Last Sunday, the trip to Catalan soil proved to be crucial for the ESL-B. A cleaver match which was either to give a big breath of fresh air to the Ariégeois, or to drive the club into the spiral of defeat. It is with great relaxation that the Laroquais-Belestarians record this away victory which, presumably, will serve as a trigger for the rest of the season. This victory, the players of the ESL-B went to seek it with “their guts”, so much their will and their courage worked wonders. The players showed the strength of character and the solidarity of the group.
Faced with a solid team from Haut-Vernet, which was also playing its survival, the players from the country of Olmes, although abused for 70 minutes, never gave up. The last ten minutes turned out to be magnificent. T. Bendrell, with a metronome at his feet, kept the opponents in their 22 meters, and after a succession of penetrating mauls, putting the Catalans to death, the ESL-B pack took everything in its path and activated the Manenti pillar of crossing the goal line twice in the dying minutes of the game. At the final whistle, joy and relief could be read on the faces of the players, management and supporters.
This Sunday, against the Héraultais of Mauguio, in Lopez-Trèmezaygue, it will be necessary to build on this good result in order to initiate the dynamics which will put the club back on the right track.
The reserved team, much diminished, lost with the score of 36 to 28. The defections of certain players surely deprived the team of another victory. But the players on the lawn have nothing to be ashamed of.
Note that on Sunday, for this crucial home match, the club organizes its traditional supporters’ meal from 11:30 a.m.