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Archive Reports 2006/7 - Tercera Division
League fixtures for CF Mazarron for the 2006/7 season.
CF Mazarron score is always first, whether home or away.
|27/08||Bala Azul||W 4-1||21/01||Mazarron||W 3-1|
|03/09||Mazarron||W 3-1||28/01||Moratalla||W 3-2|
|10/09||Molinense||D 0-0||04/02||Mazarron||W 4-0|
|17/09||Mazarron||W 3-1||11/02||Ciudad Murcia B||W 2-1|
|24/09||Real Murcia B||L 0-3||18/02||Mazarron||W 3-2|
|01/10||Mazarron||W 2-0||25/02||AD Relesa Las Palas||W 2-0|
|08/10||San Gines||W 4-0||04/03||Mazarron||W 3-0|
|15/10||Mazarron||W 2-1||11/03||Imperial Pro||W 3-0|
|22/10||La Union||W 1-0||18/03||Mazarron||W 3-1|
|29/10||Mazarron||W 2-1||25/03||EMD Lorqui||W 2-0|
|05/11||Mazarron||D 1-1||01/04||Sangonera ATL CF||L 0-2|
|12/11||Pinatar CF||W 3-1||08/04||Mazarron||W 1-0|
|19/11||Mazarron||W 2-1||15/04||Yeclano||W 2-1|
|26/11||Beniel||W 4-1||22/04||Mazarron||W 4-1|
|03/12||Mazarron||W 2-1||29/04||Jumilla CF||W 5-2|
|10/12||Calasparra||D 0-0||06/05||Mazarron||L 2-0|
|17/12||Mazarron||D 1-1||13/05||Caravaca||D 1-1|
|07/01||Mar Menor||L 2-4||20/05||Mazarron||W 3-1|
|14/01||Mazarron||D 2-2||27/05||Olympic Totana||D 2-2|
|01/06||Langreo||D 0-0||08/06||Mazarron||W 1-0|
|15/06||Mazarron||W 6-1||22/06||Valle de Egues||W 3-1|
Goal-scorers: Quintana 20, Nofuentes 15, Aiert 11, Carrasco 9, Quini 8, Nacho 6, Sergio Garcia 4, Carmona 3, Santi 3, Carlos 3, Chavero 2, Wic 1, Abel Mereno 1, Mara 1, Carpio 1, Cubi 1, Kiki 1. Opponents 2.
Federation Cup: Nofuentes 2, Emilio 1, Cubi 1, Aiert 1
Squad members and backroom Staff, 2006/7
Table after Matches 38
|Team||Gms||Won||Drawn||Lost||Gs For||Gs Ags.||G Diff.||Pts.|
|1||REAL MURCIA B||38||28||5||5||80||26||54||89|
|11||CIUDAD MURCIA B||38||10||15||13||38||49||-11||45|
Mazarron Promoted to 2B
Valle de Egüés 1 Mazarron ‘Grupo San Antonio’ CF 3, 23.06.07 Aggregate 2-9
At the end of a long and exhilarating season, Mazarron have been promoted to Segunda B for the first time in their 75 years history. In front of a crowd of only about 500 people, at least 200 of whom had made the 1650km round trip to Pamplona, in a compact stadium with a plastic pitch, Mazarron extended their 6-1 advantage from the first leg to win 9-2 on aggregate. In any competition this would be a huge winning margin, but when the prize is a place in the third tier of Spanish football, it was a magnificent achievement. The trainer, Machuca, has spent the season moulding a squad with this objective in mind and the match on Saturday was a culmination of all the hard work and sound preparation.
Until 30mins before the kick off, the home club had been pouring water onto the plastic surface in an attempt to make life difficult for the visitors, but, in fact, Mazarron were happy to be playing on a fast surface with limited bounce. In previous encounters on artificial surfaces this season they have struggled to cope with the high bounce usually generated, so this preparation worked out well. Much had been said by the home club in the run up to the game and the Mazarron officials had demanded a strong referee for the occasion, and they were not disappointed. Snr. Jose Luis Rebollo Soto handled the game magnificently. Despite 10 bookings and one sending off, he allowed it to flow in a sensible manner rarely seen before this season. A pretty game it wasn’t, but the visitors took control after the expected early onslaught that saw Larrayoz have a shot well saved by Navarro and Campos hit the outside of the post from a 25m free kick after Dani Hedrera had crudely pulled down their top scorer Eder. He was lucky to get away with a booking for this one. The die was cast after only 19mins. Arambarri, back in the side after some six weeks, was fouled on the right hand side just outside the box. Carmona shaped up as if to float a cross, but instead, he fired a low shot that scooted across the fast surface behind Ismael into the goal. This spurred Mazarron on and the collective heads of the Egüés side dropped a little as they knew that the tie was already well beyond them. After 37 mins Bersabe lifted a ball over the defensive line but beyond the reach of Quini. However, Larrayoz inexplicably played the ball across the front of his own penalty area and Quini intercepted the pass before firing low into the net.
In the second half, chances were few and far between until Jorge Gonzales fouled Beorlegui fully 35m from the goal. Up stepped Campos again, and this time his perfect shot curled around the defending wall, beyond the reach of Navarro to pull a goal back. With five minutes remaining, Miguel, only just on the field and not having touched the ball, was being beaten comfortably for pace by Carrasco, before he lunged at him and brought him down, for the only sending off in the match. Jorge Gonzales delivered a fierce free kick into the centre and Carrasco flicked it up and onto the near post and Quintana’s follow up was saved by Ismael. 2mins later, Carmona played a delightful ball down the left into the path of Quintana. He skinned one defender before crossing for Carrasco to hit the woodwork again but this time the rebound fell to Kiki who made no mistake volleying past the keeper.
On the final whistle, the celebrations exploded as players, officials and fans danced on the pitch and champagne appeared from the dressing room. Mazarron were promoted and 10 months of hard work and dedication had paid off.
Mazarron: Navarro, Hedrera (Cubi), Santi Silvar, Arambarri, Carmona, Bersabe (Sergio Garcia), Carrasco, Jorge Gonzales, Aiert, Quini (Quintana), Kike.
Mazarron on the Brink of Segunda B
Mazarron ‘Grupo San Antonio’ CF 6, CD Valle de Egüés 1, 17.06.07
Mazarron made a huge stride towards Segunda B football next season in a match that truly was a game of two halves. The visitors, from near Pamplona, matched Mazarron well in the first half, and they even took the lead, but after the break it was to prove a totally different game. Before the match started there were signs that Egüés were not happy with the Murcian temperatures. With Mazarron warming up for the best part of an hour, as usual, the opposition didn’t make an appearance until 20 mins before the start.
Mazarron showed their intent, again playing with three strikers, with Carrasco tucked in just behind them and it was through Carrasco and Quintana, back to his best form again, that most of the early openings occurred. After 15mins, Quintana brought down an exquisite ball from Carrasco with his chest but was just muscled out of it by Aranguren, a huge presence in the heart of the defence. Shortly after this, the home side got a serious wake up call when an Egüésdefensive clearance fell to Eber, their top scorer, just inside the Mazarron half. He saw Navarro off his line and shot towards goal but the keeper, desperately scrambling back, pushed the ball out for a corner. It was taken by Campos on the right and his in-swinger hit the inside of the far post before being cleared. Mazarron created the better chances as half time approached, with Rubén making superb saves from headers by both Nofuentes and Quintana, but in the 42nd min. Egüés took the lead. As their second corner of the game was swung over, Jorge Gonzales was adjudged to have fouled an attacker and Campos dispatched the penalty, giving Navarro no chance. That sparked Mazarron into more action and almost immediately a ball from Carmona on the left eventually fell to the feet of Quini who fired in the equalizer from short range. Then the sparks really flew, and in Mazarron’s next attack, Tirso was sent off for his second yellow card as he tried to go through Dani Hedrera to get the ball, and Nofuentes headed Carrasco’s free kick wide.
Kike replaced Cubi at half time and Mazarron launched a series of attacks to take advantage of their extra man. Nofuentes and Carrasco both came close before Quini received a peach of a ball from Hedrera. He spun around on the edge of the area and fired goalwards, only to see Rubén pull off another great save. Mazarron were playing some beautiful fluent football by this stage and the visitors were struggling to cope. After 14mins, Jorge Gonzales shot from the edge of the penalty area and Rubén saved again, but he was unable to hold the ball. As Quintana lunged to follow up, the keeper flattened him and was sent off with a straight red card. After a couple of mins delay, Carrasco converted the penalty to put the home side in front for the first time. Five minutes later, Quini scored the goal of the game, and one of the best of the season. Kike made a run down the right and crossed the ball with pin point accuracy. Quini took it on his chest and scored with an over-head volley from 12 metres out. Mazarron were swarming all over their woeful visitors by now. Kike had a header disallowed for off side and in the 30th minute, substitute Ariz was the next to be sent off, handling the ball in the area. Carrasco scored again from the spot to make it 4-1 and three mins later Quini completed his hat trick, heading in from Kike’s cross. With just five minutes to go, Nofuentes hit the post with a shot after Kike was again the provider and then the pair did it again, but this time another penalty had already been awarded when a previous shot during the bombardment had been handled on the line. This time Carrasco’s shot was saved but not held, and Carrasco himself completed his hat trick following up.
It would be amazing if Mazarron failed to complete the job on Saturday so next season, it should be Segunda B football at the Estadio Municipial.
Mazarron: Navarro, Cubi (Kike), Santi Silvar, Dani Hedrera, Carmona, Bersabe (Sergio Garcia), Jorge Gonzales, Carrasco, Quini, Quintana (Aiert), Nofuentes,.
Mazarron dominate to reach Finals
Mazarron ‘Grupo San Antonio’ CF 1 UD Langreo 0, 10.06.07
Having achieved a goal-less draw in the away leg, on an unfamilar artificial surface, Mazarron totally dominated this match against a side that only conceded 30 goals in their 38 match league campaign. It was never going to be easy to break them down, but the home side finally scored the goal that takes them through to a two leg final against Valle Egues, from Pamplona. The first leg will be at Mazarron on Sunday evening at 1800hrs
Langreo had little ambition to attack their hosts, and relied on breaking out of defence to create the few chances that they had. This negative approach allowed the Mazarron wide defenders to move forward almost at will and Carmona in particular spent most of his evening providing crosses from the left. In the opening minutes, Mazarron advanced in numbers but the visitors defence was strong and there were very few real chances. The best fell to Cubi but he was unable to take advantage of the space he had following a free kick. Then, in their first attack of the game, Teto, the leading scorer, and clearly Langreo’s main dangerman, took a free kick on the right hand side. Angel got in front of Cubi to head into the net, but it was ruled out for off side. Despite their almost total dominance in the first half hour, the home side were creating few really good scoring chances, and the closest they came to a goal was when Carmona launched a long free kick from his own half that was met by the head of the smallest man on the pitch, but Carrasco was unable to control it and the header went over. The first encounter had had no bookings at all, but the tension of the situation was getting to the players and tempers flared after only 18mins when Sergio and Miguelez were both booked for pushing and shoving, but fortunately it didn’t get any further. Langreo had a short spell of pressure around the 30 min mark, but the closest they came was a header from Carly following another cross by Teto, but he failed to connect properly and it went wide. The first half closed with Mazarron well on top. Quintana, who was at last looking back to his sharpest, picked up a poor Langreo free kick and ran half the length of the pitch before unleashing a thunderbolt from outside the area, that pole-axed the skipper Rufi and left him needing treatment and looking very dazed.
At half time, Bersabe replaced Sergio, probably to save him being sent off, and his cultured play made a difference to Mazarron almost straightaway. After only 2 mins, Cubi made a run down the right and passed forward to Quintana. He cut inside, along the edge of the area and found Nofuentes in a lot of space on the left, but his shot was misdirected into the side netting. This set the tone for the half as Langreo retreated further into their collective shell and Mazarron attacked almost constantly. Jorge Gonzales shot over from 30m after being put in by Nofuentes and after 17 mins, an exquisite ball from Carmona found Quintana in space on the right. He chested down and shot, but Ivan Pinel was able to save at the second attempt. Kike had replaced Cubi on the right and then Chavero replaced Nofuentes, to the displeasure of large parts of the crowd. Some of Chavero’s crossing was woeful to say the least, but after 34mins, just after he had been booked for a dive, he pulled a good one out of the hat. It was headed clear by a defender and fell to Bersabe whose pile-driver was touched onto the top of the bar by the keeper. Four mins later Mazarron got the all-important goal that their play had richly deserved. Carmona crossed from the left and this time found Quintana in space as the defenders were now visibly tiring under the pressure. The header back across the goal nestled into the corner of the net and the team and the large crowd went delirious with relief. The visitors tried to change their game, but by this time they seemed to have forgotten what attacking was all about and Mazarron finished worthy winners.
Mazarron: Navarro, Cubi (Kike), Hedrera, Santi Silvar, Carmona, Carrasco, Jorge Gonzales, Sergio Garcia (Bersabe), Quintana, Quini, Nofuentes (Chavero).
’Keeper denies Mazarron
Olympico Totana 2 Mazarron ‘Grupo San Antonio’ CF 2, 26.05.07
Mazarron went into this game needing to win to be sure of the Championship, but in the end it was the Totana goalkeeper Christiano who had a great match to deny Mazarron all the points. Not only did the result mean that Mazarron missed out on their first championship in their 75 year history, but it also means a more difficult route through the playoffs.
Mazarron lined up with a 4-3-3 system, playing Quini, Quintana and Nofuentes as out and out strikers, with Carrasco playing just behind them, and, in fact, just about everywhere as the game unfolded. The opening quarter belonged entirely to the visitors, with the home side not having an attempt on goal until the 18th minute. Before that, Quintana had come close to connecting with a Carmona pass from the left and Nofuentes had tried to lob the keeper twice, but one attempt went just wide and the other went over. When Totana did threaten the goal, it was the diminutive Manolo, latching onto a through ball, whose shot was deflected for a corner. Chico swung the corner over and Isi headed narrowly over the bar. Christiano has a tendency to play well away from his line, and nearly paid the price in the 20th min when Nofuentes fought to beat 4 defenders out on the left before trying a lob that was only just wide of the target. This spurred the visitors, and it was Carrasco who shredded the home defence with a superb ball inside Morillas. Quintana pulled it back for Quini to open the scoring with a firm shot. Mazarron finished the half by far the strongest, with much of the play down the left hand side where Carmona was picking out Nofuentes with great regularity. Chico came closest for Totana, but his long-range free kick from 35ms went over the bar.
