This Week’s Midland Football League Newsletter 13/09/2017

Midland Football League Newsletter

13th September 2017

League News

The Buildbase FA Vase

Second Round Qualifying, Saturday September 23rd

Highgate United vs Whitchurch Alport

Bilston Town vs Haughmond

Wellington Amateurs or Dudley Town vs Atherstone Town

Wellington vs Littleton

Chelmsley Town vs AFC Wulfrunians

Dudley Sports vs Brocton

Shifnal Town vs Droitwich Spa

Cradley Town vs Walsall Wood

Heather St Johns vs Rocester

Westfields vs Daventry Town

Stourport Swifts vs Paget Rangers

Smethwick vs Rugby Town

Stafford Town vs Ashby Ivanhoe

Studley vs Hanley Town

Boldmere St Michaels vs Worcester City

Racing Club Warwick vs Coventry Copsewood

Heath Hayes vs Wolverhampton SC

Uttoxeter Town vs Bardon Hill

Coventry United vs Stone Old Alleynians

Grimsby Borough or Shirebrook Town vs Long Eaton United

Holbrook Sports vs Quorn

Loughborough University vs Staveley MW

Boston Town vs South Normanton Athletic

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Travels of the Press Officer

Friday September 8th

FA Vase 1st Qualifying Round

Paget Rangers 3 Wolverhampton Casuals 0

A rare Friday night game and welcomed by a decent crowd at The Trevor Brown Memorial Ground. WMRL Wolverhampton Casuals have been scoring loads of goals of late and they should have taken the lead in the 2nd minute but Liam Hughes was off target. The game was played at a high pace and both side were intent on attacking. A run by Danny Carter set up a chance for Lemaar Rhule but his shot was saved by Vitor Pinheiro. Casuals appealed for a penalty when Ray Facey went down far too easily in the penalty area. Paget went close to taking the lead in the 8th minute when Mark Williams’ header hit the crossbar. A cross from the dangerous Luke noble for Casuals was palmed over by Josh Benton. In the 18th minute, Paget were awarded a penalty when Ryan Conlon was fouled from behind by Jordan Uppal. To the surprise of many in the ground, Uppal was shown a red card when everyone expected a yellow. Carter took the penalty and gave Pinheiro no chance. Williams saw a shot hit a Casuals hand in the area with Rhule off target with the loose ball. In the 28th minute, Fabian Facey was unlucky with a 25-yard effort which skimmed the Paget bar. A shot from Josh McPherson was well saved by Pinheiro and Luke Bradley headed over the bar as the home side pressed. Casuals were unlucky not to be awarded a penalty in the 38th minute. Noble’s cross was saved by Benton and Jay Holdcroft appeared to be fouled as he moved to knock in the rebound with the referee awarding a free-kick the other way. The ten-men continued to dominate the possession and Holdcroft overhit a cross with Hughes lurking.

Paget began the second half on the attack with Bradley finding acres of space down the left. In the 49th minute, Bradley controlled the ball well but his finish was poor. Two minutes later the home side doubled their lead. A cross from Bradley found Carter who played the ball inside to Rhule who finished low past Pinheiro. In the 53rd minute, a driving run from Williams ended with a poor side footed effort where a full connection may well have served him better. Bradley wasted another chance for Paget, clearing the bar after being teed up by Carter. It was now all Paget as the 10 men began to tire. A driving run from Conlon ended with a shot off target. Conlon and Bradley combined for the latter to fire a ball across the face of goal. Paget made it three in the 62nd minute. Conlon beat the offside trap, took the ball forward, rounded Pinheiro and slid the ball home. Bradley ran down the left and crossed for Conlon who cleared the bar. Bradley again turned provider for Carter but the final pass left the striker in trouble. Williams created an opening for Myles Phipps but the substitute missed his kick. With ten minutes left, Ross Dempster forced a good save from Pinheiro while Dean Morris was off target with a header when unmarked. In stoppage time, Pinheiro again foiled Dempster but it was Paget that ultimately ran out comfortable winners.

Saturday September 9th

FA Vase 1st Qualifying Round

Bilston Town 3 Bolehall Swifts 2

A game that promised plenty of goals with both sides sitting in the middle of their respective tables. The Steelmen made the perfect start taking the lead in the 2nd minute. Nathan Jackson was given space on the edge of the area and when the ball broke to him, he finished superbly. Bolehall were slow out of the blocks and both Jason Hewitt and Jackson saw crosses cut out by the Swifts defence. Kieran Cherrie made inroads for Bolehall but the Bilston defence held firm. In the 20th minute. Bolehall were convinced they should have had a penalty when Cherrie was tackled in the area but the free-kick was awarded to Bilston. Momodou Jarra had the ball in the net for the home side but the offside flag had already gone up for Jackson. Bilston went close to a second on the half-hour mark, Seegu Sebbeh curling a shot wide after being set-up by Jarra. Bolehall were level in the 39th minute. A mistake at the back by Bilston allowed Cherrie to nip in, round keeper Harry Radford and slid the ball into the far corner. Within 30 seconds, the home side could have regained the lead, Helal Albaarani curling a shot wide. In first half stoppage time, Cherrie again rounded Radford but on this occasion the keeper did enough to knock the ball away from the striker.

