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Archive Reports 2014/15 - Primera Autonomica Division

 

MAZARRON FC 2 CD ESPARRAGAL 1 (14.6.2015)

Mazarron FC ended the 2014-15 season on the highest possible note with a 2-1 victory in the second leg of the Primera Autonomica Play Off Final at home to CD Esparragal, thus securing promotion by an aggregate score of 4-1. An eleven game unbeaten run has seen the team achieve promotion to the Preferente Autonomica for the first time since the 2011-12 season.

Large crowds saw the two legged Play Off Semi Final against CD Juvenia and the Final against CD Esparragal. Mazarron reached the final by the narrowest margin on the away goals rule after a 2-2 draw in Juvenia was followed by a 1-1 draw in the home game. The Final was virtually settled in the first leg at Esparragal when 2 goals by the league’s leading scorer Tolo gave Mazarron a cushion for the second leg at the Estadio Municipal last Sunday.

Tolo was again the match winner with another double, one from the penalty spot, taking his tally to the season to 40 and despite a late Esparragal consolation five minutes from time, Mazarron’s promotion was guaranteed.

Scenes of unbridled joy greeted the final whistle as players and supporters alike celebrated a momentous season accompanied by the newly elected Mayoress of Mazarron, Alicia Jimenez. The success is due in no small part to the fantastic efforts of Club President Jose Rodriguez and coach Javi who was plucked from the junior ranks mid way through the previous season and has put together a team not only capable of winning promotion but also of holding its own in the higher division.

There have been many important contributions to what has been a superb team effort but special praise must be given to Tolo who reached the fantastic total of 40 goals in the season. The unbeaten run at the end of the season also co-incided with the return to the Club of former of captain Juan Andreo who did not appear on the losing side once. Goalkeepers Conejo and Carrasco also made important contributions during the season, each saving three penalties which secured important points for the Club.

The large crowd of Mazarron supporters are now eagerly awaiting the start of the new season in early September. Vamos Mazarron!!!

Team: Conejo, Lorca, Andreo (Tono), Juan Andreo, Mateo, Manu, Liders (Diego), Enrique, Monty (Juanillo), Santi, Tolo.

Man of the Match: TOLO

CD ESPARRAGAL 0 MAZARRON FC 2 (7.6.2015)

Mazarron Football Club are on the verge of returning to the Preferente Autonomica after a fine 2-0 away win at CD Esparragal in the first leg of the Primera Autonomica Play Off Final.

They continued their rich vein of form with a tenth successive game without defeat and dominated proceedings from start to finish.

Esparragal’s only chance in the first half came after 20 minutes when the Mazarron defence was left exposed with three Esparragal attackers bearing down on one Mazarron defender, Juan Andreo. The Mazarron captain was forced to break up play by conceding a free kick which came to nothing.

Two minutes before the interval Mazarron took the lead when the ball was fed into the Esparragal area to Tolo who hit a superb shot on the turn into the back of the net giving the home keeper no chance.

Esparragal had resorted to some questionable tactics and the second half started with some of their supporters throwing objects at Mazarron’s keeper Conejo which led to the arrival of the local police!!

Mazarron continued to dominate and a great ball from Liders found Santi whose shot was well saved by the Esparragal keeper. However, it did not take Mazarron long to increase their lead. A superb through ball from Alfonso found Tolo bursting into the penalty and, although his first shot was saved, he pounced on the rebound to fire home his 38th goal of a remarkable season.

Mazarron were then denied a penalty when Monty appeared to be brought down in the area but was booked for simulation!! Tolo was then denied a hat trick after another superb run when he beat three defenders but delayed his shot just too long and saw his effort smothered by the Esparragal keeper.

Esparragal managed to muster a couple of late attacks but nothing of note and Conejo in goal wasn't troubled too much.

It was another excellent team performance by the Mazarron players but they, like their excellent following of supporters, will be only too aware that it is only really half time in the game and there is still much to do to secure that coveted promotion place.

Team: Conejo; Alfonso, Juan Andreo; Mateo; Lorca; Manu; Enrique; Liders; Monty; Santi; Tolo Substitutes Used: Diego, Tono, Juanillo

Man of the Match: Tolo

MAZARRON FC 1 CD JUVENIA 1 (31.5.2015)

Mazarron reached the Primera Autonomica Play Off Final on the away goals rule after another pulsating game in the second leg against CD Juvenia. After 180 minutes there was still little to choose between these two excellent teams but it is Mazarron who go forward to face CD Esparragal in the Final.

Neither side could make any impression in the early stages although Manu fired over the bar from Javi’s cross in the tenth minute. Then Andreo’s cross from the right was fisted away by the Juvenia keeper with Tolo lurking at the far post. Juvenia’s first effort was a free kick on 15 minutes which went harmlessly wide.

Mazarron took the lead after 21 minutes when an excellent free kick from Liders was glanced home by Tolo for his 36th goal of the season. Juvenia could have equalised 3 minutes later but for a superb double save by Conejo, first diving to his right to palm away a free kick and then throwing his body in the way of the ball to block the follow up effort from close range.

After 30 minutes a shot from Monty was blocked and the ball fell to Tolo on the edge of the area with his back to goal. A superb overhead kick sailed into the roof of the net but the referee had spotted an infringement and the goal was ruled out.

Juvenia had a couple of efforts in the closing stages of the first half but the Mazarron defence held firm to preserve their one goal advantage at the interval.

After 52 minutes clever interplay between Tolo and Manu saw Manu’s shot saved by the Juvenia keeper. Mazarron then went close with two free kicks, the first by Monty and the second by Tolo, both of which were well saved. Mazarron made a number of substitutions which disrupted the flow of the game somewhat and allowed Juvenia to press forward more in search of an equaliser. It was no surprise when they drew level with ten minutes remaining after a left wing cross was headed home at the far post by Quijada.

This set up a tense finish to the game as Juvenia pressed forward for the goal which would see them through to the final. The Mazarron defence held firm, however, and the long suffering Mazarron supporters in the large crowd celebrated with the players as the final whistle sounded.

Team: Conejo; Alfonso; Juan Andreo; Dani; Lorca; Manu (Mateo); Andreo; Liders; Monty; Javi (Diego); Tolo (Tono)

Man of the Match: Andreo.

CD JUVENIA 2 MAZARRON FC 2 (24.5.2015)

Mazarron FC go into their play-off Semi Final second leg level after a hard fought 2-2 draw at CD Juvenia.

Mazarron made the early running and Liders just failed to get on the end of Alfonso’s excellent cross from the right. Then Enrique fired wide before Mazarron took the lead on 15 minutes. Tolo controlled a through ball before finding Liders with an excellent pass and the midfielder struck a sweet left foot shot into the roof of the net from 20 yards.

Two minutes later another long ball found Tolo who raced past one defender before lobbing the ball over the oncoming Juvenia keeper but just over the bar. However, Mazarron increased their lead after 20 minutes when good work by young Santi on the right forced a Juvenia defender to handle the ball in the area. Tolo stepped up and calmly drove the spot kick into the net for his 35th goal of the season.

Conejo, who had been restored to the Mazarron goal, had to be alert on a number of occasions as Juvenia tried to get back into the game but, at the other end, it was Tolo again who raced through the middle for Mazarron only to see his shot blocked. Conejo then made another good save before Juvenia were awarded a penalty for handball after 29 minutes.

Conejo dived to his right to save the spot kick to continue Mazarron’s record of four successive penalty saves.

In the final action of the first half, Monty’s free kick was scrambled for a corner by the Juvenia keeper with Tolo challenging for the ball.

If Mazarron had the better of the first half, Juvenia came out after the interval determined to reverse things and Conejo had to make a fine save just three minutes into the second half. The home side pulled a goal back after 51 minutes after Enrique conceded a foul for which he received a yellow card. The free kick was floated in from the left and Rivera rose to head the ball past Conejo.

It was now all Juvenia and Conejo had to make two more excellent saves before Enrique was penalised again for what seemed an innocuous challenge in midfield. He received a second yellow card and Mazarron were reduced to ten men. To make matters worse, the resultant free kick again resulted in a goal to Juvenia this time after the ball had been deflected onto the bar only for Quijada to head home the rebound.

Mazarron were reduced to occasional breakaways with Tolo ploughing a lone furrow up front but he still managed to win two free kicks in the latter stages. The first saw Antonio Clares’s shot saved and the second which resulted in Juvenia being reduced to ten men when Juan Francisco received a second booking.

Mazarron would have taken a draw before the game but, having had a two goal lead, their supporters may be disappointed that they surrendered the advantage. However, there is still everything to play for in the second leg.

Team: Conejo; Alfonso, Juan Andreo; Dani; Lorca (Antonio Clares); Monty; Enrique; Andreo; Liders (Diego); Santi (Manu); Tolo

Man of the Match; Conejo.

MAZARRON FC 3 CD LUMBRERAS 0 (16.5.2015)

Mazarron ended the regular season with their seventh successive victory, 3-0 at home to CD Lumbreras.

Having already qualified for the play-offs Mazarron rested several key players and played the game at a leisurely pace with one eye on next week’s important first leg. Lumbreras arrived with only 10 men and the early stages were cat and mouse with the away team keeping as many men behind the ball as possible and relying on the occasional breakaway.

Andreo and Antonio Clares had long range efforts easily saved by the Lumbreras keeper but Mazarron took the lead after 26 minutes when Santi arrived at the far post to fire home a right wing cross.

Antonio Clares was dominating the midfield with some excellent passing and Tono should have increased Mazarron’s lead after 32 minutes when, after his initial shot was blocked, he headed the rebound over the bar. However, a minute later Mazarron lost the ball in midfield and a Lumbreras forward was allowed to race through the middle only to hit his shot wide of the advancing Carrasco but past the far post.

Tolo and Diego replaced Dani and Santi at half time and the second half started in dramatic fashion. Mazarron kicked off and the ball was tapped to Tono who looked up and, seeing the Lumbreras keeper off his line, drove the ball from the half way line into the roof of the net to double Mazarron’s lead.

Tono was then booked after 55 minutes when he foolishly disputed the referee’s decision to penalise him for a free kick. It was a costly mistake for him because it was his fifth yellow card of the season and he will miss the first leg of the play-offs.

The Mazarron players took their feet further off the pedal and allowed Lumbreras into the game. Twice the visiting team hit the crossbar when it seemed easier to score and then the excellent Carrasco was forced to make his third penalty save in a row when Lumbreras were awarded a spot kick for handball.

With 7 minutes remaining Mazarron scored their third goal. Antonio Clares’s corner was half cleared to substitute Fran on the edge of the penalty area and he struck a first time volley sweetly into the roof of the net.

It is the first time Mazarron have won seven games in a row since the 2006/07 season and they go to the play-offs as the “in-form” team.

Team: Carrasco; Alfonso; Juan Andreo; Dani (Diego); Ishmael; Enrique; Andreo; Antonio Clares; Santi (Tolo); Juanillo (Fran); Tono (Pedro).

Man of the Match: Antonio Clares

EF LOS ALCAZARES 0 MAZARRON FC 2 (10.5.2015)

Mazarron’s sixth successive victory away to Los Alcazares secured their place in the end of season play-offs and guaranteed a fourth place finish with one game remaining in the regular season.

Mazarron began the game with leading goalscorer Tolo on the substitutes’ bench along with other regulars Manu and Mateo due to their late arrival at the ground. This did not help the first half performance and Los Alcazares dominated the early stages. Mazarron struggled up front without Tolo and it was 33 minutes before they managed a shot on goal when a free kick was punched clear by the home goalkeeper.

Just before half time Mazarron put together their first real attack but Tono’s shot was cleared for a corner and the interval arrived with the game goalless.

