Midland Football League
11th October 2017
Hinckley AFC interim manager Dean Thomas spoke of his excitement at returning to the dugout after yesterday’s win at Chelmsley Town.
Nearly five years to the day after resigning as manager of Hinckley United, Thomas was back in charge with his first game as interim boss in a 5-0 win at Pack Meadow.
And Thomas said he was delighted to be back involved. He said: “I was quite excited before the game. It’s nice to come back to my home town club and I’ve got a lot of history with the club. I do miss the game sometimes but I’ve made a lot of decisions outside football.”
Thomas said he was pleased with the number of players from Carl Abbott’s squad who played yesterday, but admits he doesn’t know what the future holds for some despite being hopeful that most will remain with the club.
“The consensus is that the majority will stay. You never quite know, and things can change from one day to the next. We’re getting a list together and we’re hopeful that the majority will play on Tuesday. I expect that there may be a few changes but we’ll get to Tuesday and see what happens. Hopefully they’ll stick around.”
He said he was pleased with the way his side played, and was full of praise with the way they responded after a difficult week. “It’s been a good day after a turbulent week. It was nice that the lads all came and the one thing I wanted today was a good attitude – to perform well and do the job properly. They stuck to the gameplan and in the end, it was nice that we scored five goals and kept a clean sheet. We scored early goals in the first half and then the third really killed them off. It was important that we scored at the start of the second half, and we did. They were never going to come back from that. They kept on battling so fair play to them, but it was important we saw the game out and kept a clean sheet. Sometimes you can get sloppy but today we were good. The attitude of the players was great and we can now look forward to Tuesday.”
Coventry Sphinx Football Club can announce that their 1st Team Manager Stuart Dutton and his Assistant Scott Furlong have both left the club with immediate effect. All parties agree it is the right thing to do for the benefit of the football club.
Club Chairman, Dannie Cahill commented, “Both Stuart and Scott have worked tirelessly in the last couple of seasons for which we are all truly grateful but with recent poor results we all decided that it was time for a change. Great credit must go to them both for putting the club first and we wish them both every success in whatever they decide to do in the future”.
The club moved quickly to secure the services of their new Manager Lee Knibbs who returns to the club having already served time as the Assistant to Danny McSheffery back in 2012.
Lee will take up all 1st team matters immediately and is now focused on this coming Saturday’s home game against South Normanton Athletic FC.
Everybody in the club wishes Lee every success.
Travels of the Press Officer
Saturday October 7th
Total Motion Midland Football League Division 1
Stafford Town 1 Leicester Road 2
After watching Walsall Wood take over at the top of the league on Tuesday evening, it was time to take a look at the side that spoilt The Wood’s 100% record, Leicester Road. They were pitted against Stafford Town who started the season well but had slipped down the table in recent weeks. It was the home side that made the first inroads, Craig Hulme toe-poking the ball over Will Highland’s crossbar. In the 3rd minute, Stafford keeper Josh Moreton completely missed a cross and it was headed off the line by Dave Wilcock. Highland did well to claw a right-wing cross out of the air. Leicester Road were awarded a free-kick in a good position but Jake Holt’s effort was way over the bar. In the 10th minute, the visitors went close when from an excellent cross from Callum Earls, Matt Langham powered a header goalwards and it was hacked off the line. Leicester Road continued to press and Earls volleyed high over the bar. Langham was again on target with a header but it was directed straight at Moreton who made a comfortable save. In the 23rd minute, a long ball found Hulme whose first-time volley was straight at Highland. Leicester Road were the more threatening and from a Sam Munton cross, Jarryd Acton’s header dropped just wide. In the 31st minute, Ryan Pace took a free-kick for Stafford but it was too close to Highland who saved. An excellent ball in to the box by Ben Gutteridge was missed by everyone and Leicester Road cleared their lines. In the 37th minute, the visitors took the lead. A low ball in from the left from Luke Kingsley-Smith was flicked home at the near post by Nuno Gomes.
