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Archive Reports 2011/12 - Preferente Division

Fixtures for the 2011/2 season. When Mazarrón are at home, they are in heavy type.

Mazarrón's score will always appear first, whether home or away.

1 28/08 CD Beniel 0-3 18 15/01 Mazarrón 0-3
2 04/09 Mazarrón 2-4 19 22/01 Olympico Totana 0-4
3 11/09 Muleno CF 1-3 20 29/02 Mazarrón 0-3
4 28/09 Mazarrón 2-1 21 05/02 Montecasillas FC 2-3
5 25/09 CD Pozo Estrecho 1-1 22 12/02 Mazarrón 1-3
6 02/10 Mazarrón 2-4 23 19/02 EG El Palmar FC 1-4
7 09/10 CF Huercal-Overa 0-4 24 26/02 Mazarrón 1-0
8 16/10 Mazarrón 1-0 25 04/03 Jumilla CD 1-3
9 23/10 SC Aguileno 0-1 26 11/03 Mazarrón 0-1
10 06/11 Mazarrón 1-1 27 18/03 CD Bullense 0-5
11 13/11 FC Pinatar 0-5 28 01/04 Mazarrón 0-4
12 20/11 Mazarrón 1-2 29 22/04 Ciudad de Cieza 2-3
13 27/11 AD Guadalupe 0-4 30 29/04 Mazarrón 2-2
14 04/12 Mazarrón 1-1 31 06/05 FC Puente Tocinos 0-4
15 11/12 UD Los Garres 3-5 32 14/05 Mazarrón 1-1
16 18/12 Thader Murcia CFTP 0-2 33 21/05 Mazarrón 1-0
17 08/01 Mazarrón 1-2 34 29/05 AD Ceuti Athletico 1-3

 

        Home Games     Away Games     Overall      
  Team Gms W D L GF GA W D L GF GA W D L Sc G Diff. Pts.
1 CF Huercal-Overa 21 8 2 1 39 11 5 3 2 14 12 13 5 3 53 30 44
2 EG El Palmar CF 21 4 6 0 14 7 7 2 2 24 15 11 8 2 38 16 41
3 CD Beniel 21 4 4 2 13 12 6 4 1 15 8 10 8 3 28 8 38
4 FC Pinatar 21 7 1 4 23 11 3 5 2 13 10 10 6 6 36 15 36
5 FC Puente Tocinos 21 7 3 1 18 7 3 3 4 12 17 10 6 5 30 6 36
6 Muleno CF 21 4 3 3 19 13 6 1 4 20 17 10 4 7 39 9 34
7 Sporting Club Aguileno 21 5 5 2 19 14 4 2 3 12 11 9 7 5 31 6 34
8 CD Bullense 21 6 4 2 20 8 3 3 3 14 23 9 7 5 34 3 34
9 CF Ciudad de Cieza 21 7 3 1 21 13 2 2 6 11 21 9 5 7 32 -2 32
10 Olimpico de Totana 21 5 0 3 19 8 4 3 6 15 18 9 3 9 34 8 30
11 AD Ceuti Atletico 21 5 3 2 14 10 3 3 5 14 19 8 6 7 28 -1 30
12 Jumilla CD 21 6 2 3 20 16 1 5 4 13 18 7 7 7 33 -1 28
13 Montecasillas FC 21 4 2 4 14 14 3 1 7 11 15 7 3 11 25 -4 24
14 AD Guadalupe 21 5 1 5 18 12 2 0 8 12 23 7 1 13 30 -5 22
15 UD Los Garres 21 3 1 6 17 20 2 4 5 8 16 5 5 11 25 -11 20
16 CD Pozo Estrecho 21 4 3 2 12 10 0 1 11 5 31 4 4 13 17 -24 16
17 Thader Murcia CF 21 3 2 6 18 15 0 4 6 8 20 3 6 12 26 -9 15
18 EFA Mazarrón  21 2 2 6 11 21 0 1 10 7 33 2 3 16 18 -36 9
These teams are Promoted These Teams are Relegated
                                     

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Ceuti 3 Mazarrón 1

 

On a perfect pitch and in wonderful weather conditions Mazarron´s season petered out with another defeat.

 

Due to work and other commitments only one senior player was available and with ten juvenile players in the starting line up and only one substitute (the reserve juvenile goalkeeper) tiredness once again become a problem in the closing stages.

 

All four goals came in the last 15 minutes and Jose scored for Mazarrón for the third week running in injury time. Had he taken a far easier chance some 30 minutes earlier who knows what the final score might have been?

 

In the first half Mazarrón were perhaps the better team and had a succession of chances which came to nothing but at the other end only a last ditch tackle by Ahmed kept the scores level. 

 

The only other highlight in the first half came when a helicopter landed near to the pitch and caused a minor sand storm. Unfortunately it was not bringing Edin and the other missing Mazarrón players.

 

At the start of the second half, Ruben made the first of many good saves which kept Mazarrón in the game. Then a lovely through ball from Jose Da found Rollon, who had been moved forward from right back for the second half, and, from his excellent cross, Pepsi only just failed to turn the ball home.

 

Ruben was finally beaten when Ceuti were awarded a very dubious penalty for a tackle by Jaguar in the 75th minute and took the lead. Tiredness then set in and with the marking in disarray Ceuti scored twice more in quick succession before Jose scored his consolation goal. 

 

A 3 – 1 defeat was certainly not justified but perhaps not surprising in view of the inexplicable number of key players absent.

 

Team: Ruben, Rollon, Alfonso, Victor, Dani, Martin, Ahmed, Jose Da, Jose, Pepsi (Edu), Jaguar.

 

Man of Match: Ruben. 

 

Mazarrón FC 1 Thader Murcia CF 0

Mazarrón’s improved performances continued with a hard-fought 1-0 victory at home to Thader Murcia. On a playing surface which had benefited from fewer games being played in recent weeks and a heavy downpour shortly before kick off, Mazarrón created most of the chances in the first half.

A fierce Diego header from a corner was well saved by the visiting goalkeeper and a shot from Pepsi, after he had cut in from the left wing, went into the side netting. However, in the 35th minute Mazarrón’s juvenile striker, Jose, ran onto a through ball and beat the entire defence before calmly slotting the ball into the net to score for the second week running.

Mazarrón continued to attack and Edin had a shot saved but the resulting corner came to nothing. Then Jose again ran on to a through ball but the Thader keeper came out of his area to clear.

In the second half Mazarron seemed to lose all their composure and Thader came more into the game. Edin, back in defence to help deal with a Thader corner sliced his clearance high into the air causing Mazarrón keeper, Ruben to flap at the ball before it was finally cleared. Then Diego’s misdirected header was played towards his own goal by Pollo but fortunately, this comedy of errors came to nothing.

Mazarrón should have increased their lead when, with Jose and Edin better placed, Pescau blazed well wide, but in the 75th minute the same player was unlucky not to score with a fierce left foot volley which just cleared the bar.

Despite more Thader pressure in the closing minutes, Mazarrón held on to register only their fourth victory of the season.

Team: Ruben, Alfonso, Pollo, Diego, Ahmed, Dani, Matt Clarke, Jose Da (Guillermo), Jose, Edin, Pepsi (Pescau).

Man of the Match: Jose.

 

 

 

 

Mazarron 1 UD Los Garres 1

A thoroughly enjoyable and exciting game ended in a deserved draw, with two evenly matched teams going blow for blow until the final whistle.  Overall, Mazarrón had the edge on chances but tremendous saves from the visiting keeper thwarted them on several occasions.

Mazarrón had the better of exchanges in the early part of the game, but the first of many good saves, first from a Jose Da shot and a headed clearance off the line from a shot by Dani following a corner were the  nearest they came to scoring.

In the 21st minute a long range effort bounced off the post with Ruben well beaten but he made a magnificent save from the follow up shot. However a throw in from the left in the 27th minute saw the ball bounce awkwardly over Ruben and onto the head of a Los Garres forward who scored the opening goal.

The second half started in similar fashion with Mazarrón having some good efforts saved by the keeper. The first of these was when Pepsi was put through by Jose Da and the ball was eventually hacked away to safety.