It was no surprise when Tolo and Manu appeared at the start of the second half and the double substitution paid dividends almost immediately when Manu raced down the left wing and his cross was fired past the Los Alcazares keeper by Tolo for his 34th goal of the season.

The home team were striving for an equaliser and Mazarron’s defence was working overtime to keep the score at 1-0. Tolo relieved the pressure with a typical surge down the left wing but shot just wide. Then midway through the second half Monti’s pass found Juanillo running in from the right and he hit a lovely shot past the Los Alcazares keeper to double Mazarron’s lead.

The closing stages of the game were dominated by a number of bookings and the sending off of a Los Alcazares defender after they questioned the referee’s decision following a foul on Tolo. However, Mazarron finally triumphed to earn a play-off position after another hard fought game.

Team: Carrasco; Dani; Andreo; Juan Andreo; Alfonso; Ishamel (Manu); Juanillo (Antonio Clares); Tono; Santi (Mateo); Stalin (Tolo); Monti

Man of the Match: Manu

THADER MURCIA 2 MAZARRON FC 4 (25.4.2015)

Mazarron made it four wins on the trot with a hard fought 4-2 away victory in Alcantarilla. Thader had beaten Mazarron 3-1 at the Estadio Municipal earlier in the season and started the game on the front foot, doing most of the attacking in the early stages as Mazarron got to grips with the artificial surface and windy conditions.

As Mazarron came more into the game, Juanillo had a shot deflected for a corner and Liders shot over the bar. Mazarron were now playing some decent football but shots from Tolo and Stalin came to nothing and a free kick from Alfonso, scorer of four goals last week, ended tamely in the arms of the Thader keeper to leave the game scoreless at half time.

Diego and Fran replaced Juanillo and Stalin for Mazarron at the start of the second half. However, it was Thader who again made the early running and, after a poor back pass from Juan Andreo, further sloppy defending from Mazarron allowed a Thader striker an easy tap in to give the home team the lead.

It did not take Mazarron long to equalise and a few minutes later Tolo was fouled on the edge of the penalty area and fired the free kick into the net for his 29th goal of the season. Mazarron then took the lead after 61 minutes when Diego received an excellent pass and hit a strong volley home.

Thader were stung into action and mounted further attacks on the Mazarron goal but Mazarron should have increased their lead after 65 minutes when Andreo missed an easy chance. Thader took advantage of this escape and equalised three minutes later when a cross to the far post was headed home.

Shortly afterwards Thader had a goal disallowed for offside but Pedro gave Mazarron the lead within minutes of coming on as a substitute and Tolo made the game safe for Mazarron in the closing stages with his second goal of the game and his 30th of the season, after a typical run and shot from just inside the penalty area.

Team: Carrasco: Lorca; Dani, Juan Andreo; Mateo; Alfonso (Pedro); Andreo; Liders (Antonio Clares); Stalin (Fran); Juanillo (Diego); Tolo

Man of the Match: Lorca

MAZARRON FC 7 ESPINARDO ATLETICO 0 (19.4.2015)

Mazarron further strengthened their play-off prospects with a remarkable 7-0 home victory over play off rivals Espinardo Atletico.

Fielding a strong line up Mazarron took the lead after 15 minutes when Tolo’s cross was swept into the net by Alfonso. A minute later Alfonso scored his second goal again from Tolo’s cross. Espinardo were still in the game at this point and Carrasco in the Mazarron goal had to be at his best with a number of important saves.

Alfonso was causing all sorts of problems for the Espinardo defence and completed his hat trick after 33 minutes when he converted Liders cross with another fine shot enabling Mazarron to go into half time with a comfortable 3-0 lead.

In the second half, the game continued in similar fashion with Alfonso hitting the bar soon after the restart. After 55 minutes following a foul on Stalin, Tolo’s free kick was blocked and he fired the rebound over the bar. But Espinardo’s relief was short lived when Alfonso was fouled and his free kick was fumbled over the line by the keeper to give Alfonso his and Mazarron’s fourth goal of the game.

A minute later it was 5-0 when Tolo’s cross was volleyed into the net by substitute Manu. Alfonso was substituted after 68 minutes to rapturous applause from the Mazarron supporters but the action continued when Manu ended a fine run with a firm shot past a disconsolate Espinardo keeper to make it 6-0.

The only surprise was that leading scorer Tolo, who had led the line well, was not on the scoresheet. However, this was rectified 15 minutes from time when he scored his 28th goal of the season to finish off a resounding victory for Mazarron who moved up into fourth position in the league as a result.

Team: Carrasco, Lorca, Dani; Andreo (Juanillo); Juan Andreo; Enrique (Manu);Alfonso (Antonio Clares); Liders; Tolo; Stalin (Diego); Mateo

Man of the Match: Alfonso

BLANCA TELECANAL 1 MAZARRON FC 2 (12.4.2015)

Mazarron took another step towards the play-offs with a hard-earned 2-1 away win at Blanca Telecanal.

On another difficult pitch, this time seeming to be a combination of concrete and sand, Mazarron took some time adapting to the conditions and it was 12 minutes before they had their first shot at goal. Blanca had started the game positively but Mazarron took the lead after 20 minutes. A corner on the right wing by Stalin found Dani racing in to power a header into the net for his fifth goal of the season.

However, just five minutes later Lorca was drawn out of position and Hernadez had a free run on the right before shooting into the bottom right corner to equalise.

Both sides then had a few wild shots on goal before the first half ended with Tolo vainly appealing for a penalty following another of his mazy runs.

Chema replaced Juanillo for Mazarron at the start of the second period and they regained the lead after just three minutes. Tolo latched on to a long ball and beat three defenders before crossing into the middle. Chema just failed to connect but young full back Pedro, who had raced half the length of the pitch, arrived at the far post to slot the ball home.

Mazarron were now coming more and more into the game and managed a few shots on goal, one by Tolo going just over the bar. However, Blanca had a great chance to equalise when Lorca was adjudged to have handled the ball in the area and the referee awarded a penalty. Fortunately for Mazarron, Carrasco made his second penalty save in consecutive matches to maintain their lead.

Tolo could have made it 3-1 in the closing stages when he hit the junction of the crossbar and right hand post before Blanca were reduced to ten men when one of their players received a second yellow card.

Team: Carrasco; Lorca; Dani; Juan Andreo; Enrique; Liders; Tolo; Pedro; Andreo (Sebas); Juanillo (Chema); Stalin (Santi)

Man of the Match: Carrasco

MAZARRON FC 2 SPORTING CAMPOSOL 1 (29.3.2015)

Mazarron won for the first time in six games, edging out Sporting Camposol in a local derby which was played on an atrocious surface before a bumper crowd at the Estadio Municipal.

Good football was impossible on the uneven surface and the game only came to life in the last ten minutes when Mazarron scored the winner and Sporting missed a penalty.

Sporting Camposol included a number of ex Mazarron players in their team and had the best of the early exchanges with Mazarron being forced to defend resolutely. Stalin then made an excellent run down the left and his cross was just cut out by the Sporting keeper before Tolo could pounce.

Mazarron came more into the game and both Tolo and Diego had shots saved. Three minutes before the interval good work by Jose Da on the left led to a near post shot being well saved by Mazarron keeper Carrasco. Just two minutes later Mazarron took the lead when Tolo hit a good shot from the edge of the penalty area into the corner of the net for his 27th goal of the season.

The second half continued in a similar dull fashion until Sporting Camposol equalised after an hour. Mazarron lost possession on the edge of their own area and Jose placed a right foot shot wide of Carrasco to bring the scores level at 1-1.

Then after 65 minutes Mazarron were denied an obvious penalty when Tolo surged past two defenders before cutting back inside only to have his legs taken away. The referee, however, had other ideas and waved play on.

With 10 minutes left Sporting survived a goal mouth scramble when they finally cleared the ball off the line with Mazarron supporters shouting for a goal. But Mazarron did take the lead just a minute later when Dani’s drive from outside the area was deflected past the Sporting keeper.

After 83 minutes, a Sporting cross hit Mateo on the arm and the referee awarded a penalty. Jose placed the ball to Carrasco’s right but the Mazarron keeper dived to make an excellent save. At the other end Juanillo should have made it 3-1 after a superb run by Andreo but the substitute fired wide from a few yards out.

As a result of this victory Mazarron cemented their sixth position in the league and now have a two point cushion in the race for the play-offs with six games remaining.

Team: Carrasco; Alfonso (Juanillo); Mateo; Dani; Lorca; Juan Andreo, Liders (Gines); Andreo; Stalin (Stevens); Diego; Tolo

Man of the Match: Juan Andreo

LA HOYA LORCA CF 5 MAZARRON FC 1  (22.3.015)

Mazarron were well beaten by a La Hoya side who moved up into second place with this victory.

The game was marred by a serious injury to a La Hoya player after just seven minutes following an accidental clash with Mazarron youngster Stevens. There was a hold up of over 30 minutes until the ambulance arrived to take the unfortunate player to hospital.

A few minutes after the restart La Hoya took the lead. Mazarron lost the ball on the edge of their penalty area and a deflected shot looped over Carrasco into the net. La Hoya continued to put pressure on the Mazarron defence and Carrasco had to make a good save to keep the score at 1-0.

Mazarron just could not get into the game and did not have a shot on target until the 30th minute when Tolo broke clear but shot straight at the onrushing La Hoya keeper. It was to be Mazarron’s only real threat in the first half.

Chema replaced Antonio Clares at half time and almost equalised after 49 minutes when he headed Liders’ excellent left wing free kick just wide. A minute later La Hoya increased their lead when right back Alfonso was beaten for pace and the La Hoya forward easily slotted the ball past Carrasco.

After 62 minutes Carrasco had to make another good save from a fierce shot but two minutes later he was left floundering when a La Hoya free kick from the left completely deceived him to make the score 3-0.

Mazarron pulled a goal back in bizarre fashion after 67 minutes when a clearance from La Hoya was charged down by substitute Juanillo and, from an acute angle, the ball rolled slowly into the net.

The rest of the game was dominated by an excellent La Hoya team who scored twice more in the last five minutes to complete a comprehensive victory, their ninth successive win. Mazarron, however, have now taken only one point from their last five games and appear to be in freefall.

Team: Carrasco; Alfonso; Antonio Jose; Antonio Clares (Chema); Mateo; Stevens (Juanilo); Enrique (David); Liders; Dani; Diego; Tolo.

Man of the Match: Mateo

MAZARRON FC 1 CD ESPARRAGAL 2  (15.3.2015)

Mazarron’s poor run of results continued when they were narrowly beaten 2-1 at home by CD Esparragal and they have now gained only one point from their last four games.

Esparragal took the lead in the 7th minute when Mazarron’s stand-in keeper Carrasco fumbled a cross and Hernandez bundled the ball home. Mazarron could have equalised three minutes later but Andreo’s shot hit the post and went harmlessly wide.

Mazarron now came more into the game and Stevens and Manu both had half chances blocked. Then a clever free kick by debutant Santi found Enrique, whose clever flick went just over the bar. However, Esparragal could have scored twice more before half time, first when Mazarron gave the ball away in midfield and Carrasco had to save with his feet and then, in injury time when Carrasco made another excellent save when an Esparragal forward had broken clear.

Mazarron started the second half on the front foot and Santi’s corner was headed wide by Dani. Mazarron then had two more corners which led to shots on target being blocked. However, Esparragal increased their lead after 54 minutes when the Mazarron defence once again gave the ball away and Juan Pablo raced through to fire past Carrasco.

Tolo should have reduced the arrears four minutes later when his mazy run took him clear of the Esparragal defence but he took one touch too many and the goalkeeper recovered to dive at his feet and grab the ball. Mazarron were caught offside on too many occasions but managed to pull a goal back after 65 minutes. Tolo’s free kick from 35 yards was blocked but, when the ball was only half cleared, he raced into the area and was on hand to swivel and smash the resultant cross into the back of the net for his 26th goal of the season.

