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Archive Reports 2016/17 - Preferente Division
PLAY-OFF FIRST ROUND/SECOND LEG: MAZARRON FC 1 - UD LOS GARRES 0 (28.5.2017) (MATCH PROGRAMME)
Despite a late goal which gave them victory on the day, Mazarron failed to qualify for the Play-Off Final losing the tie 2-1 on aggregate. Mazarron started at a good pace and made the early running but were forced to make a substitution after only 10 minutes when Andreo was brought down with a heavy tackle.
Los Garres were happy to defend and hang on to their two goal advantage but Juan Pedro in the Mazarron goal was then forced to make an excellent save to keep his team in the game. Mazarron continued to press forward with some excellent crosses into the box but, too often, headers were misplaced and the danger averted.
Mazarron soon took control again at the start of the second half encouraged by the vociferous home support. They were rewarded with a penalty when Javi Torrano was fouled in the box following a Marcos free kick but the usually dependable Juan Andreo’s spot kick was too precise and saved by the Los Garres keeper.
Los Garres employed some dubious time wasting tactics and there was a spate of yellow cards for both teams. Miguel was then sent off for Mazarron along with a Los Garres player before Mazarron had a real chance as the Los Garres keeper was completely out of position but none of the Mazarron players were able to take advantage.
Just as hopes were fading, a Mazarron corner was cleared to the feet of Chino who made no mistake to give Mazarron the lead after 87 minutes. Despite an added six minutes of injury time, Mazarron were unable to score another goal which would have taken the tie into extra time and promotion hopes were over for another season.
Team: Juan Pedro; Raul Torrano; Raso; Juan Andreo; Marcos (Steven); Adrian; Boudia; Andreo (Dani); Jimmy (Miguel); Javi Torrano; Chino.
Man of the Match – Raul Torrano
PLAY-OFF FIRST ROUND/FIRST LEG: UD LOS GARRES 2 - MAZARRON FC 0 (21.5.2017)
Mazarron FC left themselves with a big hurdle to climb if they are to achieve promotion with a 2-0 away defeat to Los Garres in the Play Off Semi Final first leg.
With the late start at 8.30 pm, failing light and an artificial pitch the conditions were not ideal for Mazarron and the home team took control in the early stages with a shot just wide of the target. At the other end Dani wasted a free kick just outside the penalty area, shooting high and wide.
Mazarron’s largest away following for many years were upset by many of the referee’s decisions, failing to penalise the home team for consistent elbowing and shirt pulling. Despite this Mazarron started to push forward and had the better of the closing stages of the first half.
The second period began with the light fading rapidly and less than adequate floodlights and Los Garres again began to take charge of the proceedings. Mazarron continued to hold on until the 69th minute when a free kick was punched away by goalkeeper Juan Pedro only to see Moraga strike the ball back firmly into the net for the opening goal.
Tempers on the pitch were getting heated leading to a barrage of yellow cards being issued for Mazarron while so many Los Garres offences were being ignored, including some very obvious hand balls.
Mazarron tried to push forward in search of an equaliser but were denied by fair means or foul and Los Garres sewed the game up in the 82nd minute. With a number of their players in offside positions Juan Fran put the ball into the net with the referee waving away all Mazarron protests.
Mazarron had one final push forward in search of an away goal but all they could manage was a couple of shots off target. They were not at their best but the tie is not yet over and an early goal in the second leg for Mazarron would set up an exciting evening.
Team: Juan Pedro; Raul Torrano; Adrian; Juan Andreo; Marcos; Boudia; Andreo (Javi Torrano); Dani; Cesar (Jimmy); Miguel; Chino (Raul).
Man of the Match: Juan Pedro
CARTAGENA FC UCAM 0 - MAZARRON FC 2 (14.5.2017)
A large following of Los Amigos supporters arrived at the ground in Cartagena two hours before kick off to enjoy a few drinks to celebrate the team reaching the play-offs.
Coach Jose sensibly took the option of leaving out a couple of the players who were on four yellow cards and with Boudia and Jimmy also missing through suspension it would be a test of the strength in depth of the squad against a team which, in the first half of the season, looked to be one of the favourites for promotion.
It took Mazarron some time to adjust to the quickness of the artificial surface but they could have taken the lead as early as the 9th minute when Miguel's cross was turned goalwards by Cesar only to see the ball cleared off the line. Two minutes later Chino raced down the left wing before cutting inside to see his shot parried by the legs of the Cartagena keeper. Javi Torrano then shot wide after Chino, always in the thick of the action, had another shot blocked.
Mazarron were having all the play at this stage with the home team reduced to occasional breakaways and a couple of long range shots which were well off target. On the half hour, a flowing move down the right ended with Javi Torrano's excellent pass to Miguel who drilled the ball into the net only to see the goal disallowed for offside.
The half ended with another Cartagena shot from outside the area which was well over the bar and the home side failed to get a shot on target in the first period.
Mazarron made no changes at the start of the second half and Chino just failed to get on the end of another excellent cross from Javi Torrano, turning the ball wide of the post. Javi Torrano should have done better after 55 minutes when Cesar's pass put him clear but he took one touch too many and the danger was cleared.
Mazarron deservedly took the lead on 66 minutes when Raul Torrano's corner was headed firmly into the roof of the net by Dani. Mazarron now took their foot off the pedal, making a couple of substitutions, and were content to sit back and contain the Cartagena attacks. Despite now having more of the game the home team still failed to make Juan Pedro make a save in the whole game apart from cutting out a few crosses.
However, the popular goalkeeper earned his keep in the 87th minute when his long clearance saw Miguel controlling the ball before racing on to unleash a powerful drive into the top corner for Mazarron's second goal, a real contender for Goal of the Season.
The win cements Mazarron's fourth place position and means that the team ended the regular season with five successive victories and with only one defeat in the last 19 games since losing at home to Jumilla on 4th December.
Mazarron now play UD Los Garres in the two-legged Play-Off Semi Finals as they seek to return to the Tercera Division and the good news is that they will have no players under suspension.
Team: Juan Pedro; Raul Torrano; Raso; Juan Andreo; Pedro; Dani; Andreo; Cesar; Javi Torrano (Steven); Miguel (Jose); Chino (Ruben)
Man of the Match; Dani.
MAZARRON FC 3 - CD PLUS ULTRA 0 (7.5.2017) (MATCH PROGRAMME)
Mazarron FC ended their home games in the regular season with a 3-0 home win against a CD Plus Ultra team who were fighting to avoid relegation.
Needing just one point from their last two games to guarantee a play-off position after Alquerias had only drawn 2-2 away to league leaders SFC Minerva in a morning kick off, Mazarron got off to the best possible start with a goal from young midfielder Andreo in the fourth minute.
Chino made it 2-0 in the 38th minute and scored his second and Mazarron's third goal almost on the final whistle to give the home team a comfortable victory. Chino, who started the season in the left back position, is now joint top scorer with Raul after moving into a midfield role.
It is a remarkable achievement for a Mazarron team which was only registered with the Murcia Football Federation literally hours before the deadline at the start of the season. A new team was formed under a new President, Ruben Manuel Martinez Collado, with a new administration and virtually a new squad of players except for long serving captain Juan Andreo and a few young players promoted from the junior team.
After four games Mazarron were bottom of the league with just one draw and three defeats but the squad has grown in confidence and ability and they are now hoping to regain their position in the Tercera Division of the Spanish League which they lost back in 2010 along with near neighbours Bala Azul who ahve already achieved automatic promotion.
Mazarron travel to Cartagena FC UCAM next week for their final away game before facing UD Los Garres in the two legged Play Off Semi Final.
Team: Juan Pedro; Raul Torrano; Adrian; Juan Andreo; Marcos; Boudia; Andreo (Raso); Cesar (Raul); Steven (Jimmy); Miguel (Dani); Chino.
Man of the Match: Chino
JUMILLA CD 1 - MAZARRON FC 2 (30.4.2017)
Mazarron got off to the worst possible start in the second minute when they were penalised for handball in the penalty area in virtually Jumilla's first attack. Carlos made no mistake with the spot kick but Mazarron responded to the early set back well with Chino prominent in the early exchanges with a couple of long range efforts.
Mazarron knew how important a good result was but it was Jumilla who pushed forward in search of a second goal. However, Mazarron's defence, the second best in the league, defended resolutely. Play was end to end but too often by passed the midfield players who struggled to make an impression on the game. As half time approached, Mazarron got the goal they badly needed with an excellent strike from distance by Chino which gave the Jumilla keeper no chance.
The visitors showed their attacking intentions at the start of the second half, bringing on three substitutes, Javi Torrano, Miguel and Raul. But it was Jumilla who had two early chances. First a close range free kick sailed harmlessly over the bar and then they missed a glorious chance with keeper Juan Pedro out of position but Mazarron again somehow held firm.
Raul had the ball in the net following a free kick but the "goal" was ruled out and shortly afterwards Mazarron were again denied another goal presumably for offside. At the other end Juan Pedro made a good save from a Jumilla free kick. Mazarron, however, knew that one point was not enough and pressed forward in search of a winner. They were rewarded on 86 minutes when Miguel's cross found leading scorer Raul who made no mistake with what turned out to be the winning goal.
The victory keeps Mazarron in fourth position in the league table and means that they need just three points from their remaining two games to guarantee a place in the play-offs.
Team: Juan Pedro; Raso (Javi Torrano); Adrian; Juan Andreo; Marcos; Boudia; Andreo (Miguel) (Steven); Raul Torrano; Jimmy (Raul); Dani (Cesar); Chino.
Man of the Match: Chino
MAZARRON FC 1 - CD LUMBRERAS 0 (23.4.2017) (MATCH PROGRAMME)
A goal early in the second half gave Mazarron three valuable points against already relegated CD Lumbreras at the Estadio Municipal.
