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Archive Reports 2017/18 - Preferente Division

 

MAZARRON FC 1 - CD PLUS ULTRA 1  (8.4.2018)  (MATCH PROGRAMME)

Mazarron's chances of achieving automatic promotion were dashed when an 89th minute equaliser gave CD Plus Ultra a point at the Estadio Municipal.

Supporters arriving for the game noticed a strong security presence with bags been searched at the entrance to the ground and the welcome sight of a close check being made to ensure that no one entered without paying.

Mazarron fielded their strongest possible team with the exception of Raso who was on holiday in New York against a side who were just three points and one place behind Mazarron in the league table.

As the game started it was immediately obvious that the pitch, although looking greener than in recent weeks, was in a poor condition, with the uneven bounce making good passing extremely difficult. Mazarron could have been two down in the opening seven minutes. First Gato raced back to clear off the line, and then Juan Pedro made a brave save from point blank range to deny Plus Ultra the opening goal.

Mauro was injured in the first few minutes but carried on in obvious discomfort and was instrumental in providing Mazarron's first chance in the 17th minute. His pass to Jose Da saw the midfielder hit a fierce strike which was well saved by the visiting keeper. As Mazarron began to take control of the game, Alfonso Canovas had a long range effort saved and Chino's left footed drive was just over the cross bar. It was his last action of the game as Salvi replaced him through injury in the 27th minute.

Salvi was immediately in the thick of the action and good play by him led to Andreo's shot being deflected behind for a corner. Although Mazarron were now well on top too many passes were being misplaced and not all of them were down to the state of the pitch. Mauro was fouled on the edge of the penalty area but Jose Da's free kick was deflected for a corner.

On 43 minutes another Jose Da free kick was only half cleared to Salvi some thirty yards from goal and his shot sailed just over the bar as the first half ended goalless.

After a scrappy opening period in the second half an excellent through ball from Raul Torrano found Jose Da and his low shot was just turned round the post by the Plus Ultra keeper. Two minutes later an Alfonso corner was headed wide by Boudia and it was all Mazarron at this stage although Juan Pedro had to make a scrambling save on 67 minutes after a cross from the left wing.

Mauro finally gave in to his injury after 70 minutes, being replaced by Javi Torrano, as a string of bookings for both teams interrupted the flow of the game. A tremendous free kick from Jose Da was only half saved but Dani, racing in to attempt to force the ball home, was adjudged offside by the linesman.

Mazarron finally got the goal their pressure deserved in the 79th minute. A quick throw in by Javi Torano saw Dani using his speed to shake off two defenders before rounding the keeper and sidefooting the ball into the net to the delight of his team mates and supporters.

Plus Ultra went forward in search of an equaliser and were rewarded in the 89th minute. Boudia conceded a corner on the right and terrible marking by the Mazarron defence allowed Juan Jose to head the ball unchallenged into the corner of the net.

There were five bookings for each team. With all the teams above winning, Mazarron are now four points behind Olimpico de Totana in the second automatic promotion place, three points behind CD Algar in third and two behind Nuestro Abaran in fourth.

Team: Juan Pedro; Raul Torrano; Gato; Boudia; Nacho; Andreo; Chino (Salvi); Alfonso Canovas; Mauro (Javi Torrano); Dani Morales; Jose Da (Dani Morillas).

Man of the Match: Dani Morales.

MAZARRÓN FC 1 - CD ALGAR 2  (4.3.2018)

Mazarron's hopes of finishing in the second automatic promotion place suffered a severe blow when they were beaten for the second week running, this time 2-1 at home to fellow promotion rivals CD Algar.

Two second half goals from Guillermo gave Algar the points despite an 89th minute reply from Dani Morales, his 11th of the season.

Mazarron drop to fourth in the league with Olimpico de Totana moving up to second and CD Algar third. Only two points separate second and fifth but Totana have a game in hand on everyone.

To make matters worse Alfonso Canovas was sent off after receiving two yellow cards and both Andreo and Raso picked up their fifth bookings of the season which means that all three will miss next week's game away to local rivals EF Alhama.

Team: Pablo; Raul Torrano (Raso); Gato; Boudia, Nacho (Salvi); Alfonso Canovas; Dani Morales; Andreo; Mauro; Jose Da (Javi Torrano); Monjas Lopez.