For the rest of the game Mazarron continued to pressurise the Esparragal defence. Stevens wasted a good opportunity when put clear by Tolo and they then missed two opportunities to force the ball home in a hectic goalmouth scramble. However, the best chance came in the final minute. Mateo’s run down the left resulted in an excellent cross which found Manu unmarked six yards out but his header went straight at the keeper.

Team: Carrasco; Alfonso; Dani; Enrique; Mateo; Stevens; Santi (Stalin); Andreo, Liders; Manu; Tolo

Man of the Match: Enrique

SFC MINERVA 3 MAZARRON FC 0 (28.2.2015)

Mazarron went into the game against league leaders SFC Minerva without leading goalscorer Tolo who was serving a one-match suspension.

Minerva took the game to Mazarron in the early stages and the Mazarron defence was forced to concede several free kicks. Then, after 10 minutes Minerva were awarded a penalty when Mazarron goalkeeper Conejo was penalised for a push on one of the Minerva forwards which seemed to be outside the area.

Conejo received a yellow card but made amends with a fine diving save to his left from the spot kick. Mazarron were unable to create any clear cut chances and Minerva took the lead after 24 minutes. With Conejo lying injured on the ground, Jorge Martinez fired the ball into the net. Conejo was understandably annoyed and received a second yellow card for dissent.

Substitute keeper Carrasco was brought on in place of Dani and Minerva continued to dominate the game although half time came with no further score and with the Mazarron supporters pleased with their team’s performance under the circumstances.

In the second half Mazarron had to contend with playing against a strong wind and Minerva continued to attack strongly with Mazarron only able to carve out the odd chance. Midway through the second half Minerva were also reduced to ten men when Francisco Moreno was sent off after receiving a second yellow card and Mazarron came more into the game.

However, ten minutes later, Lorca received a second yellow card when he was harshly penalised for an innocuous challenge and Mazarron were now down to nine men. Despite this Mazarron continued to try to push forward. However, when they lost the ball in midfield, Vicente Garcia was allowed to run through the Mazarron defence, evading three poor tackles before firing home for Minerva’s second goal.

Still Mazarron kept on trying and Stalin hit a good shot which was well saved by the MInerva keeper. Then, in injury time Jorge Martinez made it 3-0 when he fired home after a goalmouth scramble.

Team: Conejo, Lorca, Dani, Enrique, Alfonso, Liders, Manu, Stevens, Andreo, Toni, Mateo. Subs: Carrasco, Antonio, Juanillo, Clares, Stalin

Man of the Match Carrasco.

AD PLIEGO 2 MAZARRON FC 0 (14.2.2015)

Mazarron lost ground in the race for a play-off position with a disappointing 2-0 away defeat at Pliego.

Mazarron could have scored twice in the opening minutes of the game. First, Tolo’s cross was headed out to Chema whose fierce drive from 25 yards was turned away for a corner by the Pliego keeper. From the resultant flag kick, Liders’ header cannoned against the crossbar before rebounding to safety.

However, it was Pliego who took the lead after 12 minutes when a left wing corner was flicked home with the Mazarron defence and goalkeeper Conejo caught napping. Mazarron’s tactics too often left Tolo isolated up front with three men around him at all times. He was fouled after 30 minutes and Toni’s free kick from 20 yards sailed just inches wide of the far post.

Five minutes later Tolo seemed to have been fouled in the penalty area after close interplay between himself and Toni but the referee waved play on. Mazarron were missing the previously ever present central defender Dani who was surprising dropped to the substitutes bench. Their back four was exposed again on 39 minutes but fortunately the Pliego striker shot over the bar when well placed.

The second half started with Pliego on the attack and when Mazarron gave away a needless foul on the edge of the penalty area, the free kick was deflected passed Conejo to increase Pliego’s lead after 51 minutes.

Tolo headed Manu’s left wing cross just wide after 55 minutes but Mazarron’s best effort in the second half came after 64 minutes when Andreo’s tremendous shot from 30 yards smashed against the post. Pliego had a chance to increase their lead after 75 minutes after more sloppy defending by Mazarron but again the final shot went over the bar.

Andreo went close again for Mazarron and Liders’ through ball found Tolo in the clear with five minutes remaining but his shot was deflected for a corner as time finally ran out for the visitors.

Team: Conejo; Chema (Juanillo); Mateo; Antonio; Lorca; Manu; Liders (Martin); Andreo; Alvaro (Dani); Toni; Tolo

Man of the Match: Tolo

MAZARRON FC 6 EDECO FORTUNA 0  (8.2.2015)

After last week’s disappointing defeat at Fuente Alamo, Mazarron returned to winning ways with an emphatic 6-0 home victory over struggling Edeco Fortuna and, in truth, should have won even more easily.

From the first whistle, leading scorer Tolo caused panic in the Fortuna defence and it took him only eight minutes to give Mazarron the lead. Toni’s shot was blocked and Tolo was on hand to hammer in the rebound. Two minutes later Tolo broke clear and his audacious chip over the keeper sailed just wide.

Mazarron were awarded a free kick after 16 minutes and when Manu stepped over the ball, Toni drove the ball home from 25 yards to make it 2-0. Mazarron continued to dominate the rest of the first half with Tolo being foiled on two further occasions, a header from Dani sailing over the bar and, one of the highlights of the season, a "Rabona" shot perfectly executed by Tolo which was brilliantly saved by the Fortuna keeper just two minutes before half time.

The second half followed in much the same way with total dominance by Mazarron. Young Andreo was orchestrating things in midfield and Tolo ran the Fortuna defence ragged. After 52 minutes a clever back heel by Tolo found Toni whose powerful shot was turned for a corner. Toni took the flag kick and although the cross evaded the onrushing Enrique, Tolo was on hand at the edge of the six yard box to smash the ball home for Mazarron’s third goal.

It was 4-0 after 64 minutes when Tolo’s cross was headed into the net by Dani and three minutes later it was Tolo again with clever control before teeing up substitute Stevens who volleyed home from the edge of the penalty area for Mazarron’s fifth.

Tolo had another shot tipped onto the post by the Fortuna keeper and then a superb through ball from Andreo found Tolo once again racing clear only to see his fierce drive deflected for a corner. However, the league’s leading goalscorer was not to be denied his third hat trick of the season which he completed in style shortly before the final whistle.

It was not until injury time that Fortuna had their only two shots on target, both saved by Mazarron’s juvenile goalkeeper Pablo who had come on as a substitute for the untroubled Conejo.

Team: Conejo (Pablo); Mateo; Enrique; Dani: Lorca; Manu (Stevens); Andreo; Liders (Juanillo); Stalyn; Toni; Tolo

Man of the Match: Andreo

EMF FUENTE ALAMO 2 MAZARRON FC 1 (1.2.2015)

Mazarron went into this game on the back of six successive victories whereas Fuente Alamo had been beaten last week 7-1 by AD Sucina who were then at the bottom of the league. However, if Mazarron and their supporters were expecting an easy game they were mistaken.

The disgraceful dirt pitch and a blustery gale did little to help but, in truth, Mazarron were outfought by a team struggling towards the bottom of the league.

Conejo easily dealt with a Fuente Alamo free kick in the fourth minute and then had to race out of his goal to deal with a long through ball which caught the Mazarron defenders napping. At the other end, good work by Tolo saw Stevens hitting a shot which was blocked and from the rebound Liders shot was turned away by the Fuente keeper.

The home team took the lead after 31 minutes when Conejo fumbled another through ball allowing the Fuente striker to place the ball into an empty net. Mazarron’s only other chance in a dreadful first half was when Liders found Tolo who had to hit his shot quickly and the ball sailed wide of the far post.

Toni replaced Stevens at half time for Mazarron and combined well with Alfonso on the right allowing Tolo to swivel and hit a left foot shot into the corner of the net for Mazarron’s equaliser after 52 minutes.

Fuente should have taken the lead three minutes later when a right wing cross was blasted over the bar from six yards but they did make it 2-1 after 63 minutes. Lorca had left the field after receiving treatment and was not immediately allowed back on by the referee. Fuente took advantage of this with their right winger running on to a through ball before rounding Conejo and firing home.

Substitute Antonio hit the bar for Mazarron with a fierce shot from 40 yards and Tolo had a couple of half chances but, in truth, Mazarron struggled to put the home defence under enough pressure even when Fuente were reduc ed to ten men shortly before the end.

After last week’s superb win against second placed Beniajan it was perhaps the most disappointing result of the season and Mazarron must strive to return to winning ways in next Sunday’s game at home to Edeco Fortuna.

Team: Conejo; Alfonso; Mateo, Dani, Lorca (Antonio), Stevens (Toni); Andreo; Enrique; Liders: Manu (Juanillo); Tolo;

Man of the Match; Mateo

MAZARRON FC 3 BENIAJAN CF 0 (25.1.2015)

Mazarron delighted their supporters with a fantastic victory over a Beniajan team which had won 18 of its first 19 games this season. It was Mazarron’s fifth successive victory, a feat they have not achieved for eight years since the promotion season from the Tercera Division.

As expected, Beniajan attacked straight from the kick off but the Mazarron defence held firm. At the other end Tolo shot over the bar. Tolo then broke clear out of defence and found Stevens with a superb pass but the youngster’s touch let him down and the ball went out for a throw in.

Beniajan forced a number of free kicks which were dealt with by the Mazarron defence and their excellent goalkeeper, Conejo as both sides tried to gain control of the game. Tolo had another excellent run just before half time which ended with a shot into the side netting and the interval came with honours fairly even.

Mazarron started the second half brightly with Stevens and Tolo working well together up front. Both teams were striving for that first goal and Mazarron were creating more chances and growing in confidence.

Toni replaced the hardworking Stevens and Mazarron finally took the lead after 61 minutes when Tolo scored after another of his trademark runs. Their lead was increased four minutes later much to the delight of their ecstatic supporters when Dani rose to head home from a corner.

Mazarron tails were now firmly up and Beniajan must have been wondering what had hit them when Manu headed Mazarron’s third goal after 68 minutes. With a comfortable lead Mazarron brought on Juanillo in place of Manu and Gines replaced the league’s leading goalscorer Tolo.

They played out the final minutes of the game to earn a memorable victory which cements their fourth place position in the league and gives them a six point cushion in the race for a play-off position.

Team: Conejo; Alfonso; Enrique; Dani; Lorca; Andreo; Mateo; Liders; Manu (Juanillo); Stevens (Toni); Tolo (Gines).

Man of the Match: Andreo

MAZARRON FC 4 AD SUCINA 0 (18.1.2015)

Mazarron’s fourth successive victory took them up into fourth position in the league and cemented their prospects of achieving a play-off position at the end of the season. Once again it was the league’s leading goalscorer, Tolo, who took most of the plaudits by scoring all four goals taking his total for the season to 19 from just 18 appearances.

Mazarron took the lead in the first minute when a through ball by Manu allowed Tolo to run on and shoot past the Sucina keeper. However, the expected onslaught did not immediately materialise and Sucina had an appeal for a penalty turned down five minutes later.

Both teams struggled to gain supremacy but Mazarron came more into the game after 25 minutes and shots from Tolo and Liders went close. The only other events of note in the first half were several free kicks from Mazarron which came to nothing.

The second half started with Mazarron forcing the play and Diego hit the post before increasing their lead after 58 minutes when Tolo was fouled inside the penalty area. He took the spot kick himself and blasted it into the roof of the net.

Mazarron were now starting to play some good football with Manu and Tolo causing problems for the Sucina defence. After near misses from Tolo and Diego, Mazarron went 3-0 ahead after 62 minutes when Tolo again ran on to a through ball and fired past the Sucina keeper.

