This Sunday (3 p.m.)
With 2 points to its credit on the evening of February 10, 2019, AS Vagney was spinning a very bad cotton, that season in Regional 2. A few months later, the formation then driven by Franck Gigant had renewed its lease. If we mention this feat of arms among others experienced by the association of the Moselotte valley a few hours before the lowering of the curtain in Regional 3, this Sunday, it is to demonstrate that it has often thwarted the forecasts. . Impossible is therefore not Voinraud when the precipice presents itself.
“It’s true that we know how to do it”, abounds Bertrand Kartha, one of the essential cogs in the team in which he has evolved “since 2005, 2006, but with cuts”, he says. It is therefore not the short trip to Saint-Nabord that will scare off any player in Mickaël Clément’s group. “There are still former players who have experienced this kind of match there”, extends the central defender. “We have always managed to be there when there are big games. We manage, perhaps, to raise our level of play in the face of the challenge. Everyone becomes aware of this and gets on the level of the event. But these are seasons that are not easy to live with. We would have liked to be maintained well before but, I don’t know why, we always have this annoying tendency to live with the end of the season where we have to fight until the last match. We have experienced this in previous years, but here we have been in this place since the beginning. We struggled to string together good matches. We had a lot of injuries too. »
Thanks to their primary qualities, “of fighters, solidarity, team spirit”, according to Bertrand Kartha, values tirelessly put back on the profession, from year to year, the players of AS Vagney have succeeded in crossing the eras and the League championships that they have not left since 1981 and a return to the then PH (with an accession to DH, the R1 today, in 1993).
“We have been struggling for several years, but we are fighting”
“The team is a bit aging and we are coming to the end of the cycle”, underlines however the 36-year-old defender, to explain this new complex situation which stands up in Voinrauds this season. “There are a few veteran players in the squad, others not far from it. At the youth level, it is difficult to grow. We have been struggling for several years, but we are fighting. »
It will be necessary to repeat the efforts, Sunday on the ardent (the heat is announced) synthetic of a navoiriaud set, also playing its maintenance, to envisage the victory, only result which would offer the maintenance. “At least it gives us extra motivation. There are no calculations to be made. It’s outside, it gives us less pressure than if it were at home. It’s not so bad, because we don’t like to play the game too much, we prefer to stay in place, be solid and counter, ”confides Bertrand Kartha, excited, like his peers, by this deadline. “In training, we felt that everyone is concerned, that it’s an important match. We will go there with our qualities in the hope that it does. And if it didn’t work? “We will go down. It won’t be the end of the world. This will allow it to restart. »