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Archive Reports 2015/16 - Preferente Division

 

MAZARRON FC 5 CD JUVENIA 0 (22.5.2016)

Mazarron's play-off hopes were in tatters despite a comprehensive 5-0 home victory over CD Juvenia in their final game of the season. Two goals in the last eleven minutes saw CD Algar beating league champions Sangonera and with CD Cieza and SFC Minerva also winning, Mazarron missed out by just a single point.

Mazarron had the ball in the net as early as the 10th minute when Palote's through ball was dropped by the Juvenia keeper and Willy nipped in to steer the ball home only to be denied by an offside flag. Jose then fired just wide from Willy's cross before Mazarron took the lead after 16 minutes. Alberto's run down the left was continued by Jose whose cross was met by Miguel with a crisp left foot shot into the net for his first goal for the club.

Willy suffered a recurrence of a recent injury and was replaced by Silverio after 19 minutes but Mazarron continued to dominate and increased their lead after 28 minutes with the goal of the season. The enigmatic Palote received the ball just inside the Juvenia half and, seeing Javier the Juvenia keeper off his line, hit a superb dipping shot into the roof of the net.

Five minutes later it was 3-0 when Silverio scored from close range following more excellent play on the left between Alberto and Miguel. After 35 minutes Miguel controlled the ball on the edge of the penalty area before swivelling to hit a left foot shot towards the far corner of the net only to be denied by an excellent diving save by Javier.

The second half began with Mazarron continuing to dominate the game and they increased their lead to 4-0 after 55 minutes when Jose played a one-two with Palote before steering the ball into the corner of the net. Palote just failed to get on the end of Mounir's cross and Juan Andreo could only head over the bar at the far post and Miguel then hit the post with a cross shot from the right.

The fifth and final goal came after 68 minutes when Jose made a typical surging run down the left and his cross was met by full back Alfonso who slotted home his first goal of the season. Two minutes later Juanma' s fierce shot was tipped over the bar by the Juvenia keeper and Juanma then headed the resultant corner from Miguel just over.

The final chance of the game came when Juanma' s pass saw Silverio racing clear of the Juvenia defence but his shot was just wide of the far post. As the final whistle went the disappointing news from the other games came through which meant that Mazarron finished their first season after promotion from the Primera Autonomica in a respectable seventh position.

Team; Paco (Pablo); Juanma; Bohdan (Mounir); Juan Andreo; Alberto; Juanlu; Cristian (Alfonso); Palote; Willy (Silverio); Miguel; Jose (Jesus).

Man of the Match; Juanma

LA HOYA LORCA CF 4 MAZARRON FC 1 (14.5.2016)

After dominating the game against already promoted La Hoya Lorca for 50 minutes, Mazarron fell foul of some poor defending and refereeing decisions and were eventually beaten 4-1 after being reduced to just nine men.

The game started well for Mazarron in front of their biggest away following of the season with new signing Miguel combining with Willy and the fit again Jose to cause problems for the home defence. Mazarron had a couple of scares when first Mounir and then Bohdan slipped to let in La Hoya forwards but goalkeeper Antonio and captain Juan Andreo came to the rescue with timely interceptions.

After 25 minutes a pin-point free kick on the right from Miguel found Hafid who hit a first time volley just over the bar only to be given offside. Five minutes later Willy's cross from the left was headed goalwards by Jose and tipped round the post by the La Hoya keeper with the linesman again flagging for offside.

Mazarron took the lead after 35 minutes when a superb through ball from Willy saw Jose racing into the penalty area and hitting a right foot shot firmly into the net. La Hoya equalised three minutes before the interval when Antonio completely missed a right wing corner allowing Juan Cruz to head into an empty net at the far post. Almost immediately Champi was elbowed in the face by a La Hoya player but the referee waved play on and took no action. Champi was understandably upset by the decision and was booked for his protests as the half time whistle blew.

Mazarron should have taken the lead two minutes into the second half when a quick throw in found Willy in space inside the penalty area but he delayed his shot too long and it was smothered by the La Hoya keeper. The miss proved costly as the home team went in front after 53 minutes. A Mazarron free kick just outside the La Hoya penalty area was cleared to the halfway line where Alfonso was too casual with a backpass and Pedro nipped in to round Antonio and place the ball into the empty net.

Rollon came on to replace Champi in the 63rd minute and within five minutes had received two yellow cards which reduced Mazarron to ten men. Five minutes later it was nine men when goalkeeper Antonio was astonishingly shown a red card after an altercation with the La Hoya official responsible for retrieving lost balls who was indulging in some unnecessary time wasting tactics. Antonio was so incensed by the decision that it took three Mazarron players to restrain him and escort him from the pitch under the watchful eye of the Guardia Civil.

Substitute goalkeeper Paco replaced Mounir and made a number of good saves but was powerless to prevent further goals from Juan Cruz and Pedro as La Hoya made their numerical advantage pay in the closing stages.

Team: Antonio; Mounir (Paco); Bohdan (Enrique); Juan Andreo; Alfonso; Juanlu; Champi (Rollon); Hafid; Miguel; Willy (Silverio); Jose.

Man of the Match; Juan Andreo.

MAZARRON FC 1 CD BULLENSE 0 (8.5.2016)

Mazarron climbed back into the play-off places with a hard fought 1-0 victory against relegation threatened CD Bullense.

Mazarron had five players unavailable through injury or work commitments and it showed in a first half in which the visitors looked the better team. New signing Miguel saw a free kick deflected for a corner in the opening minutes and Champi shot over the bar from Palote's pass but it was Paco in the Mazarron goal who was kept the busiest. making a number of good saves.

After 29 minutes an excellent cross from Palote just evaded the onrushing Silverio and, at the other end, a Bullense free kick from 25 yards sailed just wide of the post. Mazarron suffered a blow after 37 minutes when Palote left the field injured to be replaced by Willy. The second half was a different story with Mazarron starting to dominate proceedings inspired by Willy.

Miguel's shot was goal bound but hit team mate Silverio and rebounded to safety and Silverio then shot over after good work by Willy. After 52 minutes Mazarron had the ball in the net when Willy's fierce shot was only parried to Silverio who made no mistake with the rebound but the goal was ruled out for offside. Two minutes later a quick free kick from Willy found Miguel who cleverly lobbed the ball over the Bullense keeper and in to the net only to see the flag raised again for offside.

It was all Mazarron at this stage but Paco had to come to Mazarron's rescue again in the 70th minute. Champi's poor free kick was charged down and Bullense raced away only to see Paco rush out to smother the danger with a brave save.

The only goal of the game came after 75 minutes in a manner which was typical of the scrappy game. Miguel's corner was half cleared to Juan Andreo on the left of the penalty area. His shot was deflected by a Bullense player and looped over the head of the keeper who could only make a vain attempt to stop the ball entering the net.

Bullense were not out of the game and also had a goal disallowed for offside as the Mazarron supporters waited anxiously for the game to end. Willy then beat two men and cut inside before hitting a fierce drive just over the bar and Miguel's free kick was well saved by the Bullense keeper before the referee blew the final whistle.

The victory took Mazarron back to fourth place in the league but only two points separate them from CD Algar in seventh, just outside the play off positions, with two games remaining.

Team; Paco; Jesus; Enrique; Juan Andreo; Mounir; Rollon (Hafid); Oscar (Cristian); Champi; Miguel; Palote (Willy); Silverio (Santi).

Man of the Match; Paco

UD LOS GARRES 2 MAZARRON FC 1 (1.5.2016)

Mazarron lost ground in the race for a play-off position when an 89th minute goal gave Los Garres a victory which they just about deserved.

Los Garres took the lead in the second minute when a defensive mix up allowed Alejandro the opportunity to fire past Antonio. It took Mazarron just four minutes to equalise with what turned out to be their best move of the game. Jose and Palote exchanged passes before Juanma drove the ball home at the far post.

Mazarron continued to attack with Hafid shooting wide and then on 17 minutes a strike by Palote hit the outside of the post before going out for a goal kick. However, Los Garres came more into the game and Antonio had to make a number of good saves to keep Mazarron level at the interval.

Mazarron suffered a major blow in the early stages of the second half when leading scorer Jose had to leave the field with a hamstring injury. Palote was having a lot of the ball but too often delayed his final pass to colleagues and was caught in possession on numerous occasions. He did have a shot on 51 minutes but this was just wide.

Los Garres began to take control of the game and Antonio had to be his best with two more good saves and at the other end Champi and Juanma went close for Mazarron. After 78 minutes a quick free kick from Champi found Palote in space in the penalty area but his shot on the turn was deflected for a corner.

After 88 minutes a superb free kick by Champi brushed the side netting but a minute later Los Garres scored the winning goal. A long ball out of defence caught substitute Jesus out of position and Mazarron had to scramble the ball clear for a corner. The flag kick found Alberto unmarked and he made no mistake with his header past Antonio.

The result saw Mazarron dropping to seventh in the league just one point away from a play-off position with three games remaining.