A matter of seconds into the second half, a challenge by Wilcock on Joe Lyne had Leicester Road screaming for a penalty but the referee was having none of it. Jasper Johns picked out Pace who turned, creating space but put his effort off target. Stafford were making life uncomfortable for their high-flying visitors and Gutteridge fired another shot over the bar. On the hour mark, Highland made a fine save to thwart Pace. Acton headed the ball off the line following another Stafford attack while Holt saw a shot cleared at the other end. Stafford were level in the 72nd minute and it was a goal of the highest quality. Leicester Road cleared the ball to Gutteridge, 30 yards out from goal and he hit a screamer first-time which flew into the top right-hand corner. Leicester Road responded superbly and Holt forced an excellent save from Moreton. The visitors regained the lead in the 77th minute. A free-kick from Holt was clipped home at the near post by Gomes. Munton almost made It three for Leicester Road but he was off target. As hard as they tried, Stafford couldn’t make the breakthrough and Leicester Road took an important three points towards the top of the table.
Tuesday October 10th
Total Motion Midland Football League Premier Division
Bromsgrove Sporting 2 Westfields 1
Bromsgrove Sporting have taken to life in the Premier Division like a duck to water dropping only 5 points so far in the league campaign. Westfields find themselves playing catch up with four games in hand on their hosts. The lack of league games has left the Hereford based club in the lower reaches of the table however a place nearer the top of the pile is anticipated. Another big crowd had turned up on a Tuesday evening at The Victoria ground and it was the home side that threatened first when Matt Sysum made an error at the heart of the Westfields defence and conceded a needless corner. In the 4th minute, Westfields keeper Kieron Blackburn completely missed a cross and when the ball was played back to Robbie Bunn, Bromsgrove’s leading scorer was off target. Blackburn could easily have been shown a red card in the 5th minute when he fouled Danico Johnson on the edge of the area with Johnson heading towards goal. Referee Pearson was lenient and showed a yellow. A minute later Bunn headed off the line and Jamie Molyneux hit the rebound against keeper Brendon Bunn. Westfields took the lead in the 7th minute. Mark Magee was picked out in space, controlled the ball well and then fired past Bunn giving the keeper no chance. Magee had a chance to make it two 3 minutes later but he headed wide from close range. John Pykett raced clear down the right for Bromsgrove but his cross was behind Jason Cowley and the chance went begging, In the 22nd minute, Johnson tried to curl a shot over Blackburn with Cowley in acres of space. Cowley should have done better in the 24th minute when he had a clear shooting opportunity in the box but decided to pass instead. On the stroke of half-time, Cowley chased a lost cause, kept the ball in and crossed for Johnson whose shot was blocked. From the corner, Cowley’s flying header dropped wide.
Bromsgrove were attacking the Shed End in the second half and the increased volume certainly had a positive impact. In the 53rd minute, Johnson beat his defender and saw the shot well saved by Blackburn. The rebound fell to Cowley who was off target. In the 57th minute, a well struck shot from Molyneux hit Magee who couldn’t get out of the way. Bromsgrove were on level terms a minute later and it was another Cowley wondergoal. He picked the ball up on the left, cut inside and with a right foot shot hit the roof of the net from 25 yards. Momentum was now with the home side. Cowley was unlucky in the 66th minute when his driving run beat 3 defenders with Blackburn making an excellent save. Back came Westfields and Magee’s volley was heading towards the net until the flying head of Aaron Roberts knocked it away for a corner. Connor Deards, on as a substitute, whipped a cross in from the right that was inches in front of Johnson. Bromsgrove took the lead in the 74th minute and it was another goal of high quality. Bunn was fund on the left, he looked to go left but cut inside and beat Blackburn at his near post through the smallest of gaps. Bromsgrove could have made it safe in the 76th minute when Johnson had three players waiting in the box for a cross but he failed to get it past the first defender. With three minutes left, Westfields came close to an equaliser. A free-kick from Craig Jones was headed goalwards y Richard Greaves and Brendon Bunn got down low and made a superb save. Robbie Bunn had another chance but fired over but his goal had sealed the victory for Bromsgrove.
A wonderful advert for the MFL with three absolutely stunning goals.
