed a draw with the League leaders they now sit in 6th place. One of the teams to jump above them are Zion City who had a good 5-0 win over 2nd placed Dudley Lions who missed a chance to gain ground on Maple Leaf. Zion move into 3rd place, but the question remains, can they be consistent rather than hit and miss? Brierley Hill AOG move into 4th with a very creditable 4-2 home win against Living Hope Church United who have now lost 3 consecutive games. Selly Oak Methodist join Zion City and Brierley Hill on 15 points with a 2-1 win over Saint Michael. This is disappointingly the only match report received from our League this week, so a big thanks to Rob from Saint Michael, (who lost)!
Selly Oak Methodist 2-1 Saint Michael (edited)
For Their SACRIFICE.
For Our FREEDOM.
WE SHALL REMEMBER THEM!
Thanks for great contact to Robert O’Neil who contact few times and even on Saturday 3 hours before game to confirm that game is on.
The bad weather did not stop us from playing and we start short after a minute of silence. Both team show good skills and come up with some good chances. 20 minutes into the game and the weather changed with heavy rain and a cold blustery wind giving players less ball control. The Referee wanted to stop the game but after consulting both captains we carried on. This game could have been won by us but we were unable to finish our chances. Selly Oak on the other hand were stopped by an excellent performance from our goalkeeper, Marcin Galuszka who stopped some great shots with incredible saves.
Selly Oak had control of the play with it paying off, a great finish and 1-0 lead. They were next to score and make it a 2 goal cushion.
We woke up in the last 20 minutes with 3 substitutes coming on but it was a bit too late. We were still unable to score from open play but Janusz Cyran ran quicker for ball than their goalkeeper with him fouling Janusz and the referee pointed to the spot. Arek Dabrowski put the ball down and score goal but their goalkeeper managed to get his gloves on the shot but it was too strong to save. In the last 10 minutes we pushed Selly Oak but we failed to score another goal.
Praise to Selly Oak for great game!
So, 2nd to 6th separated by only 2 points and the next 3 teams not far off. One of these teams is St Matthew’s Walsall who suffered a 6-2 defeat the previous week at the hands of Zion City. Would they bounce back? Yes, in emphatic style, blasting 9 goals past bottom but one Hawbush. No disrepsect to Hawbush but their defeat came as no surprise and sets up St Matthew’s to challenge for the top with the amount of games in hand that they have. The final match saw Sandwell United beat bottom placed St Thomas’ Aldridge 4-2. At the moment it really does look like being between Hawbush and St Thomas’ as to who will finish bottom.