This Week’s MFL Newsletter 19/01/17

Travels of The Press Officer

Tuesday 17th January 2017

Premier Division (43)

Walsall Wood 3 AFC Wulfrunians 5

On a murky evening, a short trip to Oak Park for a game featuring two sides who had poor results at the weekend. Walsall Wood were well beaten by Tividale while Wulfs were in a shocking run of form that had seen them plummet towards the bottom of the table. Talk before the game was of Wulfs inability to score with very little confidence from their supporters that things would change. As it was, they must have feared the worse when The Wood took the lead after 60 seconds. A long ball found Joey Butlin, who brought the ball down and flicked it into the path of Harry Harris and his first-time volley gave John Bateman no chance. Wulfs were level 4 minutes later. Jake Webb picked up the ball in midfield, surged forward and threaded the ball out to the right-hand touchline to Craig Gregg. Gregg crossed low into the box where Tom Grainger beat the defender to turn it past Lewis Gwilliams. The goal lifted the visitors and Gregg, finding space on the right, saw another cross headed clear. In the 10th minute, Scott Rickards beat the Wulfs offside trap to race clear on the right but his shot was narrowly off target. Wulfs came close to taking the lead after 15 minutes. Webb found space on the right and his cross was volleyed onto the top of the bar by Grainger. Wulfs were looking the more confident while The Wood were reliant on the strength of Butlin up front. On the half hour mark, excellent control by Butlin created an opportunity but he was well marshalled by Matthew Hunt and the chance was gone. Wulfs took a deserved lead in the 34th minute. Jacob Barnes, not for the first time, found space on the right and his cross was touched back into the path of Mark Ganderton who fired home with the help of a slight deflection. A good break by Charlie Shaw on the Walsall Wood right saw the youngster flash the ball across the face of goal. A minute before the break, Wulfs shod have extended their lead. John Hill played the ball inside the defender and into the path of Webb. Webb raced clear but his shot was wide of the target,

Wulfs started as they had finished with Webb and Jake Sedgemore having attempts on goal. Butlin forced a fine low save from Bateman. From the resulting corner delivered by Drew Aiton, Adam Wood headed wide. Wulfs missed another glorious chance in the 58th minute when Webb beat Shaw down the left and his low ball in evaded Gwilliams but Grainger could only turn the ball wide. In the 65th minute, Wulfs though they had scored when Hill powered home a Sedgemore free-kick but the offside flag was up. Within a minute, Walsall Wood were down to 10 men when Harry Harris was shown a second yellow card following a challenge in midfield which was right in front of the referee. Wulfs took full advantage and grabbed their third in the 72nd minute when Grainger converted Webbs right wing cross. Two minutes later, the home side pulled a goal back. Aitons initial effort was saved but Liam Molesworth was on hand to force the ball home. It took Wulfs less than a minute to regain their two-goal lead. A mistake by Gwilliams saw the keeper play the ball straight to Webb and he made no mistake. The goals didnt stop there as Wulfs scored their 5th in the 81st minute. Demetri Brown did well to control the ball under pressure, took the ball to his right and lifted the ball over Gwilliams, who had raced off his line, and into the net. Butlin responded for the Wood rattling the post from close range. Webb should have made it 6 when he outstripped the home defence but shot over the bar. In the 84th minute, Louis Harris was bundled over in the penalty area and stepped up to make it 3-5. Mitch McDonald almost grabbed a sixth for Wulfs but Gwilliams made a fine save,

What a crazy game of football. A thoroughly enjoyable game as a neutral but Wood will point to the sending off of Harry Harris as a turning point. Wulfs were well in command at that point but with only a goal in it, wo knows where the game would have gone.

