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Archive Reports 2012/13 - Primera Autonomica Division

MAZARRON FC  2 HOLBROOK SPORTS FC 3 

This entertaining end of season friendly was Mazarron’s first ever game against a team from the United Kingdom. The visitors Holbrook Sports FC play in the English East Midlands Counties Premier Division and have taken part in both the FA Cup & FA Vase competitions this season.

Mazarrón began with five of their regular players on the bench, giving some of the fringe players a rare start. The game began quietly but Holbrook started to cause Mazarrón problems down the right, getting in behind the full back on numerous occasions. They took the lead after 23 minutes  when a splendid cross from the right was turned in by Aaron Brady.

Santi’s free kick from 25 metres was well saved by the Holbrook keeper as Mazarrón came more into the game and then a through ball from Poyato found Alfonso whose shot was well saved. However, a defensive error led to a second goal for Holbrook five minutes before half time when another excellent cross from the right was converted by Hallsworth. 

Mazarrón made several substitutions at half time which had an immediate effect and when Diego junior was brought down in the area following an excellent run, they were awarded a penalty.   At the players’ insistence, retiring captain Diego took the spot kick but he hit it tamely and the keeper made the save.

Diego junior and Cecilio had chances for Mazarrón to reduce the deficit and at the other end a desperate scramble was cleared off the line before Mazarrón were awarded a second penalty after 70 minutes. This time, although Alfonso’s kick was saved he managed to force the rebound home to make the score 1-2.

In the 78th minute a well hit shot from Cecilio brought a great save from the Holbrook keeper. Two minutes later Barrachina put Jose Ruben in behind the full back down the right and his pin point cross found Alfonso who scored his second of the game from close range to bring the scores level at 2—2.

Both teams had chances to win the game before, in the last minute, Mazarrón gifted Holbrook the winning goal when following a mistake by young keeper Ruben, Sam Ridgard slotted the ball into an empty net. The game, which was sponsored by Dave Chapman of the Costa Café, Camposol, was excellent to watch and played in good spirits.

Mazarrón Team: Jose Iker (Ruben) Alfonso, Pepelu, Pollo (Barrachina), Poyato, Toni, Matt Clarke (Diego), Santi, Alvaro (Diego junior) Victor (Cecilio) Brayan (Jose Ruben)

MOTM: Alfonso.

Holbrook Sports Squad: Graves, Jellyman, Corrigan, Bockarie,  Connor,  Gowing, Ridgard, Ozmen, Brady, Hallsworth,  Kuri, Jinks, Arnold, Itutu, Romney,  Annable.

Holbrook Sports MOTM: James Ozmen.             

 

Mazarron FC 5 Beniajan CF 0

Mazarron ended the league season with a comprehensive 5-0 home victory over Beniajan CF. It was Diego’s last game as a Mazarrón player after three tremendous years’ service to the club, latterly as captain. 

However, it was leading marksman Jose Ruben who completely dominated the game with another superb performance, both as goalscorer and goal provider. He destroyed the Beniajan defence on countless occasions and put in a never ending succession of pin point passes. Many of these were wasted until the 26th minute when, at the second attempt, Alfonso converted one of them to open the scoring. 

Ruben continued to take matters into his own hands and scored a beautiful goal when he lobbed the Beniajan keeper from around 30 yards to make it 2-0 and he continued to supply  excellent crosses, one of which was converted by Diego Junior to give Mazarrón a convincing

3-0 lead at half time.

In the second half Mazarrón used all the substitution options open to them but the game continued to be dominated by Ruben who scored again after 55 minutes. Shortly afterwards, Mazarrón central defender Chicho decided to audition as next season’s goalkeeper with a marvellous save with his hands and received the inevitable red card.

Mazarrón keeper Jose Iker saved the resultant penalty kick and kept a clean sheet for the rest of the game. After 60 minutes Ruben completed the scoring and his own hat trick to take his tally for the season to 19, the second highest scorer in the league.

Captain Diego was substituted with five minutes remaining and received a standing ovation from the crowd. He will be sorely missed.

All in all this was a very successful end to the season in which Mazarrón finished in 9th position in the league and the man of the match was obviously Jose Ruben.

Team: Jose Iker, Alfonso (Pollo), Diego (Pepelu), Jose Da, Toni (Poyato), Jose Ruben, Cecilio (Santi), Perico, Barrachina (Matt Clarke),  Chicho, Diego Jnr.

Next Saturday, 8th June, Mazarron host a friendly match against visiting English team, Holbrook Sports. Holbrook are in the East Midlands Counties Premier Division and the game at the Estadio Municipal kicks off at 5 pm with admission free.

 

C.F. MOLINA 2 MAZARRON F.C. 1 

The early morning trip to Molina started really well for Mazarrón and they took the lead in the fourth minute. Jose Ruben was allowed to run down the right wing despite looking in an offside position during the build up. Having rounded the keeper he then squared the ball for Diego (Jnr) to tap it in to an empty net for his fourth goal in four games since returning to the Club.

 Mazarrón should have increased their lead when a close range header from Ruben was saved by the keeper’s feet and then Cecilio blazed the ball over the bar from the resulting corner. They were made to pay for these misses when Molina equalised after 18 minutes. A through ball saw Hernadez run on to it unchallenged and score.

 Molina then took the lead when Jesus Ramon outpaced the entire Mazarron defence to make the score 2-1 to the home team. Molina then replaced their goalkeeper and shortly afterwards a shot by Alfonso from near the halfway line hit the bar with the keeper well beaten.

The linesman again made his mark 4 minutes into the second half when he was consulted by the referee about an off the ball incident. As a result Mazarron’s Clemente and Molina’s Jesus Ramon were both shown a red card, a decision which so infuriated the Molina player that he was reluctant to leave the pitch for a few minutes before being finally escorted away.

Mazarrón should have equalized after 60 minutes when they were awarded a penalty but Ruben’s spot kick was saved. Shortly afterwards a shot from Barrachina was headed off the line. Molina should then have made the game safe when their striker rounded the Mazarron keeper Ruben only to tap his shot wide from about two yards.

Despite a bout of late substitutions, Mazarrón failed to make any further impact on the game and will need to beat Beniajan at home in the last game of the season to make sure they remain in ninth position in the Primera Autonomica.

Team: Ruben, Alfonso (Poyato), Diego, Jose Da, Jose Ruben, Santi (Matt), Cecilio, Barrachina, Clemente, Diego, Perico (Toni)

Man of Match Captain Diego.

MAZARRÓN F.C. 2 CAP CIUDAD DE MURCIA 1 

Mazarron’s season is ending on a high with another hardworking team performance earning them a splendid 2-1 victory at home against promotion chasing CAP Ciudad de Murcia. 

The biggest crowd of the season boosted by a large and enthusiastic following from Murcia enjoyed a close fought battle which was settled by two goals from Mazarron’s excellent striker Jose Ruben. 

The game opened quietly with both sides struggling to gain supremacy but Mazarron’s juvenile goalkeeper Ruben, again deputising for Jose Iker, had to be at his best to foil the dangerous Murcian strike force.  

Mazarrón took the lead after 22 minutes when Jose Ruben reacted first to a splendid cross from the left and turned the ball into the net for his fifteenth goal of the season. At the other end, young Ruben was again called into action with a brave double save to thwart the onrushing Ciudad de Murcia forward.

The first half ended with Ciudad de Murcia on the attack and, first captain Diego and then Ruben again, had to be at their best, Diego clearing off the line and Ruben blocking a shot from close range. 

The second half started in similar fashion and Ciudad de Murcia equalised after 50 minutes when Ruben was only able to push out a cross from the right and the ball fell to Mario who coolly lobbed it back into the roof of the net. 

At this stage Mazarron were defending resolutely and only occasionally able to mount an attack on the Murcia goal apart from a speculative shot from 25 yards from substitute Toni which went over the bar. On 70 minutes a mishit shot deceived Ruben and the ball evaded his grasp and rolled slowly towards the goal line but he recovered quickly to grab it just in time. 

Toni hit a fierce drive just outside the post before Murcia thought they had equalised after 78 minutes following an excellent move but the goal was disallowed for offside. However, Mazarrón scored what turned out to be the winning goal on 85 minutes when Alfonso’s through ball saw Jose Ruben once again racing clear of the Murcia defence before chipping over the keeper’s head and running the ball into the empty net.  

It was Ruben’s 16th goal of the season and he is now the second highest goalscorer in the league. Two minutes later an excellent move between Ruben and Barrachina ended in a cross to the far post and substitute Matt Clarke’s shot was just deflected for a corner. 

Mazarrón had to work hard to complete the double over Ciudad de Murcia and the difference between the two teams was once again Jose Ruben who also scored both goals in Mazarron’s victory at Murcia back in January. 

Team:  Ruben, Barrachina, Diego, Chicho (Clemente), Perico, Jose Da, Diego (Matt Clarke), Alfonso, Santi (Pollo), Jose Ruben, Cecilio (Toni)

 Man of the Match:          Ruben (goalkeeper)

 

C.D. CIEZA 2 MAZARRON FC 8

After last week’s creditable draw against the league champions, Mazarrón travelled to bottom of the table Cieza without four first team regulars but still managed to register their biggest victory for over four years. 

Mazarrón took the lead after 12 minutes when Diego junior played the ball inside the full back for Alfonso to hit a first time shot into the corner of the net. After clever play between the youngsters Jose Da and Diego, Cecilio’s shot was saved by the Cieza keeper but Mazarron increased their lead after 19 minutes. Barrachina’s long ball was controlled by Diego junior who slipped past a defender before hitting a crisp left foot shot into the far corner. 

Mazarrón goalkeeper Ruben, deputising for Jose Iker, was only called into action once in the first half when he reacted well to block a rare Cieza attack. After 35 minutes Cecilio picked up a loose ball 40 yards from goal and, seeing the keeper well off his line, sent a perfect chip over his head and into the roof the net to make it 3-0 at half time.

