Midland Football League
4th October 2017
From the Chairman of Walsall Wood FC & Pelsall Villa FC As at 2nd October 2017, Walsall Wood Reserves will be resigning from the Total Motion Midland Football League Reserve Division with immediate effect. In conjunction with this resignation, Pelsall Villa 1st team will ground share with Walsall Wood FC for at least the season of 2017-18 and possibly longer. The Walsall Wood FC Reserve Team Manager, Grant Beckett will with immediate effect become Pelsall Villa’s 1st team manager. This decision has been made to benefit both clubs and to secure the future of competitive football at Grassroots level in our local area of Walsall.
Calling all sports clubs who require 3G training facilities
The three Trustees; Joey Fletcher, Dannie Cahill and Neil Buswell are pleased to confirm that Coventry Sphinx new 3G facility is now open for business.
There are still slots available during the evening and during the day so please get in touch to see if we can help. We can take weekly bookings and one-off bookings for events such as team building days.
Contact us by email at email@example.com
Star-studded game to usher in new dawn for Lichfield City Football Club
After months of hard work behind the scenes, Lichfield City’s brand new 3G pitch is nearing completion. The pitch will see its first competitive action when Lichfield host Rocester in a league cup fixture on Tuesday 17th October. To mark the official unveiling, on Friday 20th October the club will play host to a game involving a ‘Midlands All-Star Team.’
The following players will be making an appearance:
Tony Daly Lee Hendrie Darren Byfield Sean Teale Ryan Amoo Richard Beale Paul Devlin Richard Sneekes Dele Adebola Ian Hamilton Geoff Horsfield Ross Cropley Gary Shaw Frankie Gavin
Kick-off will be at 7:30pm, and more details will be announced in the upcoming weeks as the club looks forward to an exciting new era on and off the pitch.
Travels of the Press Officer
Saturday September 30th
Total Motion Midland Football League Division 1
Studley 2 Heather St Johns 2
A chance to take in two in-form teams in Division 1 with Studley flying high at the top of the table and Heather on a run of 6 straight victories in all competitions. A soggy afternoon at the Beehive was a day for the football diehard and it was good to see both sides well supported. Heather were the first to show with Dave Yonwin off target inside the first minute. A cross from Taylor Byrne picked out Fraser Doyle for Heather but his volley was wide of the goal. In the 5th minute, a good run by Josh Westwood forced a corner for Studley. Studley keeper Ryan Young was fortunate in the 9th minute when his clearance hit Yonwin and the ball bounced to safety. Heather were dominating possession and Ben Minshull went close with a good effort from the edge of the area. Yonwin looked to be bearing down on goal but an excellent tackle from Lucky Nwosu removed the danger. In the 15th minute, Jack Cook played the ball into the box and it evaded the outstretched limbs of Yonwin and then drifted agonisingly wide of the post. Studley began to make more of an impression and a cross from Andy Nicol forced a fine save from Ben Allsop. Studley wasted a great chance in the 24th minute when a free-kick from Eddie Wynne-Wilson was headed wide by Nicol. A free—kick from Minshull flicked off the Studley defensive wall for a home corner. From the dead ball, Rudy Misambo headed wide and should have hit the target. In the 32nd minute, Studley took the lead. A long free-kick was headed across goal and Lewis Clarke was on hand to head the ball into the net. It was almost two, a couple of minutes later. Wynne-Wilson’s free-kick was brilliantly saved by Allsop and Nicol volleyed the rebound wide. Studley doubled their lead in the 37th minute. A corner from Wynne-Wilson was cleared by the Heather defence as far as Westwood and he hit an unstoppable shot from 30 yards into the top corner. Byrne forced a fine save from Young while in stoppage time Allsop again excelled in thwarting the impressive Wynne-Wilson.
