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Archive Reports 2005/6 - Tercera Division

League fixtures for CF Mazarron for the 2005/6 season

28/08 Mazarron W 3-0 22/01 CD La Union D  0-0
04/09 Cartagena Prom CF L   0-1 29/01 Mazarron L  1-2
11/09 Mazarron L   0-3 05/02 Real Murcia CF Sad D  0-0
18/09 AD Mar Menor D  1-1 12/02 Mazarron D  0-0
25/09 Mazarron W 4-2 19/02 CD Balsicas W 3-1
02/10 Jumilla CF W 2-1 26/02 Mazarron L   0-1
09/10 Mazarron W 2-1 05/03 UD Horadada D   0-0
16/10 Calasparra CF D  2-2 12/03 Mazarron W  2-0
23/10 Mazarron W 4-0 19/03 Moratalla CF W  5-3
30/10 Santomera CF D  0-0 26/03 Mazarron W  2-0
06/11 Mazarron W 3-0 02/04 Caravaca CF L   0-1
13/11 EMD Lorqui D  2-2 09/04 Mazarron W  2-0
19/11 Mazarron D  0-0 16/04 CD Molinense L   1-3
27/11 CF Ciudad de Murcia D  0-0 23/04 Mazarron W  2-0
08/12 Mazarron L  1-2 30/04 Muleno CF W  2-1
11/12 Orihuela CF L  0-2 07/05 Mazarron L   0-1
18/12 Mazarron L  1-2 14/05 Pinatar CF L   1-2
08/01 AD Relesa Las Palas L  3-1 21/05 Mazarron L   0-2
15/01 Mazarron F  0-3 28/05 Sangonera ATL CF L   0-3

 

AD Sangonera 3  CF Mazarron 0, 28.05.06 

When Mazarron were due to play Sangonera at home, they lost 0-3 by default. In this match the scoreline was repeated and it was a good indication of the difference between the teams at the top and the rest of the league. Sangonera just missed out on the play-offs by virtue of the fact that Cartagena Pro won their last game at Pintar. 

Mazarron applied most of the pressure for the opening few minutes and it was against the run of play when Sangonera took the lead with opportunistic play after 14 mins. Mazarron were trying to play the ball out of defence as they often do, when Dioni was given the slip on the edge of the area. That created all the space the forward needed to fire a low shot below Navarro for the opening goal. During the rest of the first half Sangonera looked the most likely to add to their score as Mazarron were only able to make chances from long range, usually from free kicks.  

The game was decided after only 4 mins of the second half. Dioni took an in-swinging free kick from the right hand side, and Bersabe found himself unmarked beyond the defence, but his header hit the crossbar, and Javi headed the rebound over the bar. Sangonera immediately turned defence into attack and Navarro failed to get to another snap shot for the second goal. Alex and Dani replaced Mara and Torres, but they were unable to make much impression and Sangonera made it three after 69 mins. Good work down the right side resulted in the ball being pulled back from the byline and a shot across the goal again fooled Navarro.  

Villanueva replaced the captain Inigo, who had had a disappointing game, and the attack looked more purposeful but they were unable to create any other really good scoring opportunities. Rising tempers in the heat led to a player from each side being booked in the closing minutes as the season came to an end for both teams.

If Mazarron are to gain any success next season, they need to get a pair of strikers who can emulate the productivity of the midfield and defensive players. Good luck to Orihuela, Mar Menor, Pintar and Cartagena Pro in the playoffs. 

Mazarron: Navarro, Torres (Alex), Dioni, Manu, Javi, Candela, Mara (Dani), Bersabe, Inigo (Villanueva), Paco, Christian.  

 

 

Mazarron CF 0 AD Relesa Las Palas 2. 21st May 2006 at 1830.

Admission was €5 for everybody plus a €1,50 drinks voucher each!!  Unfortunately, that was the high point of the evening.

The team consisted of Navarro, Torres, Gavirio, Olaves, Javi, Candela, Mara, Villanueva, Iñigo, Christian and Delgado.  Not the most imposing team that Mazarron can put out.  I don’t know why Manu and Bersabe weren’t in the line-up, they weren’t even subs.  These were Dani, Alex, Paco, Oscar! and somebody else who I have forgotten.  They played a 4-5-1 system, with Villanueva and Delgado supporting Inigo and Christian and Mara supplying crosses from the wings.