Mazarron began the game with leading scorers Raul Miguel and Chino on the bench . The home team were awarded a free kick in penalty area in the fourth minute when the Lumbreras keeper was penalised for handling a back pass. Javi Torrano touched the ball to Boudia whose shot cannoned off a defender for a corner. The best action of the half came on 11 minutes when Dani's excellent free kick found Javi Torrano unmarked eight yards from goal but his header was saved.
Mazarron were caught in possession far too often and apart from a few cross field balls caused few problems for the bottom of the league team. Lumbreras offered little up front and didn't have a shot on target in a depressing first period. As half time approached the Los Amigos supporters were hoping for changes at half time as the paint was already well and truly dry.
Miguel and Chino replaced Ruben and Steven at half time and the impact was almost immediate. Javi Torrano's cross was steered into the net by Dani after 48 minutes to give Mazarron a welcome lead.
The good work was almost undone six minutes later when a rash tackle by Raul Torrano on former Mazarron striker Diego resulted in a penalty kick. Fortunately Diego's spot kick was well saved by Juan Pedro diving spectacularly to his right.
Mazarron then went in search of a much needed second goal and, from another Dani free kick, the ball was only half cleared to Miguel who hit a fierce shot against the post. Lumbreras rarely threatened but Diego had their first real effort from open play when he hit a left foot shot just wide after 65 minutes. Two minutes later Chino's cross found substitute Cesar who turned inside before hitting a powerful shot just wide of the far post.
With only a slender one goal advantage Mazarron and their supporters were desperate for a second goal and it almost came after 84 minutes when Miguel's shot bounced off the visiting keeper's chest to safety. In the closing stages Raso hit a thunderous drive from some 40 yards which cannoned off the keeper and then Miguel was again unlucky with a superb overhead kick which hit the post.
The win took Mazarron from seventh to fourth in the league but only one point separates the four teams in the race for the play-offs with just three games remaining.
Team: Juan Pedro; Raul Torrano; Adrian; Juan Andreo; Raso; Boudia; Andreo (Raul); Dani; Ruben (Miguel); Steven (Chino); Javi Torrano (Cesar).
Man of the Match: Juan Pedro
MAZARRON FC 5 - BALSICAS ATLÉTICO 0 (16.4.2017) (MATCH PROGRAMME)
Mazarron kept their promotion play-off hopes alive with a resounding 5-0 home win over Balsicas Atletico.
Mazarron took the lead as early as the third minute when Steven was brought down in the penalty area and captain Juan Andreo calmly stroked home the spot kick. Miguel then went close for Mazarron when he spotted the Balsicas keeper off his line but the ball was eventually scrambled clear.
Both teams played positive attacking football in an enjoyable first half but there was no addition to the score at half time despite a couple of hopeful penalty shouts by the visitors.
Balsicas had a long range effort at the start of the second half which was well saved by Juan Pedro in the Mazarron goal but, thereafter, it was all Mazarron. Chino increased Mazarron's lead 5 minutes into the second half with an excellent chip over the keeper after a fine run. Then Raso hit a firm shot from distance which hit the bar before being cleared for a corner.
Boudia's header from a long cross was turned over the bar but he made no mistake from the resulting corner when he fired the ball into the net for number three after 66 minutes. As the game was about to restart a Baliscas player was sent off, presumably for dissent.
It was 4-0 just five minutes later when substitute Cesar was on hand to turn the ball home after Raul Torrano's shot had rebounded back off the post. Balsicas picked up a flurry of red cards as they struggled to cope with Mazarron's attack and the home team made it five after 85 minutes. Raso made a surging run out of defence and found Dani whose selfless cross was fired home by Raul.
The win took Mazarron to within a point of the play-off and with another home game against already relegated CD Lumbreras next Sunday, kick off 5.30 pm, there is still plenty to play for.
Team: Juan Pedro; Raul Torrano; Raso; Juan Andreo; Adrian; Boudia (Dani); Andreo; Steven; Miguel (Raul); Javi Torrano (Cesar); Chino.
Man of the Match: Steven
C.F. MOLINA 1 - MAZARRON FC 1 (9.4.2017)
The game started at a fast pace as both teams found their feet and sized up the opposition. Molina had the first chance but the shot was well over the bar. Chino was prominent for Mazarron showing some good skill but most of the early play was confined to midfield.
After 20 minutes Mazarron started to pass the ball around better and a good header from Boudia from a corner kick was on target but straight at the Molina keeper. Then another corner saw Miguel shooting over the bar. Mazarron did have the ball in the net but the “goal” was disallowed and then Steven went close when he rounded the keeper who quickly recovered and managed to gather the ball.
A number of bookings interrupted the flow of the game but Molina went close when Adrian deflected a shot over his own cross bar. Mazarron continued to press forward but again lacked the finishing touch in front of goal and the first half ended goalless.
The second half started at a good pace with both teams playing good football making it an enjoyable game to watch. Substitute Dani provided a number of opportunities from free kicks but none were taken. However, the visitors took the lead on 53 minutes after more good work from Chino whose cross was turned home by Miguel.
The goal spurred Molina into action and they started to exert more pressure on the Mazarron defence. Despite this Mazarron were not going to settle for the one goal but were unable to covert a number of half-chances. At the other hand a Molina free kick was blocked by the wall and Juan Pedro made a good save from the follow-up shot.
Mazarron were reduced to ten men in the 72nd minute when Marcos was sent off after receiving two yellow cards. Molina not surprisingly took control of the game with the extra man advantage and the pressure paid over after 80 minutes when Javier scored the equaliser.
Molina had a player sent off in the closing minutes for a second yellow card and there was total of 11 bookings in the game.
Team: Juan Pedro; Raul Torrano; Adrian; Juan Andreo; Marcos; Boudia (Dani); Andreo; Steven (Raul); Miguel; Javi Torrano (Raul); Chino.
Man of the Match – Chino.
MAZARRON FC 0 - ALCANTARILLA FC 0 (2.4.2017) (MATCH PROGRAMME)
Mazarron lost further ground in their chase for a play-off place after a disappointing performance in a goalless draw at home to Alcantarilla FC.
There was little action early on and Mazarron's first shot was a long range effort from Boudia which was easily saved. On 15 minutes, a Javi Torrano corner was headed goalwards by Raul but the ball was scrambled clear. Then Javi's free kick was headed against the post by Raul but the referee blew for a foul on the Alcantarilla keeper.
The visitors first effort on goal came after 28 minutes when a long ball from the left found Manuel unmarked at the far post. His first time volley was fumbled by Juan Pedro but the Mazarron keeper recovered quickly to grab the loose ball on the goal line. Almost immediately they broke clear again and the Mazarron defence only half cleared the ball and were grateful to see the clearance bounce off an Alcantarilla forward and go out for a goal kick.
Mazarron's best move of the game came after 35 minutes when Jimmy beat two men on the right before delivering a perfect cross for Steven to hammer the ball against the cross bar. The visitors suffered a blow three minutes later when their full back fell awkwardly and was carried off the field after a lengthy delay and taken to hospital by ambulance.
Alcantarilla should have taken the lead from a corner on the stroke of half time but Pablo somehow contrived to head the ball back across the goal and out of play from just two yards out.
The visitors had another great chance just a minute into the second half when Juan Andreo had to clear off the line after the Manuel had rounded Juan Pedro. On 55 minutes a dangerous cross from the right somehow evaded all the Alcantarilla forwards as Mazarron had another escape.
A long throw from Raso was headed against the post on 62 minutes and the ball found its way to Raul who was virtually on the goal line but his control let him down and the chance was gone. Mazarron were having more of the game at this stage and substitute Chino cut inside to hit a left foot shot which was saved at the near post.
Despite this Mazarron never really got into their stride and were only able to manage a couple of headers from Andreo and Javi in the closing stages, both of which went over the bar.
It was a poor game and a goalless draw was always on the cards with Alcantarilla having the second worst scoring record in the league and the second best defensive record. Mazarron have now gone three games without scoring and will need to up their game in the last six matches of the season if they are to have any chance of reaching the play-offs.
Team: Juan Pedro; Javi Torrano; Raso; Juan Andreo; Marcos; Adrian; Boudia (Andreo); Dani; Jimmy; Raul (Miguel); Steven (Chino).
Man of the Match; Juan Andreo
CD BALA AZUL 3 - MAZARRON FC 0 (26.3.2017)
Mazarron's 11 game unbeaten run came to an abrupt halt with a 3-0 defeat away to local rivals CD Bala Azul. Apart from a brief spell early in the second half Mazarron were never really in the game and the scoreline was a fair reflection of the play.
Mazarron started quite brightly with Adrian twice getting on the end of long throws by Raul Torrano to force saves from the Bala keeper and, at the other end, Pablo had to make a smart diving save to keep out a long range shot from the home team.
Bala Azul went close on a couple of occasions before they took the lead on 39 minutes. A cross from the right was volleyed home by Santiago giving Pablo in the Mazarron goal no chance.
Mazarron made two substitutions at half time with Raul and Dani replacing Javi Torrano and Andreo but Bala Azul went straight onto the attack with Diego shooting well wide. On 54 minutes the home team should have increased their lead. A short corner was played to Diego and a superb cross from the ex-Mazarron player found Francisco unmarked at the far post. Fortunately for Mazarron, he somehow contrived to shoot the ball back across goal from two yards out for a goal kick.
Mazarron's best chance of the game came after 60 minutes when Miguel's cross from the right was met by Jimmy whose shot went agonisingly past the far post. In Mazarron's best spell of the game Dani then headed Miguel's cross wide.
Bala Azul increased their lead after 74 minutes when a cross from another ex-Mazarron favourite Jose Da was only half cleared and Salavador slammed the ball into the net from the edge of the penalty area.
It was 3-0 eight minutes later when Santiago tormented the Mazarron defence down the left before crossing to Jose Da who made no mistake to spark off wild celebrations by the home supporters. To cap a miserable afternoon Raul Torrano was sent off just before the end for kicking out at Santiago.
The result means that Mazarron drop out of the play-off positions down to seventh place.
Team: Pablo; Raul Torrano; Raso (Cesar); Juan Andreo; Marcos; Adrian; Boudia (Steven); Andreo (Dani); Javi Torrano (Raul); Miguel; Jimmy (Chino).
