Only 1 place to start last Saturdays review and that’s in Division 3 with Living Hope Church’s 2-1 win over Hawbush. (Thanks to both teams, (and others), for submitting Match Reports regarding the game. They can be found under the Match Day Section, sub section Match Reports). They played each other the week before but that day Living Hope thumped Hawbush. I must admit that I expected a similar scoreline and was surprised that Hawbush only lost 2-1. However, after reading their Match Report reiterates my belief, that getting 100 per cent out of your players is the main criteria. Maybe Hawbush, who were new this season, can take great positivity from this result and should they stay with us next season look to perform to this standard and maybe have a more successful season. So, Congratulations to Living Hope Church who were pushed all the way by Pye Green Towers. With both teams looking like they had the title in their grasp over the past 3 weeks it mattered not in the end how Living Hope did as Pye Green lost their final game 3-2, away to Saint Michael, a result that sees Saint Michael leapfrog Maple Leaf Rovers and Brierley Hill AOG into 6th place. Division 3 has been enthralling all season and hats off to the 3 new teams this season. That may sound strange as Hawbush ended up bottom, but a closer look at the Table shows that they won 3, drew 2 and lost 13. So 5 out of 18 games they walked off the pitch with something to show for their efforts. In the past, we have seen some teams take a proper battering all season struggling to even get 1 win. Something that is very disheartening. Well done to all Division 3 teams though.
With Division 2 completed, Connect Sports seemed to take control of the ‘Group Of Death’ with a very convincing 6-2 win over Selly Oak Methodist. A look at Group ‘A’ throws up all sorts of permutations with this Saturdays final games in the group. (It’s bad enough being a Villa fan at present looking at all the fixtures wondering how we will avoid relegation, now I have to look at Group ‘A’ as well 🙄 ).
Sheldon overcame their blip in form with a 9-1 trouncing of under strength Zion Athletic. Whilst Sheldon need St Marys’ to drop points to win the title a look at the remaining fixtures in Division 1 means it still all to play for, not forgetting All Saints Olympic, who are still in the mix. My 100 per cent record predicting Rowley came to an end, I forecast a win, but they drew 3-3 with Amblecote. The Match Report makes good reading in what seemed a very competitive and even game between 2 sporting teams. So it’s 1 point for Amblecote, not quite enough to secure their Division 1 status for next season just yet. I stated that I rarely tip against Clarendon but decided to do just that last week forecasting a win for City Church. I should stick with my first thoughts! Anyway, both teams walked away with a point apiece following a 1-1 draw probably extinguishing Clarendon’s hopes of 2nd but giving City hope of possibly catching Rowley.
Wednesday Night Preview, 30th April:
3 games take place tonight in Division 1 and Sheldon need to take all 3 points against Corinthians SK whose last game was a confidence building 3-1 win over Amblecote. Sheldon, however, should prove to be a different proposition and I’m predicting a Sheldon win, although I think it will only be by a 2 goal margin. St Thomas’ Aldridge have a must win game against City Church, lose and they are down. Sadly for the Aldridge lads, I think this will be the outcome at the final whistle. The last game sees Sandwell United play host to Zion Athletic. A few weeks ago I would have said this was an easier one to call for Zion. However, whilst I have consistently forecast Sandwell to lose, I have always stated that Myles, Roy and the Sandwell lads will give everything they have whilst playing. Something that was evident with their performance against Clarendon a short while ago. With Zion’s recent form to consider as well, this is a hard one for me to predict. So here goes…..Eenie, meenie, miney, mo a Sandwell win is how i’ll go.