Total Motion Midland League Newsletter

From Gary Hazlehurst  21st March 2019

 Premier Division Review

The battle for promotion looks likely to be between the top two as two of the challengers dropped points. 3rd placed Westfields were held to a goalless draw at Allpay Park by Highgate United and with only 4 games remaining their chance looks to have gone.

4th placed Sporting Khalsa travelled to Holywell Stadium to face relegation threatened Loughborough University but two goals from Connor Smith gave the students the points. If Khalsa are to finish top of the pile, they will need to win their last seven to stand a chance. South Normanton Athletic played the last 40 minutes at Coventry Sphinx with 10 men and held on to gain a valuable point in a 0-0 draw.

Five home games in their last six will give the Shiners some belief that they can avoid the drop. Boldmere St Michaels continued their fine late run with a 2-1 win at Worcester City, the winner a wind assisted free-kick from Owen Parry from inside his own half. Lye Town climb to 12th following a 3-1 win over AFC Wulfrunians at The Sports Ground. 

Premier Division Preview

Leaders Ilkeston Town make the short journey to Grange Park to face an in-form Long Eaton United. The Robins have not won away from home since early December and if they are to take the title, this will need to change. United are unbeaten in eight which has seen them climb to 9th in the table.

2nd place Walsall Wood welcome 7th placed Coventry Sphinx to Oak Park. Wood have picked up 13 points from their last 5 games and are looking for a double after a 2-1 win at Sphinx Drive in November. Sporting Khalsa are the only other side, realistically, that can take the tile but 7 points from their last 6 games has seemingly derailed their chance. They travel to Highgate United who have lost just one of their last 6 and who won at The Aspray Arena early in the campaign.

Looking at the league table, 5th against 3rd should be an excellent game. Both Shepshed Dynamo and Westfields have probably left themselves too much to do to take the title but a top three place is up for grabs when they meet at The Dovecote.

Four consecutive wins has lifted Boldmere St Michaels to 6th place and they welcome mid-table Stourport Swifts to the Trevor Brown Memorial Ground. At the foot of the table, 3rd bottom South Normanton Athletic host bottom club Wolverhampton Sporting Community in a game that is crucial to both. A defeat for the visitors will almost certainly condemn them to relegation back to the West Midlands Regional League. Dunkirk are in a similar position, needing to win their remaining 6 games to give them an outside chance of staying up. They host Lye Town in the first of their 6 cup finals.

Romulus reached the league cup final last weekend, but Premier Division safety is their main concern when they welcome Loughborough University to The Vale Stadium. The Scholars are one place and one point below the Roms and a win for either would go a long way to ensure safety. Coventry United, in 15th, are not yet sure of safety and they travel to Farley Way to face Quorn who they drew with 1-1 at The Butts Park Arena. Last but not least, AFC Wulfrunians welcome Worcester City to the CKW Stadium. Wulfs have branded the game as Groundhopper day and have various offers to attract groundhopping supporters to the game.  

League Cup Semi-Finals

NKF BURBAGE vs COVENTRY SPHINX – 26th March

ROMULUS 2   0 ILKESTON TOWN – 16th March

 League Cup Final

NKF BURBAGE or COVENTRY SPHINX vs ROMULUS 

Monday 13th May, Walsall FC  7.30pm

 Challenge Vase Final

BARTESTREE 0  2 CENTRAL AJAX  19th March

 

 

 Midland Floodlit Youth League – Southern Division

Results :

