Dill, deal, geddit?! Sorry.
At the end of the last update, the Herbs were struggling with form, in what looked like a bit of a mid-season slump. Actually, January hadn’t been too bad, but we struggled a lot during February and March.
What does April, May and the close of our second season in charge have in store for us?
Out of the cup by late February, it’s time to focus on the league and bolster our 1st place position. As April starts, we’re clear of 2nd place US Créteil-Lusitanos by just 1 point, having previously been 11 in the clear.
I’ve only just realised how front-loaded this season seems to be. By the time March ends and April starts, we have only 4 games remaining. 4 games to win the title.
Having not won in the past 6 league games, we go into an away tie against an AS Béziers team who had, earlier in the season, been up among the favourites for the title. By the time we face them, they’ve slipped to mid-table, but our form is so poor that we can’t take anything for granted.
Obviously, we want to keep it tight. Obviously. I mean, who wants to concede an own goal after 6 minutes, and then go 2-0 down after 13? No-one, that’s who. Fortunately, Derouard pulls one back after 18 minutes, and Belloc equalises on the stroke of half-time. Game on.
With just over an hour gone, Belloc gets his 2nd of the game, and we’re in front for the first time. It doesn’t last though, and Béziers make it 3-3 with 18 minutes to go. 5 minutes later, left-back Quentin Bonnet slots home what proves to be the winner, and we park the bus for the remainder of the match to win 4-3.
Créteil-Lusitanos draw 1-1 against relegation threatened US Avranches, and suddenly we’re 3 points clear at the top, with a better goal difference.
Up next, a home tie against another mid-table team, this time EFC Fréjus Saint-Raphaël. A 1-1 draw is disappointing, but C-L’s game finishes with the same scoreline. Stalemate.
Our penulitimate tie is against 2nd-bottom of the table US Saint-Malo, while C-L take on GF-38. We’re 3-0 up by half-time and I feel as confident as I have in a long time that we can do this! Sure enough, we see out the game 3-1, while C-L grab only a point.
We draw our final game, while C-L lose theirs, and we’re champions by 6 points!