Man of the Match: Andreo

NUESTRO ABARÁN CF 2 - MAZARRÓN FC 1  (25.2.2018)

With another early start, the Mazarrón supporters and a good home crowd, saw some open play in the first half. Mazarrón's early attacks were repelled by the Abarán defence and they then took their turn to advance on the Mazarrón goal. After 16 minutes, a borderline offside was not given and the Abarán forward slipped past the Mazarrón defence and goalkeeper to make it 1-0 to the home side.

Instead of bouncing back, Mazarrón let Abarán control the ball and after 26 minutes, they doubled their lead. It only took 5 minutes for Mazarrón to reply with a great team goal resulting in Andreo reducing the deficit to 2-1.

Which is how the first half ended.

The second half was quite messy with mis-controlled passing on both sides. With the game eventually petering out to the same score as at half-time. The only real incident of note was a booking for coach Paco Pliego in the 77th minute.

Team: Pablo; Raul Torrano (Salvi); Gato; Nacho; Juan Andreo; Alfonso; Dani Morales (José Antonio); Antonio Andreo; Mauro; Javi Torrano; Monjas Lopez.

Man of the Match: Mauro

MAZARRÓN FC 4 - UD ABANILLA 0  (18.2.2018) (MATCH PROGRAMME)

A hat trick from Argentinian striker Mauro and a goal from Jose Da gave Mazarrón a comfortable 4-0 home win over UD Abanilla.

Mauro opened the scoring from the penalty spot on the stroke of half-time. Abanilla kept the game interesting until the last quarter, when Mauro (67 mins), Jose Da (77 mins) and Mauro again (86 mins) put the game to bed.

It took only five minutes for Boudia to pick up his 10th yellow card of the season (another suspension) but the closing five minutes saw the Abanilla side lose control with a player getting a yellow and the coach receiving a red card for insulting the referee!

The victory opened a five point gap between Mazarrón in the second automatic promotion place and Abarán/Olimpico de Totana in third although Totana have a game in hand.  The result of next week's away game at Abarán could, therefore, have a major effect on the outcome of the season.  Runaway league leaders CAP Ciudad de Murcia suffered a rare defeat losing 2-0 at home to CD Algar so Mazarrón close the gap at the top to seven points.

Team: Pablo; Raul Torrano (Raso); Gato; Boudia (Pedro); Juan Andreo; Antonio Andreo; Salvi; Jose Da (Dani Morillas); Mauro; Javi Torrano; Monjas Lopez.

Man of the Match: Mauro

AD ALQUERIAS 1 - MAZARRÓN FC 2  (11.2.2018)

Goals from Mauro and Dani Morales gave Mazarron a 2-1 away win at Alquerias this afternoon.  Alquerias scored first in the 43rd minute but Mauro equalised almost immediately.

Dani's winning goal his tenth of the season came in the 71st minute.

Mazarron had Nacho sent off for two yellow cards and Dani Morales and Alfonso Canovas picked up their fifth bookings of the season so all three will miss next week's game.

Three of the top six teams lost and CD Plus Ultra were held to a draw so Mazarron are now four points clear in the second automatic promotion spot.

Team; Pablo; Raul Torrano; Gato; Boudia; Nacho; Alfonso Canovas; Dani Morales; Dani Morillas; Mauro; Javi Torrano; Andreo. Substitutes; Pedro; Juan Andreo; Salvi; Jaime.

Man of the Match: Dani Morales

MAZARRÓN FC 3 - FC CARTAGENA UCAM 3  (4.2.2018) (MATCH PROGRAMME)

Two goals from Dani Morales and one from Mauro, his fifth in five games, were not enough to secure the points against Cartagena FC UCAM this evening.

Dani gave Mazarron the lead in the second minute only to see Angel equalise seven minutes later. Dani scored his second after 17 minutes and Mauro seemed to make the game safe for the home team with a third goal six minutes from half time.

However Cartagena have picked up in recent weeks after a terrible start to the season and Mazarron nerves began to jangle when Carlos Alonso pulled one back 14 minutes from time. Alejandro then stole a point for the visitors in the last minute of normal time.

With Olimpico de Totana and Abaran sharing the points and CD Plus Ultra being held to a draw at home to CF Molina, Mazarron stay in second place although Totana have a game in hand and are just two points behind.

