This Week’s MFL Newsletter

Shawbury United are holding a Sportsman’s Dinner with Steve Bull on Friday June 9th at Shawbury Village Hall.

Tickets are £25.00 or you can book a full table of 10.

Steve Bull, comedian and a sit down 2-course curry!

Table sponsorship is available for £50 per table (on top of above prices)

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The following club statement has been issued by Shawbury United

OFFICIAL CLUB STATEMENT

Dear loyal supporters,

Shawbury United Football Club would like to officially announce that this season 2016/17 will be our last at the Butler Sports Centre, Wem.

This is a decision the club has not taken lightly and has been carefully deliberated over by many, for many weeks.

People have already speculated over our future. Whilst we are not in a position to divulge the details of our reasons to leave, what can be said is that this decision is the best one in order to secure the future of the football club.

We are absolutely delighted that we were quickly and smoothly able to negotiate and sign a deal with Ludlow Football Stadium, in conjunction with Shrewsbury Town in the Community. The stadium meets the requirements at our level of football and offers a superb facility for Shawbury United to continue to progress as a football club.

The club’s already strong link with the Development Manager of Shrewsbury Town in the Community, Steve Brotherwood, had enabled this transition to promise much to look forward to in the future.

We have not forgotten our loyal fans from Shawbury, Wem and surrounding areas. The club will be working over the close season on potential transport methods to and from Ludlow on match-days, for those fans who wish to continue supporting the club next season and beyond.

We thank you all for your patience in this matter and will happily discuss with anyone in further detail. Please do not hesitate to contact any of the club officials.

FROM US ALL AT SHAWBURY UNITED FOOTBALL CLUB

Travels of The Press Officer

Saturday 25th March 2017

Division 1 (60)

Heath Hayes 0 Chelmsley Town 2

Surprisingly, both sides find themselves in the middle of a relegation battle and with games running out, this was a proverbial six pointer. The visitors started much the brighter. A free-kick from the right delivered by Liam Norris was headed behind for a corner by Chris Horton. From the corner, Heath Hayes somehow escaped as George Ford’s header was cleared off the line and then two follow up efforts were also cleared off the line. Chelmsley took the lead in the 9th minute. Norris delivered the perfect cross from the right and Ford placed his header into the corner. Heath Hayes should have been level 4 minutes later. A cross from the right picked out Ryan Burns and, with an open goal in front of him, he somehow manged to hit the bar rather than the back of the net. Horton had an opportunity for the home side but his header was straight at Stuart Parsons in the Chelmsley goal. The visitors were dominant and Adam Keeley went close, his shot on the turn inches wide. The impressive Danny Charlton saw a shot clocked by the Heath Hayes defence. In the 34th minute, Karl Douglas should have made it two but failed to keep his shot down. A minute later, Ford forced an excellent save from Mark Wiggins low to his left. Chelmsley weren’t to be denied and doubled their lead in the 36th minute. Steve Sadler cut inside from the left and his right-footed shot bounced in front of Wiggins and over the outstretched arms into the net.

The second half started in the same vein with Chelmsley on the attack. In the 47th minute, a superb shot from Charlton from distance beat Wiggins but rebounded off the post. The woodwork saved Heath Hayes in the 59th minute when Kaine Williams created a shooting chance and his shot hit the left hand upright. Chelmsley were comfortable with Heath Hayes making little impression. Charlton went on a direct run, leaving three defenders in his wake before shooting over the bar. Good approach play from the visitors ended with Williams forcing another good save from Wiggins. Chelmsley substitute Munotida Kuwana was unlucky when his curling effort was just wide of the target. Heath Hayes went close with 5 minutes remaining when Ryan Goodwin’s looping header came back off the bar. The best move of the game came in the 86th minute when Kuwana found Williams who returned the perfect weighted ball into his path and Wiggins made an excellent save to keep the score at 2-0.

A comfortable victory by an impressive Chelmsley Town. They were in command throughout and perhaps should have won by more. These are worrying times for Heath Hayes who never really performed on the day. They have some big games coming up and need a couple of wins to ensure they are playing Division 1 football next season.