The second half continued in the same vein with Mazarrón having almost all the play and they increased the lead after 53 minutes when Ruben and Diego exchanged passes before the young Diego scored his second with another left foot shot. 

Cieza pulled a goal back two minutes later when Martinez raced through the Mazarrón defence and evaded three half- hearted tackles before hitting a firm shot past Ruben. Mazarrón almost made it 5 after 57 minutes when Ruben raced down the right wing but his fine cross was just turned away by a defender with Diego junior waiting at the far post hoping to complete his hat trick. 

On 75 minutes Santi, not to be outdone by Cecilio, tried a speculative shot from 45 yards which again saw the Cieza keeper off his line, and the ball once more sailed into the roof of the net. Mazarrón scored twice more in the next three minutes. First, Barrachina made a surging run down the right and his cross was turned in at the far post by captain Diego. Then a minute later substitute Matt Clarke become the first British player ever to score for Mazarrón when his fierce left foot drive was too hot to handle for the Cieza keeper who could only help the ball over the line. 

Cieza scored again after 87 minutes when Ruben allowed an innocuous shot from Balsalobre to slip from his grasp and bounce over him into the net before another Mazarrón substitute, crowd favourite Pepe Pollo, made it 8-2 in the last minute when he coolly rounded the keeper before slotting the ball home. 

Team: Ruben, Barrachina, Diego, Clemente, Perico (Pollo), Alfonso, Jose Da (Brayan), Santi, Diego jnr, Jose Ruben ( Matt Clarke), Cecilio (Toni)

Man of the Match Diego.

 

MAZARRON FC 1 YECLANO DEPORTIVO 1 

Mazarrón welcomed the new league champions Yeclano Deportivo to the Estadio Muniicpal and once again gave one of their best performances of the season to earn a very creditable draw. 

Both sides settled down quickly and captain Diego had to be at his very best to prevent Yeclano opening the scoring after just six minutes with two superbly timed tackles. Then, at the other end, Cecilio’s clever header found Perico on the left and his shot was fumbled by the Yecla keeper who just managed to grab the rebound before the onrushing Jose Ruben could capitalise. 

After 20 minutes a long throw by Perico was met with an overhead kick by Ruben which was saved. Mazarrón keeper, Jose Iker, came to their rescue after half an hour with a tremendous double save from point blank range before Mazarrón themselves almost took the lead after 35 minutes. Santi won the ball on the halfway line and his perfect through ball saw Jose Ruben racing clear of the Yecla defence but his shot was turned away by the keeper. 

Mazarrón were certainly having the better of the exchanges in the first half and Ruben was again unlucky when his back header from a long ball out of defence beat the keeper but bounced over the bar with the defence left stranded. 

Diego junior made a welcome return after his season at Elche as a second half substitute for Pepelu and he was immediately in the thick of the action working cleverly down the left hand side with Jose Ruben. 

Ruben had two early shots and then Jose Da found Diego junior who shot just wide. After 57 minutes the hard working Cecilio found Diego junior and he was brought down in the penalty area just as he was about to shoot.  Mazarron’s record from penalties this season has been appalling but the young Diego showed how it is done and coolly placed the penalty inside the post to give Mazarrón a deserved lead. 

Yeclano could have equalised shortly afterwards when Santi was forced to clear a shot off the line following a corner. Mazarrón, however, were the better side and when Diego junior was once again fouled, this time on the edge of the box, Ruben’s clever free kick just grazed the outside of the post. 

Yeclano equalised after 81 minutes when a harmless through ball was completely missed by Chicho and, with the Mazarron defence now exposed, the cross was turned home past the helpless Iker to give the champions an underserved point. 

It was the second time this season that Mazarrón had held Yecla to a 1-1 draw and they were unfortunate not to become only the third team to defeat the runaway league leaders. 

Team:  Iker, Clemente, Chicho. Diego, Pepelu (Diego jnr), Barrachina, Santi (Poyato), Jose Da, Perico (Matt Clarke), Jose Ruben, Cecilio. 

Man of the Match: Diego junior

 

OLIMPICO DE TOTANA 0 MAZARRON F.C. 1 

A goal from leading scorer Jose Ruben in first half injury time was enough to secure a deserved away victory for Mazarron at local rivals Olimpico de Totana. 

The game opened quietly with neither side able to make much impression until Mazarron keeper, Jose Iker, was forced into making a splendid save in the 13th minute to turn a close range shot from 6 yards around the post. In the next minute Mazarron went close when Cecilio’s shot on the turn just cleared the bar. 

After 25 minutes a free kick taken by Jose Da who was returning for his first game of the season, caused havoc in the Totana defence but Cecilio was just unable to force the ball home in the ensuing scramble. 

Totana were causing problems for Mazarron with some long through balls over the heads of the defenders but first Perico and then captain Diego were able to come to the rescue with well timed interceptions. Poyato was a tower of strength in midfield for Mazarron and produced a number of excellent probing balls one of which found Alfonso in the clear but his control let him down and the chance went begging.  

Then a clever interchange of passes between Cecilio and Poyato ended when Poyato appeared to be fouled on the edge of the Totana penalty area but the referee waved play on. However, Mazarron took a deserved lead in injury time at the end of the first half when Santi’s free kick was headed home by Jose Ruben at the far post.

The second half began with Mazarron on the attack and on 49 minutes Barrachina’s cross was headed just wide by Cecilio. At the other end Jose Iker was rarely troubled but had to dive smartly to his right to clutch a Totana free kick. 

Mazarron should have clinched the game in the 75th minute when Jose Da and Ruben combined on the right and Alfonso somehow managed to miss the target from 2 yards from Ruben’s excellent cross. 

Totana were reduced to ten men when one of their players was dismissed for a second bookable offence and Mazarron eventually emerged as deserved winners to the delight of their excellent and vociferous crowd of travelling supporters. 

Team:  Jose Iker, Barrchina, Diego, Clemente (Pepelu), Perico, Poyato, Jose Da, Santi (Matt Clarke), Alfonso, Jose Ruben, Cecilio (Toni) 

Man of the Match:   Poyato

 

MAZARRON F.C. 1 C.F. LORCA DEPORTIVA 2 

There was little to choose between these mid-table teams but despite applying pressure in the latter stages of the game, Mazarron were unable to snatch an equaliser and suffered a 1-2 home defeat to close rivals Lorca. 

There was a nasty collision of heads involving Diego and a Lorca forward in the first few minutes which resulted in the visiting player being substituted and Diego nursing a large lump on his forehead. Lorca took the lead in the 10thminute when a through ball found Minarro who, although looking to be in an offside position, ran on to hit a rising shot past Jose Iker. 

Mazarrón replied with a free kick from Santi which was headed onto the bar by Poyato. In the 16th minute, Mazarrón keeper Iker had to dive full length to turn a fierce shot around the post. Mazarrón equalised after 27 minutes when Ruben found Santi on the right and his low cross was turned in at the near post by Perico.

 Mazarrón almost took the lead before half time but a clever backheel by Jose Ruben lacked power and a Lorca defender was able to clear the ball off the line. 

The first period of the second half was uneventful until Lorca regained the lead in the 59th minute with a superb goal. A cross from the right was met by Ruiz who hit an unstoppable volley past Iker into the roof of the net. 

Mazarrón struggled to trouble the Lorca defence until the closing stages of the game. Good work by substitute Toni and Cecilio saw Toni’s cross shot go wide of the far post. Lorca were reduced to 10 men in the 89th minute when one of their midfield players was dismissed for a second yellow card and Mazarron managed to apply some real pressure in the eight minutes of added stoppage time.  

Following a goalmouth scramble the ball fell to Barrachina whose fierce shot was saved at point blank range by the Lorca keeper. Then a free kick from Toni was heading for the top corner until the visiting keeper managed to get his fingers to the ball and tip it over the bar 

 Team: Jose Iker, Clemente, Diego, Chicho, Barrachina, Santi, Poyato (Toni), Baeza, Perico (Matt Clarke), Jose Ruben, Cecilio. 

Man of the Match:   Diego 

Before the game, Los Amigos member Trevor Taylor presented a cheque for 2500€ to Mazarrón FC President, Jose Rodriguez. The money was raised at the recent Los Amigos de Mazarrón FC Gala Evening and Dinner held at the Hotel la Cumbre, Puerto de Mazarron.

C.D. ALBERCA 1 MAZARRON F.C. 1 

Mazarrón secured a well-deserved point at C D Alberca in a game totally dominated by an inept referee who  blew his whistle at every opportunity and never allowed the game to flow.  12 yellow cards and 1 red card demonstrated his lack of knowledge of the beautiful game.  

Mazarrón had 2 new signings, Clemente & Chicho, in the starting line-up and both players had reasonable debuts. Mazarrón settled quickly and were the first to create chances with Alfonso and Ruben linking up well down the left but the final ball was of poor quality.  On 20 minutes Ruben made another great run down the left and his cross found Barrachina whose shot hit a defender.

 Barrachina was beginning to find space down the right causing problems for the home defence and on two occasions put in good crosses which were both cleared. Then, two minutes into added time at the end of the first half Baeza was caught in possession 25 yards out and Antonio Perez hit an unstoppable shot into the Mazarrón to give Alberca the lead.

At the start of the second half, Alfonso and Ruben continued to cause problems for the home defence but the final ball was always lacking in quality. Alberca had a great chance to extend their lead in the 63rd minute but with only the keeper to beat the ball was blasted over the bar. In the 67th minute Chicho was replaced by Santi who immediately played Ruben in but the striker’s control let him down and the ball ran harmlessly out of play.

On 70 minutes the home side’s top scorer was shown his second yellow card and was dismissed. He completely lost control and had to be wrestled to the floor by his own team’s players before being led away by two club officials who were having to restrain him with some force.

