This Week’s Midland Football League Newsletter

Review

Premier Division

New Year’s Eve

League leaders Alvechurch opened up a 4 point gap at the top of the table with a comprehensive 5-0 win over Quorn at Lye Meadow. Church were 4 up after just 21 minutes with both Danny Dubidat and Josh March scoring twice. Sporting Khalsa are inching ever closer to the top three as they won the local derby at AFC Wulfrunians 3-1 with David Meese scoring twice. Down at the bottom, Brocton made it two wins out of two on the road over the holiday period with a 2-1 victory at Highgate United. Highgate took the lead in the 3rd minute through McCauley Manning but goals late on from Matt Hardiman and Sam Bell gave the Badgers the points. They are now just two points behind Tividale who went down 4-1 at Heanor Town despite taking a half-time lead. Keenan Layton bagged a late double for Heanor. Walsall Wood’s improvement under Harry Harris continued with a 2-1 win at Stourport Swifts. Coventry Sphinx came from behind to beat Shepshed Dynamo 2-1 at Sphinx Drive, Ryan Harkin with the winner in the 87th minute. Long Eaton United and Loughborough University shared the points in a 2-2 draw at Grange Park, Jo Jackson equalising for the Scholars two minutes from time.

Bank Holiday Monday

Four games fell foul of the overnight frost much to the disappointment of the clubs concerned. Leaders Alvechurch saw their game postponed but they were the biggest winners on a day of significant results. St Andrews kicked off early and started the ball rolling with a 5-1 win over Long Eaton United with Shay Brennan adding 2 more to his impressive season tally. Brocton made it three wins on the trot inflicting 2nd placed Lye Town’s 2nd defeat of the season with a 3-1 win at Silkmore Lane. The victory lifts Brocton off the bottom of the table with Tividale frozen off. 3rd placed Westfields remain 12 points behind Alvechurch with 5 games in hand after they were on the hand of a 5 goal beating at Shawbury United. Nathan Hodge scored 4 for the home side who ran out 5-1 winners. Coleshill Town moved into 3rd place following an excellent 3-1 win at Coventry United, who remain in 6th place. Rocester move up to 12th place with an excellent 3-0 win on the road at Quorn. Highgate United are just behind the Romans after they beat Boldmere St Michaels 4-0 at The Trevor Brown Memorial Stadium which leaves the Mikes in the relegation zone.

Loughborough University move up to 11th in the table following a 4-1 win over Coventry Sphinx. Sphinx took the lead in the 15th minute through Callum Woodward but two goals just past the half-hour mark gave the Scholars the lead and they never looked back.

Division 1

New Years Eve

Leaders Bromsgrove Sporting remain unbeaten however they were held to a 1-1 draw at The Victoria Ground by 5th placed Racing Club Warwick. Bromsgrove took the lead through Liam Spink with Wade Malley countering for the Racers. Bromsgrove lost keeper Chris Jay through injury in the second half with outfield player Aaron Roberts taking over between the posts. Leicester Road took full advantage to move level on points with Bromsgrove as they beat Chelmsley Town 4-1 at home with Darryl Thomas scoring twice. Hinckley AFC are just two points off the top of the table following a 3-1 win at St Johns Park against hosts and landlords Heather St Johns. Lichfield City missed the chance to climb into the top four as they were held to a goalless draw at Pelsall Villa. Coventry Copsewood are up to 12th following a 3-0 win on the road at Pershore Town. A goal from Ryan Millerchip gave Nuneaton Griff all three points at home to Stafford Town. Studley are level on points with Stafford, Gareth Evans scoring their goal in a 1-1 draw with Cadbury Athletic