A deserved equalizer came in the 54th minute when excellent work by Jose Da on the left saw the ball passed to Edin on the right who cut in and crossed brilliantly for Jose to put the ball into an empty net.

Shortly after this a cross was headed down by Ahmed for Jose Da to hit the ball towards the top corner of the net but the Los Garres keeper brilliantly tipped the ball over the bar.

Chances continued to came at either end with Ruben making a good save and then Edin having a shot blocked by a defender. Mazarrón were then denied what seemed a clear penalty when Ahmed was pushed inside the area.

One of the biggest cheers of the game was reserved for the referee who got in the way of a fiercely struck through ball with resultant damage to his unmentionables.

Despite a glaring open goal miss by Los Garres in the last minute Mazarrón were well worth a draw and the youthful team continue to make progress.

Team: Ruben, Victor, Diego, Pollo, Dani, Martin (Pepsi), Matt Clarke, Ahmed, Edin (Jaguar), Jose Da, Jose (Fernando).

Mazarrón are at home to Thader Murcia this Sunday, 20th May kick off 6 pm. Admission is €5 with juveniles free. It is the final home game of the season.

 

Puente Tocinos 4 Mazarron 0

Once again Mazarrón failed to convert any of many good chances they created and with the usual defensive lapses came away pointless, although the final score of 4-0 was an injustice with two of the goals coming in the last 5 minutes of the match.

Early in the game Mazarrón had three shots in quick succession, two of which were blocked and the third one went over the bar. Not to be outdone they continued to press and following a through ball from Edin, Pescau shot wide and then shortly afterwards he put another opportunity over the bar.

However, after 20 minutes with the Mazarrón defense nowhere, a break down the left saw the ball crossed into the middle and the centre forward netted easily to give Puente Tocinos the lead.

In the 30th minute a corner from Matt Clarke was headed against the bar but shortly afterwards Puente Tocinos doubled their lead when Ruben tried to gather the ball one handed on the edge of the area only to lose possession and the ball eventually ended up in the net.

The second half started in much the same way with Mazarrón matching their opponents but unfortunately they were unable to score. In the 64th minute Matt Clarke blazed wide in front of an open goal and several more chances also went begging.

At this stage Ruben made several good quality saves to keep the scoreline down but with two minutes remaining he was powerless to prevent a well worked goal, again originating from the left wing. To add insult to injury a fourth goal was scored well into injury time to give a false final score of 4 – 0.

Team: Ruben; Diego; Pollo; Dani; Ahmed; Matt; Jose Da; Jose (Jaguar); Pescau; Pepsi; Edin.

Man of the Match Diego.

 

Mazarrón FC 2 UCAM Guadalupe 2

Thanks to an injury time penalty, Mazarrón gained a deserved draw against UCAM Guadaloupe on Sunday. Once again neither team was able to play good football due to the state of the pitch but Mazarrón continued to try for the whole of the match and were finally rewarded in the 93rd minute when Matt Clarke was bundled over by the keeper when chasing a through ball from Jose Da.

 After a good 5 minutes of disputes and treatment for the keeper, who surprisingly only received a yellow card for his challenge, Jose Da defied his youth and inexperience by coolly scoring from the spot kick.

Play was even for the first 20 minutes with chances coming for both sides but the deadlock was broken in the 26th minute when the UCAM keeper missed a back pass and had to retrieve it from inside the 6 yard box with his hands, thereby giving away a free kick.

With everyone except Ruben in the box the ball was touched to Jose Da who placed it over the top of the wall and keeper into the net to give Mazarron the lead.

Several scoring attempts came and went for both sides until in the 42nd minute Pollo cleared a corner by hitting it onto the bar but the ball eventually was returned into the box and finally into the net. A brilliant save from Ruben kept the scores level at half time but shortly after the restart with most of the Mazarrón defense waiting for a nonexistent offside flag, UCAM took the lead.

In the past, Mazarrón heads may have dropped at this stage but this no longer seems to be the case since the introduction of Jelco as coach and despite having a “goal” from Matt Clarke disallowed for offside the team continued to try to the end and were rewarded with the equalizer in injury time.

It was another encouraging performance by the youngsters, superbly led by Diego who was a tower of strength once again at the back and fully deserved yet another Man of the Match award. Hopefully the new supporters who came to the game as part of the Los Amigos de Mazarrón Awareness Week promotion  will return again to support the team.

Team: Ruben, Dani, Pollo, Diego, Víctor, Ahmed, Guillermo (Alfonso), Jose Da, Matt Clarke, Pescau (Rollon) , Edin (Jose).

 

Cieza 3 Mazarron 2

In a game dominated by a referee who thought that every tackle in the penalty area should warrant a penalty and that every other tackle should warrant a booking, Mazarron were very unfortunate to come away from Cieza pointless.

With seven members of the juvenile squad in the starting line-up, Mazarrón turned in an excellent performance, passing the ball around well on an excellent playing surface. However, in the 7th minute came the first of several debatable penalties. Cieza had two clear shots at goal from inside the area which were well saved by Edu but to no avail, as the referee astonishingly awarded a penalty which was easily dispatched to give the home team the lead

Both sides had several opportunities before, in the 30th minute Mazarrón got their just rewards when, following a free kick from Guillermo, Ahmed hit the ball against the crossbar and the ball rebounded to Dani who fired in the equalizer

Shortly after this a brilliant finger tip save by the Cieza keeper from Ahmed saw the ball hit the post and bounce clear. Mazarron´s pressure did then count when following good work down the wing Jose Da flipped the ball against a defender´s hand and the referee awarded his second dubious penalty which Jose Da put away with ease.

 However, within 90 seconds Diego cleared the ball with what seemed a perfectly timed tackle but the referee awarded another penalty from which Cieza were able to level the scores at half time.

Within minutes of the restart, Edu made a brilliant save but when trying to retrieve the ball, a forward fell over him resulting in yet another penalty but this time Edu kept the ball out and the scores level. Mazarrón should then have been awarded a genuine penalty but this time the referee chose not to see the incident.

The game was settled midway through the second half when the Cieza left winger cut in, beat about three defenders and scored the decisive goal from an acute angle. Mazarrón continued to press for the equalizer and in the last few minutes of the game a brilliant save from the Cieza keeper denied Jose Da from scoring from 35 yards and a cross/shot from Edin only just cleared the bar.

Team: Edu, Pollo, Dani, Diego, Edin, Ahmed, Guillermo, Jose Da, Pescau (Pepsi), Matt Clarke, Dani (Jose).

Man of the match Jose Da.

 

Mazarrón 0 Pinatar 4

With Mazarrón once again having to field a weakened team due to the Juvenile match earlier in the day the performance against Pinatar reflected it and they were again easily beaten by a far better team who managed to play good football despite the ever worsening condition of the pitch.

Early exchanges were even but in the 10th minute a Pinatar forward made a break down the right wing and was clearly fouled. The whole of the Mazarrón defence waited for the whistle which never came and an unmarked forward easily put the ball into to net.

Shortly after this Edu made a good save only to see the ball hit a Pinatar forward and end up in the net. Fortunately, this was disallowed for offside but in the 18th minute a similar save from Edu was hit back in towards the goal and hit the bar before going in.

In the 23rd minute Diego put through his own goal when he was first to a corner and unluckily saw the ball glance off his head into the net to give the visitors a 3-0 half time lead.

In the second half, Mazarrón came more into the game and on several occasions could have scored with Edin breaking clear of the defence but being unable to capitalise on his efforts.

Following a bad decision, coach Jelco was then red carded for his comments and had to spend the rest of the game by the side of the dugout in the stand!

The game then seemed to peter out with the 4th goal for Pinatar coming in the 79th minute.

Team: Edu, Matt Clarke, Pollo, Diego, Ahmed, Chico, Guillermo, Alfonso, Edin, Jaguar (Habibe), Martin (Jose).

Man of the match: Ahmed

 

Bullense 5 Mazarrón 0

Due to a clash with the juniors match earlier in the day, we did not have very high hopes for the trip to Bullense. With a very weak team this proved to be the case and Mazarrón were well beaten by a Bullense team who must have thought they were out for a practice match. It would be fair to say that this was by far the worst performance of the season.

