2020/21 in Pictures: Games 24 and 25

We’re fast approaching the business end of the season in Madrid – the Segunda B and Tercera splits are imminent. There’s still plenty to play for throughout the leagues and lots of new (and old) grounds to go to!

Game 2️⃣4️⃣

⚽️ CD Barajas 4-1 CD Paracuellos Antamira B

🏟 Campo Nuestra Señora de la Soledad, Barajas

🏆 Madrid Primera Regional, Group 2

📅 14.3.2021

💶 €2

I had an early start to catch Metro Line 8 on this particular Sunday morning. Previously I’d only ever used it to go to the Airport (feels like a lifetime since I last did that) but on this occasion I was going one stop further, to the town of Barajas to watch the local club play Paracuellos Antamira B (it’s a kind of derby, I suppose) in the Primera Regional.

I had been looking forward to visiting the Campo Nuestra Señora de la Soledad for ages, but circumstances had always got in the way. It’s a great old-school ground, conveniently situated close to the centre of the town itself.

The ground also boasts a real rarity, one of the few remaining sand/gravel pitches in the Madrid football pyramid. Slide tackles are not advised!

Barajas enjoyed the better of the first half but a fine opening strike from David Sevillano was all they had to show for their efforts. Things got better after the break though, Sevillano scored his second on 59 minutes before passing up the opportunity for a hat-trick to allow Roberto Oviedo the chance to score instead. Alberto Gutierrez scored a fourth late on to put further icing on the cake.

Paracuellos did pull one back before the end, with the goalscorer rather half-heartedly removing his shirt in celebration and thus earning himself the least necessary yellow card in history.

Bar Watch: The bar was open and was pretty busy throughout the game.

Shop Watch: There was no sign of any merchandise on sale behind the bar or any kind of stall set up in the ground.

Match Rating: 8/10 – I had a really nice morning out at Barajas. It’s definitely somewhere worth revisiting in future!

Game 2️⃣5️⃣

⚽️ SAD Villaverde San-Andrés 3-0 Trival Valderas

🏟 Estadio Boetticher, Madrid

🏆 Tercera Division, Group 7

📅 21.3.2021

💶 €5

Back to the Tercera again and this was, if you’ll excuse the cliché, a proper relegation six-pointer. Both Botti and Trival are in danger of going down – after the split, seven of the eleven teams in the bottom section of the Tercera will be relegated – so every point that can be picked up is crucial.

Things got off to a great start for the home side when they were awarded a penalty after 20 minutes, which was expertly converted by Mario.

Trival were reduced to ten men two minutes later when a late challenge saw the referee produce a red card for defender Mario Sánchez, but to their credit, they caused Botti plenty of problems during the first half and certainly didn’t look like a side a man down.

The visitors also went close to an equaliser at the start of the second half, but after Diego García lashed the ball in from close range to double Botti’s lead on 52 minutes, the victory was more or less secure.

Any hopes Trival had for a comeback were more or less ended when another rash challenge, in the centre circle this time, on the 57 minute mark led to some handbags between the two players and finished with two more of their players being sent off.

Villaverde mostly played keep-ball until the final moments when a lovely team move finished with Samuel Yerpes dinking the ball over the goalkeeper to make it 3-0, a goal which could be very important come the end of the season as it gives Botti the head-to-head advantage over Trival should they finish level on points.

Bar Watch: The kiosk was typically busy! It was a beautiful morning and the larger than usual home crowd had plenty to celebrate!

Shop Watch: The usual scarves were on sale in the kiosk.

Match Rating: 8.5/10 – An entertaining game definitely, but it was the presence of so many members of the Madrid Fútbol Modesto community that made this one really memorable. Hopefully more days like this to come in the near future!

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