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Lega Pro Review – Week 4 (First division)

Goals were at a premium in C1A in the latest round of matches unless you were at the Stadio Giglio in Reggiana on Sunday where Como fired their way to the top of the table with a 4-2 demolition of the home side. In a devastating 54 minute display, Ernestino Ramella’s side took the game away from their hosts thanks to goals from Orlando Urbano, Robson Toledo, Alberto Filippini and Conceicao. Reggiana restored some pride in the final quarter of the game with goals from Giuseppe Alessi and Mario Gurma but the Lariani look the real deal this season with promotion to Serie B a realistic possibility.

Foggia v Monza

No signs of Zemanlandia left in Foggia as they only manage to put 1 past woeful Monza

Carpi share top-spot with Como after dropping their first points of the season in a goalless draw at Pavia with Pisa also drawing a blank away to Pro Vercelli. The big game of the day in C1A also disappointed as Sorrento and Taranto played out a cagey 0-0 at the Stadio Campo Italia. The visitors should have taken all three points after being awarded a late penalty but striker Julien Rantier fired the spot-kick wide and the points were shared.

Comeback of the day belonged to Foligno who found themselves two down at home to Benevento inside the opening 16 minutes thanks to goals from Giacomo Cipriani and Michael Cia. A huge amount of credit must go to Giovanni Pagliari’s men who never gave up and on the stroke of half-time they were given a lifeline when Matteo Coresi converted from the penalty spot. With time running out, Marco Guidoni  fired home from close range to send the home fans into delirium and earn his side a share of the points.

Marco Zigoni’s 77th minute winning strike for Avellino at Viareggio has lifted a huge weight off the shoulders of under fire boss Giovanni Buccaro. The former Juventus primavera tactician has been under intense pressure after an indifferent start to the new campaign but Zigoni’s goal could just have bought his coach some much needed time as he attempts to construct a promotion chasing team. Next weekend sees Marizio Sarri’s Sorrento side visit the Stadio Partenio in another huge game that could determine whether Buccaro remains at the helm.

Monza’s woeful start to the new campaign continued on Sunday with a 1-0 defeat at Foggia, a result which left coach Gianfranco Motta’s future in the balance. The club from Lombardy have only found the net twice in their opening four games and the side that was reinstated into C1 after play-out relegation last season, already look to have a long winter ahead of them.

Other results

C1A: Foligno 2-2 Benevento, Foggia 1-0 Monza, Lumezzane 0-0 Ternana, Pavia 0-0 Carpi, Pro Vercelli 0-0 Pisa, Reggiana 2-4 Como, Sorrento 0-0 Taranto, Tritium 1-1 Spal, Viareggio 0-1 Avellino

Goalscorers

Ginestra (Sorrento) 4, Cia (Benevento) 4, Filippini (Como) 4, Chiaretti (Taranto) 3

In C1B Pergocrema are riding the crest of a wave and may just have pulled off the best signing in Lega Pro this season. Ignacio Pia, him of Napoli vintage, has netted in every game he has played so far this season, his latest coming in a 2-1 home win on Sunday against the Sud Tirol. Coach Fabio Brini took a gamble on a player no-one else wanted and is reaping the dividends already as his team sit top of the table. The visitors actually took the lead after 21 minutes with a goal from another player who has made an exceptional start to the new campaign, Manuel Fischnaller, but an Emanuele Testardi strike on the stroke of half-time levelled the contest before Pia wrapped up the points 21 minutes from time.

Tritium and Spal share the honours in C1A

Tritium and Spal share the honours in C1A

Virtus Lanciano sit second in the standings after week four after a 2-1 home win against Barletta. Under the guidance of their Neapolitan coach Carmine Gautieri, the team from Abruzzo have been playing some impressive stuff this term and deserve all the plaudits they are getting at the moment. The Frentani would have had a share of top-spot but sadly they have become the latest side to be docked a point due to financial malpractice.  Sunday’s match was full of controversy with the opening goals for both sides coming from the penalty spot. The hosts went down to ten men on 64 minutes when defender Gaetano Vastolo was sent-off after picking up a second yellow card but it was another defender, Carlo Mammarella, who grabbed a dramatic injury-time winner for the home side.

After the game Barletta President Roberto Tato` was scathing about his team describing them as “colourless, extinguished and lacking willpower” the return journey south would not have been the happiest of occasions. Cremonese are another side bang in form right now, in complete contrast with that of their hosts last Sunday Piacenza. The visitors were ahead after only three minutes thanks to Giuseppe Le Noci but the home side hit back just 12 minutes later with a Massimo Melucci goal. Le Noci doubled his afternoons tally just short of the half-hour and Riccardo Bocalon made sure of the points in second-half injury time. Oscar Brevi’s men are real title contenders, Francesco Monaco’s beleaguered side are in total disarray at the foot of the table.

Andria Bat continued their great start to the campaign with a 2-1 home win over in-form Triestina. Denis Godeas put the northerners in front on 27 minutes but their lead was cancelled out just after the hour mark thanks to a goal from Federico Comini. Substitute Biagio Meccariello sealed the points for the home side five minutes from time but the man of the match once again for the Leoni Azzurri was their big goalkeeper Vitangelo Spadavecchia who was absolutely sensational between the posts. The 28-year-old former Bari shot-stopper is on the top of his game right now and many more performances like that on Sunday could see him plying his trade in a much higher division sooner rather than later.

Other results

C1B: Andria Bat 2-1 Triestina, Carrarese 3-0 Trapani, Feralpi Salo` 0-2 Portogruaro, Frosinone 3-1 Prato, Pergocrema 2-1 Sud Tirol, Piacenza 1-3 Cremonese, Siracusa 3-1 Spezia, Virtus Bassano 0-1 Latina, Virtus Lanciano 2-1 Barletta

Goalscorers

Le Noci (Cremonese) 6, Godeas (Triestina) 5, Pia (Pergocrema) 3, Bianchi (Spezia) 3, Pavoletti (Virtus Lanciano) 3

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Part two of  the Lega Pro review will be later this week and will feature an in-depth look at the rise and rise of Catanzaro Calcio

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