 Mazarrón were now playing their best football of the afternoon and Ruben, Cecilio and Santi all wasted good chances. The referee never allowed things to flow and the game was punctuated with bookings. However, Mazarrón finally got the goal they deserved in the 90th minute when once again Ruben was found wide on the right and his resulting cross was met with a powerful header from Cecilio, the keeper having no chance. In the end, a draw was a fair result. 

Tema: Jose Iker, Pepelu, Diego, Clemente,(Santi) Chicho, Alfonso, Barrachina, Baeza, Poyato,(Toni) Jose Ruben, Cecilio. 

Man of the Match- Alfonso.          

Mazarrón 4 EMF Fuente Alamo 0

 Mazarrón got back to winning ways with a comprehensive 4-0 victory at home to Fuente Alamo.

 They took the lead after only a minute when Alfonso found Jose Ruben on the right and his cross was fired home by Cecilio. After 8 minutes, Poyato, who was returning to the team after a lengthy absence, played a through ball to Ruben. Mazarron’s leading scorer ran on and calmly dribbled round the Fuente Alamo keeper, before slotting the ball home to make it 2-0. 

Ruben and Alfonso were causing all sorts of problems for the Fuente defence and Ruben combined well with Matt Clarke on the left but his cross was just blocked. Poyato saw a couple of long range efforts sail over the bar and then, after 34 minutes, a fierce drive by Cecilio was brilliantly saved by the Fuente keeper.

 Three minutes later, a harmless looking through ball deceived the Fuente Alamo keeper who came out of his penalty area but completely missed his kick. Cecilio took full advantage by running on to place the ball into the empty net to give Mazarrón a 3-0 lead and claim his 10th goal of the season.

Two minutes before half time, a Ruben corner found Diego 8 yards from goal but his shot was blocked by the keeper.

Fuente Alamo had hardly troubled the Mazarrón defence and it was a similar story in the second half. Jose Ruben continued to torment the Fuente defenders with his pace and one surging run down the right touchline saw him knock over the linesman, to the delight of the home supporters!!! 

A number of substitutions and bookings on either side disrupted the flow of the game but Mazarrón completely dominated the closing stages of the game. First Ruben’s excellent cross was just cleared by a defender with Cecilio waiting to pounce for his hat trick and then Ruben hit a rasping drive from outside the area which just went over the crossbar.

Alfonso should have scored with two minutes left after a clever flick on by Ruben, but shot wide. However, he made amends in the last minute when he headed home Ruben’s pin point cross to make the final score 4-0. The victory saw Mazarrón overhaul Fuente Alamo and move back up to 9th position in the league table. 

Team:   Jose Iker, Barrachina, Diego, Pepelu, Perico, Alfonso, Poyato (Alvaro), Baeza, Matt Clarke (Santi), Jose Ruben, Cecilio (Brayan).

 Man of the Match:          Jose Ruben

 

Mazarrón FC 2 A.D. SOHO-MEDI 3 

Despite an improved performance, Mazarrón suffered their third successive defeat against promotion-seeking A.D. Soho-Medi. 

After a slow start, Mazarrón almost took the lead after 6 minutes after good work by Barrachina. The full back’s cross fell to Cecilio whose fierce left foot shot on the turn was tipped on to the crossbar by the Soho-Medi goalkeeper. 

Mazarrón keeper Jose Iker came to his team’s rescue when he dived at the feet of a Soho-Medi forward to prevent what seemed a certain goal and then, after 17 minutes Jose Ruben latched onto a bouncing through ball but couldn’t control his shot which went harmlessly over the bar.  

On 19 minutes, Iker made another fine save but the ball rebounded to the edge of the penalty area and Sergio struck a low shot into the corner of the net to give Soho-Medi the lead. Eight minutes later it was 2-0 when a shot from the left by Ortiz bounced in front of Iker and over his despairing dive into the corner of the net. 

For once Mazarrón heads did not go down and five minutes later Baeza pulled a goal back after a quick free kick by Jose Ruben.  After 35 minutes another long ball out of the Mazarrón defence deceived the onrushing goalkeeper and Jose Ruben coolly ran on to equalise from a difficult angle. 

Mazarrón could have taken the lead five minutes before half time when Panocha’s tantalising cross from the left was met with a spectacular overhead kick by Jose Ruben but the ball flew just wide of the post. 

Soho-Medi regained the lead early in the second half when Hurtado met a cross from the right with a looping header that gave Jose Iker no chance. Mazarrón continued to press forward and had the better of the chances in the second half. After a foul on Jose Ruben, substitute Toni drove a powerful free kick into the chest of the visiting keeper. The rebound fell to Alfonso who was unable to control the awkward bouncing ball and his shot went wide. 

On 74 minutes, good interplay between Alfonso and Ruben saw Ruben unleash a fierce drive which was parried by the keeper but fell agonisingly short of the Mazarrón forwards and was cleared to safety. 

The defeat means that Mazarrón slip to 11th in the league. There is no game this weekend and the next home game is against EMF Fuente Alamo, scheduled for Sunday 24th March 

Team: Iker, Barrachina, Diego, Pepelu, Perico, Santi (Toni), Baeza, Alfonso, Panocha (Ahmed), Jose Ruben, Cecilio (Pollo) 

Man of the Match: Jose Ruben

C.D. Algar 6 Mazarrón F.C. 0 

A woeful performance by Mazarrón FC ended in a deserved 6-0 thrashing at the hands of C.D. Algar. With only the suspended Jose Ruben missing from the usual starting line up, Mazarron were outclassed in every department in what was undoubtedly the worst display of the season. 

Mazarron’s defensive weaknesses on either flank were exposed as early as the 15th minute when Pepelu was forced to bring down an Algar forward in the penalty area and Antonio blasted home the twice taken spot kick despite the valiant efforts of Mazarron keeper, Jose Iker. 

Three minutes later Cecilio’s cross was headed against the crossbar by Alfonso. Then, after 27 minutes Barrachina’s cross to the far post was volleyed towards goal by Panocha only to see the Algar goalkeeper make a good save. 

Algar increased their lead after 38 minutes when a through ball found the left winger who, despite looking suspiciously offside, put in an excellent cross for Francisco to fire home. Then , three minutes before half time Hugo Alvarez scored when he outpaced Matt Clarke and shot  past the despairing dive of Iker to make the score 3-0. 

The second half was virtually one-way traffic with Mazarron non-existent as an attacking force. Santi was caught in possession after 55 minutes and from the resulting cross Alvares scored his second of the game.  Almost immediately a similar mistake by Diego went unpunished when the shot from an Algar forward sailed wide. However, it was 5-0 after 65 minutes when, with the visiting defence standing and appealing for offside, Jose ran from just inside the Mazarron half and coolly slotted the ball past Iker. 

Mazarrón did manage a shot on goal after 67 minutes but Panocha’s left foot shot on the turn was easily saved. After 75 minutes, Algar made it 6-0, again from the penalty spot, when Alfonso was adjudged to have committed a foul inside the area although it appeared that the offence had taken place outside the box. 

Mazarron’s recent performances have been worrying, with only one win in seven games and the defence, which for so long this season, has been so solid is now looking extremely fragile.

Team:  Jose Iker, Pollo (Jose), Diego, Pepelu, Matt Clarke (Perico), Barrachina, Baeza, Alfonso, Santi (Toni), Cecilio, Panocha 

Man of the Match           Alfonso. 

 Mazarrón FC are at home to A.D. Soho-Med this Sunday, 10th March, kick off 4 pm. Admission is just 4€ with juveniles free.

Mazarrón FC 2 Alquerias FB 3 

Despite taking the lead after just 1 minute and 25 seconds, a superb display by the visiting goalkeeper saw Mazarrón suffer only their second defeat in 10 games. 

Baeza put Mazarrón ahead with a deflected shot in their first attack but Alquerias equalised in the third minute when juvenile keeper Ruben, deputising for the suspended Iker, could only parry a shot to Samuel Manzano, who poked the ball home.

Alquerias took the lead after 12 minutes when Pollo, in attempting to a clear a free kick from the right, merely passed the ball to Manzano who had the simple task of scoring from 6 yards. 

The game flowed from end to end on a difficult bumpy surface although the better chances fell to Mazarrón who equalised after 21 minutes with one of the goals of the season so far. Cecilio picked the ball up 25 yards out and unleashed a superb right footed drive into the roof of the net to bring the home supporters to their feet.

After 32 minutes, a cross from the left was headed down by Barrachina to Jose Ruben whose fierce shot was just tipped over the bar by the Alquerias keeper. Mazarron’s captain, Diego, limped off after 40 minutes to be replaced by Ahmed and, almost immediately, Alquerias took the lead. A left wing run exposed young Ahmed for pace and the resultant cross was fired home by Samuel Manzano to complete his hat trick. 

The second half was almost totally dominated by Mazarrón with Jose Ruben causing all sorts of problems for the Alquerias defence. Firstly, his pinpoint cross found Cecilio whose shot was turned over by the Alquerias keeper. Then, after 68 minutes, more excellent work down the left by Ruben saw Alfonso’s shot tipped away for a corner. 

Mazarrón supporters were annoyed by the Alquerias tactics during the whole of the second half when they took the opportunity to break up play by feigning injury after virtually every tackle. In the last minute of normal time, Jose Ruben was amazingly given a red card by the referee for showing his displeasure at these tactics to one of the Alquerias players who was lying on the ground laughing at him.

