A review of week 18 in M1W, well from a prediction point of view Neil and I got 9 out of 12 correct between us so that was a good return. Though with only 8 rounds of fixtures left, and the play-off spot open to a least four teams, things are starting to look ominous for the bottom three.
Back to this week, the game we disagreed on: Droitwich 48 Longton 26: One for me this and my lead is back to three, the result tells us more about Longton than Droitwich, their renaissance in December appears to be over and result does them no favours, but on the other hand Droitwich have pulled a further 5 points clear of the drop.
The game we both got wrong was: Worcester 19 Stoke on Trent 6: We both thought SoT would keep their recent run going, but Worcester are capable of troubling most teams in the league, and this result moves them a further four points from 12th place.
Next to the rest of the Bottom three: Moseley Oak 0 Whitchurch 17: With the two teams directly above Oak winning and only eight games left including the top two, so their task looks very difficult indeed, Whitchurch may rue the loss of a point in this one, with no bonus point
It is going to very difficult for any of the bottom three to catch up with Droitwich and Worcester, but the optimist in those clubs will be sure they can do it. Time is running out.
Stourbridge Lions 11 Old Halesonians 17: This game when to script, Hales seem to like playing under lights.
Back to the teams challenging at the top end of the table:
Sutton Coldfield 7 Newbold on Avon 26: NoA did what they came to do a bonus point win, and they maintain the pressure on the teams around them, but the next four rounds sees them play the other teams in the top four. Sutton should finish the season comfortably in mid table.
DK 41 Hereford 19: 5 points for DK, very much in place to take advantage if teams above them slip up. Hereford will be fighting it out for 5th place come the end of the season.
With 8 rounds of games left and the top four having games against each other there are a myriad of possibilities for the top two places, especially the play off place.