MEGHAN BRENNAN - Tuesday, April 20, 2010
Hønefoss' Steve Clark and Kenneth Di Vita Jensen make the short trip on Wednesday to Stabaek's Telenor Arena where they will face off against fellow American Mikkel Diskerud.
Hønefoss will arrive in Stabaek territory without a win in the 2010 Eliteserien and, as a result, without head coach Ole Bjorn Sundgot.
Following their sixth consecutive loss on Saturday, at home against Viking FK, Hønefoss' board replaced Sundgot with Tom Gulbrandsen who will act as interim coach until a more permanent solution is found.
In addition to Sundgot, Senegalese striker Madiou Konate will be missing from the Honefoss squad. An injured hamstring in the home loss to Kongsvinger back on April 11th leaves Konate watching from the grandstands for the next several weeks.
With Kontae out and a new coach at the reigns, Di Vita Jensen may see an opportunity to play a larger role in the Honefoss attack than he typically does as a second half substitute.
Stabaek suffers from similar offensive setbacks as Icelandic striker Veigar Gunnarsson is still recovering from a hurt ankle he sustained earlier this season.
Until last weekend, when they defeated Kongsvinger 4-2 for their first win since the Eliteserien season opener, they had only scored a mere two goals over three games.
Diskerud, who had an assist in the Kongsvinger win Sunday, shoots for his second goal of the season with a start at right midfielder. Fellow yank, Steve Clark, will do his best to prevent a Diskerud, or any other Stabaek shot, for his first shutout in net.
A victory over Honefoss would mean back-to-back wins and six points for the home team in their quest to climb the Eliteserien ranks.