Even then, Ahmed could have equalised in the 9th minute of added time but his point blank header from Toni’s corner was once again bravely saved by the Alquerias keeper 

Team: Ruben, Pollo (Toni), Diego (Ahmed), Pepelu, Matt Clarke, Barrachina, Alfonso, Baeza, Panocha (Santi), Jose Ruben, Cecilio 

Man of the Match:   Baeza

Mazarrón FC v Nuestro Abaran CF

Mazarrón came storming back to earn a point after going behind early on in this encounter. Once again Mazarrón started the game very slowly and it was Abaran who bossed the early stages. Panocha had a point blank header from 5 metres well saved by the Abaran keeper on 6 minutes. But it was Mazarrón who went a goal down on 7 minutes when good work down the Abaran left resulted in a well hit shot taking a wicked deflection and beat Ikea.

It was all Abaran for the next 10 minutes and the Mazarrón defence worked hard to repel their attacks. The strangely quiet Jose Ruben finally got a touch of the ball after 20 minutes with the Abaran defence, who were obviously well aware of the Mazarrón strikers potential, marking him VERY closely, and a few minutes later he was unlucky to see his effort cleared off the line.

Abaran had a corner that was headed clear by stand in captain Victor who was filling Diego's boots well, Diego was on the bench due to an injured knee. Ruben was put clear on 39 minutes but again strangely, hit his shot tamely at the keeper. It is to be noted that through the game Ruben was being given a tough time by the Abaran centre half who would push, shove, kick and elbow him at every opportunity, not what football is really all about and was given very little protection from the match official.

Pepe Pollo came on for Fran at the start of the second half and it was a slip by the substitute 3 minutes later that lead to Abaran scoring their second goal when a close range shot was brilliantly saved by Jose Iker but he could not do anything about the rebound which was thumped pass him into the net. The constant fouling of Jose Ruben's eventually lead to his patients finally giving way when he was booked in the 49th minute, and it was to be noted that the Abaran number 11 was congratulated by his team mates when he caused the Mazarrón striker to retaliate to a nasty tackle which lead to the booking.

Slowly but surely Mazarrón began to get on top and in the 57th minute pulled a one back when Barrachina scored a clinical goal from close range giving the stranded keeper no chance. Mazarron were now playing some excellent football and were all over Abaran who fell further and further back into their own half. Shots started to rain in on the Abaran goal as Mazarron chased the equaliser. First it was the ever improving Barrachina who shot wide and a minute later Ruben headed straight at the keeper. Mazarrón had another good chance on 75 minutes when from a corner the ball fell in the 6 yard box and around 16 players were involved in a total free for all in trying to get a boot to it but some how it was eventually hacked clear by the ever more desperate Abaran defence.

Shortly afterwards Pepe Pollo was felled in the Abaran penalty area but the referee turned down the obvious penalty appeals, and by this time the match official was beginning to lose the plot denying Mazarrón several blatant fouls but gave neither free kicks or any of the numerous penalty appeal. From the bench Captain Diego was summonsed to replace Perico in the 84th minute and 2 minutes later Mazarrón levelled the scores.

Jose Ruben single handed took on four Abaran defenders close to the left hand touch line and with a series of "Ola's" from the near bye Los Amigos left them for dead and sent over a pinpoint cross to Barrachina who's shot was goal bound but Cecilio ensured that the ball was send clearly into the back off the net, cue rapturous applause from the Mazarrón supporters.

When the ball was fired into the Abaran goal mouth shortly afterwards, which was saved by the now desperate Abaran keeper, the ref's attention was attracted by one of his assistance, and for the life of me I'll never know why but the Mazarron’s keeper, Jose Iker, was booked. This could be down to the antics of the Abaran manager who had been berating the linesman all of the game, a similar tactic he had used in the first game between the sides in Abaran and it appears to worked again.

Cecilio came off injured and was replaced by young Jose the prolific juvenile striker. In the 93rd minute matters turned nasty when Jose Ruben was felled in the penalty area by the Abaran centre half kicking him in the face well after the ball had been cleared down towards the halfway line, luckily the linesman spotted this and after talking to the referee the centre half was shown a red card and dismissed, everyone was amazed that a penalty was not awarded.

The last action of the game was an almighty scramble in the Abaran goalmouth involving most of the players on both sides, how that ball didn't cross the line and give Mazarrón FC the deserved win and all three points we don't know. Many players and officials from Abaran surrounded the officials at the end of the game and the dressing rooms apparently saw some post game action but the local police soon sorted that out.

Team: Jose Iker, Perico, (Diego senior) Pepelu, Baeza, Jose Ruben, Santi, Cecilio, (Jose) Victor (capt), Panocha, Fran, (Peppe Pollo) Barrachina.

Man of the Match: Jose Ruben

 

MAZARRÓN WIN 2-0 AT ATHLETICO PULPILENO

MAZARRÓN CAME INTO THIS GAME WITH FOUR REGULAR PLAYERS MISSING AND TOOK TIME TO SETTLE. BOTH TEAMS HAD DIFFICUTY IN RETAINING POSSESION IN THE EARLY STAGES, IT WAS MAZARRÓN WHO WERE FIRST TO SHOW ANYTHING OF NOTE IN THE 8TH MINUTE WHEN PERICO SHOT FROM THE EDGE OF THE BOX STRAIGHT AT THE KEEPER. PULPI HAD TWO CORNERS BUT BOTH WERE EASILY CLEARED. RUBEN WAS PUT THROUGH BY POLLO IN THE 15THMINUTE, HIS ATTEMPT ON GOAL WENT OUT FOR A CORNER OFF THE KEEPER. BARRACHINA WAS PUT THROUGH A MINUTE LATER BUT SHOT WIDE AND SHORTLY AFTER RUBEN TRIED TO CHIP THE KEEPER BUT DIDN’T GET ANY HIGHT ON IT, PULPI THEN HAD TWO MORE CORNERS FOLLOWED BY A FREE KICK WHICH IKEA IN THE MAZARRÓN GOAL PUSHED ROUND THE POST FOR ANOTHER CORNER. IN THE 35TH PERICO DIRECTED A HEADER STRAIGHT AT THE KEEPER, THIS WAS FOLLOWED BY CECILIO HAVING A GREAT CHANCE IN THE BOX BUT SLICED HIS SHOT WIDE.

HALF TIME: 0-0

 PERICO WAS REPLACED BY PANOCHA AND THIS HAD AN IMMEDIATE EFFECT IN GIVING MAZARRÓN SOME WIDTH DOWN THE LEFT SIDE. PULPI HAD A CHANCE FROM CLOSE RANGE IN THE 48TH MINUTE BUT THE SHOT WENT WIDE.  MAZARRÓN HAD A GOOD CHANCE WHEN THE BALL FELL TO RUBEN ON THE EDGE OF THE BOX BUT HE BLASTED HIS EFFORT WIDE. RUBEN WAS THEN PUT THROUGH BY PANOCHA BUT ONCE AGAIN SHOT WIDE. PULPI CAME BACK INTO THE GAME AND ON 63 MINUTES DIEGO DID WELL TO GET HIS HEAD ON A GOAL BOUND PULPI EFFORT AND PUT IT OUT FOR  A CORNER, A MINUTE LATER SAW PANOCHA CLEAR THE BALL OFF THE MAZARRÓN GOAL LINE. ON 65 MINUTES MAZARRÓN CAPTAIN DIEGO WAS REPLACED BY JOSE. MAZARRÓN WERE BY NOW GETTING MORE ON TOP AND HAD SEVERAL CHANCES THAT CAME TO NOTHING. ON 74 MINUTES MAZARRÓN FINALLY SCORED WHEN RUBEN WAS PUT THROUGH BY CECILIO. THIS WAS FOLLOWED BY BOTH JOSE AND BEAZA SHOOTING WIDE. MAZARRÓN KEEPER IKEA MADE TWO FANTASTIC SAVES IN THE 85TH MINUTE, MAZARRÓN THEN SCORED THEIR SECOND GOAL WHEN SLICK PASSING BY MATT, CECILIO & JOSE RESULTED IN CECILIO FIRING IN FROM THE EDGE OF THE BOX. ALVARO CAME ON TO REPLACE CECILIO IN THE 87TH MINUTE. PUPLI CAME CLOSE IN THE DYING SECONDS BUT POLLO CLEARED THE BALL OFF THE LINE.

THE OFFICIALS FOR THIS GAME WERE EXCELLENT AND NO MAZARRÓN PLAYERS WERE BOOKED.

FINAL SCORE: ATHLETICO PULPILENO 0 MAZARRÓN FC 2

TEAM: JOSE IKEA, PERICO (PANOCHA), VICTOR, DIEGO (CAPT)(JOSE), POLLO, BAEZA, JOSE RUBEN, CECILIO (ALVARO), DIEGO(2), MATT, BARRACHINA.

MAN OF THE MATCH: PANOCHA.

 

 

Mazarrón FC  0  Corvera  0

Mazarrón give a poor performance in blustery conditions, but secure a point with a goalless draw against an equally poor Corvera team. With the energetic pair of Alfonso and Barrachina both missing through suspension Mazarrón were always going to struggle to get any width to their play. The game started at pedestrian pace and it wasn’t until the 20th minute that anything of note happened, this being a thumping shot from Mazarron’s Santi that crashed against the Corvera cross bar. Mazarrón had a corner on 22 minutes, taken by Baeza which was easily cleared by the Corvera defence. On 28 minutes Corvera were awarded a corner which was totally wasted. The first booking of the game went to a Corvera player for a clumsy challenge on Panocha, the resulting free kick was taken by Santi and was easily cleared. In the dying minute of the half Cecilio headed a cross from Ruben well wide.