Tolo was once again virtually unplayable and a few minutes later he was hauled back by a Sucina defender and the referee awarded another penalty to Mazarron. Tolo once again fired home the penalty kick to give him his fourth goal and he was substituted shortly afterwards to rapturous applause from the Mazarron supporters.

Team: Conejo, Alfonso, Dani, Enrique, Lorca, Andreo (Stevens), Liders, Mateo, Manu, Diego (Juanillo), Tolo (Domingo)

Man of the Match: Tolo

YECLANO DEPORTIVO 2 MAZARRON FC 3 (11.1.2015)

Mazarron gained another important win away to lowly Yeclano Deportivo in a game they should have won more comfortably.

Yeclano were first to show with a shot which went well wide of Conejo’s goal but after 6 minutes Diego and Tolo interchanged passes before Tolo shot just wide. Then a Tolo volley was blocked by a defender and the same player raced clear of the home defence only to be flagged offside. Play went straight to the other end of the pitch and slack marking in the Mazarron defence allowed Yeclano to take the lead after 18 minutes.

Mazarron equalised on 22 minutes when Monty was fouled in the penalty area and Tolo stepped up to place the spot kick clinically into the corner of the net. Mazarron were now dominating the game with Tolo causing all sorts of problems for the Yeclano defence and youngsters Andreo and Stevens combining well on the right hand side.

It was that combination which saw Mazarron take the lead with the best goal of the game five minutes before half time. Andreo’ s short pass to Stevens saw the right winger racing from the half way line leaving two defenders in his wake. His perfect cross was steered home at the far post by the irrepressible Tolo.

Mazarron started the second half on the front foot and a superb through ball from Andreo found Tolo who raced down the left and crossed for Diego to fire home only for the goal to be ruled out for offside by the linesman. Yeclano came more into the game without really troubling the Mazarron defence until the 65th minute when Tolo single handedly took control of the game.

First he cleverly lobbed the Yeclano keeper from 25 yards only to see the ball sail just over the bar. He then latched on to a long throw from Alfonso and volleyed just over. Another lob was caught by the keeper before he finally turned the home defence inside out, beating two defenders and rounding the keeper twice before slotting the ball home for his second hat trick of the season against Yeclano.

Toni was denied a debut goal when he ran from just inside the Yeclano half and placed the ball past the keeper only to see his celebrations cut short by the linesman’s flag. Yeclano pulled a goal back in the 85th minute following more slack marking by the Mazarron defence after a free kick and this set up an anxious last few minutes for the travelling Mazarron supporters.

Team: Conejo, Alfonso, Mateo, Dani, Ismael, Stevens (Gabi), Monty, Liders, Andreo, Diego (Toni), Tolo (Juanillo)

Man of the Match: Tolo

CD LUMBRERAS 1 MAZARRON FC 2  (3.1.2015)

Mazarron gained an important 2-1 away win at Lumbreras on Saturday but will have to await the outcome of the deliberations of the Murcia FA into a major fracas two minutes from time which led to the referee apparently abandoning the game.

The game started brightly with both sides trying to gain control. For Mazarron, Tolo started a move with a nice pass to Stevens which earned a corner. Then Liders should have made better use of another good ball from Tolo.

Neither side were able to create any clear cut chances and the nearest to a goal came when Tolo shot over the bar and a disappointing first half ended with the teams goalless.

Mazarron started the second half brightly and Stevens and Tolo combined well in a move which saw Stevens shooting over the bar. Mazarron took the lead in the 50th minute when Tolo’s free kick nestled in the bottom corner of the net with the Lumbreras keeper a mere spectator.

The lead lasted only five minutes, however, when,a goalmouth scramble following a mistake by Mazarron keeper Conejo, saw Lumbreras force the ball home for an equaliser.

Play flowed from end to end but Mazarron were now gradually creating more chances although a bad pass by Dani nearly allowed Lumbreras the chance of a second goal. On 85minutes Mazarron Monty’s free kick found Manu who drove the ball into the net to give Mazarron the lead for the second time.

Three minutes later Tolo was badly fouled leaving him prostrate on the ground and tempers overflowed, resulting in an unpleasant melee involving players and Lumbreras supporters which saw the referee rushing from the pitch with the other officials .Tolo was eventually helped to the dressing room with badly bruised ribs.

Team: Conejo, Lorca, Dani, Andreo, Ishmael, Stevens (Domingo), Liders, Monty, Manu, Diego (Gines), Tolo.

Man of the Match: Tolo

MAZARRON FC 3 EF LOS ALCAZARES 2  (20.12.2014)

Mazarron recovered from a 2-0 deficit and being reduced to 10 men to stage a fighting recovery and earn an important victory in the last few minutes.

For the first 15 minutes of this game Mazarron were in complete control with Tolo and Diego up front constantly probing the Los Alcazares defence without creating any clear cut chances . However, as is often the case, a mix up in the Mazarron defence in Los Alcazares’s first attack resulted in them taking the lead.

Mazarron continued to have most of the possession with young winger Esteban instrumental in creating numerous chances, none of which were converted. On 30 minutes he beat two defenders before floating the ball to Tolo who was beaten by the uneven surface and saw his shot well saved by the away keeper.

Shortly afterwards Mazarron’s new signing Antonio was sent off after a scuffle in which he appeared to have been the innocent party. This setback didn't deter the home side who continued to press and almost equalised when a through ball to Tolo seemed destined for the back of the net before the ball was whipped off his toe by the keeper.

Unfortunately, Mazarron found themselves further behind shortly afterwards and it came in an almost identical way as the first goal. A long punt down the field by the Los Alcazares keeper saw two Mazarron defenders going for and missing the same ball, allowing the visiting striker to beat Conejo and make the score 2-0.

Alfonso replaced the injured Antonio Jose and almost immediately combined with Andreo to give Diego the simplest of chances to reduc e the arrears for Mazarron and make the half time score 1-2.

The second half continued in the same fashion with Tolo breaking through only to be denied by a defender’s handball just outside the area. Steven continued to cause problems for the Alcazares defence but it was Los Alcazares who had the next clear cut chance when a ball from the right found a striker free in front of an open goal but he only managed to scoop the ball over the bar.

Diego missed another good chance for Mazarron before he was replaced by juvenile striker Domingo and Mazarron bombarded the visitors’ goal with shots from Steven, Tolo and Domingo going close. On one occasion Domingo beat two defenders and rounded the keeper only to be denied by a last minute save.

Mazarron deservedly drew level in the 86th minute when a clearance by Conejo found Domingo, who again beat two defenders before finding Tolo and he calmly tapped the ball home. Two minutes later another long clearance from Conejo eventually reached Domingo who rounded the Alcazares keeper before slipping the ball into the empty net to give the home team a much needed win.

Team Conejo, Dani, Antonio Jose (Alfonso), Andreo, Liders, Diego (Domingo), Tolo, Antonio, Steven (Juanillo), Mateo, Monty

Man of the Match: Steven

CD ALBERCA 1 MAZARRON FC 1  (13.12.2014)

Mazarron gave a much improved and battling performance against fourth placed CD Alberca and earned a deserved 1-1 draw.

Alberca almost took the lead in the sixth minute when their striker dribbled round Conejo in the Mazarron goal only to lose his footing as he was about to shoot. Mazarron’s first attempt on goal did not come until the 21st minute when Manu’s free kick was deflected for a corner. Monty’s flag kick was scrambled clear by Alberca with Mazarron appealing for a penalty for handball.

Monty and Tolo then combined well but Tolo’s shot was saved by the keeper. After 30 minutes Tolo’s through ball put Manu in the clear but his shot was turned round the post for a corner. At the other end a tremendous goalmouth scramble saw Mazarron defenders blocking three shots in succession before the ball was finally cleared.

Alberca came more into the game and Conejo had to be alert in the Mazarron goal with two excellent saves. Enrique was injured and replaced by Cristian in a bizarre incident. Cristian came onto the field only to be asked by the referee to remove a shirt which he had on under his blue Mazarron shirt. The linesman clearly signalled that it was OK for him to come back on to the field of play only for the referee to show Cristian a yellow card much to the anger of the Mazarron supporters who were directly behind the incident.

Conejo was again in action in the early stages of the second half making two more good saves before three Mazarron players were booked in succession for complaining about a decision by the referee. After 61 minutes an attempted clearance by Lorca struck Mateo, his own player, on the back and rebounded just wide of the post for a corner to Alberca.

Tolo was again Mazarron’s main threat up front and he had two good efforts saved, the second in the 65th minute when, following a free kick by Dani, he swivelled to hit a right foot shot just wide. Conejo then had to dive smartly to his right to foil an Alberca attack before Tolo hit a fierce drive which was scrambled around the post for a corner by the Alberca keeper.

Alberca took the lead after 79 minutes when Perez slipped inside Lorca before sliding the ball past Conejo. The lead was short lived as the irrepressible Tolo burst through the Alberca defence before firing home the equaliser for his tenth goal of the season. Manu was sent off for a second yellow card but Mazarron managed to hold out for the rest of the game including 7 minutes of added time.

Team: Conejo, Alfonso, Enrique (Cristian), Dani, Lorca, Juanillo, Mateo, Monty, Manu, Diego (Israel), Tolo

Man of the Match: Conejo

MAZARRON FC 1 THADER ALCANTARILLA 3 (6.12.2014)

Mazarron lost further ground in the race for promotion with a dismal home performance against a team which had lost 3-1 at home the previous week to the team at the bottom of the league.

On a playing surface which is an embarrassment to Mazarron, Thader were always in control of a game in which the home team were tactically inept relying once again on the long ball in the hope that leading scorer Tolo would beat the opposition on his own.

Thader started strongly but it was Mazarron who took the lead after nine minutes. Manu’s left wing cross was met spectacularly on the volley by Tolo whose shot screamed into the back of the net for his ninth goal of the season.

Liders and Enrique both had shots off target for Mazarron before Conejo had to dive to his right to save well following a Thader attack in the 25th minute. Four minutes later Thader almost equalised after a goalmouth scramble but the resultant shot went just wide. Then Liders went close for Mazarron when he latched onto a pass from Tolo but his shot was diverted for a corner.

Thader were coming more into the game and equalised after 35 minutes when a right wing cross was hammered home at the near post giving Conejo no chance.

Thader started the second half well and took the lead after 62 minutes with a soft goal. A right wing corner was headed goalwards but Alfonso and Conejo got in each other’s way and the ball trickled over the line.

Two minutes later, Tolo burst through the Thader defence but his fierce shot rebounded off the post. Thader went further ahead in the 68th minute when a cross field ball was driven goalwards but deflected into his own net by Lorca.

Cristian was finally introduced after 70 minutes and combined well with Tolo whose shot was well over the bar. At the other end Conejo had to be alert to smother an attack from Thader before the ball rebounded goalwards off Lorca and Conejo had to come to the rescue again.

Mazarron were unable to put together any meaningful attacks until a free kick from Alfonso was volleyed just wide by Cristian in injury time. After a promising start to the season the long suffering Mazarron fans are again having their hopes dashed and action is urgently needed to improve both results and the style of play.

Team: Conejo, Alfonso, Andreo, Dani, Lorca, Manu, Liders (Juanillo), Enrique, Monty (Cristian), Diego (Israel), Tolo.

Man of the Match: Tolo

ESPINARDO ATLETICO 2 MAZARRON FC 0  (30.11.2014)

Mazarron dropped out of the play-off positions with a 2-0 defeat away to Espinardo Atletico despite having 75% of possession in a game played on an artificial surface which barely confirmed to the minimum width regulations.

Without Antonio Jose and Mateo at the back, Mazarron had to play juvenile midfielder Andreo as a central defender alongside Dani with four other juveniles also on the substitutes bench.