The first 20 mins passed uneventfully with Mazarron making most of the attacks down both flanks but the crosses weren’t very accurate and no shots on goal resulted from their efforts.  Las Palas, for their part, made a few sporadic attacks which resulted in 2 aimless shots from 30-40 m a long way off target.  A yellow card was collected by one of the Las Palas midfielders for a high foot.

Shortly after Mazarron won 3 corners in quick succession but they were all delivered low and were easily cleared by the defence.

There was a period of pressure from Mazarron resulting in two good crosses both narrowly missed by Inigo.  On 33 mins, after good work down the right by Mara, a sizzling shot was unleashed by Torres which flew over the bar by inches.

Some scrappy play followed,  a breakaway in the 40 min by Las Palas ended with a wayward shot.  Half time came giving some relief for the Mazarron supporters.  The general consensus of opinion was that the Mazarron was playing too deep, especially Javi, giving Las Palas too much room to build attacks.

The second half began with the substitution of Dani for Delgado. The half continued with the same disjointed play from Mazarron.  An isolated shot from Villanueva after 48 mins brought a good save from the Las Palas keeper.  2 mins later a shot from the Las Palas midfield narrowly missed the Mazarron goal, with Navarro beaten.  Mazarron won a free kick 25m out.  Mara shot just wide.  After 58 min, Christian was substituted by Alex, who had received the Player of the Year award from Los Amigos de Mazarron CF.  There was some good play from Mazarron, a bit of a rarity in this game, and ended with a rasping shot from Mara, well saved by the keeper.

Inigo received a yellow card for too much chat with the referee after 62 mins.  Shortly after, Navarro saved well from a Las Palas breakaway.

In the 69th min Las Palas scored by lobbing Navarro from 35m.

Paco was brought on for Mara after 76 mins, and shortly after a free kick was pushed wide by Inigo.  The play became increasingly ill-tempered, with yellow cards for Candela and the Las Palas #6.  In the 89th min, Las Palas were awarded a free kick in the Mazarron penalty area.  A good shot resulted in a second goal for Las Palas.

3 mins were added on and Mazarron pressed for a consolation goal, with shots by Alex over the bar and two headers from Inigo saved.  The game finished with the home supporters disappointed by a typical end of season, going nowhere display from Mazarron.

The referee and assistants weren’t called on for any major decisions and controlled the game in a muted manner.

Mendez was himself and drew the biggest cheer of the day.  The free beer was appreciated.

 

Many thanks to my pal Hedley for this report in my absence.

 

Pinatar CF 2  CF Mazarron 1, 14.05.06

 Pinatar completed the double over Mazarron, having won by the same score earlier in the season, and they should have had the game sown up and beyond the reach of Mazarron by half time. The referee, making his third appearance for a Mazarron match this season, with four players sent off in the previous two games, failed to impress again.

 Pinatar started the match at a tremendous pace and Mazarron were unable to match it in the early stages. Unusual blunders by key defenders added to the struggle and it only took the home side eight minutes to take the lead. Navarro was at fault as he failed to deal with one of a series of free kicks from the right, and the ball was played back into the centre for a tap into an empty goal. Mazarron replied with a free kick of their own after a foul on Villanueva, but Candela hit the ball over from 20ms. Olave was having a nightmare first half in the heart of the defence and Mazarron were punished the second time he lost the ball on the right hand side. A quick ball into the middle and a delightful chip over Navarro from the edge of the penalty area saw the lead doubled. The coach responded by replacing Dani with Angel and Inigo was booked shortly afterwards as Pinatar continued to attack freely.

 The visitors were given hope after 39 minutes when Villanueva was fouled again and this time Mara placed his free kick around the wall and into the top corner of the goal. At half time the score was 2-1, but in all honesty Pintar would not have been flattered had it been 4-1.