Bank Holiday Monday

Bromsgrove Sporting opened up a 3 point gap at the top of the table thanks to a 5-0 win at The Victoria Ground over Pershore Town. Andy Nicol bagged a hat-trick for Bromsgrove with Luke Shorthouse and Jason Cowley also on target. Alan Miller was another player to get a hat-trick as Atherstone Town beat Nuneaton Griff 5-0 at Sheepy Road. Bottom club Southam United have now conceded 94 goals in the league with Coventry Copsewood the latest to put the young Saints to the sword with an 8-0 victory. Connoll Farrell scored a hat-trick for Copsewood and there were braces for Danny Fraser and Dave Akinuli. Racing Club Warwick remain in 5th place following a 2-0 win at Townsend Meadow over 2nd bottom Studley. Uttoxeter Town had two players sent off at Stafford Town however two goals from Luke Lewis ensured they returned home with all 3 points in a 2-0 victory. Littleton’s good run came to an end at home to Cadbury Athletic as The Chocolatemen wrapped up a 2-0 victory with both goals from Tory Herbert. A 12th-minute goal from Ryan Conlon was enough for Chelmsley Town to pick up all 3 points at Pack Meadow against visiting Pelsall Villa.

Division 2

New Years Eve

Alvis Sporting Club maintained their 6 point lead into 2017 following a 4-1 win at home over Hampton. Charlie Cook scored twice and there were further goals from Dildale Linton and Rickie Cutting as Alvis remain unbeaten. Droitwich Spa stay second after goals from Max Crisp and Macauley Finch gave them all three points at Earlswood Town. Fairfield Villa are level on points in 3rd as they beat Continental Star 4-0 at The Hub. Paget Rangers bounced back to form with a 7-1 win over Barnt Green Spartak with Ross Dempster scoring 3 and Myles Phipps 2. Redditch Borough are in 4th place after a comfortable 4-0 win over Knowle at The Valley Stadium. Smithswood Firs move up to 9th after an excellent 5-1 win over Bloxwich Town with the goals from 5 different scorers. Two goals from Josh Duggan helped Sutton United to a 3-2 win over Leamington Hibernian. Feckenham leapfrog visitors Coton Green following a 2-0 win at The Entaco.

Bank Holiday Monday

Fairfield Villa took full advantage of the top two being frozen out by moving into 2nd place following a 3-1 win over 4th placed Redditch Borough with Connor Collins scoring twice. 2nd bottom Leamington Hibernian opened up a 5 point gap at the foot of the table following a 3-2 win over Feckenham. Adam Garmson scored twice for The Millers who led at half-time. Hampton, one place above Hibs, also picked up a much needed 3 points with a 2-1 home victory over Earlswood Town. Bloxwich Town and Sutton United couldn’t be separated at the Red Lion Ground, 2-2 the final score, George Crowe scoring twice for Bloxwich. Coton Green and Knowle fought out a thriller at New Mill Lane, sharing the points and 6 goals with 6 different scorers in the game.

Division 3

Leaders NKF Burbage picked up a point in a 2-2 draw at Moors Academy. Goalscorer Jack Whitehurst was sent off for the visitors who are now 10 points clear. That gap has closed thanks to Montpellier’s 5-0 win over Enville Athletic at Badsey with the division’s leading scorer, Stuart Hendrie, adding three more to his tally. Northfield Town move into 4th place after a goal-filled afternoon at Alcester Town. Four goals in the first 8 minutes set the tone with Northfield eventually running out 4-3 winners. Matthew Layton scored twice for Alcester with Dan Lawrence bagging a brace for Northfield. AFC Solihull remain bottom going into 2017 as they went down to a 3-0 defeat at Tudor Grange at the hands of FC Stratford. Castle Vale Town edged a point further away from the bottom with a 2-2 draw at Inkberrow for whom Thomas Clewes scored twice. Barton United and Boldmere Sports & Social Falcons couldn’t find a goal between them at Holland Sports Club.

