SpVgg Bayreuth v SC Verl was our last match of this Bavaria Football Weekend.
SpVgg Bayreuth were promoted to 3Liga at the end of the 2021/2022 season having won the Regionalliga Bayern. At the start of the day Bayreuth were bottom of 3Liga having just 9pts from 11 matches. Last time out they had beaten Meppen 1-0 which meant a victory versus Verl could see them jump out of the relegation zone.
Getting to the ground
Bayreuth is located North East of Nuremburg and we were able to grab a direct train to Bayreuth through picturesque scenery which took approximately one hour. The main train station is located just 10 minutes from the stadium making it a very accessible journey.
The Hans-Walter-Wild Stadion is named after the former Mayor of the City, and not a former player as we had expected. Built in 1967, it has a capacity of 21,500. Tickets for the matches are available to purchase direct from the club on-line and cost just 8 Euro’s which undoubtedly encouraged a crowd of 3681.
Inside the ground there was an opportunity to purchase merchandise from the pop-up fanshop whilst food and drinks were available. As always we score the beer cup using our scorecard and this proved to be a solid 5/10.
SpVgg Bayreuth v SC Verl
The match was dominated by a SC Verl team, clearly stronger in many areas, although they themselves had only been promoted to 3Liga two seasons earlier. Verl took the lead after just 14 minutes and the scene was set.
When Bayreuth equalised in the 27th minute through Nollenberger, it came from nothing. A good long ball saw the Bayreuth Number 9 ghost in at the back for a delicate header. Wagner music was blasted through the speakers around the ground and for a short period of time there was belief that they just may find a result. Three points would lift them from the foot of the table and clear of the bottom four.
However, Verl were superior and even though just three points separated the two teams in the table, at times the gulf seemed quite large. The second half saw Verl add a second and third goal – the second a fantastic volley from outside the box on his left foot by Maximilian Wolfram.
All the action can be seen below…
At the end of the match a rainbow appeared over the Hans Walter Wild Stadion. It is too soon to know whether this symbolizes a change in fortunes. With their next match away at relegation rivals Hallescher, before entertaining title challengers 1860 Munich, they must cling to everything possible.
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