So, unless you’re undeniably stupid, you should be able to tell that this story has returned. I was devastated after the crash so took a little break before I decided it was time to return to the depths of the Segunda Division B, with my somewhat beloved Real Oviedo.
I knew I was not going to replay a whole 3 months worth of action, so I took the liberty of holidaying
over the aforementioned months, and these were the results:
It may have been a little bit sloppy at times and a mere shadow of our incredible form before the crash, but it was enough. Just
enough, mind, but enough nonetheless. Some massive one goal wins
throughout the months saw us through.
The penultimate-weekend loss to Zamora
could well have been crucial, but thankfully they were already too far behind. At that point, fate was in our own hands, all we needed was to win at home against Marino and we were home and dry....easy, right?
Unfortunately not, as we fell behind very early on to a Chus Hevia
strike. Thankfully, though, we were rescued by two Diego Cervero
penalties. And that was it, we came a distant 4th behind Atletico B
this time, while Salamanca beat Murcia to the league title. So, this leaves me less confident of play-off success this time around, but still hopeful nonetheless.
The Final Standings
A tight affair, with just the one point separating us and Zamora
. Nowhere near as promising as before, but it could’ve been a lot worse.
And to my delight, we again won the Federation Cup. After breezing past Orihuela
in the semis, we this time faced off against different opponents in Castellon
. Despite falling 2 goals behind in the first leg of the final, courtesy of the aptly named Lolo
and Jordi Marena
, we recovered and went on to score seven
goals without reply. Sene
scoring twice in the first leg and once in the second, and Pepe Diaz
bagging a whopping four goals
in the second leg to clinch the tie and return the trophy to its rightful owners; Oviedo.
First Phase Play-Off Semi-Final
Xerez vs Salamanca
Racing vs Huesca
Second Phase Play-Off First Round
Atletico B vs Sevilla Atletico
Barakaldo vs Atletico Baleares
San Fernando C.D. vs Gimnastic
Villarreal B vs Murcia
Sestao vs Osasuna B
Oviedo vs Albacete
A tough ask. Albacete
narrowly missed out the Segunda Division B4
by just three points, so we were not to take them lightly. In the league winners play-off
, only one team with a predicted finish of 1st had qualified; Racing
. However, with the rest all predicted 2nd, this would be a tight affair.
In our play-off, Murcia
had to be considered the favourites, although with the B team of Villarreal
standing in their way, they may find it a tough ask and buckle under the pressure. San Fernando
were definitely the dark horses
of the tournament, having been predicted to finish a lowly 15th but instead securing a 4th place Segunda Division B4 finish and a play-off spot.
Their opponents Gimnastic
definitely stood a chance though, having barely missed out on the Segunda Division B3
title. Elsewhere, Atletico B
would face off against Sevilla Atletico in a Battle of the B teams
and Atletico Baleares
were unlikely to cause much trouble, as they were drawn against each other. Finally, surprise qualifiers Sestao
would go head to head.
So, to conclude, we had been given a very tough draw
, but if we could someone squeeze through, we may just stand a chance. Having not played with this side in what feels like a very, very
long time, I wasn’t really sure what to expect.
I could only hope that we had a little bit of luck on our side.