Man of the Match; Marcos
MAZARRON FC 0 - AD ALQUERIAS 0 (19.3.2017) (MATCH PROGRAMME)
Mazarron were held to a draw in a disappointing goalless draw against play-off rivals AD Alquerias at the Estadio Municipal.
There was little action in the early stages as both teams struggled to contend with a bumpy pitch which made good passing almost impossible. Mazarron's first chance came after 17 minutes when Raul's snap shot was saved at the near post by the Alquerias keeper. Then Raul headed over the bar from Raul Torrano's free kick.
Andreo should have given Mazarron the lead on 33 minutes when Jimmy's corner found him unmarked at the far post but he couldn't control the ball and the chance was gone. Chino and Jimmy both went close with little seen from Alquerias as an attacking force at this stage. Mazarron were denied a goal on the stroke of half time when Jimmy's corner was met with a fierce header by Adrian into the roof of the net. The referee appeared to give the goal before changing his mind, presumably for a foul on the Alquerias keeper.
The second half was little better than the first with few clear cut chances created by either team. Adrian's header from Raul Torrano's free kick was easily saved and it was 71 minutes before Alquerias's had their best chance of the game when a right wing cross shot was just wide of the far post.
Mazarron produced a rare moment of good football after 75 minutes when good work from Andreo saw substitute Cesar's cross headed just over the bar by Dani. The home team were again denied a goal on 83 minutes when Cesar converted a left wing cross only to be denied by the linesman's offside flag.
The draw extended Mazarron's unbeaten run to 11 games but it was again a case of two points dropped rather than one gained.
Team: Juan Pedro; Raul Torrano; Raso; Juan Andreo; Marcos; Adrian; Andreo; Javi Torrano; Chino (Ruben): Raul (Cesar); Jimmy (Dani).
Man of the Match; Juan Andreo
UD ABANILLA 1 - MAZARRON FC 2 (12.3.2017)
Mazarron again had to come from behind to earn a vital 2-1 win away to UD Abanilla and increase their unbeaten run to 10 games.
The game was played on a poor artificial surface which barely complied with minimum width dimensions and Mazarron struggled to cope with the conditions throughout the game.
After some early Mazarron pressure, the home team took the lead in the ninth minute when a cross from the left found Rocamora unmarked at the far post and he easily beat Pablo in the Mazarron goal. Boudia and Javi Torrano went close for Mazarron who relied too much on the long ball in a disappointing first half performance. However, they could have equalised just before half time when Raul Torrano's excellent pass found Jimmy whose shot, under pressure from an Abanilla defender, was well saved.
Mazarron made two changes at half time with Raul and Dani replacing Javi Torrano and Marcos and the move paid off after 50 minutes. A long throw by Raul Torrano was headed on by Raul and Miguel nipped in to head the ball home for the equaliser.
A Dani free kick was headed just wide by Adrian before Pablo was forced to make a fine save on 57 minutes from a close range Abanilla header. Ten minutes later Abanilla almost took the lead when a left wing cross was headed just over the bar by Ramirez.
Mazarron were making use of a number of long throws from Raul Torrano on the right and Raso on the left. Miguel headed straight at the Abanilla keeper from one of these and another was smashed over the bar by substitute Ruben.
An injury to Miguel after 79 minutes saw the unusual sight of substitute goalkeeper Juan Pedro taking the field as an outfield player as all the other substitutes had been used. Despite this Mazarron's pressure finally paid off a minute later when Dani converted a left wing cross at the second attempt.
Mazarron were reduced to ten men immediately afterwards when Boudia was sent off for a second yellow card and Mazarron had to withstand some intense pressure for the remainder of the game with Pablo making a number of good saves.
Mazarron move up to fourth in the league but the win was marred by a nasty Injury to a Los Amigos supporter who took a bad fall as she left her seat at the end of the game and had to be escorted to hospital. There were also some ugly scenes as the players left the field with Abanilla players and supporters seemingly exchanging blows with each other outside the dressing rooms.
Team: Pablo; Raul Torrano; Raso; Juan Andreo; Marcos (Dani); Adrian; Boudia; Jimmy (Ruben); Javi Torrano (Raul); Miguel (Juan Pedro); Chino (Cesar)
Man of the Match: Juan Andreo
MAZARRON FC 2 - SFC MINERVA 1 (5.3.2017) (MATCH PROGRAMME)
Football was the winner at the Estadio Muncipal when two late goals gave Mazarron a magnificent victory ensuring that league leaders Minerva went away empty handed, which was exactly what their dubious tactics deserved.
Mazarron made the early running with Boudia shooting over the bar and Jimmy twice unable to capitalise on through balls from Raul Torrano. It was the visitors who took the lead, however ,after 20 minutes when Juan Andreo's headed clearance was picked up by the MInerva midfield. The ball was threaded through a static Mazarron defence to Sergio who easily rounded Juan Pedro in the Mazarron goal and placed the ball into an empty net.
The game developed into a scrappy affair with Minerva using questionable tactics to break up play, feigning injury after every tackle and constantly appealing to the referee. They went close again after 35 minutes when a dangerous cross from the right eluded Juan Pedro but was just too far for their onrushing striker. At the other end Boudia's header was cleared off the line just before the half time interval.
The second half continued in the same way as the first half ended with Minerva continuing their dubious tactics of constantly feigning injury and appealing to the referee. One of their non-playing substitutes was shown a red card after 62 minutes and a spate of bookings for both teams continued to interrupt the flow of play.
The visitors could have increased their lead on 67 minutes when Jose Alberto, the leading protagonist in Minerva's "dirty tricks" campaign, headed over the bar from four yards out on one of the few occasions he was not lying on the ground.
Little football was being played but the game changed with the introduction of substitutes Chino and Cesar for Mazarron on 70 minutes. Chino caused constant problems down the left wing as Mazarron started to get a foothold in the game and MInerva got their just rewards when Mazarron scored twice in the closing stages.
On 86 minutes Miguel was brought down in the act of shooting and captain Juan Andreo calmly stroked the resultant penalty past Fernando in the Minerva goal for the equaliser. Three minutes later a cross from the left was met with a spectacular overhead kick by Miguel which rocketed into the far corner of the net.
More mayhem ensued with the Minerva players chasing the referee up and down the pitch with Francisco Ramon eventually shown a red card. Mazarron supporters were on their feet cheering on the team during the additional nine minutes that the referee played before the final whistle was sounded to spark mass celebrations and give Mazarron the three points, moving them up to fifth in the league table.
The result shows just how far Mazarron have progressed since their 3-0 defeat at Minerva back in October. For a team which was assembled only a few weeks before the start of the season the results have been quite remarkable - nine games now without defeat - and a credit to all concerned at the Football Club.
Team: Juan Pedro; Raul Torrano; Raso; Juan Andreo; Marcos; Adrian; Boudia; Javi Torrano (Chino); Ruben (Raul); Miguel; Jimmy (Cesar).
Man of the Match: Raso
RACING MURCIA CITY 2 - MAZARRON FC 2 (26.2.2017)
Mazarron twice came from behind to earn a point away to Racing Murcia City but it was a game they should have won had they taken all their chances.
Mazarron started the game brightly and Chino and Marcos combined well on the left to set up Javi Torrano whose near post header was saved by the Murcia keeper. On 14 minutes a long throw from Raul Torrano was headed goalwards by Dani and scrambled off the line by some desperate defending. Then Chino cut inside from the right and hit a tremendous left foot shot which crashed against the crossbar.
After 25 minutes an excellent through ball from Andreo found Chino who rounded the keeper only to see his shot deflected by a defender for a corner. It was almost half an hour before Pablo in the Mazarron goal was tested when he dived to save Mario's shot from the edge of the penalty area. Almost immediately Murcia could have taken the lead when a cross from the right was headed just over the bar by David Mariano.
Despite Mazarron's early dominance it was the home team who took the lead after 39 minutes when ex Mazarron favourite Willy raced through the visiting defence before slotting the ball past Pablo.
Jimmy replaced Chino at half time and Mazarron were level after 49 minutes when Javi Torrano's pinpoint cross from the right was superbly headed home by Miguel. Willy continued to cause problems for the Mazarron defence with a number of foraging runs, one of which saw him shooting wildly over the bar when well placed.
However, Murcia regained the lead on the hour when uncharacteristic hesitation from captain Juan Andreo allowed Luis a free run on goal and he made no mistake with a firm shot past Pablo. Mazarron were spurred back into action and Dani's pass to Jimmy caught the striker slightly off balance as he hit his first time shot just wide.
Mazarron were denied a goal after 78 minutes when a superb ball from substitute Ruben saw Jimmy using his pace to outstrip the home defence only to be hauled down on the edge of the penalty area as he was about to shoot. Luis was sent off for the tackle but this was little consolation as the resultant free kick from Javi was saved.
Five minutes later, however, Mazarron got a deserved equaliser following another foul by the under pressure Murcia defence. Dani's free kick was only half cleared to the edge of the penalty area where Boudia struck the ball sweetly into the corner of the net. A minute later it could have been 3-2 to Mazarron when Miguel rounded the home keeper after a pass from Javi Torrano but was only able to half hit his shot off balance and the ball was cleared off the line just as Mazarron supporters were on their feet to celebrate.
It was another case of two points dropped rather than one point gained for Mazarron but their unbeaten run now stretches to eight games and the draw at least took them back into a play-off position.
Next weekend sees a home game against the runaway league leaders SFC Minerva at the Estadio Municipal.
Team: Pablo; Raul Torrano; Boudia; Juan Andreo; Marcos; Andreo; Dani; Cesar (Ruben); Javi Torrano; Miguel; Chino (Jimmy)
Man of the Match; Miguel.
MAZARRON FC 1 - FC CARTAGENA 1 (19.2.2017) (MATCH PROGRAMME)
A last minute equaliser from Cartagena denied Mazarron the three points but they still continued their unbeaten run to seven games.
