New season, New Division, Same problems.
After the success of last season I really needed to keep that positive feeling in the team so on the whole I wanted to retain the vast majority of the squad. The majority of teams promoted out of Division 2 ended up back there 12 months later, we would try and be the exception to the rule.
For the first time in our history we were approached from several companies wanting to sponsor the club. We managed to negotiate a deal earning £60,000 but after paying the overdraft off we are left with a poultry £6,000.
The finances for the past year showed we paid £50,000 alone in scouting fees. All scouts and assignments have now been recalled/cancelled, we are going to have to be a lot more stringent and careful with our recruitment this time around.
Preseason we stuck to what we know best, 5 games against similar or lower level teams away from home. We won all 5 and confidence was good. We would need everything to be right heading into the league campaign.
Alfred Austin still has 4 months left before we can even begin to look in his direction and Tobias Thomsen his replacement would sit out the first 2-3 games with a tight hamstring.
On the recruitment front I looked at player after player, we took a few trialists on, thought about loan deals but as we stand nobody had joined the ranks. We would be as we were for the first game of the season.
Fredensborg 3-2 FC Roskilde
First Division football finally arrives in Fredensborg, A whopping 242 people turned out to see it, and they went home happy. Five goals were split in the favour of the home side thanks to a winner from Zahib Mohammad. The Afghanistan International had found starts hard to come by in the last campaign but had really impressed in preseason and kept his place in the starting eleven.
FC Helsingor 1-2 Fredensborg
We switched back to a 4-3-3 with no wide players, young Stojilkovic was brought in up front and Mads Falck returned to his best position just off the front two. FC Helsingor were a good side, they pushed us and probably shaded the game but goals from Falck and Stojilkovic made it 2 wins from 2 games.
Fredensborg 5 -1 Naestved
Five minutes in and we are already behind. It was to be fair a cracking goal for the visitors but I felt this could turn out to be a long night. Step forward 18 years old Stefan Stojilkovic, he had been thrust into first team football due to the injury crisis and after his first ever goal the previous week he dug out a 22 minute hat-trick. We went on to secure a comfortable scoreline even though again possession and chances created were very even between the two sides.
Andreas Bundegaard is a 17 year old winger who can play on either flank. He is a player who I would love to bring in but the £50k asking price is exactly £50k more than I have to spend. After a bit of negotiating we manage to land him on a 5 month loan in a bid to hopefully tempt him here when his contract finishes at Superliga side Odense. He probably won’t play week in week out but he is exactly the type of player we are trying to strengthen with.
We now face three away games starting with a cup tie against Kastrup. It’s still early in the season so we make considerable changes and although we weren’t totally solid another goal from the improving Stojilkovic, a debut goal from Bundegaard and a return strike from Tobias Thomsen make it a 3-1 victory and a good night in all.
Thisted FC 2 – 1 Fredensborg
Once again we find ourselves behind after only a few minutes, this time Perderson my goalkeeper fumbled a tame effort and their number 9 had a simple tap in. After 20 minutes of home pressure we hit them on the break and Mohammad played in Bundegaard for his second goal on his second start. Moments later Bundegaard turned provider this time for Nielson as we went in front 2-1. Thisted were taking the game to us and once again our defence looked fragile, we went in 2-2 at the break. Both sides hit the frame of the goal in a second half that went onto see 3 more goals, thankfully 2 of them were for us. Mayasi came off the bench to make it 2-3 before Pederson made another howler to seemingly gift the home side a point. Mohammad now playing behind the main striker once again came up trumps though as he pounced on loose ball in the box to win a thriller 3-4.
Up next and the final game of the month is what I would call the hardest game of our season. SonderjyskE were relegated from the Superliga last season and have won all games so far this campaign with relative ease. Our problem is keeping goals out, we had yet to keep a clean sheet this year so with Lasse Hansen their main striker already scoring two hat-tricks, he was the man to try and keep quiet.
The local paper billed as the biggest game in not only the clubs history but my own managerial career. After a lot of deliberating and in a bid to stem the flow of goals we went for a narrow 4-3-3 with all three central midfielders having defensive qualities.
SonderjyskE 1 v 1 Fredensborg
I gave the boys a passionate speech, telling them this was their stage to show exactly how good they are. One player, Mads Falck hadn’t started this campaign anything like he finished the last but after just 8 minutes he ran onto a looping high ball and volleyed home to really set the cat amongst the pigeons.
The home side reacted but to our credit we kept them at arms length and looked comfortable. That was until Marcus Peterson for the second game in a row fumbled a comfortable save and at the break it’s now level 1-1. The second half was all about the home side but we put bodies in the way, dove into tackles and somehow managed to clock up 7 bookings. When the final whistle went we deserved a very hard earned point and who knows if we had converted one of our three clear cut chances it could have been more.
It’s been a fantastic start to the new campaign, in all honesty it couldn’t have gone better. With Deadline day just a week away I probably need 2/3 new faces but on the whole Fredensborg are in the best position the club has ever been in.
What could possibly go wrong…..