Tuesday 28th March 2017

Premier Division (61)

Sporting Khalsa 1 Shawbury United 0

Games involving both ends of the table come thick and fast. Sporting Khalsa still have an outside chance of the title while visitors Shawbury United are in the thick of the relegation scrap. It was the visitors who had the first opportunity with Owen Lloyd heading over the bar. Matthew Elsemore was off target for Shawbury with the pace from the visitors causing problems for the Khalsa back line. Khalsa went close to taking the lead in the 17th minute when a superb volley from Yusifu Ceesay hammered against the post and rebounded clear. Ross Jones was making quite an impression for Shawbury and excellent work down the right where he turned defenders inside and out ended with a cross where no-one could get on the end. Shawbury wasted a fantastic opportunity in the 24th minute, Khalsa keeper Tom Turner was caught off his line but Elsemore’s effort was off target with the goal at his mercy. Shawbury had perfectly good claims for a penalty turned down as Josh Thomas was upended in the box. A cross from Jonny Haynes was headed goalwards by Brad Lawley but Shawbury keeper Nick Ashley made a comfortable save. On the stroke of half-time, Fabrice Kasiama curled a shot over the Shawbury bar as the half ended goalless.

Khalsa had the perfect opportunity to take the lead in the 48th minute when they were awarded a penalty after Luke Shearer was upended by Marc Stallard. Lawley took the spot-kick and Ashley made a fine save down to his left. Mike Perks missed a good chance for the home side heading wide when in a great position following a Simeon Townsend corner. Shawbury again went close when a free-kick flashed across the face of goal when all it needed was the feintest of touches. Khalsa wasted another good chance in the 59th minute when Townsend sent Shearer clear but he could only find the sidenetting. Shearer was off target again a minute later, clearing the bar from a tight angle. Thomas hit a shot from 35 yards which Turner fumbled for a corner. Khalsa took the lead in the 67th minute. A long throw from Haynes was flicked on by David Meese and Shearer was on hand to bundle the ball home. Shawbury were still in the game and when Elsemore raced through it was excellent defending from Shawn Boothe which halted the attack. In the final minute, Aaron Perrin forced a save from Ashley as Khalsa held on to the three points.

Not the most exciting of games and a young Shawbury side will be disappointed not to have taken a point from the game. The win keeps Khalsa in the title race and with leaders Alvechurch visiting the Aspray Arena on Saturday, it is still all to play for.

Review

Premier Division

Leaders Alvechurch maintained their 9-point lead at the top of the table with a 2-0 win at home to Coventry Sphinx. Mark Smith scored on the stroke of half-time for Church and Connor Deards made it safe in the second-half. Coleshill Town appear to be their only challengers and they continue to bang in the goals with a 5-2 win over Walsall Wood at Pack Meadow. Gio Dainty scored twice for The Colemen as the visitors remain in the relegation battle. Sporting Khalsa had to settle for a point at Coventry United as a Rob Prinzel goal 9 minutes from time ties the game at 2-2. Lye Town’s miserable run continued with a 3-1 defeat at relegation threatened Stourport Swifts. One time leaders Westfields have slipped of late and they were beaten 2-1 at home by Rocester, Seb Szondi with the winner just before half-time. At the bottom, Tividale could well be relegated next weekend after they went down 3-0 at Boldmere St Michaels, Joe Smith scoring twice. Brocton face an uphill struggle to stay up, a goal three minutes from time from Romaine Graham giving Long Eaton United a 3-2 win at Grange Park. Loughborough University are 4 points above the drop zone, their point in a goalless draw at Highgate United could be crucial. A goal 5 minutes from time from Nathan Dale eased Quorn’s relegation worries and added to Shawbury United’s, 1-0 the final score. Shepshed Dynamo and Heanor Town served up a 5-goal thriller at The Dovecote with Shepshed edging it 3-2, with two goals for Michael Reeve.

