Every week brings along the same objective for Castilla, and each fixture brings mixed results. They are still in the play-off spots, and still on course to completely avoid any relegation scares such as the ones in the two seasons prior. However, it is all moving in very slow motion, and it really doesn’t feel like we’re almost half way through the season already. Perhaps the visit of bottom of the table side Rápido de Bouzas would speeden things up. Last time Castilla played a side at the bottom, they blew it and ended up losing. Not much has changed in the line-up since that game - but Dani Gómez was a very noticeable inclusion, alongside a new formation along the lines of a 4-4-2.
It certainly didn’t start off quickly. Castilla were behind within two minutes. A bouzas attacker was allowed to run straight through the defence like they were invisible, and slot past Zidane for the opener. Castilla were actually the better team in the moments before that goal, and for the rest of the first half. Some of their link-up play was sublime and had obviously been the focus of recent training sessions. It has to be said that they created next to no clear chances from their good play. Martín Calderón came on at half time for Jaume, and he would turn out to be the difference. After coming close before, he stood over a free-kick from a good way out, and zipped it straight into the top corner. From there on in, you had the feeling Castilla would clinch this one. They came close as Jorge De Frutos hit the bar, but they finally went ahead when Dani Gómez combined well with Cristo González to create space inside the box and finish. Castilla brought on Seoane and Zabarte to try and avoid any late failures that had hit them hard in past weeks. This effort was helped when the visitors went down to ten men for a poor challenge towards the end. Castilla eventually came out deserved 2-1 winners.
This win momentarily puts them up to 2nd place in the table, with now just 8 points left to reach the minimum 40 point season objective. This was actually Castilla’s final game of 2018, so it was an extra positive to finish off the year with a win. The ball keeps rolling, and things are starting to move into place a bit quicker now. The first game of 2019 see’s Castilla travel to Pontevedra in a clash between to high flying teams. Man of the match went to the ever illusive Dani Gómez, who makes everyone even more confused about his complex situation everytime he plays. Could this finally be the turning point for him? Or will it turn out like the many other hopeful ‘turning points’ ... On a personal note thank you all for following Castilla throughout the year. It’s a huge benefit to take the time to follow the stars of the future, so be sure to give yourselves a pat on the back - and have a great christmas!
Goals: Calderón & Gómez.