Team: Pablo, Raul Torrano; Gato; Boudia; Nacho; Alfonso Canovas; Dani Morales; Jose Da; Mauro; Javi Torrano; Monjas Lopez. Substitutes: Jose Antonio; Pedro; Raso; Dani Morallis; Salvi

Man of the Match: Dani Morales

CD ESPARRAGAL 0 - MAZARRÓN FC 4  (28.1.2018)

Mazarron FC gave another professional performance in a comfortable 4-0 away win at CD Esparragal tonight.

The visitors took the lead in the fourth minute when Raul Torrano's excellent cross was turned in at the far post by Argentinian striker Mauro. Alfonso Canovas then hit the bar with a stunning overhead kick as Mazarron took complete control of the game.

On 38 minutes Mauro found Dani Morales just ten yards out but his shot struck the far post before Mauro arrived on the scene to hit a left foot shot into the roof of the net.

Esparragal's only effort in the first half was a near post header from a corner kick which went just wide.

The second half was a similar story with Mazarron doing nearly all the attacking and Javi Torrano marked his return to the starting line-up with a superb glancing header at the near post from a corner to give Mazarron a 3-0 lead on 50 minutes.

Mauro capped an excellent performance with his third goal after 66 minutes. He picked up a loose ball thirty yards out before racing forward, beating two men and hitting a fierce shot past the home keeper.

Dani Morales almost made it five when he raced in at the far post to steer a right wing cross goalwards but his effort was scrambled off the line.

With Nuestro Abaran held to a draw yesterday and Olimpico de Totana's game at Abanilla called off, Mazarron moved into the second automatic spot, although Totana who are two points behind have a game in hand.

Team: Pablo; Raul Torrano; Gato; Boudia; Nacho; Alfonso Canovas (Pedro); Dani Morales (Jaime); Jose Da; Mauro; Javi Torrano (Dani Morallis); Monjas Lopez.

Man of the Match: Mauro

JUMILLA CD 0 - MAZARRÓN FC 3  (21.1.2018)

Mazarron FC moved to within one point of an automatic promotion spot with a 3-0 away win at Jumilla CD this evening.

Cheered on by the largest, and certainly the most vocal away following for some years. Mazarron took the lead after 16 minutes when Jose Da's free kick was fumbled by the Jumilla keeper and Boudia was on hand to force the ball over the line.

Mazarron, with Raso restored to the defence allowing Boudia to resume his more favoured midfield role, had most of the play in the first half with new signing Mauro working had up front and should have added more goals before the interval.

Mauro showed his strength in the 66th minute when he held the ball up well before laying the ball into the path of Monjas Lopez who struck Mazarron's second goal via the post.

Mauro then set up Dani after more excellent work but the wingers's shot only found the side netting. Mazarron made the game safe in the 83rd minute when Mauro was rewarded for his excellent performance when he cut inside and drilled the ball homeleft-footed at the near post.

Jumilla had a couple of chances in the closing stages but first the bar and then goalkeeper Pablo foiled them. With both Nuestro Abaran and Olimpico de Totana being held to draws Mazarron took advantage to close the gap on second place to just one point.

Team: Pablo; Raul Torrano; Gato; Raso; Nacho; Boudia; Dani Morales (Pedro); Alfonso Canovas; Mauro Fernandez; Jose Da (Javi Torrano); Monjas Lopez.

Man of the Match: Raso

MAZARRÓN FC 2 - CD BULLENSE  (14.1.2018) (MATCH PROGRAMME)

Mazarron FC started the second half of the season by completing the double over CD Bullense, winning a hard fought game 2-1 at the Estadio Municipal.

Mazarron took the lead after 32 minutes when Dani Morales ran on to a superb through ball from Alfonso Canovas and headed the ball over the advancing Bullense keeper and into the net.

Despite having all eleven men back to defend a corner, Mazarron somehow managed to leave four Bullense players unmarked at the far post and Pedro Jose hit a spectacular volley into the far corner of the net to equalise just a minute before half time.

Dani Morales had to be substituted after 55 minutes with an injury, Monjas Lopez coming on for his first appearance after his five match ban. He made an immediate impact with only his second touch, cutting in from the left and finding the far corner with an audacious lob to restore Mazarron's lead.

Mauro Fernandez was denied a first goal for Mazarron when he found the net from Monjas Lopez's cross only to see the linesman's flag raised.