Bilston retook the lead two minutes after the break. Jackson, with tight close control, dinked a cross into the box and the unmarked Albaarani planted his header into the net. Bolehall responded but Leadun Dunlevy just failed to reach a cross from the left. Bilston continued to look the more threatening and Jason Hewitt was just off target with a decent effort. Todd Perry, up from the back, saw a header cleared by the Bolehall defence. In the 66th minute, Cherrie had a good chance for Bolehall but Radford saved well with his legs. Jackson created another opening for Bilston with Kyle Bache defending well to clear his lines. In the 85th Minute, Radford dropped a cross but Joe Obi could not react quick enough to take advantage. Bolehall were to rue the missed opportunity as Bilston raced down the other end and scored a third. Taimorr Hussain won a 50/50 ball with Jamie Andrews, played a weighted pass into the path of Albaarani who found the net with a clinical finish. Bolehall were not done yet, a shot rebounded off Radford and Cherrie was on hand to hook the ball home in the 3rd minute of time added on. With time running out, Dan Elwell hit the post for Bilston but it was the Black Country side through to a 2nd qualifying round tie at home to Haughmond.

Sunday September 10th

FA Vase 1st Qualifying Round

Coventry United 3 Tipton Town 1

The advantage, or disadvantage depending on your point of view, of ground sharing is the occasional switch of fixtures to non-regular match days. After Friday’s trip to Paget Rangers, a Sunday trip to Coventry United’s impressive new home of Butts Park Arena beckoned. Home of Coventry Rugby Club, the ground has a 3,000 seat main stand which should accommodate most MFL games! Visiting Tipton Town are a former MFL side but their fortunes have waned in recent years and they are now in Division 1 of the West Midlands Regional League. The home side started as red-hot favourites and were almost ahead inside 15 seconds when Craig Reid headed goalwards with Josh Morgan making a comfortable save. Aaron Opoku forced another save from Morgan as United started on top. Terrance Davies in the Tipton midfield was making some inroads but the final ball was lacking. Opoku forced another save from Morgan before a corner from Davies was missed by everyone as it flew across the face of the United goal. Tipton began to gain confidence and a cross from the left was missed by Rob Prinzel and the ball flashed just past his own post. A precise through ball to Davies was thwarted by a superb last-ditch challenge from Ben Vallance. Tipton continued to press and Ebenezer Marango had an opportunity but his shot was poor. A cross from Davies evaded the United defence and skipper Paul Henley just failed to convert. Josh O’Grady and Reid had shots blocked by the Tipton defence while Tarrike Thomas wasted a great chance for Tipton, off target when in space. The visitors took the lead in the 38th minute with a howler of epic proportions from United keeper James Behan. His clearance amounted to a miss hit pass directly to Marango who had the simplest of chances of running the ball into the net as the keeper stood on aghast. As the first half came to an end, Reid hit a free-kick through the wall but Morgan was on hand to save.

The appearance of United manager Terry Anderson on the side-line seemed to galvanise the home side, and with the wind at their backs, they looked a different side. They were back on terms in the 51st minute, Chris Cox cross from the left missed by everyone as it floated into the far corner. A couple of minutes later, Prinzel forced a save from Morgan. Reid should have given United the lead in the 55th minute when, with the goal at his mercy, he managed to miss the target. Tipton were still in the game and a header from Henley was directly at Behan. A cross from Opoku was perfectly in the path of Reid and his goal bound effort was well saved by Morgan. The home side took the lead in the 59th minute. Opoku laid the ball into the path of O’Grady who fired into the roof of the net. It was now all Coventry and a piece of good control from Jeff Woodward saw him bring the ball down and then chip Morgan but it dropped agonisingly wide. Lewis Rankin, on as a substitute, almost scored with his first touch, his shot on the turn skimming the bar. Tipton went close to an equaliser when Lewis Horsley’s shot hit his own men, the follow up was saved and Henley hit the side-netting with the rebound. In the 74th minute, a shot from Henley tricked goalwards where Behan made a slow motion save. United sealed the victory in the 53rd minute when O’Grady weaved his way past 3 defenders and finished with aplomb. A free-kick from Rankin rebounded off Morgan and Ryan Quinn’s follow up was saved by the legs of the keeper. In the final minute, a cross from Rankin was flicked on by Aaron Wint and Morgan made an excellent save. A good win for United who were made to fight all the way by their Step 7 opponents.