Premier Division

Shay Brennan St Andrews 26

Josh March Alvechurch 24

Nathan Hodge Shawbury United 24

Richard Greaves Westfields 23

David Meese Sporting Khalsa 20

Jack Till Lye Town 18

Craig Jones Westfields 18

Kieran Debrouwer Heanor Town 17

Andrew Bridge Loughborough University 16

Marco Adaggio Highgate United 15

Lei Brown Highgate United 14

Ben Billingham Lye Town 14

Elliot Putman St Andrews 13

Dan Polan Westfields 12

Nathan Dale Quorn 12

Drew Aiton Walsall Wood 12

McCauley Manning Highgate United 12

Callum Riddell Rocester 12

Charles Knowles Shawbury United 11

Sam Hollis St Andrews 11

Kevin Hemagou Long Eaton United 11

Reece Shilvock Stourport Swifts, Alvechurch 11

Dean Rathbone Coleshill Town 11

Karl Ashton Rocester 10

Elliott Reeves Heanor Town 10

Daniel Dubidat Alvechurch 10

Liam Read Shepshed Dynamo 10

Martin Smyth Rocester 10

Mykel Beckley Coventry United, Coleshill Town 10

Division 1

Ryan Seal Hinckley AFC 34

Alex Naughton Atherstone Town 32

Connoll Farrell Studley, Coventry Copsewood 20

Wade Malley Racing Club Warwick 19

Matthew Stenson Leicester Road 17

Kyle Turner Atherstone Town, Bolehall Swifts 17

Paul Sullivan Hinckley AFC 16

Matt Brennan Nuneaton Griff 15

Tom Bates Nuneaton Griff 15

Gareth Evans Pershore Town, Studley 15

Jason Cowley Bromsgrove Sporting 15

Luke Lewis Uttoxeter Town 15

Joe Obi Bolehall Swifts 14

Joel Ambalu Heather St Johns 14

Daniel Carter Littleton 14

Sam Agar Hinckley AFC 13

Ben Lund Lichfield City 13

Sean Brain Bromsgrove Sporting, Littleton 13

Jamie Smith Racing Club Warwick 13

Jamie Clarke Pershore Town 12

Darryl Thomas Leicester Road 12

David Akinuli Coventry Copsewood 12

Jordan Francis Bolehall Swifts 11

Jake Holt Leicester Road 11

Joe Hartshorne Heath Hayes 11

Chris Lloyd Bromsgrove Sporting 11

Gary Turner Chelmsley Town 10

Division 2

Daniel Carter Paget Rangers 27

Thomas Craine Knowle 18

Connor Collins Fairfield Villa 18

Jak Albutt Redditch Borough 15

Nick Seabourne Droitwich Spa 14

Mark Bellingham Paget Rangers 13

Dildale Linton Alvis Sporting Club 13

Pedro Douglas Continental Star 12

James Lemon Droitwich Spa 12

Andrew Millan Coton Green 12

Liam Fullerton Redditch Borough 11

Joseph Wright Leamington Hibernian 10

George Ford Sutton United 10

Dan Pidgeon Alvis Sporting Club 10

Martin Crawford Smithswood Firs 10

Benet Parchment Barnt Green Spartak 10

Tyron Smith Smithswood Firs 10

Charlie Cook Alvis Sporting Club 9

Sam Hulme Smithswood Firs 9

Ross Dempster Paget Rangers 8

Division 3

Stuart Hendrie Montpellier 25

Daniel Priest Northfield Town 16

Jay Tilbury FC Stratford 13

Montel Okoro Moors Academy 12

Dale Wigmore Coventrians 12

Tom Smith NKF Burbage 11

Peter Martin Barton United 11

Jess Adcock NKF Burbage 10

Lewis Fathers Shipston Excelsior 9

Alex Coultas NKF Burbage 9

Charlie Adcock NKF Burbage 9

Dan Lawrence Northfield Town 9

Freddy Murphy FC Stratford 8

Nathan Astill NKF Burbage 7

Lewis Chester Coventrians 7

Callum Coyle Moors Academy 7

Jake Harris Shipston Excelsior 7

Lee Hendrie Montpellier 7

Lewis Jones Northfield Town 7

Matthew Layton Alcester Town 7

Preview

FA Vase Round 4

Ely City vs Shepshed Dynamo

Shepshed travel to Eastern Counties League Ely City with both teams looking to progress to Round 5 for the first time in their respective histories. Ely are 16th in the table and have won both of their holiday games including a 5-4 win over Walsham Le Willows last time out. Alex Theobald is the leading scorer with 13 goals this season. Shepshed last win came at Long Eaton United in the previous round of the competition. They have come through three tough away ties to get to this stage and there is confidence that they can do the same again.