The game was fairly quiet in the opening 20 minutes or so but sprang to life in the 26th minute when a long range free kick for Bullense hit both posts before bouncing to safety with Ruben like the rest of us being an interesting spectator.

Alfonso then hit a long range free kick narrowly wide but in the 36th minute, from what looked like an offside position Gasero scored for Bullense. Mazarrón's reply was quick but not as decisive. Edin ran through from near half way beat all the defenders but then fired in a weak shot which a returning defender managed to clear well before it reached the empty net.

This then brought a bit of humour to the game as Edin had injured himself attempting to score and in the absence of a physio, Ahmed one of the substitutes ran onto the pitch to assist him only to be warned that he was not allowed to do this! The one good thing about this was that this was the nearest Mazarrón came to a booking and we did actually get through the whole game for the first time this season without troubling the referee.

The second half started badly for Mazarrón with one of the Bullense players running onto a through ball and scoring within two minutes of the restart. If there were doubts about the validity of their first goal, this one was undoubtedly offside as the scorer was the only player apart from Ruben in the Mazarrón half!

Mazarrón continued to have scoring opportunities with the best opportunity coming from a corner when Chico hit the ball over the top of the goal.

In the 68th minute a poor clearance from Alcaraz who had come on as a substitute (much to the delight of Barbara) was hit back into the area and deflected into the net.

The game then petered out but there was still time for Bullense to score twice from dead ball situations. The first of these was a brilliant free kick on the right which was hammered into the far top corner of the net and the second from a penalty awarded by the linesman for an innocuous looking tackle. He had obviously still not found his glasses!

Team: Ruben, Pollo, Diego, Alfonso, Chico, Guillermo, Dani, Habit (Abdel), Jose (Alcaraz), Jaguar (Ahmed), Edin

Bookings: NONE!

Man of the Match: Diego

 

Mazarrón FC 0  SC Aguileno 1

In an interesting and exciting game Mazarrón were unfortunate to lose to a hotly disputed goal in the 93rd minute when following a spell of Mazarrón pressure, Jose David the Aguileño centre forward ran onto a through ball and scored. Some people, including unfortunately the linesman, thought he started his run in his own half but there were many present who disputed this including the whole of the Mazarrón team and the coach.

 Mazarrón again started the game playing good constructive football and could have scored as early as the 4th minute when Guillermo played the ball through only for the keeper to come out of the ensuing dust storm with the ball!

 Both sides had many chances in the first half and Ruben was called on to make a good save when the ball was volleyed in from a comer.  Edin had several chances and a shot from Jose Da from 30 yards went narrowly wide

 The second half continued in the same manner and Ruben again had to make a good save when Diego misjudged a ball and once again, in the sand storm which followed, the ball was eventually cleared to safety by Diego. 

As the game approached stoppage time, the Aguileño left back was sent off for a second bookable offence and this sparked a long spell of Mazarrón pressure which, eventually brought about their downfall when Rollon thundered the ball against the cross bar only to see it cleared. From the clearance Jose David beat the defence and ran through to score from what was, to most spectators, an offside position.

 Despite playing well, Mazarrón again suffered from the inability to convert any of their many chances into goals, and the youngsters again seemed to tire which was not surprising considering they had played the previous day for the successful juvenile team.

Team: Ruben, Ahmed, Diego, Alfonso, Matt Clarke, Chico (Dani), Guillermo, Jose Da (Jaguar),  Jose, Pescau, Edin (Rollon).

 

Jumilla 3 Mazarrón 1

After the brilliant win against the league leaders last week, Mazarrón could not repeat their success and eventually lost 3 – 1 to a Jumilla team who, in all honesty, were not really much better

Without key players Alfonso, Jose Da and Diego junior, there were several changes but for the first 15 minutes Mazarrón matched Jumilla and Edin missed a golden chance when put clean through after good work by Guillermo and Jose. However, in the 16th minute Mazarrón gave the ball away in midfield and when a cross came in from the right, poor defending left an unmarked forward with the easy task of opening the scoring for Jumilla.

For the rest of the first half Ruben cemented his eventual position as Man of the Match by making several good saves, usually from shots hit from distance and Mazarrón were fortunate to reach the break only one goal down

At half time Edin was substituted without any immediate improvement in the attacking half, and Ruben had to continue to make good saves. Unfortunately, one of these saves led to a corner from which the ball was put into the net to double Jumilla’s lead.

In the 63rd minute, the referee gave an indirect free kick to Mazarrón just inside the penalty area when it was difficult to know why a penalty was not awarded. However, Pollo rolled the ball sideways to Guillermo who curled the ball over the wall and keeper into the net to reduce the arrears.

This gave Mazarrón some hope of a result but, despite been able to exert more pressure, they were unable to add to their tally and, with 5 minutes left yet another good save from Ruben was followed up by a Jumilla striker who made the score 3-1 with the Mazarrón defence standing still.

Without Jose Da and Diego junior there were few attacking opportunities but the main problem  seemed to be the inability of either full back to mark their wingers and get in convincing tackles leaving Mazarrón vulnerable to crosses from both flanks.

Team: Ruben, Pollo, Ahmet, Diego (Pesci),Guillermo, Chico, Victor (Dani), Dani, Edin (Habib), Jose, Matt Clarke

Man of the Match Ruben

SENSATIONAL WIN FOR MAZARRÓN 

With only four senior players available, bottom of the table Mazarrón went into the game against league leaders Huercal-Overa with seven members of the successful juvenile team in the starting line-up. 

Since taking over at Mazarrón, new coach Jelco has adopted a flexible 4-4-2 formation with 2 strikers and slowly, over the last three games, the team has responded with improved displays. However, even the most die hard supporters could not have imagined that Mazarrón would pick up their first victory for more than four months against such string opposition. 

The first action of the game was a speculative free kick from distance by Huecal-Overa but as with almost all their efforts in the first half this went high and wide. Pescao burst though on goal for Mazarrón  only to be hacked down from the rear but no free kick was given. Then, in the 26th minute Jose Da floated a lovely cross into the box and Chema ghosted in at the far post to slam the ball home to give Mazarron the lead and send the home crowd into raptures. 

The goal spurred Huercal-Overa into action and it took a good save by Ruben to tip the ball around the post. On 32 minutes, as Mazarrón threatened the visitors’ goal, an assault by the Huercal-Overa central defender on Pescau went unpunished, obviously unseen by the referee and other officials. 

Huercal-Overa’s best chance of the first half came on the 42 minute when a speculative ball punted up field was missed by both Alfonso and Diego and in the confusion the striker lobbed Ruben but, fortunately, the ball dropped onto the roof of the net for a goal kick.  

In the second half,  a clever corner kick from Pescau eluded everyone before hitting the outside of the far post and, as the game flowed end to end , a well rehearsed Mazarrón corner lead to Jose Da just missing to the left of the post. 

It wasn’t until the 87nd minute that Huercal-Overa had their best chance of the second half. From a corner the ball was played to the edge of the box where it was struck with vengeance but Ruben dived full length and was totally horizontal when he caught the ball. 

Extra time seemed to last forever until eventually the referee blew for full time to signal a fantastic result for Mazarrón 

Team:-Ruben, Diego, Alfonso, Víctor, (Ahmed) Matt Clarke, Chico, Guillermo, José Da, José, (Habib) Pescao, (Dani) Chema.

Man of the match. Matt Clarke

El Palmar 4 Mazarrón 1

Mazarrón again put in an improved performance against high flying El Palmar and were in fact leading for 30 minutes of the game until they again tired late on and lost by an unjustified 4 – 1 score line.

In the first quarter of an hour Mazarrón played good football, benefiting from the artificial surface and matched the home team. In the 15th minute Diego junior ran on to a through ball from within his own half, outpaced the visiting defence and was hacked down by a defender who received a straight red card. and a penalty was awarded.

The ensuing penalty was duly dispatched by Diego, scoring for the third week running. Mazarrón continued to impress but eventual man of the match Ruben had to make a couple of good saves when called upon.

However, just like last week, the luck changed just before the break when with the last attack of the half a free kick was awarded for a foul by Diego which no one except the referee saw. The kick was cleared to the right hand side but volleyed home with Ruben perhaps unsighted.