Tuesday September 12th

Premier Division

AFC Wulfrunians 1 Coventry United 0

With Storm Aileen predicted to hit the Midlands, a decision was made to go as local as possible so a second trip in a week to the CKW Stadium is the choice. Coventry United could go top with a victory while Wulfs were looking to consolidated their position in the middle of the table. Both sides had progressed in the FA Vase at the weekend so came into the game with confidence. The predicted weather had arrived with driving rain and gale force winds the order of the day. First clear-cut chance of the evening fell to Wulfs. A left-wing cross from Craig Gregg picked out Kyle Brady unmarked in the area but he put his header wide of the goal. A minute later, an excellent run down the right by Ryan Quinn saw his cross volleyed over by Aaron Opoku. Tommy Glasscoe curled a shot over for Coventry in the 19th minute. Opoku did well to rob Tom Ray of the ball but as he went for goal, Ray battled back and cleared for a corner. Coventry skipper Craig Reid tried his luck from distance however the shot cleared the crossbar. United were beginning to take charge and an excellent move finished with a cross being cut out by the well organised Wulfs defence. Five minutes before the break, Kyle Barnett had a free-header in the 6-yard box but could only loop the ball into John Bateman’s hands. Bateman made a fine save seconds later, Reid’s shot on turn being saved at full length.

The weather worsened after the break with both teams battling against the conditions. With the wind at their backs, Wulfs took the game to their high-flying visitors. Two minutes after the break, Brady took advantage of a slip by Rob Prinzel however Lewis Hudson Made a fine block. Brodie Williams forced an excellent save from United keeper James Behan in the 49th minute. Wulfs should have opened the scoring in the 63rd minute when a corner from the right found Ray in the 6-yard box but the centre-back cleared the bar with his effort. Hudson created a good chance to Opoku, the big striker shooting well wide. In the 7th minute the home side took the lead when Jordan Harrison found space on the right and hit a low shot across Behan and into the far corner. Harrison should have made it two 6 minutes later when he was played through but shot early allowing Behan to save. United sub Scott Hammond wasted a chance, his shot comfortable for Bateman. With three minutes left, Brady forced an excellent save from Behan, the fingertips turning the ball around the post. Four minutes into stoppage time, Prinzel stole in at the far post and his shot was tipped over the bar by Bateman.

Awful conditions but credit to both sides for such a competitive game.

Review

FA Vase 1st Qualifying Round

On Friday evening, the place to be was The Pingles Stadium as there were 15 goals in the game between Nuneaton Griff and Rocester. It was 4-4 at full-time with Rocester eventually winning 8-5. Matt Brennan and Lee Hewitt scored twice for Griff while Oli Roome and Martin Smyth bagged three and Rob Ritchie-Smith a brace for the Romans. Paget Rangers beat WMRL Wolverhampton Casuals 3-0 at the Trevor Brown Memorial Ground. Paget took the lead in the 20th minute through a Danny Carter penalty and with Cassies reduced to 10 men, the Bears made the extra man count in the 2nd half.

A Peter Till goal 18 minutes from time saw Walsall Wood through with a 1-0 win at Barnt Green Spartak. Josh Ruff and Reuben Wiggins-Thomas both scored twice as Rugby Town won 4-1 at Bewdley Town. A double from Kieran Cherrie was not enough for Bolehall Swifts as they bowed out 3-2 at Bilston Town for whom Helal Albaarini scored twice. South Normanton Athletic continued their recent good form with a 6-1 win at Birstall United with Luke Crosby and Kevin Hemagou scoring twice. Boldmere St Michaels put their poor start behind them with a 6-1 win over Coventry Alvis, Ryan Nesbitt with a double. Littleton are through to the next round following a narrow 3-2 win at Cadbury Athletic. Chelmsley Town had four different scorers as they beat WMRL AFC Bridgnorth 4-1 at Pack Meadow. Josh Sherrington scored twice for Coton Green but visitors Heath Hayes had both Jake Humphries and Regan Smith doing the same in a 5-2 win for the Division 1 side. Highgate United proved too strong for Ellesmere Rangers in Shropshire with The Gate running out 7-0 winners. Lei Brown helped himself to a hat-trick with Marco Adaggio scoring twice late on. Lichfield City bowed out losing 5-1 at Hanley Town for whom Dan Cope scored twice. Heanor Town will be disappointed to be knocked out of the competition losing 2-0 at home to ten-man Holbrook Sports. There was a 9-goal thriller at St Johns Park where the home side Heather St Johns beat Coventry Sphinx 5-4 thanks to a 96th minute winner from Shane Benjamin. A hat-trick from Adam Knight helped Racing Club Warwick to a fine 4-1 win at Leicester Road. A goal in each half saw Long Eaton United ease past Rainworth Miners Welfare, 2-0 the final score at Grange Park. Loughborough University made short work of Winterton Rangers, Joe Boachie scoring three times in a 5-0 win. Doubles for Jordan Harrison and Kyle Brady ensured that AFC Wulfrunians would be in the next round with a 4-2 win at Lutterworth Athletic. Droitwich Spa pulled off a superb win after extra-time at Pegasus Juniors with the Division 2 side winning 3-1. Goals from Amarvir Sandhu and Dom Brennan gave Quorn a 2-1 win at Home to Oadby Town. Shawbury United were beaten 4-2 by local rivals Wellington at Ludlow Stadium. Division 1 leaders Studley maintained their early season form with a 3-0 win over Long Buckby at The Beehive, Andy Nicol scoring twice. Two late goals from Paul McMahon and Joe Hartshorne gave Brocton a 2-0 win at Tividale. Lee Bagley scored a hat-trick as Uttoxeter Town beat Gornal Athletic 4-1 at Oldfields. Westfields were held for 40 minutes by Stapenhill at Allpay Park but they eventually eased home with a 4-2 win. Pershore Town were involved in an 8-goal thriller at Whitchurch Alport with the game level at 4-4 after extra-time. The home side won the tie 4-3 on penalties.