Gorleston vs Coleshill Town

Eastern Counties League meets MFL again in Great Yarmouth with two of the leading sides from both leagues going head to head. Gorleston are unbeaten in the league and lie in 3rd place with 5 games in hand on the leaders Mildenhall Town. Gorleston have won their last 9 games in all competitions and will provide a real challenge to the Colemen. Connor Ingram is the leading scorer with 17 goals this season. Coleshill are 3rd in the Premier Division and, after a minor blip following the departure of manager Paul Casey, have come back well winning their last three games scoring 12 goals in the process. Coleshill have plenty of goals in their squad and they will have to be on top of their game to progress. Extra-time and a replay would not be a big surprise.

Hinckley AFC vs Berkhamsted

A huge afternoon for Hinckley who welcome Spartan South Midlands league Berkhamsted to St Johns Park. The visitors are 8th in the Premier Division winning on Monday after a run of four successive defeats. Ashton Campbell is their leading goalscorer with 14 goals but, like Hinckley, they share the goals around the side. Hinckley are one step below their visitors but are flying in 4th place in Division 1 just 5 points behind leaders Bromsgrove Sporting. Seventy league goals in 18 games shows the strength of the side and in Ryan Seal, they have a player that has scored 34 goals this season. On paper, this will be a giant-killing should Hinckley emerge victorious – let’s hope so.

Sporting Khalsa v Tring Athletic

Another match up against a Spartan South Midlands League side at the Aspray Arena. Visitors Tring Athletic are in 7th place in the league with 5 games in hand on the leaders. Two wins over the holiday period has helped but their results before that were mixed with a number of defeats plus a 6-1 away win at Leverstock Green. Sam Joliffe and Chris Vardy are joint top scorers with 11 goals apiece. Khalsa reached this stage following a dramatic 5-5 draw at home to Sleaford Town before winning the replay 3-0. They are in 5th place in the Premier Division and, like Coleshill will remain in the promotion mix. David Meese is having a stellar season in front of goal with 20 to his name but there are goals throughout the team. Expect another tight affair and Khalsa in the hat for round 5.

Sun Sports vs Bromsgrove Sporting

Unbeaten Division 1 leaders Bromsgrove travel to Watford to face yet another challenge to the MFL from the Spartans South Midlands League. Sun Sports are in 13th place and without a league win in 7 games. They have conceded 3 goals in each of their last four home league games which should encourage a side with the attacking prowess of The Rouslers Dominic David with 18 and Chris Blunden with 16 are the main marksmen. Bromsgrove are still unbeaten going into 2017 and lead Division 1 by 3 points. They have scored 24 goals in their last 5 league games with Jason Cowley leading the way on 15. Could the MFL possibly get two Division 1 sides through to Round 5? There is every chance

Premier Division

Game of the day sees leaders Alvechurch welcome Brocton to Lye Meadow with the Badgers having won their last three games to climb off the bottom. With their last victory being against 2nd played Lye Town, Alvechurch will be well aware of the threat as they look to keep the promotion push on full throttle. 2nd placed Lye Town attempt to respond to that defeat at Brocton when they welcome a resurgent Walsall Wood to Stourbridge Road. The Wood have found some form under new manager Harry Harris with four wins on the trot all by the same margin, 2-1. Westfields will want to forget their holiday fixtures as soon as possible with one point out of 6 and 8 goals conceded. St Andrews are the visitors to Allpay Park and goals are likely with St Andrews having scored and conceded 53 goals this term. AFC Wulfrunians have lost their last 4 league games and are deep in a relegation battle. They welcome bottom club Tividale to Castlecroft in a game that is of massive importance to both sides. Boldmere St Michaels are in the drop zone and they welcome 7th placed Heanor Town to the Trevor Brown Memorial Ground. The game at The Town Ground between the two sides ended all square and this one should be equally as tight. Stourport Swifts are one place above the Mikes and they host Loughborough University who come into the game on the back of an excellent win on Tuesday night over Coventry Sphinx. Shawbury United had an excellent victory over Westfields on Monday and they travel to Coventry Sphinx with 5 wins out of the last 7 games. There is an attractive looking fixture at The Coppice as Highgate United welcome 6th placed Coventry United. Coventry have won two out of the last 9 games and when the sides met at Sphinx Drive, Highgate ran out 3-1 winners. Three points from their last 5 games has seen Long Eaton United slip to 17th position and they are worryingly close to the bottom three. They travel to mid-table Quorn who themselves only picked up 1 point in 3 holiday games.

