This Sunday, Fujieda MYFC take on Yokohama Sports and Culture Club. The game would have been a JFL mid-table clash but the visitors now have one eye of the drop zone after they have continued to slip down the table in recent weeks.
Fujieda MYFC team news
After last week’s impressive victory over Blaublitz Akita, Toshihide Saito could be tempted to name an unchanged team this weekend after they did the job last week. He could be even more inclined to do so after their quick start last weekend and by the fact that Fujieda didn’t concede until the manager made changes.
This match will mark the first game since the J League announced it was to give associate membership status to seven more clubs in the run up to their final decision on who makes it into next year’s inaugural J League Division 3. Fujieda were one of the clubs selected for associate membership which now means every game is crucial to impress the J League before they make their decision.
Yokohama Sports and Culture Club fact file
Ground: Nippatsu Mitsuzawa Stadium
Season in JFL: 2nd
Last season: 6th
After finishing 6th last season in their first year in the JFL, Yokohama SCC are struggling this season with just one win in their last five, which means they are just 6 points above the relegation spots. They have also lost 13 games, which is the joint third worst in the league, with just two teams losing more so far.
Despite their less than remarkable season so far, there has been one success story. Kosuke Matsuda made 29 appearances in the league last year, scoring just once and getting one assist. However, this year has been a lot more successful. He currently has seven goals in 22 games, making him the side’s top scorer. He also has four assists in 2013, making him a vital part of the squad.
Another player crucial to YSCC’s attacking movement is Akio Yoshida. He has five goals and five assists in 2013, just one less than his total of six goals in 2012. The midfielder joined the club from former JFL side Arte Takasaki, which was the side’s current leading assist maker, Kazuki Ito, came from too. He has six assists this year.
Last season’s result
Last year when Fujieda were at home to YSCC, they came out on top with a comfortable 4-1 win. Alan grabbed two with Kerlon and Takahisa Nishiyama also getting on the scoresheet.
Kick off is at 4pm/8am on Sunday at the Fujieda Sports Complex Park.