Arches (D2) – Remiremont/Saint-Etienne (R3)
This Wednesday (7 p.m.)
“The Coupe des Vosges was not an objective. It’s more the icing on the cake. The spice of the end of the season, ”smiles Sébastien Vaudeville, the coach of the US Arches / Archettes / Raon. Indeed, the residents of Division 2 had not necessarily checked the deadlines in the departmental cup, preferring to concentrate on the championship and a possible rise in the departmental elite. After going through a mouse hole during their entry into the running on the lawn of Ramonchamp (0-0, 7-8 on penalties), the Archeans then got into the game by offering themselves a prestigious success at Padoux (0-2), resident of D1, and to win at home against Dompaire (1-0) in the round of 16.
As a result, the band in Vaudeville finds itself in the quarter and will host Remiremont / Saint-Etienne (R3) this Wednesday at 7 p.m. on their lawn at the Jean-Paul Holveck stadium. “It’s a real pleasure to receive an R3 at home. We want to play it hard. We have nothing to lose anyway”, continues the former referee, who sees in this Cup career, “a great opportunity to remain ambitious until the end of the season”.
Ambitions, Arches had them from the start of the season. “Mainly in the game”, specifies Sébastien Vaudeville. Because if the rise in D1 has become a goal over the meetings and after a successful first part of the season, the Archaean coach, who arrived last summer, immediately imposed on his men a way of playing: “I want a team playing ball. Not a team that swings in front and constantly goes into battle.
Injuries that stop the dynamic
On the strength of this game project, the Archean collective, reinforced during the summer transfer window, is taking promising first steps in the league, “by beating all the favorites of the group”. In front of the mid-season, Arches will finally see its momentum run out of steam due to a workforce decimated by injuries and a lack of freshness, and thus see first place, synonymous with climbing in D1, fly away, leaving the final clash at Martigny and Girancourt 2. “It’s been a good season. It could have been better but not everything is to be thrown away, ”continues Sébastien Vaudeville, who intends to rely on the experience gained this season to play the leading roles next season. Provided, however, that the club does not experience a wave of departures in the offseason.
Because the Archaean technician knows it: some of his players attract covetousness. This is particularly the case of Victor Mateos, targeted by Thaon, Epinal or even Eloyes. “We will try to keep our boys. It’s hard to set goals for next season until I know who’s staying and who’s leaving. One thing is certain, we will be much more expected by our opponents, ”says Sébastien Vaudeville. And even more, if Arches became the surprise of this end of the season with the Coupe des Vosges…