In the second half, the pattern was much the same as the first. Quintana and Nofuentes had changed sides, and Abel was on for the injured Carmona, but with Carrasco running the midfield ever more effectively, it looked to be a matter of time before Mazarron increased their lead and made the game safe. Jorge Gonzales headed over from a Carrasco free kick, and Quini headed narrowly over after Carrasco and Quintana had combined well down the left. In the 14th minute, Christiano began his heroics. Quintana picked out Gonzales with his cross and the goal-bound shot was saved by the keeper. Kike had replaced Nofuentes by this time but he shot wildly over the bar from a cross by Abel and then was much closer with a long-range shot that went just over. Then, in the space of two minutes, Christiano saved the match for Totana, with two wonderful saves, both from shots by Kike. The first was after a cross by Quintana and the second after Carrasco had played a ball square to him and he looked a certainty to score. This gave Totana heart, and after 35 mins play, Chico found Manolo on the right hand side of the penalty area. His first shot was blocked by Navarro, but he made no mistake burying the rebound. Machuca then made his last throw of the dice. He brought on Mara to replace Arambarri, and within two minutes, Mazarron were in the lead again to the delight of several hundred travelling supporters. Abel took a corner on the right and the ball went right over to Bersabe on the other side. He played it back to Mara, who ran forward, playing a one-two with Bersabe before cutting into the area past two defenders and unleashing a shot that went across the goal and left Christiano helpless. There was still time for the keeper to make another great save from Quintana, before Totana gained a corner on the left, one minute into stoppage time. As the corner was being taken, Christiano, who had come up the pitch, made a run for the near post. This seemed to confuse the defenders and as the corner sailed over them all, Dani Morin rose at the far post to shatter Mazarron’s championship dream.
Mazarron: Navarro, Cubi, Hedrera, Arambarri (Mara), Carmona (Abel Moreno), Bersabe, Carrasco, Jorge Gonzales, Quintana, Quini, Nofuentes (Kike).
Mazarron ‘San Antonio’ CF 3 AD Mar Menor 1, 20.05.07
The season will reach a dramatic finale this coming weekend as the top five clubs still have all to play for. The championship is between Mazarron and Real Murcia B. They are level on points as I write, although Mazarron still have to complete their abandoned game at Caravaca on May 23rd, resuming with the score at 1-1, with six mins of actual time and 6 mins of added time to play. If that score remains the same, then Mazarron will be a point clear with the last match, away at Totana, to play. If they win there, Mazarron will top the division for the first time in their history and go into the playoffs with confidence. The last two playoff places are between Mar Menor, Sangonera (who visit Mar Menor for the last match) and Caracava, who have an easier looking game at home to Pinatar. If you are a fan of football then it would be well worth picking out a game this weekend.
In this match, Mazarron beat Mar Menor with a fine display of flowing football, gaining revenge for their defeat earlier in the season, when they were lucky to get away with a 2-4 score-line. This time they made no mistake, despite the efforts of Sergio Beato in the Mar Menor attack. Before the match started, Los Amigos de Mazarron (the British supporters club) presented their Player of the Season award to Ivan Nofuentes, who has scored seventeen league and cup goals this season, despite starting from the bench for most of his appearances. It was Nofuentes who made the chance for Carrasco to open the scoring when, after 10mins of play, he passed from the right and Carrasco side footed in at the near post. With Mazarron restricting the visitors mainly to shots from long range, both Sergio Garcia and Quini came close with shots at the other end, before Quini extended the lead after 24mins. He received a quickly taken free kick on the edge of the penalty area and swiveled around to fire the ball past Ernesto, into the top corner of the net. A few mins later, Navarro did well to save a shot from Beato, and both Nofuentes and Carrasco went close with shots just wide in the few minutes before half time.
The second half started quietly, until, in the 53rd min, a poor clearance by the Mar Menor defence following a Mazarron corner, fell to Carmona. He is not averse to lashing a shot in these situations, but this time he found Santi Silva, in the box for his aerial power, who drove in an unstoppable volley that Ernesto barely had time to see, to take the game beyond the visitors. In the 69th minute, Chavero, who had replaced Bersabe only 10mins earlier, was sent off as he attempted the retrieve a ball that was being shepherded out of play by a defender. This allowed Mar Menor to get back into the game a little and shortly after Navarro had saved from Beato again, he was finally beaten by substitute Suso. As the game came to a close, Quintana had two good chances when through on the keeper but the after hitting the keeper with his first, the second was well saved by Ernesto.
Exciting times lie ahead in the next month for the Mazarron supporters and hopefully they will be watching football in Segunda B next season.
Mazarron: Navarro, Cubi ,Santi Silvar, Dani Hedrera, Carmona, Bersabe (Chavero), Sergio Garcia, Jorge Gonzales (Kike), Carrasco, Quini (Quintana), Nofuentes,.
Match Abandoned in Cauldron Atmosphere.Caarvaca CF 1, Mazarron ‘Grupo San Antonio’ CF 1, (abandoned after 82 mins) 13.05.07 With the importance of this game to both the teams, it was never going to be a pretty affair and so it proved. However, nobody could for-see the drama that was to unfold later. Mazarron introduced new signing Dani Hedrera to the heart of the defence and both teams played with a packed midfield. The state of the pitch was such that the ball spent as much time in the air as it did on the ground. Caravaca had most of the early chances and Navarro had to be alert in the 11th minute when a free kick was headed goal-wards by Cenamor and he just managed to flick the ball over the bar. Two minutes later he had to punch clear when Andres swung a free kick in from the left. Even at this early stage there were lots of blatant fouls and the flow of the game was rarely allowed to get going. At the other end, most of the attempts were from long range, with Quini holding the ball up well for the midfielders to come into the play. The main beneficiary of his hard work was Jorge Gonzales, who came close with 2 long range shots after Carrasco had been the link man. Back came the home side and Navarro saved well from another free kick by Andres and then Meroňo was unlucky to see his effort beat the keeper, only to thump into the top of the crossbar. As half time approached, and with four Mazarron players already in the book, Quini was bungled over from behind by Cuco and the resulting free kick was fired in by Carmona from about 27ms. Ginés must have been unsighted as he barely moved to save the shot. During the second half, Caravaca attacked as if their place in the play-offs depended on it, which it did. Elias had come on to add more beef to the forward line and he had an almost immediate effect, creating a chance for Meroňo whose shot was saved but spilled first time by Navarro. However, as the keeper went to retrieve the ball he was caught on the head by Elias and the subsequent stoppage was the first of many. As the pressure on the visitors mounted, the crowd became more frustrated and one ‘gentleman’, who was decidedly under the weather from the effects of alcohol, made advances towards the Mazarron bench and had to be led away home officials. The cauldron became even more intense when Cenamor was booked for a dive in the area as Caravaca became ever more desperate for an equalizer. After 35mins, their breakthrough came, as Meroňo powered down the right wing and crossed for Elias to deflect the ball into the net. Now the home side really had their tails up and 2 mins later they were awarded a free kick out on the left. The ball was crossed into a melee of players and was headed into the goal. The referee appeared to award the goal but the linesman had his flag up for a foul on the Mazarron defender Santi Silvar. The crowd was furious and as tempers boiled over, the referee took the other officials and players off the field for their own safety and refused to bring them back. It remains to be seen how the situation will be resolved, but it seems that the last 8 mins, plus at least another 8 mins of stoppage time, will have to be completed on a neutral ground. As things stand at the moment, Mazarron are now second on goal difference, with a game in hand, and Caravaca are out of the playoff places for the first time all season.
Mazarron: Navarro, Cubi, Hedrera, Santi Silvar, Abel Moreno (Chavero), Carmona, Bersabe, Carrasco, Jorge Gonzales (Kike),
Quini, Sergio Garcia (Nofuentes).
Mazarron slip up badly.
Mazarron ‘San Antonio’ CF 0 Calasparra CF 2, 05.05.07
Rafa Muňoz, trainer of the team last year, received a warm welcome from the Mazarron fans and his new team were determined that they were not just there to make the numbers up. Indeed, they were the better side throughout, as Mazarron had a seriously ‘bad day at the office’. Despite having the major share of the possession, as soon as they got into the last third of the park, too many passes went astray and when the strikers did get the ball, the final attempts on goal were often woeful.
As early as the first minute, the visitors showed their intent with a flowing move down the left hand side that resulted in Peňaranda shooting just wide. The first good chance from the home side came a few minutes later when Imanolo cleared up-field to Wic who played it quickly on to Carrasco but his square pass to Sergio Garcia was dispatched well over the bar. Two minutes later, Quini attempted a lob from a long way out, but he struck the ball far too hard and it cleared the goal by several metres. The play continued to ebb and flow throughout the half, with Carrasco playing his usual high energy game for the home side, and Tico, on the left wing, causing problems for the defenders whenever he got the ball. Peňaranda saw another shot go over the bar from a long way out and Jorge Gonzales headed well over from a Carrasco free kick, before Wic had a shot blocked when in a good position following another free kick. Either side of the 30 min mark, Calasparra came close to taking a lead twice. Firstly, a jinking run and cross by Lozano on the right cleared all of the defenders and fell to Tico, but his shot was saved low down by Imanolo and a couple of mins later, the same player cut into the penalty area but again his powerful shot was blocked, this time by a defender. By this stage, the game was getting quite feisty, and the referee was having difficulty keeping things under control. Eight players had been booked before halftime and although it was not clear, as the card waving was often a little vague, it looked as if Julio Cardoso had been booked twice without the referee realizing it. I think Rafa knew, because he was substituted shortly afterwards.
Mazarron started the second half positively, as first Carrasco sent a diving header wide and then Nofuentes shot across the goal and the ball passed agonizingly wide of the far post. At the other end, Lozano saw his shot beaten out by Imanalo for a corner that came to nothing. After eleven minutes, the visitors got the goal that their play deserved. Lozano again shot goal-wards, the keeper could only push the ball away and Tico pounced to fire home. The goal had the effect of causing the home side to become even more erratic as they became more desperate. Nofuentes had two good chances, but he headed the first one over, and then a shot on the run was saved by Monteagudo. A decisive moment came after 29mins of the half. Substitute Kike threaded a pass through to Carrasco who shot into the net, but was given offside, despite there being a defender who looked to be playing him on by a good 2 metres. Heads seemed to go down at this stage as Kike wasted a wonderful scoring opportunity in front of goal, before Tico became the filling in a Santi-Arambarri sandwich just outside the area. Jurado fired the free kick wide though. With five mins to go, Calasparra dealt a final blow as Imanolo again failed to hold a shot from Peňarando and Jurado headed over Santi and into the net from the rebound. There was still time for Mazarron to finish the game as they had done all afternoon, with Nofuentes again shooting wide after being played in by Carrasco. The next 2 games are against two of the teams trying to secure a play off place, so there are still difficult times ahead for Mazarron.
Mazarron: Imanolo, Carpio, Cubi (Santi Silvar), Arambarri, Carmona, Wic (Kike), Sergio Garcia (Quintana), Jorge Gonzales, Carrasco, Quini, Nofuentes,.
Mazarron win in testing conditions.
Jumilla CF 2, Mazarron ‘San Antonio’ CF 5, 29.04.07
This game was played in conditions more akin to a February afternoon in the UK than a Spanish day in late April, following a downpour in Jumilla the night before. There were two areas where standing water caused the ball to stop dead and to make matters worse, the home side had had the pitch narrowed by about 3 ms, presumably to try to counter the wing play of the Mazarrón attackers. However, both sides tended to play the ball in the air more than would be usual and this led to an often destructured game.
In the opening few minutes it was the home side that settled first and they created a couple of chances, David Garcia shooting over the bar and Raul having a shot saved by Navarro, but in the eleventh minute they were stunned by a 32m shot from Carmona, after Quintana had headed back to him, that gave Alberto no chance. After 25mins, the visitors struck again. This time Arambarri played a long ball out of defence that was headed on by Sergio Garcia for Nofuentes, who made no mistake from just inside the area. 8 mins later, the home side were given a lifeline when awarded a penalty. David Garcia had an opportunity on the edge of the area and lobbed the ball goalwards over Navarro, only for Cubi to clear off the line with an overhead kick. The half clearance fell to Raul, who was bungled over by Sergio Garcia and the penalty was awarded. Angel took the kick, that hit the bar and went over, but Cubi was adjudged to have encroached on the area and it had to be retaken. Gonzalo made no mistake the second time. Mazarron played the best move of the match so far just before half time. Great play by Wic and Carrasco made an opening for Sergio Garcia, but he ballooned his attempt over the bar.
Three goals in the first five mins of the second half had the crowd buzzing. Almost straight from the restart, Qunitana side-footed the ball over a defender for Nofuentes, who deftly lobbed over Alberto for his second. 2mins later a corner on the right by Jumilla was played back to Raul, whose cross was forced into the net by Alex to reduce the lead again. At the other end, Quintana headed a long ball down to Carrasco. He swept the ball out to Carpio on the right, whose return cross was met sweetly by the head of Quintana to bring his personal dry spell to an end. Straightaway, Nofuentes found himself through on goal again, but this time his shot was not accurate enough. The game quietened down a little then until Fran was sent off for a second booking after felling Carrasco, who is adept at making the most of such situations. This event somehow gelled the Jumilla defence and they were not beaten again until a delightful move involving Chavero, Nofuentes and Aiert led to Nofuentes beating the keeper again, but Aiert was given off side for his part in the proceedings. However, playing his first full game for a long time, Nofuentes was not going to be denied his hat-trick and on the stroke of full time, Carrasco was again the provider with a through ball that left him with just Alberto to beat, which he did with the least of fuss to round off an excellent display in difficult circumstances by him and the whole team. Mazarron are now almost mathematically certain of the playoffs and with a lead of six points with 4 games remaining, it would take a brave man to bet against them for the championship.
Mazarron looking like Champions.
Mazarron ‘San Antonio’ CF 1 CD Beniel 1, 22.04.07
At the start of this game there were 67pts and a whole league separating these two sides and the difference in class was obvious from the start. Mazarron dominated the match and a series of misses in front of goal and some bad luck were the only things that kept the scoreline down to a respectable level. Mazarron fielded a debutante, Quini, to lead the attack and the leagues top scorer Quintana was relegated to the bench after being out of sorts recently.
