Herts Ad Sunday League: Predictions
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It’s that time of the season when the Herts Advertiser Sunday League ‘expert’ puts his neck on the chopping block and predicts the teams’ outcome at the end of the season.
PREMIER DIVISION: AFC Rangers are the dark horses of the division, capable of taking points from fancied teams. Stef Geraldes is an in-form goalscorer and should secure them a fourth place finish.
Nicholas Breakspear OB have won all the Sunday trophies in recent seasons but are already out of all the local cups, but still in the county cup. Struggling to find their usual form. Third place finish was not on their agenda this season.
Newly promoted PSV have made a fine start to the season but will slump down the table to one of the relegation positions in fifth place.
Phoenix are another of the newly promoted sides and are finding the division a bit too much, although they are still in the county cup. They are yet to win a league game and will finish bottom.
Skew Bridge have strength throughout and have only dropped one point in the league. They are still in all the cup competitions and they are my tip to become champions for the third time.
Vision are having a good season, with sound defence and goals throughout the team. They should push Skew Bridge all the way, and finish runners-up.
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DIVISION ONE: Bull & Jacks are a good footballing side that desperately needs a marksman. Manager David Craggs has the team well organised and capable of upsetting some of their higher placed opponents but seventh place finish is all they can expect.
A new front man in Drew Botterman has Brookmans Park performing well but not picking up the points. Slight improvement from last season, sixth place.
Chequers Inn have a backs-to-the-wall season ahead. New name hasn’t improved their luck and they will do well to avoid relegation but ninth slot is unavoidable.
FC Potters Bar will match last season’s eighth-placed finish. One of two teams to defeat the present leaders and could take unexpected points.
Nicholas Breakspear OB Res are capable of upsetting the form book, but not consistent enough for top honours. Fourth place will be well earned.
Icarus are struggling for players and stuck firmly at the bottom of the league. I can’t see them moving away from bottom position.
London Road are back in the league after a year out. Frankie Jowle still knows his way to goal and third place seems likely, but could very well prove me wrong.
Precision are one of the main threats to my title prediction. Finished in mid-table last season but, with Harvey Scott in top goalscoring form, they could finish in fifth place.
Six Bells’ club supremo Alan Charran has got together a mix of youth and experienced players and the policy has paid off as they top the division, winning eight of their opening 11 games. Jack Massey is their top and consistent scorer. They will have to be at their best all season to become champions.
Skew Bridge Res had a third place finish last season but I can’t see them repeating this. With former first teamer Chris Gregory in good goalscoring form they should hold down runners-up spot.
DIVISION TWO: Newly promoted Blacksmiths Arms are more than holding their own. They still boast a highly powered goalscoring front line and are capable of third place.
Anther one of the newly promoted sides, Brookmans Park Res are a good footballing side and a fourth-placed finish will be well achieved for their first season in the division.
Cannon were relegated last season and goals are hard to come by. Another relegation position, finishing in eighth place.
Garston are doing well and are an organised team, picking up points on a regular basis. Sixth place will no doubt be a disappointment to them.
Pennine Spartans are a new club having an exceptional first season. Jamie France has proved to be an exceptional and lethal goalscorer. They will be chasing for the top slot and should become champions for an excellent first season.
Phoenix Res have taken points from the title chasing sides, but they’re not consistent enough. Fifth place finish.
Queens Head Sandridge have a mix of young and ‘old’ heads, making them a strong outfit. They are holding down top spot at the moment with goals from Matt Corran, Khaled Ismail and Adam Parker but should finish as runners-up.
A very hard season ahead for Vision Res. Having trouble raising a full team each Sunday and I see them being relegated in seventh place.
DIVISION THREE: Church End were relegated last season without winning a game but have already won four and arenwell placed in the league. My tip to become champions...but only just.
In their first season in the league, CHL took some time to get their house in order. They’ve only picked up one point so far and relegation beckons in ninth position.
Greenwood Park were expected to be one of the front runners, but have already lost five games. A sixth place finish was not what they expected.
Harpenden Colts OB haven’t moved on as expected but are still capable of the odd shock result. A seventh place finish will see them just miss one of the relegation slots.
Radlett Village are capable of good results and are always amongst the goals. James Welsh and Louis Fernandes are regular marksmen and should see them hold down third place.
St Albans IFC are a side to be reckoned with, especially if top marksman Jason Nichaou is on form. Sixth position is a good achievement but will be a disappointment.