Early in the second half El Palmar were awarded a slightly dubious penalty but Ruben saved both the initial shot and the follow up. Unfortunately, shortly afterwards, another free kick was conceded and sloppy defending allowed El Palmar to take the lead.

 The third goal came when a cross from the right was completely missed by Victor and volleyed into the net by an unmarked forward. Then, in the 66th minute Edin foolishly got involved with a home player and after a head to head confrontation both were sent off.

Mazarrón continued to try and press home their numerical advantage but could not breach the defences and El Palmar scored their fourth and final goal in the 88th minute.

 Matt Clarke had two excellent runs down the left wing in the closing minutes, the first resulting in a cross from which Alfonso hit the bar and the second when his fierce shot went just wide. Despite the result it was a much improved performance from Mazarrón.

Team: Ruben, Victor (Pepe), Pollo, Diego, Matt Clarke, Alfonso (Ahmed), Edin, Joseda, Alcaraz, Diego, Jose (Habib)

 

Mazarron 1 Pozo Estrecho 3

Under their new coach Mazarrón flattered to deceive on Sunday against Pozo Estrecho but, in fairness to them, the game did in fact hinge on a series of questionable refereeing decisions either side of half time.

Mazarrón started with an attacking formation and passed the ball around with ease early on and could well have scored several times in the first half. They had to settle however for one goal which came when a brilliant through ball from Joseda was collected by young Diego who easily rounded the keeper and put the ball into the net for his fifth goal of the season.

Several more chances came and went until just before the interval when the ball was driven against Rollon from about a yard away and the referee decided to award a penalty for handball which was converted to leave the scores level at half time.

In the 50th minute a free for all in the penalty area should have seen Mazarrón awarded a penalty but this was not the case whereas shortly afterwards the referee decided to award another penalty to Pozo Estrecho for a foul by Pollo which started outside the area, the visiting player falling into the box. Again the spot kick was easily converted to make the score 1-2.

Mazarrón brought on young forwards Dani and Habib and continued to press for an equalizer but this was not forthcoming and they began to tire. Perhaps the new training regime might eventually improve their fitness. Unfortunately, to give the game a false score line towards the end of the game, two Mazarrón defenders allowed the ball to escape from their control and the third goal resulted from this. 

Team: Ruben, Pollo, Diego, Rollon (Habib), Matt, Diego,(Jr.) Alfonso (Alcaraz), Pescau, Joseda, Chico (Dani), Edin.

Man of the match: Diego

 

Montecasillas 3 Mazarron 2

Mazarrón deployed a new tactic on Saturday, arriving without shorts possibly in the hope that the opposition would freeze to death before the game started! Unfortunately this did not happen due to a quick trip to a sports shop by the president and the use of scissors to cut a pair of track suit bottoms down to the right size by the trainer.

Once the game started a much improved performance was seen from Mazarrón with the use of Diego jnr and Pescau as attackers. However in the 6th minute a break down the left saw the ball eventually end up in the back of the net to put them a goal behind.

Mazarrón continued to enjoy as much of the ball as Montecasillas but after 20 minutes a free kick from 20 – 25 yards out was fired into the net. In previous games, heads would have dropped but not today. Mazarrón continued to press forward and were rewarded in the 32nd minute when a quickly taken free kick by Joseda was put away in style by young Diego.

Shortly after this the home keeper missed a corner but the ball was cleared and in the 36th minute Ruben did the same but the ball was not cleared despite there being 3 or 4 chances to do so and the ball finished up in the net to put the home team 3-1 ahead.

To say that Mazarrón dominated the second half would be an overstatement but they did have most of the chances and they were eventually rewarded when Joseda struck from distance to put the ball into the corner of the net.

The equalizer almost came on several occasions with shots from young Diego, Pescau and the man of the match Joseda but unfortunately the home defence stood form. However this was a much improved performance and at no stage did the heads drop as has been happening for most of the season.

Team: Ruben, Pollo, Rollon, Diego, Joseda, Alcaraz (Ahmed), Jaguar, Alfonso, Pescau (Habib), Diego (Jnr) Matt,

Bookings: Pollo, Rollon

Man of the Match:  Joseda

 

Mazarron 0 Muleño 3

On a bitterly cold Sunday afternoon Mazarrón, despite having a seemingly good team on paper, once again could not deliver the goods and failed to score for the third consecutive match.

Muleno took the lead straight from the kick off when Pollo made a block tackle with a Muleno player mid way in the Mazarrón half and, helped by the strong wind, the ball sailed over an out of position Ruben and into the net.

Mazarrón's best chance of the whole game came in the 10th minute when a cracking move saw Diego run onto a through ball and fire a cracking drive just wide. Perhaps he should be played at centre forward instead of centre half! Shortly afterwards, a cross from the right was smashed into the roof of the net, again by Diego, but the goal was ruled out for offside.

In the 12th minute Ruben was again caught out of position for a through ball but he managed to save the effort and keep the scoreline respectable.

There was no further scoring in the first half and Mazarrón made two changes at the interval with Edin and Joseda coming on. Unfortunately Edin still doesn´t seem to have learned about dissent and his first major contribution was to get booked after 55 minutes.

Mazarrón then had two chances to equalize. Firstly a shot from Edin went over the bar and a good break by Matt Clarke down the left saw the ball eventually cleared by the Muleño keeper.

This was the end of the Mazarrón resistance however as in the 75th minute, ex Mazarrón favourite, Viti Gomez ran onto a brilliant through ball and placed the ball past the despairing dive of Ruben. Shortly afterwards Muleno scored their third goal which was the best of the game when the ball was rifled into the top corner of the net from 25 yards.

Mazarrón came close when a shot from Joseda went over the bar but there was to be no further scoring and the final score remained at 0 – 3.

Team: Ruben, Pollo (Edin), Alcaraz, Diego, Alex (Rollon), Matt Clarke, Diego (Jr.), Alfonso, Pescau, Chico (Habib), Dani (Joseda)

Man of the Match : Diego (Snr.)

 

Olympic Totana 4 Mazarrón 0

On reflection, Mazarrón could have been unlucky to be beaten by such a high score against a strong and well organized Totana side. Although they were outplayed a lot of chances came and went and defensive errors contributed to the goals conceded

The game got off to a bizarre start when in the 7th minute the referee booked Rollon just as Mazarrón were about to take a free kick. No one could work out why he had been booked and this was cleared up a couple of minutes later when the referee decided that he should have booked Alfonso and changed the bookings. This was fortunate later in the game when Rollon was booked and would have been sent off had the earlier decision not been reversed.

After 9 minutes, a speculative shot was saved by Ruben but the ball ran free to an unmarked Totana player who scored with ease

Several chances came Mazarrón way, Diego shot high and wide, Edin came close to scoring and Alcaraz shot onto the roof of the net. Pollo then shot narrowly wide and a long range shot from Diego also went wide.

At the start of the second half, Edin ran on to a through ball but it was deflected for a corner. He then managed to get himself booked and was sensibly substituted whilst still angrily debating the decision with the referee.

Ruben then made a succession of good saves but the flood gates eventually opened, firstly from a header which hit the post and rebounded to an unmarked player who scored.

The third goal came when a Totana player was left unmarked in the area to score with a header from a corner. Then the home side increased the lead further with a well worked goal one following a quick break on the right.

The best chance for Mazarrón came when Gines saved a shot and the ball fell loose to a Totana player.

Team: Ruben, Jose Pollo (Chema), Alcaraz, Alex, Matt Clarke, Diego (Dani), Guillermo, Rollon, Alfonso, Chico, Edin (Habib).

Man of the Match: Alcaraz

 

Mazarrón FC  0  CD Beniel  3

Despite fielding what on paper looked a stronger side, Mazarrón consolidated their position at the foot of the table with a 3 – 0 defeat at home to Beniel.

After a fairly quiet first 20 minutes, with neither side doing an awful lot, things changed when a Mazarrón throw on the half way line was for some reason or other handled by Rollon. A quickly taken free kick was put into the Mazarrónarea and onwards into the net to give the visitors the lead.