League leaders Coleshill Town were held to a 1-1 draw at Stourbridge Road by Lye Town. Lye took the lead through Reece Shilvock but Jordan Nadat equalised in the second half. Bromsgrove Sporting closed the gap to 7 points with three games in hand as they beat Long Eaton United 2-0 at The Victoria Ground in front of a superb gate of 1046. 3rd placed Worcester City went down 2-1 at Shawbury United who climb off the bottom with the win. To make things worse for Worcester they lost experienced striker Mark Danks to a straight red in the first half. A solitary goal from Leon Miles sees Sporting Khalsa take closer order as they won at Quorn 1-0. another excellent gate of 371 at Butlin Road saw Rugby Town and Coventry United battle out a goalless draw. Heanor Town move up to 6th following a 3-2 win at The Town Ground over Highgate United. Coventry Sphinx got off to a winning start for new manager Lee Knibbs as they came from behind to beat South Normanton Athletic 2-1 at Sphinx Drive. Alex Read scored a hat-trick as Loughborough University found form with a 5-1 win over Rocester. Aaron Lloyd was another player to grab a hat-trick as Stourport Swifts beat Boldmere St Michaels 3-2, Ryan Nesbitt scoring twice for The Mikes. Shepshed Dynamo had to come from behind to snatch a point at home to Haughmond, 1-1 the final score. Westfields climbed up to 15th in the table with a fine 3-1 win at AFC Wulfrunians.
Bromsgrove Sporting closed the gap at the top to just 4 points with a fine 2-1 win over Westfields in front of another bumper gate of 631 at The Victoria Ground. Westfields took the lead through Mark Magee but two excellent strikes from Jason Cowley and Robbie Bunn in the second half gave the Rouslers all three points. Two goals in the last 20 minutes earned Highgate United a victory at Boldmere St Michaels, 2-0 the final score. Haughmond climb up to 14th after a 3-1 win over AFC Wulfrunians at The Village.
|League Table 1||Coleshill Town||13||10||2||1||28||14||14||32|
|17||Long Eaton United||11||2||3||6||16||22||-6||9|
|19||South Normanton Athletic||11||2||1||8||9||26||-17||7|
|21||Boldmere St Michaels||10||1||2||7||11||29||-18||5|
Leaders Walsall Wood maintained their slender advantage at the top of the table with a 4-0 win at the ML Safety Stadium over Pershore Town. Jordan Fitzpatrick scored twice as The Wood made it 9 wins in 10 games. Studley stay second after they beat Ilkeston Town 3-1 at The Beehive with Chris Cowley scoring twice. Hinckley AFC, with caretaker manager Dean Thomas in charge, responded to the departure of Carl Abbott in the best way possible, a 5-0 win at Chelmsley Town with Steve Hart scoring twice. Atherstone Town went even better, a 6-2 win at Heath Hayes with doubles from Luke Shorthouse and Alex Naughton. A double from Nuno Gomes enabled Leicester Road to move up to 5th place in a 2-1 win at Stafford Town. Shane Benjamin scored a hat-trick for Heather St Johns in their 5-2 win over Cadbury Athletic at St Johns Park. Lichfield City remarkably drew 3-3 away from home for the third time in a week, this time at Racing Club Warwick, Ben Lund scoring twice for City. Paget Rangers are into the top half of the table as they beat Uttoxeter Town 2-0 at The Trevor Brown Memorial Ground. Coventry Alvis remain anchored to the bottom as they were beaten 4-0 at home by Littleton with Daniel Carter adding two more to his impressive tally. Coventry Copsewood are 9th following a 2-1 win at Allard Way over Bolehall Swifts. Two sides struggling near the foot of the table couldn’t be separated at Silkmore Lane, Brocton and Nuneaton Griff drawing 1-1.
Coventry Copsewood are up to 6th following a 3-0 derby win over Coventry Alvis, Matty Burt scoring twice.
Game of the day saw Smithswood Firs move into the top three following a 5-2 win over Montpellier at The Glades. Trea Bertie scored twice for The Firs as they made it 6 wins on the trot in all competitions. Leaders NKF Burbage were held 1-1 at The Red Lion Ground by Bloxwich Town. That result allowed Hampton to close the gap to just one point but they left it late, a goal in stoppage time from Elton Papri giving them a 1-0 win over Droitwich Spa. Bottom club Pelsall Villa have a new manager and a revamped side and they started well picking up a point in a 1-1 draw at Moors Academy. Knowle are 5th after they beat Coton Green 2-0 at The Robin’s Nest. Fairfield Villa picked up a much needed three points with a 2-0 win at 9-man Northfield Town.
