Fujieda MYFC have a great chance to bounce back from last week’s disappointing loss at Tochigi Uva, with a home game to bottom side Honda Lock at the Fujieda Citizen Ground.
Fujieda MYFC team news
After last week’s changes and subsequent loss, it would be a surprise if player/manager Toshihide Saito returns to a more familiar lineup. Captain Shinji Tominari missed out last week so presuming he is available, he will go straight back into the starting XI. Hiroyuki Ishida is another who dropped out last week, who will surely be starting this Sunday if fit. Yuki Okada is likely to drop out for him as he has made just two appearances this year and they have both been losses.
Kerlon was injured again last week and with him missing, MYFC just do not look the same. He has been out for the last two matches and the side have won neither and that is no coincidence. The Brazilian not only has the creativity to unlock defences, shown by his 7 assists last year, but he also has an eye for goal as he is currently top scorer with four. If he is back this weekend, Fujieda are undoubtedly a stronger side.
Up front Takahisa Nishiyama is likely to keep his starting space after scoring last week, albeit a penalty. Both Oha and Takahiro Tanio came off the bench though so they will both be looking for a start.
Honda Lock fact file
Nickname: The Lock
Ground: Miyazaki Ivy Stadium
Season in JFL: 5th
Last season: 16th
Formed in 1964 by the factory workers of the Honda Lock Manufacturing Company, the side first earned promotion to the Japan Football League in 2004 by winning the Kyushu Regional League. Two seasons later, they were back down again after finishing 18th in JFL 2006. It took them just two years back in the fourth tier of Japanese football to regain their status in the JFL, which is were they are now.
The majority of Honda Lock’s seasons in this division though have been a struggle. Just one top half finish of 8th in 2011 out of their six completed seasons has seen the Lock as relegation battlers most years. Last year they finished second bottom, six points above bottom placed club Tochigi Uva but with just seven wins in their 32 matches.
This year has been much of the same for the side based in Miyazaki. Just one win in their ten matches so far sees them in bottom place with just seven points. However, things have improved slightly in their last two games with two credible draws, one away to 4th placed Blaublitz and one at home to Sony Sendai.
Their current top scorer is centre back Yosuke Miyajj, who has two goals in six appearances. However, their main goal threat is likely to come from last year’s top scorer Tatsuki Kinoshita. He scored six last term but has yet to score this year despite featuring in all of Honda Lock’s ten games.
Last year’s results
Last year saw Fujieda unable to defeat Honda Lock as they lost 1-0 away and draw 1-1 at home.
Kick off is at 1pm on Sunday or 5am UK time.