Studley began the second half on top and Blaine Wakeman made a fine challenge to stop Nicol. A shot from Westwood looked goal bound as Gary Evans tried to convert from an offside position. Studley had a great chance to make it three in the62nd minute. A ball from the right picked out Nicol who failed to stop the ball, it eventually reaching Evans whose shot was off target. Nicol was fouled on the edge of the penalty area in the 63rd minute. Wynne-Wilson hit his free-kick into the wall and Clarke’s follow up was blocked by the Heather defence. From the corner, Matt Powell looked like he had made it three but the ball was cleared off the line. The introduction of Simeon Cobourne off the bench for Heather changed the complexion of the game and with his first touch he forced a save from Young. In the 72nd minute, a delightful ball over the top of the defence from Minshull fell perfectly to Yonwin whose first-time volley was wide of the goal. Heather were back in it in the 74th minute. André Gonzalez found space on the right-hand side of the area and when the ball came to him, his shot arrowed into the opposite corner of the net. Heather were now going all-out for the equaliser and it came three minutes from time. Cobourne rounded Evans, and then despite a valiant attempt and a hand on the line, he bundled the ball into the empty net. A minute into stoppage tome, Cobourne again found himself on the wrong side of the Studley defence but he was ushered away from goal and fittingly the game ended level.
An excellent game between two good footballing sides. Great recovery from Heather but that goal from Josh Westwood – superb.
Tuesday September 26th
Total Motion Midland Football League Division 1
Walsall Wood 2 Uttoxeter Town 0
After watching the leaders draw on Saturday, a chance to see if relegated Walsall Wood could take over at the top of the table as Uttoxeter Town came visiting. Walsall Wood could have taken the lead inside the first minute when a ball flashed across the goal from Craig Deakin and Andy Westwood failed to convert at the far post. Tony Clarke had two opportunities to score but on both occasions his efforts were blocked. In the 7th minute, Walsall Wood were awarded a free-kick but Jordan Fitzpatrick couldn’t keep his effort down. Uttoxeter had their first foray forward and Jake Avery was on target with an effort which was comfortably held by Lloyd Ransome. Peter Till forced a decent save from Mikey Allen as the home side dominated. Clarke had the chance to set up Fitzpatrick but delayed his pass and the defenders closed him down. Walsall Wood had a great chance in the 17th minute when Paul Sullivan raced through one-on-one with Allen but the keeper stood firm. A minute later, Sullivan was off target with another effort. On the half hour mark, Fitzpatrick hit a superb effort which just cleared the angle of bar and post. The home side wasted another good chance in the 36th minute when Westwood again failed to convert at the far post. Clarke raced clear down the right but there was no-one there to convert his low cross. Walsall Wood were awarded a penalty in the 40th minute when Clarke was tripped in the area. Sullivan stepped up and slotted the penalty into the bottom corner. They could have doubled their lead on the stroke of half-time when Clarke jinked past 2 defenders but his shot hit the outside of the near post.
Walsall Wood continued to ask the questions and Clarke took too long and dragged his shot well wide. Home substitute Joey Butlin was played through but was thwarted by a superb challenge from Dominic Ward. Walsall Wood doubled their lead in the 62nd minute when Butlin, unmarked in the penalty area, headed home a right-wing cross. Westwood went close to making it three but his volley was over the bar. Lewis Taylor-Boyce forced Allen into two fine saves as the home side looked to confirm their three points. With 10 minutes left, Taylor-Boyce did well to get his cross in but Uttoxeter defended well and cleared for the corner. As hard as they tried, Uttoxeter could make no impression and Walsall Wood took over top spot in Division 1.
Travels of The Compliance Director
Saturday 23rd September Kick Off 16.00Hrs.
Ayia Napa v Ethnikos Assias 2-0 Attendance 140
A three minute drive from the hotel took me to this Cyprus Division Two game. With the second division season only in its second week league tables stood for nothing and this turned out to be a very mediocre game with both goals coming in the second half. With temperatures at thirty degrees it was a hard slog for the players. Entry was 10 Euro with all spectators located on the one side of the ground.
Sunday 24th September Kick Off 18.00Hrs.
