Then no first period title for HO Veltem. Green and White were stuck at a 1-1 draw against Crossing Vissenaken on Saturday evening on their own field and saw Averbode-Testelt-Okselaar still leapfrog on Sunday with a 1-6 win in Butsel.
“Even though it was not a real goal, it is of course a shame that we have now missed out on winning the first period title,” said Veltem defender Cedric Morren. “It was a difficult match. We knew that Vissenaken would come with a low block. On the one hand we are still happy with this one point, but on the other hand we will of course lose the period title. Yes, look, as long as we are in the lead at the end of the season, certainly. Although we also know that Averbode-Testelt-Okselaar is and remains the major title candidate. Let’s stay positive: we are happy that we are still undefeated in this tough, difficult and unpredictable series.”
The visitors from Vissenaken stole the period title from Veltem, but coach Kris Deldime was not immediately thrilled about that. “Veltem had a lot of ball possession, but did very little with it. The home team was mainly dangerous on stationary phases. I had seen the team twice in advance and knew that Veltem did not have the technical qualities of Averbode or Nossegem. They earned a point based on ball possession.”
Yet Deldime had the feeling that his team could just as well have gone home with the three points. “It’s a pity that we just didn’t play well enough in our moments, which we certainly had through Vinnie Lenaerts, Steve Klompkes and Jeroen Schoofs, or we would always have won. It is very sad that the equalizer only came in the final minutes. I would like to emphasize that my team did exactly what I asked for. Based on that we would have earned more. Although a ten out of twelve after matches against Nossegem, Aarschot, Wezemaal and Veltem is still not bad. Now Butsel, Bierbeek and Melsbroek follow. These are more difficult matches against teams that also desperately need the points.”