 Mazarron played much better in the second half. The defence was more reliable and there were more scoring opportunities from open play. They had a lucky break in the 54th minute when Inigo was booked again for having words with a very poor lineman, but the referee did not realize he had booked him before and he played on. Both Javi and Alex (on the Christian) had chances to equalize before the end, but it would have been an injustice and Pinatar  ran out worthy winners.   

 Mazarron: Navarro, Torres, Dioni, Olave, Javi, Candela, Dani (Angel), Mara, Inigo (Delgado), Villanueva, Christian (Alex)  

 

 

CF Mazarron  0  Orihuela  1, 06.05.06

 The Mazarron team applauded the runaway champions onto the pitch at the start of the game, but that is where the reverence ended. The game that followed was free flowing and fast, and there was little between the two sides at the end. A major contribution to the entertainment was the superb refereeing by Roberto Baena Herrera. He played the advantage rule so that it actually counted for something and his handling of the players was a master class.

Orihuela shaded the first half. Navarro was tested twice in the first 10 mins, before Mazarron’s first long range attempt from Candela following a corner, that was well held by the keeper. After 35 mins, the visitors really showed their class.  Manu lost the ball on the half way line and three passes later a good shot was saved by Navarro. However, just before half time, Mazarron came into the game. Firstly a corner by Christian just eluded the towering Olave, back to his best after a recent injury, and 2 mins later, a Candela free kick was met firmly by the head of Inigo, the net bulged but the ‘goal’ was ruled off side.

 At half time, Dioni, who has been the form player of recent matches, replaced the unusually quiet Alex. Candela, from a 30m free kick was just too high and then Bersabe saw his shot go the same way. Then another free kick was rolled sideways by Candela to Dioni but his shot from 28m was deflected for a corner. Mazarron were applying a lot of pressure by this time and the keeper showed his class with a save from another Candela free kick. Mara then replaced Bersabe to add fresh legs to the attack. After 18 mins, a through ball found Paco Valera and the last defender firstly made a clumsy tackle and then handled the ball on the ground to be sent off. The twice taken free kick, again by Candela was brilliantly saved by the keeper who could only have seen the ball very late. Despite all of Mazarron’s spirited play, Orihuela punished them with 2 mins left to play. As Mazarron tried to play the ball out of defence, the ball was stolen on the edge of the area. A quick one two, was followed by a low shot under Navarro and the game was lost.

 Orihuela are fine champions and they could not have been made to work harder by the still-improving Mazarron team.

 Mazarron: Navarro, Javi Manzano, Christian, Olave, Manu, Bersabe (Mara), Dani, Candela, Inigo, Paco Valera (Villanueva), Alex (Dioni).

 

Muleno CF 1  CF Mazarron 2, 29.04.06

Mazarron made it six wins from the last eight outings with this visit to lowly Muleno, who played with fire and enthusiasm, but were lacking the necessary class to get the victory that they so desperately needed.

The match started tentatively with the re-arranged Mazarron side taking a while to settle down, but it bust into life in the sixteenth minute when Alex was fouled on the left hand side. Bersabe wanted to take the free kick, but was waved forward by the winger, who floated a beautiful ball over the whole defence. The in-rushing Bersabe met the ball firmly with his head, only for the ‘goal’ to be disallowed for off side. Within a minute Dioni picked up a ball in midfield and rattled the bar with a shot from fully 22 metres. Immediately after this, Christian took a very sloppy free kick back towards his own goal and straight into the path of the Muleno centre forward. His run on goal, however, was well thwarted by Navarro on the edge of his area.

Muleno were playing a very dangerous off side game, but this was not the problem when Bersabe found Dani in lots of space on the right of the pitch, with only a minute to go before half time.  He got around the full back to place an accurate cross onto the head of the diminutive Alex who gleefully scored the first goal.  There was still time for Muleno to go forward again and Mazarron were caught out trying the play the ball out of their own area. The ball ended up at the feet of the centre forward whose shot beat the unsighted Navarro for the equalizer.

Just seven minutes into the second half, Alex latched onto a poor back pass, and his cross  found the unmarked Dani who side footed into an empty net. The Muleno players became increasingly frustrated as the game went on and this resulted in eight of their players being booked, usually for remarks made to the referee, and eventually one of their side was sent off. Delgado and Candela replaced Alex and Angel, and Mazarron played out the rest of the game in relative comfort.

