First, a brief look at the season to come, and I mean brief! We think that the ten clubs that remain from last year will be in roughly the same order in April, with only a few changes, but no big movers. Of the four clubs who have joined we expect Lichfield who came down to be challenging at the top end, together with Kenilworth following the reports that have reached us. While, we expect both Ludlow and Kidderminster to be towards the bottom of the ten. The bottom of the table promises to be keenly contested this year, and should be going until April.
To this week’s games, firstly the reverse fixtures are the final round of games, and they could have a lot riding on them by then. For new readers of this column we do not predict DK’s games, so we will start with that one.
Constable Dai keeps his eye open on this fixture every week.
DK v Whitchurch: Honours shared last season, with two home wins.
Droitwich v Worcester: We differ on this one I have gone for a Home win for Droitwich and Neil has plumped for Worcester, Worcester were 7th last season and Droitwich 9th. One of those where a case can be made for both teams.
Hereford v Sutton Coldfield: We both agree on a Home win in this one, Hereford are strong by the Wye, and Sutton have to make the long trip. The league does have a home bias so it’s Hereford for us.
Kenilworth v Stourbridge Lions: A second game we differ on, I’ve gone with Kenilworth, and Neil has backed the Lions, this is a contest where our reports received are tested. It is a game were whatever the result it will help our predictions next week.
Lichfield v Old Halesonians: We have both plumped for Lichfield at home, but both teams will be looking for a good start, though perhaps it is more important for Lichfield to put down a marker.
Ludlow v Newbold on Avon: Away win, for both of us, NoA were strong last season, and should prove too strong for promoted Ludlow.
Kidderminster v Stoke on Trent: Away win, SoT are an uncompromising side who will provide a stern test for promoted Kiddy, and we expect SoT to have game that will cause the home side problems, so an away win.
There are some interesting games this week, and we look forward to actually getting some form from this season. There are often surprises on the first weekend, especially with promoted ad relegated teams. Which teams have got their recruitment and retention right, where are the youngsters coming through and making their mark?
Time will tell.