Hale Time: 0-0

The second half started a bit more brightly but the passing from both sides was mostly wayward. Mazarron’s Pepelu was shown a yellow card on 55 minutes for mouthing off at the linesman. Pollo had a shot on target on 58 minutes but it lacked power and was easily collected by the Corvera Keeper. Play became very scrappy for long periods and In the 75th minute Matt Clarke came on for the under par Panocha in order to try and gain the upper hand, young Diego received Mazarron’s second yellow card a minute later. On 77 minutes Cecilio headed over from close range. Mazarrón assumed they had won the game when they were awarded a penalty in the 84th minute but as in his previous attempt at taking a penalty Santi hit it very tamely and the Corvera keeper hardly had to move in order to save the spot kick. Mazarrón Captain Diego came off injured on 86 minutes and was replaced by Brayn. In the 89th minute Pepelu was shown his second yellow of the game and was dismissed. Pollo could have won the game in the dying seconds but for a brilliant save by the Corvera  keeper. Final score: 0-0

Team: Jose Ikea, Perico, Pepelu, Diego(capt), (Brayn), Pollo, Baeza, Jose Ruben, Santi, Cecilio, Panocha, (Matt Clarke), Diego(2).

Man Of The Match: Diego(capt)

Mazarron’s next game is away at Athletico Pulpileno and is scheduled for Sunday 10th February.

 

Jumilla CD 5 Mazarrón FC 2 

Mazarron’s unbeaten run came to an end with a 5-2 defeat at second placed Jumilla but the score line certainly flattered the home team. Once again the game hinged on two controversial first half decisions by referee Manuel Martinez Tirado. 

Mazarrón were without top scorer Jose Ruben and Alfonso, both through suspension, but started the game in lively fashion with Barrachina enjoying his new role as an attacking right winger. On 22 minutes a lovely ball from the hard working Cecilio found Barrachina clear on the right and he ran on before hammering the ball into the corner of the net to give Mazarrón a well deserved lead. 

Ten minutes later Cecilio won the ball outside the Jumilla penalty area and this time found Panocha on the left and the young winger coolly slid the ball under the Jumilla keeper’s legs for what should have been Mazarron’s second goal. Amazingly the referee awarded a free kick for a foul by Cecilio when he had clearly won the ball fairly. 

Then three minutes before half time Cecilio was put clear by Santi and was brought crashing to the ground by the last defender. Instead of awarding a free kick which would have meant an automatic red card for the Jumilla defender, the referee waved play on. Jumilla cleared the ball straight down to the other end of the field and from the resulting cross Navarro out jumped Pollo to head the ball over Jose Iker and level the scores at half time.  

Jumilla took the lead eight minutes into the second half when Pollo was again found wanting defensively and the left winger squared the ball across the goal for an easy tap in. Jumilla were then reduced to ten men when one of their defenders was dismissed following a second booking.

Cecilio shot over the bar from a good position and a clever free kick from Panocha deceived everyone with Diego just failing to make contact at the far post. However, Jumilla virtually settled the game after 76 minutes with two goals in rapid succession, the second of which was clearly offside. In between the two goals captain Diego, once again Mazarron’s best player, was inexplicably substituted much to the disgust of the Mazarrón supporters.

Mazarrón still created chances and with ten minutes left, Santi’s cross was hammered against the post by Cecilio and then Santi broke clear and rounded the keeper only to try to pass inside to Cecilio with an empty net in front of him and the ball was cleared. 

Jumilla made it 5-1 in the 89th minute and substitute Perico scored a consolation goal for Mazarrón on his debut in injury time. 

Team:   Jose Iker, Pollo, Diego (Perico), Pepelu, Urrea, Barrachina, Diego 2 (Fran), Baeza, Santi, Panocha, Cecilio. 

Man of the Match:  Diego  

Mazarron’s next home game is at home to Corvera this Sunday, 3rd February, kick off 4.30 pm.

 

Beniajan CF 1 Mazarrón FC 1 

Mazarron had to battle for 40 minutes of the second half with ten men after Alfonso was sent off in the 50th minute but hung on for a 1-1 draw to continue their impressive run of results. 

In truth it was a below par performance but Mazarrón were not helped by the antics of some Beniajan players and the inadequacy of the match officials who were intimidated throughout the game by the home players and supporters. 

Mazarrón got off to the perfect when they took the lead after just six minutes. Cecilio’s through ball found Ruben racing clear and his clever lob eluded the Beniajan keeper and nestled in the corner of the net. 

Ruben was booked two minutes later following a challenge with the Beniajan left back who fell to the ground as though pole axed. After 15 minutes Ruben broke clear again but this time his lob was cleared off the line. Beniajan came more into the game and Jose Iker had to be alert to tip a free kick over the bar. Then a cross from the left wing deceived Iker and Matt Clarke did well to clear the ball off the line. 

Beniajan equalised three minutes after half time when the Mazarrón defence failed to clear and the ball was stabbed home to make it 1-1. Then two minutes later came another unsavoury incident, again involving the Beniajan left back who fell to the ground again as Alfonso ran past him. The linesman who had been intimidated by the home supporters behind him in the first half when a plastic bottle had been thrown at him, reacted to their appeals and called the referee over. Alfonso was shown a red card much to the amazement and disgust of the Mazarrón supporters. 

Despite being down to ten men Mazarron’s defence,again marshalled superbly by Diego, held firm with Jose Iker making a number of good saves including a tremendous double save in the 84th minute. Mazarrón were restricted to long range efforts but could have clinched it in the dying minutes when, first a Ruben header was cleared off the line and then a free kick from Baeza on the right just evaded desperate lunges from Barrachina and Diego at the far post. 

Team:  Jose Iker, Barrachina, Diego, Pepelu, Matt Clarke, Alfonso, Santi (Diego 2), Baeza, Panocha, Jose Ruben, Cecilio. 

Man of the Match:  Diego

Mazarrón FC 4 CF Molina 1 

After a poor first period, Mazarron’s second half performance earned them a third successive victory against improving CF Molina. Pepelu replaced suspended captain, Diego, and Pollo came in at left back in place of Urrea.

Neither side created many chances in a poor first half on a bumpy pitch. The early threat came from Molina when a low cross from the right wing was splendidly cleared by Alfonso with a desperate late tackle. It was half an hour before Mazarrón created a chance when Santi’s excellent cross from the left was met by Alfonso who directed a powerful header past the Molina keeper only to see his effort headed off the line.  

Just before half time, clever work on the left by Ruben saw Alfonso get in a shot which was blocked and at the other end Molina should have taken the lead when a free kick found their centre forward unmarked but he directed a tame header straight at Mazarron’s keeper, Jose Iker.

Diego (2) replaced Poyato at half time and Panocha came on for Pollo after 53 minutes. Mazarrón then began to take charge of the game with Santi moving to the right hand side of midfield and Panocha on the left. A few minutes later a clever lob by Santi was tipped over the bar and Santi’s corner was volleyed in at the far post by Panocha with virtually his first kick of the game to give Mazarrón the lead. 

After 65 minutes Molina were reduced to ten men when Galera was dismissed after picking up two yellow cards. Five minutes later a free kick on the right taken by Ruben found Panocha unmarked only six yards out but he blazed his shot well over the bar. However, in the 78th minute Ruben raced clear of the Molina defence and tapped the ball past the onrushing goalkeeper to increase Mazarron’s lead. 

Although Molina grabbed a consolation goal through Caballero, Mazarrón increased their lead with the best goal of the game when Panocha’s cross was steered home at the far post by Barrachina. Molina were reduced to nine men following a bad tackle on Alfonso and Ruben sealed another victory for Mazarrón in stoppage time when he again ran clear of the Molina defence, took the ball round the keeper and slotted home to make it 4-1. 

Mazarrón move into 8th place and Ruben took his goal tally to 9 in 13 starts, making him the second highest scorer in the league. 

Team:  Jose Iker, Barrachina, Victor (Urrea), Pepelu, Pollo (Panocha), Alfonso (Matt Clarke), Poyato (Diego 2), Baeza, Santi, Jose Ruben, Cecilio.

Man of the Match:   Alfonso

 

C.A.P.Ciudad De Murcia 1 Mazarrón FC 2 

Mazarron’s excellent form continued with a hard fought 2-1 away victory at Ciudad de Murcia making it five wins and two draws from the last eight games. 

New signing Baeza made his debut in midfield with juvenile central defender Victor replacing the previously ever-present Pepelu who was unavailable. 

After a quiet opening spell, Mazarrón took the lead in the 18th minute when Baeza’s free kick was headed into the roof of the net by top scorer Jose Ruben. The lead lasted barely five minutes before Ciudad de Murcia equalised when a slip by Victor allowed Candel to sneak in behind the defence and place the ball past Jose Iker. 

Mazarrón always looked dangerous on the break and Baeza shot wide following good work by Alfonso and Poyato before Cecilio played a superb through ball to Ruben who raced on before placing a shot just wide of the far post. 

Mazarrón began the second half in attacking fashion and should have regained the lead almost immediately. Unfortunately, Cecilio headed wide from just four yards after a brilliant run and cross down the left by Ruben. At the other end Jose Iker made the first of a number of good saves to keep Mazarron level, before Cecilio missed another great chance when he ran clear only to hit his shot straight at the keeper. 

However, Mazarrón took the lead in the 59th minute when Alfonso was fouled on the right touchline. Once again Baeza took the free kick and this time found the head of Barrachina who guided the ball into the corner of the net. Ruben continued to cause problems for the Ciudad de Murcia defence and from yet another cross Alfonso almost made it 3-1. 

After 65 minutes a tremendous shot from a Ciudad de Murcia forward was tipped onto the bar by Jose Iker. Murcia continued to put pressure on the Mazarron defence in the closing stages but were unable to grab an equaliser. Indeed, Mazarron should have increased their lead when Alfonso broke through and rounded the keeper only to see his shot blocked. Then, in injury time, Ruben beat three men and was racing clear of the Murcia defence when he was unceremoniously hacked down but the foul resulted only in a yellow card. 

Once again it was a great team effort by Mazarrón with everyone playing their part and, in this form, a push for promotion is not out of the question. 

Team:  Jose Iker, Barrachina, Diego, Victor, Urrea (Matt Clarke), Alfonso, Poyato (Diego 2), Baeza, Santi (Panocha), Jose Ruben, Cecilio (Pepe Pollo)

Man of the Match:  Jose Iker

Mazarrón FC 6 CD Cieza 0 

Mazarrón finished 2012 in fine style with a comprehensive 6-0 home victory against CD Cieza.

