220: Pro Vercelli maintain unbeaten run

2 November 2030
Vercelli, Italy

Pro Vercelli continue to exceed expectations, lighting up the league with some dazzling performances. While they look short of the finished article the early signs are encouraging. If they can secure the services of some more top players there is no telling where this team may go.

~Dayglow Dolly, Claro FM Sports Uruguay

We are well into the grind of the season and performing above expectations. We have a run of games against teams below us in the table which gives us a chance to show what the side is made of.

Serie B Match 9/42 v Pontedera

U.S. Citta di Pontedera are a side on the move. Promoted to Serie B for the second time in 2026, this side has finished in the top half of the competition for the past four seasons. This season they are struggling and sit on the edge of the relegation zone. Beware the slumbering tiger!

“Macho” is away on international duty with New Zealand, and “Zo” has been asking for a chance. He gets the nod ahead of “Vags” for this match. “Pizzo” comes back in for “Borto” as the only other change.

“Roto” looked to have the opener after two mins only to see the assistants flag up for offside. We go 1-0 up after six minutes as “Roto” is fouled in the box and “Tito” calmly sends the keeper the wrong way.

“Curlz” fires home from close range

Both keepers are called into action and pull off some good saves. Just before the end of the half “Roto” sets up the second with a deft pass banged home by “Curlz” and we go into the break with the score at 2-0.

A tidy finish by “Roto”

The game changes on the hour marke when we bang in three goals in seven minutes. First “Roto” runs onto a fine pass from “Zo”. Following the goal “Zo” gets a rest as his fitness has dropped, and is replaced by “Vags” who features almost immediately.

“Vags” gets on the score sheet

First “Vags” sets up “Roto” with a great pass for goal number two for “Roto”. “Roto” returns the favour and “Vags” finishes with aplomb. That makes it 5-0 after only 65 minutes – what a rout.

Hat-trick for “Roto”

With four minutes to go, “Curlz” turns provider as “Roto” picks up his hat-trick.

This was an impressive victory. It was tight in the first half, but exploded into life following the break. For once we converted a high percentage of the chances we created

Serie B Match 10/42 v Verona

Next up we have our second game against Verona.  After us knocking them out of the TIM Cup they will be out for revenge. I don’t expect it to be an easy match as these guys can play.

One change to the side as “Macho” is back from international duty and takes his place in the lineup. “Zo” and “Vags” are both yapping at his heals however.

“Curlz” opens the scoring.

Two minutes in “Macho” is so unlucky as he slams the ball into the post. On another day that would have been in. There was no post involved in our first goal as “Curlz” lets fly from 17 yards out and blasts the ball past the keeper. “Roto” produces a cool header from close range to score our second goal. It followed a fine team move from deep in our own half and gives us a good 2-0 lead after 14 minutes.

“Roto” bags a double

He bags our third goal as well when he slots the ball home coolly from six yards out.  We give a goal back as we fail to defend a break out. To be fair it was an amazing strike and deserved a goal. We go into the break with a well deserved 3-1 lead.

Mashishi pulls one back

There were chances at both ends however the finishing was poor from both sides.  “Macho” found the back of the net, but that was disallowed for a push on the keeper. He also hit the woodwork again from a good position and was replaced by “Vags” soon after. Unfortunately the second half lacked the finesse of the first, and the half-time score carried through to the end of the match.

We pulled off a good win and dominated most facets of the game. While I am disappointed that the second half lacked quality, at the end of the day we got the result we wanted.

The Verona manager was sacked immediately after this game. Rather him than me!

Serie B Match 11/42 v Latina

Back to back victories have seen Latina climb up into 9th position. We are on a five game unbeaten run so it should be a humdinger of a match.

“Zo” has been complaining that he wants a chance in the first team, and I want to see if he has what it takes. “Degi” switches sides and “Lapo” drops back to fullback.

Another goal for “Roto”

Four minutes in we take the lead. “Roto” gets on the end of a nice through ball and finishes with style. “Micci” is called into action at the 22 minute mark and makes a fine save. Neither side has been able to control the match with the final pass going astray.

Marinelli levels the game at 1-1

From a corner we fail to pick up Marinelli and we pay the price. That makes the score 1-1 after 35 minutes.

Venrura gives Latina the lead

Things went from bad to worse a few minutes later when our defense lost Ventura his finish was very clinical. We went into the half trailing 2-1.  “Zo” was not playing well and this was affecting our cohesion so I yanked him at half time.

“Macho” salvages a point

“Roto” was forced off injured and was replaced by “Vags” just after the restart. The time was ticking away and it looked like we were going to suffer a defeat. It took a scrappy effort from “Macho” with five minute to play to level the scores. Final score was 2-2.

While these are two points left on the table, I’m reasonably happy with how things are going. We are now six games undefeated which is a good series of results.

This game was much closer than the others have been so the draw was a fair result.

Injury update

To add injury to insult we are faced with five weeks without “Roto”. The new signing has been in great form of late and will leave a hole we have to fill.

Serie B Match 12/42 v Cuneo

Cuneo are not quite at the bottom of the pile. They are however in the vicinity. I’m not taking this fixture lightly but I don’t see our undefeated run coming to an end here.

“Tomaz” gets a start to replace “Roto” while “Zo” drops back to the bench. “Sadie” returns at left back, while “Pizzo” remains at right back.

“Tomaz” breaks goal drought

We establish control in the first 15 minutes and it was no surprise when a gap opened up. “Tomaz” was on hand to finish the chance and break his scoring drought. First blood to Pro Vercelli in the 18th minute. Two minutes later it was 2-0 as Cuneo gave away a penalty which “Macho” had no trouble converting.

Another goal for “Macho”

“Macho” bagged his second goal with a well placed strike from the edge of the area. That made the score 3-0 after 34 minutes which meant that the game was all but over. That goal was the final action of the half – a good half of football. The second half starts slowly and on 60 minutes I make a couple of changes. “Cosmo” and “Vags” get some game time. Cuneo have a couple of good chances but “Micci” was equal to the occasion.

The game meandered to its inevitable conclusion and we pocket all three points. We were in control of the match and were never really challenged.

Results Summary

I’m happy with our form, and aside from the injury suffered by “Roto” the squad is in good condition. Three wins and a draw is a good return for us.

League Table

Our good run has been sufficient to see us move up into fourth place. I expect things to start getting harder and predict that we may slip down the table slightly. I think we are safe from relegation however!

Next Episode

We have three games against lower level sides in Triestina, Sorrento and Padova which should be potential wins. Parma sit in third and will be a whole level up.

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