Prediction Challenge – 27th April

Apologies for the slow update on the site this week. It’s been a hectic week.

The trials and tribulations of being a Club Secretary came to my mind after last weeks result came in that Connect Sports had ended their season with a win over Clarendon. On hearing this, my mind immediately thought of Willis and what might have been had they not forfeited their game against Life Central due to a lack of players. Most Club Secretaries will have been there, Friday night or Saturday morning and struggling to get a bare eleven. It’s not to say that Connect would have won that game but if they had, they would have secured 2nd place and really applied the pressure on Clarendon to get 4 points from their last 2 games. However, that’s the past and as things stand St Mary’s stay top courtesy of Connects win. Clarendon have 2 games to play and their first is against Rowley College who are also battling for points in their relegation battle. I think for Pete Bennetts men it will be a case of finding out how Monyhull Church have fared in their game as I cannot see Rowley getting the single point they need. Clarendon win for me.

Monyhull Church face St Andrews Netherton who were on the wrong end of a 6-2 scoreline last week against Saint Michael, a team they had beaten 3-1 the previous week. There is also a 6 goal difference that is in Rowleys favour, so if Monyhull do win I am sure they may be checking the Rowley result and score. With both Monyhull and St Andrews averaging just over 5 goals in each game and the fact that Monyhull need 3 points leads me in the direction of a very attacking game with lots of goals. But can Monyhull do it? My head says no and even my normal hunch about backing the underdog is not kicking in on this one. It’s a St andrews win in a 6 goal game.

Saint Michael will find the defence this week a tougher nut to crack than last week. Only Selly Oak Methodist have scored less goals than Charlemont Star in Division One which leads me to state that their strength is having a well organised defence. It’s still possible that should other results go their way Charlemont could end up in 6th place but they would need all 3 points. I don’t think this will happen and each team will finish the season with a point apiece in a score draw.

As I am typing away at 2.45am the rain is hammering down and my mind is pondering if any games will be off or if hopefully most teams will be finishing their season later on today. Only Selly Oak and Clarendon in Division One are due to play next week, although there are 4 teams finishing their season next week in Division Two.

Chawn Hill Church and City Church play there last match of the season and as a rumour has come to me that a certain Lee Bedford may be hanging up his boots after this match. If it’s true, then as an old manager of his I would like to state on the record that he always did me and Chawn proud. Competitive, matched with a will to win, but also always done in the correct manner. He is what I would call in my time, a proper Chawn player. On to the match… both teams sit comfortably in the table although Chawn may need the win to secure 5th place. A point may be good enough but St Andrews and there goal difference is really close so Chawn really need to go for the win. City will also be aiming to win to at least maintain 7th spot and possibly jump into 6th should St Andrews lose. I’m going for a Chawn win.

Champions elect Amblecote Nomads face Delph Athletic who had a good 6-0 win over an understrength Brierley Hill A.O.G on Wednesday night. I went for an Amblecote win last week but of Ben adopts the same selection policy as he did last week I really don’t know what to do. I think he might, so it’s a Delph win for me.

The last game sees Living Hope Church United host Dudley Lions. Both teams have 2 matches left to play and whilst there is not a lot to play for, Living Hope may still need some points to ensure they finish the season in 4th place. Dudley Lions and Delph will still be aiming for that spot. I think that incentive may be enough for Dudley to just edge a close game. Dudley win.

Thanks to Stephen Richardson from City Church for being this weeks Prediction Challenger. This means that all Club Secretaries have now had their go. I have absolutely no idea on who is leading but will update when I can. I am off to Cape Verde in the early hours of Sunday morning for 10 nights so there may be a delay in the site being updated but I will see what I can do.

(No pressure Pete but I am hoping you’ve sent me your report before 7am on Sunday).

27th April, 20109
Neil Kovacs
Division One
Chawn Hill Church 3 City Church 1
Rowley College 1 Clarendon 2
Saint Michael 2 Charlemont Star 2
St Andrews Netherton 4 Monyhull Church 2
Division Two
Amblecote Nomads 1 Delph Athletic 3
Living Hope Church 1 Dudley Lions 2
Club Secretary, (Stephen Richardson from City Church)
Chawn Hill Church 1 City Church 2
Rowley College 0 Clarendon 3
Saint Michael 1 Charlemont Star 3
St Andrews Netherton 2 Monyhull Church 0
Division Two
Amblecote Nomads 3 Delph Athletic 1
Living Hope Church 1 Dudley Lions 1
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