Bullense could have stolen a point in the closing minutes but a shot from the left struck the far post and bounced back into Dani Caro's grateful hands.

Team: Dani Caro; Raul Torrano; Gato; Boudia; Nacho; Alfonso Canovas; Dani Morales (Monjas Lopez); Andreo; Mauro; Jose Da (Raso); Domingo (Pedro).

Man of the Match: Andreo.

MAZARRÓN FC 1 - CAP CIUDAD DE MURCIA 3  (7.1.2018) (MATCH PROGRAMME)

Mazarron Fc were made to pay for missing good chances when league leaders CAP Ciudad de Murcia came from behind to win 3-1 at the Estadio Municipal.

Mazarron took the lead after just seven minutes when new signing Mauro Fernandez found Domingo at the far post and he headed home. Mauro had an impressive debut and went close with an overhead kick before Murcia equalised on 37 minutes when slack marking allowed Jonas to head home from close range.

Dani Morales then missed a great opportunity but headed wide from three yards from Jose Da's pin-point free kick.

But the worst miss of the game came midway through the second half when Mauro Fernandez's superb cross from the right found substitute Jose Antonio unmarked two yards from goal but he completely missed his kick and the chance was lost.

Typically Murcia took the lead almost immediately on 71 minutes when Raul Torrano lost the ball and the cross from the left again found Jonas totally unmarked and he made no mistake with his header.

Murcia made it 3-1 in injury time when Hamed scored after Pablo in the Mazarron goal had made another of a string of excellent saves.

The scoreline somewhat flattered Murcia but Mazarron really should have made the most of their missed chances.

Team: Pablo; Raul Torrano; Gato; Nacho; Boudia; Andreo; Dani Morales; Alfonso Canovas; Mauro; Jose Da; Domingo ( Jose Antonio).

Man of the Match: Pablo.

CLUB OLÍMPICO DE TOTANA 1 - MAZARRÓN FC 2  (17.12.2017)

This game was played with no official visiting supporters, either from the Los Amigos supporters club or the Spanish Redboys in protest at the high gate price set by the Totana club.

Mazarrón set the tempo of the game forcing Totana to play a counter-attacking game. The first half-ened as a stalemate with no goals.

10 minutes into the second half, Joseda set up Dani Morales to put Mazarrón into the lead.

Totana equalised after 75 minutes.

With the game deep into added time, and a draw looking to be the outcome, Joseda rose to a corner and headed in to give Mazarrón the three points.

With other results going their way, Mazarrón returned into the play-off places in 4th place.

Team: Pablo; Raul Torrano; Raso; Nacho; Gato; Boudia; Dano Morales (Javi Torrano); Alfonso Canovas; Basi; Jose Da; Domingo (Pedro).

There was no Man of the Match award.

MAZARRÓN FC 1 - RACING MURCIA CITY 2  (10.12.2017) (MATCH PROGRAMME)

Murcia kicked off the first half, and despite their lower league position than Mazarrón, they started in a far more positive way. An early long free kick was only just wide of the target.

Mazarrón were faster than last week and making some good runs but after only nine minutes an early injury to Juan Andreo meant Mazarrón had to make a substitution. Only two minutes later Murcia picked up a long pass from a free kick and with good play they passed the Mazarrón defence and old favourite Chino found the back of the net – goal for Murcia at 11 minutes.

We hoped that going a goal down so early in the game would spur Mazarrón to pick up the pace but unfortunately this was not to be. Murcia continued to have the better of the play and Mazarrón's defensive play became frantic. Despite seeing a little more fight in Mazarrón's play they could not find a way through and we could not see an equalising goal coming any time soon. Be it from corners, free kicks or open play Mazarrón failed to get into the box and create any scoring opportunities.

The first half ended 0 – 1.

Mazarrón got the second half underway to a better start, getting the ball forward but unfortunately getting caught offside on too many occasions. A long wild strike from Alfonso Canovas (no 8) headed high over the trees. Both teams were making long, high, wild strikes to nowhere, so the ball went end to end but the play was pointless.  Raul Torrano (no 2) continued to make fast long runs on the wing, but remained unable to find the right finishing pass.

Then 66 minutes into the game Mazarrón found their opportunity. Seeing the Murcia goalkeeper well out of position, Dani (no 7) took a long strike which bounced beyond the keeper and we all held our breath as the ball rolled gently into the net – GOAL FOR Mazarrón. Back on an equal score Mazarrón needed to hold onto at least one point from the game. An excellent strike from Andreo (no 10) caused the keeper to go full stretch as his fingers just guided the ball around the post. Both teams were finally making this a game and there were chances for both teams.