Coventry United had to come from behind to beat Tipton Town at The Butts Park Arena, Josh O’Grady scored twice as United won 3-1.

Premier Division

Coleshill Town made it 6 wins out of 6 with a 3-1 win at FA Cup heroes Haughmond. Shepshed Dynamo bounced back from their midweek defeat with an emphatic 6-0 win at Stourport Swifts. Recent signing Shay Brennan added two more to his impressive tally. Worcester City put an end to Lye Town’s unbeaten start to the season, Dave Reynolds with the only goal of the game. Bromsgrove Sporting and Sporting Khalsa shared the spoils in a 1-1 draw at The Victoria ground.

Coleshill Town lost their 100% record in a remarkable game at Worcester City. The home side took the lead inside the first minute and it stayed that way until there were 20 minutes left. Coleshill took the lead only for Josh Sarmento to score twice in a couple of minutes for Worcester as they went 3-2 up. The Colemen are top for a reason and Sam Ford equalised in the 3rd minute of time added on. Coventry United stay second despite being beaten 1-0 at AFC Wulfrunians, Jordan Harrison with the goal in the 74th minute. Rugby Town move into the top half of the table as Reuben Wiggins-Thomas scored a hat-trick in a 4-0 win at Rocester. Boldmere St Michaels have their first win of the season, 3-2 at home to Long Eaton United. Shaun Rickford scored twice for the visitors to give them the lead but the Mikes won it with an 87th minute penalty from Ryan Nesbitt.

Loughborough University have their first win of the season, a goal from Joel Bonner enough to win at South Normanton Athletic. Coventry Sphinx and Heanor Town shared 6 goals at Sphinx Drive. Heanor went into the break 3-1 to the good but Sphinx maintained their excellent start to the season coming back to draw with Louis Guest scoring twice. Stourport Swifts came from behind to beat Shawbury United 2-1 at The Ludlow Stadium.

League Table 1 Coleshill Town 7 6 1 0 19 8 11 19
2 Coventry United 7 5 1 1 22 8 14 16
3 Heanor Town 8 5 1 2 17 14 3 16
4 Shepshed Dynamo 7 5 0 2 22 8 14 15
5 Coventry Sphinx 8 4 3 1 12 7 5 15
6 Worcester City 7 4 2 1 16 9 7 14
7 Lye Town 7 4 2 1 11 6 5 14
8 Bromsgrove Sporting 6 4 1 1 14 7 7 13
9 AFC Wulfrunians 7 4 0 3 9 13 -4 12
10 Rugby Town 8 3 2 3 12 9 3 11
11 Stourport Swifts 9 3 1 5 14 21 -7 10
12 Sporting Khalsa 7 2 3 2 13 11 2 9
13 Highgate United 6 2 2 2 7 7 0 8
14 Haughmond 6 2 1 3 8 12 -4 7
15 Rocester 8 2 1 5 13 22 -9 7
16 South Normanton Athletic 8 2 1 5 7 17 -10 7
17 Westfields 4 2 0 2 9 8 1 6
18 Boldmere St Michaels 5 1 1 3 8 15 -7 4
19 Quorn 7 1 1 5 9 18 -9 4
20 Loughborough University 8 1 1 6 6 17 -11 4
21 Shawbury United 7 1 0 6 9 14 -5 3
22 Long Eaton United 7 0 3 4 10 16 -6 3

Division 1

Hinckley AFC moved into 3rd place in Division 1 with a 5-0 win at Coventry Copsewood, who drop to 6th, Steve Hart scoring twice. Atherstone Town are level on points with Hinckley following a 4-2 win at Stafford Town, Ryan Pace scoring twice for the home side.