Mazarrón were in total control throughout the game and took the lead in the 3rd minute when a superb through ball by Poyato found Ruben who rounded the keeper and slotted the ball home. A few minutes later Cecilio was put clear but, with only the keeper to beat, he blasted the ball over the bar.

However Cecilio made amends in the 19th minute when he converted a pass from Ruben and scored from close range to give Mazarrón a two goal cushion. Diego went close with a header which went just over the bar over and Alfonso should have scored immediately afterwards but shot over.  Jose Ruben was causing problems for the Cieza defence and on 35 minutes his excellent pass to Urrea saw the full back hit a tremendous shot against the underside of the bar before the ball was cleared.

Mazarrón started the second half in the same vein. Ruben was put clear by Santi in the 48 minute and with just the keeper to beat his shot was well saved. In the 60th minute Santi’s clever pass found Alfonso who ran on to give Mazarrón a 3-0 lead. Diego should have made it four on 65 minutes but again headed over from close range.

Mazarrón were totally dominating the game with Ruben causing havoc down the left wing and from yet another excellent cross, Cecilio fired just wide on 70 minutes. However, the same combination saw Cecilio slamming the ball home a few minutes later to make it 4-0 .

 Five minutes later Alfonso made it five following good work by Panocha and substitute Ahmed then combined with Panocha to provide Ruben with his second and Mazarron’s sixth goal five minutes from time.

It was the first time Mazarrón had scored six goals in a game for more than four and a half years. In addition they managed to get through this game without a single booking and sent their supporters home happy and eagerly awaiting the New Year.

Final score Mazarron 6 CD Cieza B 0

Team: Jose Iker, Alfonso, Pepelu,(Ahmed) Diego, Urrea,(Matt Clarke) Poyato,(Diego2) Jose Ruben, Santi, Barrachina, Panocha, Cecilio.

Man of the Match:  Alfonso

There will be no games over the Christmas and New Year period and Mazarron’s next game is away to Ciudad de Murcia, scheduled for Sunday 6th January.

 

Yeclano Deportivo 1 Mazarrón FC 1 

Mazarrón supporters made the long journey to Yecla for the visit to the league leaders with some trepidation. Before Sunday, Yeclano’s record was played 12 won 11 and drawn one but it is a measure of how well Mazarrón played that they came away disappointed with only a draw. 

It was a game that Mazarrón could and should have won. They took the lead in the second minute when Jose Ruben ran on to a superb through ball from Poyato and outpaced  the home defence before calmly sliding the ball under the Yeclano goalkeeper. 

The lead lasted only 8 minutes before Yeclano equalised following a foul by juvenile captain Victor, who had replaced the experienced Diego in the centre of defence. The free kick was driven into the wall but rebounded to Ortega who hit a fierce drive from 20 yards into the roof of the net.

Three minutes later another through ball from Poyato saw Ruben racing clear again but his chip over the goalkeeper’s head went just wide of the far post. Then Ruben, who was causing all sorts of problems for the Yeclano defence, was fouled on the edge of the penalty area and Panocha’s free kick was tipped over the bar. 

Mazarrón were in complete control of the game and Cecilio headed over the bar from a Ruben corner before they had a great opportunity to retake the lead five minutes before half time. Ruben again broke clear on the left and his cross found Diego (2) who was brought down in the penalty area and Mazarrón were awarded a penalty. Ruben’s spot kick, however, was too deliberate and allowed the Yeclano keeper to make a save, low to his left. 

Mazarrón suffered a blow at half time when the influential Poyato had to be substituted and was replaced by another juvenile, Fran. However, after 50 minutes Panocha’s pass gave Ruben another gilt edged chance but his first time shot went agonisingly wide with the keeper well beaten. 

As expected, Yeclano came more into the game in the second half and Jose Iker in the Mazarrón goal was forced to make a couple of excellent saves but, on the whole, Mazarrón defended well and still looked dangerous on the break. Yecla went down to ten men in the 79th minute when Deltell was sent off following a second yellow card and Mazarron’s Pollo, who had only been on the field a few minutes as substitute, received a straight red card for a strong tackle. 

The whole Mazarrón team deserve enormous credit for this superb performance in a game in which Jose Ruben himself could have scored four goals. A word of praise too for the match officials who worked well as a team and also had an excellent game.

Mazarrón team:  Jose Iker, Barrachina, Victor, Pepelu, Urrea, Alfonso, Poyato (Fran), Diego (2) (Pollo), Jose Ruben, Cecilio, Panocha. 

Man of the Match:   Alfonso.  

Mazarrón are at home to CD Cieza this Sunday, 16th December, kick off 4 pm. Admission is €4 with juveniles free and, as this is the last game before Christmas, Los Amigos de Mazarrón FC will be distributing free mince pies, sausage rolls and cider to all supporters.

Mazarron FC 2 Olymipco De Totana 3 

Mazarron’s run of four games without defeat came to an end with a 3-2 defeat at home to Totana despite a spirited second half display. Twice they came from behind to level the scores before the best player on the field, Jaime Martinez Mora, scored Totana’s winner just three minutes before time. 

Totana took the lead after only three minutes when a left wing cross saw Mora beating Diego in the air and placing a firm header beyond Jose Iker’s reach. Mazarron felt they should have had a penalty after 10 minutes when Ruben appeared to be tripped in the area but their pleas were ignored by the referee. 

Diego headed just over the bar from a Santi free kick but Mazarron failed to impress in the first half apart from an excellent run and cross from Ruben which beat everyone at the far post and some excellent forays down the right hand side by full back Barrachina. 

Alfonso and Panocha replaced Edu and Diego (2) at half time and Mazarron started the second half brightly. Urrea’s cross shot from fully 40 yards bounced back off the far post before Mazarron equalised after 56 minutes with the best goal of the game. A superb ball out of defence to Jose Ruben on the left was superbly flicked on to Panocha and his first time shot found the corner of the net.

Immediately afterwards Mazarron could have taken the lead but Ruben’s header from a cross by Santi was saved. Two minutes later Totana regained the lead when Mora raced clear of the Mazarron defence and placed the ball firmly past Jose Iker.   

The Totana players took an age to celebrate the goal and from the restart, Jose Ruben ran through the Totana defence from the halfway line and slotted the ball into the net. The referee, however, who had whistled for play to restart with all the Totana players back in their own half, then signalled for the kick off to be retaken and the goal was disallowed. 

Despite this, Mazarron did equalise after 71 minutes. A powerful free kick taken by Ruben was too hot for the Totana keeper to handle and the ball rebounded to Alfonso who headed into the roof of the net. With both sides looking to score the winner there were chances at each end and Ruben hit the post for Mazarron with four minutes remaining. 

Mora, however, had the last word when his pace once again took him clear of the Mazarron defence and he lobbed the ball over Jose Iker to score the winning goal for Totana. 

Team:  Jose Iker, Barrachina, Diego (Pollo). Pepelu, Urrea, Poyato, Edu (Alfonso), Santi (Miguelon), Diego (2) (Panocha), Jose Ruben, Cecilio. 

Man of the Match:      Barrachina

CF Lorca Deportiva  0  Mazarrón FC  2

Mazarron’s march up the league table continued with a well earned 2-0 away victory at Lorca Deportiva. Despite being in command for most of the game, Mazarrón had to endure a spell of intense pressure for a 15 minute spell in the second half during which goalkeeper, Jose Iker, made a number of outstanding saves to keep Mazarrón in the game.

Mazarrón started brightly with Cecilio and Jose Ruben linking up intelligently on a number of occasions and Santi producing some defence splitting passes from midfield. One of these found Miguelon on the right but his cross was punched clear by the Lorca goalkeeper.

After 17 minutes a superb chip from Jose Ruben out on the right deceived everyone but the ball rebounded to safety from the cross bar. Santi then put Ruben clear but his run was blocked by two Lorca defenders. After 30 minutes more excellent play by Cecilio saw Ruben break clear again only to see his shot blocked by the keeper.

Lorca had been restricted to sporadic breakaways but could have scored two minutes before half time with a header that went just over the bar. Mazarron replied immediately with a fiercely struck shot by Cecilio which was well saved by the Lorca keeper.

Alfonso and Edu replaced Miguelon and Diego (2) at half time but it was Lorca who took the game to Mazarrón in the early stages of the second half. Jose Iker made four superb saves in the space of 15 minutes before Mazarrón began to take control again. Jose Ruben went close on a number of occasions and Cecilio headed wide from a Santi free kick

Poyato replaced the tiring Santi in midfield after 62 minutes and opened the scoring just ten minutes later. Ruben’s left wing run ended with an excellent ball to the far post which deceived the keeper and fell to Cecilio whose cross was headed back into the far corner of the net by Poyato to give Mazarrón the lead.

After 85 minutes a free kick on the right was dummied by Cecilio and Diego raced in at the far post to turn the ball home for Mazarron’s second goal and make it three wins and a draw from the last four games. This excellent result moves Mazarron up to 10th position in the league.

Team: Jose Iker, Barrachina, Diego (capt), Pepelu, Pepe Pollo, Miguelon (Edu), Santi (Poyato), Diego 2 (Alfonso), Jose Ruben, Cecilio (Urrea), Panocha (Ahmed)

Man of the Match:          Jose Iker

Mazarron’s next game is at home to Olimpico de Totana at the Estadio Municipal on Sunday 2nd December, kick off 4.30 pm. Admission is €4 with juveniles free.

 

Mazarrón  1  CD Alberca 1

Mazarron’s improved form continued with a creditable 1-1 draw at home to second placed CD Alberca.  They could have taken the lead as early as the first minute but the visitor’s keeper turned a great shot from Cecilio round the post for a corner which was cleared. However, on 3 minutes Cecilio flicked the ball onto Jose Ruben who lobbed the advancing keeper to give Mazarrón the lead.