 Mazarron: Navarro, Dioni, Christian, Olave, Javi Manzano, Bersabe, Dani, Angel (Candela), Villanueva, Mara, Alex (Delgado).

 

CF Mazarron 2  Ciudad Murcia B 0, 22.04.06 

This was one of the best performances of the season by Mazarron and it came as a great relief after the previous match. Although both sides had 4 players booked, it was a game characterized by rapid passing football rather than a lot of fouls. Ciudad Murcia played their part in the entertainment but they were always second best to the home side.  

After 15mins, a foul on Paco Valera on the very edge of the penalty area was beautifully struck by Candela and his shot hit the inside of the far post and rebounded out so fast that neither attackers nor defenders could react and it resulted in open play. Mazarron maintained the pressure despite having two players booked and Dioni was at the heart of many of the best moves down the right. A particularly good interception by him was passed on to Dani before Inigo turned the ball just over. Just before the half hour mark, the pressure at last paid off. Another free kick by Candela was shot low into the area and Inigo scooped the ball out to Javi, who fired into the goal from a tight angle. Mazarron did have a scare just before half time when Dani and Navarro collided in front of goal and the incoming free kick was headed wide of an empty goal.  

Dioni continued to be influential after half time, and after 12 minutes it was one of his many crosses that was blocked, only for the ball to fall to Candela, who crossed again for Inigo to have a good header well saved. A few minutes later, a cross by Paco Valera was handled in the area and Inigo nearly burst the net to add the second goal. After this, Mazarron went into exhibition mode and Murcia only had one significant attempt that was well saved by Navarro to his right. Mara and Villanueva replaced Dani and Inigo and just before the end Angel replaced Paco Valera, but not before Paco had sent Alex clear on goal with a superb defence splitting pass, only for the winger to shoot over.  

This was an excellent performance by the whole team!  

Mazarron: Navarro, Dioni, Christian, Olave, Javi, Bersabe, Dani (Mara), Candela, Inigo (Villanueva), Paco Valera (Angel), Alex.

Molinense 3 CF Mazarron 1, 12.04.06 

Not for the first time this season, mistakes and inconsistencies by the officials led to frustrations and many bookings. At times the Molinense players seemed more intent on theatrical diving around and falling over, than playing football and there were more apparent head injuries than in the whole of a twelve round boxing match.

 Chances were few and far between in the first thirty minutes. The best chance that the visitors had came after a free kick by Candela hit the defensive wall and the ball rebounded to Villanueva, whose shot was punched clear by the keeper. At the other end, after 22 mins, the Mazarron defence was all at sea and Antonio had to come out of his area to block the ball, and handball was given against him.  The resulting free kick went harmlessly over the bar. Just before half time though, Molinense took the lead. Manu was penalized for a challenge near the right side corner and the free kick was met decisively at the near post by an inrushing forward who headed firmly into the net.

 Changes at half time saw Alex replace Gavirio and Mara came on for Villanueva, to add some height to the attack. The result was almost instantaneous for Mazarron. Delgado won a header in the air and played the ball to Alex, whose shot was deflected wide. Alex took the corner that was met firmly by the head of Olave in the edge of the six yard area.

 The game then degenerated into a series of free kicks and bookings. However, one of the most blatant fouls, on Paco Valera, received no response from the referee. A Molinese mid-fielder kicked the ball out to the right wing, and the linesman momentarily raised his flag for off side, before lowering it again. This wrong footed Antonio, who was lobbed from a long way out and Molinense were in the lead again. In the pandemonium that followed, Antonio was booked and then sent off for over pleading his case. Angel was sacrificed as Navarro came into the Mazarron goal.

 After 5 mins of added time, Torres made a mistake and the ball was lifted over Navarro into an empty net. Manu could control his temper no longer and he was also sent off.

 Mazarron: Antonio, Torres, Dioni, Olave, Manu, Candela, Villanueva, (Mara), Angel, (Navarro), Delgado, Paco Valera, Gavirio (Alex).