Mazarron were cheered on by a good number of supporters in appalling weather conditions, the constant driving rain making life difficult for players and spectators alike. Liders shot wide after just two minutes and Mazarron then forced two corners both of which came to nothing. At the other end an Espinardo free kick was easily saved by Conejo and a mistake by Lorca let in one of the home strikers who shot against the cross bar.

Espinardo took the lead after 20 minutes when Dani misjudged the pace of a through ball allowing Alejandro to run on, round Conejo and place the ball into an empty net. Thereafter, it was all Mazarron with Tolo almost scoring on two occasions, once when he superbly rounded the last defender before seeing his shot smothered by the Espinardo keeper.

Monty’s free kick after 28 minutes was just too high and then, a minute later a superb free kick from Alfonso crashed against the bar before rebounding to Monty who volleyed over. Espinardo went close when a free kick was headed just wide before Tolo unleashed a left foot shot from outside the penalty area which was touched around the post for a corner by the home keeper.

Mazarron continued to dominate in the early stages of the second half forcing numerous corners, all of which were headed clear by the strong Espinardo defence. Tolo was always in the thick of the action and once again came close when he volleyed Monty’s free kick only to see it rebound off a defender when goalbound.

Little was seen of Espinardo as an attacking force but their defence kept a tight rein on the Mazarron forwards with three men in attendance every time Tolo had the ball. The home team committed numerous fouls outside the penalty area but Mazarron were unable to convert any of the resulting free-licks although Lider’s left foot effort was headed off the line for a corner.

With five minutes to go the referee awarded a free kick to Espinardo on the right and Gonzalez rose unchallenged to place a firm header past Conejo to make the final score 2-0.

Team: Conejo, Alfonso (Jhony), Andreo, Dani, Lorca, Juanillo (Stevens), Monty, Liders, Manu, (Cristian), Diego, Tolo.

Man of the Match: Lorca

MAZARRON FC 4 BLANCA TELECANAL 1  (22.11.2014)


Mazarron continued their push for promotion with an emphatic 4-1 home victory over Blanca Telecanal.

Despite being without three players through suspension and another three through injury, Mazarron generally dominated the game although a few defensive lapses allowed Blanca Telecana some good opportunities which they failed to take mainly through excellent work by Mazarron’s goalkeeper, Conejo.

Mazarron took the lead after 12 minutes when Tolo found space on the right. After beating two men his shot rebounded off the post to Diego who tapped the ball home from two yards.

Mazarron continued to press forward but Conejo had to be alert and raced off his line twice in quick succession to thwart breakaways from Blanca Telecanal.

At the other end Tolo was causing all sorts of problems for the visitors’ defence. He broke clear only to see his shot saved and then, after another mazy run, appeared to be brought down in the penalty area but the referee waved play on.

For the second half Cristian replaced Juanillo for Mazarron and was immediately in the action when he hit a fierce shot goalwards from 25 yards which appeared to hit a defender on the arm before being diverted for a corner. From the flag kick Dani forced the ball over the line to make it 2-0.

It was all Mazarron at this stage and a free kick from Alfonso was headed on by Tolo towards Diego but his shot at the far post only found the side netting. Tolo again burst clear but saw his shot saved by the feet of the Blanca Telecanal’s keeper. The visitors should have reduced the arrears in the 61st minute when a long ball saw their striker racing through but he shot wide off the post with only Conejo to beat.

Two minutes later they were awarded a penalty when Mateo and Conejo collided with one of the Blanca forwards but Conejo dived to his right to make an excellent save from the spot kick. Mazarron made them pay for this miss with the best goal of the game after 67 minutes. Andreo’s diagonal ball found Cristian racing towards the corner on the right. Cristian turned and hit a superb looping shot over the keeper’s head and into the top of the net to make it 3-0.

Tolo was unlucky again when he swivelled to hit a fierce left foot shot which was tipped around the post by the Blanca keeper but the visitors reduced the arrears after 77 minutes when Carlos Fernandez was allowed to run through and place his shot past Conejo into the corner of the net.

Mazarron replied almost immediately when substitute Stalin’s excellent cross saw Tolo hit a first time shot into the roof of the net to make the final score 4-1.

Team:  Conejo Alfonso Mateo Dani Lorca Juanillo Andreo Liders Monti Tolo Diego

Man of the Match: Conejo

Sporting Camposol 0 Mazarron FC 1 (16.11.2014)

Mazarron came out on top in the first ever derby between the two local teams watched by a good crowd with an excellent atmosphere.

The game started quite slowly but Mazarron had the first chance in the 5th minute when Mateo found Alfonso who shot wide. Mazarron’s keeper Carrasco was then injured following a corner from Sporting Camposol. He played on for a further 10 minutes but finally had to be replaced in goal by Pablo a juvenile.

In the 20th minute Sporting Camposol had a free kick which was deflected for a corner followed by a good save by Pablo who came to the rescue again a few minutes later when he raced out of goal to make a further good clearance. Mazarron suffered another blow when Antonio Jose was injured and replaced by crowd favourite Cecilio to great applause.

Mazarron began to take control and had three or four good chances, most falling to leading scorer Tolo although Camposol did have one chance of their own. However, two minutes before half time Cecilio opened his account for the season when he headed Mazarron into the lead.

In the second half Tolo was soon into action again and in the 60th minute saw a long range shot go narrowly over the bar. Five minutes later Sporting Camposol came near to an equalising goal but the game then became fairly open with neither side gaining the upper hand.

In the 80th minute Mazarron’s Manu was shown a straight red card and the game started to get a little out of hand with a number of bookings and the teams were evened up in the 83rd minute when former Mazarron striker Boudia was sent off for Sporting Camposol.

The final whistle came with Mazarron taking the three points and moving back into a play off position.

Team: Carasco (Pablo) Lorca Antonio Jose (Cecilio), Dani, Mateo, Alfonso, Enrique Liders Manu Diego (Juanillo) Tolo

Man of the Match: Carasco

MAZARRON FC 1 LA HOYA LORCA CF ‘B’ 1  (9.11.2014)


Hola! 

And welcome to the outside broadcast cameras (well - at least one long lens) of the Los Amigos de Mazarron to today’s Match of the Day against La Hoya Lorca. One had hoped that this might be the top of the table clash, but recent results have left Mazarron down in eighth place with today’s opponents above them in third place.

Today welcomed back Cecilio to the squad after his work had recently taken him away; although he only started on the bench. The team had a number of returning players in the form of Lorca, Enrique and Tolo who were all missing from last week’s team. They lined up as follows; Carrasco in goal and a back four of Lorca, Antonia Jose, Alfonso and Dani, with the midfield of Liders, Manu and Enrique promoted up field, with Tolo, Diego and Pineda (Christian) up front – a three man attack that boded well.

What a difference a week can make not only in politics! Although, last week’s loss to Esparragal had seen an improvement in the play, this week’s was a revelation. Within the first 5 minutes Mazarron had a number of attacks with a great deal of passing on the ground with a number of Mazarron players involved in moving the ball up field. 

The midfield was not by-passed by long balls out of the defence, and was in fact heavily involved in much of what Mazarron achieved.
In the 4th minute Mazarron had Christian running down the left wing from a lovely through ball from Manu, but unfortunately there were too many La Hoya Lorca defenders around him to be able to get in a telling cross.

It was not until the 10th minute that La Hoya Lorca had their first meaningful attack which did result in a corner, but that was put into the Mazarron side-netting on the nearside; and their first shot on goal did not come until the 14th minute and ended up way over the bar, to the first chorus of ‘burro’.

In the 12th minute another Mazarron attack from a free kick was cleared by the La Hoya Lorca defender but at the expense of a corner. The ball was put into the penalty area to the far post, but unfortunately the resultant shot back only found the La Hoya Lorca side net.

What was becoming clear from the various free kicks and corners that Mazarron were awarded that the delivery of these was much better than in recent games – so it seems that some effort has been made in training to ensure that the ball when delivered has much more potential to result in a goal.

Whilst it was mainly Mazarron attacking there were the sporadic attacks by La Hoya Lorca and in one such attack in the 20th minute a game of pin-ball was played in the Mazarron penalty area, but Mazarron were able to eventually clear the danger.

In the next ten minutes or so Mazarron mounted a number of attacks with Tolo and Christen featuring prominently, with one spectacular attempt of an overhead kick by Tolo ending a 4-man move – but it went wide.

One breakaway attack by La Hoya Lorca on the half hour mark ended thanks to an over enthusiastic left winger who had strayed off-side when the Mazarron defence had got caught up field in a Mazarron attack and were struggling to get back.

In the 35th minute another passing movement by Mazarron ended with Tolo hitting a great cross from Manu on the volley, but the angle was too tight and the ball went behind the La Hoya Lorca goal. However, this chance was to precede the next Mazarron attack when Tolo carrying the ball into the La Hoya Lorca penalty area turned sharply only to be brought down by a La Hoya Lorca defender – a clear cut penalty, and the referee agreed!
Up stepped Tolo to take the penalty and it was one nil within seconds!

1-0

Within a minute Tolo was to test out his ball skills once again on the edge of the La Hoya penalty area, but there were too many defenders on this occasion and the ball was taken off him and cleared by the La Hoya Lorca defence.

In the 45th minute Antonio Jose was booked for a foul on the half-way line which resulted in a corner to La Hoya Lorca from their free kick, but it was easily gathered in by Carrasco and the referee blew for half-time with only a minute of added time.

Half-time: 1-0

The second half continued much the way that the first half had ended, with Mazarron having the majority of the attacking play, interspersed with the occasional La Hoya Lorca attack. In the 48th minute Mazarron fashioned a move including at least half-a-dozen good passes, ending with Tolo crossing from the left wing but there was no Mazarron attacker to meet it in the middle.

In the 54th minute Mazarron were awarded a fortuitous free kick (not only did your reporter believe that the foul should have been given the other way – but a number of other Mazarron supporters feared that the free kick would be given against Mazarron). The resultant fee kick by Liders was placed in the danger area for La Hoya Lorca and met by Enrique with a good header but a little too high and it went over the bar.

However, despite the majority of the attacks coming from Mazarron, the next La Hoya Lorca attack in the 56th minute resulted in a goal. La Hoya Lorca attacked down the right wing and a cross was well met by a La Hoya Lorca attacker with his head which went straight into the Mazarron net.

1-1

However, Mazarron were not too down hearted by this set back as they continued to seek the all-important goal to give them the three points. It also seemed that La Hoya Lorca were only too pleased to get back on level terms as they seldom mounted any further meaningful attacks, with your reporter only noting one further attack where the Mazarron defence had to deal with a corner that Carrasco safely gathered in.

In the 62nd minute came a substitution that had many of the Mazarron supporters questioning the tactics, as Christian was taken off and replaced by Chema – not that Chema did not take up some good positions, but it seemed a strange decision when Mazarron were quite clearly trying to get that all elusive win.

In the 65th minute the crowd’s favourite Cecilio came on for Diego, and immediately set about trying to terrorise the La Hoya Lorca defence! He charged through onto a back pass provided by the La Hoya defence which eventually gave Mazarron a corner; and from the corner Tolo shot over the bar.

In the 69th minute a lengthy discussion between the referee and the linesman on the nearside resulted in the La Hoya Lorca number 11 being shown a yellow card, but as he had already been booked it turned red and off he trooped. The speculation amongst the home supporters was that he had caught the ‘Mazarron disease’ and had questioned the linesman’s ability to provide his true lineage or that he should acquire a new set of spectacles as soon as possible.

More Mazarron attacks in the next 15 minutes or so came to nought with the odd shot going wide and resulting in a goal kick. Tolo’s name found its way into the ‘little black book’ (even though it’s a white card?) that all referees seem to have in their top pocket; after trying to beat four defenders on his own, losing the ball and fouling a defender trying to get it back.