Leaders Alvechurch saw their lead cut to 6 points as they suffered a rare defeat, 2-1 at Lye Meadow at the hands of Long Eaton United. Coleshill Town closed the gap with a 3-1 win over Westfields at Pack Meadow. A Luke Shearer goal gave Sporting Khalsa all three points at home to Shawbury United. Bottom club Tividale earned a point at home to Highgate United, 2-2 the final score which leaves Tividale 17 points from safety with 6 games remaining.

Coventry Sphinx and Lye Town battled out a 1-1 draw with both goals coming in a 2-minute spell in the first half.

Division 1

Leaders Bromsgrove Sporting hold a lead of eight points in what could be a pivotal day of league action. Bromsgrove went behind early at home to Coventry Copsewood but eventually ran out 5-2 victors with hot shot Jason Cowley scoring twice. 2nd placed Leicester Road lost for the second time in the week as they were beaten 3-2 by a revitalised Pershore Town, Jamie Clarke adding two more to his tally. 3rd placed Hinckley AFC also dropped points as they were held to a 1-1 draw by Studley at The Beehive. Atherstone Town picked up a good away win at in-form Uttoxeter Town with Alex Naughton scoring twice. Lichfield City are up to 5th after a thrilling 5-3 win at Racing Club Warwick. Both Jordan Hunt and Luke Chapman scored twice for Lichfield who were reduced to 10 men late on. In the battle to avoid relegation, Chelmsley Town had a big win 2-0 at Heath Hayes who are now deep in trouble. Pelsall Villa’s position is perilous after they were beaten 2-1 at Littleton leaving them 3 points adrift. Michael Bloore scored twice as Bolehall Swifts beat Heather St Johns 5-2 at Rene Road. Cadbury Athletic drop a place back to 6th after they were held 1-1 at home by Nuneaton Griff.

Bromsgrove Sporting are 10 points clear at the top of the table and need 15 points from their remaining 5 games to clinch promotion. They beat Heather St Johns 5-0 at The Victoria Ground with Jason Cowley and Luke Shorthouse both scoring twice. Hinckley AFC are 2nd after a comprehensive 10-0 win at bottom club Southam United becoming the first side to 100 league goals this season. Ryan Seal scored a hat-trick while there were doubles for Paul Sullivan and Sean Williams. Heath Hayes are 6 points ahead of the relegation zone following a 1-1 draw at home to Littleton.

Division 2

Droitwich Spa moved 12 points clear following a hard-earned 2-0 win at Sutton United. With Alvis Sporting Club not playing, Redditch Borough were the day’s big movers taking over 3rd spot after they beat bottom club Continental Star 9-0 at The Valley. Liam Fullerton, Jamie Hatfield and Steve Joynes all scored twice for in-form Redditch. Fairfield Villa slipped to 4th as they were beaten by a solitary Eminoglu Umit goal for Feckenham. Coton Green are flying at the moment and a 4-0 win at Leamington Hibernian keeps them within sight of a top 6 finish.

Redditch Borough climbed into 2nd place with a 2-1 win over Coton Green at 5 Acres.

Division 3

NKF Burbage moved to within 6 points of the title with a 2-0 win at home to 6th placed Alcester Town. Montpellier kept up the pressure with a 3-0 win at home to Coventrians. Ryan Amoo scored twice and Stuart Hendrie took his tally for the season to 38. Northfield Town in 3rd are still in with a chance of a top two finish after a 1-0 win at Shipston Excelsior, Spencer Blackham with the all-important goal. 4th placed Moors Academy can also finish in the top two. They beat bottom club Castle Vale Town 4-1 with Montel Okoro scoring twice. AFC Solihull moved out of the bottom two with a 2-1 win at home to Barton United, with former Birmingham City star Dele Adebola on the scoresheet. Enville Athletic closed to within 3 points of the sides ahead of them with a 3-2 win at Hall Drive over Inkberrow, Adam Wooldridge scoring twice 1

Other Cups

Shepshed Dynamo reached the final of the Loughborough Charity Cup with a 2-0 win over Shepshed Ingles.

