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It’s a hefty dose of Tercera action in this update as I ticked off another new ground in Alcobendas on the 10th and then on the 17th it was a bumper day of action for Día Del Fútbol Modesto 3 at Unión Adarve and Flat Earth! 

Game 2️⃣4️⃣

To decide on my first game of November, I put out a poll on the Mis Viajes en Fútbol Twitter.

But with it being a strictly advisory vote, I was not bound to abide by the result. Basically I didn’t fancy the journey to Trival Valderas’ ground in the south of Madrid for an 11am kick off. Alcobendas was much easier for a northerner like myself. (Trival Valderas v Carabanchel finished 0-0 anyway, so I felt justified in my decision!)

This one wasn’t exactly a thriller either, but it was one of the most ridiculously one-sided 1-0’s I’ve seen in a long time.

Alcobendas were in the promotion play-offs last season and received high-profile investment in the summer from a consortium including Atlético midfielder Thomas Partey, but they’ve had a poor start to the season and were truly awful in this game. They barely forced Santa Ana’s goalkeeper into a serious save over the course of the game.

The visitors scored the only goal of the game midway through the first half. Alcobendas’ goalkeeper came out to try and intercept a pass but hesitated as he realised he would never get there ahead of the striker and was left in no man’s land as the striker headed the ball into the unguarded net.

Alcobendas huffed and puffed but never really looked like making a breakthrough while with a better final ball Santa Ana could have scored several more goals.

Match Rating: 6/10

Match Cost: €10 💶

Now it’s time to tackle the events of Día Del Fútbol Modesto 3!

Game 2️⃣5️⃣

First up, a trip back to the Vicente Del Bosque for second v third in the Tercera. It was a very cold morning so not wanting to walk further than was necessary, I took the Metro, which resulted in me running into Matt and his daughter, who were also heading to the game and meant I had a bit of company for the walk to the stadium.

Having placed the order way back in August, I was delighted to finally pick up my Unión Adarve season ticket and shirt ahead of kick off, having been frustrated in my attempts to pick it up from the club’s offices due to the fact they are closed on the only day I can get there. Anyway, season ticket in hand, I headed down to the bar where I met up with more of my fellow DDFMers (is that what we are called?) for a coffee ahead of kick off.

The early start wasn’t perfect for everyone, but our ranks were swelled as the first half went on. It was an absorbing contest. Both these sides are challenging for promotion this season and from the evidence they provided here they won’t be far away from the play-off picture come May. The first half was even enough, but it was Trival who took the lead after 22 minutes, Iván Lean finishing off a sweeping move.

After a half-time trip inside to warm-up, we made it back out just in time to see Trival lining up to take a penalty, unfortunately I have no idea what it was awarded for. Had they converted it, they would have been in total control of the game, but thanks to a top save from Guille, the momentum began to swing back in Adarve’s favour.

By this time we had relocated to the grassy bank behind the goal which Adarve were attacking. I have no idea if we were actually allowed to stand there, it’s probably a health and safety hazard on a wet day, but no one stopped us and it meant we had a prime view of the comeback. First Dani Ramos headed in from a corner on 64 minutes to level the scores and then ten minutes from the end, a great finish from Mario put them in front for the first time and sent the Fondo Guiri into raptures.

Adarve were indebted to Guille for preserving the win – he produced another top-class save minutes after the second goal and the celebrations at the end showed just how important the players felt this victory was.

Match Rating: 8/10

Match Cost: (€25 Season Ticket)💶

Game 2️⃣6️⃣

After a lunch break to warm up back at home, I was off again, taking the Metro down to Lucero for the second game of the day between Flat Earth and Villaverde. Things got off to a good start as producing my newly-acquired Adarve Season Ticket allowed me in for €5! But disappointingly the bar didn’t have any warm drinks on sale.

The rest of the DDFM crew joined me just in time for kick off, but despite our added support for the visitors, things didn’t start off well for Villaverde.

Rooted to the bottom of the table, few expected them to get anything against play-off contenders Flat Earth, especially when they found themselves 2-0 down at the break. To be honest, they didn’t deserve to be, they had forced the Flat Earth goalkeeper into a number of excellent saves while the two goals they conceded at the other end were somewhat unfortunate.

Things started to look better at the start of the second half as they pulled one back, just as we made our way round to the far side to have a better view of the goal they were attacking.

The weather gradually got worse as the game went on, meaning I was extremely glad I’d remembered to take my umbrella with me. Some of our number weren’t quite so fortunate but there’s nothing quite like a dramatic late goal to make everyone forget how miserable the conditions are and thankfully that’s what Villaverde provided.

I’ll just let the video do the talking for me.

Had the game been five or ten minutes longer than it actually was, I have no doubt that Botti would have gone on to win. But considering they had been 2-0 down, a point was a more than acceptable outcome.

Match Rating: 9/10

Match Cost: €5 💶 (with ProLiga discount – Regular price €10)

Everyone was cold and wet and ready to head inside by the final whistle, so the warmth of a bar near Lucero Metro and a cup of decaf coffee (for me) were greatly appreciated before heading home.

All in all, it was a brilliant day out and it was great to meet a lot of people I’d only previously known through the medium of Twitter – the joy of lower league football is a great way to bring people together.

A special shout out to Chris Pidgeon, the world’s most famous Ponferradina fan, who made the extra special effort of flying in for the day! After following his adventures through Twitter for so long it was nice to finally meet him in person.

And another special mention for Lester Drake, whose idea the whole event was. With over 20 people attending across the two games, despite the inclement weather, DDFM is going from strength to strength and will surely only get bigger once the better weather comes back in the spring.

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