In the 87th minute Mazarron were awarded a free kick on the edge of the La Hoya Lorca penalty area, after a defender was given a yellow card for a foul on a Mazarron player. According to some (including your reporter and the Los Amigos El Presidente) this was a “blatant miscarriage of justice” as the defender was the last man. 

As was to be the theme throughout this match Mazarron were not able to make anything of the free kick; and the referee blew for the end of the match a few minutes later; but not before sending the Mazarron substitute Isreal to the dressing room early for something he must have said to the nearside linesman. Clearly, this linesman was a sensitive soul as he had managed indirectly to get two players an early bath!!

Full Time: 1-1

Team: Carrasco, Lorca, Dani, Antonio Jose, Alfonso, Liders, Enrique, Manu, Diego (Cecilio), Tolo, Christen (Chema)

Man of the Match: Tolo
 

CD ESPARRAGAL 1 MAZARRON FC 0  (2.11.2014)


Hope springs eternal … or so they say!

The pre-match discussion amongst the Mazarron supporters on the coach as it travelled up the AP-7 towards Murcia contained the optimistic view that Mazarron would play a good game today; based on two major assumptions. Firstly, Cristian was back training with the squad and would hopefully be playing; and secondly Mazarron could not possibly play as bad as last week against Minerva as that game was dire!

On arrival at the ground the second* job of your reporter was to establish who was in the team/squad for the match. This contained the first surprise as the squad made no mention of Tolo, Mazarron’s main striker. On further enquiry by your reporter it was established that this was because Tolo had not trained during the week. At this point it was decided that discretion was the better part of valour and no further request was made as to why he hadn’t trained! In any event I’m not one to gossip!!

The team lined up as follows. Carrasco in goal, with Mateo, Dani, Antonio Jose and Alfonso in the back four, with Liders, Pineda (Cristian) and Israel in midfield; and Diego, Andreu (juvenile) and Juanillo up front. A three man attack might bode well for what was to come. Although for most of the match young Andreu fell back into midfield and Cristian moved up to occupy the left wing position.

The first Mazarron attack resulted in a corner in the first minute, but it unfortunately came to nought; and in the third minute Antonio Jose made an excellent interception to break up an Esparragal attack. This was followed by a couple of free kicks to Esparragal from within the Mazarron half, but both were cleared by the Mazarron defence.
The next 15 minutes or so were taken up with mainly Esparragal attacks interspersed with an odd Mazarron attack. On 14 minutes the Esparragal team thought they had scored after some desperate defending by Mazarron found Carrasco clutching the ball on the Mazarron goal line after a free header, but the linesman on the far side who was well placed indicated otherwise. There followed a corner moments later but the Esparragal player placed it into the nearside side net – a woeful waste of a dead ball situation.

Mazarron mounted most of their attacks via Cristian out on the left wing and in the 20th minute he took off down the left wing, but there were too many defenders and he was unable to get in a telling cross. A free kick taken by Liders went towards the right hand side of the Esparragal goal but the Esparragal goalkeeper had expected the ball to be placed there and he easily gathered it in.

During the period leading up to the half-hour there were quite a few Mazarron attacks, usually led by Cristian, but there were no clear-cut chances or direct shots on goal for the Esparragal defence to have to deal with.

On the 25th minute there was yet another goal line clearance from the Mazarron goal area, which led to a corner, but this was safely gathered in by Carrasco. Clearly, the better chances had fallen to Esparragal, but they had not been able to capitalize on them.

However, something appears to have happened at about the 30 minute mark as Mazarron reverted to the old kick and run style of football. Whether this was due to the Esparragal pressure or not, the defence just kicked the ball out of defence without looking for a Mazarron player to receive it. On the 37th minute an interesting Esparragal free kick on the edge of the Mazarron penalty area was only foiled by bad timing of the players involved and not any Mazarron interception – the ball went out of play on the far side.
The referee blew bang on the 45 minute mark, with an Esparragal shot just sailing over the Mazarron bar.

Bar the last few minutes this had been a much better half for Mazarron than any of the previous three matches, with some attempt by the defence and midfield to pass the ball around. The Mazarron supporters around your reporter were in good humour and optimistic about the second half – although that could have been the beer and pasties talking!

Half-Time: 0-0

The second half started very much as the first had ended with more Esparragal attacks and the odd Mazarron one. One free kick to Mazarron down at the near corner flag was wasted as it sailed over the bar for an Esparragal goal kick. In the meantime a substitution had taken place as Juanillo was replaced by Esteban (a juvenile). In the minutes following his introduction he scampered up and down the Mazarron right wing and demonstrated some great determination and not a little skill, but as ever was outdone by too many defenders around him and too little assistance from the Mazarron midfield.

On the 53rd minute Esteban was released down the right and he passed a couple of defenders down to the Esparragal bye-line, he got a good shot away but the angle was too tight and the Esparragal goal minder was able to gather the ball.

In the 57th minute an Esparragal defender was booked for bringing Cristian down, but Cristian was also booked - for a foul that had happened just seconds earlier, but the referee had allowed play to continue as Esparragal had the ball at that point.

As we approached the hour mark Mazarron strung a number of passes together in an attack – only for the play to go out of play on the far side!

In the 60th minute came that one goal that all the supporters around your reporter believed would win the match – unfortunately, it came for Esparragal and not Mazarron. A through ball from the Esparragal midfield bisected the Mazarron defence and there was an attacker to pass it into the Mazarron net.

1-0

In the next 10 minutes Mazarron made another couple of substitutions with Chema coming on for Israel, and Stalin (juvenile) coming on for Andreu. It didn’t make too much difference as the Esparragal defence held firm with a couple of Esparragal attacks testing the Mazarron defence, but they were dealt with quite easily.
For some reason at or about the 85th minute Mazarron decided that they had to do something about the one goal deficit and mounted attack after attack on the Esparragal defence; with all of the attack and the substitutes showing up well in the opposition penalty area. However, all of this came far too late and the referee blew with only a minute of added time.

Full-time: 1-0

Summary

Thankfully, this was a much better display from Mazarron than the previous matches. Certainly, for the first 30 minutes and the last 5-10 minutes Mazarron tried to play football with determination and skill and tried to pass the ball around.

In my opinion they still need to commit more midfield players to the attack, but they can only do this by holding the ball in defence sometimes, to allow for runners and other players to take out opposition defenders and to create space for others to utilize. In order to achieve that the defenders need to feel comfortable on the ball and they have to move around at the back to make themselves available for a pass. Kicking the ball aimlessly up field will only result in the ball being returned very quickly.

So decision making and judgement is called for i.e. knowing when to kick the ball into the stands; and when to take control and look for the pass out of defence.

Team: Carrasco. Alfonso, Antonio Jose, Dani, Mateo, Israel (Chema), Liders, Cristian, Diego Andreu (Stalin), Juanillo (Esteban)

Man of the Match: Mateo

MAZARRON FC 0 SFC MINERVA 2  (26.10.2014)
 

And so it was for the second time in 24 hours the streets of Mazarron were deserted as the ’futbol aficionados’ found themselves watching the beautiful game.

On Saturday it was the mesmerising runs of Messi or the pirouetting turns of Ronaldo in the El Clasico that were being watched by the thousands in the bars and cafes of Mazarron. On Sunday all roads led to the Stadio Municipal to watch local heroes Mazarron take on SFC Minerva with the silky skills of Tolo, Alfonso et al.

Minerva play at Alumbres down Cartagena way and feature two of our old boys in Tico and Moha. Tico did play in the number 10 shirt and provided some good balls from midfield, something Mazarron currently lack.

The early pre-match speculation from the local supporters was how long it would take a Mazarron player to accumulate two yellow cards or even a straight red; with those early forecasters believing it would somehow benefit the team, as it had done on the two previous occasions. Thankfully, they were to be proved wrong and Mazarron played the whole of the 90 minutes without anyone being shown a red card; not that it made any difference to the way they played!

The Mazarron team lined up with Dani, Antonio Jose, Enrique and Mateo lined up at the back with Alfonso, Liders, Damien and Manu in midfield and Tolo just in front of Diego. Conejo was the goal minder.

Minerva gave a very early warning of why they are second in the league because within two minutes they had shot twice on the Mazarron goal, with both a shot and a header just over the bar. Mazarron did manage to get a corner in the fourth minute with the resultant shot just over the Minerva bar, but this turned out to be a fairly rare incident.

In the 12th and 13th minutes Minerva had three corners in quick succession and always seemed to be able to place the ball into areas of danger for Mazarron. This was to be a feature of their play throughout the match – their dead ball/free kick placement was far superior to that of Mazarron, who still seem to fail to clear the first line of defence or manage to put the ball over the heads of everyone.

In the 20th minute Conejo pulled off an excellent save from an incisive Minerva attack, and this clearly helped him on his way to the Man of the Match award, as he had to come to Mazarron’s assistance on a number of occasions later on.

On 23 minutes a head injury to Enrique robbed Mazarron of a stalwart defender, as he was taken to a local clinic to have his wound treated – although he did return to the match near the end of the second half. Israel replaced him and a re-shuffle of the back four was completed with Alfonso dropping back from midfield.

Mazarron’s first meaningful attack came in the 35th minute from a free kick which came in low and Manu nearly found the net. However, this was followed by some sustained Minerva attacks and in the 38th minute the Mazarron defence was breached by a header from a Minerva attacker which Conejo was unable to reach.

0-1

Just before half-time, during a ‘time-out’ whilst the referee was adjudicating on a free-kick situation in the Minerva area, some sort of scuffle ensued on the near touchline between Minerva and Mazarron officials/substitutes which also involved the nearside linesman – however, the referee managed to calm things down; but this was to have a rather bizarre consequence later on in the second half.

The referee blew for half-time having only added 2 minutes, when the injury to Enrique took at least 5 minutes whilst he was taken off for treatment – perhaps the referee felt that Mazarron had suffered enough already! On the whole I thought that the referee had a good game, and on most occasions got the call right.

Half-time 0-1

From the kick-off Mazarron mounted an attack and Israel was quite clearly fouled either just outside or on the Minerva penalty area boundary; it wasn’t given – this was one where the referee got it wrong!

There followed a number of Minerva attacks resulting in a number of corners but thankfully none that threatened to add to their one goal lead. This scenario continued for the next 15 minutes or so with Minerva attacks interspersed with the occasional Mazarron attack.
Then in the 60th minute came the next controversial incident. A cross from the right wing on a Minerva attack was intercepted by a Mazarron defender only for it to bounce off his body and be caught by Conejo. The referee after a couple of seconds thought – along with the Minerva attack that this constituted a back pass and blew his whistle accordingly. 

Now if that had been me and the referee thought that I had that much skill with the ball to bring it under control in such a fashion I’d have been quite flattered! Needless to say Mazarron disputed the decision because the incident took place between the penalty spot and the Mazarron goal-line. It took some 2 minutes or more to calm the situation – with all eleven Mazarron players (and one Minerva player) lined up along the goal-line. As it happened the free-kick was cleared, but only to the edge of the Mazarron penalty area; and as the Mazarron defenders were rushing out of their goal area a Minerva attacker struck the ball cleanly and it passed Conejo (and everyone else) without stopping!

At some point just before the restart Israel was booked, presumably for making it clear to the referee that his decision making need further training, or that he might require directions to the nearest Spanish equivalent of Specsavers.

0-2

Mazarron made a couple of substitutions just after the second Minerva goal with Juanillo coming on for Alvaro; and Mateo coming off for Martin. In between these two substitutions Tolo did have a shot on target but it was safely gathered in by the Minerva goalkeeper.

With about ten minutes to go there were a couple of further attempts by Tolo and Alfonso on the Minerva goal, but they were either saved or went wide.