Review

Premier Division

Leaders Alvechurch had to come from 2 goals down to rescue a point at Heanor Town. The Lions led 2-0 at the break but goals from Daniel Dubidat and a Ryan Edmunds gave Alvechurch the point. Lye Town closed the gap to 5 points with a 3-0 win at home to Shepshed Dynamo with Ben Billingham scoring twice. Coleshill Town are 15 points behind the leaders with 4 games in hand. They were comfortable 4-0 winners at Rocester with Jordan Nadat bagging a hat-trick. At the bottom, Tividale picked up a vital three points with an excellent 3-1 victory at Walsall Wood with Chris Bladen scoring twice. A penalty from Simeon Maye gave Boldmere St Michaels all three points in the vital relegation clash with AFC Wulfrunians. Stourport Swifts took a 2-0 lead at home to Long Eaton United but the visitors came back to earn a point. A double from Shay Brennan helped St Andrews to a 3-1 win at Loughborough University.

Coleshill Town moved up to 3rd place following a 4-2 win over Tividale at Pack Meadow. Jordan Nadat scored twice for the Colemen who had to come from behind to win. Sporting Khalsa are up to fifth thanks to a Shawn Boothe goal at Loughborough University. There was a remarkable game at the ML Safety Stadium as AFC Wulfrunians put their recent poor run behind them to come away with a 5-3 victory over Walsall Wood. The Wood were in front after just 60 seconds but Wulfs took a half time lead. That’s how it stayed until the last 20 minutes with 5 goals and a red card.

League Table 1 Alvechurch 29 19 6 4 68 23 45 63
2 Lye Town 26 17 7 2 55 21 34 58
3 Coleshill Town 26 16 3 7 67 38 29 51
4 Westfields 23 15 5 3 60 34 26 50
5 Sporting Khalsa 23 13 4 6 47 28 19 43
6 Heanor Town 25 11 8 6 45 38 7 41
7 Coventry United 25 12 4 9 37 29 8 40
8 St Andrews 27 13 1 13 58 57 1 40
9 Coventry Sphinx 26 10 6 10 50 52 -2 36
10 Walsall Wood 27 11 2 14 39 49 -10 35
11 Loughborough University 28 8 8 12 49 47 2 32
12 Long Eaton United 24 8 7 9 43 47 -4 31
13 Quorn 25 9 4 12 30 46 -16 31
14 Highgate United 24 9 3 12 41 48 -7 30
15 Rocester 24 8 6 10 42 51 -9 30
16 Shepshed Dynamo 22 8 5 9 35 36 -1 29
17 Shawbury United 27 9 1 17 50 66 -16 28
18 AFC Wulfrunians 26 8 4 14 31 51 -20 28
19 Stourport Swifts 25 6 8 11 38 48 -10 26
20 Boldmere St Michaels 24 6 6 12 32 41 -9 24
21 Tividale 27 6 3 18 36 66 -30 21
22 Brocton 25 5 3 17 28 65 -37 18

Division 1

In the big game at the top of the table, it was leaders Bromsgrove Sporting that came out on top winning 2-1 at Hinckley AFC. 2nd placed Atherstone Town stay within a point following a comprehensive 8-0 win at bottom club Southam United. For the Adders, Alex Naughton scored three and there were doubles for Danny Harris and Louie O’Connor. Leicester Road are just three points behind Bromsgrove who they meet on Saturday. They continued their pursuit with a 4-0 win over Bolehall Swifts, Matty Stenson with a hat-trick. Pershore Town picked up a much needed 3 points with a 4-3 win at Nuneaton Griff with new signing Reece Jacobs scoring twice. Stafford Town and Chelmsley Town fought out a goalless draw at Pack Meadow, a result which moves Stafford a point clear of the drop zone. Heath Hayes beat Coventry Copsewood 3-2 at Allard Way while Cadbury Athletic continued their good run with a 2-1 home win over Lichfield City.

Division 2

Droitwich Spa take over second place following a thrilling 4-3 win over Knowle. Torryn Connolly scored twice for Knowle as did Nick Seabourne for the home side. Coton Green were the day’s big winners beating Feckenham 6-2 at New Mill Lane. Both Andrew Millan and Bobby Grayson scored twice for Coton Green who move up to 11th with lots of games in hand. Leamington Hibernian move out of the bottom two thanks to a 2-1 win over bottom side Continental Star who took the lead in the 2nd minute. A 1st minute goal from Michael Williams gave Sutton United all three points at Earlswood Town.

