Review and Preview, 17th October

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Hectic week and a busy Friday means it’s just gone half eleven and due to a busy Saturday I need my bed as soon as possible. Therefore, it’s a very brief report from me this week. I would like to say thank you to the other contributors with their Match Reports each week,it’s great not to only have Pete Bennett’s one to read.

Another week and another 3 points for Connect Sports and also another hat-trick for Leon Naylor, (4 in fact) as Connect smashed 8 goals past Charlemont, something I did predict correctly, however, Charlemont did hit the back of the net once which cost me in the Prediction Challenge. No other players notched a hat-trick in Division 1,

Craig Oldfield scored 2 for St Andrew’s Netherton as they sit in 2nd place on goal difference after their 6-2 win over Saint Michael. It is hard to judge St Andrews on this result as Robert from Saint Michael was struggling to even get a team out due to outside influences, (more on that later).

3rd place belongs to Clarendon, again only on goal difference though as they have also won their first 2 matches.  Kenardo Ellis bagged 2 goals in their 3-2 win over Chawn Hill Church who due to injuries played the last 30 minutes with 10 men.

City Church got their first win of the season against Rowley College, 2 goals apiece for Ivan Torro and Benjamin Cutting helping them to run out 4-2 winners. Reading Pete’s report it came over as quite an exciting game in the end but with City deservedly ending up as victors.

Division 2 sees only 1 team with a 100 per cent record, Monyhull Church smashed Christ Church Coseley 6-1. Oli Smith scored 2 in what appears to have been a very comfortable win.

After losing 6-2 the previous week Living Hope CHurch United were on the other end of a similar result. Callum Oakshott the only other player to get a hat-trick and Sam Crook also weighing in with 2 goals in their 6-0 demolition of Brierley Hill A.O.G.

Fair play to Delph Athletic, they were first in with their Match Report last week and this despite losing 4-2 to Dudley Lions. Ash Turner notching twice for them as Dudley get their first points of the season.

The first week saw me give Selly Oak Methodist the Result Of The Day…well, knock me down with a feather as they get it again this week. Their 2-1 win over St Thomas’ Aldridge  shocked me when the scoreline came in. (Probably not as good as Aston Villa’s 7-2 win over Liverpool, let’s not go there lol). But, for me, maybe a re-evaluation of Selly Oak Methodist as I did predict them to struggle and finish 7th! They actually sit in a good 2nd place with 2 fine results behind them. I’ve not even looked at the Prediction Challenge yet … bet I go for them to lose again hahaha.

Well past midnight so it’s a fast forecast for me.

As mentioned above, Saint Michael struggled to get a team out last week due to ramifications of the Covid instructions. Unfortunately, despite his best efforts this weeks match versus table topping Connect Sports has had to be postponed. Following detailed discussion with Robert regarding players awaiting test results and who they had been in contact with, I came to the decision as League Secretary to postpone the match. This will obviously be a fluid situation as things continue to change. Indeed, Rowley College are now having to source another venue as they have now had their current venue, (Holly Lodge School), withdrawn from them by Sandwell LEA. As a League, we will endeavour to keep on top of any situation as it evolves.

So, with Connect not playing, we might see someone else sit on top of Division One, (it seems ages since that happened).

In fact, as I have just looked at the Fixtures, we most definitely will as 2nd placed St Andrew’s Netherton travel to play 3rd placed Clarendon with top spot beckoning for the winners. A draw would see St Andrew’s go top on goal difference. I have no idea on what to do here but based on the fact I tipped St Andrew’s to finish higher than Clarendon plus I do think they carry a greater goal threat, it’s an away win for me.

Rowley College travel to play Charlemont Star in a match that will kick off at 10.00am and not the normal 10.30am. All Club Secretaries have previously been advised in a League Meeting that where more than 1 match is played at the same venue there will be different kick off times. Rowley got caught cold last week but almost pinched something from the game. I know it’s early in the season but I cannot see Charlemont scoring a lot of goals and for this reason it’s another away win from me.

The last game sees Chawn Hill Church host City Church who were quick out of the blocks in their victory over Rowley. Can they do the same against Chawn who are looking to get their first points of the season. Again, absolutely no idea on this. Chawn have lost by a single goal in their 2 matches against top opposition. City had a cracking result and performance last week but did suffer badly the previous week. I’m tempted to go City, head says draw… sentiment says Chawn. No idea yet! (I really do just make this up as I go along)!

I was just pondering where to start with Division 2, either table topping Monyhull Church or Selly Oak Methodist who for me have had the 2 outstanding results so far. You couldn’t make this up….they are playing each other, must admit it gave me a chuckle. So, have Selly Oak Methodist done enough to change my mind or will Monyhull Church overrun them and keep their 100 per cent record intact. Quick look at the Table and i’m going for Monyhull, they seem to carry a bigger goal threat.

Despite losing last week St Thomas’ Aldridge sit in 3rd place and will be looking at closing on top spot. As will another 3 teams who all have 3 points, one of them being their opponents Delph Athletic. Their Match Report indicates a poor performance from them which should be better this week, to quote from the report, ” It was not a good enough performance from Delph, but mistakes will be learnt from and the team will be ready for next week to try put all those wrongs to right!” I’m actually going to go with them on this one and predict a win for them by 2 clear goals.

Dudley Lions will also fancy their chances of moving on to 6 points as they travel South Road to play Brierley Hill A.O.G who have let in 6 goals in each of their previous matches. I’m not going for 6 again but I do think it’s a win for Dudley Lions.

Talking of 6 goals in a match leads us to the last match where 1 team let in 6 last week and the other scored 6. Christ Church Coseley host Living Hope Church United who could also move on to 6 points should they win. I’m still tipping Christ Church Coseley to get their season up and running with a win.

Well it’s just past 1am so maybe not a fast prediction at all. Just got to look at what I think the scores will be now!

Thanks to Andy Wilcoxson from Charlemont Star for doing the Prediction Challenge this week, (at very short notice I should add).

17th October, 2020
Neil Kovacs
Division One
Charlemont Star 1 Rowley College 4
Chawn Hill Church 3 City Church 2
Clarendon 2 St Andrew’s Netherton 4
Division Two
Brierley Hill A.O.G 2 Dudley Lions 5
Christ Church Coseley 4 Living Hope Church Utd 2
Selly Oak Methodist 1 Monyhull Church 3
St Thomas’ Aldridge 2 Delph Athletic 3
Club Secretary (Andy Wilcoxson from Charlemont Star)
Division One
Charlemont Star 3 Rowley College 1
Chawn Hill Church 2 City Church 1
Clarendon 2 St Andrew’s Netherton 2
Division Two
Brierley Hill A.O.G 1 Dudley Lions 3
Christ Church Coseley 2 Living Hope Church Utd 3
Selly Oak Methodist 2 Monyhull Church 4
St Thomas’ Aldridge 2 Delph Athletic 1






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