 

 

CF Mazarron 2  EMD Lorqui 0, 09.04.06 

Rafa Munoz rang the changes for this match after the previous poor performance, and was not let down by his team.  

This was a far better performance from Mazarron, and they eventually gained the result they deserved. The defence, with Manu and Javi Manzano at the heart, looked strong and determined, and the attack, with Inigo making his first start for many weeks, was much more purposeful. Bersabe and Candela were also back to their previous high standards.  

The opening quarter saw several balls taken by Inigo both in the air and on the ground and he used them well, releasing Alex and Paco Valera on the wings to good effect, but the finishing touch was not quite there. Throughout the first 20 mins Mazarron were well on top, and it was 25 mins before they had to take a goal kick. As the half wore on, Lorqui gained confidence and came back into the match.  Firstly Antonio, in goal in place of Navarro, failed to hold a cross and Candela cleared from the resulting melee, and shortly after that, a fierce free kick from 30M was blocked before it reached goal. Mazarron were becoming increasingly frustrated by a succession of doubtful offside decisions, and after one of them, Antonio Mendes, the ball man, was booked after making his feeling known to the referees assistant. 

Things warmed up in the second half when Mazarron really got into their stride. Christian and Alex were working together well down the left and the latter came close with a long range shot after 10 mins just after having been caught offside again. Villanueva replaced Angel shortly after that, and then lovely interplay between Christian, Alex, Inigo and finally Paco Valera, drew a foul in the area and Inigo gave the keeper no chance low down to his right.  

Lorqui were being run ragged by now, and several players from both sides were booked as tempers became a little frayed. Mazarron continued to make chances but it was not until the 40 min mark that the game was made safe. Gaviro, on for Christian, split the Lorqui defence with a delightful cross-field ball to Villanueva, who turned right and then left, before drilling a shot under the keeper and into the far corner.  

Mazarron: Antonio, Torres, Christian (Gaviro), Javi Manzano, Manu, Bersabe, Paco Valera, Candela, Inigo (Juan Delgado), Angel (Villanueva), Alex. 

 

Caravaca CF 1  Mazarron CF 0, 02.04.06 

If you are going to play football in white boots, or if you are going to play with a shock of peroxide white hair, you are certain to get noticed and you must be good. Vilches, in the Caravaca midfield, had the white hair and he controlled this game from start to finish. The only surprising thing is that they failed to score more than one goal, and Mazarron had the over-worked Navarro to thank for that. In every other department Mazarron were second best, and it sometimes looked as if Caravaca had three or four more players, such was the way that they closed Mazarron players down whenever they had the ball.  

Mazarron had a few chances in the first 20 mins, but  when they got a chance the ball was rarely controlled and the Caravaca goal was not seriously threatened. After only 11 mins, Caravaca were in the lead after a foul by Bersabe at the corner of the penalty area, was punished by Vilches. His shot over the Mazarron wall looked to have been covered by the athletic Navarro, but the ball struck the inside of the corner of post and crossbar, and the Caravaca striker was first to react as he put it into the undefended goal. It was 26 minutes into the game before Mazarron seriously troubled their opponents goal. Alex won a corner on the left and the resulting kick eluded all the players in the goalmouth, before it was retrieved by Manu whose fierce shot was well saved.  

After 38 mins, the Mazarron coach had seen enough of his side struggling and made 2 substitutions. Christian replaced Gavirio, and Angel replaced the unusually quiet Bersabe. Christian brought  a sense of urgency to the Mazarron team, but it was Caravaca who finished the half well on top.  

The pattern of the game was much the same in the second half. Alex had a couple of shots that were well off target and after 23mins Inigo replaced Villanueva to add some much needed strength to the attack. Shortly afterwards, Vilches tried to hit the ball over Navarro from nearly halfway, but his shot went a couple of metres wide of the goal and then a powerful header from a Caravaca corner rattled against the post. This, at last, spurred Mazarron to their best period of the game. Christian hit a powerful free-kick just over and then Dani and Angel combined well on the right hand side to make an opening for Candela whose shot was well saved. Inigo headed a ball into the centre but it was too far away from his strike partner and Dani made a good centre after being put in the clear by Candela but nobody could get on the end of it. Caravaca were then allowed to get away with some blatant time-wasting that took the sting out of the brief Mazarron onslaught.  