Shortly after this Jose and Alfonso swapped positions but there was no noticeable difference with Beniel starting to get well on top. Despite this however, Mazarrón could have equalized twice before half time. First a shot was deflected to the keeper and then Pepe ran on to a through ball and hammered his shot straight at the keeper who punched it away. A yard either side and the whole game could have changed.

In the 56th minute Beniel doubled their lead when a free kick was headed into the net.

Shortly afterwards, following a succession of dives from the Beniel striker, Diego received his fifth yellow card of the season which will see him miss the next game. Beniel scored again to make it 3-0 and although Mazarrón had several chances to cut the deficit, nothing came from them.  The closest Mazarrón came was a 40 yard shot from Diego jnr which only just went over the bar with the keeper well beaten.

Time is running out for Mazarrón who are 10 points short of safety. Once again six regular players were missing through injury, suspension or unavailability and four members of the successful juvenile team had to be included in the starting line-up.

 

Team: Ruben, Jose “Pollo”, Diego, Alex (Habib), Guillermo, Pepe (Diego jnr), Rollon (jnr) (Chema), Alfonso, Chico, Pescau (Ahmed), Matt Clarke

Man of the Match: Diego Snr.

 

Mazarrón F C  1 - Ceuti Atletico 2

Following the mid season break hopes were high for Mazarrón but nothing changed, not even the system, where once again a lone striker was deployed and this “honour” again fell to Edin.

Very little happened in the first 10 minutes but then Diego was outpaced by the opponents centre forward who managed to toe poke the ball towards goal and Peru allowed it to creep under his body into the net to give Ceuti the lead.

 8 minutes later Peru called for a ball, but then changed his mind leaving Diego no option but to head the ball out for a corner. The flag kick was flicked on to the visitor’s unmarked centre half who easily headed home.

Still without four key players through suspension, Mazarrón came back into the game and had two opportunities to reduce the arrears. Firstly, a Poyatos free kick was headed goal-wards by Diego but was easily saved and secondly, from a Chico corner, the ball was hammered in by Diego jr. but this was cleared off the line.

Shortly after the start of the second half Poyatos was injured and replaced by Alex who was making a welcome first appearance of the season after a lengthy injury. Alex, playing in a midfield role, seemed to inspire the team and Mazarrón had several chances, including a spell of three successive corners.

In the 83rd minute a strong run down the left from Pescau ended with an excellent cross from which substitute Habibe scored with a glancing header. Despite more pressure in the closing minutes, Mazarrón were unable to score and lost further ground at the bottom of the league table.

Team: Peru, Alcaraz, Diego, Alfonso, Matt Clarke, Poyatos ( Alex), Chico, Chema (Habibe), Diego jnr, Pescau, Edin.

Man of the Match:  Alcaraz

 

Thader Murcia 2 Mazarrón FC 0

This bottom of the table encounter started disastrously for Mazarrón when Jose missed a simple tackle and gave away a corner. This corner was met with a towering header by the Thader centre half to give Thader the lead after just 1 minute and 45 seconds.

After 18 minutes Macaroon's task became even more difficult when attacking winger Pepe crashed to the ground with a recurrence of a thigh strain and was replaced by the juvenile’s captain, Pescao.

Thader continued to test the Mazarrón goal and on 23 minutes Ruben pulled off a fine save to prevent the home team going further ahead. Shortly afterwards a mix up between Jose and Ruben left an open goal which the Thader striker somehow missed. Jose and Diego were booked and then,
as the first half came to an end Edin, once again working as a lone striker, was pulled down when clean through.

Five minutes after the half time break, Jose’s day got even worse as he received a second yellow card and his marching orders for a deliberate handball. Strangely this seemed to spur the team on and a fine attempt by Alfonso was saved.

Mazarrón's young English full back, Matt Clarke, who was outstanding in the first half, then pounced onto a loose ball and after a one-two put the ball into the path of Edin but, with only the keeper to beat, his mistimed shot went wide.

After 62 minutes Edin fired the ball across the face of the goal from the right which only required a touch but it missed the far post by inches.

In the 76th minute Thader increased their lead when, from a hotly disputed corner kick, the ball was drilled home from the edge of the penalty area.

Mazarrón's woes continued when Abdel had to be substituted in the last few minutes following a nasty tackle and five yellow cards plus Jose’s double yellow did nothing to improve Mazarrón's appalling disciplinary record.

Team:Ruben , Jose, Diego, Clarke, Diego (jnr) Alfonso, Chico, Juan Antonio, Pepe (Pescao), Edin, Abdel (Jaguar)

Man of the Match:  Matt Clarke

Los Garres 5 Mazarrón FC 3

With seven first team regulars missing through injury and suspension, it was always going to be tough for Mazarron in this relegation battle. There were six members of the juvenile squad in the starting line up but this was no excuse for the appalling performance in the first 30 minutes which saw the home side take a 3-0 lead and leave the Mazarrón players once again looking totally dispirited.

For the eighth away game in a row, Manager Agustino continued his policy of playing a lone striker. Perhaps after obtaining just one point in these eight games, the penny will finally drop. If not, the consequences for the manager and the team will be dire.

After a quiet opening twenty minutes, Los Garres scored three times in a period of just 15 minutes. The first, a shot from outside the box which should have been closed down by Diego, the second another shot from outside the box which seemed to take a deflection and the third when a through ball split the static Mazarrón defence.

Then, just three minutes before half time, Diego junior slipped the ball past the last defender and ran 30 yards leaving three Los Garres players in his wake before slipping the ball under the advancing keeper to make the score 3-1. A minute later, Diego senior had the ball in the net but the referee had already blown for an infringement. The first half drama was not over, however, as Edin was blatantly pushed in the penalty area but the referee waved play on , eventually booking Edin for either diving or dissent.

Alcaraz, who was inexplicably named as substitute, replaced Dani at half time and Mazarrón were back in the game after 48 minutes when Diego powered a free kick into the roof of the net. Los Garres increased their lead two minutes later when Ahmed unfortunately turned a cross into his own net but Mazarrón then came back into the game with a spell of sustained pressure. Both Diego junior and Diego senior shot just wide before Edin reduced the arrears when he ran on to Juan Antonio’s through ball to make the score 4-3.

The games was settled in the 75th minute when a corner was fumbled by Ruben and the ball bundled into the net to make the final score 5-3 to Los Garres.

Mazarrón deserve credit for the second half fight back but some serious action is needed to halt the club’s alarming slide.

Team: Ruben, Jose, Diego, Ahmed, Matt Clarke, Alfonso (Habibe), Juan Antonio, Jouad (Ismael), Diego jnr, Dani (Alcaraz), Edin

Man of the Match: Diego jnr.

Mazarrón 1 Puente Tocinos 1

(Abandoned due to Floodlight failure)

Once again a much changed Mazarrón team struggled against opponents who seemed to be no better themselves. Included in the changes was the appearance of Ruben in goal for Peru who was injured in the warm up.

The only things of note in the first half were a booking for Rollon jnr for no apparent reason, a shot from Diego jnr which went narrowly wide, and a shot from distance by Pepe which was easily saved by the keeper.

At the start of the second half, Ruben came out to meet a through ball and only succeeded in heading it to an attacker who fortunately put his effort wide. Shortly after this a slip from the visitors keeper put pressure on them but after a scramble in the area a foul was given for a tackle on him by Pescau the smallest player on the pitch.

After 70 minutes, in the gathering gloom, the visitors took the lead from the penalty spot, following which Chico was booked.

Edin was then introduced from the bench and Mazarrón began to play better. Edin’s perseverance and pace down the right wing won the ball and his cross into the middle was met by Alfonso who hit the equalizer.

Shortly after this Edin ran onto the ball following a defensive mistake but with the whole crowd standing to acknowledge a goal, the ball hit the inside of the post and rolled to safety.

After what can only be described as a viscous assault by a defender on Diego jnr, for which the referee only awarded a free kick, Pepe was  sent off, presumably for telling the referee what most of the crowd thought of him.

Well into injury time the Chico was given a second yellow card for a tackle from behind reducing Mazarrón to nine men. The drama was not over though, as almost immediately, the floodlights went out and, after a wait of several minutes with the ground in complete darkness, the game was abandoned.