Team: Antonio; Mounir (Jesus); Bohdan (Champi); Juan Andreo; Alfonso; Juanlu (Oscar); Enrique; Juanma; Hafid; Palote; Jose (Rollon).

Man of the Match; Juanma

MAZARRON FC 0 CD BALA AZUL 0 (24.4.2016)

In a game that neither side could really afford to lose for different reasons, both were probably happy to settle for a point each after an entertaining game in front of a large crowd at the Estadio Municipal.

Bala Azul started well and had the first chance after five minutes when the ball was only half cleared by Mazarron but the shot went wide. Jose and Hafid had a number of good runs down the left for Mazarron and Palote had a couple of shots easily saved but Bala Azul could have taken the lead after 14 minutes. A through ball found striker Enrique racing clear of the Mazarron defence but goalkeeper Antonio came to the rescue with the first of a number of important saves.

Mazarron's best chance of the first half came when Hafid made another surging run down the left. His cross was controlled by Palote who beat one man before dragging his shot just wide of the far post. A minute later Palote brought the ball out of defence before finding Mounir on the right. The full back's cross was only half cleared to Juanlu who shot just over the bar.

Mazarron started the second half brightly with Palote twice going close and a penalty appeal for handball turned down by the referee. Bala Azul replied with a fierce volley by Robert which was deflected for a corner by Alfonso and a shot from the left by Jose Da which went just wide of Antonio's far post.

The visitors thought they had taken the lead after 59 minutes when they forced the ball over the line following a goalmouth scramble but Mazarron were relieved to see the linesman flagging for offside. At the other end Hafid's pass saw Jose racing clear but his shot was tipped over the bar by Gregorio in the Bala goal.

Mazarron's leading scorer Jose was replaced by Silverio after 72 minutes to the puzzlement of the home supporters but they continued to press forward in search of a winning goal. Hafid combined well with Palote whose fierce shot was only half saved by Gregorio but the onrushing Mazarron players were unable to force the ball over the line.

Bala finished the game the stronger and Antonio had to be at his best making three more superb saves in the final minutes to take Mazarron's unbeaten run to seven games and retain fourth position in the battle for the play-offs.

Team: Antonio; Mounir; Enrique; Alberto; Alfonso; Juanlu; Jesus (Cristian); Champi (Gilberto); Hafid (David); Palote; Jose (Silverio).

Man of the Match; Antonio

MONTECASILLAS FC 2 MAZARRON FC 4 (17.4.2016)

Mazarron took their unbeaten run to six games with an impressive 4-2 away victory against fellow promotion seeking rivals Montecasillas.

Mazarron were without four players through injury or suspension but took the lead after ten minutes with a goal which was hotly disputed by the home team. Jose was in an offside position when the initial ball was played through but sensibly left the ball for Gilberto who ran though and passed the ball inside for Jose to slot the ball home to end his ten game barren spell without a goal.

Montecasillas drew level in the 24th minute when goalkeeper Paco was unable to gather Mario's free kick from just outside the penalty area. There was little to choose between the teams but Mazarron regained the lead just before half time when Champi took advantage of slack play by the home defence to beat the keeper from close range.

The visitors came under pressure in the early stages of the second period and the referee was particularly harsh on the Mazarron players with three bookings in the first twelve minutes of the half.

Montecasillas equalised for the second time after 77 minutes. Paco turned an innocuous looking cross over his own bar for a corner and the Mazarron defence was unable to clear the flag kick allowing Guillermo to force the ball over the line. Things got worse for Mazarron when Juanma received a second yellow card and was sent off for the third time this season.

Montecasillas pressed forward in search of a winner and came close when they hit the crossbar but they were reduced to ten men when one of their players had to leave the field through injury and they had already used all their substitutes. Mazarron took full advantage when first Palote's unselfish pass allowed Jose to score his second of the game and then deep in injury time Palote this time found substitute Cristian who had the simple task of making the final score 4-2.

Team: Paco; Jesus; Alberto; Juan Andreo; Enrique; Champi; Gilberto (Silverio); Juanma; Hafid (Cristian); Jose; Palote (Rollon).

Man of the Match; Jose

MAZARRON FC 1 CD CIEZA 1 (10.4.2016)

Despite a below-par performance Mazarron at least gained a point against CD Cieza, close rivals in the promotion race.

Mazarron made the early running and Jose was brought down in the seventh minute but no foul was given much to the annoyance of the home players and supporters. Cieza began to attack in numbers and Mazarron had to then rely with the occasional forages by Jose and Willy.

However, it was Mazarron who took the lead in the 14th minute when Jose made an excellent break down the left and his cross found Juanma who volleyed into the corner of the net.

Cieza continued to cause problems with their huge centre forward Ruben a particular nuisance and it was from his knockdown that Cieza equalised after20 minutes when Antonio was beaten by a firm shot from Gabriel to level the scores.

Cieza continued to pressure the Mazarron defence and only good work by Antonio and the crossbar prevented them taking the lead. However, just before half time Juanma should have scored again for Mazarron but, with the goal at his mercy, he blazed the ball high over the crossbar.

The second half continued in similar vein with Antonio again called upon to make some important saves. Juanlu and Alfonso were booked for the fifth time this season which means that both players will miss next week's game away to Montecasillas. Willy limped off the field injured and was replaced by Gilberto and he combined well with Jose on a number of occasions.

Gilberto, Jose and Mounir all went close for Mazarron but, at the other end, Antonio continued to keep the Cieza forwards at bay with a superb Man of the Match performance. One blot on the game was the poor performance of the referee who did his best to disrupt the flow of the game to the annoyance of both sets of players and supporters.

Team: Antonio; Alfonso; Juan Andreo; Alberto; Mounir; Juanlu; Jesus; Champi; Juanma (Hafid); Jose; Willy (Gilberto).

Man of the Match; Antonio

CF MOLINA 0 MAZARRON FC 0 (27.3.2016)

Mazarron went into this game without seven regular first team players through injuries and suspensions and were forced to name two juveniles on the substitutes bench.

The absence of key players showed in the first half when Mazarron were unable to make any impression on a Molina side who are struggling towards the wrong end of the league table. Molina looked the more likely to score in the opening stages with ex-Mazarron player Juanito causing problems for the makeshift Mazarron defence. Leading scorer Jose was missing the link up play with the suspended Palote and Silverio made little impression on his return to first team action.

Hafid replaced Silverio at half time and Mazarron at last began to put some passes together. However, although they created a number of good chances the forwards seemed reluctant to have a shot at goal and, too often, the Molina defence was able to scramble the ball clear. Molina should have scored early in the second half but, with Antonio out of his goal, their striker delayed his shot and Mazarron scrambled the ball clear.

Molina's main threat again came from Juanito who was giving Jesus a torrid time in his unfamiliar position of full back. Gilberto shot over the bar and Jose was then just unable to get on the end of a right wing cross following Mazarron's best move of the match. One of the members of the successful Juvenile squad, Andreo, came on in place of the injured Rollon and another juvenile, Eric, replaced Gilberto who had worked hard with little reward.

Mazarron continued to press forward in search of a winning goal but had to settle for a single point which keeps them in fourth place in the league and three points clear of the chasing pack for the play off places in seventh, eighth and ninth places.

With just seven games remaining, three of which are against teams in the top six in the league it is vital that Mazarron avoid further injuries and suspensions although Enrique's booking at Molina was his fifth of the season and will lead to a one match ban.

This weekend Mazarron are at home to CD Cieza who are just two places and two points behind Mazarron in a must win game.

Team: Antonio; Jesus; Juan Andreo; Enrique; Alberto; Juanlu; Rollon (Andreo); Gilberto (Eric); Willy; Silverio (Hafid); Jose

Man of the Match; Willy

MAZARRON FC 2 SFC MINERVA 1 (20.3.2016)

Mazarron worked hard to earn a vital 2-1 home win against promotion chasing rivals SFC Minerva in a scrappy, often bad tempered game at the Estadio Municipal.

The game got off to a slow start but after 14 minutes a clever free kick from Minerva was headed over the onrushing Antonio and into the net but the goal was disallowed for offside. Five minutes later another Minerva free kick was headed just wide of the target as the visitors took control of the game.

Antonio was kept busy dealing with numerous crosses and long throws and Mazarron's first effort did not come until 22 minutes when Willy's free kick was cleared by the Minerva defence after Juan Andreo had mis-kicked at the far post. Five minutes later Willy raced down the left and found Palote whose shot on the turn was blocked.

Mazarron took the lead on 33 minutes when a long clearance by Antonio was controlled by Champi in midfield. He surged forward and exchanged passes with Jose before laying the ball into Palote's path and the striker made no mistake with his 10th goal of the season.

Four minutes before half time Mazarron were reduced to ten men after Palote was fouled just inside the MInerva half. The striker appeared to retaliate and was sent off by the referee along with Mounir who was dismissed from the substitutes bench for expressing his views too vociferously.