There were a number of opportunities for both sides in the early stages with Jimmy going close for Mazarron following a free kick but his shot was saved by the visiting keeper. Play was end to end with both sides evenly matched and a Cartagena free kick was blocked by the five man Mazarron wall. Then Jimmy hit another shot wide of the target as Mazarron began to have the better of the play. They were rewarded after 29 minutes when good work by Jimmy forced a corner from which Raul turned the ball home to give the home team a deserved lead.
The goal forced Cartagena onto the attack and Mazarron had to defend resolutely to preserve their lead. Despite this pressure Mazarron again went close when Jimmy’s shot hit the side netting and Mazarron went into the interval with a slender one goal advantage.
Both sides struggled to make any impression in the early stages of the second half although Mazarron had an escape when a fierce Cartagena effort struck the post. At the other end a volley from Boudia was just wide of the target and play was interrupted on a number of occasions when both teams made numerous substitutions.
A Cartagena free kick was wide of the target and Raul then missed a good chance for Mazarron when well placed. As the game entered the last ten minutes Cartagena continued to press forward in search of an equaliser and they were rewarded with virtually the last kick of the game when Juan Fran made the final score 1-1.
The result saw Mazarron drop down a place to seventh but only one point separates them from the fourth placed team and they have a game in hand over the three teams immediately above them.
Team: Juan Pedro; Chino; Marcos; Raso; Juan Andreo; Boudia (Javi Torrano); Raul; Cesar (Steven); Miguel; Dani (Andreo); Jimmy.
Man of the Match: Raul.
CD EL ESPARRAGAL 0 - MAZARRON FC 4 (12.2.2017)
Mazarron continued their quest for an end of season play-off place with a 4-0 away win at CD El Esparragal.
In their first game under new coach Jose Sanchez, Mazarron went into the interval with a two goal lead but had to withstand some fierce pressure from the home team early in the second half before making the game safe with two goals in the last fifteen minutes.
The early stages of the game were scrappy with neither side able to settle down. quickly. Jimmy had a couple of half chances but missed the target on both occasions and then Miguel's pass found Jimmy in space but his shot was saved by the Esparragal keeper.
Mazarron took the lead on 23 minutes when Dani's free kick was only half cleared to Boudia who hit a rasping drive into the roof of the net. After half an hour later Javi Torrano's shot was deflected onto the cross bar and two minutes later a thunderous drive from Miguel was tipped onto the bar by the home keeper and out for a corner.
Mazarron's constant pressure paid over two minutes before the interval after great work from Javi Torrano on the right. His pin-point cross was headed home by central defender Raso to give Mazarron a two goal cushion at half time.
Esparragal came out in the second half determined to attack and the Mazarron defence came under severe pressure with the back four of Raul Torrano, Juan Andreo, Raso and Marcos standing up to everything the home team could throw at them. When they were beaten, young Pablo in goal made a number of superb saves, mainly from long distance free kicks.
At the other end Cesar went close when his clever chip over the goalkeeper rebounded to safety off the cross bar. Substitute Chino made it 3-0 after 75 minutes when he controlled Miguel's pass and cut inside before hitting a left foot shot into the back of the net. He returned the compliement three minutes later when Miguel latched onto his pass and slotted the ball just inside the far post to make the score 4-0. The scoreline may have been a bit harsh on Esparragal but Mazarron took their chances and defended resolutely when they had to.
The win took Mazarron's unbeaten run to six matches with five wins and a draw and they face another tough test this weekend with a home game against high-flying FC Cartagena.
Team: Pablo; Raul Tirrano (Pedro); Juan Andreo; Raso; Marcos; Boudia; Dani; Javi Torrano (Chino); Cesar (Ruben) Miguel; Jimmy.
Man of the Match; Raso
MAZARRON FC vs BALSICAS ATLÉTICO (5.2.2017) (MATCH PROGRAMME)
(Match postponed due to high winds.)
AD CARAVACA 1 - MAZARRON FC 2 (29.1.2017)
Mazarron moved up into the play off positions with a 2-1 away win at AD Caravaca. After dominating the first half Mazarron were decidedly second best after the interval and were glad to hold on in the end for a narrow victory.
Jimmy's free kick after just three minutes was cleared for a corner from which Raul blazed the ball well over the cross bar. At the other end Juan Pedro had to make a smart save following Caravaca's first corner of the game.
The visitors took the lead in the 7th minute when Javi Torrano's corner was headed firmly into the net by central defender Boudia. Shortly afterwards Jimmy made a great run down the left. His cross to the far post was headed down by Raul into the path of Javi Torrano whose shot was blocked.
On 28 minutes Andreo won a strong tackle in midfield and played the ball out to Javi Torrano on the right. Despite being surrounded by three defenders Javi managed to cross the ball to the far post and Raul headed into the net to double Mazarron's lead.
Caravaca's only real chance of the first half was thwarted by a combination of the onrushing keeper Juan Pedro and full back Raul Torrano who cleared the ball to safety. Just before the interval Raul and Javi Torrano combined well on the right but Javi's cross to the far post was just too high for Raul.
The second half was a different story with Mazarron being forced onto the back foot and seemingly unable to hold on to the ball or string two passes together. Caravaca had the ball in the net after 47 minutes but the goal was disallowed for offside. Five minutes later Javi Torrano's cross was headed on by Miguel and Raul fired the ball home from close range but he too was denied by an offside flag.
Caravaca's coach was sent from the dug-out after 53 minutes but the home team continued to press forward and acting player coach Juan Andreo brought himself on to bolster the defence for the last twenty minutes.
Mazarron managed to hold out until the 83rd minute when, with Juan Pedro off his line, the ball was squared back into the middle and Alejandro slotted the ball home to make it an anxious last few minutes for Mazarron and their vociferous supporters. Caravaca were reduced to ten men in the 89th minute when Adrian was sent off after a second yellow card. Despite this, in the fifth minute of injury time, Juan Pedro made a fine save diving to his right to ensure that the visitors made the journey home a happy one with a vital three points in the bag.
Team: Juan Pedro; Raul Torrano; Boudia; Raso; Marcos; Andreo; Dani (Juan Andreo); Jimmy (Steven); Miguel; Raul; Javi Torrano (Chino)
Man of the Match; Boudia
UD LOS GARRES 0 - MAZARRON FC 3 (22.1.2017)
Mazarron gave one of their best performances of the season so far with an excellent 3-0 away victory at UD Los Garres.
Against a team with the best defensive record in the league, Mazarron took control of the game early on and dominated the first half. Jimmy had a shot saved in the second minute and new signing Miguel was wide of the target with an effort two minutes later. However, Mazarron were indebted to central defender Raso who made a great intervention in the twelfth minute to break up a dangerous Los Garres attack.
A poor back pass by Andreo almost let the home team in after 17 minutes but Marcos was on hand to head the ball for a corner. Andreo made amends five minutes later with a great tackle in midfield and his pass found Miguel on the edge of the penalty area. The ball was played out wide to Raul on the right and his cross to the far post was controlled by Jimmy who hit as fierce drive into the roof of the net to give Mazarron the lead.
Raul then hit a stunning shot from all of 35 yards which cannoned off the cross bar with the Los Garres keeper well and truly beaten but it was 2-0 to the visitors on 26 minutes. Javi Torrano's through ball found Dani just inside the penalty area and he ran on to find the net with a delightful chip over the keeper's head.
Young Pablo in the Mazarron goal then had to make a fine save to keep Los Garres out but the interval came with Mazarron deserving their two goal advantage.
Miguel had been the subject of some strong challenges by the uncompromising Los Garres defenders and he was replaced by Chino at half time. Los Garres began the second half like a house on fire and Mazarron had to defend heroically to preserve their lead. After 58 minutes Raso again intervened with a tremendous block when it seemed certain that the home team would score. A minute later Los Garres rattled the post following a right wing corner.
However, Mazarron weathered the storm and looked dangerous on the break. Jimmy was causing problems down the left hand side and his cross was just missed by Chino running in at the far post. Chino made no mistake after 65 minutes though when he drove in a trademark free kick from the edge of the penalty area to give Mazarron a three goal cushion.
Raul hit the post for the second time after 77 minutes when he broke clear on the right but Los Garres should have pulled a goal back a minute later when a corner was headed wide. The home continued to pile on the pressure in the closing stages and Pablo had to make a couple of excellent saves to keep a clean sheet for the visitors.
The win moves Mazarron up to eighth in the league table, their highest of the season and they are now just one point away from a play-off position.
Team: Pablo; Raul Torrano (Pedro); Raso; Juan Andreo; Marcos; Andreo; Dani; Jimmy; Javi Torrano (Steven); Miguel (Chino); Raul (Jose).
Man of the Match: Jimmy
MAZARRON FC 1 - MONTECASILLAS FC 1 (14.1.2017) (MATCH PROGRAMME)
Mazarron FC missed a great opportunity to progress further up the league after a low-par performance against lowly Montecasillas FC at the Estadio Municipal.
Despite being gifted an early goal, Mazarron were never really able to stamp their authority on the game. On 10 minutes a left wing cross by Chino intended for Raul was headed into his own net by a Montecasillas defender to give Mazarron the lead. Montecasillas could have equalised four minutes later when Juan Jose shot wide after a free kick found him in space on the right.
It was a poor first half with Mazarron allowing the visitors far too much space in midfield and not supporting the hard working Raul enough up front. Chino sliced a shot well over the bar after Raul flicked on a long throw from Marcos and, at the other end, a long range shot almost deceived Pablo in the Mazarron goal but he managed to scoop the ball away for a corner.
On 44 minutes a free kick by Dani was deflected for a corner before the half time whistle brought welcome relief to the supporters who had braved the cold weather.
Mazarron had a couple of half chances in the early stages of the second half but Domingo headed straight at the keeper after Chino's shot was blocked. The best move of the game came on 57 minutes when Dani played a superb long ball out of defence into the path of Chino on the right. The winger controlled the ball superbly before cutting inside and hitting a left foot shot just wide of the far post.