Mazarron: Navarro, Torres, Gavirio, Olave, Manu, Bersabe, Dani, Candela, Paco Valera, Villanueva, Alex. Subs: Christian, Angel, Inigo.

 

Moratalla 3 CF Mazarron 5, 18.03.06

CF Mazarron 2 Santomera 0, 26.03.06

 CF Mazarron have taken full advantage of two matches against lowly-placed teams, in order to make their position in the league safe for this season as they have taken their record to three consecutive wins. Indications are that the team is continuing to improve as the structure settles down.

 At Moratalla, Mazarron had a four goal lead before an hour had been played, with goals from Villanueva (2), Candela and Paco Valera. It was 4-1 going into overtime, when a flurry of goals, 2 for Moratalla and 1 for Mazarron (Gaviro) brought about the final score.

 The match against Santomera took a while to settle down, but it was obvious from an early stage that the pressure was going to come from Mazarron. As in previous matches, much of the attacking play was coming down the wings where Dani and Alex both looked very lively. After 12 mins, Dani was through but pushed the ball too far in front of himself, and Alex shot into the side-netting shortly afterwards after a good pass from Dani. Mazarron did get a fright in the 23rd minute. An unusually poor clearance by Navarro went straight to a Santomera striker who fired the ball a metre wide of an undefended goal. Mazarron gained control again thereafter and finished the first half strongly. On 28mins, Dani dispossessed a defender but saw his shot go just wide, but 10mins later, Mara challenged the goal keeper for a speculative ball on the edge of the area and the ball rolled slowly into the empty net. Throughout this half, Bersabe had been controlling the play from mid-field and just before half time an exquisite pass from him gave Angel a chance but again it finished in the side netting.

 The game meandered somewhat for the first 20 mins of the second half and Santomera had more of the play without ever threatening the Mazarron goal. Christian replaced Angel and Inigo replaced Dani, before a beautiful cross field pass from Bersabe found Alex in space on the left, and his accurate cross was headed just over by Mara, who was replaced shortly afterwards by Dioni. Four minutes into overtime, Inigo controlled a difficult ball in the centre, fed the ball to Alex, who drove a powerful shot that was slightly deflected, giving the Santomera keeper no chance. There was barely time for the restart, and the growing band of British supporters went home happy.

 Mazarron: Navarro, Tores, Gaviro, Bersabe, Javi, Candela, Dani, Angel, Paco Valera Mara,  Alex.

CF Mazarron 2  Calasparra CF 0,  12.03.06

 This was a greatly improved performance from Mazarron, in much more favourable conditions compared to the week before. Despite the fact that 2 players were sent off, one from each side, it was never a dirty game.

The early play was well balanced and both sides had chances to open the scoring. Calasparra had a free kick in a good position that was over hit and Dani had a shot blocked following a Mazarron corner. As in other recent matches, most of the good attacking play from Mazarron was coming down the left hand side, where Bersabe was supplying regular good ball to Alex, who had an excellent game throughout. In the 5th minute a cross from Alex was won by Olave, but his header went tamely wide, and shortly afterwards, Alex passed to Dani whose interchange of passes with Torres eventually came to nothing. On the quarter hour mark, Candela had a powerful shot blocked after a free kick by Paco Valera had been hit square to him.  

 With twenty minutes gone, the referee lost patience with the niggling fouls and booked the Calasparra number 10 for a foul on Bersabe. The resulting free kick was hit high into the area, a defender headed clear, only for the ball to fall to Alex who blasted his shot just over. Soon after Olave had been booked for kicking the ball away, Mazarron got the goal that their more adventurous play had deserved. Bersabe again found Alex on the left, whose cross was controlled by Dani at the second attempt before he fired in from 6 metres. Dani had another chance before half time with a similar play, but his header was easily saved. After a free kick that Angel fired just wide, the halfway mark was reached with Mazarron holding their lead.