Olympiakos v Paphos 0-0 Attendance 600
Today’s game was a trip to the Marries Stadium in Nicosia for a top division game. Surely this could not be any worse than yesterday’s game !!!! Well this was dire and not worth a euro let alone the 17 Euro each to get in. A large stadium with an athletics track around it and the most uncomfortable seats ever. Two very poor sides who no doubt will be at the wrong end of the table at the seasons end.
Monday 25th September Kick Off 19.00Hrs.
Anostosis v Doxa 2-0 Attendance 5,000
At long last proper football in a proper stadium for this Division One game which was live on TV although most bars only show English football. First ground of the trip that had a supporters bar outside, club shop and fairly decent catering facilities. 20 Euro bought the best seats in the house with the stands being steeped and on top of the action. The home team eventually coasted to victory to remain unbeaten at the top of the league with five games gone.
Friday 29th September Kick Off 19.00Hrs.
Anagennisi Deryneia v Ennosis 2-3 Attendance 700
Sometimes I doubt my own sanity when I visit some of these places but then you find a gem. A fifteen minute drive from the hotel doors took me to Deryneia for this Division Two game. The ground was a mile out of town but upon arrival there was a bigger crowd than expected. The stadium was segregated and 10 Euro bought a ticket in the home section. Even Ex Pats were wearing the home teams colours with the drums and horns out in force. In a great game the home team went 2-0 when upon half time they had a player sent off for an off the ball incident. Then all hell broke loose with the police having to intervene between brawls in the dugouts. The home team with ten men defended well in the second half and could have added to their tally. However once Ennosis had got a goal back they surged forward equalising then scoring a winner well into injury time. Best game seen in seasons.
Saturday 30th September Kick Off 20.00Hrs.
AEK Larnaca v Anorthosis 1-1 Attendance 3,000
This one was the Larnaca derby and the top two teams in the league. The game was played in AEK’s brand new stadium and one in which Everton will play their Europa league game in November. The stadium is located next door to the old one which I visited some twenty years ago and still remains in prime condition. With identity cards required for this one I got our tickets from the clubs’ offices during the week priced at 15 Euro. This was typical Cypriot football with flares and ultras and AEK took the lead half way through the second half. Anorthosis unbeaten start to the season looked over until a 94th minute equaliser silenced the home crowd.
Sunday 1st October Kick Off 18.00Hrs
Ethnikos Achna v AEL Limosol 0-1 Attendance 500
Another nice little stadium with a decent clubhouse and a really friendly club who insisted on giving me two books on the clubs history which are all in Cypriot. Ticket prices were 15 Euro and AEL’s colourful supporters made up half of the crowd in what was another televised game. There was not much between the two sides however AEL broke the deadlock around twenty minutes from time to go home with three points. Now well into double figures of grounds visited in Cyprus and although they don’t do programmes I managed to get team sheets from all games.
Coleshill Town maintained their 6 point lead at the top of the table but needed a stoppage time goal from Matt Gardner to beat Heanor Town at Pack Meadow. Heanor took the lead early in the first half with Jordan Nadat equalising just before half-time. That’s how it stayed until the dramatic finish with the Colemen winning 2-1. At the Victoria Ground, Shepshed Dynamo came back from 2-0 down to equalise at Worcester City. Worcester clinched a narrow win in the 87th minute with a winner from Alex Tomkinson. Bromsgrove Sporting stay 2nd as they beat South Normanton Athletic 3-0 in Derbyshire. Sporting Khalsa are up to 4th beating Westfields 4-2 at the Aspray Arena. The final game on grass at Noose Lane saw Khalsa win with doubles from David Meese and Kyle Brady. Their new landlords, AFC Wulfrunians are in 5th place, Mitch Evans scoring twice in an excellent 4-2 win at Coventry United. Rugby Town are a place further back, Reuben Wiggins-Thomas scoring twice in their 3-0 win at Boldmere St Michaels. Loughborough University picked up their 2nd win of the season, a penalty from Alex Read giving them all three points at Haughmond. Two goals in the last 15 minutes from Tyrell Shannon saw Long Eaton United beat Shawbury United 2-0- at Grange Park. Marco Adaggio scored twice as Highgate United beat Coventry Sphinx 3-1 at The Coppice. A last minute goal from Martin Smyth for Rocester meant that the game at Hillsfield against Lye Town ended in a 2-2 draw. It was the same scoreline at Quorn with Alex Perry equalising for Stourport Swifts with 11 minutes left.