Man of the Match:  Edin.

Team: Ruben, Jose, Diego, Rollon (jr), Max, Chico, Diego (jr) (Ahmed), Pescau (Edin), Juan Antonio, Alfonso (Dani), Pepe.

 

Ucam Guadalupe  4  Mazarrón  FC 0

On an early Sunday Morning with a 10.15 am kick off, when suspensions, injuries, work commitments and fiestas meant many players were missing, it seemed that those who were on the pitch had also forgotten to turn up. Mazarrón contributed absolutely nothing to the game and were fortunate that Guadalupe took pity on them and only scored 4 goals.

Within 3 minutes, the score was 2 – 0 with Guadalupe scoring with their first attack from a 25 yard shot and then scoring a second more or less straight afterwards following  a Mazarron corner! The ball was cleared, Jose missed a through ball and it ended up in the net.

No more goals came in the first half but there was time for Robert to have his usual show of petulance with the referee booking him for dissent. He then went for a 50/50 ball with the keeper and a defender and came out of this holding his side and complaining. This time his protest went on far too long and he was eventually given a red card by the referee. Even then he continued with his antics and it was quite some time before the match resumed.

All that can be said of the second half is that Guadalupe scored twice and missed several sitters leaving the end result as 4 – 0. There was time, however, for an English lad named Max to make his debut. I wonder what he made of things.

Man of the match Diego (snr) with Alcaraz in second place.

Team: Peru, Jose, Borja, Diego, Diego (jr.) (Habibe), Guillermo (Ahmed), Alcaraz, Juan Antonio, Alfonso, Pepe (Max), Robert.

This Sunday, 4th December, Mazarron are at home to Puente Tocinos, kick off 4.30pm. As this is the last home game before Christmas, Los Amigos de Mazarron FC will be providing the traditional free mince pies, sausage rolls and cider for all supporters. Admission is just €5 and Santa hats are recommended.

Mazarrón FC 1 Cieza 2

It was a case of déjà vu on Sunday when, with Mazarrón, a goal to the good against a poor team, they attempted to protect a slender lead instead of going for the kill with the usual result.

With a string of injuries and suspensions Mazarrón were forced into numerous changes, with Pepe at right back, Robert as captain and Alcaraz and Rollon jnr in the centre of defence.

Despite this, most of the early chances fell to Mazarrón with shots from Pescau and Rivero being blocked and Robert causing confusion in the visitor’s defence on a regular basis. Once, he was hacked down just outside the area but nothing came from the free kick.

However from a quickly taken throw in from Pepe, Robert powered his way down the wing and his cross was superbly put away on the volley by Guillermo in the 37th minute.

At this stage Mazarrón were well on top but no further goals came in the first half. After the interval, Mazarrón once again went onto the defensive and after a booking for Pepe, from the resultant free kick the ball was driven along the ground and apparently through the wall into the net.

Shortly afterwards the visitors had a further free kick which somehow stayed out of the net but this only postponed the inevitable. Robert was booked for dissent, following which Mazarrón ground out a couple of chances with Robert forcing a good save following a run and cross by Rivero.

However, a further free kick saw Cieza break away and score the winning goal, sending Mazarrón into the bottom two in the league.

Man of the match Pepe

Team: Jose, Pepe, Borja, Rollon Jr, Guillermo, Alcaraz, Juan Antonio, Pescau (Diego jr.), Chico (Hamed), Rivero (Imaen), Robert.

 

Pinatar 5  Mazarrón FC 0

Despite a spirited display in the first two thirds of the game, Mazarrón suffered a heavy defeat although 3 of the goals came in the last 20 minutes, after both Poyato and Diego were forced off injured and Jose the reserve keeper was playing as an outfield player as all 4 other subs had by then been used.

For the first 30 minutes play was open and chances came at both ends, notably for Mazarrón, when a neat back heel from Rivero saw Robert shoot narrowly wide. In the 33rd minute, after Pinatar had a goal disallowed for offside, a brilliant through ball from Poyato set Robert free. Unfortunately he shot wide when perhaps he should have passed to an unmarked Rivero. Then Pinatar forced a corner from which the ball was eventually put into the net for the first goal.

Mazarrón continued to give a good showing and a double save was needed from the Pinatar keeper to prevent Robert scoring  and Mazarrón went in at the interval very unfortunate to be trailing. The first booking of the game did not come until the 54th minute for a foul on Robert and immediately afterwards, Poyato then played a poor back pass but, fortunately, Peru was able to deal with the resultant shot. In the 65th minute two Pinatar players who both seemed to be well offside were allowed to continue and score the second goal.

Poyato then went off injured and Diego was also lying injured in the box when Pinatar carried on playing and made it 3 – 0. At this stage Mazarrón were down to 10 men and before Diego was replaced by Jose the reserve keeper, a well worked goal saw the score reach 4 – 0.

As the game degenerated there were a string of bookings and, to rub salt into the wounds, Pinatar scored a fifth goal in injury time to give a totally unfair look to the scoreline.

Man of match Robert

Team: Peru, Borja, Guillermo, Diego (Jose), Alcaraz, Poyato (Rollon jnr), Robert, Chico (Diego jnr), Juan Antonio, Rivero (Pescau), Pepe (Habibe)

This weekend Mazarron are at home to Cieza, kick off 4.30 pm. Admission is €5

 

Mazarrón FC 1 CD Bullense 1

Perhaps a draw was the fairest result in a poor match in which little good football was played. Unfortunately the result was also influenced by many questionable refereeing decisions.

With new signing Guillermo having a free role and Rivero and Abdel playing wide up front there was a more positive feel to the approach of Mazarron with Robert no longer isolated.

In the first quarter of the game, Mazarrón were the better team and it took a good save from the Bullense keeper to prevent a shot from Rivero putting them in front. Several other good attempts also came to nothing but in the 27thminute following a collision between Robert and the keeper, a penalty was awarded and the keeper was booked.

Unfortunately Poyato blasted the penalty against the bar and the opportunity was gone. However Mazarron continued to press and a strong run down the right by Guillermo resulted in a good cross which was hammered into the net by Robert to give Mazarrón a slender lead at the interval.

Having had a quiet first half, the referee sprung to life after the break and questionable free kicks were awarded on a regular basis with a string of yellow cards for players on both sides, many of them for no apparent reason.

Play was never allowed to flow and, as a result, the second half was a poor spectacle. Then, in the 7th or 8th minute of added time, the referee awarded a free kick to Bullense for a perfectly fair tackle by a Mazarrón player. The resultant free kick was hammered into the top of the net to give Bullense a share of the points and spark a wave of protests from Mazarrón players and supporters. The goal was the final kick of the game.

Man of the match Rivero

Team. Peru, Borja, Diego, Poyatos, Guillermo (Pescau), Alcaraz, Juan Antonio, Chico, Rivero, Abdel (Pepe), Robert (Rollon jnr).

 

 

Aguileño 1 Mazarron 0

Despite Aguieno’s higher league placing, there was little between the teams on the day and the hosts were fortunate to end up with all three points.

The pitch and most of the Mazarrón fans were well watered before the game by a somewhat rogue watering system and this certainly helped the appearance of the pitch if not the fans.

Poyatos again partnered Diego at the back, but once again Robert was left to plough a lone furrow up front. However Mazarrón had much the better of the opening half and had several chances to score, including a 30 yard shot from Robert which hit the bar and went over.

After several Mazarrón corners had failed to produce an opening, the Aguileno keeper made a good save from one of Robert´s efforts. The score remained level at half time despite the award of a dubious free kick against Jose which fortunately came to nothing.

In the second half Aguileño came more into the game and missed what can only be described as two sitters. However, following an injury to Chico on 60 minutes, Aguileno took the lead in controversial circumstances. A Mazarrón player had played the ball into touch to allow Chico to receive attention but, with everyone expecting Aguileño to give the ball back from the resultant throw in, Ivan hit the ball from almost the half way line over the top of Jose and into the net.

The game then more or less petered out and the only events of real note were the booking of Aguileño´s trainer for time wasting and the surprising introduction late on of youth team striker Habibe rather than the more experienced Edin who was left on the bench!