 Mazarron had two good chances within a few minutes of the restart. A curling shot by Candela went just wide, and then Angel also shot wide, after creating a chance for himself, although he looked to have handled the ball whilst gaining control. Both Calasparra central defenders were then booked in close succession. The second one, number 5, was booked for a foul on the still impressive Alex. He didn’t like the decision, argued with the referee and was sent off. As often happens, this was the fore runner for a spell of Calasparra pressure but despite the extra pressure they were unable to score. Just after Angel was replaced by Mara, Mazarron scored their second goal. A cross field pass from the right found Candela unmarked on the corner of the penalty area. His shot hit the legs of a diving defender and flew over the keeper into the net. Mazarron now had the upper hand again although Bersabe was booked for a foul on the edge of the penalty area. The free kick was well saved low down by Navarro. Mazarron made two more substitutions in the closing minutes. Inigo replaced Dani and later Villanueva replaced Paco Valera. However, there was still time for Javi to be booked and he hadn’t learned anything from what went on earlier, as he was also sent off for arguing. In the dying seconds Calasparra could have pulled a goal back after a free kick had hit Inigo, but despite bouncing around inside the goal area, the ball was eventually cleared.

Mazarron: Navarro, Torres, Javi , Olave, Manu, Bersabe, Dani, Candela, Paco Valera, Angel, Alex.

19.02.06.
Balsicas 1 CF Mazarron 3


25 British supporters from the newly formed Supporters Club made the trip to Balsicas, in a coach provided by the football club, to see CF Mazarron get back on the winning way again at long last. It was their first win since 6th Nov.! Hopefully the club has now turned the corner after their recent problems, with their new sponsors, Sanantonio.es 

This was another game dominated by a referee who seemed more intent on filling his note book than allowing the game to flow. In the end, at least 10 players were booked and 2 from Balsicas were sent off. It made a change this season for Mazarron to end up with more players. 

The first half was fairly well balanced and the score was 1-1 each at half time. Balsicas, with a strong breeze and the bright sunshine in their favour, opened the scoring after only 7 mins when a free kick was touched sideways and the receiver blasted the ball past Navarro in the Mazarron goal. After 24 mins, Mazarron were deservedly level. A corner from the right was won in the air by Olave, and his glancing header fell to the feet of the centre forward Paco Valera, who drove in from a fairly tight angle. 

In the second half, Mazarron began to get the upper hand as Balsicas had 2 players sent off. After 27 mins, Mazarron pressured the Balsicas goal and the ball came out to Candela, who put in a tremendous shot from about 28ms to make it 1-2. With 2 mins of regular time remaining, substitute Juan Delgado was brought down just outside the penalty area when through on the goal. The free kick was curled around the wall by Candela and Mazarron ended up with a good away win, to achieve the double over Balsicas.

 

CF Mazarron 0  CF Jumilla 1,  26.02.06

 This was a game that Mazarron should never have lost. The new look team is beginning to gel as a unit and there were plenty of times when they looked likely to score.

 In the opening few minutes, most of the good work from Mazarron came with attacks down the left hand side. First a free kick from half way by  Bersabe found Gavirio on the left. He rounded the defender well and cut inside, but his shot from a tight angle was well saved. A few minutes later, Olave found Gavirio in a similar position but this time the attack came to nothing. Jumilla’s first attempt on goal came as a long range shot after 12 minutes, but it flew well wide of Navarro’s goal.

 Approaching the half hour mark, Olave was injured in a foul tackle, but the free kick was well defended, and shortly afterwards, a rasping shot from 25ms by Bersabe flew about half a metre passed the corner of crossbar and post. As Mazarron continued to press forward, both Gavirio and Paco Valera came close, before a long kick from Navarro bounced high into the Jumilla penalty area but the ball was eventually scrambled away by the defence, after a good shot from a tight angle by Paco Valera. After 44minutes, Mazarron at last made what looked like a breakthrough. A long ball from defence found Villanueva, who forged his way into the penalty area before being brought down illegally. The penalty by Paco Valera was saved by the  keeper low down to his right and the resulting corner was cleared by the defence. During this half, Jumilla had not really threatened the Mazarron goal except with a few long range attempts.

