In a result that could have huge implications for the promotion prospects of both clubs, Snagov claimed a hard-won victory at Clinceni. Both sides went into the fixture needing a win but unlike their opposition, Snagov were still unbeaten in the league campaign and that confidence carried them through to victory. Following this result, Clinceni have now lost three league games after just nine games but it appears results may have been kind to them with Pandurii and Mioveni in fourth and fifth place respectively both drawing. Clinceni are in danger of imploding, however, following an impressive start to the season. After losing their first game of the season, Clinceni won seven games on the spin in league and cup competition. Following that run, they have now lost three in a row in the league and cup without scoring a goal.
Following this round of fixtures Snagov will move four points clear at the top of Liga 2. Next Saturday Snagov travel to Luceafărul Oradea who are struggling in the bottom third of the table. Many of Snagov's recent fixtures have been against clubs in quite close proximity. This trip, however, is over a distance of almost 600km; or pretty much the distance from London, England to Cork, Ireland. Over road, it will take around seven hours to drive. Romania is a vast country and having travelled extensively around the country on road, it really is a beautiful place. I'm sure the Snagov players would rather not have to travel so far for a game of football though.
The Snagov team to face Academica Clinceni.
The match against Clinceni was always likely to be a close affair. Both clubs have a habit of scoring their goals in the second half, so it should be no surprise to learn the match was still nil-nil at half-time. Academica Clinceni appeared to have the best of the opening exchanges and dominated possession early on. Snagov held on and weathered the storm and found their way back into the match. The goal came from a Clinceni player's own goal or "autogolului" if I have understood the Romanian correctly (willing to be corrected!).
It is always amusing to see that some football wisdom knowing no borders with Snagov coach Gyuszi Balint both praising his players work-ethic but also calming expectations and advising that they were just taking it one game at a time.
The impact of this result could be a defining moment for both Snagov and Clinceni. To date, this was Snagov's biggest test in the league and they came out with a win. Clinceni, on the other hand, have shown they can be defeated, having lost a third of their league games. Other teams will now approach Snagov and Clinceni differently. On one hand, they will feel confident against Clinceni but on the other they will know that Snagov are resilient, determined and extremely difficult to beat. The longer this unbeaten run continues, the bigger the challenge will seem to other clubs.
Looking ahead to next week, I am hoping to have another article published previewing the match at Oradea. However, I will be away for a few days and will probably not have my Mac so it might be a fairly basic post. I'm still looking at when I will be in Romania to see Snagov play. I was hoping to be there in early December but I'm having surgery in late October that could see me unable to travel for several weeks. It will be touch and go as to whether I am fit enough to fly.
The Snagov players celebrating a fantastic win at Clinceni.
If I was able to travel at that time, I could see Snagov in action twice; against Argeș and Petrolul 52. I'm really hoping to be fit enough to travel and experience watching this club in person. It's strange how you can become attached to a football club. Sometimes you just develop a connection with a club. No club will ever mean more to me than Sheffield Wednesday, but you do develop soft spots for other clubs. It's just a shame I can't buy any merchandise from Sportul Snagov to take home as a souvenir.
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