After (and before!) three successive trips, the Néracais find their lair in Duprat, in a match under tension between the last two of the championship (Sunday, at 3:30 p.m.).
The US Nérac knows it. A defeat this Sunday would put the “yellow and black” in a very uncomfortable situation. “It’s the lot of all our games at home,” said coach Fabien Alvarez. “We were looking for invincibility at home, but we already made a misstep against Gimont”. And this first failure against the Gersois has already put the USN in a bad mood.
An absolutely insane calendar
Because the Néracais have not been spoiled since the start of the season. The Duprat stadium was recently sown, forcing the partners of Léo Castets Savary to export. USN haven’t played at home in over a month. And unfortunately, their three trips turned out to be unsuccessful. To make matters worse, the Lot-et-Garonnais lost many players to injury at the start of the season, such as star recruits Geoffrey Cazeneuve, Marc Graniczny, and Walter Moser. During the last meeting, striker Samuel Sansan was missing. “We were unlucky. Fortunately, we will recover some injuries in the coming weeks,” admits Fabien Alvarez. Not all of them will be handed over this Sunday against Pont-du-Casse. Despite all these problems, the USN has no room for error. “The players have prepared well for this match. Pont-du-Casse comes without pressure, and we will have to be very careful,” said the coach. For this derby, the crowd should gather in the bays of the Duprat stadium. “It’s great to be able to play at home, because there will be a great party. With this festive side, there will be all the ingredients for a good match. We will be very keen to win”. Because it is above all on the ground that the proteges of Fabien Alvarez are expected. Penultimate in the championship, they welcome the COP, dead last. “They had a superb season last year. They have a legitimate place in Fédérale 3, even if they took a little time to acclimatize to this championship”. In a derby, only victory counts. This will certainly be the message sent by Fabien Alvarez to his men. Especially since the USN will continue (again!) with three away trips after this meeting, hence the need to take the four points against the COP.