Division 3

Leaders NKF Burbage extended their lead to 10 points with an excellent 4-1 win at in-form FC Stratford. Castle Vale Town move off the bottom following a 5-2 win over Boldmere Sports & Social Falcons, Daniel Moore scoring twice. Liam Connolly scored a hat-trick for Coventrians as they beat AFC Solihull 5-3 to move up to 9th place in the table. Shipston Excelsior are back up to 3rd place after they beat Enville Athletic 2-1 at Hall Drive. Barton United bounced back to form with a 3-2 win over 5th placed Moors Academy.

Polymac Packaging League Cup

Pelsall Villa are through to the quarter-final of the League Cup following s penalty shoot-out victory over Chelmsley Town after they had finished 2-2 at full-time.

Other Cups

Boldmere St Michaels were knocked out of the Walsall Senior Cup going down 3-1 at Wolverhampton Casuals.

Highgate United progressed in the JW Hunt Cup beating Heath Hayes 5-0 at The Coppice. Dale Edwards scored twice and Lei Brown scored a hat-trick for The Gate. Lichfield City also made progress in the same competition with Dan Griffiths scoring twice in a 3-1 win at Paget Rangers.

Reserves RESERVE DIVISION
CONTINENTAL STAR 1 v 1 WALSALL WOOD
Under 21 CHALLENGE BOWL ROUND 1
Group “A”
KETTERING TOWN 1 v 2 AYLESTONE PARK
Group “C”
H O W ACADEMY 3 v 1 AFC RUSHDEN & DIAMONDS
UNDER 21 DIVISION SOUTH
COVENTRY UNITED 4 v 2 BEDWORTH UNITED