In the 85th minute the referee’s attention was drawn by the nearside linesman, this subsequently led to Pedro being sent to the stands. Pedro, who is the Mazarron ball man left the Mazarron dug-out as requested, but took his balls with him! This became apparent when following a well-timed tackle by a Minerva defender on the Mazarron left wing the ball went out of play and over the adjoining wall. It was sometime before it was realised that in order for the game to continue they would have to go and fetch that ball as there was none forthcoming from the dug-out area!!

Much hilarity ensued amongst the Mazarron supporters around your reporter when it was realised what Pedro had done – I mean you have to get your entertainment from somewhere, ‘cause it wasn’t going to come via Mazarron football!

After this the match petered out with only the last substitution of Javi for Diego, and a booking for Martin who managed to welcome Tico back to Mazarron with an extremely clumsy foul on him.

The referee added three minutes to Mazarron’s agony, but called it a day at that point.

Full-time 0-2


Team: Conejo, Mateo (Martin), Dani, Antonio Jose, Enrique (Israel), Alfonso (c), Damien, Manu, Alvaro (Juanillio), Diego (Javi) and Tolo.

Man of the Match: Conejo

CD JUVENIA 1 MAZARRON 2  (19.10.2014)
 

As is the norm with matches that feature Mazarron these days they came back from going a goal down to win the match 2-1.

Mazarron kicked off (with Tolo acting as Captain) and within 2 minutes Diego had missed a good opportunity to score, shooting well wide in the end. Both sides spent the first 10 minutes trying to get into positions where they could attempt a shot on goal, but both sides were guilty of wayward shooting with only a couple of tame efforts well gathered by the respective goalkeepers. There was an early scare on the edge of the Mazarron penalty area when Conjeo fumbled the ball in a Juvenia attack, but between them the defence managed to clear the ball.

It also became apparent throughout the first half that Mazarron free kicks from anywhere within the opposition half were directed into the penalty area; the problem being that often the kicks were taken by Tolo, who being the tallest forward would have been utilised in the area to receive said free kick. When they were taken by other Mazarron players they either didn’t clear the first line of the opposition defence, or as happened on a few occasions the ball sailed over everyone and it went out of play.

Mid-way through the first half there was a flurry of yellow cards for both Juvenia and Mazarron; the significant one as far as Mazarron was concerned came in the 32 minute when Lorca was booked for a foul on the edge of the Mazarron penalty area.
Just after this booking a Mazarron attack through Tolo almost produced a one -on-one situation but Tolo pushed the ball just that little bit too far, and the Juvenia goalkeeper was able to gather it safely.

The one good bit of team work from Mazarron came in the 38th minute when a break down the right wing utilising 3 different Mazarron players found Tolo in a good position, but just that little bit too much of an angle to get a good shot away, and the ball ended up in the side netting – when a few of the visiting supporters thought it had gone in.

In the run-up to half-time a good run by Andreo (wearing number 12) was halted by a good tackle from the Juvenia defence; and a mix-up between Lorca and Conjeo led to a corner to Juvenia, but thankfully it came to nought.

HALF-TIME 0-0

Following last week’s revival after the half-time break the Mazarron supporters were optimistic about a better second half – they were to be sorely disappointed. 

Apart from an early goalmouth scramble in the Mazarron penalty area where both Conjeo and defenders blocked the ball on the line, the second half went very much as the first had done. Both sides were woefully short of ideas as to how to break down the opposition defence, and when they did get near the opposing penalty area any shots were usually well wide. 

In the 52nd minute after the third foul on Tolo just outside the right hand side of the Juvenia penalty area the resultant free kick came across was headed out, but came straight back in for Diego to miss what was the best chance of the match to score – but instead managed to balloon the ball over the bar.

Mazarron at this point were starting to look the more dangerous with a couple of extra shots on goal, but unfortunately all going wide. In the 60th minute Tolo was set free once more by a long ball but his shot was blocked by a Juvenia defender with the use of his hand, although the referee (and one visiting supporter) decided it wasn’t handball, and only gave a corner, which as ever was not made good use of by Mazarron.

However, in the 65th minute after a Juvenia attack was halted by a foul some 27 yards out, the resultant free kick went straight into the Mazarron goal. The ball bypassed the Mazarron wall and Conjeo didn’t even move before the ball was nestled in the back of the Mazarron net.

1-0

Just after the restart Mazarron made a substitution with Chema coming on for Lidder. Quite clearly Chema was fired up and within 2 minutes had earned a booking for an over enthusiastic challenge on the Juvenia winger.

On the next Mazarron attack where a long ball from defence found Chema on the right wing and he scampered off between the touchline and the edge of the Juvenia penalty area. There was a coming together of a defender and Chema and he decided that a free kick or even a penalty kick might come Mazarron’s way if he went to ground – he duly did!

The referee was having none of it, and neither was the linesman who was within a couple of metres of the incident. Chema remonstrated with the linesman in a somewhat forthright manner, probably directing his attention towards the latest Specsavers offers. The linesman duly brought the referee’s attention to said incident, and Chema was booked for the second time in as many minutes – and followed the all too familiar route for an early bath.

If that wasn’t bad enough a further 4 minutes had elapsed before Lorca defending another Juvenia attack committed a foul on the left winger and was booked for a second time for his pains – he too found himself on his way to an early bath, only this time he tried to go to the visitors dug-out. He was pointed the correct way by the linesman, and off he trudged.

Now, what is about Mazarron that they have to go goals behind and lose players through sending-offs before they start to play with some skill and purpose – answers on a postcard, preferably to Javi.
All of a sudden they started to find each other when attacking, and from about the 80th minute it was all Mazarron even when though they were down to 9 men. Two successive Mazarron free kicks in the 80th and 81st minutes were cleared after some desperate defending; however in the 85th minute came the goal that Mazarron’s determination and spirit deserved. Another free kick was placed into the Juvenia penalty area and after a little pin-ball Diego 
was there to thump it home.

1-1 

The young juvenile Andreo then had a further good shot at goal, and was well saved by the Juvenia goal minder.
Then in the 89th minute came the best cross of the match from Mateo who ran down the right wing bye-line and crossed a beautiful ball into the Juvenia area to find Diego on the end – and he didn’t miss!

1-2

There was some controversy about this goal because Mateo had received the ball when he may have been offside, however it was the turn of the Juvenia defenders to question the ability of the linesman to see what was in front of him.

Five minutes of added time was indicated by the referee, but with a couple of extra substitutions to eat up some time Mazarron were able to hold onto their win.

Full time: 1-2


Team: Conejo, Lorca, Dani, Antonio Jose, Enrique (Said), Diego (Israel), Tolo (capt), Manu, Andreo (Juvenile), Liders (Chema), Mateo.

Man of the Match: Enrique

MAZARRON FC 2 A.D.PLIEGO 2  (12.10.2014)
 

 

As they say in the best of footballing circles – a game of two halves!
 

The game, preceded by a minute’s silence, started fairly slowly with both sides probing carefully. Mazarron, as ever, using just the one main target man – Tolo, with Diego assisting alongside. The more measured attacks coming from Pliego, who always attacked with 3 or 4 players in the vicinity of the Mazarron penalty area.
 

From an early free kick to Mazarron, Tolo shot wide of the Pliego left hand post. However this was countered by a Pliego free kick which resulted in a free header to the Pliego attack – fortunately the header had no power and Conejo gathered safely. So it continued for the first 25 minutes or so with both sides trying to find a way through, with Mazarron starting to penetrate the Pliego defence with long, raking passes for Tolo to run onto.
 

In the 27th minute Antonio Jose made an excellent tackle to stop a quick Pliego breakaway, which resulted in a throw-in near the corner flag, from the resultant throw another visitors attack was repelled twice by excellent saves from Conejo and a block on the Mazarron goal-line leading to Pliego’s second corner of the match.
 

The corner came across and was headed out by the Mazarron defence, but it fell to the Visitor’s number 21 whose shot looped over the Mazarron goal minder and into the corner of the net.
 

0-1
 

Further disaster was to strike 2 minutes later when a Pliego attack down the left wing reached the by-line but was crossed low across the Mazarron goal area for it to reach an unmarked Pliego player who calmly pushed it into the net. Cue Mazarron heads to drop.
 

0-2
 

It wasn’t until the 35th minute that Mazarron recorded their first corner. But worse was to come in the 44th minute after some ‘handbags at dawn’ in the Mazarron penalty are both teams had a player booked – for Mazarron it turned out to be Alfonso the captain. The Pliego corner came to nought, but it was the resultant Mazarron breakout that was halted by Pliego foul just inside their own half.
Alfonso shaped to take the free kick, but was told by the referee to wait for his whistle; however Alfonso decided the better advantage was to play it quick, and when the referee told him to wait and take it again it seems Alfonso questioned his parentage or something similar and was booked for his troubles. Having only recently received his first yellow card this led inevitably to the red being shown and Alfonso trooped off!
Mazarron clearly were relieved to get into the dressing room at half-time. What was said is still between the four walls and the team; but the start of the second half saw Mazarron with their tails up!
 

Just a few seconds after the restart Mazarron attacked and during the melee in the Pliego penalty area the referee pointed to the penalty spot after a foul on a Mazarron player. After furious protests from the Pliego players Tolo stepped up and struck the penalty to the left of the Pliego goalkeeper and into the net.
 

1-2
 

One minute later on the next Mazarron attack, following a long ball from the defence to Tolo, Tolo was fouled on or near the penalty area. The referee initially gave a free kick on the edge of the penalty area – only for the linesman to indicate that the foul was inside the box and so the referee then gave a penalty! Cue pandemonium in the Pliego team which resulted in some further bookings for Pliego.
Up stepped Tolo for his second penalty in as many minutes and this time put it to the right of the Pliego goalkeeper and into the net.
 

2-2
 

Now you’d think that after two penalties you couldn’t get any further controversy, but there was yet another penalty appeal only a further two minutes later in Mazarron’s next attack, where a Pliego defender clearly handled the ball – but the referee decided that to give a third penalty in 5 minutes might lead to some serious scenes with the visitors team, so he waved play-on! Those supporters sitting around your reporter were convinced that this was the clearest ‘penalty’ of the three!!
 

The rest of the half saw 10-man Mazarron clearly looking to win the match, with Pliego on the back foot for a lot of the time. Shots by Tolo, Diego and Enrique all went wide of the Pliego goal
 

There were some further Pliego attacks but on the whole the Mazarron defence coped well; and after 3 minutes of added on time the referee called a halt to proceedings.
 

Full-Time: 2-2
 

Team: Conejo, Lorca, Dani, Antonio Jose, Said (Chema), Enrique, Alfonso, Israel (Manu), Diego (Mateo), Tolo (Javi), Liders.

EDECO FORTUNA 0 MAZARRON FC 1  (4.10.2014)


Enrique’s headed goal in the 80th minute gave Mazarron a hard earned victory against a team which included several players who appear regularly in the Tercera Division, two leagues above Mazarron.

The game kicked off five minutes late following a torrential downpour and thunderstorm which sent the travelling Mazarron supporters scurrying for whatever cover they could find.

Mazarron could have taken the lead after seven minutes when Alfonso’s free kick found Tolo who could only direct his header just wide of the far post. At the other end Fortuna looked dangerous on the break and first Lorca and then goalkeeper Conejo had to be alert to prevent goalscoring opportunities.

Neither side managed a serious attempt on goal for the rest of a disappointing first half which ended when Israel and Tolo combined to set up Alfonso whose shot was wide of the target.

Chema and new-signing Manu replaced Israel and Said at half time and Mazarron began to stamp their authority on the game. A left foot drive from Tolo was just wide after 56 minutes and then Tolo played in Chema whose shot was just blocked by the onrushing Fortuna keeper.