League Table 1 Studley 8 6 1 1 16 9 7 19
2 Walsall Wood 6 6 0 0 24 4 20 18
3 Hinckley AFC 7 5 0 2 22 9 13 15
4 Atherstone Town 7 5 0 2 21 13 8 15
5 Chelmsley Town 8 5 0 3 13 17 -4 15
6 Coventry Copsewood 9 4 0 5 13 15 -2 12
7 Heath Hayes 7 3 2 2 19 14 5 11
8 Ilkeston Town 7 3 2 2 11 7 4 11
9 Lichfield City 6 3 2 1 15 12 3 11
10 Bolehall Swifts 8 3 2 3 11 13 -2 11
11 Racing Club Warwick 7 3 2 2 8 10 -2 11
12 Leicester Road 6 3 1 2 12 9 3 10
13 Heather St Johns 6 3 0 3 16 16 0 9
14 Pershore Town 7 3 0 4 16 16 0 9
15 Stafford Town 9 3 0 6 15 20 -5 9
16 Paget Rangers 6 2 1 3 10 9 1 7
17 Brocton 5 2 1 2 9 9 0 7
18 Uttoxeter Town 9 2 1 6 14 23 -9 7
19 Littleton 7 2 0 5 10 12 -2 6
20 Nuneaton Griff 8 2 0 6 7 22 -15 6
21 Coventry Alvis 9 2 0 7 7 26 -19 6
22 Cadbury Athletic 6 1 1 4 6 10 -4 4

Division 2

NKF Burbage made it 5 wins out of 6 with a 3-1 win at Redditch Borough. Stuart Hendrie scored three times for 2nd placed Montpellier as they won 4-1 at Feckenham. Ainsley Seivwright scored twice as Hampton move up to 4th with a 3-2 win over Fairfield Villa. Knowle are 6th as they won 4-2 at 16th placed Pelsall Villa with doubles for Steven Ruck and Jamie Corrigan. Martin Crawford scored twice for Smithswood Firs who beat Earlswood Town 3-1 at the Glades. 1 NKF Burbage 6 5 0 1 18 9 9 15
2 Montpellier 5 4 0 1 22 5 17 12
3 Northfield Town 6 3 2 1 8 4 4 11
4 Hampton 6 3 1 2 12 13 -1 10
5 Knowle 6 3 0 3 15 13 2 9
6 Feckenham 6 3 0 3 10 14 -4 9
7 Coton Green 5 2 2 1 10 6 4 8
8 Droitwich Spa 5 2 2 1 7 7 0 8
9 Smithswood Firs 4 2 1 1 10 5 5 7
10 Redditch Borough 5 2 1 2 12 9 3 7
11 Earlswood Town 6 1 4 1 6 7 -1 7
12 Barnt Green Spartak 5 1 2 2 7 10 -3 5
13 Fairfield Villa 6 1 1 4 8 17 -9 4
14 Moors Academy 5 1 1 3 5 15 -10 4
15 Bloxwich Town 5 1 0 4 11 15 -4 3
16 Pelsall Villa 5 0 1 4 7 19 -12 1

Division 3

FC Stratford made it 23 goals in 3 games with a 12-0 win over Leamington Hibernian. James Gifford scored four, Ben Hill three and Tom Parnaby two as Stratford ran riot. Shipston Excelsior moved up to 6th after an 8-1 win over bottom club Castle Vale Town. James Drinkwater scored three and Jake Harris 2 for Shipston. Central Ajax are 4th and still unbeaten following a 3-2 win over Boldmere Sports & Social Falcons, Jake Montgomery scoring twice. Two goals from Pedro Douglas helped Continental Star to a 4-3 win at Coventrians. CT Shush maintained their unbeaten start with a goalless draw at Alcester Town. Enville Athletic picked up their first win of the season, 2-1 at AFC Solihull. 1 GNP Sports 4 4 0 0 11 4 7 12
2 FC Stratford 3 3 0 0 23 2 21 9
3 Bartestree 4 3 0 1 13 5 8 9
4 Central Ajax 3 2 1 0 9 4 5 7
5 Coventrians 5 2 1 2 15 11 4 7
6 Shipston Excelsior 3 2 0 1 13 9 4 6
7 Continental Star 3 2 0 1 7 8 -1 6
8 Boldmere Sports & Social Falcons 4 2 0 2 7 9 -2 6
9 CT Shush 3 1 2 0 5 2 3 5
10 Alcester Town 4 1 1 2 6 9 -3 4
11 Enville Athletic 4 1 1 2 5 10 -5 4
12 Inkberrow 4 0 2 2 8 13 -5 2
13 Leamington Hibernian 4 0 2 2 4 17 -13 2
14 AFC Solihull 4 0 1 3 5 10 -5 1
15 Birmingham Tigers 3 0 1 2 4 10 -6 1
16 Castle Vale Town 3 0 0 3 2 14 -12 0

Les James Memorial Charity Cup 1st Round

Inkberrow pulled off a giant killing winning 2-0 away Division 2 Northfield Town.

