Football: Entente Guérétoise is one game away from its history against Poitiers (B)

The Entente Sportive Guérétoise has been on the water for three seasons and with one day left before the end of the championship, a win or a draw could see them move up to National 3. Luc Davaillon, coach of the first team, looks back on what made this success.

Luc Davaillon during the last game against Feytiat.

  • How do you explain the very good results of your team in recent years?

We have a group that hasn’t moved much for two or three years. Last year we had an excellent start to the season before the Covid came to a complete halt in the Championships; it gave us confidence compared to the start of this season and we knew we would have things to play for. We wanted to be in the lead and I assume in this case it’s not much to play for and it’s the most consistent team to win the championship, which we are at the moment. †

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  • How was this success built up?

I’d say it’s a really long-term job, ie I’ve been with the club for 13 years and I’ve seen three quarters of the kids who are in the first team graduate after I got them back in the second, first, terminal. We’ve been through French championships together with high school and I’ve always said that for some of these players, we didn’t know their limits.

  • Today, therefore, the club’s youth are the priority in the recruitment of the first team?

Every year our first recruitment is already to keep our players and then to integrate the young people trained at the club thanks to the work of all the educators. In addition to the youngsters, we were also lucky enough to welcome three African refugee players who have brought a lot to the team. But all but four players were trained at the club.

  • But isn’t it hard to star in Region 1 with a group that has never experienced the next level?

This is where sometimes it gets a bit complicated because in terms of experience all the other teams that play uphill like Feytiat or La Rochelle all have players who have played in national championships. We, apart from one player, Kader Diémé, who played for Rodez and Stade Bordelais, our players have never played in a higher level championship. It’s a source of pride because it means we’ve done a good job.

  • We are in a department that sometimes struggles to hold on to its young people. What are the secrets of your success?

There are two things in my opinion. Firstly the game project that we offer every year and then there is also the club identity that has been put forward since childhood.

Three quarters of our first team players have signed their first club license.

So they have this identity, and even in the tough times when we fell back to Regional 2, few even asked themselves if they wanted to play somewhere else because they knew that if we fell, it was because we gave them their chance to place in the first team, that they didn’t have the level yet, but that they would get there by working. So it’s a mix of all that: the game project and the club’s identity.

  • Last year you went back to R1, three games, three wins before the championships were halted all season, how did you get through this period?

As fast as we could we trained once a week, trying to regroup as best we could, trying to maintain both link and physical condition as best we could.

But I think we’ve felt the effects of the Covid this season: there was a period at the beginning of the year when there was a big blow from less well, with a lot of injuries that are not common for some of our players.

I think it was the aftermath of covid. For two years we didn’t do much and there, with the Coupe de France course and the championship, we went from July to March and it was difficult for the organizations.

  • This year you realize it’s almost perfect season when you go up on Saturday at the end of the race. What is your greatest pride?

That’s what I said, it’s to compete with experienced teams that have already evolved into higher championships thanks to all the work we’ve been able to do for ten years with the educators: that’s really a great pride. Then there’s the fact that we can count on all players without exception, we went for important wins in Thouars and Royan with team B players who are mostly under 20 years old.

  • What if there were regrets?

So if there was one it wouldn’t have been able to keep Tidiane Diakhaby (leaved for JA Isle) this winter and then of course when we go over the course of the season there are necessarily certain matches where we miss the equalizing goal or the victory in the last seconds, I am thinking in particular of the match against Feytiat where we hit the post at the last second and then the championship would already be over.

  • How do you handle this final encounter against Poitiers (B) who has the best offense in the championship?

I want to say that it is a final, we have to have fun and give pleasure to the people who come to visit us, we hope they will be as many as against Feytiat.

Regional 1: Guéret and Feytiat neutralize each other in the Léo Lagrange stadium. De Creusois still at the top of the championship

  • If you manage to progress to National 3, what are the next deadlines for the club?

Decisions will have to be made, especially about the players we can welcome and especially about what the first team’s resources will be next year to set objectives.

Claude Morelle, new president of ES Guéret: a life in yellow and blue

In retrospect I know that the players of the club really want to evolve at this level with the club, so I think we should not lose players, but we will have to strengthen ourselves anyway to have some more foreseen.

Last day. The match between ES Guérétoise and Stade Poitevin FC (2) will be played on Saturday, May 28 at 6 pm at the Léo-Lagrange stadium in Guéret (admission at a special price: €5).

What are the three possible scenarios on Saturday night?

Currently, one game before the end, the Guérétois lead the championship by two points over La Rochelle and three over Feytiat.
It’s easy to know if Guéret will be yes or no in National 3 next year, unless the Yellow and Blue lose tomorrow.

If Entente Sportive Guérétoise beats Poitiers (B). The Guérétois can not be connected and are champions.

If Guéret and Poitiers (B) draw. The Creusois are still at a distance if Feytiat succeeds and are tied with La Rochelle. But with the special goal difference, Guéret won 4-0 in the first leg and lost 2-1 in the return leg, the Entente remained in the lead and won the championship.

If the Guérétois bow to Poitiers (B). In this situation, Yellow and Blue do not have their fate in their hands and have to wait for the end of their opponents’ matches. If La Rochelle or Feytiat win, the title is lost. Indeed, if Feytiat returns to equal points on Saturday with a win over Buxerolles, the Haut-Viennois will pass in front of the Entente thanks to the special goal difference (draw 1-1 in the first leg, defeat 1-0 in the return).

A reservation lodged by La Rochelle against Feytiat. The Nouvelle-Aquitaine league website has a reservation against Feytiat at the time of closing due to the playing of a suspended player in La Rochelle. But Gérard Lathiere, chairman of Feytiat, assures that the player in question had served his suspension in the Haute-Vienne cup the previous match.

Text: Cédric Goessens

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