Division 1

Atherstone Town can move to within a point of the leaders if they can take all 3 points at Heath Hayes. It should be a good game at Allard Way when two in-form sides meet. Hosts Coventry Copsewood have taken 15 points out of 18 and have climbed to 11th in the table. Visitors Racing Club Warwick are 5th and in touch with the leaders. Lichfield City are only 9 points off top spot and they welcome Uttoxeter Town to The McDonalds Community Stadium. At the foot of the table, 2nd bottom Studley welcome 7th placed Littleton to The Beehive. At Evans Park, 18th meets 17th as Stafford Town entertain Pelsall Villa. Pershore Town have lost 5 league games on the trot without scoring and they attempt to change their fortunes at home to mid-table Cadbury Athletic. There have been 37 goals in the last 6 league games involving Bolehall Swifts and expect the trend to continue at Rene Road when they entertain improving Chelmsley Town.

Division 2

Alvis Sporting Club can extend their lead back to 6 points with a win away to 2nd bottom Leamington Hibernian. It’s 5th versus 4th at The Robins Nest as Knowle take on Redditch Borough, Redditch winning the reverse fixture 4-0. At the bottom, Continental Star face Earlswood Town at The Hub with a gap of 5 points between themselves and 2nd bottom. Sutton United meet Smithswood Firs and when the two sides met earlier in the season, Sutton ran out 5-4 victors. Feckenham entertain Bloxwich Town at The Entaco where a win for The Millers would see them overtake their visitors.

Division 3

Montpellier travel to Inkberrow and they can close the gap at the top to just 7 points should they return victorious. Northfield Town can stay in contact with Montpellier should they take all 3 points at Boldmere Sports & Social Falcons. 4th placed Shipston Excelsior welcome Barton United to London Road and a win for the home side will keep them in touch. Moors Academy held the leaders last week and they can build on this as they travel to Hall Drive to face Enville Athletic. There is a huge game at the bottom of the table as the bottom two meet at The Vale Stadium. Castle Vale Town are currently two points ahead of AFC Solihull but a win for the visitors would lift them off the bottom for the first time since August. Free-scoring FC Stratford welcome Coventrians to Knights Lane in a game that looks full of goals.

President’s Cup

In the quarter-finals of The Presidents Cup, Droitwich Spa welcome Barnt Green Spartak to King George Playing Fields with the winners having a home semi-final against either Knowle or Alvis Sporting Club. Hampton entertain Coton Green in the opposite side of the draw with the winners at home to Fairfield Villa or Continental Star in the semi-final.

Reserves CHALLENGE TROPHY ROUND 1
Group “B”
CADBURY ATHLETIC v ROMULUS 2.00
RESERVE DIVISION
BROCTON v LICHFIELD CITY
COTON GREEN v TIPTON TOWN
GRESLEY v CONTINENTAL STAR
WALSALL WOOD v ROCESTER
Under 21 CHALLENGE BOWL ROUND 1
Group “A”
ALVECHURCH v COVENTRY UNITED 10.30
Group “B”
BROCTON v TAMWORTH 10.30
Group “C”
BROMSGROVE SPORTING v H O W ACADEMY 10.30
UNDER 21 DIVISION NORTH
AYLESTONE PARK v LEEK TOWN 12.30
SUTTON COLDFIELD TOWN v COLESHILL TOWN 10.30
Open: HEATH HAYES
UNDER 21 DIVISION SOUTH
AFC RUSHDEN & DIAMONDS v KINGS HEATH CONCORDE 10.30
BEDWORTH UNITED v HIGHGATE UNITED 11.00
DROITWICH SPA G & B v KETTERING TOWN 10.30
Other Cups SMEDLEY CROOKE MEMORIAL CHARITY CUP ROUND 2
FAIRFIELD VILLA v PAGET RANGERS 1.30
LEICESTERSHIRE INTERMEDIATE CUP ROUND 4
LUTTERWORTH ATHLETIC RES. NKF BURBAGE 1.00

 

 

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