Two second half goals from Matt Gardner turned a half-time deficit to another three points for leaders Coleshill Town as they beat Quorn 2-1 at Pack Meadow.
Worcester City moved into 2nd place in the table following a 5-1 win over Coventry Sphinx. Dave Reynolds scored twice while Sphinx had Louis Guest sent off in the second half. Coventry United got back to winning ways with a 3-1 win at Long Eaton United. 3 goals in 9 second half minutes sealed it for United with Aaron Opoku scoring twice.
Buildbase FA Vase
Two goals from Josh Hawker and a hat-trick from Marco Adaggio helped Highgate United to a 6-2 win over Pershore Town who took the lead at The Coppice in the 9th minute through Pavel Tomczak.
|League Table 1||Coleshill Town||12||10||1||1||27||13||14||31|
|14||Long Eaton United||10||2||3||5||16||20||-4||9|
|18||South Normanton Athletic||10||2||1||7||8||24||-16||7|
|20||Boldmere St Michaels||8||1||2||5||9||24||-15||5|
Leaders Studley took a 2-0 lead into half-time at home to Heather St Johns but the visitors came back in the second half with Simeon Cobourne earning a point for Heather in the 87th minute. 2nd placed Walsall Wood made it 7 wins out of 8 with a 4-0 win at Townsend Meadow over Racing Club Warwick, Paul Sullivan scoring twice. Hinckley AFC are third and they beat Brocton 6-4 in a ten goal thriller at St Johns Park. George Bowerman and Steve Hart scoring twice for Hinckley with Joe Hartshorne bagging a double for the Badgers. Atherstone Town came from behind to earn a point in a 1-1 draw with Paget Rangers at the Mark Webster Community Stadium. Leicester Road are up to 5th after an impressive 3-1 at Ilkeston Town, Nuno Gomez scoring twice. Cadbury Athletic took a 3-0 lead into the half-time break at home to Lichfield City, Odane Barnes scoring twice, but the visitors came back and snatched a point through Josh Haston late on. Regan Smith scored twice for Heath Hayes in their 5-0 win at Bolehall Swifts. Kyle Esplin bagged a hat-trick for Uttoxeter Town as they climb to 12th following a 4-1 win over Pershore Town at Oldfields. Littleton beat Stafford Town 2-1 at 5 Acres to overtake their visitors in the league table.
Walsall Wood are new leaders of Division 1 following a 2-0 win over Uttoxeter Town at the ML Safety Stadium. Ilkeston Town are up to 4th as they came from behind to beat Brocton 4-1 at The New Manor Ground. Paget Rangers also came from behind to grab a point against Lichfield City at The Trevor Brown Memorial Ground. Lichfield led 3-1 but the Bears came back with two goals in the last 13 minutes. Danny Carter scored twice for Paget with Dan Griffiths following suit for Lichfield. Cadbury Athletic came from behind to salvage a point at home to Coventry Copsewood, 1-1 the final score.
