LA NUCIA 0 CD TORREVIEJA 1
Torry will be delighted that they are retaining the services of manager Pedreno for next season. The announcement was made by the President last week.
This comes on the back of excellent results since his arrival at the club. His Torry record since the opening day 6-1 trouncing of Acero in late March, reads won 3, drawn 4, lost 1. One player who will not feature under Pedreno next season though is Ferran, who has decided to join Icelandic club UMF Leikner.
In the reverse fixture with La Nucia, played just before Xmas, Torry edged the visitors at the Nelson Mandela Stadium. Unfortunately, though, the game will be remembered for the bad injury to Sergio, which has seen him sidelined for the remainder of the current season.
La Nucia have struggled since losing that game and are now 3rd to bottom in div 3, already condemned to relegation to Preferente football next season.
With Torry’s faint hopes of play off aspirations also scuppered, following last week’s home draw, it rested with Cesar (9) and Rafa (9), both currently fighting it out for the honour of being top goal scorer, to restore some pride to the team in an otherwise meaningless match and in the early stages it was not only they who struggled.
With the absence of Jorge, Alexis and Cristian, all suspended, the visiting defence looked dire as the home side worked up 3 good attacks in the opening minutes of the game. Three decent shots and three dangerous corners but, thankfully, that was as close as they got. It was an awful start from CD Torrevieja.
La Nucia’s Anton went close with a near post header on 7 minutes and Oscar kept out what appeared to be a certain goal moments later. Indeed it was a full 17 minutes before Torry had their first attempt on goal, a well worked move that ended with a Rafa half volley that just shaved the upright of La Nucia’s goal.
Another magnificent save was called for by Oscar midway through the half from Corella as the keeper parried to Adrian who cleared the ball upfield.
Spurred on by their good fortune, Torry pushed forward, but were able to create little of note in open play despite the best efforts of Rafa, who saw plenty of the ball and had two late efforts comfortably saved by Dani, and as the half time whistle came at least they were now well and truly back in the game.
On a warm sunny afternoon it was bizarre to see the ball regularly coming to a halt in deep puddles as the second half got underway. Overwatering the artificial pitch by the groundsman during the interval was probably just a mistake rather than a tactical ploy by the home side.
However Torry started the 2nd period in positive fashion with foward Rafa blasting a long-range drive just over dani’s crossbar with two minutes gone. But they enjoyed a major escape on the break when Oscar needlessly gave the ball away. Fortunately he redeemed himself moments later with a fine save from Corella.
They were a much better unit as the game wore on and they deservedly took the lead on the hour mark, with Rafa again involved in the move. It was his fierce effort that the keeper pushed round the post for a corner from which the big forward rose above the La Nucia defence to score his 10th goal of the year as he continues his battle with Cesar to finish as the club’s leading scorer.
Thereafter Torry controlled the game offering little to the, already relegated, home side.
Next week the final game of the season at home to Alzira with the club hoping for a bumper crowd with all of the players looking for new contracts. Could be quite a game.
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