Mid-Season Report

Saturday 02 January, 2016

Approaching the half-way point of the season, Callow End hold a three point lead at the top of the McDonald’s Worcester & District Football League Sunday Premier Division. Reigning champions Hallow, currently sitting in second place, would appear to be their nearest challengers. Callow End have also reached the semi-finals of the WFA Sunday Premier Cup, but they have a daunting task at holders Black Horse who have won this competition on eight previous occasions.. At the bottom of the table, Riverside will do well to hold on to their Premier division status after a tough start to their programme.


In their first season in the League, FC Sporting Worcester are probably favourites to take the Division One title but face strong challenges from St Johns, Bedwardine and Drakes Broughton Rangers. Despite having games in hand, Ale Madrid currently prop up the table, having lost nine successive games in all competitions.


Arrow and Prince of Wales are only separated by goal difference at the top of Division 2. Arrow had a comfortable 4-0 win when the two teams met earlier in the season, but the return match at Arrow could well decide the title. CSKA Worcester led the table for some time but four straight defeats have seen them slip to third place. At the other end of the table, Perrywood Reserves and Colwall St James are battling to retain their Division 2 status.


VBL Sports and The Bell @ Pensax Reserves are currently battling it out for the Division 3 championship, with VBL hot-shot Martin Fowler leading the Golden Boot award with seventeen goals. However, keep an eye out for the only unbeaten team in the division, Worcester Lynx, who have games in hand on the leaders. Hallow Reserves are still seeking their first win of the season and look doomed for relegation at this point.


Five teams are in contention for honours in division 4 with newcomers St Johns Colts sitting on top of the table at the turn of the year. They are indebted to the prolific goal scoring partnership of Alex Hewitt and Sam Hayes who have netted forty-one of the team’s fifty-four league goals to date. Although trailing Colts by four points, Lower Teme & Martley have three games in hand. GDL Athletic are well placed for a challenge in third place, closely followed by Eaton Rovers who only trail them by one point. If Brewers Arms can put their well publicised disciplinary problems behind them, they still have a chance of honours.


In the League’s internal cup competitions, FC Sporting Worcester pulled off a giant killing act in the first round of the Baylis Cup when they knocked out Callow End. They followed this up with a 6-0 second round defeat of Fernhill Heath Athletic. They now await the winners of Northside and Worcester City Wanderers in the quarter-finals. The other half of the draw should result in a semi-final tie between Hallow and Perrywood if results go to form.


Clifton Rovers have already reached the semi-finals of the Southam Trophy where they will meet the winners of the St Johns v Colwall St James tie. The other half of the draw looks less clear cut with either Malvern Rangers or Pershore Town Eagles likely to meet Arrow in the last four.


St Johns Colts are hot favourites to reach the Bernard Finnegan Cup final, but in the top half of the draw, Worcester Lynx, The Bell @ Pensax Reserves, Brewers Arms and Eaton Rovers will all fancy their chances of getting to the final.

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