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Having beaten Paterna by 2-0 when they met at the Vicente Garcia earlier in the season Torrevieja went into this Sunday lunchtime fixture in buoyant mood at the Estadio Gerardo Salvador, despite the superior position and points tally of their opponents.

However with Rafa and Gomez injured, Dani Meseguer out through suspension and keeper Carlos Moreno falling sick on the journey to the game, getting any sort of a result was always going to be an uphill task.

Neither Obele nor Rafa were deemed to be fully match fit so they were both consigned to the bench and this really was a Torrevieja team made up of the bare bones.

We might have thought that Paterna would compound the Torry misery by throwing everything at their visitors in the opening stages but the game actually got off to a very quiet start. It was not until the 10th minute that either side created any sort of opportunity when, from a Paterna corner, Carlos rose above the Torry defence to head over from close range.

With the remainder of the half then largely occupying the midfield play became somewhat frenetic and scrappy. A number of niggly challenges saw 5 players in the book by half time, Vicente and Micro for Torry, but as the players trotted into the break Carrion in the visitors goal had not had a save to make. Unfortunately the same case could be made at the other end for keeper Xenxo.

In contrast the 2nd period started brightly for Torry with a half chance falling to Carrasco in the opening seconds. Unfortunately he wanted too much time and Josefi cleared the danger. The visitors were having a good period with a further opportunity falling to Dani Lucas who hit a fierce low drive just past the upright on 55 minutes.

Both Fran and Tello then went close for the home side with Valdeolivas clearing off the line but as play then broke upfield a glancing header from Alexis could have won the points for the visitors as it went agonisingly just the wrong side of the post.

The second period was certainly the more entertaining of the two and the draw, probably a fair reflection on how the game went.

Next Sunday Torry entertain Villarreal at the Vicente Garcia in a lunchtime kick off.

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