After 70 minutes Chino's shot from his weaker right foot was straight at the Montecasillas keeper after another good pass from Dani. However, the warning signs were always there with Montecasillas causing a few problems for Pablo in the Mazarron goal and the visitors equalised after 72 minutes. Young defender Alejandro, making his debut in place of the suspended Juan Andreo, could only half clear a free kick and the ball unfortunately fell to the foot of a visiting player who hammered it into the roof of the net.
Two of Mazarron's better players on the day, Raul and Chino, were substituted to the surprise of the crowd. One bright spot was the return of Javi Torrano from injury as a substitute for his first appearance in more than three months. He could have crowned his return with the winning goal on 87 minutes but his fierce shot on the turn was tipped over the bar by the Montecasillas keeper.
The game ended with Mazarron captain for the day Boudia being sent off in injury time for threatening behaviour towards the referee after disputing a decision.
Team: Pablo; Raul Torrano; Raso; Alejandro; Marcos; Boudia; Dani; Andreo (Steven); Domingo; Raul (Javi Torrano); Chino (Cesar)
Man of the Match: Chino
MAZARRON FC 3 - CARTAGENA FC UCAM 2 (8.1.2017) (MATCH PROGRAMME)
Mazarron scored a 92nd minute goal to gain an important victory against fourth placed Cartagena FC UCAM in an entertaining game at the Estadio Municipal.
After a quiet start the game burst to life in the 13th minute. Chino hit a superb free kick which was well saved by the visiting keeper but Raul was on hand to stab the rebound home. Two minutes later Juan Pedro was forced into action with a good save diving to his left to keep Cartagena at bay and Mazarron then again went close with an overhead kick from Boudia which went just wide of the far post.
Cartagena equalised after 20 minutes when a crossfield ball was well controlled by full back Jesus who hit a fierce shot past Juan Pedro into the roof of the net. Mazarron had a goal disallowed on 28 minutes when Jimmy's cross was forced over the line by Ruben only to be denied by the linesman's flag.
However, Cartagena took the lead two minutes later when a free kick from the half way line was headed down to central defender Pablo who made no mistake from six yards. The visitors were now having the better of the game but Mazarron delighted their supporters with an equaliser six minutes before half time. Chino's free kick was headed on to Jimmy on the left and his cross was superbly headed into the top corner by new signing Dani Morallis.
Mazarron began the second half brightly with a spectacular overhead kick by Jimmy saved by the Cartagena keeper. They forced two corners in quick succession and should after taken the lead on 63 minutes. A superb through ball by substitute Domingo found Ruben running clear of the Cartagena defence but he placed his shot disappointingly wide of the far post.
Ruben then had another half chance but his shot was deflected off his own player to safety before Juan Pedro, not for the first time this season, kept Mazarron in the game with a superb save. Severiano's fierce shot was heading for the top corner when the Mazarron keeper leapt high to turn the ball over the bar for a corner.
While the Mazarron supporters were happy to settle for a point against their high flying visitors, substitute Steven had other ideas. In the second minute of added time, he chased a hopeful long ball some 40 yards, outpacing the Cartagena full back before squaring the ball back to Raul who turned the ball home from an acute angle. The goal sparked wild celebrations from both players and supporters alike.
Team: Juan Pedro; Pedro (Domingo); Raso; Juan Andreo; Raul Torrano; Boudia; Dani Morallis; Ruben (Steven); Chino; Raul; Jimmy (Jose).
Man of the Match; Chino
PLUS ULTRA 0 - MAZARRON FC 2 (11.12.2016)
Mazarron moved up to ninth position in the league with a 2-0 away win at Plus Ultra but the result could have been different had it not been for a superb performance by Mazarron keeper Juan Pedro.
He was called into action as early as the ninth minute when a right wing corner was headed goalwards and he made an excellent save diving to his right to push the ball away. At the other end Cesar' s pass to Jimmy saw the Mazarron striker round the goalkeeper only to see his shot deflected into the side netting for a corner.
On eighteen minutes a mistake by Pedro let in Alejandro but the Plus Ultra's striker's fierce drive went just wide of the post. At this point Plus Ultra were well on top with Mazarron unable to make much impression on the home defence. After 22 minutes a Plus Ultra free kick was headed downwards from point blank range but Juan Pedro again made a great save although the linesman was flagging for offside.
However, it was Mazarron who took the lead against the run of play on 30 minutes. A superb ball out of defence by Raso found Chino on the right. His cross into the centre was met by Ruben who turned inside and hit a left foot shot into the roof of the net.
It was 2-0 after 37 minutes when a dangerous left wing corner from Ruben was spectacularly fired into his own net by Julio to give Mazarron a half time lead that they barely deserved.
The second half began with a fierce volley by Raul Torrano which the Plus Ultra keeper just managed to claw over the bar for a corner. Mazarron forced two more early corners and on 53 minutes Jimmy just failed to get on the end of an excellent cross from Cesar.
Juan Pedro made another good save on 64 minutes and at the other end Jimmy's clever control saw him hitting a right foot shot just over the bar as the game opened up. Three minutes later Cesar saw a shot deflected wide after an excellent pass from Boudia.
Plus Ultra were striving to regain control of the game but Mazarron continued to have chances with substitute Raul glancing Ruben's corner just wide of the far post. However it was Juan Pedro in action again as he continued to deny Plus Ultra the goal they probably deserved with more excellent saves in the 80th minute and in stoppage time.
Team: Juan Pedro; Pedro (David); Juan Andreo; Raso; Marcos; Boudia; Ruben; Raul Torrano; Chino (Raul); Cesar (Jose); Jimmy
Man of the Match: Juan Pedro.
MAZARRON FC 0 - JUMILLA CD 1 (4.12.2016) (MATCH PROGRAMME)
Mazarron lost a game which in all probability should not have been played after a day of torrential rain which made the pitch at the Estadio Municipal surface virtually unplayable.
Mazarrón started well with Andreo having a shot in the first minute which was parried away. Meanwhile Jimmy overran the ball when it stuck in a puddle as he was bearing down on goal. On 9 minutes an excellent ball by Raso found Jimmy but the striker went for power instead of placement and missed to the left of the upright.
Mazarróns best chance of the first half came from a lovely ball out of defence by Juan Andreo to Chino and it took a finger tip save from the Jumilla keeper to keep it out of the net. Three minutes later another excellent save by the visiting keeper denied Chino again as Mazarron continued to impress.
It took until the 28th minute for Jumilla's first shot which was from distance and easily collected by Pablo in the Mazarrón goal. Then, to emphasise the state of the pitch Raul received the ball, turned and his shot beat the keeper but not the mud as the ball stuck a foot from the line before being cleared.
Mazarron were made to pay for the missed chances on 33 minutes when a strike from 25 years deceived Pablo and went into the top corner of the net to give Jumilla the lead at half time.
If the first half was all Mazarrón the second was an even contest with both sides playing good football despite the pitch cutting up. Two minutes after the restart Jimmy brought a fingertip save from the Jumilla keeper and shortly afterwards Mazarrón should have been awarded a penalty when there was a blatant handball as a Jumilla defender attempted to prevent an Andreo cross.
On 60 minutes it was Mazarrón who had a let off when a well struck free kick came back off the defensive wall only to fall to a Jumilla forward who blasted his shot against the post.
It was then the turn of Jumilla to suffer due to the atrocious pitch, Mazarrón were caught short at the back as they pressed forward and Pablo saw a Jumilla forward bearing down on his goal. He went to ground too early and the forward dribbled past him but, as he pulled the trigger to shoot, the ball stuck in the mud and his resultant miss kick went wide of the empty net.
Mazarron's last chance came when Boudia hit the post from almost on the goal line when he should have scored. The defeat saw Mazarron drop one place to twelfth in the league.
Team: Pablo, Raul Torrano, Chino, Marcos, Juan Andreo, Raso, Boudia, Raul (Cesar), Koko (Jose), Jimmy (Ruben), Andreo
Man of the Match: Juan Andreo
CD LUMBRERAS 1 - MAZARRON FC 4 (27.11.2016)
Mazarron recovered from a poor first half performance to take all three points away to a struggling Lumbreras team.
Lumbreras had the better of the first half with Juan Pedro in the Mazarron goal called into action on a number of occasions, particularly in the 16th and 18th minutes when he made two fine saves.
Mazarron looked stong at the back as usual but it wasn't until the 40th minute that they really threatened the Lumbreras goal when the on rushing Jimmy was denied by the home keeper. As the first half came to an end Mazarrón must have been happy to go in to the interval on level terms.
The second half was a different story and it took Mazaron only two minutes to take the lead. Raso intercepted a Lumbreras attack and played an excellent ball out of defence to Raul. The tall striker was surrounded by three defenders but still managed to lay the ball off to Jimmy who gave the Lumbreras keeper no chance.
It was 2-0 on 57 minutes when Raso again played a perfect ball out of defence to the left wing where Chino cut inside before slotting the ball home. The goal rush continued four minutes later with a move started by Mazarron keeper Juan Pedro. His clearance was headed on by Boudia into the path of Jimmy who made no mistake with his second goal of the game.
Lumbreras were forced to attack desperately and after forcing three corners they pulled a goal back when the ball fell to Moises who crashed the ball past Juan Pedro from close range after 69 minutes.
At the other end Chino's fierce drive was deflected into the side netting but Mazaron were not to be denied for long and scored again after 75 minutes. Boudia was fouled and the perfectly flighted free kick was turned in from close range by Raso.
Mazarron played out the final stages with some ease and, after a poor first half showing, ran out comfortable winners in a game which was well controlled by the match officials.
Team: Juan Pedro; Raul Torrano; Chino; Marcos; Juan Andreo; Raso; Boudia; Raul (Cesar); Jimmy (Steven); Andreo; Mariano (Ruben).