The game started fairly quietly, but soon the Mazarron midfielders were swinging long balls out to Carpio and Wic and their speed was to prove too much for the visiting defenders. Aiert was relishing the service from the wings and he came close twice before he turned provider after 14mins. Carrasco did well to control his difficult pass and juggled the ball around Alberto in goal before putting it into the empty net with Quini in close attendance. Carpio was enjoying the space on the right and a few minutes later he made an opportunity for Quini to unleash a shot from the edge of the area that Alberto could only block and Carrasco just failed to pick up the rebound. Aiert was the next to come close after good play by Quini, but his first attempt was blocked and the rebound was lobbed over the bar. It was 25mins before Beniel came close to the Mazarron goal, but Gusi, by far their best player at the time, saw his chance deflected, but he was adjudged to be off side anyway. The best move of the first half came after 35mins, when Abel Moreno again found Carpio in space. He gave a quick ball to Aiert who took his time and deftly lobbed the keeper, only for Chema to head the ball out for a corner from under the cross bar. Mazarron scored a second after 39mins and it was no surprise that Carpio was again in the thick of things. He controlled a pass from Jorge Gonzales beautifully and centred powerfully for Quini to head home from 8 metres. 2mins later he repeated the service for Abel Moreno, but he shot wide of an empty goal. Then, on the stroke of half time, Beniel won a penalty when Cubi clattered into the back of Juanfra and Gusi made no mistake from the spot.
At the start of the second half, Beniel were considerably better and for a while it seemed that there was a little nervousness creeping into Mazarron’s game. However Mazarron had brought on substitute Nofuentes and his pace added yet another dimension to the attack and eventually this was to prove decisive. After 12mins he headed a cross from Chavero narrowly over the bar and a few minutes later, after picking up a pass from Carpio, he played a quick one two with Quini and shot just wide. With 20mins of the game remaining, and the Beniel defence tiring badly, a clumsy tackle gave the home side a free kick on the left. Chavero delivered a perfect ball for Quini to volley goal-wards, but the shot was blocked. Nofuentes was first to react, gleefully firing into the net from around 10 metres. A minute later, Nofuentes was fortunate to get the ball back after a poor piece of control, but he made up for it immediately, playing a one two with Carrasco before getting behind the defence to cross for Quini to score with a simple tap in. The strikers manufactured three more good scoring opportunities that were either missed or saved, but the most startling play of the entire game came when Nofuentes, just inside the Beniel half, saw Alberto off his line and shot over the keepers head. The ball hit the underside of the bar and appeared to bounce down over the line before spinning out and being cleared.
Mazarron are now 6pts clear with five games left to play. The next match is a visit to Jumilla.
Mazarron: Imanolo, Carpio, Cubi, Abel Moreno(Chavero), Wic, Bersabe, Sergio Garcia (Quintana), Jorge Gonzales, Carrasco, Quini, Aiert (Nofuentes),.
Mazarron win Thriller
Yeclano Dep. 1, Mazarron ‘San Antonio’ CF 2, 15.04.07
The Mazarron team and their many travelling supporters made the long trip to Yecla, and neither were disappointed. The game was one of the most exciting and open games seen all season, and in the end, Yeclano, who had played well above themselves, were a little unfortunate to come out of the game with nothing. The home side had made a special effort to attract children to the fixture and the atmosphere inside the ground was tremendous, with well over a thousand people watching.
The opening exchanges were dominated by the visitors as Aiert went close with a shot after only 4 mins and both Aiert and Quintana were close to connecting with a cross from Abel Moreno after good work by Kike and Carrasco down the right. At the other end, Rafa headed just over from a good cross from Dani. With 19mins on the clock, Mazarron took the lead that their early domination deserved. Kike played a free kick on the right short to Carrasco and he ran to the bye line and crossed over the heads of the defenders to Abel Moreno. His quickly-played centre was met sweetly on the volley by Sergio Garcia from close range. A few minutes later, Carrasco and Quintana made an opening for Aiert but although he beat Vincente with his shot, it was ruled out for off side. The pendulum then swung in the favour of the home side. A free kick was driven firmly into the centre by Giorgio and Santi was only able to get the faintest of touches with his head and Rafa came much closer this time, heading less than half a metre over the bar. A well-saved free kick by Abel at the other end relieved the building pressure slightly, but Yeclano scored the inevitable equalizer after 37mins. It came from a free kick after Santi and Bersabe had gone up for a header and Raul had become the meat in the sandwich. Jonas’ pile-driver from just outside the area hit Arambarri and the deflection was enough to deceive Navarro. The first half closed with Yeclano making all the running and Mazarron were pleased to see a halt to the proceedings for a while.
At half time, Nofuentes replaced Quintana and he had an immediate impact on the game as Mazarron again began to dominate. After 7mins, Aiert again had the ball in the net after Nofuentes headed a cross from Kike into his path, but it was also ruled out for off-side. By this stage some of the refereeing decisions were becoming more and more erratic as the officials seemed to struggle to keep up with the fierce pace of play. Two great pieces of defensive work in the space of a minute, one at each end, maintained the status quo. Firstly Santi made a wonderful goal-saving tackle on Raul when he looked a big favourite to score, and immediately after that, Nofuentes played a square ball to Sergio Garcia but Vicente smothered the ball at his feet before he had a chance to get his shot away. Within a couple of minutes Vicente saved a deflected free kick from Aiert and the same player shot over the bar after a corner on the left. After this Yeclano began to come back into the game and when Kike was sent off for a second booking after a clumsy tackle on Jonas, things looked a little bleak for Mazarron. However, Nofuentes then had a wonderful chance to seal the game. He beat the off side trap of the tiring defence and was through on the keeper, but seemed to lose his footing as he tried to go around him. The respite was short-lived though. A corner on the right went over the defence to substitute Chavero. For once Vicente failed to hold the shot and Cubi pounced on the lose ball to give Mazarron the lead again. As the thriller came to an end, tempers boiled over as Pedro, the home skipper, was sent off after being booked for a second time, for a tackle on Carrasco, and the referee called a halt before anyone else could get into trouble. This weekend, Mazarron play hosts to lowly Beniel.
Mazarron CF: Navarro, Abel Moreno (Chavero), Santi Silvar, Arambarri, Carmona, Bersabe (Cubi), Sergio Garcia ,Carrasco, Kike, Aiert, Quintana (Nofuentes),
Mazarron Back on Course.
Mazarron CF ‘Grupo San Antonio’ 1, Pinatar CF 0, 07.04.07
In a game of few chances and little goal mouth action, Mazarron achieved a victory to bring their title bid back into focus after the disappointing defeat the week before at Sangonera. The win took them back to the top of the table after Real Murcia B were held to a draw on Thursday by Caravaca.
The game started brightly enough when Abel Moreno attempted to cross from the left, only to see the keeper scrambling backwards as the ball just passed over the crossbar. Even in these opening minutes, Pinatar made it quite clear that they had little ambition to come out of their collective shell, often throwing up a defensive wall of six players across the back and relying on breaks when they got the opportunity. One such chance came in the 7th minute, but Dani, a Mazarron player last season, shot tamely at Navarro after he had made a good position for himself. Play continued in this vane for much of the rest of the first half, only for Mazarron to break the deadlock after 27mins in controversial circumstances. Arambarri, given more opportunities to forage forward than he usually has, swung a ball in to Quintana on the edge of the penalty area. As his marker went down in the tackle, the defenders appealed for a free kick and the assistant referee raised his flag in agreement. Snr. Sanchez Murcia had other ideas however, and he didn’t blow his whistle. Kike picked up the lose ball, made for the bye line almost unopposed and crossed perfectly onto the head of the diminutive Carrasco who made no mistake from 4 metres out. After much argument, at least one player and one official from the visitors were booked, but the goal stood. Before the end of the first half, Lujan had a poor shot for the visitors after another break and Quintana and Chavero went fairly close for the home side, but both attempts went over the bar.
Mazarron rang the changes in the second half in an attempt to get through the defence, but although they made one or two chances they rarely came close to scoring until the very end of the game. Firstly Carpio replaced Chavero and Kike, probably the best crosser of a ball at the club, moved into the middle. This had little effect and eventually Kike was replaced by Wic and Abel Moreno tried his luck in the centre. During this time, Quintana had a header that went wide when he was set up by Carrasco and at the other end, Pablo Box went close with a free kick that was headed out for a corner. Throughout the second half, some of the approach play by the home side was excellent, but the final finish was usually stifled. Carmona and Arambarri in particular were instrumental in switching the play from one side to another in an attempt to break down the defence but to no avail. The closest that either side came to scoring was 2 minutes into added time, when Carrasco laid back a beautiful ball to Aiert, but his curling shot just passed over the far corner of the goal, with Paco well beaten. The match this weekend is away to Yeclano, with a coach full of British supporters making the long trip north.
Mazarron: Navarro, Santi Silvar, Arambarri, Carmona, Bersabe , Abel Moreno, Chavero (Carpio), Sergio Garcia, Carrasco, Quintana (Aiert), Kike (Wic).
Sangonera AT 2, Mazarron ‘San Antonio’ CF 0, 01.04.07
The ten match winning streak of Mazarron came to an end at Sangonera on Sunday against the team that Mazarron haven’t beaten since the 2000/1 season. In this match, they were second best in all departments and never looked like overcoming their bogey team. Imanolo, who was the man of the match for the visitors, replaced Navarro in goal and Carrasco came back into midfield but Sangonera were quicker to the ball and never allowed Mazarron to develop their usual patient passing game.
The first half started with Mazarron playing into a stiff wind and the home side used it to their advantage, and as early as the third minute Imanolo was called upon to save a dangerous free kick floated in from the right hand side by Pela. Immediately after this, Pitu crossed from the left and the keeper could only punch clear to Pelaya, but his snap shot sailed over the bar. The writing was already on the wall and the breakthrough came in the 12th minute when Pelaya crossed from the right and top-scorer Alvaro rose majestically to head back into the top corner of the net, well out of the reach of Imanolo. Mazarron slowly worked their way back into the game but the defensive line of the home side repelled all their efforts comfortably until a bizarre incident after 25 minutes. Sergio Garcia played a delightful ball through the middle to Carrasco, who beat the off side trap only to be bungled over from behind in the penalty area. The referee saw it differently though and booked Carrasco for diving. As the half came to a close, Sangonera gained the upper hand again and looked certain to double their lead when Pitu drove the ball in from the left. Imanolo could only parry it into the path of Alvaro, who shot wide of the gaping net. Much to his relief, he had been flagged off side by the assistant referee.
Mazarron played with more pace and determination at the start of the second half, although the wind had now dropped significantly. Quintana was beaten to a good cross from Nofuentes by Bacas in the home goal and Chavero blasted an optimistic effort over the bar, but Sangonera looked much more threatening on the break, especially when the speedy Jaby replaced Pitu in the attack. With a quarter of the match remaining, Quintana looked certain to score an equalizer, but, after good approach play by Mazarron’s three subs Carpio, Nofuentes and Aiert, he only had to tap the ball into the net, but got himself tangled up and the chance was missed. Santi Silvar was then pushed up into the attack and his aerial presence rattled the home defence for a while, but it also left gaps at the back. With 10 mins remaining, Sangonera exploited one of these gaps as Alvaro and Jaby combined well to make a chance for Sebas, which he firmly converted past Imanolo. As the game drew to a close, Jaby had one more chance from a free kick, but shot just over the bar.
Pinatar are the visitors to Mazarron over the Easter weekend.
Mazarron CF: Imanolo, Abel Moreno (Nofuentes), Santi Silvar, Arambarri, Carmona, Bersabe, Sergio Garcia (Carpio), Carrasco, Kike, Chavero (Aiert), Quintana.
Ten in a row as Mazarron march on.
Mazarron ‘San Antonio’ CF 2 EMD Lorqui CF 0, 24.03.07
This Lorqui side were only a shadow of the team that gave Mazarron a good run for their money last October, and they were totally blown away by the superb passing performance of their hosts. The score-line fails to tell the whole story of the complete domination of the home side as they made it ten consecutive victories. Mazarron welcomed back Carrasco to the slot just behind the front two, after a one match suspension, and he was constantly making telling passes as he drove his strikers forward.
Despite all their pressure, real chances were few and far between until after half time. Quintana had a near post header saved after 10mins following a cross from Carmona on the left and both Abel Moreno and Kike had shots blocked. It seemed inevitable that Mazarron would eventually make the breakthrough and it came with a superb move on the left hand side. Abel played a short square ball to Carrasco from the left touchline and then ran forward onto space behind the defenders to collect the return. He advanced to the bye-line before pulling the ball back into the path of Quintana who side footed into the net for the opener after 33mins. A few minutes after this, Abel shot on the run and rattled the post as it rebounded out to safety, with Mario well beaten.
At half time, Chavero replaced Abel Moreno and he made an instant impact. After only 4mins, Kike crossed from the right and Mario dropped the ball behind him. As Chavero pounced to challenge for the loose ball he caught the keeper with his boot and was booked. 2mins later he exchanged passes with Carrasco before shooting across the goal, but his effort was palmed out to Aiert who shot wide. Another Kike cross was then pulled back by Aiert to Chavero. He took two steps to his right before curling a shot beautifully around a crowd of defenders, but again the post came to the visitors rescue. Almost immediately after this, Chavero, playing like a man with a serious point to make, latched onto a clearance and shot from fully 30 metres out, and Mario did well to save this one. Quintana was now causing all sorts of mayhem making runs through the defensive line on both sides that the visitors were barely able to cope with. 15mins before the end, the pressure told as Carpio bore in from the right. His low cross was too difficult for the defenders and Rojo could only put the ball into his own net. Further good chances fell to Quintana and Chavero, but Mazarron were unable to increase their lead. The only reply was a run and shot by Rodriguez but it was well over the bar.
There will be a sterner test next week as Mazarron visit fourth placed Sangonera, but for now, they are beginning to look a really good promotion bet. Out of all 18 Tercera division teams, there is only one with a better record than Mazarron.
Mazarron: Navarro, Carpio, Arambarri, Carmona, Bersabe, Sergio Garcia(Wic), Kike(Nofuentes), Carrasco, Abel Moreno(Chavero), Quintana, Aiert.
Mazarron Triumph in below par display
CF Mazarron ‘Grupo San Antonio” 3, La Union Peinsa 1, 18.03.07
It is an old cliché that it is a good team that wins when playing badly, but that sums up a poor display by Mazarron as they failed to break down the La Union defence until right at the end. However, we saw earlier in the season that the visitors are adept at spoiling a game and they nearly succeeded in getting the draw they wanted with some appalling time wasting in the second half.
