Matchday four sees Stegman’s Old Boys return home to Arlington Park to take on Centennial.
The Old Boys currently sit joint second in the league, but struggled for most of the first half against United last week. “We were overrun in the midfield and, though we adjusted for it and of course went on to win handily, it gives us a concern,” said manager Jon Bisswurm. “I will be back at my FIFA simulation to see what can be done.”
Sunday’s 3-0 victory was the first clean sheet for the Old Boys, and was down to a heartening lack of major errors at the back. Coupled with the superb marksmanship of the SOB attackers, it looks as though the side may be starting to gel.
Both Jon Scott and Holger Meiser will be sidelined with hamstring complaints, the former having been forced out of last weeks’ clash with United early. “Losing Jon is a blow,” said General Manager Nick Sindt, “he gives us something special with his pace and his aerodynamically coiffed head.” William Reynolds remains unavailable until June, but beyond those three the Old Boys have a full squad to choose from.
Centennial, despite a slow start, will pose a new challenge. With speed up top and attacking full-backs, Centennial seems unlikely to be reliant on working the ball through the middle and over the top in the way that the SOB’s initial opponents were. Considering the short dimensions of Arlington Park, it will be an attack suited to take advantage of the field conditions.
“There is a lot to think about,” said Bisswurm, “but nothing that can’t be sorted out after a few beers. That’s always when I make my best decisions, be they tactical, strategic or dating-related.”
Stegman’s Old Boys, currently sitting joint second in the table, kickoff against Centennial at 6:30pm on Sunday at Arlington Park.