After 70 minutes a flick from Tolo, who worked tirelessly upfront, found Diego whose fierce volley sailed just over the bar. Then Tolo broke through only to be foiled by the keeper at the expense of a corner. Mazarron’s pressure paid off after 80 minutes when Liders’ left wing corner was headed back across goal by Dani and turned in at the far post by Enrique. 

Three minutes later Tolo raced through again but his mishit shot, despite beating the keeper, was cleared off the line for a corner. In the last few minutes Fortuna surged forward in search of an equaliser but the Mazarron defence and especially the excellent Conejo in goal, remained solid to ensure a victory which moved Mazarron up to fourth in the league table.

Mazarron’s next game is at home to A.D. Pliego on Sunday 12th October, kick off 17.30.

Team: Conejo, Lorca, Antonio Jose, Dani, Said (Manu), Alfonso (Javi), Israel (Chema), Enrique, Liders, Diego (Martin), Tolo.

Man of the Match: Lorca

Mazarron FC 2 Fuente Alamo 2 (28.9.2014)


MAZARRON FC THROW IT AWAY FOR THE SECOND WEEK RUNNING

For the second week running Mazarron FC unnecessarily threw away points in injury time and this time it was also the chance to go joint top.

The game started with the devastating news that one of the brightest prospects Mazarron have had in their team, Cristian, was leaving to ply his trade in Paris, but he promised to score in his final game and he lived up to his pledge and that he would be back in April.

This game was played in warm sunshine in front of a good crowd who had high hopes of a game where 3 points were up for grabs.

From the kick off Fuente Alamo tried a number of speculative long range shots which were easily dealt with and if this was the best that they could do, well come on down.

It was in the 10th minute that Mazarron started to probe the away teams goal with Chema, who would have an excellent game, crossing to Cristian in the box who was denied by a last minute interception.

But it wouldn't take long for Mazarron to take the lead, in fact it was just 7 minutes later that the same combination of Chema and Cristian produced the goods. Chema received the ball on the left wing easily beating the away team's right back and flicked a cross over to Cristian who brought the ball down, controlled it, spinning on the spot and burying the ball into the net. Great goal.

Mazarron FC 1 Fuente Alamao 0

Shortly afterwards Mazarron almost doubled their lead when Chema burst through the centre only to be hauled down on the edge of the box by the last defender, the crowd was very disappointed that he only received a yellow card. Up steps Captain Alfonso who hammered the ball past the defensive wall only to see it rebound off the foot of the post.

The next action involved a move from the right again from a dead ball situation. Again Alfonso was the deliverer in chief and the recipient was Cristian, who was determined to impress on his final outing with Mazarron, the ball cleared the defenders aligned in front of the ball straight to Cristian who flashed the ball inches wide of the left hand post.

Again following a Mazarron attack resulting in a corner it was Chema's turn to excel when he rose above three defenders only to see his header miss to the right of the goal, just.

At this stage it was all Mazarron, and when Chema intercepted a Fuente Alamo defensive clearance, he bore down on goal and it took a last ditch tackle to deny him a shooting chance.

In a rare attack Fuente Alamo's front line found themselves 3 on 2 with a good chance to equalise the score but as a striker was about to pull the trigger Chema took the ball away from him and cleared the danger.

In the 39th minute Lady Luck then took a hand in the shape of a very iffy penalty award. A coming together of two opposing players on the edge of Mazarron's penalty area which to the attending crowd seemed a 50/50 tackle was deemed as a foul and a penalty was awarded to Fuente Alamo. The penalty was taken and dispatched bringing the scores level.

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HALF TIME

The second half started with Mazarron substituting the league's top scorer, Tolo and Damien with Andreo and Diego, the latter playing his first game following being injured in a pre season match. Diego is a striker who has been talked about a lot within the club as having a great amount of potential.

The game continued in the same vein as the first half with Mazarron applying pressure and Fuente Alamo unable to make anything of any chances that they created, they sorely need a finisher as they let many a chance go begging.

Fuente Alamo were made to pay for their ineptitude in front of goal in the 16th minute of the second half when following a corner and a bit of head tennis it was Diego who got the final and decisive touch to force the ball over the line. Diego had arrived.

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Shortly afterwards Chema, who had been creating chance after chance was substituted being replaced by Juanillo and in all honesty the match stagnated somewhat for the next period of the game.

The match burst into life again when Liders burst through the Fuente defence and was prevented from having a shot on goal when a blatant hand ball prevented the chance. From the free kick Juanillo dove full length in an attempt to head the ball home but just failed to make a connection.

Fuente Alamo were now coming more and more into the game as Mazarron defended deeper and deeper and at one stage the ball wizzed around the home team's goal mouth like a pin ball with the ball eventually being cleared. Mazarron were now playing on the break and it was from one of these breakaways that Mazarron nearly doubled their lead. Cristian bursting out his now defensive role he found Diego but the away goal minder just managed to clear the danger at the last second.

Following a bad foul Liders left the field of play being replaced by Martin.

As full time arrived a Fuente Alamo striker buried a free kick into the side netting of Mazarron's goal, a real let off.

Shortly afterwards the ref held up his hand showing 5 minutes of extra time, now where did he get those 5 minutes from? Shortly afterwards Cristian left the feild of play to a standing ovation being replaced by Javi.

And it was in the 3rd minute of extra time disaster struck Mazarron and their excellent goal keeper, Conejo, in particular.

A long punt up field by the Fuente defence was easily being covered by Juan Lorca, who hadn't put a foot wrong all day, only to see his goal keeper running out of his area to clear the same ball. Conejo got to the ball first and kicked it straight to a Fuente striker who calmly passed the ball sideways to his partner who side footed the ball into an empty net. Disaster.

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The whistle for full time was blown almost as Mazarron restarted the game and we looked across to see a distraught Conejo sitting in his goal mouth devastated with what he had done.

FULL TIME

Mazarron FC 2 Fuente Alamo 2

A point but it felt like a defeat.

Team

Conejo, Juan Lorca, Dani, Said Enrique, Alfonso, Tolo, Damian, Lider, Chema, Cristian,

Subs used

Martin, Andreo, Juanillio, Diego, Javi

Subs not used

Carrasco

Man of the match

Juan Lorca who didn't put a foot wrong all afternoon.

BENIAJAN CF 1 MAZARRON FC 0  (21.9.2014)
 

A goal in the third minute of injury time denied a hard-working Mazarron a point in this top of the table clash at Beniajan.

Both sides went in to the game with 100% records but it was Beniajan who dominated the early stages with Mazarron goalkeeper Conejo making two excellent saves in the first five minutes. Mazarron without the injured Israel and Enrique in midfield struggled to get to grips with the bouncy artificial surface in the first half. 

Twice the speedy Beniajan right winger burst clear, on the first occasion mis-hitting his shot completely and then hitting a firm drive just wide of the far post. Mazarron began to come more into the game and after 30 minutes Cristian’s poor shot rebounded to Tolo who found the net but he was clearly in an offside position. Five minutes later Chema and Cristian combined well on the left and from Chema’s cross Cristian headed just over the bar.

The young Andreo replaced Martin at half time and certainly added some bite into the midfield area, winning numerous tackles and headers. After 52 minutes Cristian’s free kick from 25 yards was just over the bar but five minutes later Lorca made an excellent goal line clearance following a Beniajan corner.

A left wing free kick from Liders caused panic in the Beniajan defence and evaded everyone before the referee blew for offside. At the other end Beniajan almost took the lead with a fierce drive from 30 yards which sailed just over the bar. Then Cristian combined with substitute Juanillo whose shot was saved by the Beniajan keeper.

The last 15 minutes were played in almost complete darkness. The floodlights at Beniajan are totally inadequate and the use of a dark ball made it virtually impossible for spectators to follow the play. Nevertheless Mazarron continued to play spiritedly with Conejo excellent in goal. However, Beniajan took the points to go top of the league in the 93rd minute when, following two right wing corners, they forced the ball home at the far post.

On the balance of play it could be argued that it was a fair result but Mazarron deserved something out of the game for their hard work and commitment which augurs well for the rest of the season.

Team: Conejo, Lorca (Javi), Antonio Jose, Dani, Said, Alfonso (Juanillo), Martin (Andreo), Liders, Chema (Damian), Cristian, Tolo

Man of the Match: Conejo

A.D.SUCINA 1 MAZARRON FC 3  (14.9.2014)


Mazarron came back from behind to defeat a resolute Sucina team and move into second place in the Primera Autonomica.

The game got off to an explosive start when the Sucina goalkeeper charged out of his goal to deny Tolo a goalscoring opportunity by handling outside the area. He was shown the inevitable red card but Mazarron failed to take advantage of the numerical advantage in a disappointing first half.

Too often, they overhit the final ball on a sloping and bouncy artificial surface and it was Sucina who took advantage of errors in the Mazarron defence enabling Antonio to give them the lead after 22 minutes. Neither side managed to create any clear-cut chances before the interval and Cristian’s free kick after 32 minutes did not trouble the second string Sucina keeper.

The second half was a different story as Mazarron started to play the ball on the ground with some excellent passing movements. Chema replaced Lorca at half time and raced down the right wing before producing a dangerous cross which was turned away for a corner with Cristian waiting to pounce.

After 60 minutes, Mazarron equalised after a spell of intense pressure. A short corner on the right was played to Enrique whose pin point cross was headed powerfully into the roof of the net by Cristian. A few minutes later, Cristian ran on to a through ball and raced clear of the Sucina defence only to be brought down by a late tackle. It was an obvious red card for the Sucina defender but the referee astonishingly showed a yellow card to Cristian for simulation.

Mazarron took the lead after 75 minutes when Tolo found Chema racing clear down the right and he drove the ball into the corner of the net from a narrow angle. A mistake by Dani almost let in Sucina for an equaliser but fortunately the shot went just over the bar.

The league’s leading scorer Tolo sealed the three points for Mazarron in the last few minutes when he beat the retreating Sucina defence before rounding the keeper and slotting the ball home.

There were 11 yellow cards in addition to the sending off in a game in which there was rarely a bad foul and Mazarron now face another away trip to third placed Beniajan next weekend.

Mazarron Team: Conejo, Lorca (Chema), Dani, Antonio Jose, Said, Alfonso, Enrique (Martin), Leaders, Israel (Juanillo), Tolo, Cristian.

Man of the Match: Cristian

MAZARRON FC  4  -  YECLANO DEPORTIVO 'B'  0  (7.9.2014)


A youthful Mazarron team started the new season with a fine win against Yeclano who were considered by some to be one of the better teams in the league.

The first half hour was dominated by Mazarron and in particular Cristian Pineda who had two shots punched clear by the keeper and a good cross wasted by lack of support from the other forwards.

However Mazarron took the lead in the 38th minute when Tolo found himself in an onside position and ran on to round the onrushing Yeclano keeper before putting the ball into an empty net.

Just before half time the Yeclano keeper again found himself stranded well outside the area and resorted to handling the ball, surprisingly only receiving a yellow card. However justice was done when Tolo blasted the free kick into the net from around 35 yards and Mazarron went to the interval leading 2 – 0.

In the early stages of the second half it was the turn of Mazarron’s keeper Conejo to have a touch of nerves. On two occasions fumbled the ball but on each occasion a defender came to his assistance and cleared the danger.

Mazarron continued to dominate the game and in the 82nd minute Tolo pounced on a poor back header to complete his hat trick by lobbing the stranded keeper.

The final goal of the game came in the 85th minute with Chema running on to a through ball and scoring with ease.

Hopefully this performance can be the sign of things to come and a pointer to a successful season for Mazarron.

Team: 1 Conejo, 2 Lorca, 3 Dani, 4 Antonio, 5 Said, 7Alfonso (Damien) 6 Enrique, 14 Leaders, 19 Pineda (Chema), 10 Tolo, 8 Israel (Juanillo).

Man of the Match: Cristian Pineda