DAVID SMITH - Thursday, October 20, 2011
Steve Clark manned the nets for Hønefoss as their win at Asker gave them a push in the promotion race while Colin Burns watched from the bench as Sandefjord were soundly beaten by Kongsvinger.
Asker 1 - 2 Hønefoss BK
Hønefoss picked up a crucial win in their midweek make-up game at Asker on Wednesday, moving into second place and giving themselves control over their own destiny in the promotion race.
Steve Clark was in goal for the duration, however Hønefoss forward Kenneth Di Vita Jensen was left on the bench despite having scored a pair of goals in their previous game.
Knowing this game amounted to one of the defining moments of their season, Hønefoss wasted no time in asserting their dominance, taking the lead after nine minutes as Kevin Beugre fought to maintain possession near the left edge of the six-yard box and hit a low strike that somehow found its way through a crowd of players and over the line for 1-0.
They doubled the lead two minutes before the half-hour thanks to a poor punched clearance by Asker keeper Fredrik Purser, as the ball popped straight up and eventually landed at the foot of Icelandic international Kristjan Örn Sigurdsson for a short-range strike into goal.
Asker did pull one back 11 minutes from full time when Anders Nedrebø was lucky to have a loose ball roll to his feet near the penalty spot and put his left-footed shot away, however Hønefoss prevented any further damage, eventually securing the full three points.
The win moves Hønefoss into second place, even on points with Ham-Kam but leading by a significantly better goal differential. They will host Mjøndalen on Sunday before ending the season on the road at last-place Løv-Ham, knowing that winning both will almost certainly assure their place in the Tippeligaen next season.
Colin Burns watched from the bench on Wednesday, as Sandefjord saw their hopes for promotion take a huge hit with a 3-0 road loss at Kongsvinger. Now four points off the second promotion spot, they must win both of their final two games and need an unlikely string of results involving the teams above them to work in their favor in order to make the jump to the Tippeligaen.