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The marging of victory should have been much more comfortable

The Salineros squandered a golden opportunity last weekend to close in on the playoff places when, after taking an early lead, they lost to La Nucia in the dying moments of the game.

The gap is now four points, exactly the same as Sunday evening’s opponents at the Vicente Garcia, Llosa.

But Rafa Aguado’s men have been strengthened by the midweek signing of Gozalbo who joined from Segunda B outfit Ontinyent. They were further boosted by last weeks defeat of Castellón, which ended a run of eight games without a win, five consecutive defeats and three draws.

However, with manager Serrano ringing in the changes, it was the home side that got off to the more positive start when an Obele volley opened the scoring on 2 minutes after Rafa had headed into his path.

After last week’s disappointment it was just the start that Torrevieja needed and it seemed fitting that it came from two of the players restored to the starting lineup.

But the visitors were unlikely to lie down, and they went close themselves when leading scorer Palaci shot across the face of the goal just moments later.

As the game progressed it was the same player who seemed the likeliest to hit the back of the net but midway through the half frontman Obele doubled his tally and with it the Torry lead. An exquisite crossfield pass from Pastor found the striker loitering with intent as he drove in his second of the game past a hapless Javi Loret.

But for a brilliant save from keeper Carlos, in the starting lineup for regular Carrion, Llosa would have reduced the advantage on 35 minutes. And again it was the busy Palaci who tested Torry with a powerful drive, and then when a seemingly ‘nailed on’ Llosa penalty appeal was waved away by the referee just prior to the interval the home side were able to trot in for their half time refreshment in exceedingly good spirits.

The second period, and unfortunately it was a lethargic looking Torry that took to the field for which they were duly punished just 10 minutes into the half when Nemesio rose unchallenged to head home at the far post, but just moments later the game was turned on it’s head.

Obele was upended in centrefield by Miguel. There seemed to be little to the challenge but the referee pulled out a straight red and we were all a little surprised to see the Llosa defender ordered off the field.

He was followed shortly afterwards by his manager Rafa Aguado’s who seemed unimpressed with the referees performance.

From this point FC Torrevieja were well on top although it took until the 2nd minute of added time for the home side to make the points safe. After an Obele cross rebounded off the post and into a crowded area Torry sub Manu was first to force the ball over the line. All in all a comfortable win but one which should have been much more comfortably achieved.

Next weekend FC Torrevieja travel to Torre Levante. Check the club website or with the Torry Army for arrangements.

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