Alcester Town climb to 3rd place in the table with a 3-0 win over Continental Star. AFC Solihull picked up their first win of the season beating bottom club Castle Vale Town 5-1 at Tudor Grange. Leamington Hibernian are still searching for their first win, a 4-0 defeat at CT Shush leaves them one place off the bottom. Josh O’Reilly scored twice for CT Shush who are now 8th. Inkberrow were the day’s big winners, Nathan Davies scoring a hat-trick in a 6-0 win over Birmingham Tigers. Shipston Excelsior are up to 5th after they beat Boldmere Sports & Social Falcons 2-1.
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Heanor Town made light work of Nuneaton Griff at The Town Ground with Elliott Reeves grabbing a hat-trick in a 7-0 win. Last season’s beaten finalists Hinckley AFC bowed out of this season’s competition losing 3-1 to landlords Heather St Johns for whom Simeon Cobourne scored twice. Coventry United are also through to round 3 after a hard fought 2-0 win at Leicester Road.
Les James Memorial Charity Cup 1st Round
GNP Sports pulled off a giant killing beating 2nd division Feckenham 1-0 at The Entaco, Connoll Farrell with the all-important goal.
President’s Cup Round 1
Barnt Green Spartak and Redditch Borough were level 1-1 after 90 minutes and it was Redditch that went through courtesy of a 6-5 win on penalties.
Challenge Vase Round 1
Coventrians eased into the next round of the Vase with a 4-0 win at Hall Drive over Enville Athletic thanks to a hat-trick from Thomas Cuppleditch.
FC Stratford are through to the next round of the Birmingham Vase following another big win, 6-1 at home to Gornal Athletic. Nick Cox and Ashley Wilkes both scored twice for Stratford. In the Herefordshire Challenge Cup, Bartestree were knocked out 4-3 on penalties at Ewyas Harold after it finished 2-2 after 90 minutes.
Walsall Wood are through to round 2 of the Staffordshire Senior Cup following a 3-0 win at Abbey Hulton United. Lichfield City also progressed in the same competition beating Brocton 4-1 at Silkmore Lane. Uttoxeter Town were knocked out at home losing 3-0 to Eccleshall.
Ilkeston Town are through to round 2 of the Derbyshire Senior Cup, Callum Smith and Tim Hopkinson scoring twice in a 5-1 win over Mickleover RBL.
NKF Burbage went goal crazy in the Jelson Homes Senior Cup, beating Oakham United 12-1 at Kirkby Road. Jess Adcock with 4, Tom Smith with 2 and Jake Garner with 3 were the main beneficiaries.
Ricardo Reid scored a hat-trick for Sporting Khalsa as they beat Wolverhampton United 6-1 in the JW Hunt Cup. Atherstone Town and Lye Town couldn’t find a goal between them but it was the Adders that went through 5-4 on penalties.
Knowle were giant killers in the Smedley Crooke Memorial Cup, winning 1-0 at Littleton
A double from Nick Clayton-Phillips helped West Bromwich Albion to a 3-1 win in the Birmingham Senior Cup at Coventry Sphinx.