Chances were few and far between in the opening exchanges, but the most notable was a volley by Aiert that was blocked by the assembled defence. At the other end, Aguilar came close, but he saw his header go over the bar following a free kick on the left. The deadlock was broken in the 25th min. in controversial circumstances when Quintana sprung the offside trap from a long cross by Jorge Gonzales and fired low past Cesar Galvez. The massed protest of the visitors’ defenders was to no avail, as usual. This sparked a flurry of activity, as, 2mins later, Quintana found Aiert on the edge of the area. He had plenty of time to measure his shot, but it hit the post, rebounding to Jorge who crossed for Aiert again, but this time his point blank header was saved splendidly by Cesar. More controversy followed in the 33rd min when, at the other end, Kake looked well offside when receiving a ball from midfield. He cut inside and fired calmly past the advancing Imanol for the equalizer. Seven mins later, the visitors were reduced to 10 men when Lolo fouled Sergio and was dismissed for his second booking. As the half was played out, Aiert had one more well directed shot, but it lacked power and was comfortably saved.
After the break, the flow of the game was totally destroyed as time and again the La Union players fell over under the slightest pressure. However, when they did try to play properly, they defended very well, and it was not until the pace of Nofuentes was added to the attack, that Mazarron looked capable of breaking them down. The frustration finally boiled over when Santi Silvar, playing for the first time in three weeks, was sent off for a second yellow card with 15mins remaining. At last, with one minute of proper time left, Mazarron regained the lead. Carmona crossed from the left and the ball was headed clear as it had been many times before. This time however, it fell to Chavero just outside the area and he picked his spot through a ruck of defenders and beat Cesar to his right. Three mins into stoppage time, the Mazarron strikers did it again. A long ball out of defence was headed on by Aiert, and Quintana turned the ball to the left and into the path of Nofuentes, who shot firmly across the keeper into the far corner. So many times this season, Mazarron have made the last few mins of a game count in their favour. Next match, Mazarron try to make it 10 wins in a row when the visitors are Lorqui, who gave them a good run for their money earlier in the season.
Mazarron: Imanol, Kike, Santi Silvar, Arambarri, Carmona, Jorge Gonzales, Bersabe (Nofuentes), Abel Moreno (Chavero), Sergio Garcia (Carpio), Aiert, Quintana.
Mazarron extend to eight wins
C Imperial Promesas Rincon 0, C Mazarron ‘Grupo San Antonio’ CF 3, 11.03.07
Mazarron extended their series of wins to eight in a row with what turned out to be a comfortable victory in Rincon de Seca on Sunday. By the
end of the game, the home side had been reduced to nine players due to their own indiscipline and some over fussy refereeing. It was never a
dirty game but both sets of players found it difficult to maintain a grip on the slippery surface, and so many had been booked by half time that the
second half was reduced almost to a non- contact event.
The form of Aiert has been steadily improving and with Quintana suspended for receiving five yellow cards, he took the responsibility of being
the main striker in his stride. Some of the quick passing had the home defenders chasing shadows on occasions, and Aiert was at the centre of
much of it. For the home side, Vichu was a constant threat, particularly from set pieces, until his frustrations got the better of him in the second
half and he was dismissed for something he said to the referee, after being one of eight players booked before half time. Mazarron opened the
scoring with their first attack after 5 mins of play. Carrasco appeared to control the ball with his arm, but neither the referee nor his assistant,
only ten metres away, saw it. He spun around and played a beautiful pass into the path of Aiert who had all the time in the world to pick his spot
and beat Javi Soto into his top corner. 15 mins later, Sergio Garcia had a powerful shot blocked following a rare Mazarron corner, and this was
followed immediately by a succession of corners for Imperial, and Vichu strung the last one in perfectly, but Marcos headed just over the bar.
Carrasco and Kike were working the ball nicely on the right and from one such move, the latter surged towards the penalty area, beating 2 defenders
until he was brought down by Pradas. He was deemed to have been the last defender and received a straight red card after 30 mins of play. Just
before half time, Carrasco set Kike free again, and this time he got to the by-line beating Poveda for pace and squared the ball perfectly for Aiert
to tap in. There was still time for Marcos to head another free kick from Vichu just over the bar.
In the opening stages of the second half, Casana rattled the Mazarron bar and Nofuentes just failed to get contact on a ball headed down to him
by Aiert from a cross by Abel Moreno. Vichu then became the second Imperial dismissal and thereafter the home side concentrated on their
defensive shape to try to stop what could have been a rout. They did it very successfully, frustrating the visitors, who had most of the possession
but were unable to make the final pass count. Kike with a header and Carmona with a stinging shot that fizzed over the bar after Chavero had
back-heeled into his path, came closest but it was not until the closing minutes that Mazarron scored their third. Again, Kike produced a superb
cross for Aiert to head in unmarked near the far post to complete a well-deserved hat trick. Mazarron now have two games at home, against
La Union and then Lorqui.
Mazarron: Navarro, Cubi, Abel Moreno (Wic), Arambarri, Carmona, Bersabe, Kike, Carrasco, Jorge Gonzales (Chavero), Aiert,
Sergio Garcia (Nofuentes).
Mazarron in Total Control
Mazarron ‘San Antonio’ CF 3 San Gines CF 0, 04.03.07
San Gines came to Mazarron with the sole intention of going home with a point, and throughout the first half they succeeded in their objective of stifling the game, often with as many as six players between the Mazarron strikers and the goal. Indeed, the home keeper was not called upon to make a save until the 88th minute, by which time the game was way beyond the visitors.
The only way for Mazarron to break down the defence was by patiently passing the ball around and waiting for an opportunity to appear, and they did it to great effect, but the final connection was not forthcoming, as time and again either a boot or a head of a defender got in the way. The home mid –field was in total control and the way the ball was passed from one side of the pitch to the other was a joy to watch. Kike was the main beneficiary, playing an unaccustomed role on the right hand side, as Carrasco and Jorge Gonzales in particular, swung long balls out to him, but although he found the head of Aiert on several occasions he was never able to get the necessary power behind his attempts.
Better opportunities came in the second half though, as the defenders luck began to run out. In the very first minute Quintana had the ball in the net but it was ruled out for off side and shortly after that Salva made a brilliant save from a Carmona pile driver from 35ms. Quintana then beat the keeper again, only for Cervantes to clear off the line, before the same striker won a ball just outside the area and fed Aiert, who netted his shot but Quintana was deemed to have won the ball illegally. After 11mins, the pressure told. A great pass from Carrasco found Kike, and instead of crossing, he made a run into the area and was brought down after beating two defenders. Carrasco clinically beat the keeper low to his left. 12 minutes later, Sergio Garcia took a free kick straight into the path of Kike whose first time cross was met powerfully by the head of Aiert for the second. More chances followed, the most notable of which saw a sweeping cross field move by Cubi and Carrasco find Chavero on the left. He surged into the area and crossed firmly, but the ball just eluded substitute Mara. With 2mins left on the clock, the surly Nervios, the visitors’ skipper, played the ball out to Platas on the right, and then made enough ground to get his head to the cross, but Navarro made a wonderful save, tipping the ball over the bar. In added time, Carrasco took a quick free kick, lobbing the ball over the defence, straight into the path of Aiert who made no mistake to score his second of the game. As the visitors were arguing vehemently with the referee, there was barely time to restart the game, and Mazarron emerged comfortable winners.
Mazarron: Navarro, Cubi, Abel Moreno, Carmona, Wic (Chavero), Sergio Garcia, Kike, Carrasco, Jorge Gonzales (Mara), Quintana (Nofuentes), Aiert.
Mazarron Make Heavy Weather Again
Moratalla 2, Mazarron ‘San Antonio’ CF 3, 28.02.07
Mazarron went back to the top of the table for the first time in several weeks with their sixth consecutive victory, in a game that they should have won 5-2, but that they also failed to dominate. In the first half in particular, their approach play was good, but everything they tied to do within 30 metres of the goal was over-hit.
In the 13th minute, the home side could have taken the lead when a free kick from about 20ms hit the outside of the post and went out. Mazarron replied with a tame shot by Quintana, straight at the keeper after he was played in well by Wic. Little else of note happened in the first half until 3mins before the end, Cubi was harshly adjudged to have handled and Jesus confidently sent Imanolo the wrong way with the penalty. There was still time for Aiert to spurn a wonderful chance when through on his own but he tried for a spectacular rather than a safe goal and shot high over the bar.
Just after the start of the second half, Carrasco, once again covering every blade of grass, played a ball through to Aiert who made a mess of the chance, hitting the keeper with his shot, but this time the ball hit Manu on the rebound and went in for an own goal. This settled Mazarron down and a few minutes later, Abel Moreno was the provider as Quintana was allowed to go on from what looked like an off side position and he made no mistake for his sixteenth of the season. Shortly afterwards the same player headed just wide from a cross by Carrasco on the left. The game then drifted again until an eruption of activity in the last few minutes. Moratalla had been coming more into the game again and a cross from the left was missed by several players of both sides before Parches got his foot to it for the equalizer. Straight from the restart, Carrasco was again the provider from the left as his cross was deftly lobbed over the advancing keeper and into the net by substitute Nofuentes, for his 10th of the season. There was still time for Nofuentes to shoot half a metre wide when through onto the keeper again, when it looked certain that he would score, and then Mara, another substitute was allowed a free header from a free-kick, which he headed down too much and it bounced over the empty goal.
Mazarron CF: Imanolo, Carpio (Nofuentes), Bersabe, Abel Moreno, Cubi, Wic, Edwin (Kike), Aiert, Carrasco, Sergio Garcia, Quintana (Mara).
Mazarron win uncomfortable game.
Relesa Las Palas 0, Mazarron ‘San Antonio’ CF 2, 25.02.07.
The first half of this match was eminently forgettable. There were so few chances on goal, as the two sides cancelled each other out in midfield. The best of the few came in the very first minute. Almost from the kick off, Santi Silvar stroked the ball to Bersabe on the half way line. His first touch was high and wide down the right, where Carpio was able to take it in his stride. He crossed for Nofuentes, who had used his pace to get behind the defence, but the tame shot was easily saved by Jorge in the home goal. Apart from a wayward shot by Bersabe, it was another 35mins before there was another chance. Jorge Gonzales made a dummy run at a corner on the right by Abel Moreno, leaving the way clear for Carrasco to head just over. 2mins before half time, Las Palas had their first chance when a tight interchange between Quintana and Nofuentes at half way went wrong and it took a great saving tackle by Carmona to stop the advance of Hato on the visitors’ goal. The resulting corner was punched clear by Navarro.
At the start of the second period, the unusually ineffective Quintana was replaced by Sergio Garcia and Mazarron immediately looked a more potent force. With Carrasco controlling play from just behind his strikers and Carpio finding more space down the right, the visitors started to make more chances. In the 53rd minute, Abel Moreno played a beautiful through ball to Nofuentes on the break and he fired into the net, only for it to be ruled out for offside, much to the dismay on the away fans, who seemed to outnumber the home supporters. However, Mazarron were now clearly getting on top and 6 mins later the breakthrough was made in fine style. Carrasco found Abel Moreno on the left and with one look up, he flighted a perfect cross for the advancing Carpio to head in from the right, virtually unchallenged. After 71 mins, Las Palas substitute Villanueva spurned the home side’s best chance, firing straight at Navarro when either side of him would have counted. The game was then put beyond their reach when Jorge was deemed to have handled outside the area to deny Carrasco and was sent off. In time added on at the end of the game, a short corner on the right was played to Carrasco, he played it back to Jorge Gonzales whose floated cross found Sergio Garcia rising from around the penalty spot to head over the defenders and into the net.
To win a game when playing well below their best is a good sign for the rest of the season, and if they win the postponed game against Moratalla this week, Mazarron will be back to the top of the table. This weekend, the visitors to Mazarron are strugglers San Gines.
Mazarron CF: Navarro, Carpio, Santi Silvar, Arambarri, Carmona, Abel Moreno (Wic), Bersabe, Carrasco, Jorge Gonzales, Nofuentes (Chavero), Quintana (Sergio García)
Mazarron Triumphant in Pulsating Clash
Mazarron ‘San Antonio’ CF 3 Real Murcia B 2, 17.02.07
The level of anticipation for this match was very high, and, with the two top scoring individuals in the league meeting again, the crowd was not disappointed. From the very first minute, this pulsating game was played at a furious pace, with a level of passion and commitment not seen for a long time.
Recent additions to the Mazarron squad have brought levels of skill and fitness to an even higher standard and this game didn’t have the usual slow and patient build ups that we have become used to. Mazarron attacked from the off, with Abel Moreno pulling a ball back to Carmona, who drove in a hard centre that was met back the diving head of Nofuentes, but it went over the bar. Quintana was then the provider as the same striker, enjoying a prolonged run in the side, spun and shot a metre wide. Five mins. into the game, it was the turn of Murcia, as Duran, who seems to shoot from almost anywhere, drove in from 22m and it took Navarro two attempts to secure the ball. The play ebbed and flowed with chances for both sides until, in the 30th minute, Mazarron were awarded a free kick just outside the area on the right hand side. Abel Moreno fired the ball low into a ruck of players and Carrasco was able to turn it in, to give Mazarron a lead. The home side were then caught cold, as a free kick from the right was watched by the defenders and José Maria headed the equalizer. Within 2mins, the visitors were in front as Mazarron conceded an almost identical goal from the other side nearly as far away as the halfway line and José Maria headed his second, with the home defence playing statues again. The first half finished as it had started, with Nofuentes being denied twice in the space of a minute, once by a save from the admirable Alberto, and the second time by a block.
After only 3mins of the second half Mazarron were level again. Quintana managed to retain control on the edge of the area under challenges from three defenders before squaring the ball to Sergio Garcia, on for the injured Bersabe, whose low shot found the bottom right hand side of the goal perfectly. Jose Maria then had a shot go wide and Quintana had a header saved, before Santi Silvar played a superb ball through for Nofuentes, but his shot on the turn sailed over the bar. Navarro then made amends for earlier errors, acrobatically tipping a header from Rojas onto the bar and out for a corner. The goal that settled it came 15mins from the end. The ever-running Carrasco set Carpio free on the right and his centre found Sergio Garcia who deftly steered the ball past Alberto at the near post. In the closing quarter of an hour, Real Murcia through everything at the Mazarron defence but with Navarro back to his more assured self, all their efforts were denied. Just before the end, Quintana set his partner Nofuentes free on the break, but Alberto rushed out and spread himself high and wide to save the goal bound shot. Both these sides look assured of a place in the playoffs, and it will take a good team to them going up to Segunda B.
Mazarron: Navarro, Carpio (Kike), Santi Silvar, Arambarri, Carmona, Bersabe (Sergio Garcia), Abel Moreno (Wic), Carrasco, Jorge Gonzales, Quintana, Nofuentes.
Mazarron turn game around.