Minerva equalised 10 minutes into the second half when a cross from the left was missed by the Mazarron defence and Sergio arrived at the far post to fire into the net with goalkeeper Antonio appealing in vain for offside.

Three minutes later Jose was brought down right on the edge of the Minerva penalty area and Hernandez was sent off for a second yellow card. Mazarron appealed in vain for a penalty but Willy's free kick was only half cleared and Champi controlled the rebound and hit a delightful left foot shot which hit the crossbar and bounced down over the line to restore Mazarron's lead.

Mazarron should have gone further ahead in the 87th minute when Jose raced down the left before sending a perfect ball into Gilberto's path but the substitute got his legs tangled up and fell over the ball missing a great opportunity.

It was not the best performance by Mazarron but certainly an important one which took them up into fourth place before the Easter break.

Team: Antonio; Juanma; Alberto; Juan Andreo; Alfonso; Juanlu; Champi (Hafid); Jesus; Palote; Willy (Gilberto); Jose.

Man of the Match; Antonio

JUMILLA CD 2 MAZARRON FC 2 (13.3.2016)

Two defensive errors cost Mazarron dearly as they twice surrendered the lead at Jumilla before coming away with a 2-2 draw.

The game took a while to come to life but after 20 minutes Jumilla broke away and, with Mazarron keeper Paco off his line, the Jumilla centre forward hit a delightful lob from 25 yards which hit the post before being scrambled clear by a relieved Mazarron defence.

Mazarron were untidy in defence giving the ball away on numerous occasions but took the lead against the run of play after 33 minutes in their first real attack of the game. Palote played a superb through ball to Gilberto and the makeshift striker took a touch before steering the ball into the far corner with a clinical finish.

Mazarron's lead lasted only three minutes before the home team equalised. A right wing corner was fumbled by Paco and Carrasco was unmarked at the far post to hit the ball into an empty net.

The second half was a different story with Mazarron looking far more lively and Willy and Palote combining well up front. Palote's right wing cross was a shade in front of the onrushing Gilberto but Mazarron took the lead for the second time after 50 minutes. Willy made a surging run into the penalty are before finding Palote who stepped inside two defenders and hit a left foot shot into the corner of the net.

Willy, Palote and Gilberto all had half chances to increase Mazarron's lead but the home team equalised after 70 minutes. Both Juan Fran and Juan Andreo made poor headers when trying to deal with a long ball down the middle and Carrasco was able to run on and lob the ball over Paco's head and into the net for his second goal of the game.

Mazarron should have taken all three points in the 85th minute when Willy raced onto Champi's pass but hit his shot straight at the Jumilla keeper. It was an up and down performance by Mazarron but the point cemented their fifth place in the league going into next Sunday's important home game against SFC Minerva at the Estadio Municipal, kick off 5 pm.

Team: Paco; Alfonso; Juan Fran; Juan Andreo; Alberto (Hafid); Juanlu; Jesus (Champi); Juanma (Silverio); Willy; Palote; Gilberto (Jose).

Man of the Match; Willy

MAZARRON FC 2 CARTAGENA FC 1 (6.3.2016)

After the abject performance away to lowly Alquerias last week, Mazarron bounced back with an excellent victory over play-off rivals Cartagena FC in a hard fought game at the Estadio Municipal.

Coach Victor sprang a surprise before the kick off leaving leading goal scorer Jose and the skilful Willy on the substitutes bench. However, those supporters who questioned this decision were eating their words as Mazarron took a two goal lead in the first sixteen minutes.

Makeshift striker Gilberto made an early run down the left and his fierce shot was turned away for a corner by the Cartagena keeper. Then Juan Fran was denied an opening goal for Mazarron when his shot was saved at point blank range and his follow up header sailed just over the bar. However, the home team took the lead after five minutes with an audacious effort from Palote who spotted the keeper off his line and his shot from fully 30 yards out sailed over his head into the roof of the net.

Mazarron went 2-0 ahead after 16 minutes when Champi's free kick on the right saw Alfonso being bundled to the ground in the penalty area. Captain Juan Andreo calmly stroked the spot kick into the corner of the net for his eighth goal of the season, not a bad return for a central defender.

Cartagena were still looking dangerous on the break and Mazarron goalkeeper Antonio had to be on his toes with a number of good saves including one full length dive to catch a fierce drive from 25 yards. Then, a right wing cross was missed by Antonio but Juanma somehow managed to scoop the ball over his own bar for a corner.

The second half started quietly but Cartagena came more into the game and managed to put some serious pressure on the Mazarron defence. They pulled a goal back after 63 minutes when a scramble on the edge of the Mazarron penalty area saw a Cartagena player fall to the ground and, despite furious protests from the home players, the referee awarded a penalty which was duly despatched by Andres.

It was all Cartagena at this stage and Mazarron had to defend resolutely to preserve their narrow lead. Champi relieved the pressure with a free kick which was tipped over the bar by the Cartagena keeper but the visitors could have equalised in the dying minutes when their centre forward raced through the middle only to see his shot go just wide of the far post. The victory took Mazarron back up to fifth position in the league.

Team: Antonio; Alfonso; Juan Fran (Enrique); Juan Andreo; Alberto; Juanlu; Champi (Willy); Jesus; Juanma (Hafid); Gilberto (Jose); Palote.

Man of the Match : Palote

A D ALQUERIAS 2 MAZARRON FC 0 (28.2.2016)

Mazarron suffered a shock 2-0 defeat away to lowly A D Alquerias. Against a team with the worst defensive record in the league and who had lost their previous four games, Mazarron were second best throughout the game.

Mazarron keeper Antonio had to be on his toes to deal with two long range efforts from Alquerias and, at the other end, Palote's pass saw Willy shooting over the bar from a good position. The home team took the lead after 22 minutes when a long ball was misjudged by Alfonso and Daniel Luis nipped in to strike the ball past Antonio.

Mazarron struggled to put two passes together against a team who were fighting for every ball and were restricted to two wild shots before half time, one from Jose which ballooned over the bar and another from Palote which he scuffed wide.

Mazarron thought they had equalised eight minutes into the second half when Jose slipped the ball under the Alquerias keeper after a through ball from Hafid but the goal was correctly disallowed for offside.

Mazarron played far too defensively with Rollon sitting in front of the back four, and often had only one Alquerias attacker to look after. This negative attitude and lack of urgency was highlighted when they had seven men behind the ball when they were taking a free kick inside the Alquerias half.

Palote and Jose had dangerous looking crosses cut out by the Alquerias defence and Willy produced some skilful moments without really testing the home keeper but it was Alquerias who nearly increased their lead when Juan Andreo almost turned a left wing cross into his own net. However, Mazarron's relief was short-lived as the resultant corner from Miguel Angel found its way directly into the net to double the home team's lead after 78 minutes.

Goalkeeper Antonio made a number of good saves, twice having to come out of his area to clear the danger and, apart from a goalline scramble after a Champi free kick and an excellent run and cross down the left by Hafid, Mazarron were unable to get back into the game.

It was a poor performance by Mazarron and one which they must put behind them quickly before they face a tough encounter at home to Cartagena FC next Sunday, 6th March kick off 5 pm.

Team: Antonio; Juanma; Enrique; Juan Andreo; Alfonso (Gilberto); Rollon; Champi; Cristian (Hafid); Willy; Jose (Jesus) Palote.

Man of the Match; Antonio.

MAZARRON FC 2 S.C. AGUILENO 0 (21.2.2016)

After two games without a win Mazarron completed their first double of the season with a 2-0 home victory against bottom of the league Sporting Club Aguileno. With better finishing the winning margin could, and should have been. much more, especially as Aguileno played most of the second half with ten men.

Rollon and Jose went close for Mazarron in the early exchanges and Jose then shot wide after good play by Palote. Aguileno adopted some robust tactics which disrupted the flow of the game and Mazarron earned a number of free kicks which came to nothing. It was a frustrating first half with Mazarron having the majority of possession but being unable to break down a stubborn Aguileno defence, too often being caught in offside positions.

Just two minutes into the second half, however, Jose was brought down in the penalty area by the Aguileno keeper Mula who was promptly sent off. Captain Juan Andreo took the spot kick and calmly stroked the ball into the corner of the net to give Mazarron the lead.

Substitute Willy came on to increase Mazarron's attacking options and, after 65 minutes, his pass to Jose saw the striker racing down the left before crossing to the unmarked Palote who made no mistake in beating the substitute Aguileno keeper.

Willy and the hard working Jose continued to cause all sorts of problems for the Aguileno defence with their penetrating runs down either wing and the visitors had to resort to some questionable tactics to cope with them.

Jose missed a couple of further chances before Willy was hacked to the ground in the last few minutes of the game resulting in red cards for the offending Aguileno defender and also a member of their coaching staff.

The win cemented Mazarron's position in fifth place and they are now two points clear in the race for the play-offs.