Premier Division

Shay Brennan St Andrews 29

Josh March Alvechurch 27

Nathan Hodge Shawbury United, Westfields 25

Richard Greaves Westfields 25

David Meese Sporting Khalsa 21

Jack Till Lye Town 18

Craig Jones Westfields 18

Kieran Debrouwer Heanor Town 18

Lei Brown Highgate United 17

Andrew Bridge Loughborough University 16

Jordan Nadat Alvechurch, Coleshill Town 16

Ben Billingham Lye Town 16

Marco Adaggio Highgate United 15

Elliot Putman St Andrews 13

Drew Aiton Walsall Wood 13

Dan Polan Westfields 12

Nathan Dale Quorn 12

McCauley Manning Highgate United 12

Callum Riddell Rocester 12

Dean Rathbone Coleshill Town 12

Mykel Beckley Coleshill Town, Coventry United 12

Charles Knowles Shawbury United 11

Sam Hollis St Andrews 11

Kevin Hemagou Long Eaton United 11

Reece Shilvock Stourport Swifts, Alvechurch 11

Elliott Reeves Heanor Town 11

Daniel Dubidat Alvechurch 11

Division 1

Alex Naughton Atherstone Town 37

Ryan Seal Hinckley AFC 35

Connoll Farrell Studley, Coventry Copsewood 21

Matthew Stenson Leicester Road 20

Wade Malley Racing Club Warwick 19

Kyle Turner Atherstone Town, Bolehall Swifts 18

Jason Cowley Bromsgrove Sporting 17

Paul Sullivan Hinckley AFC 16

Luke Lewis Uttoxeter Town 16

Gareth Evans Pershore Town, Studley 16

Matt Brennan Nuneaton Griff 16

Tom Bates Nuneaton Griff 15

Daniel Carter Littleton 15

Jamie Smith Racing Club Warwick 15

Joe Obi Bolehall Swifts 14

Joel Ambalu Heather St Johns 14

Ben Lund Lichfield City 14

Sam Agar Hinckley AFC 13

Sean Brain Bromsgrove Sporting, Littleton 13

David Akinuli Coventry Copsewood 13

Darryl Thomas Leicester Road 12

Jordan Francis Bolehall Swifts 11

Jake Holt Leicester Road 11

Joe Hartshorne Heath Hayes 11

Chris Lloyd Bromsgrove Sporting 11

Daniel Holloway Littleton 11

Gary Turner Chelmsley Town 10

Jamie Clarke Pershore Town 10

Reece Jacobs Pershore Town, Littleton 10

Division 2

Daniel Carter Paget Rangers 27

Thomas Craine Knowle 18

Connor Collins Fairfield Villa 18

Nick Seabourne Droitwich Spa 18

Andrew Millan Coton Green 16

Jak Albutt Redditch Borough 15

Mark Bellingham Paget Rangers 15

Dildale Linton Alvis Sporting Club 13

Pedro Douglas Continental Star 12

James Lemon Droitwich Spa 12

Liam Fullerton Redditch Borough 11

Dan Pidgeon Alvis Sporting Club 11

Joseph Wright Leamington Hibernian 10

George Ford Sutton United 10

Martin Crawford Smithswood Firs 10

Benet Parchment Barnt Green Spartak 10

Tyron Smith Smithswood Firs 10

Charlie Cook Alvis Sporting Club 10

Ross Dempster Paget Rangers 10

Sam Hulme Smithswood Firs 9

Jack Brimmell Feckenham 9

Joshua Sherington Coton Green 9

Ben Ellicott Knowle 8

Luke Molloy Droitwich Spa 8

Division 3

Stuart Hendrie Montpellier 25

Daniel Priest Northfield Town 17

Jay Tilbury FC Stratford 14

Dale Wigmore Coventrians 13

Montel Okoro Moors Academy 12

Jess Adcock NKF Burbage 12

Tom Smith NKF Burbage 11

Peter Martin Barton United 11

Dan Lawrence Northfield Town 11

Alex Coultas NKF Burbage 10

Liam Connolly Coventrians 10

Lewis Fathers Shipston Excelsior 9

Charlie Adcock NKF Burbage 9

Freddy Murphy FC Stratford 9

Daniel Moore Castle Vale Town 9

Jake Harris Shipston Excelsior 8

Lee Hendrie Montpellier 8

Nathan Astill NKF Burbage 8

Lewis Chester Coventrians 7

Callum Coyle Moors Academy 7

Lewis Jones Northfield Town 7

Matthew Layton Alcester Town 7

Thomas Clewes Inkberrow 7

Romario Martin Moors Academy 7

Paddy Behan Northfield Town 7

Adam Wooldridge Enville Athletic 7

Thomas Cuppleditch Coventrians 7

Preview

Premier Division

Leaders Alvechurch travel to AFC Wulfrunians who will no doubt be encouraged by their 5-3 victory at Walsall Wood on Tuesday. 2nd placed Lye Town travel to Sphinx Drive to take on Coventry Sphinx. When the two sides met at Stourbridge Road in November, Lye were 5-0 victors. Coleshill Town are on a run of 6 straight victories and they travel to Shepshed Dynamo who are without a win since the beginning of December. Westfields welcome Loughborough University to Allpay Park needing a win to keep the pressure on the leaders. Sporting Khalsa are on a run of 7 wins in 8 and they welcome mid table Quorn to the Aspray Arena. There is a big game at the bottom of the table as 17th placed Shawbury United welcome 2nd bottom Tividale to Wem. Bottom club Brocton are 8 points adrift of safety and they host 6th placed Heanor Town. Boldmere St Michaels picked up an important 3 points last week and they travel to Walsall Wood who have lost their previous two home games against sides in the relegation battle. 7th placed Coventry United travel to Grange Park to face Long Eaton United who have not won at home since November. St Andrews have been involved in some high scoring games of late and we could witness another when they entertain Highgate United. Rocester and Stourport Swifts are involved in the battle to stay up and they meet at Hillsfield.