Unfortunately it was Murcia who got the breakthrough as a well taken corner at 84 minutes found its target and was headed easily into the net. The last ten minutes saw both teams giving the game the effort we expect as the play went end to end. There was no last minute way through for Mazarrón and the game ended 1 - 2.

Mazarrón drop to seventh in the league.

Team: Pablo, Raul Torrano, Gato, Juan Andreo, Nacho, Boudia, Dani Morales, Alfonso, Basi, Antonio Andreo, Javi Torrano.

Man of the match: Raul Torrano – Number 2 .

CD JUVENIA 1 - MAZARRÓN FC 0  (3.12.2017)

When you follow a team from the lower leagues, be it here in Spain or back in the UK, you never quite know what to expect each week.  Remembering these players are only part time and most of them hold down a full time job Monday to Friday, you don’t expect the skills and professionalism of the Premiership but you do expect to see 22 men who want to play football.  Unfortunately today this was seriously lacking.  I know it was cold.  I know as the sun went down it took a while for the flood lights to come on and when they did it made very little difference and I know the very badly placed solid dugout shelters meant the crowd were unable to see some sections of the pitch but none of these things can be used as an excuse for the lacklustre effort of a game of football we watched today.

MAZARRÓN got the game underway and Juvenia took an early opportunity to break forward into the box to nearly achieve an early opening goal. The play went end to end but neither team made any impression on the game. It was twenty minutes into the game when Juvenia took an on target shot from 25 yards out and Pablo (no 1) went full stretch to force the ball over the crossbar.

Ten minutes later Juvenia were in the box again and with what I can only describe as a “defensive mess” the MAZARRÓN players floundered around trying to clear the ball. Juvenia unsurprisingly found a way through and the ball was in the net – goal – 31 minutes into the game. Juvenia kept up the pressure. As a corner was only punched away by the MAZARRÓN goalkeeper, Juvenia picked up the loose ball and struck it back towards the net. It struck the crossbar dropping like a stone, luckily not over the line, and MAZARRÓN managed to clear.

Unfortunately the only polite word I can use for what we were watching is “boring” , MAZARRÓN showed no heart. We saw a series of bad passes that failed to reach their targets and they seemed to have forgotten what a tackle was as they stood off from the ball on so many occasions. The first half ended – 1 – 0.

Juvenia started the second half and all we witnessed was more of the same. Now with the failing light but no sign of the floodlights being turned on, we struggled to see quite how bad the game was. Maybe this was a good thing! Juvenia were definitely the better team, but that is not saying much.

I could continue to tell you about the bad passes, no effort, lack of controlling the ball etc etc but I think you get the picture. After escaping going two goals down when offside was called after the ball was in the net for Juvenia, MAZARRÓN finally remembered what they were there for, and finally started playing some football but it was too little too late and even as the ball rolled across the goalmouth no one was there to tap it in.

The game ended 1 - 0 and MAZARRÓN slipped to fourth in the league, now four points below the leaders. MAZARRÓN made two substitutions and Juvenia made four substitutions, all in the second half of the game. Each team received four yellow cards.

Team: Pablo, Raul Torrano, Gato, Raso, Juan Andreo, Nacho, Dani Morales, Boudia, Basi, Antonio Andreo, Javi Torrano

Man of the match: Raso

MAZARRÓN FC 2 - BALSICAS ATLETICO 0  (26.11.2017) (MATCH PROGRAMME)

MAZARRÓN moved back into third place in the league with a 2-0 home win against Balsicas Atletico although they were made to work very hard by a team struggling at the foot of the league table.

Balsicas started the game brightly with their two central strikers proving a handful for the MAZARRÓN defence without really troubling Dani Caro who was returning to the team in goal. In the first half, MAZARRÓN were mainly restricted to long range efforts from Gato and Alfonso Canovas although the visiting keeper had to make the save of the game diving to his left to turn Basi's drive round the post.

The game sprung to life ten minutes into the second half when Basi made a typical surge into the Balsicas penalty area. His pace took him past the Balsicas keeper who made a rash dive at his feet to bring him down and the referee had no alternative but to award a spot kick. The league's leading goalscorer made no mistake as he stroked the penalty kick into the corner of the net to give MAZARRÓN the lead.

