Preview catch-up game KMSK Deinze
Peter Boons crawled behind his laptop again and for the second time this season went looking for some facts about our opponent KMSK Deinze, our kemphanen and about referee Wim Smet.
We came across a remarkable fact ahead of Wednesday’s race. Coach David Gevaert plays against our kemphanen in blue because he can’t see the difference between yellow and orange.
Deinze couldn’t keep the covid beast outside, resulting in more than 20 infections in the club. Meanwhile, the corona outbreak seems to be a thing of the past after a resounding 3-0 victory of Deinze against Seraing. Even before rest Dansoko, Staelens and Challouk did the job for the home team. Challouk scored 34 goals in 102 games in second place as the all-time top shooter of the Tigers. Challouk only has to put up with Lennart Mertens. Mertens already scored 63 times in 121 games.
A second half to build on
Let’s go back to the previous game then. Westel had to visit Mayor Van De Wiele stadium to look the champion from 1st amateur in the eye for the first time. KMSK Deinze won the championship last season with more than 20 points ahead of number two, Thes Sport. A warned man is worth two.
We looked at a weak first half of KVC Westerlo where they were already 18 minutes behind after a goal from Lennart Mertens. A real pep talk during the break actually caused a metamorphosis. In no time they were 1-0 behind to a 1-2 lead. Perdichizzi and Vetokele scored the goals at the request of Assistant King Christian Brüls. The latter played his 100th match for our ruffs last Saturday at Club NXT! However, the party was short-lived. Lennart Mertens tapped into his second of the evening at the end of the party and was the party crasher of the Kempen party.
After the corona perils lie down in ’t Kuipje we see a changeable Westel with two faces. Our kemphanen eagerly show that there is soccer in it. The will is certainly also present but the stability and the touch of happiness is lacking at times. In five days time two more vital matches are coming up. In ’t Kuipje we receive Deinze and Seraing. If we can get there six out of six we will be back with the big people. But wait a minute, after Saturday’s game our coach didn’t say “if not played in soccer, because if the corona doesn’t fall, if the penalties are used, etc… that doesn’t count, it’s the final result that counts”.
Referee Wim Smet
For the fifth time in his career, the 38-year-old from Antwerp will descend to ’t Kuipje. During the previous 4 confrontations Westel managed to win 3 of them and was drawn once. Wim Smet has so far whistled 4 matches in 1A and 1 match in 1B. This was the Brussels derby between leader Union SG and RWDM.
In his career Wim Smet was even allowed to lead a match in the qualification of the champions league. In that season he whistled 2 more European matches.