Division 1

No doubting the game of the day is at The Victoria Ground where leaders Bromsgrove Sporting welcome 3rd placed Leicester Road. There are only 3 points and 4 goal difference between the sides and a big crowd is expected to see who comes out on top. On any other day, all eyes would be on Sheepy Road as 2nd placed Atherstone Town face 5th placed Hinckley AFC. This is a meeting of the two highest scoring sides in the division as well as two of the sides battling for the one promotion spot. Racing Club Warwick, in 4th place, are only 6 points off the top and they can boost their chances as they welcome Heath Hayes to Townsend Meadow. At the bottom, Southam United travel to Uttoxeter Town after seeing their goals against tally hit the 100 mark last week. With a new manager at the helm, there is hope that fortunes will change for the Saints. With Southam looking almost certain to take one of the relegation spaces, the two sides that have been occupying the second spot for most of the season meet at Evans Park with Stafford Town hosting Studley. The two sides immediately above them meet at the 2020Solar PV King George V Stadium as Pershore Town entertain Pelsall Villa. At the McDonalds Community Stadium, Lichfield City in 6th place host 12th placed Nuneaton Griff. Two sides that have been in decent form of late meet at St Johns Park with Heather St Johns entertaining Littleton. Cadbury Athletic have had a great run to 7th in the table and are unbeaten since November. They travel to Pack Meadow to face Chelmsley Town. There is a good game in prospect at Rene Road as Bolehall Swifts welcome Coventry Copsewood.

Division 2

2nd placed Droitwich Spa can close the gap on leaders Alvis Sporting Club should they pick up all three points away to bottom club Continental Star. Fourth meets 3rd at Hollyfield Road as Sutton United entertain Fairfield Villa. Paget Rangers, with games in hand, can begin to climb the table should they beat Leamington Hibernian at The Trevor Brown Memorial Ground. 2nd bottom Hampton are at home to Bloxwich Town who sit three places above them in the table. Feckenham and Smithswood Firs have conceded 99 goals between them so a goalless draw is not anticipated when the two sides meet at The Entaco. Earlswood Town host Knowle and when the two sides met on Boxing Day it finished all square.

Division 3

Game of the day sees 5th placed Moors Academy welcome 2nd placed Montpellier to The Beehive. League leaders NKF Burbage welcome 13th placed Castle Vale Town to Kirkby Road with a healthy 10-point lead at the top of the table. AFC Solihull will be hoping to climb off the bottom of the table when they entertain Barton United at Tudor Grange. Three wins in their last 5 games has lifted Coventrians over hosts Inkberrow in the league table. Enville Athletic have lost 5 on the trot and they face a tough looking trip to Alcester Town.

Reserves RESERVE DIVISION
CADBURY ATHLETIC v BROCTON 2.00
COTON GREEN v CONTINENTAL STAR
ROMULUS v ROCESTER 2.00
Under 21 CHALLENGE BOWL ROUND 1
Group “B”
TAMWORTH v HEATH HAYES 10.30
UNDER 21 DIVISION NORTH
AYLESTONE PARK v BROCTON 12.30
COLESHILL TOWN v SUTTON COLDFIELD TOWN 10.30
Open: LEEK TOWN
UNDER 21 DIVISION SOUTH
AFC RUSHDEN & DIAMONDS v H O W ACADEMY 10.30
BEDWORTH UNITED v ALVECHURCH 11.00
COVENTRY UNITED v KETTERING TOWN 10.30
HIGHGATE UNITED v DROITWICH SPA G & B 10.30
KINGS HEATH CONCORDE v BROMSGROVE SPORTING 10.30
Other Cups BIRMINGHAM VASE ROUND 4
COTON GREEN v WHITNASH TOWN
NORTHFIELD TOWN v ALVIS SPORTING 2.00
WEDNESFIELD v REDDITCH BOROUGH

 

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