|Jess Adcock scored twice as leaders NKF Burbage opened a 3 point gap at the top of the table following a 3-0 win over Barnt Green Spartak. Hampton are 2nd as they had a 3-0 win at bottom club Pelsall Villa. Northfield Town are up to 4th with a narrow 3-2 win at Feckenham. In-form Smithswood Firs continued their good run with a 4-1 win at Redditch Borough, Firs now in 5th place. Moors Academy rise one place with a 4-2 win over Bloxwich Town at Tally Ho. Knowle are down to 6th as they were beaten 4-1 at Earlswood Town, Stephen Windle with a double for the home side. 1||NKF Burbage||8||6||1||1||23||11||12||19|
|12||Barnt Green Spartak||8||1||4||3||10||16||-6||7|
Bartestree took advantage of some of their rivals inactivity to climb into 2nd spot with a 3-0 win over Leamington Hibernian. Boldmere Sports & Social Falcons are up to 4th place following a 5-1 win over AFC Solihull, Matt Lewis with a double. Castle Vale Town picked up their first point of the season coming from behind to draw 2-2 with CT Shush at The Vale Stadium. Two goals from Will Beech helped Alcester Town to a 3-1 win at Birmingham Tigers. Shipston Excelsior got back to winning ways with a 3-0 home victory over Continental Star.
Polymac Packaging League Cup
A goal from Jason Cowley in the 29th minute settled the game in Bromsgrove Sporting’s favour at AFC Wulfrunians.
Les James Memorial Charity Cup 1st Round
Liam Arrowsmith scored twice as Coton Green eased into the next round with a 4-0 win at home to Coventrians.
Coventry Alvis and Coventry Copsewood both made progress in the Coventry Evening Telegraph Cup without kipping a ball as their respective opponents defaulted. Central Ajax were knocked out of the competition losing 4-2 at home to Woodlands WMC. Division 3 FC Stratford were giantkillers, continuing their remarkable goalscoring feats by knocking out Division 1 Chelmsley Town 4-0. GNP Sports lost a 7 goal thriller at home to AEI Rugby, 3-4 the final score. Nuneaton Griff were too strong for Coventry Colliery, 8-0 the scoreline at The Pingles Stadium with Matt Brennan scoring twice.
In the Worcestershire Junior Cup, Evesham United U21 won 6-4 at Alvechurch Reserves. Worcester City Under 21s had an excellent 6-2 win at Fairfield Villa. In the battle of the Division 2 heavyweights, Droitwich Spa beat Montpellier 2-0 at Walshes Meadow. Brad Hands scored three as Inkberrow beat Bredon 5-0.
South Normanton Athletic are through to the next round of the Derbyshire Senior Cup following a 3-2 win at Sandiacre Town Youth, Kevin Hemagou with the winning goal.
Lye Town were knocked out of the Smedley Crooke Memorial Charity Cup going down 3-2 at Bilston Town Community.
|Reserves CHALLENGE TROPHY ROUND 1|
|Cadbury Athletic||3||v||0||Nuneaton Griff|
|Walsall Wood||8||v||0||Bolehall Swifts|
|Under 21 Division UNDER 21 DIVISION EAST|
|Coleshill Town||1||v||1||Bedworth United|
|Coventry United||3||v||1||Milton Keynes College|
|FCV Reds||5||v||0||Atherstone Town|
|UNDER 21 DIVISION WEST|
|Brocton||4||v||2||Boldmere St Michaels|
|Continental Star||3||v||4||Highgate United|
|Droitwich Spa G & B||0||v||3||Rushall Olympic|
|Heath Hayes||7||v||1||Wychall Wanderers|
|Sutton Coldfield Town||3||v||3||H O W Academy|
Marco Adaggio Highgate United 12
Dave Reynolds Worcester City 12
Lei Brown Highgate United 9
Mark Danks Worcester City 9
Matt Gardner Coleshill Town 9
David Meese Sporting Khalsa 9
Martin Smyth Rocester 9
Jack Till Lye Town 9
Reuben Wiggins-Thomas Rugby Town 9