On the bright note there were only two bookings, Rivero and Alcaraz, neither for dissent.

Man of the match Alcaraz (2nd week running)

Team: Jose, Borja, Diego (Rollon jnr), Poyatos, Alcaraz, Juan Antonio, Chico, Rivero (Chema), Pescau (Habibe), Abdel, Robert.

 

Mazarrón FC 1  Jumilla CD 0

With Poyato replacing the injured Juan Andres in central defence and Rivero supporting Robert up front, Mazarrón played a slightly more attacking system than recently. They were rewarded with a victory against Jumilla which moved them up to 15th place in the league.

In the 8th minute a long throw in was met on the volley by Rivero but unfortunately his goal bound shot was deflected wide and from the resulting corner, Rollon headed wide when well placed.

Further Mazarrón pressure revealed the Jumilla goalkeeper’s lack of confidence but despite being well on top for most of the first half there was no score at half time. Jumilla’s only real attempt on goal was thwarted by a good save from Jose after 42 minutes. 

In the second half Rollon was booked for an off the ball incident and then Abdel blazed the ball over when put through by Rollon. Jumilla came into the game more and there were several good chances at both ends. For Mazarrón, Abdel and Robert both had shots saved by the keeper and after 71 minutes a Jumilla forward headed over with no one near him!

Edin then had a clear chance but shot weakly at the keeper. As time began to run out Mazarrón really applied the pressure and, in injury time, a series of three consecutive corners and a throw in saw the ball arrive in the box for Pescao to hammer home his third goal of the weekend, his first two being for the juniors on Saturday.

It gave Mazarrón a well deserved victory, although the margin of victory could have been much greater.

Man of the match Alcaraz

Team: Jose, Borja, Diego, Poyatos (Edin), Alcaraz, Rollon (Pescau), Juan Antonio, Chico, Rivero (Rollon jnr ), Abdel, Robert.

The next game is scheduled for this Sunday, 23 October, away to SC Aguileno

 

Huercal – Overa  4   Mazarrón  0

Mazarrón travelled to Almeria to face the league leaders and fell behind in the 12th minute when a sweetly hit shot from 25 yards crept into the bottom corner of the net.

Mazarrón did have a few chances in the first half including a shot on the turn from Eloy, following a corner, but this was well saved by the keeper. Unfortunately, a second goal soon followed for Huercal-Overa when the Mazarrón defenders failed to reacted to a quickly taken free kick which left the centre forward unmarked and with the simple task of turning the ball past Peru. 

Juan Antonio sent a header over the bar from a rare Mazarrón corner but was then booked for complaining to the referee about a stray elbow which caught him in the face and forced him to leave the pitch for treatment. 

Mazarrón made two substitutions at half time but soon fell further behind when a series of intricate passing movements led to a third goal for the home team with an easy finish from close range, yet again by an unmarked attacker.

At this stage Poyato made his long awaited return to the team after injury, but unfortunately his only real contribution was to get booked along with Peru in disputing Huercal-Overa’s fourth goal which came after 70 minutes.  A free kick on the right was floated high over the Mazarrón defence and headed into the net by the home team’s captain and central defender.

Peru made a number of excellent saves in the closing stages of the game and was presented with his Man of the Match award by Steve Hardy at the end of yet another disappointing day for Mazarrón.

Team.  Peru, Pescau (Chema), Borja, Diego, Juan, Rollon (Poyato), Juan Antonio, Eloy, Rivero, Abdel (Pesci) , Robert (Edin) ,

Mazarrón 2 El Palmar 4

Against El Palmar, who started the game in 3rd position in the league, Mazarrón were not helped by their willingness to press the self destruct button at will and by a referee resembling a lollipop lady with fluorescent orange top and whistle to match.

However, despite this, Mazarrón led  1 – 0 at half-time thanks to a goal from Juan which came following a good run down the left by Rollon which resulted in  a corner. The flag kick caused chaos in the visiting defence and centre half, Andres, rifled the ball into the net from 20 yards.

Shortly afterward Chico was harshly booked for a tackle which appeared to be legal in all senses. This proved to be decisive later on in the game when he was booked for a second time presumably for something he said to the referee as play was nowhere near him at the time and the inevitable red card followed.

Towards the end of the half came possibly the worst decision ever seen on the ground when juvenile keeper, Ruben, collected a headed back pass and after a delay of 20 – 30 seconds the referee gave a free kick against him. Fortunately nothing came from this and half time came with the score still at 1 – 0.

The second half started with Mazarron still holding their own and following a good run by Abdel down the wing Juan Antonio hit a cracking shot just wide of the goal. However,  after another dubious free kick, an El Palmar forward was left completely alone on the right and he met the ball on the volley to bring the scores level.

Some 5 minutes later Ruben fumbled a cross from the right and it was tapped into an empty net to put the visitors undeservedly ahead.  Mazarron then had several good chances,  including a shot saved by the keeper’s feet when he had dived the wrong way, and another where he fell over whilst collecting a back pass only to recover just in time to hack the ball away as it was about to cross the line.

After Chico was sent off, Rollon trod on the ball in midfield and the ball broke for El Palmar to add a third goal.  Almost immediately,   Diego was caught in possession and El Palmar again broke away in almost identical fashion to make the score 4-1.

Mazarron had the last word when a free kick was met with a powerful header into the roof of the net by Diego to make the final score 4-2 to El Palmar.

Man of the Match: Edin

Team: Ruben, Borja, Diego, Juan, Alcazar, Rollon, Chico, Juan Antonio, Diego jnr, (Rollon jnr\0 (Robert), Edin, Abdel (Rivero).

 

Pozo Estrecho 1 Mazarron 1

 Mazarron travelled to Pozo Estrecho fresh from their victory last week but this time there was no repeat performance. Such was the dominance of the home team that the corner count was over 20 – 1 in their favour and the Pozo Estrecho keeper spent most of the second half playing sweeper mid way between the half way line and the penalty area. However, despite this Mazarron came close twice in the last few minutes to snatching a victory but the chances were spurned, on both occasions by substitute Rivero.

The only event of note at either end in the first 20 minutes was when a Pozo Estrecho shot was deflected by a defender and a good save from Jose was needed to keep the score level. After 30 minutes new striker Edin was put through but shot narrowly wide. Then, after 40 minutes Mazarron took the lead, against the run of play when Diego jnr curled a delightful free kick from all of 30 yards into the top corner of the net.

In the second half, Pozo Estrecho laid siege to the Mazarron penalty area and a succession of corners finally led to Jose making an excellent save. However, yet another corner led to the equalizing goal when after a number of shots were blocked, a forward managed to scramble the ball home.

Despite a succession of bookings for Mazarron players, substitute Robert was pulled back when clean through and, although a free kick was awarded, no card was produced.  Mazarron supporters felt that this was no doubt because the offending Pozo Estrecho defender had already been cautioned.

The point gained means that Mazarron move up to 15th place in the Preferente Autonomica.

Team, Jose, Borja, Diego, Juan, Alcaraz, Rollon (Abdel), Eloy (Rivero), Chico, Juan Antonio, Diego jnr  (Jose Da), Edin (Robert) (Rollon jnr).

Mazarron’s next game is at home to El Palmar this Sunday, 2nd October, kick off 6 pm. Admission is €5.

 

FIRST WIN FOR MAZARRON

Mazarrón  2 Montecasillas 1

Sunday 18th September 2011

With almost a full squad to choose from Mazarrón, were hopeful of moving away from the foot of the table on Sunday.  However, this seemed unlikely after a very poor performance in the first half coupled with the loss of the main striker, Robert, who was injured very early on.

Montecasillas scored after 11 minutes when a mix up between Peru and one of the Mazarrón defenders saw the ball fall to an unmarked forward who scored with ease.

Robert's header goes over the bar

Prior to this the only thing of note was Eloy being asked to remove an earring and surprisingly not being booked! Although Mazarrón did not play at all well in the first period, they did have several shots on target and were refused the first of two blatant penalties.