Team: Paco; Mounir; Juan Andreo; Juan Fran (Champi); Alfonso; Enrique; Rollon; Cristian; Palote (Silverio); Jose; Hafid (Willy)

Man of the Match ; Juan Andreo

MAZARRON FC 1 CD ALGAR 1 (14.2.2016)

Mazarron were denied a victory when a last minute effort from leading scorer Jose was ruled out for offside. In a game which was spoiled by a strong wind, both sides had chances to win the game, especially in the second half.

CD Algar made the early running forcing a corner which was cleared by the Mazarron defence before Willy's pass found Palote whose shot was deflected for a corner. Mazarron's first real opportunity came after 24 minutes when Willy and Palote combined well and Champi's shot was saved by the Algar keeper.

Three minutes later an Algar forward shot wide after a corner was only half cleared by the Mazarron defence. At the other end, Hafid played a through ball to Willy who raced down the left wing but his cross, intended for the waiting Palote, was cut out by the visiting keeper.

Mazarron took the lead after 35 minutes when Juanlu's clever free kick was chested past the keeper by Cristian and Juan Fran forced the ball over the line. Five minutes later, a great run by Palote was cut out by the Algar defence with Willy rushing in at the far post.

Gilberto replaced Juan Fran in the centre of the defence at half time but was caught cold when he was unable to cut out a long ball and Juan Manuel ran out to place a firm shot past Antonio into the corner of the net for Algar's equalising goal.

Mazarron were spurred into action and forced four successive corners one of which led to Hafid hitting a right foot drive just wide of the post. After 67 minutes a vicious free kick from Willy on the right hit the post and rebounded to safety and a minute later Enrique hit the bar after excellent work from Hafid.

Algar were still dangerous on the break and Antonio had to make two excellent saves with Alfonso also heading off the line. But it was Mazarron who should have made the game safe when Willy's perfect pass saw Palote running clear but, instead of shooting, he tried to dribble round the keeper who was able to grab the ball and avert the danger.

Juanlu was injured when bravely clearing the ball off the line and then Mazarron thought they had won the game when Jose found the net in injury time only to see the "goal" ruled out for offside.

Team: Antonio; Mounir; Juan Fran (Gilberto); Alberto; Alfonso; Juanlu (Jesus); Enrique (Champi); Cristian; Willy; Palote (Jose); Hafid.

Man of the Match; Hafid

OLIMPICO DE TOTANA 2 MAZARRON FC 0 (7.2.2016)

Totana eventually came out on top in this local derby but the game hinged on a controversial decision by the match officials in the 20th minute.

Mazarron were without two key defenders in Juan Fran and Lorca, but were the better team for 70 minutes of the game. A dangerous free kick from Willy after only two minutes was scrambled clear by the Totana defence and at the other end the home team rattled the cross bar with a fierce shot.

After 20 minutes a superb through ball from Jose saw Palote outstripping the home defence. The Totana keeper raced out of his area and blatantly handled Palote's attempt to steer the ball past him. It was a clear red card offence but the officials allowed play to continue without even awarding a free kick to Mazarron.

Three minutes later another excellent free kick from Willy sailed just wide of the near post. Totana's best chance of a first half in which they were decidedly second best came after a Mazarron corner broke down. The ball was quickly transferred to the halfway line where a home forward ran through only to be denied a goal by the onrushing Paco who cleared the danger with his chest.

Mazarron again dominated the early stages of the second half and almost scored after the best move of the game. Willy beat two men on the left wing before passing inside to Jose. The striker swivelled and found substitute Enrique whose shot hit the post before rebounding clear.

Willy then sent Jose racing clear of the Totana defence but he delayed his shot too long and the danger was cleared. After 65 minutes Paco dived to save a Totana shot and was quick to pounce on the rebound but the home team who took the lead on 67 minutes. Mounir was clearly fouled on the halfway line but the referee waved play on and Juanlu was forced to concede a free kick on the edge of the penalty area. Martinez drilled the ball into the far corner to give Totana an underserved lead.

Mazarron's heads fell after this and the inevitable flurry of yellow cards for both teams disrupted the flow of the game. Totana increased their lead after 87 minutes when a long ball was only half cleared by Mazarron and Mario Gomez hit a left foot shot over Paco into the roof of the net.

Team: Paco; Mounir; Alberto (Jesus); Juan Andreo; Alfonso; Juanlu (Hafid); Rollon (Enrique); Cristian (Santi); Willy; Palote; Jose.

Man of the Match; Juan Andreo

MAZARRON FC 4 BENIAJAN CF 2 (24.1.2016)

Mazarron returned to winning ways with a 4-2 home victory over Beniajan CF. All four of Mazarron's goals came in the first 33 minutes in a scintillating first half display orchestrated by the sublime skills of Palote.

Beniajan could have taken the lead after seven minutes with a shot which went wide of the Mazarron goal but a minute later Palote and Jose combined for Willy to hit a fierce left foot shot into the roof of the net to give the home team the lead. Three minutes later a superb through ball from Palote allowed Willy the chance to run on before rounding the Beniajan keeper in style and slotting the ball into the empty net to double Mazarron's lead.

Palote was unable to convert a couple of half chances but after 25 minutes he raced past three defenders into the Beniajan half and his perfect pass to Jose allowed the leading scorer to drive in Mazarron's third goal.

Beniajan still looked dangerous on the break and pulled a goal back after 28 minutes when a cross shot from the right hit the post and rebounded off the unfortunate Jesus for an own goal. Mazarron regained their three goal advantage after 33 minutes when a long clearance from goalkeeper Antonio was superbly controlled by Palote. He slipped the ball to Jose who ran on to beat the Beniajan keeper for his second of the game and eleventh of the season.

The second half was something of an anti climax as Mazarron were happy to sit on their three goal lead. A number of substitutions did not help the flow of the game but Mazarron still looked dangerous on the break.

Palote was twice in the clear but foiled on each occasion by the onrushing keeper and Willy's cross just failed to find Jose and Palote after a surging run down the left. Beniajan scored for a second time after 72 minutes when substitute Waldo took advantage of slack marking following a corner to drill a shot past Antonio.

Substitute Juanma shot just wide after 75 minutes following good play by Palote and Willy and Palote had another two opportunities from which he should have done better. The Mazarron defence still looked shaky as Beniajan continued to press forward but it was the home team who went closest when Champi's drive from 25 yards was tipped around the post for a corner.

The win cemented Mazarron's fourth place in the league table and maintained their push for a second successive promotion.

Team: Alberto; Alfonso (Cristian); Juan Fran (Juanma); Juan Andreo; Alberto; Juanlu; Champi; Jesus (Enrique); Willy; Palote; Jose (Santi).

Man of the Match; Willy

SANGONERA UCAM 4 MAZARRON FC 2 (17.1.2016)

Mazarron threw away a 2-1 lead with just 16 minutes remaining when Sangonera took advantage of some woeful defending to run out 4-2 winners.

Sangonera were eight points clear at the top of the league and started the game like a house on fire causing all sorts problems for the Mazarron defence. Goalkeeper Antonio was called upon to make a number of good saves and it was almost twenty minutes before Mazarron were able to mount an attack on the Sangonera goal, Rollon shooting wildly wide of the target.

On 25 minutes, Willy gave the ball away in midfield allowing Sangonera to breakaway. Antonio came out bravely to smother the initial shot but the Mazarron defence failed to clear the ball which was lobbed into the net by Jose Francisco to give the home team the lead.

Antonio came to the rescue again with another save from a free kick before Mazarron equalised after 32 minutes. Juan Fran made a surging run out of defence and found Willy on the left. His pin-point cross to the far post was met with a thunderous header into the roof of the net by Jose to the delight of the travelling Mazarron supporters.

Coach Victor made changes at half time, bringing on Juanito and Palote for Rollon and Juan Fran and the impact was immediate. Juanito found Jose racing down the right and his excellent cross was prevented from reaching Willy by a back pass to the keeper. The referee awarded an indirect free kick to Mazarron with all 11 Sangonera players stretched across the goal line. The free kick was touched to Lorca but his powerful drive was deflected on to the cross bar and Jose's shot on the rebound was saved.

Mazarron were now dominating possession and forced a number of corners . Juanito shot wide after good work from Willy and then Willy's pass saw Palote racing clear but he tried to pass inside to Jose instead of shooting and the danger was cleared.

Mazarron's pressure told in the 71st minute when Palote was brought down in the penalty area and Juan Andreo made no mistake with the spot kick. However, all the good work was undone when a long ball over the Mazarron defence saw Antonio fail to grab the ball and Ruben was able to round the keeper and fire into the empty net.

Antonio made a double save to prevent Sangonera taking the lead but was unable to deal with a corner from the left wing and Ramiro was left totally unmarked at the far post to head Sangonera into the lead. Lorca was then sent off for a second yellow card and in the last minute a bad mistake by Mounir allowed Raphael to score Sangonera's fourth.

It was a battling performance by Mazarron which perhaps deserved some reward against a strong Sangonera side.

