2019/20 in Pictures (Games 44 and 45)

Two more new grounds for me as I continue what I’ve dubbed my “Tercera Push”, the aim of visiting every ground in the Madrid Tercera before the end of this season.

Game 4️⃣4️⃣

A week on from my double-header, I was heading back to Alcorcón! Not quite as far this time though, stopping at Cercanias station San Jose de Valderas and, once I’d managed to work out how to get across the busy main road, making my way to La Canaleja.

The stadium is fairly typical of many Tercera grounds, part of a multi-sports complex (polideportivo) and with an artificial pitch flanked on one side by a stand. I chose a pitchside viewing point on the far side, which also allowed proximity to the excellent bar, stocked with football memorabilia and cheap bocatas.

As for the game itself, it wasn’t exactly a classic. Trival scored the only goal of the game in the first half, a great finish from outside the area from Miguel Ángel just on the half hour and they largely held Alcalá at arms length for the rest of the contest.

While not a particularly memorable game, it’s a nice ground and one I would definitely consider revisiting in the future!

Match Rating: 6/10

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

Game 4️⃣5️⃣

After a long-ish journey, punctuated by a delay on Metro Line 10 and the necessary change on Line 7 at the Estadio Metropolitano stop, I found myself in San Fernando de Henares for the first time.

Once I’d got my bearings, I made the 15-minute walk to the Estadio Santiago Del Pino and took my seat in the main stand.

It’s one of those big, open Tercera grounds surrounded by an athletics track, but thankfully the weather was pleasant enough that I wasn’t left shivering in the cold, like on my visit to a similar ground at Santa Ana before Christmas.

Onto the game itself and Unión Adarve would have had hopes of picking up three points, especially as their hosts are in the midst of a relegation battle, but although they knocked the ball around well in the first half, they didn’t create a huge amount, their best chance coming from a long-range effort from Maganto which rattled the crossbar. But by that stage they were already behind.

The hosts had gone in front after 20 minutes. Adarve thought they’d cleared the ball off the line, but the linesman had raised his flag to indicate that it had crossed the line. A San Fernando player had ensured the loose ball was hammered in anyway so it was all academic.

The San Fernando manager continued to kick every ball from the stand.

The second half continued in much the same manner as the first and the first big moment was one of controversy. San Fernando had the ball in the net a second time only this time it was disallowed. Their manager clearly didn’t agree with the decision and his protests saw him sent from the dugout and into the stand, where he took up a position behind me and spent the rest of the game barking instructions and abusing seats.

San Fernando gradually became more concerned with running down the clock and with only a couple of minutes left, one of their defenders took a little too long over a throw in and was booked, he protested and was promptly shown a second yellow card.

Just as it looked like Adarve would fall to defeat, they got a piece of good fortune, the luckless Chema deflecting a shot into his own net. There was still enough time left over for San Fernando to have another player sent off and for Adarve to commit everyone bar goalkeeper Carlos forward for a last-gasp set piece in an attempt to win the game.

Match Rating: 6/10

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

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