Ciudad Murcia B 1, CF Mazarron 'Grupo San Antonio' 2, 11.02.07
After being out-played in the first half, Mazarron turned this game around with some fast, attacking football in the second. The visitors included three recent signings in the starting line-up, and the latest arrival, Sergio Garcia, was on the bench.
Mazarron had chances in the first period, bit they didn�t quite come off. As early as the 8th minute, with Bersabe probing well from mid-field, Quintana failed to get his head to a cross from Abel Moreno, and shortly afterwards, some clever footwork by Cubi was wasted when he failed to find Chavero with his cross. At the other end, Ciudad Murcia made several chances, mainly from excellent crosses from both wings, which the Mazarron defenders struggled to get to grips with. Fernando was denied an opening goal in the 15th minute as he headed powerfully, but Navarro made an excellent save, and 2mins later the keeper punched a stinging shot from Ruben wide for a corner. It was then the turn of Orteja, who first headed over from a corner when on his own, and then another header was saved by Navarro. After 30mins of play, the pressure of the home side was rewarded with a goal, albeit in controversial circumstances. A cross from the right was met clumsily by Yusef just in front of Navarro and he managed to bungle it into the net. The keeper was booked for his vociferous protests. Ciudad Murcia finished the half well on top and will wonder how they only led by a single goal.
At the start of the second half, Nofuentes replaced Chavero and Mazarron looked like a different team. In the very first minute, the busy Carrasco headed in from an Abel Moreno cross, but it was disallowed for off-side. Immediately afterwards Abel found Quintana on the edge of the area and he beat two defenders but then shot tamely straight at Zapata. Some lovely play down the left side by Nofuentes, Jorge Gonzales and Abel led to a chance for Carpio but he headed high over the bar, but Mazarron were now showing some serious intent. Carrasco was driving the attacking play and Nofuentes had a header brilliantly saved from one of his crosses and then Jorge Gonzales saw his shot go just wide after another great pass. The breakthrough came in the 25th minute. Carrasco played a long ball out of defence that was picked up by Nofuentes, who controlled the ball and ran on goal before firing in firmly. Two minutes later the game was won. A rare long kick out by Navarro was headed on by Quintana and as Nofuentes was challenged by the keeper on the edge of the area, he rolled the ball into the empty net. The home side came back into the game a little as it came towards the close, but there was no way that Mazarron were giving up the hard won points.
The next match is at home to leaders Real Murcia B. This is not one to be missed.
CF Mazarron: Navarro, Carpio (Kike), Cubi, Arambarri, Carmona, Abel Moreno, Bersabe, Jorge Gonzales, Chavero (Nofuentes), Carrasco, Quintana (Sergio Garcia)
CF Mazarron 4, CD Molinense 0, 04.02.07
Mazarron started brightly with attacks down both flanks, the new signings showing good passing skills which encouraged the rest of the team to play with more precision. Shots from Quintana and Nofuentes went close, the only reply from the visitors was a long range shot, caught by Navarro.
In the 8th minute, an attack down the left by Mazarron ended with a cross whipped in by Carrasco and met by Chavero whose shot easily beat Pedro in the visitors goal. 1-0 to Mazarron.
Mazarron continued to attack resulting in shots being saved or forcing corners. There was a brief stoppage to attend to a head injury to Molinense 10 Carboneras. However, in the 30th minute, after an attack down the left forced another corner, the resulting cross was met by Quintana who beat Pedro from close range. 2-0 to Mazarron.
Mazarron continued the good work with short and long passes, most of which found their intended targets. Several shots were made but some were saved and others put out for corners, but no goals resulted. The visitors had one attack during this period with Santi Silvar conceding a free kick, and collecting a yellow card as well. Molinense had another free kick following the first, this one on the edge of the penalty area, but were unable to threaten the Mazarron goal.
Shortly after, in the 42nd minute, an attack down the right ended with Abel Moreno crossing to Nofuentes who netted his second goal. Mazarron 3-0.
The half ended only after Chavero had collected a yellow card for a rash tackle. However this was a really polished performance from Mazarron, the midfield in control from the first whistle. The local fans were well pleased and looked forward to the second half to see more of the same.
Molinense made two changes at half time Jose Hector and Joaquin coming on for Juan Pedro and Fran.
From the kick off saw Mazarron take up where they had left off with an attack down the left and Nofuentes supplying a cross for Carrasco to score, putting Mazarron at 4-0 out of sight.
Two minutes later found Carrasco on the right supplying a cross for Nofuentes to shoot but Pedro made a very good save, denying the hat-trick. More Mazarron attacks followed, battering the visitors’ defence which creaked but held firm, the nearest to a 5th goal being a blistering shot from 35m by Carrasco well saved by Pedro.
The next 5 minutes saw continuous attacks from Mazarron, the best being a pass over the defence, which had advanced almost to the centre circle, for Quintana to chase but it was just too strong and went out for a goal kick. There was another long range howitzer from Carrasco, narrowly missing the post. Shortly after Molinense made their third and final substitution, Juan Antonio replacing Dani.
Some exchanges in midfield followed with the visitors making a rare attack down the right, forcing a corner. But they were unable to make a serious threat on Navarro’s goal.
After 57 minutes Machuca made his first substitution bringing on Kike for Nofuentes, who got a noisy reception from the fans.
Mazarron continued to attack down both flanks with occasional forays down the middle. A header from Santi Silvar up for a corner went over. In the 65th minute, Machuca took Abel Moreno off and brought Aiert on. He was soon in action shooting from a dropped save by Pedro only to see it saved on the line by a defender. There followed a period when Mazarron lost concentration making sloppy passes that were picked off by the opposition.
In the 75th minute, Mazarron made a run down the left and won a free kick near the goal line. Chavero curled in his shot but Pedro made a good save. Bersabe was shown yellow for a tackle on Carboneras. Shortly after Carmona was booked for taking a free kick before the referee was ready.
Play became scrappy as Mazarron sat back and rested on their laurels. However, in the 82nd minute they began to play again, forcing a corner on the left and Quintana being found offside in the 6m box. In the 85th minute there was an excellent move down the left involving some tight passing between Arambarri, Aiert and Quintana with Quintana heading just wide. In the 88th minute Navarro had to make a save. Carrasco was booked for a foul on David Lopez and the match was ended soon after with Mazarron on the attack once more.
All in all, a very satisfying performance by the whole team. The defence was never seriously troubled with solid games from Santi Silvar, Arambarri and newcomer Carmona. The midfield took command with Bersabe playing in front of the defence with assurance because the other four midfielders were always making themselves available to collect passes and once they had it, distributing the ball quickly. The strikers for their part converted a good fraction of the opportunities into goals and shots at goal. Let it continue!
Mazarron CF: Navarro, Arambarri, Santi Silvar (Cubi), Carmona, Bersabe, Nofuentes (Kike), Carrasco, Jorge Gonzales, Abel Moreno (Aiert), Chavero, Quintana.
Thanks to Hedley for this report.
Cup run comes to an end.
Alicante CF 2 (4) Mazarron ‘San Antonio’ CF 0 (1) , 25.01.07
During January, Mazarron CF had had a few changes within the playing staff. Emilio, Nacho and Dani have left and Carrasco has signed from Orihuela. He made his debut in this match, but he had little opportunity to show what he can do, as Alicante went through to the last 8 of the Copa De Federacion. A coach full of Amigos made the trip but were totally lost in the 30 000 seat stadium.
In the first half, Mazarron were the better of the two teams with Chavero and Wic linking particularly well down the left hand side. However, they were unable to take advantage of the pressure as the Alicante defence held firm. After the break, Alicante took control and eventually they were able to take advantage. In the 23rd minute, Alvaro took a corner on the left and Pavone got in front of the defenders to head sweetly into the net. The collective heads of the Mazarron team drooped noticeably with the set back, and with the tie obviously beyond reach, Abel Moreno was sent off, apparently for something he said to the referee. 5mins later, Alvaro was again the creator as he cut in from the left and squared the ball to substitute Neftali who stroked the ball beyond Imanol with his left foot from just outside the area.
Mazarron CF: Imanol, Cubi, Santi Silvar, Bersabe, Wic, Carpio, Carlos (Mara), Abel Moreno, Nofuentes (Kike), Chavero (Aiert), Carrasco.
Mazarron back to Winning Ways
Mazarron ‘San Antonio’ CF 3 CD Bala Azul 1 , 20.01.07
After four winless matches, Mazarron got back on track again with a resounding victory over local rivals Bala Azul. As in most recent games, they dominated the play, but this time, with Quintana back on form, they managed to convert chances into goals. After only 2mins, Abel Moreno was injured and had to be replaced by Kike, but this proved to be decisive, as the best crosser of a ball in the club was the have a major role in the game.
The home side started brightly despite the very physical approach of the visitors, but again found themselves down to an early goal due to sloppy defensive work. It was Edu who latched onto a through ball and he ran on strongly to fire low to the left of Navarro in the very first Bala attack after 10mins. This stung Mazarron into an even more attacking mode and Carlos twice and Kike brought fine saves from the giant Del Alamo in the Bala goal. He did particularly well to reach Kike’s long effort and punch over from under his own bar. Chavero and Carlos had total control of the midfield and it was as they challenged Del Alamo together on the edge of the area that the ball ran free to Quintana who stroked it gleefully into the empty net for his first goal since his long absence through injury. Most of the attacking play was coming down the left channel as Chavero regularly provided Kike with the ammunition to feed Quintana and Nofuentes, but it was not until the stroke of halftime that Chavero took the direct route through to Quintana. He looked to have over run the ball as the keeper challenged, but somehow he managed to squeeze his shot in from a very tight angle. As the referee played added time, Aiert was fouled on the edge of the area and Nofuentes ‘scored’ from the loose ball, but a penalty had already been awarded. Quintana’s hat trick attempt was foiled though by the keeper who got down well from his towering position.
Bala Azul had already had seven players booked by half time and the game became rather scrappy in the second period, punctuated by an off side ‘goal’ from Kike and two close efforts from Chavero. With five minutes to go, Kike again crossed beautifully, from the right this time, and Mara headed his first goal of the season. It was amazing that none of the visitors had been sent off, but that was rectified shortly after the goal when Emilio was given marching orders for his second booking.
Mazarron CF: Navarro, Carpio, Santi, Arambarri, Abel Moreno (Kike), Bersabe, Carlos, (Kike), Chavero (Wic), Aiert (Mara), Nofuentes, Quintana.
Mazarron ‘San Antonio’ CF 2 Totana Olympico 2, 15.01.07
Mazarron should have had this game sewn up well before half time, but in the end they only just manager to achieve a draw. It was one of the most one sided encounters of the season so far, but at the moment the strikers are just not making things happen.
The game started at a frantic pace as the visitors failed to get clear of their own half, but chances for Nofuentes, Kike, Edwin and Aiert failed to find the net, before Totana had their first chance, a tame shot by Rabadan, after 10mins. Three minutes after this, Nofuentes got under a centre by Kike to head over and shortly afterwards he broke the deadlock with a superbly taken goal. Carpio played him in from the right and as the goal keeper came out, Nofuentes rounded him and slotted the ball comfortably into the empty net. Mazarron gained passion again straight from the restart and Nofuentes played the ball to Arambarri in the area. The defender seemed almost embarrassed to find himself in front of goal and surprisingly passed to Aiert, who shot wide when it looked easier to score. The home side continued to press for another goal but totally against the run of play, Totana equalized after 27mins. Dani Lopez looked to be off side when he took a long ball in his stride, and despite being challenged by Navarro, he steered the ball goal-wards and it just rolled into the corner before Santi got to it.
The pace of Nofuentes continued to worry the visitors and Isi was lucky not to be sent off when he pulled the striker back as he was breaking free. The pressure was all in one direction until just before half time, Totana amazingly took the lead. Again Dani Lopez broke away from the defence, but looked to have run out of space before he pulled the ball back to Rabadan. He cleverly cut inside and shot past the stranded Navarro but Dani Lopez got the last touch just before the ball went in.
In the second half, Mazarron continued to make more chances, but their attacking options were greatly reduced as they avoided passing to substitute Mara on the right as he was having a very poor time, giving the ball away several times when under little pressure. Eventually Totana began to think that they could win the game, and as their confidence grew, Navarro had to save well from shots by Rabadan on two occasions. Towards the end of the game Mazarron piled on the pressure again and finally, with just seven minutes of playing time left, a corner by Abel Moreno was headed in by Santi, when it appeared that the kick had been too long. Santi had another chance shortly afterwards but this time he headed wide.
A corner count of 14 to 3 in favour of the home side told the true storey of this game, but the record books will show it as a draw, and that is what really counts.
Mazarron CF: Navarro, Cubi (Chavero), Santi, Arambarri, Bersabe, Carpio, Edwin, Quintana, Kike (Abel Moreno), Aiert (Mara), Nofuentes,
Mazarron ‘San Antonio’ CF 1 Alicante CF 2, 11.01.07
Mazarron played an unusual line-up for this cup match, as they did in the last round. It certainly didn’t work in the first half, although things got better in the second after a couple of changes. At the beginning, Alicante were far superior. They were quicker to the ball and often looked as if they had three defenders for each Mazarron forward. After just 15mins they were awarded a corner on the right that was fumbled by the debutante goal keeper Imanol and as the ball fell to De Paula he scored with ease from 6 metres. Only 12mins later, they doubled their lead when Abel Moreno was tackled on the edge of the area and the ball fell kindly to Eloy who calmly lobbed the ball over Imanol, who had advanced well off his goal line. Most of the remaining chances in the first half fell to the visitors but they failed to convert any of them.
Mazarron looked a different team in the second half. Mara and Aiert had replaced Abel Moreno and Carpio, and the entire team looked more settled. Kike in particular came to the forefront as he had much more room down the left. It was now the turn of the Alicante keeper to look a little shaky as Aiert and Nofuentes were finding space in the middle. After 20mins, Edwin played an accurate ball from midfield to Kike on the left and his pin point cross was superbly headed in by Aiert. A few minutes later, Aiert had the ball in the net again in similar circumstances as Kike again turned provider but one of the other forwards was deemed to be offside and it was disallowed. Mazarron pressed for a legitimate equalizer but in the final few minutes Alicante again took control as they finished the game more strongly.
Mazarron CF: Imanol, Santi Silvar, Bersabe, Arambarri, Quintana, Kike Granados, Marcos, Edwin, Nofuentes, Abel Moreno (Mara), Carpio (Aiert).
AD Mar Menor 4 Mazarron CF 2, 06.01.07
It all looked so promising when, after only 40 secs of the match, Mazarron took the lead with the first attack of the game. However, with large numbers of the festive crowd still arriving, Mar Menor were back on level terms with only 2mins on the clock and they went on to win the match comfortably.