         
15-Aug Bromyard Town 2 5 Tuffley Rovers
16-Aug Pegasus Juniors 1 2 Slimbridge
20-Aug Stourport Swifts 7 2 Pegasus Juniors
22-Aug Cheltenham Town 3 5 Bishops Cleeve
  Tuffley Rovers 4 3 Redditch United
23-Aug Slimbridge 9 0 Bromyard Town
29-Aug Bishop Cleeve 0 5 Malvern Town
30-Aug Pegasus Juniors 4 3 Cheltenham Town
  Slimbridge 7 3 Redditch United
  Stourport Swifts 0 4 Slimbridge
  Malvern Town  2 1 Redditch United
10-Sep Malvern Town  2 1 Pegasus Juniors
  Stourport Swifts 2 1 Bromyard Town
13-Sep Cheltenham Town 1 9 Slimbridge
  Tuffley Rovers 0 2 Bishops Cleeve
17-Sep Stourport Swifts 3 3 Cheltenham Town
18-Sep Bishop Cleeve 4 1 Bromyard Town
27-Sep Slimbridge 3 0 Malvern Town
    4- Oct  Bromyard Town  1  7  Cheltenham Town
   Tuffley Rovers  1  1  Pegasus Juniors
   Bishops Cleeve   2  2  Stourport Swifts
    8- Oct  Bromyard Town  0  5  Bishops Cleeve
   Stourport Swifts  4  2  Tuffley Rovers
 11- Oct  Cheltenham Town  2  5  Malvern Town
 17-Oct  Bishops Cleeve  1  0  Pegasus Juniors
 18-Oct  Tuffley Rovers  1  6  Cheltenham Town
   Bromyard Town  0  12  Malvern Town
 22-Oct  Malvern Town  7  0  Tuffley Rovers
 25-Oct  Slimbridge   2  2  Bishops Cleeve
   Pegasus Juniors  4  3  Bromyard Town
   Cheltenham Town  3  1  Redditch United
 1-Nov  Pegasus Juniors   2  6  Stourport Swifts
   Slimbridge   3  3  Cheltenham Town
   Tuffley Rovers   3  2  Bromyard Town
 13-Nov  Bishops Cleeve  1  0  Cheltenham Town
   Malvern Town  2  3  Stourport Swifts
 19-Nov  Malvern Town  3  0  Bishops Cleeve
   Redditch United   3  2  Tuffley Rovers
   Slimbridge   5  0  Pegasus Juniors
23-Nov  Redditch United  6  1 Bromyard 
26- Nov  Tuffley Rovers   7  2 Stourport Swifts
27- Nov  Redditch United    4   6 Slimbridge 
29-Nov  Malvern Town   2 Cheltenham Town 
 6-Dec Pegasus Juniors   1 5 Malvern Town 
7-Dec  Redditch United    2  2 Bishops Cleeve 
13 Dec  Cheltenham Town    2  0 Bromyard Town 
14 Dec  Redditch United   5 Pegasus Juniors 
  Malvern Town  Bromyard Town 
10 Jan  Bishops Cleeve   3  1 Tuffley Rovers 
16 Jan  Bishops Cleeve   0  8 Slimbridge 
17 Jan  Tuffley Rovers   2  3 Malvern Town 
18 Jan  Redditch United    3  7 Cheltenham Town 
21 Jan  Stourport Swifts    7  1 Redditch United 
  Slimbridge   0 Tuffley Rovers 
28 Jan  Malvern Town   2  2 Slimbridge 
7 Feb  Bromyard Town   1 Pegasus Juniors 
  Stourport Swifts  3 2 Bishops Cleeve
  Redditch United    0  9 Malvern Town 
14 Feb  Bromyard Town   Redditch United 
  Cheltenham Town  0 Stourport Swifts 
18 Feb  Tuffley Rovers   0 4 Slimbridge 
20 Feb  Bishops Cleeve   3 Redditch United 
21 Feb  Pegasus Juniors  2 Tuffley Rovers 
28 Feb  Cheltenham Town  5 3 Tuffley Rovers 
  Bromyard Town  Slimbridge 
1 March  Redditch United  2 Stourport Swifts 
5 March  Slimbridge   2 5 Stourport Swifts 
13 March  Bromyard Town   0  Stourport Swifts 
21 March  Stourport Swifts   0 Malvern Town 
         
         
         

 

 Southern Division League Table - as at 21st  March

    P W D L F A PTS
1 Malvern Town 16 13 1 2 67 15 40
2 Slimbridge 16 12 3 1 75 23 39
3 Stourport Swifts 16 10 2 4 58 35 32
4 Bishops Cleeve 15 8 3 4 32 32 27
5 Cheltenham Town 16 6 2 8 47 48 20
6 Redditch United 15 5 1 9 39 57 16
7 Pegasus Juniors 14 4 2 8 24 45 14
8 Tuffley Rovers 16 4 1 11 33 53 13
9 Bromyard Town 16 0 1 15 15 82 1

  

 Swifts Junior Programme grows

Stourport Swifts Junior Programme gets underway again this season with the introduction of FIVE levels of Junior teams in action.

Led by Head of Youth Development and qualified FA Coach Steve Shepheard, and playing most of their games at Stourport High School, Swifts will now field a total of FIFTEEN separate Junior sides.

 ‘Mini Swifts’ have increased to Under 5's, Under 6's, under 7's and Under 9's plus the existing Under 11’s, Under 12’s, two Under 13 teams, and an Under 15 side.

Two new teams will play on Sundays, Under 14's and Under 16's plus another Under 16 team, joining the existing teams.

Also there will be two new girls teams at Under 9 and Under 11 level.

Chairman Pip Hanson said "It's fantastic to see the Junior Section growing so fast after just one season.

We will also have a new Under 18 team in the Southern Division of the Midland Floodlit League, providing a pathway for the two Under 16 teams to Senior level.

With new manager Quentin Townsend forging a strong link with Worcester University, we are geared to provide a great opportunity for local young players all the way to the Midland Premier League"