Man of the Match: Jimmy
MAZARRON FC 0 - CF MOLINA 0 (20.11.2016) (MATCH PROGRAMME)
Mazarron made the early running and in the third minute Jimmy's cross from the left was dropped by the Molina keeper but Cesar could only shoot into the side netting from the rebound. Two minutes later Boudia's shot from 25 yards was only parried to Jimmy who shot just over the bar.
Molina came more into the game and former Mazarron striker Jose had a couple of half chances before the visitors missed a great chance to take the lead after 20 minutes. An excellent cross from the left was somehow headed wide by Galo from almost on the goal line.
On 27 minutes a through ball by Raul Torrano was well controlled by Jimmy who swivelled and hit a right foot shot against the post and out for a goal kick. At the other end Mazarron keeper Pablo dropped a right wing corner but the defenders managed to clear the ball after a goalmouth scramble. Both teams continued to attack in search of an opening goal but the interval arrived with the score at 0-0.
Mazarron thought they should have had a penalty five minutes into the second half when Cesar appeared to be dragged to the ground but the referee waved play on. A minute later Javier headed over the bar for Molina and then a Mazarron breakaway saw Ruben try a speculative shot from 25 yards with Raul Jimmy and Cesar better placed to receive a pass.
On 57 minutes an excellent pass by Ruben saw Cesar cutting in from the left but his shot was saved by the Molina keeper. Mazarron came close to breaking the deadlock on 65 minutes when a long cross from the half way line was headed down by Raul and Cesar's shot was deflected onto the bar before being headed clear for a corner.
Despite creating a number of chances it was 87 minutes before Molina were able to force Pablo into making a save and he was more than equal to it diving superbly to his left. Then in injury time a miskick by Raso saw a grateful Pablo drop on to the ball under pressure from the Molina attack.
It was an entertaining game on a pleasant balmy evening and, on the balance of play, a draw was a fair result.
Team: Pablo; Raul Torrano; Raso; Juan Andreo; Marcos; Boudia; Ruben (Mariano); Koko; Cesar (Steven); Raul; Jimmy.
Man of the Match: Boudia
ALCANTARILLA FC 1 - MAZARRON FC 1 (13.11.2016)
Mazarron came from behind to earn a point in a scrappy game away to Alcantarilla FC.
Already without key players Boudia and Koko through suspension Mazarron suffered a further blow when the home team took the lead in the fourth minute. A through ball found Salvador clear on the right and, with the Mazarron defenders vainly appealing for offside he rounded Juan Pedro before placing the ball into the empty net.
Things got worse for Mazarron when the influential Jimmy was injured after just eight minutes and had to be replaced by Cesar. On 22 minutes Mazarron were denied a blatant penalty when Cesar's shirt was pulled as he attempted to get on the end of Ruben's pass. A minute later Chino was injured following a late tackle and he had to leave the field to be substituted by David.
Raul headed straight at the Alcantarilla keeper from an excellent David cross but the young substitute then miskicked at the other end and, fortunately for Mazarron, the Alcantarilla striker blazed the ball well over the bar.
The referee was annoying the travelling supporters by failing to caution any of the home players for three nasty tackles and this was compounded when he booked captain Juan Andreo for what appeared to be an innocuous challenge.
The visitors equalised on 44 minutes when Ruben's pass to Cesar saw the substitute hit a firm drive into the corner of the net.
Mazarron started the second half well and dominated the early stages. Another good run down the left by Cesar saw his shot deflected for a corner. On 60 minutes clever play by Raul let in substitute Jose who hit a tremendous shot just over the cross bar. Almost immediately Raul had a shot blocked and the ball rebounded to Jose whose cross shot sailed harmlessly past the far post.
Cesar saw another dangerous cross just elude the onrushing Raul and Jose before Alcantarilla surged forward in the closing stages in attempt to score the winner. After 80 minutes a left wing corner was scrambled off the line by Mazarron and Juan Pedro made two saves from long range efforts before Alcantarilla spurned the best chance of the game just before the end. A cross from the left was missed by Juan Pedro but Miguel blazed over the bar from just three yards.
A draw was a fair result on the balance of play in a game which neither side deserved to lose.
Team: Juan Pedro; Pedro (Mariano); Juan Andreo; Marcos; Chino (David); Raso; Raul Torrano; Ruben; Steven (Jose); Raul; Jimmy (Cesar)
Man of the Match: Cesar
MAZARRON FC 0 - CD BALA AZUL 1 (6.11.2016) (MATCH PROGRAMME)
An 81st minute goal from former Mazarron player Jose Da gave Bala Azul a narrow victory in the local derby in front of the largest crowd in recent years at the Estadio Municipal.
Bala had the better of the early exchanges and it was 15 minutes before Mazarron threatened the visitors goal when Raul Torrano's free kick was snatched off the onrushing Raul's head by Bala keeper Gregorio. Six minutes later Raul Torrano's long throw found Jimmy who hit a fierce shot just over the bar.
As Mazarron came more into the game Chino's cross from the left was headed down by Raul into the path of Jimmy but his left foot shot was well over the bar. Andreo than made an excellent break down the right but his cross, intended for Raul, was cut out by Gregorio.
At the other end Juan Pedro was troubled by a dipping shot which he managed to claw away and then Diego had a shot which was deflected wide for a Bala corner. The visitors had a penalty appeal turned down and then, on 41 minutes, Boudia conceded a free kick just outside the penalty from which Juan Pedro made an excellent diving save.
The half time interval was marred by the actions of the Bala supporters who were throwing fireworks on to the pitch despite the fact that both teams' substitutes were warming up and that there were many children playing their own games on the playing area during the break.
Bala started the second half like a house on fire. Diego's free kick was superbly saved by Juan Pedro who then had to make another stunning save to keep out another long range shot. After 58 minutes Salvador's shot from 25 yards beat the diving Juan Pedro but, fortunately for Mazarron, went just outside the far post.
Mazarron were relying on breakaways at this stage and Chino's long throw caused panic in the visitors defence before the ball was headed over the bar for a corner. The on 61 minutes Koko controlled a left wing cross before turning inside and shooting straight at the Bala keeper.
After 71 minutes it was Juan Pedro in action again with another excellent save to keep out former Mazarron player, Diego. The deadlock was finally broken after 81 minutes when Jose Da was allowed to run at the Mazarron defence and hit an excellent shot from just outside the penalty area which gave Juan Pedro no chance.
Mazarron were denied what seemed to be an obvious penalty for handball in the closing minutes but the referee indicated only a corner kick to the dismay of Mazarron players and supporters. Bala Azul just about deserved their victory on the balance of play and went to the top of the league with Mazarron still occupying a mid table position.
Team: Juan Pedro; Raul Torrano; Boudia, Juan Andre; Chino; Raso; Andreo; Koko; Ruben (Steven); Raul (Cesar); Jimmy.
Man of the Match; Juan Pedro
AD ALQUERIAS 0 - MAZARRON FC 1 (29.10.2016)
Mazarron gave one of their best performances of the season so far to earn a 1-0 away win at AD Alquerias.
Alquerias started brightly and Juan Pedro in the Mazarron goal made a couple of early saves with Raul Torrano also helping out with a goal line clearance from a corner. Most of Alquerias's threat came from their star player David who caused Mazarron many problems in the corresponding game last season.
However, Mazarron soon got to grips with the artificial surface and Jimmy shot over the bar from a Boudia free kick. The only goal of the game came after 24 minutes. Raul was fouled midway inside the Alquerias half and Raul Torrano's pinpoint free kick was headed firmly into the net by Raul. Juan Pedro was again forced into action as Alquerias sought an equaliser but it was Mazarron who created the better chances with Jimmy again firing over the bar and Ruben's cross to the far post being just too long for Raul to reach.
Steven replaced Raul at half time and Mazarron used his pace down the right to good effect with Jimmy taking up a central striking role. Juan Pedro again made a crucial save at the near post early in the second half and then had to come off his line smartly to smother another Alquerias attack.
Andreo and Ruben both had shots off target for Mazarron and Steven made an excellent break down the right but chose to cross the ball when he was better placed to have a shot at goal. Mazarron almost increased their lead on 65 minutes when Juan Pedro's clearance was cleverly controlled by Jimmy. He played the ball into the path of Ruben whose fierce drive was just touched around the post by the Alquerias keeper.
A minute later Juan Andreo's pass found Andreo whose shot crashed against the bar as Mazarron started to take control of the game. Then Jimmy and Ruben exchanged passes with Jimmy's shot again being well saved.
Alquerias surged forward in the last 15 minutes but Mazarron's defence again superbly marshalled by captain Juan Andreo and Boudia held firm to earn three precious points and take the team up to ninth position in the league. It was a great team effort with everyone playing their part. Jimmy worked tirelessly up front and Andreo, Ruben and Raso in midfield gave Alquerias little time on the ball. The fitness and energy showed by the whole team was outstanding as they battled throughout the 90 minutes and 5 minutes of added time to earn their just rewards.
It was an entertaining game between two well matched teams and mention must also be made of the match officials who all had good games.
Mazarron's next game is the local derby at home to second placed Bala Azul from Puerto de Mazarron on Sunday (6th November) kick off 5 pm when a bumper crowd is expected at the Estadio Municipal.
Team: Juan Pedro; Raul Torrano; Boudia; Juan Andreo; Pedro; Raso; Andreo; Ruben (Mariano); Cesar (Koko); Raul (Steven); Jimmy
Man of the Match: Juan Pedro
Mazarrón FC 3 - UD Abanilla 0 (22.10.2016) (MATCH PROGRAMME)
What a difference a week makes, from last weekends inept performance at Minerva, Mazarrón certainly turned on the style for Saturday's game against Abanilla. From the outset the home side dominated the play with the visitors seemingly not having a clue where the Mazarrón goal was.
On display for the first time was Mazarróns new left sided attacker who goes by the name of Jimmy De Los Reyes HELGUERA GARCIA, so will now be known as 'Jimmy King' and plays number 7 and his inclusion was even noted by our old striker Tolo who tweeted that Jimmy, who has joined us from Aguilas, is an excellent player and he wasn't far off the mark.
