19 April 2031
Pro Vercelli extend their unbeaten run to twelve matches, as they establish control of the title race. With only seven games remaining it looks like that the BadDragon magic continues to operate, even in Italy. Should he succeed in returning the side to the top tier, the promotion will end an exile of some 97 years.
~Grey Mando, FOX FM Sports Africa
The pressure goes on us to keep the levels up. It is so tight at the top and I doubt that Catania will stumble any further.
Serie B Match 32/42 v Latina
This match will set the tone for the next month. It is important to keep the momentum going, so nothing short of a win will do.
“Macho” is on international duty, so my midfield three is “Degi”, “Farina” and “Stefotto”. “Bong” gets another go at the back. “Zo” returns at AMC.
This is not the greatest start for us. Pozzi scores with a great free-kick and we are chasing the game. We missed some good chances to level things up and go into the break trailing.
“Vags” came on at the break and gets on the score sheet with a fluke goal from a long range free kick.
Not happy with this result. Can’t help feeling that this was two points dropped.
Again we had many chances but failed to convert them. This pattern is rather worrying, and I will have to do something to fix this.
Serie B Match 33/42 v Cuneo
Following our disappointing efforts last time out we need to bounce back with a win. I am thinking about changing things tactically in an effort to change the result.
We line up in a 4-3-3 with “Roto”, “Zo”, and “Macho” leading the line. “Setfotto”, “Vags”, and “Degi” form the midfield three and the same back five from the last match.
An early goal to settle the nerves. I can’t credit the formation for this though as we score from a corner. That is the only scoring action for the half however.
“Zo” bags his 10th goal of the season with a delightful chip. That doubles the lead and gives us some breathing space.
“Roto” bags goal 25 with a lovely close range finish. Two goals in a minute makes the three points safe.
I revert back to our main formation and “Zo” bags his second goal. “Lapo” once again provides the assist.
While it is disappointing to concede a goal, the fact that it was an amazing strike is some salve for the wounds. It also helps that we are still three goals clear.
To give away a second goal was a big disappointment. The keeper should have done better at his near post.
In the end we run out comfortable winners and take all three points. The win is made sweeter due to Catania suffering a surprise defeat meaning we are now four points clear.
Once again we dominated the play only to see our defense let in some goals.
Serie B Match 34/42 v Triestina
Triestina currently sit two places ahead of the relegation positions. They have a seven point gap to the top relegation candidate so are looking OK. These guys beat us last time out so we need to be on our game.
Both “Zo” and “Vags” get to start, with “Curlz” being the unlucky one to miss out. “Tito” replaces “Bong” and captain “Farina” returns in the midfield.
We get an early goal through an own goal, which is not something that as happened often this season.
Another gift, this time in the form of a penalty. “Macho” is clinical from the spot and the lead is doubled.
“Zo” slams a drive off the crossbar and “Roto” calmly puts away the rebound.
When it’s not your day it’s just not your day. The keeper kicks the ball into the defenders back and it goes in for the second own goal of the half.
We start the second spell slowly and concede a well taken goal. We are still sitting in a good spot so I am not concerned.
In stopage time “Roto” bags his 27th goal of the season. We finish strongly which is pleasing.
We administered a solid beating to these guys. A very pleasing result and considering how the last meeting between these the sides went.
Another solid performance from the boys. Catania lost again which means we are now seven points clear in first place.
Serie B Match 35/42 v Sorrento
Final game of the episode sees us take on Sorrento who sit in lower mid table. Last time out we battled to a 1-1 draw.
A change of formation and personnel. “Bong” partners “Tito” at the back, while “Macho” and “Zo” play out wide as inside forwards.
“Roto” bags goal number 28 following a great pass from “Vags”. Lovely finish as well.
The lead didn’t last long. We were busted down the left and Giannetti was in too much space.
“Tito” puts us back in front following some aerial tennis in the area. Now we have to hold the lead! We manage to hang onto the lead to the break.
I revert back to the 4-3-1-2 and it immediately brings dividends. “Zo” picks out “Roto” who heads home.
We go to sleep in stoppage time and concede a late goal. I am slightly annoyed at this late glitch.
The final score did not reflect our dominance. The first thing I notice is that “Macho” is not suited to the inside forward role, so will have to work on some better players for these roles.
The 4-3-3 formation saw us keep the ball better, without sacrificing any other performances.
Three wins and a draw is a good return for this episodes fixtures. If we maintain our form at this level, the title will be ours.
Seven points clear with seven games to play. There is a certain symmetry here!
Three games next episode which will leave us four matches for the final run into the finish line.