Fortunately, the second half was a different story, and Mazarron began to press forward. Several good attempts, including a fierce drive from 20 yards by Jose Da, brought good saves from the excellent Montecasillas keeper. After another penalty appeal was turned down, Mazarron’s pressure paid off when substitute Rivero powered in a cross shot from way out on the right into the opposite top corner of the net.

Urged on by a larger than average crowd, Mazarrón continued to press forward and Jose Da placed a quick free kick over the defence for Abdel to score the winning goal and cement the first victory of the season.

Man of the Match Jose Da.

Team :Peru, Alcaraz, Borca, Diego, Juan Andres, Juan Antonio (Diego jnr), Jose Da, Chico, Rollon, (Rollon jnr), Eloy (Abdel), Robert (Rivero).

Mazarron’s next game, away to Pozo Estrecho, is scheduled for Sunday 25th September. Coach tickets (€7) will be onsale at Thursday’s meeting of Los Amigos de Mazarrón FC at the Trevi Bar, Camposol, 4 pm.

 

Muleño  3   Mazarron  1

September 11th 2011

With three players still injured and another two regulars away on holiday, it would have been no surprise had Mazarron really struggled against high flying Muleño. However, on a lovely early evening in Mula the Los Amigos supporters saw a much improved display, and the final score of 3-1 was not a fair reflection on the play. Indeed, Muleno’s third goal came with almost the last kick of the game following a spell of Mazarron pressure which had the locals pleading for the referee to blow for full time.

In the early stages, both teams showed a willingness to attack and Mazarron could have scored on two occasions when Robert and Chico both missed good chances. However Mazarron did take the lead around the 20th minute when Eloy ran on to a through ball from Jose Da and chipped the ball over the advancing keeper. He was, however, booked for celebrating the goal with friends in the crowd.

The new look defense played really well for the rest of the half with Peru, in goal for the first time this season, acting as a sweeper on numerous occasions and effectively kicking the ball away rather than using his hands.

However, after going in at half-time with a one goal advantage, Mazarron failed to switch on at the start of the second half and within a minute Peru was left exposed when a Muleno forward burst into the area. The goalkeeper’s challenge was not legal and he conceded a penalty but, fortunately, he was only  booked. The penalty was duly converted and at this stage one or two Mazarron heads seemed to drop.

Muleño, who were now looking like a team at the top of the table, took the lead after 60 minutes. Several deflections in the box resulted in the ball falling to one of their players who scored despite looking suspiciously offside.

Peru then made several good saves, and following a couple of substitutions, Mazarron managed to get back into the game. They could well have equalized in a spell which saw several opportunitie from a free kick, the resultant corner and further sustained pressure.

Unfortunately, in the last minute, and with the Muleno goal under siege, the ball broke beyond the Mazarron defenders and with one of the Muleno forwards advancing on goal, Peru came well outside the area, getting to the ball first only to see it hit the striker and bounce onwards towards the goal. With no defender present he was then able to tap the ball into an empty net. The final score of 3-1 was certainly flattering to Muleno.

This was a much improved display and, had Mazarron not been so slow out of the blocks at the start of the second half, the result may well have been different.  However, on the bright side, Peru seems to have made a difference in goal and one of the two new players, Rivero, could be a good acquisition.  Against lesser opposition, Mazarron should soon be able to pick up points and move away from the foot of the table.

Team:

Peru, Santi, Borja, Rivera, Alcaraz, Rollon (jnr), Jose Da (Diego), Chico (Pesi), Robert, Eloy (Rollon) , Abdel.

 

Mazarrón 2 Olympic Totana 4

4th September 2011

Mazarrón disappointing start to the season continued with a 4-2 home defeat against local rivals Olimpico de Totana. With 8 juveniles in the squad of 17, Mazarrón were never going to have an easy time of it and their cause was not helped by the tactics of the visitors. Throughout the game the Totana players reacted to challenges by falling to the ground in dramatic style and the referee consistently felt obliged to award them free kicks and make many questionable decisions throughout the game.

Mazarrón again started the game with one lone striker and it came as no surprise when Totana took the lead after 11 minutes after Chico had been dispossessed. Eloy missed a good chance to equalize after 20 minutes when he shot wide from a good position and then Chico became the first player to be booked following a bad tackle.

The referee then made a series of strange decisions, booking first, one of the Mazarrón substitutes from the bench and then Agostino, the Mazarrón Manager, who reacted to another questionable decision from the official. Just before half time, Jose, the Mazarrón goalkeeper, advanced from his goal only to miss the ball completely and allow an unmarked Totana forward to stab the ball into an empty net and make it 2-0 to the visitors.

For the second half Joseda came on for Rollon junior and Robert was finally given more support up front. Despite making more chances and being more aggressive, Mazarrón could not profit from this and it was, in fact, Totana who added to their lead. From a long free kick Jose, possibly impeded by Juan punched the ball straight up in the air. It fell to Chico who completely missed his kick and the ball was swept into the net by a Totana forward. 

Mazarrón then made two more substitutions with Chema and Pepsi replacing Eloy and Diego junior. The referee decided to book Chema for coming on without permission, this despite the fact that he had been clearly waved on. For the first time, Totana started to look vulnerable and when Abdel charged into the penalty area he was fortunate not to receive a booking for a spectacular dive in an attempt to win a penalty. Shortly afterwards, however, a perfectly weighted corner from Chico was met by two Mazarrón players with Juan getting to it first and powering a header into the back of the net to make the score 1-3.

The home supporters were given some hope, when Santi scored a second from a re-taken free kick after Joseda’s first attempt had been blocked by a Totana defender standing only 6 metres from the ball. Joseda, astonishingly, had been booked by the referee for this transgression!!

Although Mazarrón now looked the better team it was Totana who rounded off the scoring when their striker was left unmarked in the penalty area and scored a good goal to make the final score 4-2 for the visitors. There was still time, however, for the referee to have the final say when, having ignored a blatant foul on Robert, he refused to allow the trainer to treat him and booked the Mazarrón captain, Juan, for discussing this fact with him.

Mazarron Team, Jose, Santi, Borja, Diego, Juan, Rollon jnr (Joseda), Diego jnr (Pesi), Chico, Robert, Eloy (Chema), Abdel.

The next game is away to Muleno CF and is scheduled for Sunday 11th September. Coach tickets at €7 each will be on sale at  Thursday’s meeting of Los Amigos de Mazarron FC at the Trevi Bar (4pm)

 

CD Beniel 3  Mazarrón FC 0, 28th August 2011 

Following a reasonably successful pre season, Los Amigos de Mazarron FC supporters travelled to Beniel on a lovely Sunday afternoon for the first league game of the season. Hopes were high for a successful day despite being without several key players, including Alex, Rollon and Poyatos, due to injuries received in the final friendly against Aguilas.

However, having returned to the lone striker system, Mazarron were two goals down after just 12 minutes, both goals coming from almost identical situations where the ball was crossed in from the left and missed by a couple of defenders. The first was scored by Riza, the second by Raul.

Robert, playing the role of the lone striker tried to make the best of things and had several good attempts on goal, despite being marked (sometimes unfairly) by two well built defenders. The two defenders made their presence felt and the only surprise was that there was only one booking for them collectively in the first half. Despite their attentions, Robert had several shots on target and, perhaps with more help up front, Mazarron could have got back into the game. This was not to be however and Mazarron went into the interval two goals down.

The manager, Agostino, made two changes at half time, Pescau and Rollon (junior) coming on for Joseda and Eloy. Unfortunately he did not change the system and Robert was left alone up front to chase everything with little success.

On 52 minutes, Robert appeared to be fouled yet again but with nothing given Beniel moved forward and Riza scored his second and Beniel’s third goal from about 30 yards out.

Two further substitutions, Pesi and Chema for Abdel and Chico respectively, did seem to brighten things up and Mazarrón managed several good efforts which were dealt with by the Beniel keeper and they eventually ran out fairly comfortable 3 – 0 winners.

On the bright side, there were no bookings for Mazarron and it is hoped that, when the squad is back to full strength, results will soon improve.

Mazarron’s team was:- Jose, Santi, Borja, Diego, Juan Andres, Diego Jnr, Chico (Chema 80), Joseda (Pescao 45), Eloy (Rollon Jnr 45), Abdelkader (Pesi 55), Robert.