After Juventus Schoonaarde took a false start on the first day of play against KSK Kallo (1-0 loss), coach David Collyns’ men didn’t miss a beat. Juventus took the full loot against both newcomer Sint-Gillis-Waas (3-1) and Sparta Waasmunster (1-2).
Dirk Van Bruysel
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“We deserved at least a point against Kallo, but we forgot to finish our chances,” David Collyns recalls. “Because we won two games in a row afterwards, we can’t complain about our start to the competition. The points are there, but I admit that football is not all running smoothly yet. It has to be a little better. In a way that’s not surprising when you know that we had a disrupted preparation due to illness, injuries and vacations of various players and that we also had to fit in some newcomers. That also takes time, but it is gradually getting better. Ruben Matthijs opened the score against Sparta Waasmunster, but the home team tied the score. A minute later, Ruben Matthijs again recorded the final score.”
seize the opportunity
“Last week against Sint-Gillis-Waas, I came on in the final minutes and thanked him for that with a goal,” says Ruben Matthijs. “Apparently I had won the confidence of the trainer, because this week I was allowed to start and I immediately scored twice in the first half hour. It is not surprising that the final score was immediately on the board, because it was by no means an easy match. Fortunately, we have found the pain points of Waasmunster. Although our football was far from good, our mentality was top notch. That winning mentality has given us three points.”
“I hope I can prove myself this season. Until last season I mainly played with the reserves of Jong Lede. This season I wanted more opportunities to play and so I went to Schoonaarde. As a 20-year-old, playing a lot is more fun. I have now had my chance and I am trying to seize it. I am now played as a right forward, while I was previously trained as a midfielder. Coach David Collyns pushed me forward because my speed is pretty much my best asset. Apparently the trainer is right.”
“Making boys better and thus helping the team move forward is one of my tasks,” adds David Collyns. “We have a broad squad this season, but we will need everyone because, having finished eighth last season, the bar is now just a little higher. We now have more options and are aiming for the top five. Who knows, we may compete for a place in the final round. On that note, I think details will decide. Then it is an advantage to have a strong group.”