Mito's streak of winless games continues, and unfortunately as now the only division 2 side without a win, the bottom team on the point chart for the season. Of course there are 43 matches left in a 48 match season, but starting out 10 points behind the leading team is very disheartening.
As the last game, Mito played one half very well and one half very poorly. The first half saw Fukuoka go up three points, one of which was from a PK by Fukuoka's striker Alex. Just as with Kusatsu's match, the first point (taken in less than three minutes) disheartened the Mito squad and brought about reckless passing and unneeded aggressiveness which resulted in many penalties. 2007 Japan national under-22 team member Shohei Ogura was sent off after collecting his 2nd yellow card soon into the second half.
But that second half was exciting and showed Mito's promise. Despite being one man short, Mito and Fukuoka played very evenly in the second half, and Mito had a full five chances near the end of the match to take a point but each time the ball sailed just wide or struck the keeper's hand. The growns of excitement mixed with disappointment grew with each incident.
Mito continues its unfortunate run of poor showings in bad weather conditions. The typhoon strength rains not only convinced people to stay home (just a bit over 1,000 attended) but also soured the field conditions. The last match of 2006 (1-5 against Yamagata) and first satellite match of 2007 (1-7 against Yokohama F. Marinos) show, along with yesterday, that Mito MUST work on its play style when on less than a perfect pitch.