The home team then had their best spell of the game with Basi and Dani Morales causing problems for Balsicas with their lightning pace. Dani wasted a couple of opportunities when he burst clear only to waste his final shots with Basi better placed in the middle waiting for a pass. However he made amends in the 83rd minute when he again used to pace to beat the visiting defenders before firing the ball into the far corner of the net.

Balsicas pushed forward in search of a goal but Dani Caro made a couple of good saves in the closing stages to ensure that MAZARRÓN took all three points.

MAZARRÓN picked up no yellow cards in the game and now only Nuestro Abaran and Balsicas have better disciplinary records than MAZARRÓN so far this season.

Team: Dani Caro; Raul Torrano; Raso; Juan Andreo; Gato; Nacho; Dani Morales; Alfonso Canovas (Pedro); Basi; Andreo; Javi Torrano (Steven).

Man of the Match: Basi

CD PLUS ULTRA 1 - MAZARRÓN FC 0  (19.11.2017)

MAZARRÓN FC lost ground in the promotion race with a 1-0 defeat away to rivals CD Plus Ultra.

The home team served notice of their attacking intentions with two quick breaks in the opening three minutes but both saw the offside flag being raised, On seven minutes an excellent through ball saw Basi breaking clear but he stumbled in the act of shooting and the chance was lost.

Plus Ultra took the lead after 14 minutes when Alejandro's free kick on the left was missed by the entire MAZARRÓN defence and Juan Pedro raced in at the far post to fire home. MAZARRÓN were stunned into action and a short corner between Dani and Alfonso saw Javi Torrano's near post header rebound off the cross bar to safety. Four minutes later Basi shot into the side netting from an acute angle following Gato's pass.

On 35 minutes Boudia found Basi who again raced clear only to see his powerful drive tipped round the post by the home keeper. Just before the half time interval, Alfonso's cross was headed wide by Basi at the far post.

MAZARRÓN began the second half with a free kick from Alfonso which was turned aside by the Plus Ultra keeper for a corner. On 55 minutes MAZARRÓN appealed in vain for a penalty after an apparent handball but they were struggling to stamp much impression on the game, giving the ball away too easily in midfield.

On 61 minutes Pablo was called into action to make a save for the first time as Plus Ultra broke clear and six minutes later an overhead attempt went well over the bar. MAZARRÓN almost equalised after 72 minutes with the best move of the game. Substitute Andreo and Alfonso combined well to set up Basi whose shot was destined for the top corner of the net before the home keeper dived spectacularly to turn the ball round the post.

Basi had another half chance when he broke from the halfway line in the 80th minute but he was tackled in the act of shooting and the keeper saved easily.

Despite being second to the ball on too many occasions and being caught in possession far too often, all the good chances fell to MAZARRÓN who should have taken something from the game. Substitute Monjas Lopez received his marching orders just before full time after two yellow cards and Boudia was booked, for the fifth time this season, along with Raso and Juan Andreo.

Team: Pablo; Raul Torrano; Raso; Nacho; Gato; Boudia (Juan Andreo); Dani Morales (Monjas Lopez); Alfonso Canovas; Basi; Javi Torrano; Jaime (Andreo).

Man of the Match: Raul Torrano

MAZARRÓN FC 4 - CF MOLINA 2  (12.11.2017) (MATCH PROGRAMME)

MAZARRÓN FC move up into second place in the league after a 4-2 home victory over CF Molina.

Juvenile player Jaime, making his first start for MAZARRÓN, gave them the lead on 13 minutes with a firm strike from the edge of the penalty area. MAZARRÓN had a number of chances to increase their lead in the first half but were pegged back after 42 minutes with a controversial goal. Pablo made a superb save turning the ball onto the cross bar and although the defence completed the clearance the linesman, who was not up with play, flagged to say that the ball had crossed the line.

Pablo and captain Juan Andreo led the vociferous MAZARRÓN protests but only received yellow cards for their troubles.

To make matters worse Molina took the lead two minutes into the second half when a cross from the right was backheeled into the net. MAZARRÓN were stunned but soon rallied and their misfortune seemed to inspire them as they put the Molina defence under constant pressure. Boudia's powerful header seemed to have crossed the line but the linesman who had given Molina their goal before half time kept his flag down on this occasion.