Steve Hole Haughmond 8
David Kolodynski Rugby Town 8
Aaron Lloyd Stourport Swifts 8
Ryan Nesbitt Boldmere St Michaels 8
Oli Roome Rocester 8
Craig Bannister Sporting Khalsa 7
Kyle Brady AFC Wulfrunians, Sporting Khalsa 7
Shay Brennan Shepshed Dynamo 7
Ryan Harkin Coventry Sphinx 7
Liam Hurst Shepshed Dynamo 7
Nick MacPherson Stourport Swifts 7
Dean Rathbone Coleshill Town 7
Nick Turton AFC Wulfrunians 7
Jake Betts (Shepshed Dynamo), Joe Boachie (Loughborough University), Dominic Brennan (Quorn), Ryan Edmunds (Coleshill Town), Kevin Hemagou (South Normanton Athletic), James Hicks (Quorn), Mitch Piggon (Coventry United), Elliot Reeves (Heanor Town), Craig Reid (Coventry United), Jamie Sleigh (Heanor Town) and Alex Troke (Shepshed Dynamo) all on 6 goals
George Bowerman Hinckley AFC 14
Regan Smith Heath Hayes 13
Paul Sullivan Walsall Wood 13
Daniel Carter Littleton 12
Simeon Cobourne Heather St Johns 12
Alex Naughton Atherstone Town 11
Joey Butlin Walsall Wood 10
Daniel Carter Paget Rangers 9
Jamie Clarke Pershore Town 8
Kyle Esplin Uttoxeter Town 8
Dan Griffiths Lichfield City 8
Andy Nicol Studley 8
Michael Wright Pershore Town / Littleton 8
Joe Hartshorne Brocton 7
Adam Knight Racing Club Warwick 7
Odane Barnes Cadbury Athletic 6
Greg Downes Leicester Road 6
Steve Hart Hinckley AFC 6
Alex Marshall Ilkeston Town 6
Jemeul Mills Chelmsley Town 6
Ryan Pace Coventry Alvis, Stafford Town 6
Daniel Priest Pershore Town 6
Michael Bloore (Bolehall Swifts), Jack Cook (Heather St Johns), Jack Edwards (Brocton), Montel Gibson (Ilkeston Town), Jake Humphries (Heath Hayes), Matt Langham (Leicester Road), Craig Marshall (Lichfield City), Jack Weldon (Heath Hayes), Josh Westwood (Studley), Sean Williams (Hinckley AFC) and Dave Yonwin (Heather St Johns) all on 5 goals
Stuart Hendrie Montpellier 14
Martin Crawford Smithswood Firs 10
Trea Bertie Smithswood Firs 9
Steve Ruck Knowle 8
Jess Adcock NKF Burbage 7
Adam Garmson Northfield Town 7
Dominic Strevens Barnt Green Spartak 7
Nathan Astill NKF Burbage 6
Sam Melia Bloxwich Town 6
Andrew Millan Coton Green 6
Ainsley Seivwright Hampton 6
Alex Coultas NKF Burbage 5
Umit Eminoglu Feckenham 5
James Lemon Droitwich Spa 5
Cameron Moriarty Bloxwich Town 5
Daniel Murphy Feckenham 5
Kelsn Shepard Montpellier 5
Ryan Andrews Moors Academy 4
Ellis Blakemore Fairfield Villa 4
Brad Burgess Droitwich Spa 4
Adam Goodby Coton Green 4
Ben Lund Pelsall Villa 4
Craig Malins Redditch Borough 4
Tom Smith NKF Burbage 4
Karl Walker Hampton 4
Ryan Walker Hampton 4
Stephen Windle Earlswood Town 4
James Gifford FC Stratford 13
Dylan Parker FC Stratford 12
Jimmy Ward Alcester Town 9
James Drinkwater Shipston Excelsior 8
Reece Gibson Boldmere Sports & Social Falcons 8
Nathan Davies Inkberrow 7
Louis Mann Bartestree 7
Tyler Haddow Coventrians 6
Ellis Kalach Alcester Town 6
Ben Hill FC Stratford 6
Jake Harris Shipston Excelsior 5
Abubaker Abdulkarim Birmingham Tigers 4
Charlie Cook GNP Sports 4
Jonathan Hamer AFC Solihull 4
Kyle Hudlin Castle Vale Town 4
Miles Langford Bartestree 4
Matthew Lewis Boldmere Sports & Social Falcons 4
Leigh Phillips GNP Sports 4
Younes Touaiti Birmingham Tigers 4
Tom Parnaby FC Stratford 4
Dean Fisher Alvechurch 8
Kyle Wainwright Walsall Wood 8
Samuel Hammerton Gresley 7
Callum Hall Walsall Wood 6
Josh Dutton Gresley 5
Kane Lee Gresley 5
Zakim Evans Gresley 4
Chris Hughes-Tranter Cadbury Athletic 4
Daniel Lawrence Alvechurch 4
Harry Landsowne Gresley 4
Elliot Nash Alvechurch 4