|Reserves CHALLENGE TROPHY ROUND 1|
|Bolehall Swifts||4||v||0||Lichfield City|
|BIRMINGHAM SATURDAY AMATEUR CUP ROUND 1|
|Bartley Reds United||4||2p4||4||Cadbury Athletic Res.|
|Highgate United u21||5||v||1||Knowle Res.|
|BIRMINGHAM SATURDAY AMATEUR CUP ROUND 1|
|Burton Town “A”||3||v||2||Boldmere St Michaels u21|
|Continental Star u21||2||4p3||2||Village 2nd|
|Coventry Plumbing||3||v||1||AFC Redditch u21|
|Highgate United u21||5||v||1||Knowle Res.|
|Saint Michael||0||v||12||Tamworth u21|
|Sutton Coldfield Town u21||3||v||2||Wake Green Amateur 2nd|
|The Way u21||0||v||2||Atherstone Town u21|
|NORTHAMPTONSHIRE LOWER JUNIOR CUP ROUND 1|
|AFC Rushden & Diamonds Elite||0||v||1||Corby White Hart Locos|
Marco Adaggio Highgate United 12
Aaron Lloyd Stourport Swifts 12
Dave Reynolds Worcester City 12
Lei Brown Highgate United 10
Ryan Nesbitt Boldmere St Michaels 10
Elliott Reeves Heanor Town 10
Jack Till Lye Town 10
Mark Danks Worcester City 9
Matt Gardner Coleshill Town 9
Steve Hole Haughmond 9
David Meese Sporting Khalsa 9
Martin Smyth Rocester 9
Reuben Wiggins-Thomas Rugby Town 9
Kyle Brady AFC Wulfrunians, Sporting Khalsa 8
Ryan Harkin Coventry Sphinx 8
David Kolodynski Rugby Town 8
Oli Roome Rocester 8
Nick Turton AFC Wulfrunians 8
Craig Bannister Sporting Khalsa 7
Robbie Bunn Bromsgrove Sporting 7
Shay Brennan Shepshed Dynamo 7
Kevin Hemagou South Normanton Athletic 7
Liam Hurst Shepshed Dynamo 7
Nick MacPherson Stourport Swifts 7
Joe Parry Haughmond 7
Mitch Piggon Coventry United 7
Dean Rathbone Coleshill Town 7
Simeon Cobourne Heather St Johns 15
George Bowerman Hinckley AFC 14
Daniel Carter Littleton 14
Regan Smith Heath Hayes 14
Alex Naughton Atherstone Town 13
Paul Sullivan Walsall Wood 13
Joey Butlin Walsall Wood 10
Daniel Carter Paget Rangers 9
Dan Griffiths Lichfield City 9
Steve Hart Hinckley AFC 9
Andy Nicol Studley 9
Jamie Clarke Pershore Town 8
Kyle Esplin Uttoxeter Town 8
Joe Hartshorne Brocton 8
Michael Wright Pershore Town / Littleton 8
Odane Barnes Cadbury Athletic 7
Adam Knight Racing Club Warwick 7
Alex Marshall Ilkeston Town 7
Shane Benjamin Heather St johns 6
Greg Downes Leicester Road 6
Montel Gibson Ilkeston Town 6
Nuno Gomes Leicester Road 6
Jake Humphries Heath Hayes 6
Jemeul Mills Chelmsley Town 6
Ryan Pace Coventry Alvis, Stafford Town 6
Dave Yonwin Heather St johns 6
Michael Bloore (Bolehall Swifts), Luke Church (racing Club Warwick), Tony Clarke (Walsall Wood), Jack Cook (Heather St Johns), Liam Davies (Coventry Copsewood), Jack Edwards (Brocton), Matt Langham (Leicester Road), Craig Marshall (Lichfield City), Jack Weldon (Heath Hayes), Josh Westwood (Studley) and Sean Williams (Hinckley AFC) all on 5 goals
Stuart Hendrie Montpellier 15
Jess Adcock NKF Burbage 11
Trea Bertie Smithswood Firs 11
Martin Crawford Smithswood Firs 10
Steve Ruck Knowle 9
Adam Garmson Northfield Town 8
Tom Smith NKF Burbage 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
Ellis Blakemore Fairfield Villa 5
Alex Coultas NKF Burbage 5
Umit Eminoglu Feckenham 5
Jake Garner NKF Burbage 5
James Lemon Droitwich Spa 5
Cameron Moriarty Bloxwich Town 5
Daniel Murphy Feckenham 5
Kelsn Shepard Montpellier 5
Ryan Andrews Moors Academy 4
Brad Burgess Droitwich Spa 4
Adam Goodby Coton Green 4
Ben Lund Pelsall Villa 4
Daniel Pitt Fairfield Villa 4
Karl Walker Hampton 4
Ryan Walker Hampton 4
Stephen Windle Earlswood Town 4
James Gifford FC Stratford 13