Jimmy soon formed an excellent partnership with Chino on the left and their overlapping runs caused Abanilla heaps of problems throughout the game. As early as the 9th minute these two combined to give Jimmy a shot on goal which was clawed away by the visiting keeper.
But it was the same goal keeper who was at fault for Mazarróns first goal. A move on the right saw the ball a fair way out of the Abanilla goal area which their keeper ran out of the penalty box to clear but only to Andreo stood halfway between the halfway line and the goal and as cool as a cucumber he slotted the ball back over the keepers head to open Mazarróns account.
Lack of finesse and fine goal keeping accounted for Mazarrón not increasing their lead with shots from Raul, Jimmy and headers from Boudia and Steven, making a rare start for Mazarrón, either being off target or tip round the post for a corner.
Mazarrón even colluded to fail to take a gilt edge chance to increase their lead when Raul was dumped onto his ample behind in the penalty area as he was about to pull the trigger. He took the spot kick himself which in all fairness it was well struck but the keeper did a 'Joe Hart ' taking the sting out of the shot by knocking it up before making a double save to prevent Mazarrón going further ahead.
But Mazarrón were not to be denied for long. The second goal was created by the excellent Andreo, who has grown in stature since his promotion from last seasons promotion winning juvenile side, beating two Abanilla central defenders he found Chino clear on the left who put through Jimmy for his debut goal easily beating the floundering keeper.
HALF TIME Mazarrón 2 UD Abanilla 0
Young Jose, another product of the Mazarrón juvenile team, came on at half time to add to the home sides fire power as the boys in red continued to dominate the game. Jimmy and Chino were terrorising the Abanilla right sided defenders and some of the interplay was a delight to watch. Boudia and 'Sam' tidied up at the back Andreo was in the middle directing play and poor old Pablo in the Mazarrón goal had to keep running around to keep warm.
Chances came and went but at no time were the home side under threat and attacked at will. The frustration of the Abanilla players started to show as the second half progressed as the amount of fouls and free kicks awarded against them started to mount. These frustrations lead to the visitors being reduced to 10 men following quite a nasty tackle by the visitors number 5 on Antonio which he followed up by punching Andreo in the face right in front of the female official running the line. Andreo understandably reacted and received a yellow card but the aggressor was shown a straight red. Justice done. There was a bit of an unfortunate situation then arose when a can was thrown from the elevated stand occupied by our young Spanish supporters at the offending Abanilla players an incident brought to the attention of the referee. We await the outcome of this incident but such actions have no place at Mazarrón football club.
Now one man to the good Mazarrón then proceeded to stretch the visitors by playing the ball across the pitch and Abanilla were being run ragged. How Mazarrón didn't increase their lead I don't know but the offside flag stopped a number of promising attacks and poor finishing, snatching at chances, played its part.
But again Mazarrón were not to be denied and it was the substitute Jose smashing a fine cross from the left past a rooted goal keeper that made it 3-0 in the 79th minute. The remainder of the game was exclusively played in the Abanilla half and if this was a boxing match the ref would have stopped it to prevent any further damage to the visitors such was Mazarróns dominance. And remember that at the stat of the game Abanilla were 8 places and 10 points ahead of us.
FINAL SCORE Mazarrón FC 3 UD Abanilla 0
Team: Pablo; Raul Torrano; Chino: Boudia; Juan Andreo; Andreo; Jimmy (Cesar); Ruben: Raul (Pedro); Koko; Steven (Jose).
Man of the Match: Andreo
SFC MINERVA 3 - MAZARRON FC 0 (16.10.2016)
Mazarron's mini revival came to an abrupt end when they were outplayed and outclassed by high flying SFC Minerva.
The home team were quick out of the blocks and Pablo in the Mazarron goal had to be at his best but could do nothing about Minerva taking the lead after just seven minutes through Jose Alberto. Mazarron just could not get into the game and, apart from the odd corner and a shot which was easily saved they did not really trouble the Minerva defence in a disappointing first half performance.
Too many passes went astray and the tempers of the visiting team were not helped by the referee who seemed to penalise Mazarron at every opportunity. It all became too much for coach Cobo and he was sent from the dug out after 30 minutes.
Minerva continued to press forward as the game continued at a fast pace but with little skill being shown by either team. Both teams had a couple of long range efforts but the first half ended with no addition to the score.
If Mazarron supporters were hoping for a change in fortunes after the interval they were to be disappointed as Minerva continued to outrun and outplay the visitors. Pablo had to come out of his goal to block an early attack but Minerva went further ahead after 58 minutes when Joel beat Pablo with a well placed shot to make it 2-0.
Mazarron did manage a couple of shots at goal but nothing really to test the MInerva keeper and the home team made the game safe after 67 minutes when a corner to the far post was headed home by Francisco Ramon.
Things got worse for Mazarron five minutes later when Raso was harshly sent off for handling the ball in the penalty area. Pablo made a good save from Alfonso's penalty kick which no doubt went a long way to securing his Man of the Match award from the travelling supporters.
Team: Pablo; Raul Torrano; Chino (David); Raso; Juan Andreo; Boudia; Andreo (Pedro); Cesar (Steven); Koko; Raul (Jose); Ruben
Man of the Match: Pablo
MAZARRON FC 2 - RACING MURCIA CITY 1 (09.10.2016) (MATCH PROGRAMME)
Mazarron made it three games without defeat with a hard fought 2-1 home win against Racing Murcia City. It was a game which saw Mazarron having to dig deep into their resources but, once again, a fighting performance saw them come out on top.
Racing Murcia had the better of the first half in which Mazarron keeper Juan Pedro had to be on top form with three outstanding saves. Without central defensive stalwart Raso, Mazarron looked to captain Juan Andreo to marshall his troops and, as usual he led by example.
Koko had a shot saved for Mazarron but it was Racing Murcia who made all the running and their pressure paid off after 33 minutes when Juan Pedro was finally beaten by a shot into the far corner of the net. Mazarron's only other effort of note in the first half was a 43rd minute free kick from just outside the penalty area which sailed well over the bar.
It was a different story after the interval as Mazarron began to play with some purpose and it took only four minutes for the home team to get on level terms. Stand in centre back Boudia met a well taken corner and headed the ball home. Former Mazarron favourite Willy was causing problems for the home team but Mazarron continued to dominate the game and scored a second after 66 minutes with a superb strike from 25 yards by substitute Steven.
An overhead shot by Raul was saved by the Racing Murcia keeper but, at the other end Juan Pedro had to make another superb save to deny the visitors. Willy then had a free kick cleared by the hard working Mazarron defence before the referee brought relief to the home supporters with the final whistle after four minutes of injury time.
Mazarron's win took them up to 11th in the league but they face a difficult trip to SFC Minerva, who lost for the first time this weekend, for their next game.
Team: Juan Pedro: Pedro (David): Boudia: Juan Andreo: Chino: Raul Torrano: Andreo: Cesar (Steven): Koko: Raul: Ruben (Jose).
Man of the Match: Juan Pedro.
FC CARTAGENA 1 - MAZARRON FC 1 (01.10.2016)
Mazarron produced an excellent team performance to earn a draw away to third placed FC Cartagena and continue their improved form.
Mazarron started brightly, forcing two early corners, from one of which Koko's shot was well saved by the Cartagena keeper. Raul also went close before a mistake by goalkeeper Pablo almost gave the home team the lead when his intended clearance rebounded off a Cartagena player and went just wide of the post.
Mazarron's early dominance paid off in the 21st minute when Javi Torrano picked up the ball outside the penalty area and beat two Cartagena defenders before placing a right foot shot firmly into the corner of the net. Mazarron continued to press forward with their midfield closing down quickly and giving Cartagena no time on the ball.
Mazarron suffered a blow when the impressive Javi Torrano had to be substituted after 35 minutes following a bad tackle from behind which the referee failed to penalise. Cartagena's best effort of the first half came three minutes before the interval when a corner was half cleared and the fierce follow up shot was just wide of the target.
If the first half was all Mazarron, the second belonged to Cartagena although Mazarron still had their moments. Chino was brought down on the edge of the penalty area after a typical surging run but the referee, inexplicably, waved play on. At the other end, Jose Miguel headed over the bar for Cartagena and Alejandro's shot was too high.
Boudia burst forward for Mazarron but failed to get his shot on target before Cartagena equalised on 65 minutes when Adama turned home a right wing corner. Five minutes later young goalkeeper Pablo kept Mazarron in the game with an excellent point-blank save. Mazarron's best effort of the second half came on 75 minutes when Cesar found space on the right and saw his fierce shot tipped round the post by the Cartagena keeper only for the referee to signal for a goal kick.
Pablo made another crucial save ten minutes from time as Mazarron were forced to defend desperately to cling on to a valuable point superbly marshalled at the back by captain Juan Andreo and his central defensive partner Raso.
Team: Pablo: Raul Torrano: Raso: Juan Andreo: Chino: Boudia: Koko: Andreo: Cesar (Steven): Raul: Javi Torrano (Ruben).
Man of the Match: Raul
MAZARRON FC 3 - CD EL ESPARRAGAL 0 (25.9.2016) (MATCH PROGRAMME)
Mazarron gained their first victory of the season with an emphatic 3-0 home win over CD El Esparragal at the Estadio Municipal.
The home team took the lead in the first minute after good work by Javi Torrano on the left. His cross to the far post was met first time by Cesar who turned the ball home. Esparragal's first effort came in the 14th minute when a cross shot from the right grazed the crossbar. Two minutes later Chino's free kick was scrambled clear by the Esparragal keeper and play transferred quickly to the other end where a mistake by Raul Torrano almost let the visitors in.
Pablo had to be alert to keep out another Esparragal effort in the 18th minute as the visitors came more into the game and Juan Andreo had to dive in to deflect another effort for a corner. However it was Mazarron who increased their lead on 36 minutes. Cesar was fouled on the edge of the penalty area and Chino curled a delightful free kick into the far corner of the net.
