Last week we mentioned that many things have changed. This time we would love to tell they have changed again, but they didn’t.
Talking about the third trip to Zurich nobody really expected the Gold Rushers to win this game; many of us expected our guys getting killed by Murphys Law. But even though we could easily recognize the decrease of confidence in the team of Coach Dario Pfyl they still managed to get a close result (1-2) out of this fight. Cornelius Dahmer was again the man whose name appeared on the match screen. Nobody is happy when his team is losing and so the confidence in the team is gone and some of the fans too, while the remaining more loyal ones are in a calm mood hoping for better results soon.
After this more or less expected loss in Zurich, the team had to focus on the opening encounter in the HTUM Challenge Trophy, when they met with last editions group winner Klaukkala Bears. We were pretty sure this game could be won by the Gold Rushers, especially when we knew the aim was to reach the semis again, but the team failed. It was an up-and-down game: our team was down by one, up by one and after equalized again up by two, but finally lost with the score line of 4-5. This is a very bad start into this campaign and the qualification for the quarterfinals is nearly out of reach, since FC Rünenberg has to win both remaining games against AFC Wirschtlstand and Bellevue Barrage.
This team was then the next opponent in the first Golden League game of the Gold Rushers in season four, and it was meant to become the change we mentioned above. Coach Dario Pfyl changed the line-up to a more offensive 3-4-3, which the team didn’t practice since many weeks, therefore it was no surprise that our reservists were confused and had big troubles finding their partners. The consequence of the confusion was a doubled lead for the home team before the break, but our lads fought and came back with goals scored by Joël Taillefer and Simone Casano and added some extra minutes before Bellevue scored the winning goal after 102 minutes. The good thing is that the team hasn’t to wait very long to have a chance of payback, since the two teams meet in the Challenge Trophy upcoming Monday.
We know that our management prefers close results no matter if our team has the edge or not, but this was the fifth (close) defeat in a row, and this has to change soon, otherwise we’ll have to prepare for typing a post about the first relegation in the history. Well, there is plenty of time for changing the results but we think it should happen earlier than later. The next chance to produce a change is coming up on Saturday, when they meet Dead Rabbits at the Mill.
On Wednesday they will then play their second game to stake the claim and come back on the successful side, when they face MS Odense in Denmark for the third time in the Golden League. The two teams met in both the first and second season but unfortunately (because of the FCB forever Cup) they haven’t met in the third season. Both meetings ended with a win for the Gold Rushers (2-0 at the Mill and 3-1 at MS Park), but then we had Alfred Bruch on our side. We heard that Alfred wants to end his career now, but maybe he will wear his boots one more time to face his old team on the pitch. No matter if, Sir Schluurggi is looking forward to meet Alfred:
I remember December 20th, 2009 as if it was yesterday. We had just finished our first season and promoted to the eighth division. We had sixteen weeks to decide which players will stay in the squad and what kind of new signings we need. We needed a quick forward and I travelled to Zurich to take a close look at a young man called Alfred Burch, and I was deeply impressed by his velocity. He then was part of the team for nine seasons in which he played 142 games, scored 56 goals and was voted Man of the Match 7 times, before he got an offer from Hojris (Manager of MS Odense) which he couldn’t refuse. We had to let him go! Now nearly three seasons later (he played another 47 games, scored 20 goals more and was Man of the Match once again), he ends his bright career in Denmark. I’m happy we could arrange this game against MS Odense, not only because it is always an honor to meet them on the pitch, but also to have a talk to Alfred.
Regarding the game; it will for sure be an interesting and close clash, especially since they announced to become unpredictable! They have a small but strong squad and it will be a hard work to gain something there, but as I mentioned a week ago: we want to stake this claim and want to be challenged on our way through the mine! We have been challenged this week and we will be next week, but I’m sure this is what our lads are waiting for and we will be on the sunny side soon.
This is the beginning of a week of adjustment! First the Gold Rushers have to underline their ambitions to stay in the fifth division on Saturday, then they have to keep their small chances to qualify for the quarterfinals and finally they have to earn the first win in this Golden League season. RJs instead have to approve their actual run in the league and go for a win against the Piglets on Friday and keep the pressure high on Nurmiksen and FCB Juniors. Lots of action is promised, let’s hope for the right results coming out of it!
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