Liam Arrowsmith Coton Green 3
Curtis Haynes Coton Green 3
Marc Johnston Nuneaton Griff 3
Joel Steer Tamworth 12
Liam Lockett Worcester City 8
Ryan Palmer Coventry United 8
Ewan Dunbar Evesham United 7
Samuel Major-Beddoes Evesham United 6
Bailey Fuller H.O.W. Academy 5
Andre Lawrence Sutton Coldfield 5
Chandler Pegg Tamworth 5
Yasin Peart Boldmere St Michaels 5
Shay Beeby Aylestone Park 4
Sam Ford Coleshill Town 4
Riley Keasey Worcester City 4
Jordan Lovell Continental Star 4
King-David Marstaller Milton Keynes College 4
Jordan McKenzie AFC Redditch 4
Jordan Thompson Continental Star 4
Leaders Coleshill Town have a commanding lead at the top of the table but they face a stern challenge this week as they travel to Stourbridge Road to face Lye Town. Shawbury United have not had it easy this season and they face the challenge of 2nd place Worcester City this week at the Ludlow Stadium. Quorn are one place off the bottom and they welcome in-form Sporting Khalsa to Farley Way. A lack of league games has left Westfields in the bottom four and they have a tough assignment as they travel to CKW Stadium to face AFC Wulfrunians who have won 4 out of their last 5 league games. Bromsgrove Sporting have taken to life in the Premier Division and they will look to continue their excellent form as they entertain Long Eaton United. 13 points from the last 15 has seen Rugby Town climb the table and they welcome Coventry United to Butlin Road with the visitors bouncing back to form with a win in midweek. Three defeats in the last 4 has slowed Shepshed Dynamo’s momentum and they welcome Haughmond to the Dovecote, the visitors losing their last three league games. Boldmere St Michaels have slipped into the bottom three and they travel to Walshes Meadow to face Stourport Swifts, whose 11 league games have seen 44 goals. Two sides who have both recently lost narrowly to the league leaders meet at The Town Ground with Heanor Town hosting Highgate United. 1th meets 15th at Hollywell with Loughborough University welcoming Rocester to the University. Three defeats on the trot for South Normanton Athletic has left them in 18th place and they travel to Sphinx Drive to face Coventry Sphinx who were beaten heavily in midweek.
Leaders Walsall Wood welcome Pershore Town to the ML Safety Stadium after taking over top spot on Tuesday evening. Previous leaders Studley welcome 4th placed Ilkeston Town to the Beehive which will be a good test for both sides title credentials. 3rd placed Hinckley AFC lost their manger in midweek and they travel to Chelmsley Town determined to stay in the top three. Leicester Road have found some form and they travel to Evans Park to face Stafford Town who are 16th. Relegated Brocton are in 20th position and they will want to get their season moving when they welcome 21st place Nuneaton Griff to Silkmore Lane. Bottom club Coventry Alvis host 15th place Littleton where a win could life them three places. Goals are promised at The Coppice Colliery Ground where Heath Hayes host Atherstone Town. Heather St Johns are in good form and they welcome Cadbury Athletic to St Johns Park. 14th meets 13th at The Trevor Brown Memorial Ground where Paget Rangers host Uttoxeter Town. A tight game is likely at Townsend Meadow as Racing Club Warwick meet Lichfield City. Coventry Copsewood entertain out of form Bolehall Swifts at Allard Way where a win for either side could make a difference in such a tight division.
