It is the duel between two eternal rivals that will be kicked off again today in the Schärdinger Baunti Arena. SPG Schärding welcomes FC Andorf to the Pramtalderby in the Landesliga West. In the past, the game for number one in the Schärding district was always well attended, hard-fought and often left plenty to talk about afterwards.
This is currently also available before the match between the two traditional Innviertel clubs. On the one hand, there is the fact that Bernhard Straif and Thomas Froschauer, the Schärdinger coaching duo of the last four years, changed sides in the summer and are now in charge in Andorf. On the other hand, both teams are not completely satisfied with the way the season has gone so far. Both teams need points so that their desired goals for the season do not become distant early on.
“No loss allowed”
“After the 3-1 win against Andorf in the State Cup, we would have expected more in the championship,” says Schärding’s sporting director Andreas Michl. The reigning runner-up is currently in tenth place in the table, with twelve points from eleven games. “We had a big upheaval in the summer and tried to compensate for the departures with young, talented players from the lower leagues. But they need time and have to get used to the pace,” explains Michl. This was particularly evident on the last matchday, when they had nothing to counter leaders Gmunden in their 7-0 defeat at home. “A game like that shouldn’t happen to us,” says Michl. He expects a “one hundred percent improvement in performance” against Andorf: “Apart from the Gmunden game, the performances were okay. We want to have a worry-free season. That’s why it’s forbidden for us to lose against Andorf.”
End the dry spell
In any case, Andorf coach Straif expects a “strong and highly motivated” opponent in a “racy” game. “The 7-0 doesn’t mean anything to me, you don’t know Schärding like that. It’s dangerous to underestimate an opponent after a game like that. We certainly won’t do that.”
After the last weekend without games, the eighth-placed team in the derby wants to set the course for a successful end to the first half of the season. “Ideally we want to win the last three games to stay ahead,” says Straif. Recently, there was a lack of defensive stability or offensive penetration in some games. That should now change in the derby against the local rivals and thus end a dry spell: Andorf’s last win against Schärding was four years ago.
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