Reserves RESERVE DIVISION
GRESLEY 3 v 2 COTON GREEN
ROMULUS 4 v 2 CADBURY ATHLETIC
WALSALL WOOD 2 v 0 CONTINENTAL STAR
LICHFIELD CITY 2 V 2 CONTINENTAL STAR
GRESLEY 3 V 2 ROMULUS
Under 21 CHALLENGE BOWL ROUND 2
COLESHILL TOWN 1 v 4 HEATH HAYES
H O W ACADEMY 1 v 2 ALVECHURCH
TAMWORTH 8 v 2 BEDWORTH UNITED
UNDER 21 DIVISION NORTH
BROCTON 3 v 1 LEEK TOWN
UNDER 21 DIVISION SOUTH
BROMSGROVE SPORTING 2 v 1 DROITWICH SPA G & B
COVENTRY UNITED 1 v 1 KINGS HEATH CONCORDE
KETTERING TOWN 5 v 0 HIGHGATE UNITED
BROMSGROVE SPORTING 1 V 2 ALVECHURCH
HIGHGATE UNITED 1 V 1 KINGS HEATH CONCORDE

Premier Division Leading goal scorers

Shay Brennan St Andrews 37

David Meese Sporting Khalsa 30

Josh March Alvechurch 29

Richard Greaves Westfields 28

Nathan Hodge Shawbury United 25

Craig Jones Westfields 25

Lei Brown Highgate United 21

Jack Till Lye Town 21

Ben Billingham Lye Town 21

Jordan Nadat Alvechurch, Coleshill Town 20 (now Hednesford Town)

Dean Rathbone Coleshill Town 20

Kieran Debrouwer Heanor Town 19

Marco Adaggio Highgate United 18

Andrew Bridge Loughborough University 17

Callum Riddell Rocester 17

Nathan Dale Quorn 17

Mykel Beckley Coleshill Town, Coventry United 17

Drew Aiton Walsall Wood 15

Ryan Harkin Coventry Sphinx 15

Daniel Dubidat Alvechurch 14

Elliot Putman St Andrews 14

Elliott Reeves Heanor Town 14

Luke Shearer Sporting Khalsa 14

McCauley Manning Highgate United 14

Martin Smyth Rocester 13

Sam Hollis St Andrews 13

Reece Leek Coleshill Town 13

Eight players on 12 goals

Dan Polan (Westfields), Craig Bannister (Sporting Khalsa), Kai Williams (Coventry United), Liam Read (Shepshed Dynamo), Stuart Capaldi (Boldmere St Michaels), Joey Butlin (Walsall Wood), Daniel Smith (Tividale)

Division 1 leading goal scorers

Ryan Seal Hinckley AFC 48

Alex Naughton Atherstone Town 43

Jason Cowley Bromsgrove Sporting 32

Matthew Stenson Leicester Road 28

Wade Malley Racing Club Warwick 26

Sam Agar Hinckley AFC 26

Connoll Farrell Studley, Coventry Copsewood 23

Gareth Evans Pershore Town, Studley 23

Matt Brennan Nuneaton Griff 23

Paul Sullivan Hinckley AFC 20

Kyle Turner Atherstone Town, Bolehall Swifts 18

Tom Bates Nuneaton Griff 18

Jamie Clarke Pershore Town 18

Daniel Carter Littleton 17

Luke Lewis Uttoxeter Town 17

Jamie Smith Racing Club Warwick 17

Joel Ambalu Heather St Johns 16 (now Coleshill Town)

David Akinuli Coventry Copsewood 16

Ben Lund Lichfield City 15

Joe Obi Bolehall Swifts 15

Chris Lloyd Bromsgrove Sporting 15

Sean Brain Bromsgrove Sporting, Littleton 15

Odane Barnes Cadbury Athletic 14

Jake Holt Leicester Road 13

Darryl Thomas Leicester Road 12

Dan Griffiths Lichfield City 12

Division 2 leading goal scorers

Daniel Carter Paget Rangers 36

Nick Seabourne Droitwich Spa 26

Connor Collins Fairfield Villa 25

Mark Bellingham Paget Rangers 23

Liam Fullerton Redditch Borough 20

Thomas Craine Knowle 18 (now Bromsgrove)