Alberca responded well and they then took control of the game for a long period causing, the Mazarrón defence problems on a number of occasions. Jose Iker made a very good save in the 25th minute to preserve Mazarron’s lead before Poyato wasted a free kick hitting the ball harmlessly wide. In their next attack, Alberca were awarded a disputed penalty after a challenge by Pepelu. The spot kick was converted by Antonio Garcia Pedreno to bring the scores level.

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Mazarrón suffered a further blow in the 35th minute when the influential Cecilio was forced to leave the field through injury to be replaced by Edu.  Diego had a chance to restore Mazarron’s lead just before half time but headed just wide from Poyato’s free kick.

At the start of the second half, Mazarrón forced two corners in quick succession but both came to nothing. Then, in the 56th minute Alberca had a shot which was cleared off the line and 10 minutes later actually had the ball in the net only to see the goal disallowed for offside.

Alberca continued to press for the winner and had another good chanced after 71 minutes when a free kick was finally cleared by the Mazarrón defence which managed to stand firm in the face of increasing pressure. Both teams had chances to win the game in the final minutes. Mazarron’s Barrachina fired a close range shot into the side netting, and at the other end, Jose Iker made a brilliant save to thwart the Alberca centre forward.

 In the end, a draw was probably a fair result and Mazarrón have now only lost once in their last six games.

Team: Jose Iker, Alfonso, Pepelu, Diego (capt), Pepe Pollo, Urrea, (Panocha), Poyato, (Diego (2), Jose Ruben, Santi, Barrachina, Cecilio, (Edu).

MOM: Diego

EMF Fuente Alamo 0  Mazarrón FC 1

Without Jose Ruben and Matt Clarke who were serving one match suspensions, Mazarrón soon took control of the game and forced two corners in quick succession, the first of which was headed wide by Cecilio and the second punched well clear by the Fuente keeper.

Influential midfield player Poyato was forced to leave the field in the 17th minute with a hamstring injury but this did not stop Mazarrón continuing to attack the Fuente Alamo goal and Panocha was unlucky with a shot which was turned away for yet another corner. Diego should have given Mazarrón the lead in the 20th minute when he completely missed his header from a Santi corner.

After half an hour Edu ran on to a through ball but shot straight at the Fuente keeper, then Barrachina shot over the bar following yet another Mazarrón corner. However, the pressure finally told in the 37th minute when Cecilio showed good control and ran on to hit a rasping shot from distance giving the Fuente keeper no chance.

Fuente started the second half well and had a couple of shots which sailed harmlessly over the bar before Mazarron again took control with both Santi and Panocha going close. There followed a spate of bookings for both teams and in the 59th minute a Fuente player received a second yellow card and was sent off.

Mazarrón, by now, were totally dominating the game and it was only poor finishing that prevented them from increasing the lead. Cecilio missed two good opportunities and Mazarrón were nearly made to pay in the 72nd minute when a Fuente attack resulted in the ball striking Urrea on the arm right on the edge of the penalty area. However, despite frantic appeals from the home team, the referee awarded a free kick which was easily cleared.

Cecilio had two further chances for Mazarrón before Fuente thought they had equalised from a free kick in the 80th minute when the ball was driven into the net only for it to be disallowed as the referee had indicated that the free kick was indirect.

Mazarrón continued to waste chance after chance with Miguelon, Cecilio, Panocha and Santi all guilty. Mazarron’s Jose Iker made a great save in the 86th minute pushing a close range header round the post and the game ended with a further spate of bookings which culminated in a second sending off for a Fuente player.

It was Mazarron’s best performance of the season and a second successive victory.

Team: Jose Iker, Alfonso, Pepelu, Diego(capt), Urrea, Poyato,(Diego2) Santi, Edu(2),(Miguelon) Barrachina, Panocha, Cecilio,(Fran)       

Man of the Match:  Panocha

 

Mazarrón FC 3 - Pulpileńo 0 1st November 2012

It was good to see Mazarrón back playing on what must surely be the best playing surface in the division and also having Ruben available despite his accumulation of 5 yellow cards (his suspension will be for our next game).

It was Pulpi who had the first few shots but they were wayward and didn’t trouble Jose Iker in the Mazarrón goal.
On 10 Minutes Cecilio was brought down 20 metres out and Poyato fired the resulting free kick straight at the keeper.

Amazingly it was a Pulpi player that received the first Yellow card of the match on 12 minutes. On 14 minutes a superb ball out of defence found Ruben down the right and his cross found Cecilio who fired in from close range to put Mazarrón in front.


Poyato was a powerhouse in midfield winning the ball in the tackle and his passing was excellent, it was a worry when he went down injured in 20th minute but after treatment he continued to be a thorn in the Pulpi teams side. Mazarrón continued to be the better team and on 25 minutes a corner was headed just past the post by Cecilio and on 29 minutes another Mazarrón corner was wasted. A minute later Ruben was put through and with only the keeper to beat and it was the keeper that came out on top. In the 32 minute Poyato received a Yellow card for one of his trade mark tackles.
Pulpi came into the game for a short spell and had a couple of attempts on goal one shot over the bar then Iker made a great save from the Pulpi No 9, on 39 minutes Urrea received a Yellow card from the Referee who was having quite a good game himself. In the last few minutes of the half Diego made a great saving tackle and a Pulpi corner was scrambled off the line by the ever consistent Alfonso.


With the second half underway Ruben continued to tease the Pulpi defence with his runs down the left side and as early as the 47 minute he put in another excellent cross that was once again found Cecilio who headed over the bar.
On 50 minutes Mazarrón had Barrachina booked for a crude challenge and the following free kick was wasted by the Pulpi player. In the 60th minute Barrachina was put through but shot straight at the keeper, Pulpi had another player booked for a bad tackle on Panocha. Poyato was replaced by Santi in the 62nd minute and his first touch found Ruben whose shot was saved by the busy Pulpi keeper.

In the 64th minute Ruben made another great run and his pass found Panocha whose shot hit the post and came straight to Cecilio who scored his second goal of the game.


Another Pulpi player was booked in the 66th minute and Santi had a shot from some distance that just cleared the bar. In the 69th minute Ruben was cynically brought down in the Pulpi box but the referee gave nothing the Mazarrón manager received a booking for the comments he made.
A few minutes later Panocha went on a mazy run and was brought down in the box and this time the referee had no hesitation in awarding Mazarrón a penalty which was converted by the fouled player Panocha.


Urrea was replaced by Pepe Pollo in the 75th minute and a minute later another Pulpi player was booked. On 80 minutes Iker made a good save and Pulpi had two corners in succession which came to nothing. On 82 minutes No11 Edu was replaced by No18 Diego, Bookings for Alfonso and Santi followed in the 42nd and 43rd minutes. The game ended with a superb 3-0 victory for Mazarron but could and should have been by a bigger margin.

Jose Iker, Alfonso, Pepelu, Diego (capt), Urrea,(Pepe Pollo) Poyato,(Santi) Jose Ruben, Edu (2)(Diego(2), Barrachina, Panocha, Cecilio.


Man of the Match: CECILIO

 

SOHO MED  2  FC MAZARRÓN 1

 For the second time this season, Mazarron FC were forced to play an away game on a travesty of a dirt pitch. A fierce wind ensured that dust was constantly blinding players and spectators alike.

After 12 minutes Ruben attempted a delightful lob which the keeper tipped over but, shortly afterwards a brilliant cross from Santi was controlled by Alfonso who then lobbed the keeper to give Mazarrón a deserved lead.

On 23 minutes Alfonso repeated his run forward to meet an inch perfect pass only to see a brilliant save keep deny Mazarrón a deserved second goal. 

The game then turned in Soho-Medi’s favour when Matt Clarke, who had earlier been booked for apparently winning a tackle, received a second yellow card following a challenge on a Soho-Medi forward in the penalty area. Mazarrón were down to ten men but goalkeeper Jose Iker kept them in the lead at half time with a tremendous double save from Chules’s penalty kick.

In the second half Mazarron had to defend resolutely in the face of the driving wind, blinding dust and wave upon wave of attacks from the home team. Despite the heroics of Jose Iker, it was inevitable that all this pressure would result in a goal and in the 17th minute of the second half it duly arrived

Following a foul on Jose Ruben the referee inexplicitly gave the free kick to Soho-Medi and a long through ball fell to two forwards, who despite looking suspiciously offside, exchanged passes before giving Jose Iker no chance with the equaliser.

Mazarron’s first half performance and resolute defending with ten men in the second half deserved some reward. However, football is a cruel game and in the 88th minute a speculative cross was mishit by a Sohi-Medi forward only to be sliced goal-wards. Jose Iker pulled off a fantastic save only to see the spinning ball slip from his grasp and trickle over the line for the winning goal.

In a game where there were few dirty tackles, in addition to the two yellow cards received by Matt Clarke, the referee managed to issue yellow cards to 8 other Mazarron players.

Jose Iker, Alfonso, Pepelu, Diego (capt.) Miguelon (Edu 2) Poyatos (Urrea) Jose Ruben, Santi, Matt Clarke, Barrachina, Cecelio.

Man of the Match:      Alfonso

MAZARRÓN FC 1 CD ALGAR 1

Two controversial decisions robbed Mazarrón of a first victory of the season against second in the table CD Algar at the Estadio Municipal.

First, young striker Panocha was sent off shortly after Mazarrón had taken the lead in the 74th minute. Then, five minutes later, a CD Algar forward dived over the outstretched arms of Mazarrón keeper Jose Iker and a penalty was awarded from which Veiga equalised.

It was 15 minutes before CD Algar managed a shot at goal and 20 minutes before Mazarrón threatened with an excellent run down the right by Edu. His cross to the near post was flicked on by Jose Ruben but cleared by a defender.

