It feels like forever since I posted on Now We Live, but it's only been about a week and a half. I have been in Madrid and did not have room to pack my Macbook, nor did I have time to actually write anything. It was a great trip with plenty of memorable experiences and I will post an article about it over the next few days. Although I enjoyed my trip, I was frustrated I was not able to write about Snagov or Sheffield Wednesday during that time. There was a creditable draw for Snagov after a long trip to Oradea and The Owls had a somewhat annoying draw at home against West Brom followed by a very impressive win at Bristol City. I will be covering Wednesday's progress in more detail in a separate blog.
Snagov were held to a draw at Oradea on Saturday in what must be considered two-points dropped. One should show respect to Oradea for taking points off both Snagov and Clinceni this season, but they are still a team struggling with only two wins to their name so far. Snagov need to show ruthlessness in front of goal and convert their chances if they are going to maintain their position in first place. Fortunately, Petrolul 52 lost their match against Argeș but all the other teams around Snagov won. The positive news is that Snagov's lead at the top is now three-points which is still healthy but not as healthy as the previous gap of four-points.
The Liga 2 table after ten games played.
It is a full set of Liga 2 fixtures over the next two days with Clinceni and Petrolul 52 both at home against Pandurii Târgu Jiu (7th place) and Oradea (15th place) respectively, in tomorrow's round of games. On Wednesday morning, Snagov are in action first against Balotești who are in 17th place. One interesting tie on Wednesday is the evening kick-off between Mioveni and Argeș. At this early stage of the season there is still a lot of football to be played but a divide is starting to open up between the bottom eight clubs and only five-points separating 2nd place and 10th place.
The next round of Liga 2 fixtures.
Who are Clubul Sportiv Balotești?
Balotești are a young club, formed in 2006 in the commune of the same name. Much like Snagov can refer to the commune of Snagov (which is made up of several villages) or Snagov the village, Balotești can refer to either the commune or the village.
There is not much information on Balotești on Wikipedia and the extent to my personal knowledge is that I've driven through it a few times. I've never actually put my feet on the ground in Balotești.
The commune comprises three villages; Balotești, Dumbrăveni and Săftica, and is located in Ilfov County just like Snagov. The population of the commune is estimated to be just over six-thousand.
Tragically, Balotești is perhaps most widely known for being the location of the deadliest plane crash in Romanian history. On March 31st 1995, TAROM Flight 371 departed Bucharest for Brussels. Shortly after take-off the plane suffered mechanical failure which, investigations later concluded, was followed by pilot error. The plane crashed into the ground at over 300km/h. Such was the force of the impact, it left a six-meter deep crater in the field the aircraft crashed into. All sixty passengers and crew were killed instantly.
Balotești, the football club, do not have a long history having been formed less than twenty years ago. In that time they have never played above Liga 2, although they have the distinction of never experiencing a relegation. Balotești started life in Liga 4 and in 2010 obtained a place in Liga 3. The term "obtained" is deliberate, as the club did not win promotion. Although I do not know the specifics, I am guessing it was something to do with another club going out of business and a spot becoming available in the league above which seems a fairly common occurrence in Romanian football.
The step up to Liga 3 was good for Balotești who finished in the top-six each season before winning promotion to Liga 2 in 2014, where the club has played ever since but consistently struggled to make an impact on the competition. Snagov will be confident of a win against Balotești who have only two wins on the board so far this season. In contrast, Snagov are yet to taste defeat in the league.
Fortunately for me, Wednesday is my day off from work and I will be able to keep up to date with the match as it happens.
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