Saturday Review, Part Two

Well there are 4 matches left to mention and since Monday 2 more Match Reports have been sent in to add a bit more information to matches already mentioned.

A team that was in contention for the Division 1 Title last season before drifting out of the running were Connect Sports. How would they fare against a team who only missed relegation due to Divisional structure decisions made at the AGM. Well, it went to form with Connect thumping the Chawn Hill Church lads 5-2. A very impressive performance from Connect with 5 different goal scorers on the day with last seasons Division 1 Leading Scorer, Richard Ricketts among them.

How would Wednesbury Baptist do in their first Division 1 game against what I would class as a decent side? Well both myself and Pete Bennett went for a Home Win and whilst Pete went for a 3-2 forecast I thought that Wednesbury would start the season well and plumped for 3-0. They went 1 better and won 4-0 and like Connect had all different goal scorers. Not the result or start to the season that Wolverhampton would have wanted but I am sure they will pick up over the coming weeks.

I had already mentioned the St Mary’s vs Charlemont Star match in the first part of Saturday’s review but here is a short Match Report from Andy at Charlemont Star.

St Mary’s 6-0 Charlemont Star

It was another slow start to our sixth WMCFL season with a heavy defeat against last season’s League and Cup Winners St Mary’s. We were still in the game until the hour mark when we conceded the second goal, after that it was all downhill for us. It’s true what they say when it’s about putting your chances away, well St Mary’s certainly did that very well leaving us reflecting what could have been.

Good luck to St Mary’s and well done to referee Neil Taylor and his two assistants who kept the game flowing.

We host Renewal Solihull next weekend searching for our first points of the season.

Moving onto Division Two for one of the last 2 games not mentioned yet. Selly Oak Methodist played host to Zion City and both predictions went for an away win. Zion City duly obliged with goals from Bawo Jarrett, Amril Sanghera and Leigh Edwards securing a 3-1 win for them. Selly Oaks goal was scored by Lewis Maynard.

A report from St Matthew’s Walsall is next, (received today but nice to see the new lads getting involved in the reporting side of things)

St Matthew’s Walsall 5-2 Maple Leaf Rovers QMC

St Matthews Walsall started life in the WMCFL with a well earned 5-2 victory over a spirited Maple Leaf Rovers QMC at our Doe Bank Park home.

After trying different formations and personel throughout pre-season, manager Matt Lovatt reverted back to a formation tried and tested by his players with a good blend of youth and experience in the starting line up.

It was perhaps the most experienced head of all that gave St Matthews the perfect start after just a couple of minutes as the evergreen Kevin Humpage finished well first time after some tenacious wing play by Nathan Brain down the right hand side. To their credit, Maple Leaf responded well to the early setback, getting the ball down and trying to play the right way and they were soon on level terms. The Maple Leaf number 9 Kiran Kellman broke down the left, into the penalty area and went down under the challenge of Matt Hissey. The referee pointed to the penalty spot, much to the dismay of Hissey. Kellman dusted himself down and sent keeper Ben Scragg the wrong way from the penalty spot. 1-1.

A period of Maple Leaf pressure ensued and they were unlucky not to take the lead when their number 10 Simeon Ellis hit the bar with a glancing header from a well delivered free kick and a few minutes later they were made to rue that miss as Sam Whitehouse got past his man on the left and crossed for Humpage to slam home his second of the game. It wasn’t long before Whitehouse was on the scoresheet himself, breaking the offside trap before rounding the Maple Leaf keeper and slotting into the empty net for 3-1. At this point it looked like St Matthews were going to run away with it but Maple Leaf kept going and gave themselves a glimmer of hope just before half time, Kellman getting his second of the game with a speculative effort that Scragg was disappointed not to keep out.

Half Time 3-2.

The second half started with more St Matthews pressure and the game was over as a contest with around half an hour to go, two almost identical goals putting some gloss on the victory. Captain Andy Rowley, who had an all round impressive game, sent in two crosses from around 40 yards out on the left hand side and on both occasions centre midfield partner James (Jimmy) Scragg was there to power his header home beyond the goalkeeper.

Again, Maple Leaf showed great resilience and attempted to get back in the game, Ellis was unfortunate to hit the frame of the goal again while the Maple Leaf number 8 and St Matthews’ combative midfield maestro Nathan Hathaway had a great battle in the second half especially.

Full time 5-2.

A word for Andres and his team, top bloke who has a good side at his disposal who I’d think will be there or thereabouts come the end of the season. Nice set of lads too with the majority of the game played in good spirit. Good luck for the rest of the season (apart from the return fixture!).

Also, the match officials were top notch. The referee was actually being assessed and did really well.

Just a shame that due to a County Cup fixture and our free week, we haven’t got a league fixture for the next 2 weeks to build on our good start!

Reading the report gives you a different perspective on how you would have imagined a 5-2 winning score line would have reflected in a match. Sounds like quite a good game.

I have left Brierley Hill A.O.G. vs Sandwell United to last. Both predictions were wrong as we had both gone for a draw. However, 2 goals from Sam Wakelam earned the South Road lads their first points of the season. Michael Spence netted for Sandwell.

So why leave Brierley Hill A.O.G. until last? Well the second participant in the Kovacs’ Prediction Challenge is none other than their Club Secretary, player, manager (I think), chief cook and bottle washer….Ian Baker.

I have Ian’s predictions and they will be on the site with mine in a little while.

As for last weeks Kovacs’ vs Club Sec Challenge between Pete Bennett of Rowley and myself, it was a narrow 8-7 victory for me. Neither of us got any correct scores but we were close on a couple of games. Pete got 5 out of 6 correct in Div 1 but only 2 out of 6 in Div 2. I got 4 out of 6 in both Divisions, (I really should stop going for my hunches)! It’s a measure of the chap that I had received a congratulatory message on the afternoon of the matches. (I bet he has never looked at all the results so quick)!


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