Wolverhampton Sporting Community return to league action tomorrow following their success in the FA Vase fourth road last Saturday when they beat Cogenhoe United 3-2 away from home.
Having fallen to fourth in the league, sporting still have games in hand on both Tividale, Malvern Town, and leaders Black Country Rangers who have now played eight games more.
Sporting entertain Dudley Sports tomorrow, who are yet again struggling at the wrong end of the table. The “Pie-makers” will be looking to emulate the game play set by Wellington Amateurs, who were denied a rare victory following a late equaliser from the spot to spare Wolves blushes.
Second placed Malvern Town will be searching for their 9th home win of the season as they entertain Bilston Town, but the Queen Street side may have different ideas, and are there to upset any celebrations.
Cradley Town, make their first ever visit to the Herefordshire FA headquarters as they take on Hereford Lads Club who are sitting pretty in mid table. The “Hammers” will do well to take a share of the points as their hosts hold a strong fort down there.
Struggling Dudley Town have only collected four points on the road this season, and Ellesmere Rangers will give them a warm reception at Beech Grove, but that will be all. Rangers have lost only two games on home soil and will be keen to maintain that record. New Town manager Dean Whitehouse who has recently made several new signings will be hoping that the Robins can erase the memory of last week’s 4-0 defeat at the hands of Black Country Rangers, and put in the sort of performance that saw Cradley put to the sword.
Following a host of league postponements, Tividale travel to Pegasus on the back of a surprise cup defeat at the hands of MFL side Paget Rangers. The Boldmere based club knocked “The Dale” out of the JW Hunt cup in midweek, and manager Dave King will be keen to see his side return to winning ways against lowly Pegasus.
Shifnal Town entertain local neighbours Wellington Amateurs, who despite being bottom have enjoyed a good change in fortune following several new signings. The “Ams” are four points adrift of second from bottom Dudley Town and will be keen to make up ground, in what should be a very entertaining derby.
In other games, Bewdley Town travel to lowly Stone, Wednesfield travel to Wellington and Wolverhampton Casuals entertain Steve Frisby’s AFC Bridgnorth who be looking for his first away win in the hot seat.
In division one, leaders Newport Town will be looking for a swift return to winning ways following their surprise 1-0 defeat last Saturday against County neighbours St Martins. It was the club’s first defeat on the road this season and manager Adam Proudlock with be looking to maintain their Championship challenge as they travel to mid-table Tipton Town.
The big game in the division is at the Garden Walk stadium, where 4th placed Gornal Athletic entertain 2nd placed Wem Town. The Peacocks who were relegated last season from the top flight, have only lost on one occasion at home, but last month’s team of the month Wem will prove to be a tough nut to crack.
Team Dudley also tasted defeat away to lowly Kington Town losing by the odd goal in five. Manager Lee Mills will be asking his players for 110% tomorrow as they entertain another possible banana skin in Wyrley FC.
Darlaston Town (1874) return to league action this week, following a surprise defeat in the Birmingham FA Vase losing to Rugby Borough on penalties. This was quite a feat by the visitors who are a step below their hosts and play in the 2nd tier of the Leicester Senior league. The Citizens entertain Tipton based Bustlehome who will after a share of the points.
In their first home game of 2018, Willenhall Town welcome Old Wulfrunians to the Cottage Ground. The Wulfs are enjoying their best season in division one and are just nine points adrift of leaders Newport Town who have played three games more. A win for the hosts, and a defeat for Wyrley will see them leapfrog their Long Lane counterparts.
Worcester Raiders lost ground following their home defeat to Darlaston Town, two weeks ago and they will be looking to resolve that problem away at Wrens Nest. However, the Wrens themselves are in need of a change in fortune and will be up for a fight at the Beeches.
St Martins, who ground share at Oswestry’s TNS Stadium have made it known that if they are successful in finishing in a promotion place this season, that they are considering a move to enter the North West Counties League. Manager Dan Stevens who was with FC Oswestry prior to joining the Saints went public 2 weeks ago and is keen on the move.
My Predictions for Saturday
Ellesmere v Dudley Town - Home Win
Hereford LC v Cradley - Draw
Malvern v Bilston - Draw
Pegasus v Tividale - Away Win
Shifnal v Wellington Ams - Away Win
Smethwick v Black Country Rangers - Draw
Stone v Bewdley - Away Win
W'ton Casuals v AFC Bridgnorth - Away Win
W'ton Sporting v Dudley Sports - Home Win
Wellington v Wednesfield - Home Win
Darlaston v Bustleholme - Home Win
Gornal v Wem - Draw
Team Dudley v Wyrley - Home Win
Telford Juniors v Kington - Home win
Tipton Town v Newport - Away Win
Willenhall v Old Wulfs - Draw
Wrens Nest v Worcester - Draw
Updated 21:21 - 14 Jan 2018 by BC Rangers