Friday 12th May 2023
The impressive 9-1 demolition of Cullera CF opened up a four point gap between CD JÁVEA and three other teams challenging for a TOP8 spot with two games remaining, the first of which is a tricky away day to Tavernes de la Valldigna on Saturday evening against a side that has finished in the top three of the league in the past three seasons.
On paper, the rojiblancos should have this match in the bag. Unbeaten in seven games and currently on a five game winning streak, CD Jávea have defied all odds by lifting themselves from second-from-bottom to the TOP8 and have been playing some great football.
By contrast CF UE Tavernes haven’t recorded a victory for six games and their last two home games have been defeats – 1-2 to SD Sueca and 0-4 to CF UD Calpe. But Tavernes has never been a happy hunting ground for the rojiblancos, their last win coming back in December 2014 when goals from Armando, Puncho and Jabu chalked up a 3-1 victory as they engaged in a season-long battle for third place with CD Dénia.
But confidence is high at CD Jávea and there’s no reason not to believe that they can claim the victory and secure that position in the TOP8. And it would be nice to gain revenge for the crushing 0-3 home defeat back in December, a game in which Tavernes leading scorer Adrià Sabater scored twice.
For Tavernes, it is ‘job done’ for they will be playing in the inaugural Lliga Comunitat next season. Whether they continue to play for pride or sit back and enjoy the game, whatever the result, it is more or less a ‘must win’ for the rojiblancos.
CD Jávea will be without two keys players for this important match: Javi Hérnandez will have to sit out the rest of the season after suffering an injury against La Font d’En Carròs whilst Adrián Ramis, who scored twice in the 9-1 win against Cullera CF, is unavailable due to personal reasons. But experienced defender Victor Caturla will be returning after sitting out the last game through suspension and the three talented youth players of Álvaro Tiscar, Carlos Bisquert and Adrián Gill will all be hoping to play their part in the game.
Head coach Julio Ivorra is very aware of how important this game will be, especially as the last game is a home clash against champions Ontinyent 1931 CF who have lost just once all season. Speaking to Xàbiaaldia, he said that “if we want to be a TOP8 team then we need to secure [that position] against Tavernes, who are also another great team“.
Hopefully, the fans will come out and make the short trip up the motorway to cheer on the lads; they will appreciate the effort.
CF UE TAVERNES v CD JÁVEA
Saturday 13th May 2023, 6.00pm
Poliesportiu Municipal de Tavernes Valldigna
Carrer Metge Paco Valiente
46760 Tavernes de la Valldigna (Valencia)
David López del Precinto
Daniel Hurtado Verdejo & Javier Alcalde González