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FABRIL IN THE PLAYOFF ROUND

31 Mar 2021
It was a mediocre first round for Fabril, but the team coached by Valerón managed to qualify for the playoff round, instance in which the lads will try to stay in the fourth tier of Spanish football.

Fabril also paid the price for the improvisation of the club during the winter window. Juan Carlos Valerón debuted on the bench with ups and downs, his team was the best scorer in the group, but only managed to end fifth. The Canarian coach opened the door and allowed the participation of Juvenile players, but also had a conflict with one of the captains, Manu Mosquera.

A FIRST ROUND WITH UPS AND DOWNS
Like it happened at Segunda B and the rest of lower leagues, the Spanish Federation constructed short tournaments that at the same time were complex. For the Tercera tournament of the season 2020/21, Fabril was placed in subgroup 1 of the Galician group together with other 11 teams. The goal was to end among the first three places, but a negative rally that started in February pulled the team to end fifth.

Valerón was debuting as a coach and had a decent start, his team only allowed one goal within the first three games and added five points. Later the team suffered unexpected defeats like the 0-1 at Abegondo facing CSD Arzúa (November 8) or the embarrassing 1-4 against Polvorín (December 5).

Despite these results, the team arrived to the last week of January having options to end among the first three places. But then two things occurred, firstly the team was hit by four COVID-19 cases that forced the full squad to be isolated for two weeks. Totally, the team was stopped for a full month as the pandemic was also hitting other clubs. At the same time, the improvisation at the first team left Valerón without his two best men, Rayco Rodríguez and Diego Villares. Both were promoted the last week of the winter market and the team wasn’t reinforced.

Fabril returned in February and did it in a terrible way, only adding one point in six games, and that’s what wiped off the possibility of ending among the first three places and therefore qualify for the promotion round. At least Valerón managed to bounce back and the team added 10 of the last 12 points in dispute, enough to end fifth and enter the playoff round.

LIGHTS AND SHADOWS WITH VALERÓN
The debut of Valerón as a coach left positive things, like realizing his teams are tactically ordered and practice a passing game that’s enjoyable. His offensive view can also be noticed by the fact that, despite ending fifth, the team as the best scorer in the subgroup. To notice that the aggregate scores of the last four games was 13-3. He is also a coach opened to develop young players, the Canarian trainer didn’t have any problem to open the gates to Guille Bueno and Peke, two players to follow for next season.

Now, the doubts with him are related to the management of the group. Known for his calm and sympathetic attitude, Valerón had problems to control the group. The best example is his situation with Manu Mosquera, one of the captains of the team. After debuting with the first team, the striker had a conflict with the coach after been replaced in the 3-2 defeat at As Pontes (February 14. The team was losing 3-0 and managed to score twice after been benched). Since that day the striker disappeared from the lineups and even the rosters.

THE PLAYOFF ROUND
In the second round of the tournament at Tercera, Fabril will play in the playoff group of the Galician group. It is composed by the 4th, 5th and 6th places of both subgroups (officially called group D). These six clubs drag the points, goals and results of the first round, so the starting points is:

place team points GF GA
1 Racing Villabés 40 34 26
2 Fabril 32 41 27
3 Estradense 31 35 34
4 Choco 31 28 22
5 Rápido Bouzas 31 25 25
6 Silva 30 21 20

The goal on here is to end among the first two places. These top-two clubs will qualify for the playoff that will award with a spot in the new fourth tier of Spanish football (Segunda RFEF). The other four clubs will suffer the demotion to the fifth tier (now called Tercera RFEF).

FORMAT AND CALENDAR
The Spanish Federation didn’t want to extend the season due to the pandemic, for this reason the teams that were together in the same subgroup won’t face each other again. Each team will only play two games (home and away) against the three clubs from the other subgroup. This means Deportivo will only face CD Choco, CD Estradense and Rápido de Bouzas in the next six weekends.

The top two clubs will qualify for the playoff, instance that awards with one ticket to Segunda RFEF. This playoff is a three-round tournament in which the potential rivals are Bergantiños FC, CD Arenteiro, Polvorín FC, Arosa SC, UD Somozas and Alondras CF

The calendar of Fabril in the playoff round:
Apr/04/2021: Fabril v CD Choco
Apr/11/2021: CD Estradense v Fabril
Apr/18/2021: Fabril v Rápido Bouzas
Apr/25/2021: CD Choco v Fabril
May/02/2021: Fabril v CD Estradense
May/09/2021: Rápido Bouzas v Fabril

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