Dylan Parker FC Stratford 12
Nathan Davies Inkberrow 10
Jimmy Ward Alcester Town 10
James Drinkwater Shipston Excelsior 8
Reece Gibson Boldmere Sports & Social Falcons 8
Louis Mann Bartestree 8
Ellis Kalach Alcester Town 7
Tyler Haddow Coventrians 6
Ben Hill FC Stratford 6
Thomas Cuppleditch Coventrians 5
Jake Harris Shipston Excelsior 5
Kyle Hudlin Castle Vale Town 5
Ashley Wilkes FC Stratford 5
Abubaker Abdulkarim Birmingham Tigers 4
Charlie Cook GNP Sports 4
Daniel Fleming Boldmere Sports & Social Falcons 4
Jonathan Hamer AFC Solihull 4
Brad Hands Inkberrow 4
Miles Langford Bartestree 4
Matthew Lewis Boldmere Sports & Social Falcons 4
Younes Touaiti Birmingham Tigers 4
Tom Parnaby FC Stratford 4
Dean Fisher Alvechurch 8
Samuel Hammerton Gresley 8
Kyle Wainwright Walsall Wood 8
Callum Hall Walsall Wood 6
Kane Lee Gresley 6
Josh Dutton 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
Lewis Brade Alvechurch 3
Curtis Haynes Coton Green 3
Marc Johnston Nuneaton Griff 3
Chanda Mulenga Nuneaton Griff 3
Joel Steer Tamworth 15
Ryan Palmer Coventry United 9
Liam Lockett Worcester City 8
Ewan Dunbar Evesham United 7
Alex Knight Tamworth 7
Bailey Fuller H.O.W. Academy 6
Samuel Major-Beddoes Evesham United 6
Praise Anyanegbu Highgate United 5
Andre Lawrence Sutton Coldfield 5
Chandler Pegg Tamworth 5
Yasin Peart Boldmere St Michaels 5
Bailey Beddows H.O.W. Academy 4
Shay Beeby Aylestone Park 4
Matthew Beedell Brocton 4
John Canning Sutton Coldfield 4
Lucas Edmonds H.O.W. Academy 4
Sam Ford Coleshill Town 4
Keaton Francis-Belou Coventry united 4
Sam Jeeves Boldmere St Michaels 4
Tyler Johal Tamworth 4
Riley Keasey Worcester City 4
Liam Kirton Brocton 4
Adam Langley Heath Hayes 4
Jordan Lovell Continental Star 4
Lewis Ludford Coventry United 4
King-David Marstaller Milton Keynes College 4
Jordan McKenzie AFC Redditch 4
Jordan Thompson Continental Star 4
Game of the day is at The Town Ground as 6th placed Heanor Town face 2nd placed Bromsgrove Sporting. Sporting made it 9 wins out of 11 in midweek and are just 4 points off leaders Coleshill Town with two games in hand. Heanor have an excellent home record so something must give. Leaders Coleshill Town welcome Stourport Swifts to Pack Meadow with 7 wins out of 7 in all competitions at home. 3rd placed Worcester City will be hoping to get back to winning ways when they welcome South Normanton Athletic to The Victoria Ground. Sporting Khalsa are 4th and they have the promise of an entertaining game at The Aspray Arena with Loughborough University the visitors. Coventry United welcome Shawbury United to The Butts Park Arena with their visitors buoyant after last week’s win over Worcester City. Rugby Town are on a fine run of form and they welcome AFC Wulfrunians to Butlin Road with Wulfs slipping to 9th after 2 defeats in a week. There is a good looking game at The Coppice with Highgate United hosting Shepshed Dynamo. Quorn have slipped to the bottom of the table and they face a tough game at Farley Way against Lye Town. Boldmere St Michaels are one place and one goal better of then Quorn and they face the tough trip to Westfields. Haughmond have had a good week picking up 4 points and they have the chance to continue this progression as they face the long journey to Long Eaton United. Coventry Sphinx got off to a winning start for their new management team last week and they welcome Rocester, without a win in 5, to Sphinx Drive.