The visitors welcomed back Quintana into the attack after a long injury break, but the absence of Santi Silvar at the back was to prove more
significant. Almost straight from the kick off, Nofuentes passed the ball out to Kike on the left wing. He took the ball forward a short way before
his pin point cross found Nofuentes running in behind the defence to plant a header into the net. As soon as the game restarted, Mar Menor
attacked down their left and were awarded a free kick outside the area for a clumsy tackle by Cubi. The kick was stroked square into the path
of the home skipper Emilio Rodriguez, who made no mistake from 16 metres with a low shot to the right of Navarro. It was not long before the
league leaders were stunned again. This time, the shoot on sight policy that the home team had adopted was rewarded when the third of three
strikes in rapid succession was deflected for a corner on the left that was superbly met by the head of Ruben for a 2-1 lead. The game was still
only 12mins old, but the writing was already on the wall. As the first half continued, the more direct style of the home team was creating more
chances and Navarro was kept busy making good saves from Ruben and Esteve in particular. Mazarron were slower in their build ups and
when they did make openings, the finishing was not as good as the fans have been used to. After 43 mins, another mistake by Cubi led to
another goal. Navarro had made a fine save from a free kick, but Cubi then lost the ball on the edge of the area under a challenge from Mesa,
he passed to Esteve whose shot was nearly in the goal when Ruben finished it off.
The game was put beyond the reach of the visitors early in the second half when two shots by Emilio were blocked before the ball ran to Sergio
Beato who made no mistake from the right hand corner of the penalty area. Mazarron didn’t look like improving the score-line until the last
20mins of the game, when at last they started to put some worthwhile attacks together. Carpio and Nofuentes were the main instigators down
the right hand side, and it was from a Nofuentes corner that the ball was headed into the path of Aiert who shot in through a ruck of players
in the area. Despite ending the game strongly, Mazarron were unable to score again and they have lost their top spot after a series of disappointing
Mazarron: Navarro, Cubi(Abel Moreno), Arambarri, Wic, Carpio, Carlos, Chavero(Cuartero), Kike(Mara), Nofuentes, Quintana, Aiert
Stalemate in Table Top Clash.
Mazarron ‘San Antonio’ CF 1 Caravaca CF 1, 17.12.06
After the thrills and excitement of the mid-week Federation Cup victory at Almansa, this match had a lot to live up to, and unfortunately it proved to be a typical top of the table clash, with neither side wanting to give up all the points. Mazarron again used Nofuentes in the central striking role in which he had been such a success in the previous match, and his pace proved a handful for the Caravaca defenders, but this time his finishing left a little to be desired.
During the first half an hour, the approach of the two sides differed considerably. Mazarron were relying on their usual patient build up from the back, whereas Caravaca adopted a more direct method, running at the Mazarron defenders, but Cubi, Santi and particularly Arambarri coped well with any threats. Mazarron’s best chance during this time came when Edwin broke through from mid-field, only to see his shot go well wide, whilst at the other end, Del Baňo came close with a shot across the goal following a corner on the right. As Mazarron began to get the upper hand, Chavero controlled a difficult ball on the left and played inside to Nofuentes, but his shot went a metre wide of the goal, and the same player had another chance soon afterwards, when Carpio crossed from the right, but a header from the edge of the area went wide as well. However, Nofuentes made it third time lucky when Edwin again broke from mid-field. He played a delicate ball over the defensive line, and the striker ran onto it and lobbed the ball over the advancing Gines into an empty net. Before the interval, Chavero jinked his way into the penalty area beating three defenders, but his shot was blocked, and Bersabe shot the rebound over the bar. Then Nofuentes shot wide, with his strike partner Aiert pleading for the ball to be passed square.
Early in the second half, Caravaca equalized after a great ball from mid-field found Pelusa on the right and his cross was met perfectly by Chumi to give Navarro absolutely no chance in the Mazarron goal. This was followed by a long period where neither side seemed capable of scoring the winner, until Mazarron again picked up the pace for the last 15mins. Kike, on as a substitute for Wic, crossed from the left and Nofuentes headed wide when it looked easier to score whilst at the other end, Cubi missed a tackle and allowed Berti to get to the bye line and cross, but Cebric headed wide with his first touch of the ball. The best opportunity in the final few minutes again fell to Nofuentes. In a classic attacking move, Carlos passed to Kike out on the left and his cross was headed down by Chavero, but Nofuentes snatched at his volley and shot wide. In a final throw of the dice, Mara took a free kick on the left and his cross, into a pack of Mazarron players desperate to get the winner, was headed onto the bar and over. Play resumes after the Christmas break on Jan 7th, when Mazarron visit Mar Menor.
Mazarron CF: Navarro, Cubi, Santi, Arambarri, Bersabe, Carpio, Edwin (Mara), Wic (Kike), Chavero, Aiert (Carlos), Nofuentes,
Mazarron triumph in Almansa (Federation Cup)
U D Almansa 1(3) CF Mazarron 3 (4), 13.12.06
In the most exciting match of the season so far, Mazarron went through to the next round of the Federation Cup on an aggregate score of 4-3. The first half was played at a furious pace, and the best of the few chances on offer went to Mazarron, but the home defence was strong and it was difficult to see how Mazarron could score the goals they needed, even though the home keeper looked far from confident. Things opened up in the second half and after about 10 mins, Mazarron took the lead that their pressure deserved. Emilio took a free kick on the right hand side and the in-swinging kick eluded all the heads, but Cubi was as surprised as anyone when the ball fell to his feet and he steered it into the corner of the net from 6ms. As Mazarron stepped up the pressure to get the goal they needed, the whole stadium fell into darkness and it took 20mins to sort the problem out.
It was Mazarron who got back into their rhythm quickest after the hold up, with Nofuentes having come off his wing into the centre of the attack. His pace was causing the defenders more trouble than they had had all match, and he was eventually set free by Chavero, with the home fans screaming for off side. He fooled the keeper with a high speed step-over and scored comfortably. Almansa then through everything into attack, and spaces appeared at the back of their defence, but Nofuentes was unable to take advantage a second time when he found himself in very similar circumstances. Eventually, Almansa did score, courtesy of a hospital pass from Wic to Navarro, after he had been given a difficult ball by Emilio. Navarro was challenged and lost the ball for the forward to place the ball into an empty net. Shortly after that, with Mazarron now on the back foot, everybody in the stadium thought a scrambled ball had crossed the line, except the two men who had to make the call. The home fans were even more incensed now, and as their team carried on attacking, a cleverly worked shot hit the post to deny them an equalizer. On the stoke of proper time, Carlos was sent off for a second bookable offence. With more than the 5 mins of indicated over time played, Mazarron scored the goal that took them through. Another free kick by Emilio, this time on the left, found Nofuentes free on the right and he headed powerfully past the keeper. He was booked for over celebrating, but there was only-time for another 30 secs play and the visiting fans left the stadium at nearly 2300 hrs for the long, but happy, drive home.
Mazarron CF: Navarro, Marcos(Cubi), Arambarri, Wic, Carlos, Nofuentes, Kike(Carpio), Chavero, Cuartero(Edwin), Mara, Emilio.
No Goals, but very Exciting
Calasparra CF 0, Mazarron ‘San Antonio’ CF 0, 10.12.06
The scoreline in this match hides the quality of football and level of excitement that was generated by two excellent teams, but in the end, both defences held out for the teams to share the points, despite the home side being down to 10 players for more than half the match after Raez was sent off for two yellow cards.
In the opening exchanges it was Mazarron who made the better chances, with recent signing Chavero, making a huge impression. After just 4mins he carved out a chance for himself but his curling shot from outside the area went just wide. 2mins later, Aiert broke free and crossed from the right, but Chavero’s looping header was caught by Montegudo under his bar. Shortly after this, the two strikers got in each others way as they both went for an excellent cross from the right by Carpio, and the ball past the wrong side of the post again. The game began to settle down after this hectic start, and after shots by Carpio and then Edwin were saved by the home keeper, Calasparra began to make chances of their own. The best of them fell to Ivan, but first his powerful shot from just outside the area went wide, and then he found himself in an excellent position in the middle of the area, but he scuffed his shot and it ran tamely to Navarro. During this period, the Calasparra wing back Raez was providing good ammunition for his strikers, but he became villain of the peace just before half time, when he was yellow carded twice for fouls on Carpio within five minutes of each other and he took no further part in the game.
The second half started much as the first had done, with Carpio taking advantage of a bit more space to fire wide and then he just failed to reach a searching cross by Nacho. At the other end, Ivan again managed to get room for a shot but it was well saved by Navarro. As this period moved on, with the exception of good efforts by Jorge and Ivan, Mazarron began to take control. A shot by Aiert went over, after he had been played in by Nacho, and Cubi shot wide on a rare forage forward. Mazarron introduced fresh legs in the form of Nofuentes, Kiki and Cuartero and it seemed like a matter of time before they broke down the Calasparra defence. That time looked to have come after 27mins when Aiert and Nofuentes fashioned a chance for Chavero. His curling shot from the right was goal bound beyond the reach of the keeper but up sprang Marcos to somehow head clear. Despite all the play being around the Calasparra area, Mazarron failed to create any more clear cut chances. The next match is at home to third-placed Caravaca.
Mazarron CF: Navarro, Cubi, Santi, Arambarri (Kiki), Bersabe, Carpio, Edwin (Nofuentes), Chavero, Nacho (Cuartero), Aiert, Wic.
Mazarron given a fright.
Mazarron ‘San Antonio’ CF 2 Jumilla CF 1, 03.12.06
For the second consecutive home match, Mazarron struggled to beat a team from the lower reaches of the league, but it is a good team that wins games when they are playing badly. They welcomed back Santi to the heart of the defence and had new signing Chavero, on the bench, but Quintana will be out until after the Christmas break with a broken arm and a back injury following his heavy fall last week.
Mazarron started the first half well and Wic had the first scoring opportunity after 10mins following good work by Mara and Aiert, but his shot was deflected wide. That was the only good chance that the home side manufactured in the first half, whereas, for Jumilla, Alex drove a free kick just over the bar and Rios had a free header that went wide following another free kick on the left, when he should really have opened the scoring. Before half time, Jonas also slid a shot wide when he had a chance presented to him by a poor defensive header by Arambarri.
Fortunately, Mazarron started the second half in a much better vane, with Chavero making his debut for Mara. He was in the thick of the action as he collected a long clearance from Cubi and his reverse pass gave Nacho a good chance. He went wide of the keeper, only to see his tame shot go past the post. After 13mins, Mazarron opened the scoring when Carpio robbed Angel on the right. His cross was met beautifully by Aiert whose looping header cleared Jesus in the visitors’ goal. Play then opened up as Jumilla went for an equalizer. Jorge Mora had a shot saved by the post by Navarro and then the keeper saved again with his legs as Raul shot powerfully. Back came Mazarron, as a header from Nacho hit the underside of the bar and somehow stayed out and after 30mins, a poor corner by Wic was cleared by the Jumilla defence to Arambarri. He returned the ball to Nacho, who beat Angel and fired into the net.
Jumilla were inspired now by substitute Robert, as they threw everything at Mazarron, who were fortunate to only concede one goal. Navarro rolled a ball out to Santi, who was immediately dispossessed by Robert who ran in on goal and gave Navarro no chance with his shot. Shortly afterwards Jumilla had a free kick on the right, but it just eluded the in-rushing Alex and then the same player hit the foot of the post after being set up by Robert. Deep into added time, Robert had one final chance from a free kick, but Navarro was just able to punch it clear. Mazarron certainly knew they had been given a fright this time and the Jumilla team must have been very disappointed. Next match is away at Calasparra.
Mazarron CF: Navarro, Carpio, Cubi, Santi, Abel Moreno (Arambarri), Bersabe, Wic, Mara (Chavero), Nacho, Aiert, Kiki (Carlos).
Mazarron keep up the pressure.
CD Beniel 1, Mazarron ‘San Antonio’ CF 4, 26.11.06
Mazarron welcomed back Arambarri to bolster the defence, and the win maintained their 3pt lead in the table. However, it was tempered by a knee injury and concussion for the league’s top scorer Quintana that called for his dispatch to hospital before half time. The injury occurred after only 11mins when he leapt to head a ball and a defender got under him and he crashed to the artificial surface from a great height.
The match continued in a subdued manner, until it burst into life in the 20th minute. Mazarron take nearly all their free kicks short, and this one was no different. From a distance of about 23 metres Kiki touched the ball to Abel Moreno, who was having a poor game at this stage, but his in-swinging cross found the head of Nofuentes perfectly to open the scoring. 2mins later, Kiki took a hard, low corner on the right. Aiert played the ball firmly back to Abel and he crashed the ball in from 18 metres. A further 2mins on, Abel turned villain as a Beniel forward backed into the penalty area and fell over when under minimal pressure from him. The penalty was dispatched decisively past Navarro to end 4 minutes of explosive football. Beniel had few chances thereafter, apart from a free kick that cleared the defensive wall only to be saved by Navarro low to his right. This was against the run of play as the visitors applied more pressure at the other end. Kiki had a corner saved under the bar, Wic had a fierce shot deflected after good work by Kiki and Bersabe, and the ball just eluded Nofuentes when Aiert tried to play him in when they were 2 on 1 on the keeper. Mazarron extended their lead before half time, when Abel swung in another fine cross for Aiert to head goal-wards. The keeper saved but fumbled and Nacho scored a scrambled goal.
In the second half, Aiert was playing deeper and Carlos came on for Edwin as Mazarron continued to maintain the pressure. When Carlos delivered a ball wide to the hard-working Nacho on the right, he made several metres before passing perfectly behind the defensive wall and Aiert side footed a volley for the 4th goal. There were no further goals but Nofuentes had three good chances before the end of the game without managing to convert. This win could have been much more convincing. Lowly Jumilla are the next visitors and their rivals at the top must be eying Mazarron’s large squad with a degree of envy.
Mazarron CF: Navarro, Cubi, Arambarri, Abel Moreno, Bersabe, Edwin (Carlos), Kiki (Carpio), Nofuentes, Quintana (Nacho), Aiert, Wic.
Mazarron ‘San Antonio’ CF 2 Yeclano Dep. 1, 18.11.06
Mazarron started this match with a strange looking side that only had two regular defenders, with Santi out with a hamstring injury sustained in training and Arambarri and Carpio rested. Recent signing Cubi was joined by wingback Abel in the heart of the defence and Bersabe played in a deep midfield role. The remainder of the side comprised of midfielders and strikers, and it looked as if there could be a hatful of goals. However, things are rarely as straightforward as that.
