Another winter break has passed, the snow has cleared and sunlight is an actual thing again in Fredensborg. The weather hasn’t stopped us working incredibly hard to recruit new faces in our attempt to reach the Superliga.
Jonah Ayunga is a 21 year old Kenyan born striker. After spending a few weeks on trial the ex-Brighton player has joined until the end of the season. Bringing Jonah in has seen us end Mads Stefanson’s loan deal early.
Benjamin Lund is a 21 years of age left back. His previous club was Superliga team Nordsjaelland where he made just one appearance. He fits all our criteria of a new signing and with the full back positions needing strengthening I’m more than happy to offer him a 12 month contract.
Jakob Rasmussen signed a 6 month deal, the 31 year old midfielder had been plying his trade in Norway for a number of years but wanted to return to his native Denmark. His experience could come in useful.
Daniel Stuckler, a player with the ability to play as false 9 joined on loan from Lyngby.
Finn Thompson joined the coaching staff as a physician. Im hoping the extra pair of hands will help us deal with inevitable injuries in the second part of the campaign.
In the final preseason friendly Alfred Austin suffers a sprained ankle that will rule him out for up to 8 weeks, A real body blow. I can’t stress how big a part he plays for me.
We start the second part of the season with back to back home games, I have drilled it into the boys that we need a good start and that begins against Fredericia. If we are to take a play-off spot our home form is massively important.
Fredensborg 0-4 Fredericia
We were one down inside six minutes and then two down inside nine. What an absolute tram smash. Yes we are missing three key players through injury or suspension but I didn’t expect this sort of performance. The lads who made their debuts didn’t perform and as the clock ticked round to 60 minutes the few fans we had started to leave. The game finished 0-4 and the boys were on the floor, not sure it could have been any worse. Thats now 6 games without a win.
Fredensborg 0-0 Silkeborg
We didn’t lose the game but we never looked like winning it. We made 4 changes from Saturdays dismal defeat but with the players still not up to speed after 3 months off we looked very laboured. New boy Daniel Stuckler came off with a pulled hamstring so we are really struggling up top for this weekends game.
HB Koge 0-1 Fredensborg
Thats more like it. A goal after just two minutes from Thomsen gave us the edge and our first win in 7 attempts. It wasn’t a fantastic performance but it was better and if we can improve again next time I’ll be a lot happier.
That’s 22 games played now out of the 33 game season so a cheque winged its way to us from the Danish FA, This time for £222,000. It’s a huge sum of money for a team like Fredensborg, but as always we want more.
Just before the next game I received a call from a man representing Fulham in the English Premier League. The side were 19th, 5 points adrift of safety with 8 games to play. This the latest in many job offers but it’s the biggest to date and the first one for a while to spark my interest, could be a move too big to turn down.
With a huge game up next against 3rd placed FC Roskilde I was distraught to find out Tobias Thomsen would miss it along with Alfred Austin and Daniel Stuckler. All 3 were carrying injuries and all 3 are strikers. My plans to play 15 years old Rasmus Thomsen were blocked by the league as he is too young so it’s an unfit Stojilkovic on his own up top in one of our biggest games to date.
Fredensborg 2 -2 FC Roskilde
We were under the cosh from minute one as Roskilde went in early for the kill. We resisted everything they had and just started to get a foothold in the game when the referee decided to award the visitors a spot kick which they duly scored from. The goal seemed to revitalise us a little and we grew into the game, that was until Stojilkovic was injured and left us with just Kenyan striker Jonah Ayunga as an option up top. On he came and just before half time we equalised, it had nothing to do with Ayunga as Sorensen the left back scored beauty from all of 25 yards. The second half was more like the Fredensborg of old and we started to control the game but the goal wouldn’t come. That was until Nissen sent over a delightful cross and that man Ayunga rose highest to deftly glance the ball past the despairing keeper and into the corner. Unfortunately for us the goal kickstarted Roskilde and late on they earned a share of the spoils with an equaliser. A draw isn’t too bad a result given our injuries and it keeps Roskilde 4 points back in third.
FC Helsingor 3-3 Fredensborg
We travelled to bottom of the pile Helsingor hoping for an easy three confidence boosting points. At half time we were 3-0 down!! After ripping the team to shreds, making 3 changes and hammering them every ten minutes with in game shouts we somehow clawed our way back and stole a point.
Thisted 2-1 Fredensborg
I make the call to bring in two wide men and play a more expansive game. Loui Moller, who has been itching to get a start comes in and Ayunga will play opposite him down the left.
It didn’t work, Moller comes off after 6 minutes with a pulled hamstring and by the break we are 2 goals behind. After a few tweaks at the break we pull one back but this time there is no equaliser.
The result means we are now third in the table and Thisted are just 4 points back with a game in hand. Our season is crumbling before my eyes.
Fredensborg 2-4 Naestved
How many games this season have we conceded within the first 5 minutes? Unbelievable. This time its 0-2 before 8 minutes have passed. We lose again, 1 win in 12 now. The journalists have started muttering bad things about me and the ‘new’ fans aren’t my biggest supporters.
We are sinking and I can’t stop the rot.
Now, where’s that number for the nice chap from Fulham. . . . . .