Challenge Vase

Two of the league new boys met as Bartestree drew 1-1 with GNP Sports in Hereford. It needed penalties to decide the tie and these went the way of the Division 3 leaders, GNP who won 6-5 from the spot

Presidents Cup

Bloxwich Town are through to the next round after an excellent 4-3 win at home to Moors Academy, Sam Melia scoring twice.

Smedley Crooke Memorial Charity Cup

Knowle recorded an excellent victory in the 1st round, beating Division Chelmsley Town 3-1 at Pack meadow. Two goals from Dom Strevens helped Barnt Green Spartak to a 3-1 win over Northfield Town. Fairfield Villa bowed out of the competition losing 3-1 at WMRL Wednesfield at The Cottage.

Birmingham Senior Cup

Lye Town bowed out of the competition being beaten 3-2 at Stourbridge Road by a young Walsall side.

Reserves RESERVE DIVISION
Alvechurch 5 v 0 Nuneaton Griff
Cadbury Athletic 1 v 2 Coton Green
Bromsgrove Sporting 1 v 2 Bolehall Swifts
Knowle 1 v 2 Gresley
Walsall Wood 2 v 0 Lichfield City
Under 21 Division CHALLENGE BOWL ROUND 1
Brocton 3 v 2 Worcester City
Football CV Reds 0 v 4 Kettering Town
UNDER 21 DIVISION EAST
Atherstone Town 6 v 0 AFC Rushden & Diamonds Elite
Aylestone Park 6 v 1 Bedworth United
Coleshill Town 8 v 0 Leicester Nirvana
Coventry United 1 v 2 Quorn
Milton Keynes College 1 v 5 Tamworth
UNDER 21 DIVISION WEST
Continental Star 7 v 0 AFC Redditch
Evesham United 3 v 0 Rushall Olympic
Heath Hayes 3 v 1 H O W Academy
Highgate United 0 v 2 Droitwich Spa G & B
Wychall Wanderers 3 v 9 Boldmere St Michaels