Team: Antonio; Juan Fran (Juanito); Juan Andreo; Lorca; Alberto; Juanlu; Rollon (Palote); Champi; Mounir; Jose; Willy.

Man of the Match; Willy

CD JUVENIA 1 MAZARRON FC 2 (10.1.2016)

An 88th minute goal from Willy gave under strength Mazarron a hard earned victory away to CD Juvenia.

Without three players through suspension and a further two through injury, Mazarron never really played to their full potential and had to dig deep to overcome a Juvenia side struggling near the foot of the table.

Juvenia took the lead in only the second minute when a left wing free kick was headed back at the far post allowing Gomez to nip in behind two defenders and force the ball over the line.

It took only seven minutes for Mazarron to equalise when Palote burst through to fire in a powerful shot which was well saved by the home keeper. The ball rebounded to Palote who was fouled with a rash tackle from behind and Juan Andreo stepped up to stroke the ball calmly home from the penalty kick.

Juvenia came back into the game and Mazarron keeper Paco had to deal with a couple of shots from distance with captain Juan Andreo also coming to the rescue with a last ditch clearance. However Mazarron should have taken the lead when Willy's pass found Palote in the clear but the striker overran the ball and the Juvenia keeper was able to make an easy save.

Willy was causing problems for the Juvenia defence down the right but his final pass was often disappointing and when he found himself in the clear just before the interval, like Palote, he overran the ball and the danger was cleared.

Mazarron started the second half well and Palote went close with an audacious chip from 40 yards which almost caught the home keeper unawares. At the other end Paco totally missed a cross from the left but the Juvenia striker blazed over the bar.

Silverio and substitute Hafid both had half chances to put Mazarron ahead but the game appeared to be drifting to a disappointing draw when a superb through ball saw Willy using his tremendous speed to outpace three defenders before slotting the ball past the Juvenia keeper to the delight of the travelling Mazarron supporters.

The result took Mazarron into fourth position just a point from an automatic promotion spot. They hope to have a full squad available for next week's trip to league leaders Santomera as they continue to push for a second successive promotion.

Team: Paco; Alfonso; Juan Andreo; Lorca; Alberto (Mounir); Rollon (Hafid); Champi; Cristian (Santi); Willy; Silverio (Enrique); Palote.

Man of the Match; Juan Andreo

Mazarron FC 0 La Hoya Lorca CF 0 (6.1.2016)

The sky is bright blue and this immediately shows up the outlandish strip of the La Hoya players. The colours are something you might see on a gardening programme and words like cauliflower and peas are being used by the members.

We kick off and La Hoya are soon into their stride, so much so that they hit our cross bar with a good shot in the first minute of the game. La Hoya flash a further shot past the left hand post and it is a good five minutes before Mazarron can string two passes together. Eventually Mazarron are able to mount several attacks of their own but in each case Palote is given offside.

Mazarron are unable to get any real control of the the game as the midfield has no cohesion whatsoever and are chasing shadows for much of the time . Jose who has been very quiet so far eventually combines with Palote who is caught offside yet again. The freekicks awarded to Mazarron several of which are taken by Champi create nothing and the overall passing and ball control by the team is poor so far. The half comes to an end with Palote yet again offside and Mazarron not having created one clear cut chance.

Half Time 0---0.

For the start of the second half Willy comes on for Enrique and we hope for better things. A La Hoya player is booked for a foul on Palote and the freekick taken by Juanito goes wide. La Hoya are soon back in control again and a defensive mix up by Mazarron nearly gives them their first goal.

Fifteen minutes into the second half a typical foul by Mounir on the left hand side of the box and La Hoya are awarded a penalty. The penalty is well saved by Antonio who pushes the ball out for a corner which is subsequently cleared and Mazarron breathe again.

From a corner on the left Palote gets a shot on target which is saved by the La Hoya keeper as Mazarron try to get something from the game. Rollon comes on for Juanito who appears to say something to the referee on his way off and is promptly booked for his trouble.

Lorca then makes a mistake that nearly lets in La Hoya again and Willy is then given offside. Mounir is substituted for Alfonso as La Hoya are awarded several corners which are cleared comfortably and then Cristian goes off and Silverio comes on. Willy then fires a shot wide.

There is an appeal for a penalty which seems to come from the subs bench and results in a red card to Juanma who obviously has said too much to the officials.

Mazarron have one final attack when a pass by Rollon to Willy nearly gets him in on goal but the competent La Hoya defence hold firm.

Team. Antonio Alberto Enrique Palote Jose Juanito Mounir Juan Andreo Champi Cristian Lorca Subs Paco Alfonso Silverio Rollon Santi Willy Juanma

Man of the Match Antonio.

CD BULLENSE 0 MAZARRON FC 4 (13.12.2015)

Mazarron ended their fixtures for 2015 with another excellent performance at CD Bullense which cemented their third place position in the league.

Both sides settled quickly, passing the ball around with a fair degree of accuracy but it was Mazarron who took the lead on 12 minutes. Palote earned a corner on the left and although the flag kick was cleared the ball was crossed in again for Juan Andreo to head powerfully into the net.

Willy then earned another corner on the left from which leading goalscorer Jose was injured and had to be replaced by Silverio. This did not deter the visitors from pushing forward in search of a second goal although Paco the Mazarron keeper had to be alert in collecting a number of Bullense crosses.

Palote was proving a handful up front for Mazarron who had now gained complete control of the game. Willy was also causing problems although his finishing was a little wild but on the stroke of half time another sliced effort enabled Silverio for force the ball over the line to increase Mazarron's lead.

Bullense had their best spell of the game immediately after half time as they tried to pull a goal back quickly and only desperate defending by Mazarron prevented them doing that. The visitors weathered the early storm and gradually got back in control of the game as their defence took over again ably marshalled by captain Juan Andreo.

Willy and Palote were still proving troublesome and some of their interplay with Silverio was a joy to watch . Twenty minutes into the second half Mazarron scored for the third time when a pass from Silverio saw Palote racing past several players before smashing a strong shot past the Bullense keeper.

Substitute Juanma entered the fray and within two minutes his perfect pass allowed Willy to fire a strong shot into the net for his first goal for the club, completing an emphatic victory for Mazarron.

Bullense were by now a totally dispirited team and Mazarron were happy to continue to pass the ball around to see out the final minutes.

Team; Paco; Mourner(Champ); Juan Andreo; Lorca; Alberto; Juan; Christian (Juanma); Santa; Willy (Hasid); Palote; Jose (Silverio)

Man of the Match: Juan Andreo

MAZARRON FC 3 UD LOS GARRES 2 (6.12.2015)

Mazarron continued their march up the league table with a 3-2 home victory against a strong Los Garres team. The win saw Mazarron moving up to third place.

Both teams fought for supremacy in the early stages and Mazarron then came into the game with Jose, Palote and Juanito starting to cause problems for the visiting defence. However, it was Los Garres who took the lead after 30 minutes when Mounir was penalised for a foul in the area and the spot kick was despatched with ease giving Alberto in the Mazarron goal no chance.

Play was end to end with Jose always troubling the Los Garres defence but the first half ended with the score 1-0 to the visitors.

Willy replaced Enrique at the start of the second half and was immediately into the action as Mazarron pressed for an equaliser. Palote and Jose went close before Mazarron equalised after 55 minutes when good work by Jose and Palote allowed Juanito to force the ball home.

Two minutes later the home team took the lead following a run down the left wing by Willy. His cross into the middle, intended for Palote was deflected into the net by a defender for an own goal. Willy continued to cause problems for the Los Garres defence on both sides of the pitch and Palote missed two fairly straightforward chances for Mazarron. However, the visitors equalised after 79 minutes when a twice taken free kick from the right was headed firmly into the roof of the net.

As both teams went in search of the winning goal, tempers became frayed with a number of bookings and two of the Los Garres coaching staff were sent from the dugout much to the delight of the horn blowing Mazarron supporters.

After 83 minutes, Mazarron scored what turned out to be the winning goal when yet another run down the wing by Willy saw his cross fired into the net by Palote to give Mazarron a hard earned victory over the team that were above them in the league at the start of play.

Mazarron travel to play CD Bullense next week on Sunday 13th December, kick off 5 pm.

Team: Antonio, Mounir; Lorca; Juan Andreo; Alberto; Juanlu; Enrique (Willy); Santi (Champi); Juanito (Silverio); Palote; Jose

Man of the Match; Jose

CD BALA AZUL 0 MAZARRON FC 1 (29.11.2015)

Mazarron got back to winning ways when a late goal from Palote gave them the three points against neighbours Bala Azul.

The game began with the home team on the defensive and happy to concede possession to Mazarron relying on breakaways. Hafid had an early shot for Mazarron deflected for a corner from which Juan Andreo fired over the crossbar. Mazarron had a number of further corners which kept the Bala keeper under constant pressure but still a goal would not come.

