League director bernd reitstetter has gained a lot of sympathy from the FC augsfeld officials after the announcement of the opening match of the 2013/2014 season in the northwest regional league. And if on friday evening the FC sand at 18.30 o'clock (the preliminary program already starts at 5 p.M.).00 o'clock) comes to the lindenhainstrabe for the rough habberg derby, not only the place cashiers are allowed to cheer. No question: the game of the small village club against the bavarian league relegated team is the sporting highlight and the shining light on the first matchday of the second season.
In any case, both coaches are looking forward to this opening duel – and to many spectators. "I'm expecting a four-digit crowd", says augsfeld's dieter schlereth. "A lot of spectators, emotions, which of course you have to have under control, I personally think derbies are great", his sander counterpart erwin albert is also eagerly awaiting the start of the compulsory match after long and intensive preparation.
On the other hand, those responsible for the sport are naturally trying to temper the (high) expectations placed on them and the teams. "Let's not kid ourselves: sand is certainly one of the favorites, especially because of the relegation, schlereth therefore looks respectfully at the game. He is not afraid. Why also. For the FC augsfeld, which according to the opinion of its coach "from the beginning" is fighting to stay in the league, a win against FC sand "is not an absolute must." The habfurter puts above all value on the fact that the aubenseiter "properly sells itself and the people good fubball offers."
The main thing is not to go down
More important than the result ("that's actually secondary") is therefore "that the boys deliver a good game. I hope that we do not go down and can show the spectators that we can play along." If after 90 minutes a success should be in the books "all the better. A win would boost our self-confidence enormously", dieter schlereth hopes for a gripping game with a positive outcome, despite all the negative personnel conditions. With a point he konne "but also live."
Behind the use of his son thorsten stands meanwhile still a thick question mark. The 30-year-old goal-scorer, who played in the 4-2 test match win in prappach last sunday for the first time in a long time after his long illness, will at least be able to take his place on the substitutes' bench.
Thorsten schlereth needs time
"The illness still hangs me naturally in the bones", thorsten is neither optimistic nor pessimistic and puts his current performance level at "60 to 70 percent," he says. Also the use of the young philipp gebendorfer is not yet certain after his toe fracture. Marko hertel may be prevented from playing due to work commitments.
Erwin albert is not doing any better, on the contrary: the 59-year-old still has to do without the injured florian gundelsheimer, bernd pankratz and marcus krines. Stefan wasser is on vacation. Andre schmitt, who was injured in the cup loss to grobbardorf, will definitely be out – probably for a longer period of time. He suffered a severe bruise in any case. Albert's optimism for the league opener is therefore limited, but nevertheless exists. "I think we have done a good job", he says and adds: "the squad is currently very small. I also need players from the 2. Team effort."
The two preparatory matches against FC augsfeld, when the basket-maker's team conceded a 3:1 defeat in knetzgau and gained the upper hand with a 4:1 win in mechenried a few days later, are of "no significance" to the wulflinger at. "Such preparatory games have actually no statement." He expects a "very difficult game for us. We are relegated, they play at home and both want to win."