Crunch time is here for Villarreal’s second and third teams, who hover just outside playoff contention.
Villarreal B have two matches left to end the season, and the first one is at home on Sunday against Atletico Baleares. Our second team is even on points with Badalona, but trails on head-to-head. Badalona, unfortunately, have a certain three points on Saturday against already-relegated and being-investigated Eldense. We finish up with a match against Mallorca B, while Badalona travel to Levante B.
There is a slight chance both Badalona and Villarreal B could make the playoffs, if Valencia Mestalla (currently four points ahead of us) stumble. They are away to Lleida this weekend, and finish hosting L’Hospitalet, who are trying to get out of the automatic relegation positions.
Villarreal B has been this close to breaking through, but an inability to pick up wins instead of draws may do us in.
Villarreal C can of course only get promoted if Villarreal B does, as we can’t have two teams in the same division. Folks, if you think Spanish refereeing in the Primera is bad, just imagine what it’s like in the fourth tier, where the C team play. Last week we lost to Castellon on a “penalty” which was literally our player clears the ball—boots it away from an attacker’s feet— their attacker falls over and wins a penalty. “Did he get the ball? Well, I guess so, he cleared it into the stand”.
With that win, Castellón are four points ahead of us, even with Ontinyent. We host Buñol on Sunday (near the relegation zone), Ontinyent are away to first place Olimpic Xativa, and Castellon are away to Orihuela, who are just behind us in the standings. (Castellon host Olimpic the last week). So we may get back into contention, but it matters not if the B team don’t make the playoffs. Mind you, Castellón are in severe financial straits, but teams get penalized for that way after the season is over, before next season starts—they aren;t likely to get removed from the playoffs.