Eventually, after 40 minutes Palote at last put the ball in the net but Mazarron's celebrations were shortlived as the goal was cancelled out for offside. Palote and Jose were combining well together but the final pass was just missing. The half came to a close with Champi shooting wide and Mazarron wondering how they had not taken the lead.

Mounir and Rollon were replaced by Alfonso and new signing Willy at the start of the second half and Mazarron continued to press forward with Bala still relying on rare breaks. Willy made a good early impression first on the right and then when moved over to the left with some good crosses.

Hafid shot over the bar and a good move between Palote and Jose was ended by an offside flag. The Bala keeper made a number of really good saves but a breakaway in the 70th minute almost gave the home team the lead but the ball was scrambled clear.

Mazarron were again denied a goal by an offside flag and Bala Azul were happy to play out time, attempting to break up play at every opportunity with a series of timewasting measures, However, the deadlock was broken in the last minute of normal time when Palote picked up the ball in midfield and ran on to round the keeper and fire into an empty net.

The goal was greeted by mass celebrations by team and supporters alike but the tension continued as the referee then played a further ten minutes of extra time before finally blowing the final whistle.

Mazarron's win took them to seventh place in the league just two points from second place.

Team Antonio; Mounir (Alfonso); Juan Fran (Juanito); Juan Andreo; Alberto; Champi; Juanlu (Cristian); Hafid; Rollon (Willy); Jose; Palote.

Man of the Match: Juanlu

MAZARRON FC 1 MONTECASILLAS FC 2 (22.11.2015)

Mazarron's run of seven games without defeat ended with a 2-1 home defeat against Montecasillas.

Mazarron had Paco making his first appearance of the season in goal and he was soon under pressure as the away team got quickly into their stride. The wind was proving troublesome for Mazarron who could hardly get the ball out of their half and it was no surprise when Montecasillas took the lead. A long ball down the right saw Ismael running on before firing past Paco into the net.

A Montecasillas free kick was just over the bar before Mazarron managed their first shot when Mounir's pass found Jose but Mazarron's leading scorer shot wide. Mazarron's passing was poor and all 50/50 balls were being won by Montecasillas. A mistake by Alberto almost let in Montecasillas for a second goal but Mazarron managed to clear the danger at the last second.

The second half began in a similar vein with Paco being kept busy in the Mazarron goal. A number of substitutions by the home team did not have any obvious impact and they were unable to mount any serious threat on the Montecasillas goal.

A rare Mazarron free kick came to nothing before the visitors went further ahead in the 75th minute. Another right wing move saw Mazarron defending poorly and Alejandro forced the ball home for a deserved second goal.

Montecasillas were dominating play but an excellent ball by substitute Hafid saw Jose racing through before being brought down by the visiting keeper. A penalty was awarded but, unlike last week's game, the keeper was sent off. Juan Andreo waited patiently to take the spot kick and sent the substitute goalkeeper the wrong way to reduce the arrears.

Mazarron were unable to put any further pressure of substance on the Montecasillas goal before the referee signalled the end of the game. The defeat saw Mazarron drop to ninth in the league but still only a point off a play-off spot.

Team: Paco; Juanma (Jesus); Alberto; Juan Andreo; Mounir; Juanlu (Champi); Santi (Enrique); Cristian (Alfonso); Juanito; Jose; Silverio (Hafid)

Man of the Match; Santi.

CD CIEZA 2 MAZARRON FC 2 (15.11.2015)

Mazarron extended their unbeaten run to seven games with a hard earned 2-2 draw away to Cieza. On a bumpy pitch both sides struggled to make an impression in the early stages and it was 15 minutes before Mazarron created their first opportunity. A lovely ball from Champi found Palote racing down the left but his cross was just behind Jose and the Cieza defence cleared the danger.

Two minutes later Cieza took the lead when a through ball found Garcia in what appeared to be an offside position but he was allowed to run on and place the ball firmly past Antonio in the Mazarron goal. Mazarron were having a poor first half and their only effort of note came in the 38th minute when good play by Palote and Santi saw Champi shoot just over the bar.

If the first half was disappointing the second certainly made up for it. Mazarron created two chances in the opening minutes of the second period before equalising after 50 minutes. A poor back header saw Palote challenging the Cieza keeper who could only kick the ball into the path of Jose and the Mazarron striker made no mistake with his eighth goal of the season.

Cieza went close with a shot from distance before Mazarron took the lead after an hour. Palote latched on to a through ball and was brought down by the Cieza keeper as he attempted to dribble round him to place the ball into an empty net. It was a blatant penalty but, to the disgust of the travelling Mazarron supporters, the keeper was only shown a yellow card. Captain Juan Andreo took the spot kick and calmly stroked the ball into the corner of the net to make the score 2-1 to the visitors.

Antonio came to Mazarron's rescue after 66 minutes with a superb save, getting his fingertips to a rasping Cieza drive from 25 yards out but Cieza equalised four minutes later when Juanma was penalised for a late tackle in the area and Balsalobre made no mistake with the penalty kick.

After 77 minutes Palote again appeared to be brought down in the penalty area by the Cieza keeper but this time the referee waved play on. Palote was then sent off presumably after disputing the decision too forcibly with the linesman. Mazarron were forced to play the last 20 minutes including the seven minutes added by the referee with only ten men but they still pressed forward in search of a winner.

Antonio made another excellent save at point blank range and at the other end Jose went close with a clever chip after good work by substitute Rollon. In the dying minutes Juanito should have won the game for Mazarron when Jose's pass put him in the clear but, with only the keeper to beat, he placed the ball inches wide of the far post.

Team: Antonio, Juanma (Rollon); Alberto; Juan Andreo; Mounir; Juanlu; Enrique; Santi (Juanito); Champi (Hafid); Palote; Jose.

Man of the Match; Jose.

MAZARRON FC 4 CF MOLINA 1 (8.11.2015)

Mazarron continued their excellent recent sequence of results with a 4-1 home victory over CF Molina to make it five wins and a draw from the last six games.

Palote and Jose combined well up front but Mazarron were restricted to long range efforts in the early stages. Then, a mistake by Enrique almost let in Molina after 19 minutes but the visiting striker shot wide. Shortly afterwards a backheader by Juan Andreo was intercepted by Molina but Juan Fran raced back to clear the danger for the home team.

More good work by Palote on the left saw Jose's cross cut out by the Molina defence but Mazarron took the lead after 30 minutes. A cleverly worked free kick found full back Mounir racing into space at the far post and he cleverly side stepped the keeper before slotting the ball home.

One of the Molina coaching staff was sent off by the referee who then awarded an indirect free kick to Mazarron eight yards from goal. With all the Molina players on the goal line the ball was tapped to Palote whose fierce strike was blocked by the wall of defenders.

Molina responded with a spell of pressure in the last few minutes of the first half without really troubling Antonio in the Mazarron goal.

The second half started without one of the linesmen who had presumably picked up an injury . Juan Fran and Juanito were booked for Mazarron in the space of two minutes before Mazarron went further ahead after 55 minutes.

A through ball found Palote racing down the right and, with the Molina defenders appealing in vain for offside, he ran on before cleverly turning inside and firing a shot past the keeper. Mazarron now had their best spell of the game with some excellent passing movements, one of which saw Mounir again charging forward and combining well with Palote to allow Champi to make it 3-0 for Mazarron.

Juanito then had a left foot drive well saved by the keeper before the Molina defence was sliced open again by Mazarron's attacking play after 67 minutes. Jose's pass found Juanito on the left and his first time cross into the middle saw Palote beat his man before placing a shot into the net for his second goal of the game. Molina pulled a goal back after 72 minutes when a right wing corner was turned in by Carlos at the far post. Lorca went close for Mazarron with a rasping drive from a free kick in the 77th minute and Molina's manager was sent off after 83 minutes following further heated exchanges with the match officials.

Mazarron's victory takes them up to sixth position in the league.

Team: Antonio; Mounir; Juan Fran (Lorca); Juan Andreo; Alberto; Enrique (Rollon); Champi (Hafid); Cristian (Santi); Juanito; Paleto; Jose.

Man of the Match; Palote

SFC MINERVA 1 MAZARRON FC 2 (1.11.2015)

Having just failed to defeat second placed Jumilla last week in a 1-1 draw, Mazarron travelled to league leaders SFC Minerva full of confidence and came away with a hard fought 2-1 victory.

Coach Victor made a number of tactical changes to the starting line-up and Mazarron were content to defend in the early stages although they did force two corners which came to nothing. At the other end Antonio had to race out of his goal to head clear and a couple of long range efforts from Minerva were well over the bar.

Juanma missed a chance for Mazarron in the 17th minute when he headed tamely at the Minerva keeper with colleague Juan Fran in a better position just behind him.

But it was Minerva who were having the majority of possession without really troubling Antonio in the Mazarron goal apart from an inswinging corner which he managed to palm away for another corner.