Jose Iker made the first of a number of excellent saves in the 23rd minute and, at the other end,  a half clearance by a CD Algar defender fell to Santi who hit a tremendous shot from 25 yards just wide of the target.

Five minutes before half time, Panocha headed wide from a free kick taken by Ruben but two minutes later CD Algar had the best chance of the half when their centre forward broke through only to shoot wide.

Mazarrón began the second half brightly with Jose Ruben breaking clear only to be foiled by the keeper’s legs but they suffered a blow in the 59th minute when the industrious Poyato, who was making a return to the Mazarrón team, had to leave the field with an injury.

Chances were now few and far between but Mazarrón broke the deadlock in the 74th minute when Jose Ruben was bundled over in the penalty area and duly despatched the resulting spot kick. Panocha was then sent off and a minute later a tremendous double save from Jose Iker preserved Mazarron’s lead.

However, in the 80th minute, came the controversial penalty awarded against Jose Iker for the second game running and although substitute Pollo came close to winning the game for Mazarrón with a superb header from Santi’s free kick, the game ended in a draw

Team: Jose Iker, Barrachina, Diego, Pepelu, Alfonso, Poyato (Fran), Santi, Edu (Pollo), Miguelon (Ahmed), Jose Ruben, Panocha.

Man of the Match:          Poyato.

 

ALQUERIAS FB 1 MAZARRON FC 1

Mazarrón again failed to win a game which they completely dominated but, on this occasion, they could not blame the pitch or the match officials. They simply failed to convert enough of the many chances they created, including a missed penalty.

Alquerias took the lead after 14 minutes when one of their forwards fell over the outstretched arm of Mazarrón goalkeeper, Jose Iker, and the resultant penalty was easily despatched. Alquerias had only one other shot in the first off and this was way off target. Mazarrón, however, although restricted mainly to shots from outside the area, tested the home keeper on numerous occasions, notably with a 25 yard effort from Cris and a glancing header by Ruben from an Alfonso free kick.

The best chance fell to Edu after 35 minutes when he pounced onto a rebound and broke clear but he shot straight at the goalkeeper to leave Mazarrón trailing by the only goal at half time.

Panocha and Fran replaced Edu and Diego (2) at half time and within 5 minutes Panocha equalised for Mazarrón when he headed in Serrano’s superb cross at the far post. After 58 minutes Serrano headed wide from just 6 yards with only the keeper to beat and Mazarrón continued to create all the chances.

After 66 minutes a through ball from Cris found Jose Ruben on the right and his brilliant chip to the far post beat the goalkeeper and appeared to be going into the net before being scrambled clear by an Alquerias defender. Next a left foot shot on the turn by Santi went just wide before Panocha was brought down in the penalty area and Mazarrón were awarded a penalty.

Inexplicably Mazarrón chose to make a substitution before the penalty lick was taken with Miguellon replacing Serrano and the resultant delay of several minutes must have affected Santi who missed badly from the 73rd minute spot kick.

Alquerias came more into the game in the last 15 minutes with their tricky right winger causing a few problems. There were a number of bookings and Mazarron’s Urrea was sent off along with an Alquerias player in the last few minutes.

Although Mazarrón gained their first point of the season it was really a case of another two points dropped and they really need to become more clinical in front of goal.

Team:  Iker, Barrachina, Diego 1, Ahmed, Edu (Fran), Cris (Urrea), Alfonso (Pepelu), Santi, Diego (Panocha), Ruben, Serrano (Miguellon).

Man of the Match:   Barrachina

ABARAN CF 2 MAZARRÓN FC 1

For the second away game running, Mazarrón were involved in a controversial game and once again lost out by the odd goal despite doing more than enough to run out comfortable winners.

This time it was the performance of the match officials and not the ground facilities that was the problem. Over the years, Mazarrón have been on the receiving end of some inexplicable decisions by referees but this weekend’s game capped the lot.

The fun started as early as the fourth minute when an excellent tackle by Alfonso, who made the mistake of winning the ball, was penalised about 30 yards from goal. The Abaran free kick was hit straight tamely into the hands of goalkeeper Jose Iker who dropped the ball straight at the feet of Carrasco and he tapped the ball home to give Abaran the lead.

Just a minute later, Serrano thought he had equalised for Mazarrón when he slotted home only to find that the referee had brought back play to award a free kick to Mazarrón, It was the only time in the game that the referee decided not to play the advantage rule.

After 15 minutes Jose Ruben ran onto a superb through ball and with five Abaran defenders trailing behind him, and with no other Mazarrón forwards in support, hit a superb low drive into the far corner of the net for the equaliser.

Mazarrón had dominated the first half but after 44 minutes a breakaway by Abaran saw Gomez, who seemed to be in an offside position, slotting the ball past Iker to restore Abaran’s lead.

The second half saw Mazarrón dominate further and after 60 minutes Miguelon forced the ball over the line after Rubens’ excellent cross. Inexplicably, the linesman failed to flag for a goal and, when the inevitably protests followed, Jose Rueben and Miguelon were booked.

The referee had now completely lost control of the game and further bookings soon followed, an Abaran player was sent off after 80 minutes following two yellow cards and Mazarron’s Pepe Pollo, who had only been on the pitch for about 10 minutes as a substitute, was also dismissed for two yellow cards.

Mazarron’s coach, Antonio Lorente, was then dismissed, apparently for standing too near the touchline and despite more pressure from Mazarron who also had a couple of possible penalty appeals turned down, the game ended in a third consecutive defeat.

Team: Jose Iker, Barrachina, Diego (1), Pepelu, Urrea (Panocha), Alfonso, Cris (Pollo), Santi, Edu 2 (Miguelon), Jose Rube, Serrano

Man of the Match:      Santi

 Corvera CF 1 Mazarrón FC  0, 23.09.13

Mazarrón were again beaten 1-0 in their first away game of the season at Corvera but the main talking point was the disgraceful state of the ground at Corvera.

How the Murcian Football Federation allow teams into its league with such primitive facilities is beyond belief. The playing pitch was simply earth that had been rolled and seemed to have been dug out of a hill with two goalposts placed at each end and sloped heavily from one end to another.

There were no toilet facilities for the many lady supporters who travelled from Mazarrón and no seats for spectators unless you sat on the few steps which the players and match officials had to use to enter and leave the field of play. Otherwise spectators had to stand at the top of the mounds of earth from which the pitch had been dug. It beggars belief that Corvera had the gall to charge spectators for admission.

Jose Ruben had the ball in the net for Mazarrón after only 3 minutes but his effort was clearly offside. Two minutes later Miguelon was put through by Ruben but his shot was saved. Miguelon was then clearly fouled in the penalty area when his shirt was almost ripped off his back by a Corvera defender but, amazingly, a free kick was awarded to the home team.

 Mazarrón continued to attack and Panocha’s fierce shot was saved by the excellent Corvera keeper. However, after 28 minutes a mistake by Pollo allowed Corvera to break through on the left and open the scoring totally against the run of play.

If Mazarrón had the better of the first half, their dominance in the second was even greater although the standard of play by both teams left a lot to be desired. Ruben, in the Mazarrón goal, was hardly troubled throughout the game while the Corvera keeper had to be at the top of his game. Mazarrón had at least ten chances in the second half alone, the best of which was missed by Urrea from a right wing corner from Cris when it seemed easier to score

In the 85th minute, Jose Ruben made a superb run down the right wing and from his perfect cross, Miguelon got to the ball first but was thwarted by another excellent save form the Corvera keeper.

Despite the number of chances created, there is still much work to be done if Mazarrón are going to challenge for promotion and reward the faith placed in them by their loyal band of supporters.

Team:  Ruben, Pollo. Diego 1, Pepelu, Barrachina, Edu (Cris), Diego 2 (Serrano), Urrea (Ahmed), Miguelon, Jose Ruben, Panocha.

Mazarrón FC 0  Jumilla CD  1 16.09.12

After encouraging performances in pre-season, hopes were high that Mazarron would start the new season with a home victory against a strong Jumilla team.

In front of a good crowd, Mazarron began brightly and a shot from Miguelon after 4 minutes went close. The same player then burst down the right wing before crossing to Serrano whose shot was well saved by the Jumilla keeper.

Jumilla took the lead after 13 minutes when a through ball was headed backwards by Pepelu to Navarro who was in an offside position but who ran through to score. The goal led to a lengthy debate amongst Mazarron supporters about the active and passive aspects of the offside rule.

After 22 minutes Panocha missed a great opportunity for Mazarron when a superb through ball from Ahmed left him with only the goalkeeper to beat but his shot was saved. Jumilla almost increased their lead shortly afterwards but Barrachina rescued Mazarron with a last ditch clearance. Then, just before half time a surging run from full back Alfonso ended with a fierce shot that went just wide.

The promising youngster Ahmed was surprisingly replaced at half time when Mazarron made two changes bringing on Jose Ruben and Diego (jnr). However, the second half was disappointing from Mazarron’s point of view and Jumilla thought they had increased their lead after 51 minutes when a free kick was headed home only for the goal to be disallowed for offside.

Things got worse after 60 minutes when goalkeeper Jose Iker was sent off when play was at the other end of the pitch apparently for attempting to help an injured Jumilla player off the pitch. Ten minutes later Jumilla were also reduced to 10 men when their central defender Espinosa was sent off for a heavy tackle on Jose Ruben.

Despite a couple of long range efforts from Ruben, Jumilla were rarely troubled in the closing stages and the game ended in a disappointing defeat for Mazarron.

Team:  Jose Iker, Alfonso, Barrachina, Pepelu, Urrea, Ahmed (Diego jnr), Cris (Edu 1), Santi (Pepe Pollo), Panocha (Ruben), Miguelon (Edu 2), Serrano.

Man of the Match:  Alfonso