Leading scorers

Premier Division

Ryan Nesbitt Boldmere St Michaels 8

Oli Roome Rocester 8

Martin Smyth Rocester 8

Shay Brennan Shepshed Dynamo 7

Steve Hole Haughmond 7

Liam Hurst Shepshed Dynamo 7

Craig Bannister Sporting Khalsa 6

Jake Betts Shepshed Dynamo 6

Mark Danks Worcester City 6

Matt Gardner Coleshill Town 6

Ryan Harkin Coventry Sphinx 6

David Kolodynski Rugby Town 6

Aaron Lloyd Stourport Swifts 6

Mitch Piggon Coventry United 6

Craig Reid Coventry United 6

Dave Reynolds Worcester City 6

Jamie Sleigh Heanor Town 6

Jack Till Lye Town 6

Reuben Wiggins-Thomas Rugby Town 6

Lei Brown Highgate United 5

Ryan Edmunds Coleshill Town 5

James Hicks Quorn 5

Reece Leek Coleshill Town 5

Joe Parry Haughmond 5

Dean Rathbone Coleshill Town 5

Elliot Reeves Heanor Town 5

Nick Turton AFC Wulfrunians 5

Division 1

George Bowerman Hinckley AFC 11

Alex Naughton Atherstone Town 11

Regan Smith Heath Hayes 10

Simeon Cobourne Heather St Johns 9

Paul Sullivan Walsall Wood 9

Joey Butlin Walsall Wood 8

Andy Nicol Studley 7

Adam Knight Racing Club Warwick 6

Michael Wright Pershore Town 6

Michael Bloore Bolehall Swifts 5

Daniel Carter Paget Rangers 5

Jamie Clarke Pershore Town 5

Greg Downes Leicester Road 5

Dan Griffiths Lichfield City 5

Jake Humphries Heath Hayes 5

Craig Marshall Lichfield City 5

Jemeul Mills Chelmsley Town 5

Daniel Priest Pershore Town 5

Division 2

Stuart Hendrie Montpellier 13

Martin Crawford Smithswood Firs 9

Dominic Strevens Barnt Green Spartak 7

Trea Bertie Smithswood Firs 6

Steve Ruck Knowle 6

Ainsley Seivwright Hampton 6

Adam Garmson Northfield Town 5

Cameron Moriarty Bloxwich Town 5

Jess Adcock NKF Burbage 4

Nathan Astill NKF Burbage 4

James Lemon Droitwich Spa 4

Craig Malins Redditch Borough 4

Sam Melia Bloxwich Town 4

Daniel Murphy Feckenham 4

Kelsn Shepard Montpellier 4

Tom Smith NKF Burbage 4

Brad Burgess Droitwich Spa 3

Alex Coultas NKF Burbage 3

Umit Eminoglu Feckenham 3

Matthew Fearon Redditch Borough 3

Macauley Finch Droitwich Spa 3

Adam Goodby Coton Green 3

Thomas Kinsey Knowle 3

Andy Millan Coton Green 3

Josh Sherrington Coton Green 3

Liam Storer NKF Burbage 3

Division 3

James Gifford FC Stratford 8

Tyler Haddow Coventrians 6

Jimmy Ward Alcester Town 6

James Drinkwater Shipston Excelsior 5

Charlie Cook GNP Sports 4

Reece Gibson Boldmere Sports & Social Falcons 4

Miles Langford Bartestree 4

Louis Mann Bartestree 4

Ben Hill FC Stratford 4

Dylan Parker FC Stratford 4

Ton Clewes Inkberrow 3

Davion Hamilton Continental Star 3

Jake Harris Shipston Excelsior 3

Calum Howles AFC Solihull 3

George Hunt Central Ajax 3

Ishak Ibisevic Birmingham Tigers 3

Tom Parnaby FC Stratford 3

Reserves

Dean Fisher Alvechurch 5

Samuel Hammerton Gresley 5

Daniel Lawrence Alvechurch 4

Harry Landsowne Gresley 4

Zakim Evans Gresley 3

Under 21

Ryan Palmer Coventry United 6

Joel Steer Tamworth 6

Andre Lawrence Sutton Coldfield 5

Liam Lockett Worcester City 5

Sam Ford Coleshill Town 4

Jordan Lovell Continental Star 4

Samuel Major-Beddoes Evesham United 4

George Beirne Coleshill Town 3

Ben Brookes Atherstone Town 3

Callum Devlin Worcester City 3

Samuel McGonachy Wychall Wanderers 3

Dylan Otshudy Tamworth 3

Yasin Peart Boldmere St Michaels 3

Chandler Pegg Tamworth 3

Preview

FA Cup

2nd Round Qualifying

Boston United vs Haughmond

A real challenge for Haughmond as they travel to the Jakeman’s Stadium to face former League club Boston United. The Pilgrims are in 17th position in National league North and have lost their last two league games the last being a 2-1 defeat at Bradford park Avenue on Monday. Haughmond were giantkillers in the previous round beating step 3 Matlock Town 3-2 thanks to a Steve Hole hat-trick. If they could bring Boston back to The Sports Village for a replay, that would be an outstanding result

Shepshed Dynamo vs Nantwich Town

Shepshed hammered Step 4 Leek Town 6-1 in the previous round and scored 6 on their travels in the league last week, Northern Premier Division Nantwich Town are mid table and drew with Marine at home on Tuesday. The Dabbers are expected to be in with a shout of promotion this season but they will not relish the trip to free-scoring Shepshed. A shock could be on the cards.

Westfields vs Leamington

Westfields made it all the way to the 1st round proper in last season’s competition and were eventually defeated by National North Curzon Ashton in a replay. National North Leamington are the visitors to Allpay Park and they are currently in the relegation zone with 2 wins from their opening 11 league fixtures. Their last three away games has seen them pick up a win at FC United of Manchester and successive draws at Darlington and Curzon Ashton. They will need that improved away form on Saturday as Westfields are a formidable cup outfit. If the home side are on their game, they could get something out of the game. A trip to Leamington anyone?

Premier Division

League leaders Coleshill Town face another stern challenge to their unbeaten record as they travel to Butlin Road to face Rugby Town who won 4-0 in midweek. Game of the day is a 1200 kick off between Coventry United and Bromsgrove Sporting at The Butts Park Arena. Both sides have a solitary defeat this season and expect this to be tight. Long Eaton United are still looking for their first win of the season and they have a difficult trip to in-form Coventry Sphinx. Boldmere St Michaels picked up their first win in midweek and they travel to Lye Town who have started the season in good form. Worcester City were the first side to take a point off leaders Coleshill Town in midweek and they welcome Quorn to The Victoria Ground. Sporting Khalsa have begun to string some results together and they welcome Shawbury United to the Aspray Arena. Loughborough University have made a slow start to the season but after a win in midweek they will be hoping build on it at home to Highgate United. South Normanton Athletic started slowly but have gradually found their feet in the MFL. They entertain Stourport Swifts who have had mixed results but sit in 11th place after a good away win in midweek.