St Albans Rangers started the season well, with Christy Torrens as one of the most prolific marksman in the division, and fourth position will be a good achievement.
Newly promoted and having a good season with new signing Ashlee Kissiedo in goalscoring form, Stonewood will upset some teams when grabbing runners-up slot.
Jim Lynch’s Wheathampstead ‘89 were expected to set the division alight, but lost their two opening games. Eighth place finish is not what Lynch wanted this season.
DIVISION FOUR: Dropping down two divisions seems to suit AFC Welwyn as they have already won more games than last season. Seventh place is within their grasp.
Herts Mauritian also dropped two divisions and face a battle ahead to keep off the bottom rung.
Brookmans Park A have no threat of relegation and should hold onto eighth place.
Camp KBK are a battling side and have already scored more goals than last season. Will do exceptionally well to finish in fourth place.
St Albans Royals are enjoying a good season and won their opening four games. A tight defence makes them difficult to beat and should finish mid-table in fifth.
Marshalswick Rovers are battling it out at the bottom half of the league, but are under no threat of relegation. Should finish in 10th.
Nicholas Breakspear OB 90 were expected to be up with the front runners, but have not been consistent enough to be title challengers. Sixth place finish.
Oaks are a good all round team with some experienced players. Topping the division at the moment, they will take some shifting as they finish as champions.
Phoenix A lack of a goalscorer and a leaky defence puts the side under pressure. They will struggle to avoid relegation.
Under the management of Chris Wickens, Queens Head Sandridge Res are battling it out with the top teams. Will be a good showing to finish runners-up.
Snug Bar will have a big battle to avoid relegation. A ninth-placed finish is just within their squad.
Manager Terry Harris’ Wheathampstead Crown are among the top goalscorers. Ben Conrad has been a good signing and a third-placed finish will be well achieved.
DIVISION FIVE: AFC Mymms were bottom last season, but that won’t happen this term as seventh position is well within their grasp.
Athletico Quat are not doing as well as last season and struggling in bottom position. I can’t see them climbing up the league.
Bradmore Rovers are a strong all round team with a mean defence. Paul Ricketts is among the goals, making them my tip to become champions.
It’s been another struggle for Bricket Wood, despite winning three games on the trot for the first time. Ninth-placed finish.
Cannon Res have made an excellent start to their first season in the league. They will be a tough nut to crack and should finish in third place.
George Redbourn are a good battling team, hard to beat and a good bet to finish in fourth position.
Harpenden Colts OB Res are in a battle to avoid relegation and should just avoid it in eighth place.
Stonewood Res have won half their games and fifth place should be achieved.
The Ridge will definitly be one of the front runners. David Bailey’s goals will always keep them in contention. Runners-up finish will be excellent.
White Horse are enjoying a good season. When James Shears scores it’s always a good sign and a sixth place finish will be well deserved, but hard earned.
Fixtures - January 4
Herts FA Sunday Senior Cup Round 4: AFC Spartians v Skew Bridge.
Herts FA Sunday Intermediate Cup Round 4: London Road v AC Enfield, The Bull & Jacks v GJ Auto Broadhall, Brookmans Pk v Brookmans Pk Res, Southby v Skew Bridge Res.
Herts FA Sunday Junior Cup Round 4: Racing Santandome v Church End, Stonewood v Winners of Match 106, Whittwell AFC Sunday v NBOB 90, Radlett Village v Thames Albion, The Ridge v Echoes.
Intermediate Cup Round 4: Vision Res v The Snug Bar.
Premier Division: AFC Rangers v Vision, PSV FC v Nicholas Breakspear OB.
Division One: Chequers Inn v Icarus, NBOB Res v Precision, Six Bells v FC Potters Bar.
Division Two: Cannon v Phoenix Res, Garston v Queens Head.
Division Three: CHL v St Albans Rangers, Greenwood Park v Harpenden C OB, Wheathampstead ‘89 v St Albans IFC.
Division Four: AFC Welwyn v Wheathampstead Cr, Herts Mauritians v Camp KBK, Oaks v Queens Head Res, Phoenix ‘A’ v St Albans Royals.
Division Five: Athletico Quat v Bricket Wood, Bradmore Rovers v George Redbourn, Harpenden COB Res v Cannon Res, White Horse v Stonewood Res.