Mito failed to snag its first season with three 3-game winning streaks with Gifu finally breaking its winless streak at Kasamatsu on Sunday.
Midfielder Hori took a quick goal for the lead, but Gifu evened it out before the half and took the lead in the second. In a press to push forward and tie it near the end, Mito allowed two more goals.
Due to staff illnesses, I was moved to guard the luxury seating area gate and this kept me from seeing any of the game live... Afterward I talked with the ground staff and saw some highlights and it seems that there isn't much to say about the match play. It was one of the more boring matches of the year with sloppy play on both sides. Particularly disappointing was the pitch condition in that it affected the ability to play. Each step and ball bounce was accentuated by a burst of sand and it looked embarrassingly similar to beach soccer. So much had been used to even out the field that the conditions were considered the same as deeply soaked. The new home ground can't be built soon enough.