Andrew Millan Coton Green 18

Pedro Douglas Continental Star 17

Dildale Linton Alvis Sporting Club 17

Dan Pidgeon Alvis Sporting Club 17

Jak Albutt Redditch Borough 15

Ross Dempster Paget Rangers 15

George Ford Sutton United 15 (now Chelmsley Town)

James Lemon Droitwich Spa 15

Tyron Smith Smithswood Firs 13

Joshua Sherington Coton Green 13

Sam Hulme Smithswood Firs 12

Billy Garvey Redditch Borough 12

Jack Brimmell Feckenham 10

Charlie Cook Alvis Sporting Club 10

Martin Crawford Smithswood Firs 10

Benet Parchment Barnt Green Spartak 10

Joseph Wright Leamington Hibernian 10

Gareth Hodgetts Redditch Borough 10

Josh Duggan Sutton United 9

Ellis Blakemore Fairfield Villa 9

Seven players on 8 goals:

Ben Ellicott (Knowle), Nathan Corry (Knowle), Luke Molloy (Droitwich Spa), Stuart Hall (Fairfield Villa), Michael Quirke (Alvis Sporting Club), Daniel Murphy (Feckenham) and Ben Cox (Feckenham)

Division 3

Stuart Hendrie Montpellier 38

Dale Wigmore Coventrians 19

Daniel Priest Northfield Town 18

Jess Adcock NKF Burbage 18

Jay Tilbury FC Stratford 17

Tom Smith NKF Burbage 17

Montel Okoro Moors Academy 14

Dan Lawrence Northfield Town 13

Adam Wooldridge Enville Athletic 13

Peter Martin Barton United 12

Liam Connolly Coventrians 11

Alex Coultas NKF Burbage 11

Jake Harris Shipston Excelsior 10

Romario Martin Moors Academy 10

Nathan Astill NKF Burbage 10

Charlie Adcock NKF Burbage 9

Lewis Chester Coventrians 9

Thomas Cuppleditch Coventrians 9

Lewis Fathers Shipston Excelsior / FC Stratford 9

Lee Hendrie Montpellier 9

Daniel Moore Castle Vale Town 9

Freddy Murphy FC Stratford 9

Ashley Wilkes FC Stratford 9

Ben Hill FC Stratford 8

Lewis Jones Northfield Town 8

Matthew Layton Alcester Town 8

Paddy Behan Northfield Town 8

Preview

Premier Division

Following the results in midweek, the game between 3rd placed Sporting Khalsa and leaders Alvechurch takes on even greater significance. A win for Alvechurch would end any hopes that Khalsa have on taking the title however a win for Ian Rowe’s men would open the door not only to Khalsa but to Coleshill Town too. Coleshill Town travel to AFC Wulfrunians with Wulfs four points adrift in the final relegation spot. Form points to a Coleshill win but with both sides desperate for a win, it could be tight. At the bottom, Tividale will be relegated unless they beat Heanor Town at The Beeches and they also need other results to go their way. 2nd bottom Brocton are in danger of being cut adrift and nothing other than a win at Loughborough University, who are 9 points ahead of them, will do. Stourport Swifts are one place above the drop zone and they travel to Quorn, themselves in the thick of the battle to avoid the drop. Shawbury United are 5 points ahead of safety and they face tough opposition when 7th placed Coventry United visit Wem. Two wins in the last week for Long Eaton United have eased their relegation worries and they travel to Coventry Sphinx who are two places ahead of them in the table. Walsall Wood are just 5 points ahead of safety and they welcome another struggling outfit, Highgate United to the ML Safety Stadium. Boldmere St Michaels are the division’s in-form team and they welcome Lye Town to The Trevor Brown Memorial Ground with the visitors on a long run of poor results. Rocester are not safe yet and they make the trip to Leicestershire to face St Andrews in a game that promises a lot of goals. Shepshed Dynamo have picked up lately and look safe from the drop. They entertain Westfields who have slipped to fifth in the table.