However, Mazarron took the lead on 39 minutes when a free kick was quickly taken and found Juanma in space on the right. His pinpoint cross to the far post saw Jose racing in to power a header into the net for his seventh goal of the season and give Mazarron a half time lead probably against the run of play.

Minerva could have equalised after 50 minutes when a cross was missed by Antonio but headed wide. Two minutes later a free kick by Lorca was deflected to Enrique who fired past the advancing Minerva keeper but the goal was disallowed for offside. Mazarron had a couple of penalty appeals turned down, one of which resulted in a booking for Palote for diving.

Minerva were pressing forward at every opportunity in search of an equaliser but it was Mazarron who scored again after 76 minutes. Excellent play between Palote and Juanma found Jose in space in front of goal and he selflessly rolled the ball into the path of Santi who made no mistake with a crisp shot into the back of the net.

Thereafter it was all Minerva and Antonio and a resolute defence dealt with everything that was thrown at them until the 83rd minute when a left wing corner was headed home by Moreno to reduce the arrears.

The final seven minutes plus an additional seven minutes of added time saw the Mazarron goal under siege and although Minerva hit the woodwork on a couple of occasions the visitors hung on for an excellent victory.

Team: Antonio; Mounir; Lorca; Juan Fran; Alberto; Enrique; Rollon (Jesus); Juanma (Antonio); Santi; Palote (Hafid); Jose.

Man of the Match; Juanma

MAZARRON FC 1 JUMILLA CD 1 (25.10.2015)

Mazarron were denied a victory they richly deserved when the referee controversially disallowed an 85th minute "goal" by substitute Palote.

Jumilla, unbeaten in the league this season, started the brighter of the two teams and, for the first fifteen minutes, Mazarron were mainly on the defensive with Juan Fran in the centre of the defence making a number of timely headed clearances.

Mazarron then took control of the game with Juanito, twice, and Jose putting in dangerous crosses which just eluded onrushing Mazarron players. Jumilla's first shot came after 27 minutes but went harmlessly wide of the Mazarron goal and the home team dominated the remaining exchanges in the first half without creating any clear cut chances.

Palote and Champi replaced Hafid and Santi at half time and the changes seemed to inspire Mazarron. Jose raced down the left and hit a shot just wide after 47 minutes but Mazaron did take the lead after 52 minutes. A through ball found Jose racing through the Jumilla defence before dribbling round the keeper and coolly slotting the ball past two defenders and into the net.

Jose had another shot saved by the Jumilla keeper following good work by Palote and Mazarron thought they had doubled their lead after 56 minutes. Palote's cheeky back heel saw Champi crossing to the far post where Juanitio drove the ball into the net only to be denied by the linesman's offside flag.

Mazarron were totally dominating the game now but a slip by Juan Andreo let in Jumilla and Antonio had to come to the rescue by saving with his feet. At the other end Juanito hit a fierce shot from the edge of the penalty area which was tipped round the post by the visiting keeper.

Totally against the run of play, Jumilla equalised after 72 minutes when a right wing corner was forced home by Gomez with the Mazarron defenders appealing in vain for handball.

Mazarron continued to press forward in search of a winner and they seemed to be rewarded after 85 minutes when Palote's shot was blocked at the first attempt by the Jumilla keeper but he managed to force the rebound over the line. The referee appeared to point to the centre spot and the linesman ran back to the middle as the Mazarron players and supporters celebrated wildly. The celebrations were short lived, however, as the game restarted with a free kick to Jumilla with players and spectators alike having no idea what had happened.

At the final whistle Mazarron players surrounded the referee and Juanlu was shown a red card before the referee was escorted to the dressing rooms running the gauntlet of very angry spectators. It had been a magnificent performance by a Mazarron team which has turned the corner in recent weeks and were denied a win which would have been fully deserved.

Team: Antonio; Mounir; Juan Fran; Juan Andreo; Alberto; Juanlu; Rollon (Cristian); Santi (Champi); Juanito (Silverio); Jose; Hafid (Palote)

Man of the Match; Jose

CARTAGENA FC 2 MAZARRON FC 3 (17.10.2015)

Mazarron made it three wins on the trot and, in doing so, inflicted on Cartagena their first defeat of the season.

Mazarron were soon on the defensive as Cartagena tried to make use of home advantage. With a lot of tall players in the team they caused Mazarron some problems with long balls played into the box. However, it was Mazarron who took the lead after 9 minutes when Juan Fran rose high to send a header from a left wing free kick over the keeper and into the net.

Mazarron central defender Lorca was injured and replaced by Juan Andreo but they increased their lead after 28 minutes when Alberto made a run down the right and found Jose who fired a strong shot past the Cartagena keeper.

Cartagena were spurred into action and Mazarron had to concede a number of free kicks. From one of these kicks on the right hand side, poor defending allowed a Cartagena forward to force the ball home and reduce the arrears.

Three minutes before half-time Cartagena drew level with a controversial goal. The referee and linesman's interpretation of the offside law allowed a scrambled goal to count and half time arrived with the teams level.

For the start of the second half Mounir and Hafid were replaced by Palote and Jesus and Mazarron keeper Antonio was forced into early action. At the other end Jose forced the Cartagena keeper into a good save from a corner.

The game was being played at a fast pace with both sides striving to take control of the game but it was Mazarron who took the initiative, forcing a number of corners and free kicks as the pressure started to build on the home team.

With thirty five minutes of the second half gone Mazarron scored their third goal when a move down the centre of the pitch resulted in shots on goal by both Palote and Juanito before the ball fell to Jose who smashed it into the net for what turned out to be the winning goal.

Team: Antonio; Juan Fran; Mounir (Jesus); Lorca (Juan Andreo); Alberto; Juanlu; Santi; Enrique(Champi); Juanito (Silverio); Jose; Hafid (Palote).

Man of the match, Jose

MAZARRON FC 4 AD ALQUERIAS 0 (11.10.2015)

Mazarron made it two wins on the trot with an emphatic 4-0 home victory over AD Alquerias.

Juanito was the first to impress with a good run and shot just over the bar and both sides began in attacking fashion forcing corners at either end. Mazarron took the lead after 12 minutes when Hafid was brought down in the area after a run down the left wing and Juan Andreo converted the penalty kick with some ease.

Mazarron's confidence increased and some of their passing was a joy to watch. Juanito was causing problems linking up well with Juan Fran and Enrique but Alquerias were also giving Mazarron plenty to think about in the air with the presence of their tall striker .However, Mazarron scored a much needed second goal four minutes before the interval. Two shots on goal were blocked before the ball fell to the feet of Juanito who smashed it into the net.

The final move of a very good half for Mazarron nearly produced a third goal when a right wing cross was met by Hafid who headed it onto a post and out for a goal kick.

Champi replaced Santi at the start of the second half and immediately made his mark with possibly his first touch of the game when a cross from the right wing allowed him to despatch a good shot into the net after 49 minutes to make the score 3-0.

By now the crowd were really getting behind the team with even the Spanish supporters behind the goal encouraging Mazarron by chanting in English!! Juanito was still causing problems and an away player was booked for holding as he lead another attack. With a three goal cushion, Mazarron now sat back for a little while and allowed Alquerias more time on the ball.

However, with time running out, a run on goal by Champi saw the Alquerias keeper handling the ball outside the penalty area and he was promptly sent off by the referee. With three minutes remaining Mazarron made it 4-0 when a pass by substitute Palote allowed Juanito to run on and fire past the substitute goalkeeper for his second goal of the game.

Team: Antonio; Juan Fran; Alfonso (Antonio); Juan Andreo; Alberto; Juanlu (Juanillo); Enrique; Santi (Champi); Hafid (Palote); Juanito; Jose.

Man of the Match: Juanito.

SC AGUILENO 0 MAZARRON FC 1  (3.10.2015)

A 78th minute goal by substitute Palote gave Mazarron a well deserved first victory of the season away to SC Aguileno.

Mazarron fielded a more attacking formation with debutant Hafid giving much needed support to Jose up front. Aguileno started the game stronger but Mazarron began to string some passes together and Hafid was causing trouble with some strong runs down the left flank.

After 18 minutes a superb through ball from Jose found Juanito in the clear but he just overran the ball and was only able to force a corner. A minute later Jose squandered an excellent opportunity following a poor defensive header from the home side but he hit his shot tamely at the keeper.

However, the best chance of the first half fell to Hafid after 27 minutes when a right wing cross found him unmarked at the far post but he sliced his effort wide. At the other end Juan Fran had to make a last ditch tackle after an Aguileno forward ran through the Mazarron defence beating three defenders in the process.

On 39 minutes a fierce strike by Jose was well saved by the Aguileno keeper as Mazarron went into half time on level terms after a much improved performance.

Mazarron started the second half brightly and Juanlu's pass found Juanito on the right but his first time cross was just cut out with Santi waiting to pounce in the middle. Aguileno missed a good chance shortly afterwards when their centre forward miskicked in front of goal and Antonio in the Mazarron goal had to be his best on a number of occasions to prevent Aguileno taking the lead.