The early pressure came from the home side, with Nofuentes getting behind the defence, but his cross was too strong and it eluded everybody, falling to Wic out on the left. He crossed much more accurately and Aiert’s header went just over. Edwin then shot tamely after good work by Kiki and a piercing pass by Quintana put Aiert through on the keeper, but he shot wide when he looked certain to open the scoring. Mazarron then had a scare after a corner that needed a desperate clearance by Abel of his own line to stop the danger. Navarro also had to make good saves on two other occasions, before Mazarron again took control. A thunderbolt from Wic hit a Yeclano defender and went for a corner, before, on 36 mins, a long ball out of the Mazarron defence found Quintana just outside the area. He turned his marker inside out three times, before coolly opening the scoring, steering the ball past the keeper from 8 metres. Kiki nearly added a second on the stroke of half time, juggling and shooting after a fine interplay between Quintana and Aiert.
At the start of the second half, Yeclano had obviously not read the script, as they applied pressure to a nervous looking Mazarron defence. Jonas was having a particularly influential game during this spell and it was he who eventually scored the equalizer, albeit in controversial circumstances, after 20mins. During an attack, David had gone to ground very easily when challenged by Cubi and a penalty was awarded. Jonas made no mistake low to Navarro’s left. This alerted Mazarron to a potential upset and they themselves started to apply more of a threat, with substitute Nacho in the thick of most that was good. After 25 mins he headed just over following an Emilio free kick on the left and then headed wide in almost identical circumstances. After 37 mins, the pressure paid off. Kiki played the ball to Bersabe on the right, but he didn’t have room to manoeuvre and played it back to Kiki. His instant cross was inch perfect and this time Nacho made no mistake, powering a header past the helpless Vicente. Just before the final whistle Tonete hit the post for Yeclano from a very tight angle, but Mazarron saw the game out for another precious win.
Mazarron CF: Navarro, Nofuentes (Emilio), Cubi, Abel Moreno, Bersabe, Wic, Edwin, Carlos (Nacho), Quintana, Aiert (Mara), Kiki.
Mazarron Strikers get into Top Gear.
Pinatar CF 1, Mazarron ‘San Antonio’ CF 3, 12.11.06
Mazarron returned to the top of the table with a fine performance at Pinatar, as the other main contenders all slipped up. The visitors fielded new signing Cubi on the right hand side of defence, and in the first half the only difference between the teams was the sharpness of the strikers.
In the early stages, Abel Moreno had a cross come shot saved well under the crossbar and Pinatar had long range chances by Candela, a stalwart of the Mazarron side last year, and Tomas, saved by Navarro. The deadlock was broken in the 21st minute when Mazarron won a corner following good work by Edwin and Carpio. The latter played a short ball to Quintana, who was totally wiped out by a tackle just inside the penalty area. The league’s joint top scorer took the penalty himself and his unusually disappointing shot was well saved by Paco, but the keeper failed to hold on to it and Quintana was first to react, hammering the ball gleefully into the goal. A few minutes later, Cubi and Santi were caught out exchanging short passes in front of goal and were dispossessed by Mara, but he was penalized for handball and then booked for shooting the ball into the net after the whistle. 10 minutes before halftime, pressure from Pinatar was mounting with a series of long range free kicks, but from one on these, Navarro saved and played a quick ball to Abel on the half way line on the left. A beautiful cross-field pass found Carpio whose centre was met by a glancing header by Aiert for a superb second goal. Half time arrived just in time as tempers on the field and in the crowd were getting a little frayed.
The second half started explosively as Quintana released substitute Nofuentes and his cross was met decisively by the other substitute Wic, for his first goal of the campaign. This started a period where Mazarron played their best attacking football of the season. Time and again, Nofuentes, Quintana and Nacho ran the Pinatar defence ragged. Nacho shot just wide when he and Quintana were through on one defender and Nofuentes shot wide when both his strike partners were in good positions. Then Nacho missed by a whisker and Quintana hit the post following a cross from Nofuentes, back to his best after a poor spell. With 15 minutes to go, Pinatar pulled a goal back with a penalty by Andres after a foul on him by Wic, but there was still time for a piece of sublime skill by Nofuentes. He beat two defenders and then, with a step over and a shimmy, sent the keeper the wrong way. Unfortunately he was already celebrating a ‘goal’, when the ball hit the post again! With top players to come back from injury, the season is looking good for this Mazarron team. Next match is at home to Yeclano.
Mazarron CF: Navarro, Cubi (Nofuentes), Santi, Arambarri, Bersabe, Carpio, Edwin, Kiki, Quintana, Aiert (Nacho), Abel Moreno (Wic).
Mazarron ‘San Antonio’ CF 1 Sangonera AT 1, 05.11.06
This clash, between two of the four top teams in the league, saw Mazarron slip to third place on goal difference. It was ultra competitive throughout, and the referee did well to keep proceedings under control and fortunately for the home side, did not allow some cynical time wasting ploys in the last twenty minutes to go unpunished.
Sangonera stunned the home crowd with a goal after just 2 minutes of play. Pitu timed his run onto a through ball to perfection and Navarro was only able to divert his chipped shot onto the crossbar and into the net. It was a further ten minutes before Mazarron had their first scoring chance, as Abel Moreno crossed from the left and Quintana’s diving header was superbly pushed around the post by Vacas. Slowly the Mazarron midfielders Bersabe and Carlos Alberto began to take charge but for all their probing, the visitors defence held firm and chances were few and far between. In fact, it was Pitu again who broke through the Mazarron back line, but this time Navarro got enough onto the ball for it to skim the bar on its way over. As half time approached, Bersabe took a free kick for Mazarron, the ball was headed on over the defence by Nacho, but Carlos saw his headed attempt pass right across the front of the goal with nobody near enough to finish it off. Sangonera were playing a very physical game and four players had been booked by half time.
The home side showed their attacking intent after the interval as Wic replaced Arambarri and made an immediate impact on the game. As Mazarron pressed hard for the equalizer, all the creativity was coming from Wic on the left hand side, and he himself came close to scoring on two occasions, the second of which was a powerful volley that was cleared off the line. For twenty five minutes, wave after wave of attacks were repulsed by Sangonera and it began to appear that Mazarron were not going to break through. As the pressure increased, more visiting players were booked as they tried to play out time and eventually Kike was sent off when he kicked the ball nearly out of the ground after a free kick was awarded against him. Not for the first time this season, Mazarron showed that they never give up and were rewarded when Quintana turned onto a ball from Carlos and was brought down in the area three minutes into added time. The striker took the perfect penalty himself, sending the keeper the wrong way as the ball went in off the post. From the restart, he could have sealed all the points, but his diving header went wide after a clever head on by Santi Silvar, in attack now, after commanding his defensive area all the game.
Mazarron CF: Navarro, Santi, Arambarri (Wic), Carpio, Abel Moreno, Bersabe, Carlos, Edwin, Nofuentes (Kiki), Quintana, Nacho (Aiert).
Another Stoppage time win.
EMD Lorqui 1, Mazarron ‘San Antonio’ CF 2, 29.10.06
This thoroughly entertaining game was played at a pulsating pace throughout and players on both sides contributed to the excitement in front of a good crowd, many having made the trip from Mazarron.
The opening stages were finely balanced, with neither side gaining a significant advantage. The visitors had the first good chance with a free kick straight from the training ground which resulted in Abel’s shot fizzing a metre wide and soon afterwards Hugo came close with a shot for the home side. Bersabe was seeing a lot of the ball for Mazarron and it was an exquisite through pass by him that allowed Nacho to beat the offside trap, but again the shot was wide. A sustained spell of pressure by the visitors led to Edwin being fouled just outside the area. Carlos directed the free kick to Abel, wide on the left, and his high cross found Nofuentes in the clear, but his shot was blocked. The ball fell to Edwin, but he was only able to shoot wide of goal. It was then the turn of Lorqui to gain the upper hand. Palote showed why he is the league’s top scorer as a snap shot was well saved by Navarro and another shot following the corner was also saved. As the pressure built, Edwin gave away a free kick 23 metres out on the left and Deola gave Navarro no chance, low to his left. The lead only lasted 5 minutes though, as great work by Nacho and Edwin set Quintana loose. He looked to have delayed his shot too long, but then coolly slotted the ball under the advancing Mario. Before half time, Palote made another chance for himself, robbing Carlos, but a tremendous saving tackle by Santi cleared the danger.
The second half saw chances for both sides. Virivi had a powerful shot saved by Navarro and Mazarron had another lucky escape when Santi appeared to foul Palote on the edge of the area, but nothing was given. Aiert, back after injury and on for Nofuentes, saw a header go just over and then, following good Lorqui attacking play, Nacho broke down the left, crossed for Aiert but his header hit the crossbar. In the last fifteen minutes, all the effort that Lorqui had put into constantly closing Mazarron down began to take its toll as they visibly tired. A free kick passed just over the head of Carlos and Quintana shot agonizingly just over the bar. In stoppage time, Kiki switched sides, and his free kick from the left found Carlos coming behind the defence and he headed in. Yet again Mazarron reaped the benefit of working right to the end, but Lorqui were unlucky to come away with nothing.
Mazarron CF: Navarro, Carpio, Santi, Arambarri, Bersabe (Kiki), Nofuentes (Aiert), Edwin, Carlos, Abel Moreno (Kiki), Quintana, Nacho.
Abandoned due to crowd disorder
La Union 0, Mazarron ‘San Antonio’ CF 1, (Abandoned after 45 minutes) 22.10.06
The match started in an ordinary manner, with neither side gaining a significant advantage in the early stages. Carpio cleared a header by Trino for the home side following a corner, and the same player was again in the thick of it, when, after five minutes, he collected a poor goal kick, and fed the ball through to Quintana, whose tame effort was comfortably saved. Five minutes after this, good work by Quintana and Nacho on the left enabled Edwin to square the ball to Carpio, but again, only a weak shot followed. The game was played mainly in mid-field for a good quarter of an hour, until it came to life again after 25 minutes when Edwin won a tackle just inside his own half, pushed the ball on to Bersabe, back after injury, whose quick pass found Nacho clear on the right. He drilled a shot that beat the keeper, but also skimmed the top of the crossbar.
This spurred La Union into action and Navarro had to save first from Piru and then from Aquilar as the home side had a short spell of domination. After 39 mins, Alberto collected a ball that had been cleared from the Mazarron penalty area and fired low to Navarro’s left, but the visiting captain dealt with this one safely as well. The game then exploded, just before half time. Quintana was fouled on the left hand side after a good ball from Arambarri and the resulting free kick by Bersabe found the head of Santi Silvar. The referee, Snr. Perez, ruled that Santi had been held illegally, and gave a penalty that was coolly converted by Quintana. Pandemonium then broke out and one La Union fan had to be held back and led off the pitch by a player, and the referee sent off one of the trainers for his protests. Once play got started again, Aquilar shot the ball into the Mazarron net, but he was clearly off side and it was not allowed.
At half time, several home fans gathered in an intimidating manner, and the officials were unable to leave the pitch for 15 mins until three Policia Local arrived to form an escort. Two Guardia Civil then also arrived, and with many fans still taunting the referee, now inside the changing room, he refused to carry on and abandoned the game.
Next match at home to Lorqui.
Mazarron CF: Navarro, Marcos, Santi, Arambarri, Carpio, Bersabe, Abel Moreno, Edwin, Carlos, Quintana, Nacho.
Last Gasp Winner for Mazarron.
Mazarron ‘San Antonio’ CF 2 Cartagena Promesas 1, 15.10.06
Mazarron went to the top of the league with this win as closest rivals Caravaca were held to a draw. The match itself was a disjointed affair that was brought to life by two spells of play during which the home team asserted their superiority and scored their goals. With Edu out injured for 3 weeks, the defence was rearranged with Kiki Granados joining the back three and Mara coming into midfield.
Cartagena had the better of the opening exchanges and it wasn’t until the 10th minute when Aiert flashed a volley wide of the goal following good work by Quintana. Five minutes later, Mazarron should have taken the lead. Carpio broke down the right and, seeing Olvera off his line, struck the ball goal-wards from a long way out, but it didn’t have enough power and the keeper got back in time. Cartagena came back and Navarro touched a header by Casana onto the bar and was then just in time to smoother the second attempt. This sparked Mazarron into life and a beautiful ball over the defence from the left by Abel Moreno found Nacho, on for the injured Aiert, who unselfishly headed back for Quintana to head in. In the next few minutes the pressure from the home side was intense but the closest they got to scoring as when Carlos won the ball in his own half, gave it to Abel in the centre circle who shot over the stranded Olvera, only to see the ball pass 2 metres wide.
The second half was a scrappy affair, with few good chances created by either side, but Cartagena were getting back into the game. Navarro caught a good header by Zarate under his bar following a corner and Santi was penalized for a desperate tackle, but the visitors took no advantage from the free kick. It came as no real surprise when Cartagena equalized after 20 minutes. Again Santi was caught off guard and nudged Medina in the penalty area. The striker converted the penalty himself high to Navarro’s right. Thereafter, the game was in the balance and player after player went down for the smallest of contacts as the visitors tried to hold on to what they had. Machuca, the Mazarron trainer, was booked for venting his frustration. The final few minutes saw a barrage of attempts to win the game by the home side, and 2 minutes into stoppage time, a free kick by Mara, who had been making good crosses all evening, was headed in by Quintana for his second. The striker was then sent off, presumably for over celebrating. An odd, and unnecessary, end to the game.
Mazarron CF: Navarro, Kiki(Wic), Santi, Arambarri, Carpio, Cuartero(Nofuentes), Abel Moreno, Mara, Carlos, Quintana, Aiert (Nacho).
EF San Gines 0, Mazarron ‘San Antonio’ CF 4, 08.10.06
Mazarron traveled to Cartagena for this trip and were well rewarded with an emphatic victory that took them up to joint first place in the league, second to Caravaca on goal difference. The game was played on a dirt surface that Mazarron found much more to their liking than the previous away match at Real Murcia. The game also marked a significant turning point for striker Aiert, who has been increasingly influential in recent games, and at last broke his scoring duck.
The match started with a swift move down the right hand side in the very first minute with Edu combining well with Cuartero before the latter had Salva scrambling across his goal to save. Soon after that, Edu and Aiert played in Quintana but he shot straight at the keeper. During the opening quarter of an hour the San Gines defence was successfully playing a dangerous offside game, assisted by an assistant referee who seemed to be allowing a hostile home crowd to influence some of his decisions. However, Mazarron did not allow their frustration to get the better of them and in the 17th minute they took the lead. A long throw on the right by Carpio found Quintana in space and his precise cross was met firmly by Aiert who shot in low to open the scoring. Despite having nearly all the play and many corners, Mazarron were unable to increase their lead before half time, although Aiert did shave the cross bar with a shot from the edge of the penalty area after being played in by Edu.