Leaders Walsall Wood travel to The Pingles Stadium to face lowly Nuneaton Griff hoping to make it ten wins out of 11. Second placed Studley lost their opening league game of the season but have been unbeaten in 10 games since. They travel to Evans Park to tackle 16th placed Stafford Town. Expect a glut of goals at St Johns Park as a much-changed Hinckley AFC take on Heath Hayes. Together these two sides have seen 109 goals in 21 games in the league this season with Hinckley having the best of it in 3rd place. Successive home draws have slowed Atherstone Town’s progress and they will want to put that right when Pershore Town visit the Mark Webster Community Stadium. Three wins on the trot has lifted Leicester Road to 5th and they host in-form Heather St Johns in what should be an entertaining encounter. Ilkeston Town have suffered two defeats in their last three games admittedly against sides above them and they will be confident of a victory at home to Chelmsley Town who have lost their last 4 league games. Lichfield City have drawn their last three games away from home 3-3 and it couldn’t happen again at free-scoring Littleton, could it? Two sides having a poor run of results meet at Rene Road with Bolehall Swifts entertaining Coventry Alvis. Cadbury Athletic and Brocton find themselves in the bottom four and they meet at The TSA Ground with a chance for the victors to gain some confidence. Racing Club Warwick have been amongst the goals in recent weeks and they welcome Uttoxeter Town to Townsend Meadow.
Game of the day sees 3rd placed Smithswood Firs play host to next door neighbours, 2nd placed Hampton at The Glades. Firs have won their last 4 league games and Hampton their last 5. Should be a cracker. Leaders NKF Burbage travel to mid-table Earlswood Town with their lead to cut to a solitary point. 4th placed Montpellier will be looking to bounce back from last week’s defeat at Smithswood Firs when they welcome Barnt Green Spartak to The Beehive. 6th meet 5th at Shenley Lane with Northfield Town hosting Knowle with recent results making this one nigh on impossible to predict. Fairfield Villa had an important win last weekend and victory at home to Moors Academy could see them climb to the middle of the table. 10th versus 9th at Walshes Meadow with Droitwich Spa hosting Feckenham. Spa have games in hand on their rivals and have only played one league game in 5 weeks due to cup competitions.
A reduced timetable in Division 3 due to cup fixtures. Bartestree will go top if they can beat 12th placed AFC Solihull at home. FC Stratford take their 100% record to The Vale Stadium to face bottom club Castle Vale Town. Shipston Excelsior and Inkberrow had good wins last weekend and they meet at London Road. CT Shush have made a solid start to life in the MFL and they travel to the picturesque surroundings of Hall Drive to meet Enville Athletic.
Les James Challenge Cup Round 1
Boldmere Sports & Social Falcons from Division 3 host Division 2 Redditch Borough with a place in the quarter finals at stake. Boldmere have had some decent results this season but a win here, would be the pick of the bunch.
|Other Fixtures STAFFORDSHIRE VASE ROUND 1|
|Ossma Blurton||v||Pelsall Villa|
|Redgate Clayton||v||Bloxwich Town|
|COVENTRY CHARITY CUP|
|GNP Sports||v||AEI Rugby|
|Christ the King||v||Central Ajax|
|Coventry Copsewood||v||Coventry Colliery|
|SMEDLEY CROOKE MEMORIAL CHARITY CUP ROUND 1|
|Coton Green||v||Alcester Town|
|Highgate United u21||v||Continental Star||10.30|
|DERBYSHIRE DIVISIONAL CUP (SOUTH) ROUND 1|
|Gresley Res.||v||Swanwick Pentrich Road Res.||2.00|
|STAFFORDSHIRE CHALLENGE CUP ROUND 2|
|Heath Hayes u21||v||Lichfield City Casuals||2.30|
|Madley White Star||v||Rushall Olympic u21|
|Norton Canes||v||Brocton u21|
|BEDWORTH NURSING CUP ROUND 1|
|Reserves CHALLENGE TROPHY ROUND 1|
|Lichfield City||v||Coton Green|
|Under 21 Divisions CHALLENGE BOWL ROUND 2|
|UNDER 21 DIVISION EAST|
|Bedworth United||v||Atherstone Town||11.00|
|Coventry United||v||AFC Rushden & Diamonds Elite||11.00|
|Kettering Town||v||Aylestone Park||10.30|
|Leicester Nirvana||v||FCV Reds||11.00|
|Milton Keynes College||v||Coleshill Town||10.30|
|UNDER 21 DIVISION WEST|
|AFC Redditch||v||H O W Academy||10.30|
|Boldmere St Michaels||v||Droitwich Spa G & B||10.30|
|Continental Star||v||Wychall Wanderers||11.30|
|Worcester City||v||Evesham United||10.30|