Mazarron broke the deadlock, however, after 78 minutes when a through ball found Palote who dribbled into the penalty area and around the Aguileno keeper before steering the ball into the net to the delight of the travelling Mazarron supporters. As Aguileno pushed forward in search of an equaliser, more opportunities fell to Mazarron although they were reduced to ten men when Mounir was sent off after receiving two yellow cards. First Jose rounded the keeper only to see his cross cleared and then Juanito, in injury time, hit a curling left foot shot which hit the post and rebounded to safety.

It was an excellent team performance by Mazarron and a much deserved victory.

Team: Antonio; Alberto; Juan Fran; Juan Andreo; Mounir; Juanlu; Rollon (Palote); Santi (Andreo); Juanito; Hafid (Enrique); Jose.

Man of the Match; Antonio

CD ALGAR 3 MAZARRON FC 1  (27.9.2015)

Despite an improved performance Mazarron conceded three goals in the last half hour to slump to defeat at CD Algar and slip to the bottom of the league table.

Mazarron started the game well with Juanma causing problems for the home team with a couple of dangerous crosses from the left, both of which just eluded the onrushing Jose in front of goal. At the other end Juan Andreo raced back to hook the ball off the line after an Algar forward had cleverly chipped over Antonio in the Mazarron goal.

Jose was working hard up front for Mazarron and twice combined well with Santi but shot wide on both occasions. Mazarron went close on 28 minutes after Jose was fouled on the edge of the area. Champi's free kick was driven across goal but scrambled clear by the Algar defence. Then, almost immediately, Juanito beat three men before finding Juanma on the left but, once again, Jose could not quite reach his cross.

In a rare break just before half time a long ball found an Algar forward running on to hit a fierce shot goalwards but Antonio made a superb save only to see the linesman flagging for offside.

Algar brought on former Mazarron favourite Jose Ruben at the start of the second half in what turned out to be an inspired substitution. However, it was Mazarron who took the lead after 48 minutes when Santi's through ball saw Jose racing clear and he slipped the ball past the Algar keeper for his third goal of the season.

Lorca went close for Mazarron with a fierce free kick from all of 35 yards but Algar equalised after an hour when Juan Andreo gave away a needless free kick on the edge of the penalty area and Adama was on hand to force the free kick over the line.

After 67 minutes Antonio made another good save to deny Jose Ruben but Mazarron also went close with efforts from Jose and Juanma. However, it was the home team now in the ascendancy and another free kick on the edge of Mazarron's penalty area found Jose Ruben unmarked at the far post and he drove the ball past Antonio to give Algar the lead after 79 minutes.

Mazarron pressed forward in search of an equaliser leaving just three men at the back and paid the price when a superb through ball saw Jose Ruben racing through from the halfway lane to steer the ball passed Antonio and complete the scoring.

Team: Antonio; Juan Andreo (Silverio); Lorca; Juan Fran; Mounir; Juanlu; Juanito; Champi (Cristian); Santi; Juanma (Alberto); Jose

Man of the Match; Jose

MAZARRON FC 1 OLIMPICO DE TOTANA 3  (20.9.2015)

Three goals in the first eighteen minutes were enough to secure the points for a Totana side which went to the top of the league with this victory.

Although Mazarron fought back well in the second half and pulled a goal back through Jose, Totana were stronger and more composed on the ball for most of the game.

Mazarron's defence was at sixes and sevens in the early stages and by the time they had pulled themselves together with the help of a couple of positional changes they were three goals down. Totana took the lead after just 4 minutes when a fierce shot was deflected onto the post by Antonio but a visiting forward was on hand to hit home the rebound.

It was 2-0 after nine minutes when a right wing cross was headed past Antonio and the game was virtually out of Mazarron's reach nine minutes later when Antonio again made a good block only for the rebound to be fired home.

Mazarron's first effort came after 39 minutes when Rollon's shot was saved by the Totana keeper after excellent interplay between him and Santi. Then Mounir found Cristian whose long range effort was easily saved.

Mazarron brought on Silverio and Champi at the start of the second half and came more into the game with some penetrating attacks down the right wing. After 49 minutes a Champi free kick was headed just wide by Jose but 4 minutes later the same combination saw Jose rise to head the ball home to reduce the arrears.

Mazarron reverted to a back three formation and Totana were now reduced to sporadic breakaways but always looked dangerous and Juan Andreo had to clear off the line when Antonio was drawn out of his goal. Juanito made an excellent run down the left for Mazarron but his cross was cleared and despite more Mazarron pressure in the closing stages they were unable to carve out any clear cut chances.

Although it is still very early in the season the warning signs are there for Mazarron's new look team.

Team: Antonio; Juanma; Mounir (Juanillo); Juan Andreo (Antonio); Juan Fran; Juanlu; Rollon (Champi); Cristian (Silverio); Juanito; Santi (Enrique); Jose

Man of the Match; Mounir

BENIAJAN CF 1 MAZARRON FC 1  (13.9.2015)

Mazarron gained their first point of the season with a hard fought 1-1 draw away to Beniajan.

Mazarron's much changed team showed signs that they are beginning to gel together and had the better of the first half against a Beniajan side who were promoted along with Mazarron last season. On 20 minutes a fierce free kick by Jose from 20 yards out was pushed aside by the home keeper. The ball fell to Alberto whose follow up shot was deflected into the net by Silverio but Mazarron were denied an opening goal by the linesman's offside flag.

Two minutes later Beniajan could have equalised when a left wing corner was headed over the bar. After 32 minutes a superb through ball found Jose racing down the left wing and his cross found Juanito whose shot on the turn was blocked on the goal line. Three minutes later Santi went close with a free kick from the left which went just over the bar.

Rollon replaced Enrique at half time for Mazarron but Beniajan took the lead just two minutes into the second half. A long ball out of defence found Sergio in a suspiciously offside position but he was allowed to run on and place the ball past Antonio in the Mazarron goal.

The goal spurred Beniajan on and they came more into the game for the next 20 minutes without really troubling Antonio. However Mazarron, inspired by young substitute Rollon, then began to get back into the game and deservedly equalised after 70 minutes with the best move of the game. Silverio raced down the right wing and his perfect cross found Jose who calmly steered the ball past the Beniajan keeper to the delight of the large contingent of travelling Mazarron supporters.

A minute later Jose, Juanito and substitute Cristian all had long range efforts blocked in the same move and five minutes from time Rollon's shot from 25 yards was just over the bar. Mazarron might have snatched all three points in the last few minutes but Jose just failed to reach Champi's cross from the right.

Overall it was an encouraging performance by Mazarron as they begin to adjust to life in the higher division.

Team: Antonio; Mounir; Juan Fran; Juan Andreo; Alberto (Juanma); Juanito; Juanlu (Champi); Enrique (Rollon); Santi (Cristian); Silverio; Jose

Man of the Match: Jose

MAZARRON FC 0 SANGONERA UCAM CF 2 (6.9.2015)

Mazarron's first game in the Preferente Autonomica following promotion last season ended in a 2-0 home defeat against Sangonera. Mazarron were equal to their much fancied opponents for more than two thirds of the game but two goals in the closing stages were enough to secure the points for the visitors.

Fielding only three of the players who figured in last year's promotion team, Mazarron took some time to settle and there was little action until the 23rd minute when Sangonera had the first shot of the game which looped over the bar.

At the other end, Enrique who was having an excellent game in midfield latched onto a loose ball and, from just outside the box, drew an outstanding save from the Sangonera keeper. Then just before the interval, Jose just failed to make contact with an excellent cross from Alfonso.

Both goalkeepers were kept busy in the early stages of the second half. Mazarron started the brighter and almost took the lead when a free kick was deflected goalwards only to be cleared off the line. Two minutes later the Sangonera keeper made an excellent save following a Mazarron corner.

On 59 minutes it was Sangonera who came close with a quick interchanging of passes only thwarted by an excellent save from Antonio, Mazarron's new keeper. Then Palote went close for Mazarron and had two shots saved in quick succession. The game continued to flow from end to end with Sangonera being denied again by Antonio before, at the other end a Mazarron corner was headed just over the bar by Juanma.

Sangonera took the lead with just over 20 minutes remaining when Alvaro's free kick from the edge of the penalty area took a wicked deflection and sailed over the stranded Antonio.

At this point Mazarron threw caution to the wind and the visiting keeper pulled off a number of fine saves to deny them. Mazarron's best chance to rescue the game came in the 86th minute when a delightful free kick from the right was cleared off the line. Unfortunately, with Mazarron committed to attack they fell to the classic "sucker punch". As the ball was cleared off the line it was hacked forward and Miguel gave the Mazarron keeper no chance to make the score 2-0.

Team: Antonio (GK); Juanfran; Juanlu; Enrique; Alfonso; Palote; Jose; Juanito; Santi; Mounir; Juan Andreo. Substitutes used: Cristian; Juanma; Silverio.

Man of the match: Antonio