Wim Jonk showed himself to be a proud trainer on Friday evening after FC Volendam managed to secure the second period title. The club from the Kitchen Champion Division won 4-1 against MVV Maastricht and that eighth consecutive victory was enough to keep SC Cambuur behind.
"This is great for the boys. They have done a fantastic job", a happy Jonk told FOX Sports in the Kras Stadium. "You must always celebrate a party and they are good at this, so we will do that now."
Volendam FC started the victory series on 25 October with a victory over Young AZ, after which the North Hollanders were also too strong for Young Ajax, Young FC Utrecht, TOP Oss, Excelsior, NEC, FC Eindhoven and therefore MVV.
The victory on Friday night's MVV was not easy. The visitors from Maastricht took the lead surprisingly after half an hour, but Volendam put things in order with hits from Noah Fadiga, Martijn Kaars, Boy Deul and Francesco Antonucci.
"It's great that we quickly made the 1-1, because that brought back faith in the team," Jonk looked back at the first half. "In the beginning you saw that there was some tension and therefore almost in our game. In the end we had maybe ten chances and made four of them, so that is great."
The Volendam players are overjoyed with the period title. (Photo: Pro Shots)
"The joy is very big"
Goal scorer Kaars, who was responsible for the 2-1 in the 58th minute, is especially proud of the series that Volendam has now put down. With the eighth win in a row, Volendam is now fourth with 36 points, six less than the leader Cambuur.
"If you put together such a series, it is wonderful that we also take the period title", Kaars smiled. "The joy is very big. The last time we won the period was in the 2015/2016 season, so this is something historic. We were really working on it and you can see that in the discharge."
Just like Jonk, Kaars saw that Volendam had a difficult start on the decisive meeting with MVV. "It was unfortunate that they scored from a directional shot, while we should have made one already. Fortunately, we picked up the football again and it didn't become very exciting in the second half."
By conquering the second period title, FC Volendam is in any case assured of participating in the play-offs for promotion to the Eredivisie. The first period title went to NAC Breda.
View the results and the position in the Kitchen Champion Division