Total Motion Midland League Newsletter
from Gary Hazlehurst - 7th March 2018
Premier Division - Review
The weather wiped out the entire MPL programme last Saturday, but a few games managed to go ahead midweek.
Following a tumultuous couple of weeks, leaders Bromsgrove Sporting were back at The Victoria Ground with new manager Brendan Kelly in charge for the first time and they put their troubles behind them with a 4-0 win over Boldmere St Michaels. Jason Cowley scored twice as the Rouslers move three points clear at the top of the table.
Sporting Khalsa are back up to 3rd after a seesaw encounter at bottom club Rocester. Khalsa took a 2-0 lead inside the first 28 minutes but a double from Oli Roome drew the Romans level. With 4 minutes on the clock, Khalsa grabbed a winner through Liam Holt, returning to the club after his short spell at Bromsgrove Sporting.
Rugby Town raced into a 4-0 lead inside 25 minutes at home to Heanor Town and despite The Lions pulling a goal back before the break, it was Rugby who ran out 4-1 winners.
Two goals from Shaquille McDonald earned Coventry United a 2-1 victory over Lye Town at The Butts Park Arena.
Premier Division – Preview
Leaders Bromsgrove Sporting welcome Coventry United to The Victoria Ground and, if past encounters are to go by, this should be a cracker.
2nd placed Coleshill Town welcome Haughmond to Pack Meadow and with the visitors just two points above the relegation zone, this is a game of huge importance at both ends of the table. 3rd placed Sporting Khalsa travel to 3rd bottom South Normanton Athletic who gave themselves hope with a good away win last time out.
4th placed Worcester City take on mid-table Shepshed Dynamo at The Dovecote with Shepshed picking up just 4 points from their last 6 games. 5th place Highgate United have games in hand on the sides above them and they entertain Heanor Town who were beaten heavily in midweek.
At the bottom, Rocester are 10 points adrift of safety and they need to start picking up points if they are to avoid the drop. They travel to the CKW Stadium to face AFC Wulfrunians. One point from their last three games has slowed Shawbury United’s recovery and they will be hoping to get back to winning ways when they welcome in-form Long Eaton United to The Ludlow Stadium.
Loughborough University are only 6 points clear of the drop zone and they take on Stourport Swifts at Walshes Meadow with Swifts unbeaten in 5. Rugby Town welcome Quorn to Butlin Road looking to build on the midweek win over Heanor Town.
6th place Coventry Sphinx are without a win in 5 games and they travel to Stourbridge Road to face Lye Town who may yet be drawn into the relegation scrap. 13th meets 12th at The Trevor Brown Memorial Ground with Boldmere St Michaels entertaining Westfields. Westfields have lost 6 out of their last 8 and come into the game on the back of three straight defeats.
Bromsgrove manager resigns
Following the decision of the Bromsgrove Sporting board of directors on Monday to hold discussions with manager Paul Smith in order to plan and discuss the future direction of the Club and to resolve differences, a meeting was held between directors and Paul with an independent chairman. Unfortunately, Paul felt that he did not have the full support of the board and decided to resign as manager immediately rather than at the end of the season.
In a brief statement, club chairman, Mike Burke said "It is regrettable that Paul has decided to resign now but we are grateful for all he has achieved for the Club in his 4½ years here. We wish him well for the future".
Assistant manager Brendan Kelly will take over first team responsibilities saying that he is looking forward to the challenge ahead. The board of directors, the Bromsgrove Sporting Supporters Society and the team management have now agreed to continue to work together for the benefit of the Club.
With the league Cup competitions moving towards end of season finals, the latest draws are as follows: -
Polymac Packaging League Cup Semi-Finals Saturday 5th May
Walsall Wood or Racing Club Warwick vs Heather St Johns
Heanor Town or South Normanton Athletic vs Coleshill Town
Final to be held at Walsall FC on Tuesday 15th May
Buildbase FA Vase Semi Final Draw
Marske United v Stockton Town
Thatcham Town v 1874 Northwich
Odds to win the Vase: Marske Utd. 6/5, Stockton Town 10/3. 1874 Northwich, Thatcham Town 6/1
Swifts Announce Junior Programme
Stourport Swifts Junior Programme gets under way this season with the introduction of FIVE levels of Junior teams in action.
Headed up by qualified FA Coach Steve Shepherd and playing most of their games at Stourport High School, the teams are already attracting a host of local talent.
There will be a team of ‘Mini Swifts’ for 7-9 year olds, plus Under 11’s, Under 12’s, two Under 13 teams, and an Under 15 side.
Chairman Pip Hanson said ‘’We have been looking to get this under way for some time. Steve is a very experienced coach and his knowledge and enthusiasm will help us establish a pipeline of young players coming through in all age groups, and raise our profile throughout the area.’’