Game of the day is undoubtedly at The Glades as 5th placed Smithswood Firs host 3rd placed Montpellier. The two sides met in the Presidents Cup three weeks ago with Smithswood running out 4-0 winners. Expect this one to be a lot tighter. Leaders NKF Burbage travel to The Red Lion Ground to face 14th placed Bloxwich Town. Bloxwich have won their last two home games so this may be closer than the form book suggests. 2nd placed Hampton have made a great start to the season and they host Droitwich Spa who have games in hand on everyone else in the league, a reason why their 10th position may be a false one. Pelsall Villa have had a torrid start to the season although the announcement of a move to Walsall Wood may be the boost the club needs. They travel to Tally Ho! to face Moors Academy who are three places ahead of them in the table. Fairfield Villa find themselves one off the bottom of the table and they travel to 4th placed Northfield Town who have performed well following their promotion last season. Knowle welcome Coton Green to The Robins Nest with both well placed to challenge the top four.
With the top three all on cup duty, 4th placed Boldmere Sports & Social Falcons can themselves move into the top three with a win at mid-table Shipston Excelsior. Ten points from their last 4 games has seen Alcester Town move up to 5th and they will be confident of further advancement at home to Continental Star. AFC Solihull and Castle Vale Town are both searching for their first win of the season and they meet at Tudor Grange Leisure Centre. Leamington Hibernian have conceded 25 goals in their last 5 league games and they travel to CT Shush who are 9th. Inkberrow host Birmingham Tigers and when the sides met in the Challenge Vase recently they shared 6 goals.
Les James Challenge Cup Round 1
An intriguing tie at The Entaco as mid table Division 2 side Feckenham host Division 3 leaders GNP Sports. This will be a big test for the visitors but winning breeds confidence. The winners travel to Division 2 leaders NKF Burbage in round 2
At The Coppice, Barnt Green Spartak host Redditch Borough with both sides keen to get their season’s on an upward turn after indifferent starts to their respective league campaigns. The winners of the tie travel to Hampton in the quarter finals.
Enville Athletic welcome Coventrians to Hall Drive with a home quarter final against Central Ajax the reward for the victors.
|Other Fixtures BIRMINGHAM VASE ROUND 1|
|F C Stratford||v||Gornal Athletic|
|BIRMINGHAM SATURDAY AMATEUR CUP ROUND 1|
|Bartley Reds United||v||Cadbury Athletic Res.|
|Burton Town “A”||v||Boldmere St Michaels u21|
|Continental Star u21||v||Village 2nd||10.30|
|Coventry Plumbing||v||AFC Redditch u21|
|Highgate United u21||v||Knowle Res.||10.30|
|Saint Michael||v||Tamworth u21|
|Sutton Coldfield Town u21||v||Wake Green Amateur 2nd||10.30|
|The Way u21||v||Atherstone Town u21|
|HEREFORDSHIRE CHALLENGE CUP ROUND 1|
|NORTHAMPTONSHIRE LOWER JUNIOR CUP ROUND 1|
|AFC Rushden & Diamonds Elite||v||Corby White Hart Locos||2.00|
|Reserves CHALLENGE TROPHY ROUND 1|
|Bolehall Swifts||v||Lichfield City|
|Under 21 Divisions CHALLENGE BOWL ROUND 2|
|Droitwich Spa G & B||v||Wychall Wanderers|
|UNDER 21 DIVISION EAST|
|Coventry United||v||Kettering Town||11.00|
|FCV Reds||v||Bedworth United||10.30|
|Milton Keynes College||v||Leicester Nirvana||10.30|
|Open: Coleshill Town|
|UNDER 21 DIVISION SOUTH|
|H O W Academy||v||Evesham United||10.30|
|Worcester City||v||Heath Hayes||10.30|