Division 1

Leaders Bromsgrove Sporting need 15 points to clinch the Division 1 title and are clear favourites to pick up 3 of them when they welcome 2nd bottom Pelsall Villa to the Victoria Ground. 2nd placed Hinckley AFC entertain mid-table Coventry Copsewood hoping to maintain their 2nd position. 3rd placed Leicester Road have lost their last two and they have a tough trip to Evans Park to face a resurgent Stafford Town. Heath Hayes have been dragged into the relegation battle and they will be hoping to take full advantage of Southam United’s problems when they welcome them to the Coppice Colliery Ground. Chelmsley Town were impressive winners last week at Hath Hayes and a victory over Heather St Johns at Pack Meadow would aid their battle at the foot of the table. There is an interesting looking local derby at Sheepy Road as 4th placed Atherstone Town welcome mid-table Bolehall Swifts. Lichfield City are 5th and they welcome lowly Studley to The McDonalds Community Stadium, with the visitors fighting hard to stay up. Uttoxeter Town have had a solid season back in the MFL and they welcome Racing Club Warwick to Oldfields. Pershore Town have hit form at the right time and a win away at local rivals Littleton would go a long way to ensuring survival this season. Nuneaton Griff and Cadbury Athletic meet at The Pingles Stadium a week after they drew 1-1 at the TSA.

Division 2

A shortened programme this weekend in Division 2 with the attention turning towards the bottom of the table. Continental Star need to win their remaining 3 games and for other results to go their way if they are to finish outside of the bottom two. 7th placed Knowle are the visitors to The Hub and they have their sights set on a top 6 finish. Hampton are 2nd bottom and they entertain 6th placed Sutton United who are without a win in four. Feckenham had an excellent win last week at promotion chasing Fairfield Villa and will be looking to back that up as they travel to Earlswood Town.

Division 3

Northfield Town can close to within 2 points of second placed Montpellier if they can pick up all 3 points at bottom club Castle Vale Town. AFC Solihull complete their league fixtures with an away trip to FC Stratford, pretty much assured of finishing in 12th place. Moors Academy can maintain their outside chance of promotion with a win at Inkberrow.

Presidents Cup Semi-Finals

Barnt Green Spartak started the season in tremendous form but a poor run around Christmas saw them slide down the table. They welcome promotion favourites Alvis Sporting Club to the Coppice two weeks after Alvis won the corresponding league fixture 4-1. In the other semi-final, in-form Coton Green welcome Fairfield Villa to New Mill Lane. The home side have had some excellent results of late recording wins over higher league Tipton Town and Chelmsley Town plus a league victory at Alvis Sporting Club. Fairfield have been in the promotion race in Division 2 all season although 3 defeats in their last 6 games has left them as the promotion outsiders.

Reserves RESERVE DIVISION
BROCTON v GRESLEY
CADBURY ATHLETIC v ROMULUS
ROCESTER v CONTINENTAL STAR
TIPTON TOWN v LICHFIELD CITY
Under 21 CHALLENGE BOWL ROUND 2
AYLESTONE PARK v SUTTON COLDFIELD TOWN 12.30
UNDER 21 DIVISION NORTH
BROCTON v HEATH HAYES 10.30
LEEK TOWN v COLESHILL TOWN 10.30
Open: TAMWORTH
UNDER 21 DIVISION SOUTH
ALVECHURCH v AFC RUSHDEN & DIAMONDS 10.30
BEDWORTH UNITED v BROMSGROVE SPORTING 11.00
DROITWICH SPA G & B v COVENTRY UNITED 10.30
HIGHGATE UNITED v KETTERING TOWN 10.30
KINGS HEATH CONCORDE v H O W ACADEMY 10.30

 

Other Cups WORCESTERSHIRE JUNIOR CUP FINAL
MONTPELLIER v WORCESTER RAIDERS
at Pershore Town FC 2.00
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