HVV – Return to former glory – Episode 5 – First Season Halfway point

The months after the Oceania Under 20 Championship we had multiple friendlies planned. In October we had two games, both at home, one against Tonga Under 20s and the other one against Fiji Under 20s and in November we had home games planned against Vanuatu Under 20s and Samoa Under 20s. All these games should be easily winnable but it did not go as planned. We started well with a 3-1 win against Tonga Under 20s but in our second game we were easily beaten by Fiji Under 20s, we lost 3-0. In our December friendlies, it did not go much better, we drew 2-2 against Vanuatu Under 20s and the same for the second friendly in the December international window we drew 2-2 this time against Samoa Under 20s. The flying from the Netherlands to the Solomon Islands and what I got from it was limited, at times we did great as we played during the Oceania Under 20 Championship and then we suddenly mess up during the friendlies in games and seems to be unable to win games we should win. With ending runner up in the Oceania Under 20 Championship we qualified for the Under 20 World Cup in 2017 but after that, I decided I would resign after we played the Under 20 World Cup.

There was more exciting news during these international windows, although we played in the seventh tier we had players who are good enough to play at a much higher level. This was made clear when two of our players were called up during the international window. Haris Alispahic who is German but from Bosnia and Herzegovina descent was part of our reserves, we bought from 5e Klasse (10th tier) club SVV ’91 and he is now called up for the Bosnia and Herzegovina under 19 team. The other player is our striker Adham El Idrissi who also has a Morrocan passport. He scored 20 goals in 12 games in the competition and he was called up for Morocco Under 20s. Haris Alispahic played in the Bosnia and Herzegovina under 19 game against Romania which they drew and Adham El Idrissi scored in the Morocco Under 20 game against Zambia which they also drew.

Even during my periods of absence, the football season for HVV went on. The train of incoming transfers also went although it slowed down this period with only one incoming transfer. We signed thirty-year-old right winger Wesley Verhoek, He was best as a right wing but could also play as a left winger and as a midfielder on both the right and the left. We could do with another experienced player, he had played for our rival Ado Den Haag, FC Twente, Feyenoord and last year played for Indian club Pune in the Hero Indian Super League. He had decided to return to the Netherlands and we where glad he signed for us.

Due to me being away for international games with Solomon Island under 20 I did miss quite a few games, I tried to be present at as many possible games but the long distance and the long traveling time did not help much. I was present for the two cup games we played. In the Districtsbeker West2 fourth round, we drew DUNO who plays two divisions below us and we won the cup game 2-0 with goals by Nourdin Boukhari and Collins John. The next game, we 5th round of the Districtsbeker West2 we had to play Voorschoten ’97 who plays a division above us. As to be expected, it was a difficult match and after 90 minutes it was still 0-0. In the extra time, in the 109th minute, right winger Mustapha Riga made the 1-0 and we were through to the 6th round. In the next round, we’ll have to play OVV who play at the same level as us.

Until now we where unbeaten, we hadn’t even lost a point so far but that changed we lost 4 points by drawing one game and losing one game. Against middle of the table Teylingen we played horrible, we where 3-0 behind and in the last minute where able to score a 3-1 but that was too little too late. Against SVC ’08 we should have won, they where higher up on the table but the had only won one game of their last six games. In the end it was 0-0 and we went home with only a point. Our other four games we won easily, we won 3-0 against Te Werve, 2-0 against TOGB, 5-1 against Laakkwartier en finally 6-2 against Valken ’68 with hattricks by Samet Bulut and Adham El Idrissi

Halfway through the season, we are five points ahead of VUC and six ahead of number three Laakkwartier. In 13 matches we scored 57 times and had 13 goals scored against us. Samet Bulut and Adham El Idrissi so far are top scorers so far this season with twenty and nineteen goals with the number three in the list only having twelve goals. In Average rating Samet Bulut and Adham El Idrissi and Derk Boerrigter are top of the list. In assist, Adham El Idrissi and Derk Boerrigter are 2nd and 3rd behind Xavier Augustin with eleven assists.

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