Division 1

League leaders Studley travel to Pack Meadow to tackle 5th placed Chelmsley Town with both sides buoyant after FA Vase victories last week. Walsall Wood take their 100% record to a faltering Leicester Road who are surprisingly in 12th place. There promises to be a big crowd at Sheepy Road as 4th placed Atherstone Town face Ilkeston Town who are looking for a 3rd successive win. Third placed Hinckley AFC are in good goal scoring form and they travel to bottom placed Cadbury Athletic. Heath Hayes is the place for goals with 33 in their first 7 league games. They host Littleton and you can see that run continuing. Uttoxeter Town have seen 37 goals in their first 9 fixtures and they host Nuneaton Griff who were involved in a 13 goal FA Vase classic last Friday. Coventry Alvis have had a tough start to their season following last seasons promotion and they will be hoping to start a run up the table when they host Racing Club Warwick. Two successive league wins have moved Lichfield City up the table but they must bounce back after a heavy FA Vase defeat at Hanley Town. They travel to Coventry Copsewood, who are also looking to bounce back, after a heavy defeat at the hands of Hinckley. Heather St Johns have won their last 3 games scoring 13 goals in the process including an excellent FA Vase win over Coventry Sphinx. They host Bolehall Swifts who have lost 3 out of the last 4. Paget Rangers and Brocton progressed in the Fa Vase beating sides from the West Midlands regional League. They meet at The Trevor Brown Memorial Ground in 16th and 17th respectively. 14th meets 15th at the 2020SolarPV King George V Stadium with Pershore Town hosting Stafford Town.

Division 2

A shortened programme in Division 2 with various cup competitions taking place. League leaders NKF Burbage can open a gap at the top of the table if they can take all 3 points from 3rd placed Northfield Town. Hampton will go 2nd should they beat Bloxwich Town at Field Lane. Redditch Borough take on Barnt Green Spartak at The Meitis with both sides looking for the win to move up the table.

Division 3

Leaders GNP Sports entertain Coventrians in a local derby with a chance to make it 5 wins from 5. 3rd placed Bartestree can go second with a win at bottom club Castle Vale Town who are still searching for their first point of the season. Unbeaten Central Ajax will move into the top three if they can beat Enville Athletic at Ajax Park. Shipston Excelsior can also make inroads at the top of the table with a positive result at home to league new boys Birmingham Tigers.

Les James Challenge Cup Round 1

Game of the day in the cup sees 2nd division Pelsall Villa hosting Division 3 frontrunners FC Stratford. Stratford have scored 23 goals in 3 league games and with Pelsall conceding 19 in 5, the Division 3 club will expect to progress. Fairfield Villa have had a slow start in Division 2 with injuries taking their toll. They host Division 3 Continental Star who have two wins out of three. Division 2 Earlswood Town play host to Division 3 Alcester Town and with both sides making indifferent starts, this could go either way.

Challenge Vase Round 1

Boldmere Sports & Social Falcons host Leamington Hibernian with the home side making the better start to the season. Newcomers CT Shush are unbeaten after 3 games and they welcome AFC Solihull to The Pavilion.

Presidents Cup Round 1

Two in form sides meet at The Beehive with newly promoted Montpellier welcoming Smithswood Firs. Both sides have potent goal threats so should be a great game for the neutral. Droitwich Spa had an excellent victory in the FA Vase last week and they welcome Knowle to Walshes Meadow, in another attractive game.

Other fixtures WORCESTERSHIRE JUNIOR CUP ROUND 1
Bewdley Town Res. v Feckenham 2.30
SMEDLEY CROOKE MEMORIAL CHARITY CUP ROUND 1
Moors Academy v Inkberrow
Reserves RESERVE DIVISION
Nuneaton Griff v Cadbury Athletic
CHALLENGE TROPHY ROUND 1
Group “A”
Coton Green v Bolehall Swifts
Lichfield City v Gresley
Group “B”
Knowle v Alvechurch
Walsall Wood v Bromsgrove Sporting
Under 21 Divisions CHALLENGE BOWL ROUND 1
AFC Redditch v Aylestone Park 10.30
AFC Rushden & Diamonds Elite v Bedworth United 10.30
Coleshill Town v Rushall Olympic 10.30
UNDER 21 DIVISION EAST
Coventry United v Tamworth 11.00
Football CV Reds v Milton Keynes College 10.30
Leicester Nirvana v Kettering Town 11.00
Quorn v Atherstone Town 10.30
UNDER 21 DIVISION WEST
Boldmere St Michaels v Heath Hayes 10.30
Brocton v Wychall Wanderers 10.30
Continental Star v Evesham United 11.30
H O W Academy v Highgate United 10.30
Sutton Coldfield Town v Droitwich Spa G & B 10.30
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