Aiert was having easily his best game for Mazarron and after 10 mins of the second half he doubled the lead. Again, a long throw by Carpio found Quintana, but this time he headed into the goal mouth from the bye line and Aiert headed the ball just over the line. The goal stood, despite vehement protests from the San Gines defenders. Four minutes later, Kiki and Nacho, both on as subs, created a chance that was pushed around the post for a corner, from which Carlos headed in, but this ‘goal’ was disallowed for a push. However, after only 4 minutes more, an identical corner by Abel was again headed in by Carlos, and this time the goal was deemed to be good. Half way through the half, Edu pulled up in agony after making a tackle in midfield, and had to be carried off. Mazarron played the rest of the game with only 10 men, as they had used all 3 subs, but, with Kiki in defence and Aiert dropping into midfield, they still contained the home side with little difficulty. Aiert capped a wonderful performance by threading a ball inside two defenders for Nofuentes to run onto and side foot under the advancing Salva to complete the rout in added time.
Mazarron CF: Navarro, Edu Barcelo, Santi, Arambarri, Carpio (Nofuentes), Cuartero(Kiki), Abel Moreno, Edwin (Nacho), Carlos, Quintana, Aiert.
Mazarron ‘San Antonio’ CF 2 AD Relesa Las Palas 0, 01.10.06
Mazarron needed to get back to winning ways quickly if they were to redress the damage caused the previous week and continue their challenge at the top of the table. They duly obliged with an accomplished victory over a lively but largely ineffective Las Palas side, whose main method of defending comprised of trying to catch the Mazarron forwards offside.
Mazarron were the first to settle into their stride and throughout the first half, Aiert and Quintana proved too skillful for the Las Palas defence. They were well supported by Cuartero and Abel Moreno, whist Carlos Alberto provided the probing passes from midfield. After 14 minutes, a ball from Carlos was cleverly flicked on by Aiert to Quintana, but the bounce was just too high and his volleyed shot went over the bar. At the other end, the best chance that Las Palas made was when Edwin lost the ball in midfield and Juanmi tried to chip over Navarro, but the keeper stretched well to catch under his bar. The deadlock was broken after 24 minutes when Carlos again fed Aiert on the edge of the penalty area. This time he directed his pass along the ground, and with the defence appealing for offside, Quintana rounded Yepes and steered the ball into an empty net. Six minutes later, Cuartero, Aiert and Carpio combined well down the left before a wayward shot by Aiert was met by the head of Quintana, who planted the ball passed the keeper and into the goal, but this time he was given offside. Just before the close of the first half, a free kick 23 metres out on the right hand side by Cuesta, the best of the Las Palas forwards, was bent around the wall and Navarro had to stretch to punch clear low to his right.
Las Palas made a much better show of it in the second half, but play was very disjointed as they resorted to going to ground much too easily to try to gain an advantage that way. Indeed, Cuesta was booked for a dive early on, and several other players, and officials, from both sides were booked as the game became scrappy and for a while the lead that Mazarron had looked a little fragile. However, one stroke of brilliance settled the game after 35 minutes. Mara, on for Cuartero, won the ball just inside his own half. He rode two tackles before turning and advancing 10 metres and then played the ball into the stride of Quintana on the left. Without having to check his speed, he darted into the penalty area and was felled by Viti Gomez. Quintana made no mistake from the spot, completing his brace and taking his tally to five goals in six games. Mazarron settled again and Nacho was unlucky not to score when he flicked the ball over the keeper after a clever cross from Emilio had cleared all the defenders.
The next match is against San Gines.
Mazarron CF: Navarro, Edu Barcelo, Santi, Arambarri, Carpio, Cuartero (Mara), Abel Moreno (Emilio), Edwin, Carlos, Quintana, Aiert (Nacho).
Real Murcia B 3, Mazarron ‘San Antonio’ CF 0, 23.09.06
Mazarron were well beaten by a Real Murcia team that was used to playing on the artificial surface at their home ground and for the first time this season, the frustrated visitors suffered seven bookings and one sending off as they lost their discipline in the second half.
The opening exchanges were fairly even but Real Murcia had better ball control and their passing was more accurate on the difficult surface. Mazarron had early chances as a header from Edwin went just over the bar and a fierce shot from Arambarri was blocked inside the penalty area, before Edwin steered another header wide. However, after 21 minutes the game took a decisive turn. Real Murcia won a corner on the right hand side and as the accurately delivered ball passed in front of the Mazarron goal it eluded Navarro, and went clear on the other side. Several Real Murcia players appealed for a handball, the referee gave nothing, but eventually the lineman raised his flag and a penalty was awarded. Navarro chose the wrong way to dive and Mazarron were a goal down, although at that stage it was not really a true reflection of the game.
Five minutes later Mazarron had their best chance of the game, when Kiki Granados was fouled and took the free kick himself. He floated a ball across the defensive line to find Nacho unmarked beyond the far post, but he mis-directed the free header into the side netting. Thereafter, Murcia began to take control, with most of the good attacking play coming down the right side. After 38 minutes, a delightful through ball found one of the Murcia strikers who calmly stroked the ball under Navarro to double the lead. On the stroke of half time, Santi Silvar, who was having a wonderful game at the heart of the Mazarron defence, crudely pulled back a Murcia striker when he was the last defender, and was lucky to get away with only a yellow card.
The second half saw Mazarron make three substitutions and they picked up the tempo again with some good attacking play, but they were rocked back when another tackle by Santi was deemed to be too strong and he was dismissed for a second yellow. Thereafter there was only going to be one winner, and Murcia made sure of the points when a foul by Cuartero on the edge of the area was penalized with another penalty which Navarro got a hand to but was unable to save. Only some brave play by Navarro kept the score-line to three goals, and Real Murcia took Mazarron’s second position in the league with this win.
Mazarron CF: Navarro, Edu Barcelo, Santi, Arambarri (Cuartero), Nofuentes (Abel Moreno), Carpio, Edwin, Carlos, Quintana, Nacho (Aiert), Kiki Granados
Mazarron ‘San Antonio’ CF 3 Ciudad Murcia B 1, 17.09.06
Mazarron welcomed back Bersabe from injury, and he took the position just in front of the back three, allowing Carlos to move into a more conventional midfield role. Abel Moreno made his debut on the left side of midfield. The early exchanges in the game led to scoring chances by both sides. Firstly Edwin failed to convert when in a good position and a short while later Navarro had to be at his best to save a low shot to his left from just outside the penalty area.
In the 14th minute, Aiert made good space for himself on the right but his cross just eluded both Quintana and the Murcia goal keeper. It was from the resulting goal kick that the keeper went down in considerable pain with what looked like a hamstring pull. He was strapped up extensively and carried on after several minutes. Edu had a characteristic pile-driver blocked following a corner and Carpio shot just over following good work between Arambarri, Quintana and Edwin. The game ebbed and flowed, with Navarro punching clear on two occasions before eventually the Murcia goal keeper left the field after 42 minutes. It was deep into eight minutes of stoppage time when Bersabe presented Edwin with a shooting opportunity. The substitute keeper parried his shot but Quintana was the first to react, side-footing in from eight metres to give Mazarron a half time lead.
This lead was doubled early in the second half, when, after a spell of sustained but fruitless pressure from Murcia, Aiert collected a ball in midfield and in one movement played it over the defensive line for Quintana to run in and shoot low under the keeper. There was another holdup following a clash of heads in midfield and Quintana and Aiert made more chances before the latter saw a fierce shot hit the post and another be deflected wide for a corner. It cannot be much longer before Aiert breaks his scoring duck, but he was replaced by Nacho for the last twenty five minutes. With fifteen minutes to go, a pinball situation in the Mazarron penalty area eventually fell to a Murcia player who lashed it into the net, low to Navarro’s left. As full time drew closer, Mazarron won a corner on the right, a short ball was played to Nofuentes, on for Edu, and his shot was deflected by Nacho into the goal. Five minutes into added time, a speculative shot from forty metres out skidded off Navarro’s crossbar, but the points were safely in the bag by then. Mazarron moved up to second in the league with this display, with only 100% Caravaca above them.
Mazarron CF: Navarro, Edu Barcelo (Nofuentes), Santi, Arambarri, Bersabe, Abel Moreno, Carpio, Edwin (Cuartero), Carlos, Quintana, Aiert (Nacho).
CD Molinense 0, Mazarron ‘San Antonio’ CF 0, 10.09.06
The goal-scoring touch that Mazarron have shown so well so far this season came to an end in a game of few chances in Molina de Segura, although the chances that were made were nearly all for the visitors. Molinense played a dangerous off-side trap throughout the first half and it was regularly broken by the speedy Nacho in particular and as early as the 3rd minute this led to a cross that Aiert headed just wide.
The first fifteen minutes were very scrappy until a Carlos free kick from fully 40 metres nearly deceived the keeper and this was the fore-runner to a series of corners for Mazarron, one of which was followed by a stinging shot from Edu that was blocked. After 24 minutes, Nacho received a through ball, rounded the keeper but just lost control before he could steer it into an open goal. 2 minutes later the nearest thing of the whole match saw a shot from Carpio from 30 metres rattle the crossbar. The pressure was all in favour of Mazarron as Molinense still hadn’t created a chance, but the accuracy of the final ball was somewhat lacking and the home side were assisted in slowing the game down by a referee who blew his whistle for almost any sort of tackle.
Early in the second half, Molinense made almost their only chance, and certainly their best, but the header by an unmarked striker was straight at Navarro. Wic and Cuartero came on as replacements before the best move of the game saw a ball from Edu, near his own penalty area, find Edwin who played a quick interchange with Carpio before setting Nacho away down the right. His cross was going straight to Aiert before a defender got the slightest of touches to divert it over his head. Shortly after Kiki had replaced Aiert, Nacho had the ball in the net twice in three minutes, but both efforts were ruled out for offside. The pedantic referee had the last word when Edwin made a mazy run, riding four tackles and breaking clear of the defence, only to be brought back for a foul that was committed on him at the start of his run. Molinense must have been very pleased to get a point from this game.
Mazarron CF: Navarro, Edu Barcelo, Santi, Arambarri, Carpio, Edwin, Carlos (Cuartero), Nofuentes (Wic), Quintana, Aiert (Kiki), Nacho.
Mazarron CF 3 Moratalla CF 1, 03.09.06
Before the match, representatives of Los Amigos de Mazarron, the British supporters club, presented Mazarron Juveniles with a cheque for 700 euros to pay for 10 match balls, 15 training balls and 2 sets of training bibs.
On the field, Mazarron continued their winning start with a 3-1 victory, after going behind to an early goal for the second consecutive week. A corner on the right was glanced in by a deft header after only 3 minutes. However, Moratalla had very few chances for the rest of the game, apart from a header that was bravely blocked by Navarro after 11 minutes. The equalizer came after 21 minutes when the goal-keeper failed to hold a free kick from Nacho. As the loose ball bounced around the area it was Nacho who was first to react, tucking the ball into the net from the right of the penalty area. Mazarron had several more chances before half time, with Aiert and Nacho coming particularly close, and the service from Nofuentes and Edwin was relentless. However, somehow they failed to score.
As the second half continued, the Mazarron back three were in total command and Carlos was distributing the ball well from just in front of them. Aiert, Nacho and Quintana are going to prove to be a handful for many sides this season and it was Aiert who struck a free kick around the defensive wall and onto the outside of the post, before he was substituted. This seemed to disrupt the flow for a while until, on 70 minutes, a throw in from the right was headed on to Nacho, whose side-footed shot was blocked, but the ball fell to Santi, who made no mistake from close range. Thereafter, Mazarron clicked again and substitute Cuartero provided a superb cross from the left that was met by a firm header by Nacho, but the ball skimmed the top of the crossbar. With 10 minutes to go, a free kick by Emilio was headed in by Carlos to make sure of the points. This was another superb display and it looks as if following Mazarron this season will be a rewarding experience!
Mazarron CF: Navarro, Edu Barcelo (Emilio), Santi, Arambarri, Carpio, Edwin (Mara), Carlos, Nofuentes, Quintana, Aiert (Cuartero), Nacho.
CD Bala Azul 1 Mazarron CF 4, 26.08.06
Mazarron CF took the field for this opening match of the new season with only one survivor from last season, the captain and goal keeper Navarro. The newly-promoted Bala Azul were also featuring many new names and the game, played in front of a good crowd, was very entertaining from start to finish, although it took both teams a while to get themselves flowing freely.
In the first 20 minutes, Bala looked the more threatening and during this period could have taken the lead when a free kick from the right only needed a touch to go in, but nobody could quite reach it. After 21 minutes, Bala got the goal that their play deserved. A ball from midfield found a player on the right unattended and as he whipped in his cross it was glanced in by an attacker as the Mazarron defence looked on. This had the effect of waking Mazarron up and the response was immediate as Nacho shot just wide from 20 metres. After 28 minutes Mazarron were level. A long ball out of defence was headed on beautifully by Nofuentes to Edwin on the right. He had three players waiting in the middle and he picked out Nacho, who this time made no mistake, firing low into the corner.
This brought about a spell of sustained Mazarron pressure and a few minutes later Nacho played Edu in, whose low shot was beaten out for a corner. Another corner followed and this time Emilio fired it low into the penalty area where a defender could do no more than slice it into his own net. Bala Azul were pleased to see half time arrive, but within 1 minute of the restart, Mazarron were 3-1 up. Nofuentes was put clear down the left, and as he cut in, his low shot from an angle found the net. 10 minutes after that, the game was sealed when Edwin, who played some telling passes throughout, put Nacho through the middle and the goal keeper failed to hold his shot, and Nofuentes was again on hand to side foot in. A little later Bala Azul had a goal disallowed when at least three players were offside from a free kick and that was their last serious attempt on goal. Mazarron made their three substitutions and played out the rest of the game fully in control.
Mazarron can take many positives from this performance. Players were always willing to shoot, sometimes indeed too willing from too far out, and Nacho and his strike partner Aiert were constantly changing positions, confusing the defenders. They were ably supported by Edwin and Nofuentes from midfield. The defence looked solid and there was a discipline running throughout the team that was sadly missing on many occasions last year. There will be harder tests to come, but this was a good start.
Mazarron CF: Navarro, Edu Barcelo, (Cuartero), Arambarri, Santi, Emilio, Edwin, Nofuentes, (Carpio), Carlos, Nacho, Aiert, Quintana, (Kiki Granados)