 Jumilla began to play as if they thought they could get something out of the game after half time, but most of the attacking pressure still came from Mazarron. The first booking of this well-refereed game, came after 9 minutes of this half. The Jumilla centre forward was penalized. He became the first of four players booked for the visitors in the second half. After about 13mins Mazarron made 2 substitutions in an attempt to open the game up. Alex and Mara took the places of Dani and Villanueva. Shortly afterwards Jumilla went into the lead. Another shot from just outside the penalty area took a big deflection that left Navarro wrong-footed and the ball went tamely into the corner of the goal. This led to a spell of pressure from Jumilla, during which Mara was booked for a challenge on half way, but the free kick was dealt with comfortably. Inigo joined the fray with 20 mins left and Mazarron immediately gained the upper hand again. The Mazarron midfielders Bersabe and Candela launched attack after attack down the left hand side where Alex proved to be a real handful working well with Gavirio. Paco Valera (with a good shot) and Inigo (with two good headers) had chances well saved and two more Jumilla players were booked as the pressure on their defence grew, but despite another powerful Bersabe effort and a shot on the run from Alex, the defence held firm and Jumilla left with all the points, denying Mazarron a second double in successive weeks.

 CF Mazarron: Navarro, Torres, Jose Manzano, Olave, Manu, Bersabe, Dani, Candela, Paco Valera, Gavirio, Villanueva. Subs: Alex, Mara, Inigo.

UD Horadada  0  CF Mazarron  0, 05.03.06

 This was a match totally dominated by a strong wind, and the 34 traveling supports from the newly named “Los Amigos de Mazarron” found it hard to keep warm.

 Mazarron had the wind behind them in the first half, but this proved to be far from an advantage, as many of their balls forward, either from open play or from free kicks, were over hit and ended up harmlessly behind the Horadada goal. Navarro was called upon to make two good saves in the first three minutes of the game as the home side kept the ball on the ground and attacked down the left hand side, where Pesca proved to be quite a handful throughout the game. The first threat from Mazarron came after 6 mins, when Delgado went down easily (for the first of many times) but the resulting free kick from Candela was hit wide.

 Horadada were having by far the best of the early exchanges, and Navarro was called upon again when a poor clearance fell straight to an opposing striker, and then he saved well from a headed chance. Mazarron then applied some pressure of their own as firstly a free kick from Candela was headed on by Delgado, but unfortunately straight to the keeper. A minute later, Paco Valera came close with a shot following a corner on the right.

 As the first half moved on, Mazarron came more into the game. A move between strikers Paco Valera and Delgado very nearly presented Gavirio with a chance, and Delgado had a wonderful chance himself following a low cross from his strike partner, but he was unable to gain control of the ball from just a couple of metres out. After 36 mins, a free kick from Bersabe was blocked and the ball fell to Torres, who lashed a wonderful shot from fully 35 metres that was well saved in the top left hand of the goal. At the very end of the first half, Mazarron had a narrow escape. An attempted clearance hit an attacker, the ball was struck towards goal and the keeper was unable to hold the shot, but managed to thump the ball away at the second attempt.

 In the second half, Mazarron never really got to grips with playing into the wind, and Horadada over hit many balls as they struggled with the wind behind them. After 10 mins, Bersabe and Gavirio were replaced by Alex and Angel, but the ball was being played in the air much too much and the forwards were unable to gain any descent possession. Horadada had two really good chances during the third quarter. Firstly, a free kick was blocked by the wall and the follow up was hit just over the top, and the second was a glancing header that well saved by Navarro. Mazarron’s two best chances of this half both came to nothing. A Candela free kick was touched to Olave whose fierce shot was high and wide, and as another attacked went across the edge of the penalty area, it eventually fell to Alex, whose tremendous strike fizzed over to corner of the far post and the bar. With 10 mins left, Dani replaced Villanueva, but the game closed quietly as both teams seemed to accept that the wind was going to be the only winner.

 Mazarron: Navarro, Torres, Javi Manzano, Olave, Manu, Bersabe, Villanueva, Candela, Paco Valera, Juan Delgado, Gavirio.