219: Pro Vercelli continue to impress

5 October 2030
Vercelli, Italy

The word around Silvio Piola is that Mr BadDragon has already proved his value in bringing new belief to a flagging Pro Vercelli side. Speaking to sources close to the club the expectation is that this side may on the verge of something special.

~Toodee Timmee, Bengal FM Digital

Following the good response to a couple of tough games we need to kick on. The next run of fixtures will be tough for us as we face some really good sides.

Serie B Match 5/42 v Catania

We take on the league leaders in what will be a colossal challenge. The fact that we beat them in the TIM Cup stands us in good stead, but this is a different kettle of fish.

“Lapo” pushes back up into the midfield and “Sadie” comes in at left back. The rest of the side remains unchanged as we attempt to build on the momentum form our last two matches.

We have a couple of good chances, including one clear cut opportunity in the first half hour, however it is Catania via the head of Azemi who strike first. Things go from bad to worse as “Micci” can’t handle a Verga effort from  atight angle and turns the ball into his own net. 0-2 down at the break and we are struggling. On the hour mark “Pizzo” is stood up and Kis picks out Azemi for his second goal. The game looks dead and buried now. “Tito” bags a consolation goal and then “Macho” converts a penalty to make the final score 3-2, which is a lot closer than it looked after 60 minutes.

Once again we had the better of the game but lacked the clinical finishing needed to take us to the next level. Still it is a positive sign that we are on the right track.

Serie B Match 6/42 v Cosenza

Following the disappointment of the last match it is important to bounce back with a good performance against Cosenza.

I make a few changes to the side to freshen some key players. “Baz”, “Vargs”, “Cosmo”, and “Tomaz” get their chance to impress.

“Sadie” gets us off to a great start with a well taken free kick goal after just eight minutes. “Vargs” doubles our lead six minutes later as we take control of the match. “Baz” only lasted 40 minutes before being forced off injured, but we keep the lead until the break.

Five minutes after the restart, “Sadie” has the misfortune to score an own goal as he tried to clear the line. “Vargs” steadied the ship with his second goal and we are 3-1 up with fifteen minutes to play. A Caterino goal with a minute to play narrowed our lead but we held on for the final two minutes.

Another game in which we dominate the match but yet the scoreline is closer than it should be. Not complaining, just observing.

Injury Update

“Baz” has picked up a twisted ankle and will be out for three weeks. With “Ali Rom” out for another four months we now only have two fit center backs.

Serie B Match 7/42 v Crotone

Crotone sit in 4th spot, one of four teams on thirteen points.  We have ten points so a win would put us level with them, and in the hunt for a play-off spot. This would qualify as us over-performing considering we were tipped for relegation.

Five personal changes and a positional swap for this match. “Lapo” back in the wingback spot resting “Sadie”, with “Degi” takes “Lapo”‘s spot in midfield. “Borto” replaces “Pizzo” in the other wingback role and “N.B.” in for the injured “Baz”.  “Roto” gets a break up top, with “Curlz” and “Tomaz” leading the line, while “Macho” returns in place of “Vags” in behind the lead two.

The game is slow to get moving with the first chance falling to “Macho” who fires just wide.  We make the better start, however it is Vagnoni who breaks the deadlock for Crotone. His delightful chip beating “Micci” with ease. We go into the break trailing by that lone goal, despite once again having the better of the match. I read the boys the riot act and send them back out for the second spell.

The second spell begins much like the first – we create chances but can’t convert. Neither “Curlz” nor “Borto” are having a great games so are hooked on the hour mark in favour of “Pizzo” and “Roto”.  We go close again through “Macho” who can’t hit the target. On 68 mins Pasquino doubles the Crotone lead, stabbing home from close range when we don’t deal with a corner. We have 22 mins to get back into this match. “Macho” gives us a glimmer of hope with a great strike from distance. 2-1 with a quarter of an hour to play. That man “Macho” contributes an assist as “N.B.” volleys home a free kick to make it 2-2.

This match was very even, and we showed a lot of pluck to come back from being 2-0 down to share the points .Both sides had enough chances to win, but in the end a point each was a fair result.

Team News

The takeover saga came to an abrupt end with both parties some distance apart. This leaves us free to focus on the football!

Serie B Match 8/42 v Fiorentina

Fiorentina are a side which has fallen from grace. Relegated in 2016/17 and 2018/19 they have been mired in this division for nearly 12 seasons. Currently they sit in mid table so we will be looking to perform well against them.

Two changes from the last outing, with”Sadie” and “Roto” back into the starting lineup. “Lapo” is back in midfield.

“Curlz” appears to have got us off to a flyer, however he was offside and the goal ruled out. Bothe keepers have been called into action in the first 20 minutes as the game is end to end action. “Curlz” strikes the woodwork before “Macho” finally breaks the deadlock with a well taken chance on 40 mins. 1-0 to Pro Vercelli at the break.

The second half is a little more in our favour, however chances are few. Our 1-0 lead looks solid. “Macho” picked up a knock and “Vags” replaces him with 20 mins to play. “Roto” draws a fine save as the match enters the last 10 minutes. With five minutes to play, “Curlz” scores to make it 2-0 and the three points almost safe. Substitute Tandurella pulls one goal back to keep the pressure on, but there is only time for the kickoff and we run out 2-1 winners.

After the disappointing draw against Crotone it was important to bounce back with a win. We are sitting in the top half of the table and have a run against teams at or below our level to look forward to.

Results Recap

Another 2-1-1 series which is good enough to keep us in 7th position. No clean sheets which is a concern.

League Table

We have started well and I am pleased with where we are placed.

Next Episode

Verona in 9th is the highest ranked side out of the next series of opponents.

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