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The conditions got gradually worse as the game progressed

Crevillente 1 CD Torrevieja 1

Going into this game the focus was on the play off zone as a mid table Torry side visited 7th place Crevillente. The home side, just one point below 4th, was looking for its first victory in six games while for the visitors, with just one win in six, three points would see them climbing several places, lifting them to within touching distance of the play offs approaching the much needed Christmas break.

What we didn’t consider though were the atrocious conditions that this game would be played in. As we travelled up the AP7 from Torrevieja we all thought that we had escaped the worst of the afternoon’s torrential downpour but unfortunately it followed us up the motorway firmly establishing itself over the top of the Estadio Municipal Enrique Miralles where a large, dark rain-filled cloud camped itself for the majority of this match.

Fortunately the surface was artificial. Had it been any other the game most certainly would not have been played but match referee Jonatan Bernabeu Peña and his team thought better and it got underway on time despite a multitude of puddles lying all over the playing area. In places it resembled a ‘paddy field’ rather than a football pitch.

With the game less than 5 minutes old the first real chance fell to the home side and it required a top class save as Oscar in the Torry goal turned Pilar’s effort around the post to deny the best possible start for Crevillente.

From the outset the game was a farce with the conditions ruining any attempts by the teams to play any decent football. The ball was continually sticking in the puddles, particularly in the Crevillente half where most of them seemed to be established, and as the game went on the rain just got worse.

But when Torry took an 11th minute lead from a screamer of a Rafa Gomez free kick we all hoped that the rain would go away.

Five minutes later we were wishing it back as Cristian Navarro rose above the Torry defence to meet Edu’s free kick and level the scores, another example of the Torry back 4 being undone at a set piece.

With the conditions continuing to get worse Borja had a late opportunity for the visitors with Jesus going close just prior to the interval for Crevillente.

We all thought the game would be abandoned during the interval so we were rather surprised to see the players, resplendent in their clean strips, return to the Crevillente swamp to get the 2nd period underway. There seemed little doubt however that as the deluge continued the referee would eventually see sense and call a halt…and such was the case on 63 minutes when Bernabeu Peña made the only sensible decision he could as he determined that enough was enough. So both teams trooped in with the score at 1-1 knowing that they would have to meet up once again at a later date to play out the remaining 27 minutes.

Next Sunday Torry are at home to La Nucia with a 5pm ko n the Nelson Mandela Stadium

Torry lineup:

Oscar, Vicente, Eddy, Alexis, Ruben, Sergi, Borja, Burguillos, Cesar, Rafa, Cristian. Subs: Carrasco, Marcos, Adrian, Steve, Ferran.

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