...But, there's still hope of progression depending on this Saturday's huge game against former home of the international teams, PGS/Vogel.
Wilhelmus are in the play-offs and in a group of three, of which 1 automatically qualifies. The second placed team has a chance of making it into the next round depending on the performance of teams in other groups. It's a little complicated, but whilst qualification is less likely, it is still possible. So, this week's match is a must-win contest and it happens to be against our previous host club. This is the first time our 1st teams have met in competitive football and it will be very interesting to see how the game pans out.
Last saturday saw Wilhelmus in action against Ariston from TU Delft. Both teams were in the same league during the regular season and shared the points with a well-deserved win a piece. This time Ariston proved just a bit better than Wilhelmus and deservedly took all 3 points after a thrilling game. The first half was predictably tight with neither defence willing to give an inch. Both teams went close, but it was Wilhelmus who broke the deadlock through Michael Sanderson with a typical powerful run and finish. Wouter Strockmayjer thought he'd doubled the lead 5 minutes later but was harshly adjudged to have fouled the Ariston centre back whilst heading the ball into the net. Big decision by the referee and not a little uncontroversial, but that's football and you have to get on with it.
Ariston came flying out of the blocks in the second half having made two key substitutions on their right flank. 20 minutes into the half they finally managed to get past Paul Townsend in the Wilhelmus goal, then bagged another 10 minutes later. Townsend was the Wilhelmus man of the match for an outstanding display of goal-keeping which kept his team in the game. Michael Sanderson and Martin Gillen both went close for Wilhelmus, but Ariston put the game beyond the plucky Voorburgers with their 3rd of the game in the dying minutes. The extra place in the next round will go to the team with the most points who are in second place in their play-off group. If this is indecisive, the tie-break will be on penalties, so after this exhausting game Wilhelmus and Ariston had a penalty competition which Wilhelmus won 4-3 due to some fantastic saves by Townsend. So, there is still hope!!
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This Saturday's match details:
Wilhelmus v PGS/Vogel
14.30 kick off at Sportpark Westvlietweg
Groene Zoom 2, 2491 EH The Hague