Mazarron started the second half brightly without really troubling the Esparragal keeper but the game came to life after 57 minutes when the visitors had Ruben sent off presumably for something he said to the linesman. Mazarron continued attacking forcing a number of corners which were easily cleared and Chino and Javi were forming an impressive partnership down the left hand side.
On 75 minutes a through ball found Raul racing clear and he hit a left foot shot into the net only to see the linesman's flag raised for offside. Substitute Steven then made a good run down the right but Raul could only turn his cross in the arms of a grateful Esparragal keeper. Francisco then became the second visiting player to be dismissed before Mazarron scored a third after another surging run from Chino who found Steven on the right. The youngster's cross into the middle was met by another substitute Ruben who turned the ball home to the delight of the large and enthusiastic home crowd.
The one blemish for Mazarron came in the 89th minute when reserve goalkeeper Juan Pedro was sent off from the substitutes bench.
The win lifted Mazarron out of the relegation places and up to 13th in the league table.
Team: Pablo: Raul Torrano: Raso: Juan Andreo: Chino: Andreo: Boudia (Steven); Koko: Cesar (Ruben): Raul: Javi Torrano (Pedro).
Man of the Match: Chino
BALSICAS ATLETICO 1 - MAZARRON FC 0 (18.9.2016)
A superb sixth minute goal gave Balsicas a victory they just about deserved on the balance of play and meant that Mazarron's poor start to the season continued.
With Raul absent it was left to Javi Torrano to play as a lone striker with Boudia brought into the starting line up in a holding midfield role. Balsicas's goal came when their best player Jose Antonio latched onto a long ball down the middle and hit a cracking volley from outside the penalty area giving Juan Pedro no chance.
Balsicas totally dominated the early stages with Juan Andreo forced to clear off the line and Pedro went close with a shot across the face of the Mazarron goal. At the other end Cesar broke clear on the right for the visitors but his shot was saved by the Balsicas keeper.
Mazarron's best chance of the first half came on 28 minutes when a through ball from Chino found Javi on the left. The striker's shot was heading goalwards but Juan Eduardo in the Balsicas goal managed to push the ball onto the far post before it bounced back into his arms. Then Chino made a surging run down the left and his cross was half cleared to Boudia who volleyed over the bar.
Mazarron started the second half brightly with Javi continuing to plough a lone furrow up front but lacking support around the penalty area. Despite having more of the play Mazarron were restricted to long range shots, the best of which came from Cesar who hit a fierce drive from 25 yards which the Balsicas keeper saved.
Mazarron again went close after 70 minutes when Ruben's looping shot was clutched gratefully by the Balsicas keeper after a free kick was only half cleared. Balsicas had to wait until the 79th minute before their first shot on target in the second half and Juan Pedro had to dive smartly to his right to turn the ball round the post for a corner.
Despite having the better of the second half Mazarron were unable to create any clear cut chances and goal scoring is obviously going to be a major problem this season with only one scored in the first four games. Balsicas maintained their unbeaten record and moved up to fifth place in the league while Mazarron remain in the relegation places in sixteenth position.
Team: Juan Pedro; Raul Torrano: Raso: Juan Andreo: Chino: Boudia: Mariano: Koko: Cesar (Jose): Ruben (Steven): Javi Torrano.
Man of the Match: Raso
MAZARRON FC 1 - AD CARAVACA 4 (11.9.2016) (MATCH PROGRAMME)
Mazarron supporters were on their feet as one at the end of this game. Not to applaud the efforts of their team but to show their anger at the totally inept performance of the referee Victor Garcia Acosta.
Mazarron could have taken the lead after just two minutes when Javi Torrano's effort was cleared off the line. Then, six minutes later, Coco's flick from Javi's corner was just wide. However, it was Caravaca, relegated from the Tercera Division last season, who had the better of the early stages playing some neat football orchestrated by their best player, Javier.
After 16 minutes Javi Rodriguez was blatantly tripped in the Caravaca penalty area but the referee waved play on. The ball was transferred to the other end of the pitch and Javier cut inside David before placing his shot firmly past Juan Pedro making his debut in the Mazarron goal to give Caravaca the lead.
Mazarron could not get into their stride and were restricted to long balls played towards Raul who was operating as a lone striker and to a couple of shots from long range. However it was the home team who scored in the 40th minute following excellent play by Javi Torrano down the left. His cross to the far post was headed back by Ruben for Raul to hammer home Mazarron's first goal of the season.
Almost immediately another fine move, this down the right, ended with Ruben firing just wide of the far post. At the other end Juan Pedro made an excellent save on the stroke of half time diving to his left to keep the teams level at the interval.
The fun started in the 48th minute when a long ball out of defence saw three Caravaca players in offside positions. Play was allowed to continue and substitute Boudia made a last ditch tackle before coming away with the ball only to see the referee pointing to the penalty spot. Nicolas drove the spot kick straight down the middle giving Juan Pedro no chance.
Andreo was brought on in the 60th minute to give support to Raul up front and immediately proved a threat around the Caravaca penalty area. It is a mystery why this talented youngster cannot command a regular place in the starting line up.
On 64 minutes Javi Torrano took the ball out of defence with a Caravaca player hanging on to his shirt. The referee waved play on but Mazarron conceded a free kick and the attack broke down. The referee did not caution the Caravaca player and was surrounded by angry Mazarron players as the visitors took the free kick quickly. With defenders out of position and the ball on the very edge of the penalty area, a Caravaca striker made a theatrical dive after Raso's tackle and another penalty was awarded from which Steven made no mistake.
The referee completed his hat trick after 75 minutes when Boudia made a last ditch sliding tackle and Senor Acosta adjudged that the ball had bounced up and hit him on the arm. A third different penalty taker Rokas made it 4-1 giving Juan Pedro no chance.
Mazarron refused to lie down and spent the last 15 minutes of the game almost entirely in the Caravaca half. A right wing corner was flicked on by Coco and Raso hit a fierce volley which was just tipped over the bar and Mariano shot just wide from the resulting corner. Then substitute Jose's shot was on target before hitting his own player Javi and rebounding to safety.
Three minutes from time Mariano hit a superb shot from 25 yards which smashed against the cross bar and Jose's follow up effort was cleared off the line. Andreo then broke through the middle of the Caravaca defence but pulled his shot wide of the far post. The referee then capped his incredible performance in injury time when Mazarron substitute Juanillo was brought down inside the penalty area and play was inevitably waved on.
Despite the shortcomings of the match officials, Mazarron have much work to do if they are to start climbing up the league table. Support is need up front for the hard working Raul and the midfield players are too often caught in possession leading to attacks breaking down and little respite for the defence.
Team: Juan Pedro: Raul Torramo: David (Boudia): Raso: Juan Andreo: Mariano: Cesar (Antonio): Ruben (Juanillo): Raul (Jose): Coco: Javi Torrano.
Man of the Match: Javi Torrano
MAZARRON FC 0 - U.D. LOS GARRES 0 (4.9.2016) (MATCH PROGRAMME)
Mazarron picked up their first point of the season with a goalless draw in a hard fought encounter against a strong UD Los Garres team.
Los Garres made the early running and both sides saw free kicks go well over the bar. On 10 minutes excellent work by Javi Torrano saw him running almost the length of the field, evading a number of defenders, before he was finally dispossessed. Los Garres picked up the loose ball and broke away with the final shot going just wide.
Mazarron went close when Javi Torrano's corner was headed goalwards only to be scrambled clear for another corner. Both sides were struggling for supremacy but Javi Torrano then played in Koko whose shot was well saved by the Los Garres keeper.
The game was very scrappy with neither side able to string passes together and adopting the long ball option on too many occasions. Chino went close for Mazarron with a long range shot which was just over the cross bar. Los Garres best chance of the first half came just before the interval but Pablo in the Mazarron goal was more than equal to the task with a good save.
Mazarron started the second half well and, at last, began to pass the ball with some good build up play without the end product.
A long shot from Los Garres went just wide but then a free kick for Mazarron from the half way line found Juan Andreo in the six yard box but he failed to make the most of the opportunity and the ball was scrambled clear. Then Raul had an overhead kick saved before Los Garres missed the best chance of the game when the ball trickled slowly across the goal line with none of the visiting forwards able to apply the final touch.
Mazarron continued to press forward in search of their first goal of the season but despite their efforts had to settle for a point.
Team: Pablo: Raul Torrano: Chino: Juan Andreo: Raso: Mariano: Raul: Koko: Antonio (Moha): Ruben (Steven): Javi Torrano (David).
Man of the Match: Chino
MONTECASILLAS FC 1 - MAZARRON FC 0 (27.8.2016)
The new look Mazarron team were perhaps slightly unfortunate to lose by the only goal of the game scored in the 78th minute.
With only captain Juan Andreo from last year's team in the starting line up, Mazarron made a bright start forcing an early corner following a long throw by Chino. Rubens' shot from 25 yards out was just wide of the target and Mazarron's defence was coping with anything the home team could throw at them.
As both sides settled down Ruben and Javi had shots just wide for Mazarron with Montecasillas's main threat coming from corner kicks apart from a late first half long range effort which was well over the crossbar.
The second half began with Montecasillas looking more dangerous and an excellent free kick was just wide. Both sides were looking for the opening goal as play swung from end to end and Raul Torrano's shot was saved by the Montecasillas keeper. At the other end Pablo saved another Montecasillas free kick and yet another long range effort sailed well over the bar.
Both sides made substitutions as Montecasillas started to control the game. A Mario Gomes free kick was just too high but the same player broke the deadlock with just 12 minutes remaining with a header which just, and only just, found its way over the goal line.
The goal spurred Mazarron into action and Raul headed over the bar from Moha's cross. Substitute Andreo shot well over before the referee signalled the end of the first game of the season.
It was a game which could have gone either way but nevertheless an encouraging first performance by Mazarron.
Team: Pablo, Pedro, Chino, Juan Andreo, David, Mariano, Raul Torrano (Moha), Javi Torrano (Andreo), Coco, Ruben (Cesar), Raul
Man of the Match: Coco.