For everyone who had doubts about how good the MT Melsungen could be this year, the team of Michael Roth just got another statement win on Wednesday evening, beating Frisch Auf Göppingen easily 31:21 (16:10). In front of over 3.000 fans in the Rothenbachhalle the Kassel-based side used a balanced attack and a strong defense to secure the eight win in twelve games.
Melsungen took control early, although Göppingen did its best to keep the score close. Midway through the first half the hosts led by two goals, but Frisch Auf had a tough time, especially since Johan Sjöstrand had a good game in net for the MT. But towards the end of the first half Göppingen let it slip away, some easy mistakes helped the hosts to a 16:10 lead at the break.
In the second half Melsungen played off that lead, while Göppingen tried to get back into the game, but took six minutes to score its first goal after the break. The MT led by seven goals most of the time, five times between the 31st and 46th minute to be exact. Afterwards Göppingen seemed to have lost any hope and the players body language clearly showed the lack of firepower needed to win away from home. Some more mistakes and easy goals by the guests widened the gap.
Melsungen had six players with at least three goals, Momir Rnic (6/1) and Johannes Sellin (6) were the most effective players. Ten different players score for Göppingen, Felix Lobedank and Zarko Sesum four times each. With the win the MT moved back into second place, just ahead of Flensburg. Göppingen is stuck in the middle of the standings, currently in eight position.
In the meantime Frisch Auf announced the signing of German international right-back Jens Schöngarth, who will join the Swabians next summer on a free transfer from lowly TuS N-Lübbecke. The hard shooting left-hander has signed a two-year contract. Göppingen will try to make up for the bad performance with a win against red-hot Wetzlar at home, while Melsungen is now headed to Balingen on Saturday.