MAZARRÓN's hard work paid off after 57 minutes when, following a corner, Jaime found centre half Nacho who blasted the ball home from 10 yards. Then on 71 minutes excellent work by Dani Morales on the right saw him cross to Basi and the league's leading scorer made no mistake. Three minutes later Basi scored his fourteenth of the season and MAZARRÓN's fourth of the game after an excellent through ball from Javi Torrano.

With Abaran losing at Albanilla and Alhama being held to a 1-1 draw at bottom of the table Cartagena FC UCAM, MAZARRÓN are now second just one point behind the new leaders CAP Ciudad de Murcia.

Team: Pablo; Raso; Juan Andreo; Nacho; Gato; Boudia; Dani Morales (Steven); Alfonso Canovas; Basi; Javi Torrano; Jaime.

Man of the Match: Basi

ALCANTARILLA FC 0 - MAZARRÓN FC 1 (5.11.2017)

MAZARRÓN FC returned to winning ways with a hard fought 1-0 away win at Alcantarilla.

A strong wind made conditions difficult on the artificial surface and Basi scored the only goal of the game from the penalty spot after he had been brought down in the 15th minute.

Both teams were indebted to their goalkeepers for some excellent saves and MAZARRÓN hit the woodwork on three occasions. The best effort was a superb free kick from Basi which found Raul Torrano at the far post and his header across goal was headed against the bar by Alfonso Canovas (No. 8).

MAZARRÓN had the better of the chances and Basi could have scored on at least two other occasions but his finishing was not up to his usual very high standards.

Juan Andreo made a welcome come back after his premature retirement as a second half substitute and helped shore up the defence just in front of Raso and Nacho who both defended well throughout the game. Pablo was voted Man of the Match for his excellent performance in goal.

Team: Pablo; Raul Torrano; Raso; Nacho; Gato; Boudia; Alfonso Canovas; Dani Morales (Steven); Basi; Javi Torrano; Monjas Lopez (Juan Andreo)

MAZARRÓN FC 1 - EF ALHAMA 1  (29.10.2017)   (MATCH PROGRAMME)

A last minute goal gave EF Alhama a point after MAZARRÓN had taken the lead in the second half with Basi's 11th goal of the season.

It was an entertaining game between two well matched teams and the result could have gone either way. Alhama started brightly with ex- MAZARRÓN striker Jose using his pace to cause trouble for the MAZARRÓN defenders.

However, it was MAZARRÓN who had the best chance of the first half when Javi Torrano chipped the ball over the advancing keeper only to see a defender racing back to clear off the line just as the ball was about to enter the net.Then Javi Torrano teed up Miguel who hit a powerful drive just wide of the post as the first half ended goalless.

MAZARRÓN started the second half well with Basi always looking dangerous up front. Monjas was close with a looping shot from outside the penalty are which nestled on the top of the net and then Basi struck a first time shot just wide.The league's leading scorer was not to be denied and he gave MAZARRÓN the lead on 59 minutes when he raced clear and beat the Alhama keeper with a crisp drive.

Alhama pushed forward in search of an equaliser but they were denied when young MAZARRÓN keeper Pablo made a superb save at point blank range. Just as the home supporters thought that the three points were in the bag, Monjas failed to clear the ball and Alberto took advantage to fire home the equaliser in the 89th minute.

It was a much better performance by MAZARRÓN with the team unrecognisable from the one thrashed 7-1 away at CD Algar last week, Nacho made an impressive debut at the heart of the defence alongside Raso, Dani Morales caused problems for the Alhama defence with his pace down the right and Basi gave his usual hard working performance which, together with his goal, earned him the Man of the Match award.

Team; Pablo; Raul Torrano; Raso; Nacho; Gato; Boudia; Dani Morales (Steven); Basi; Miguel (Jaime); Javi Torrano; Monjas Lopez.

There were five bookings for MAZARRÓN and two for Alhama.

CD ALGAR 7 - MAZARRÓN FC 1 (22.10.2017)

This season's team have started better than we have seen for many years, many players remaining from last year and the team gelling together well. Arriving for today's match still top of the table we hoped for more of the same.

Algar kicked off the game and immediately the pace was very fast, but at this stage there was very little little control from either side. With MAZARRÓN's team already very depleted by the glut of Red Cards recently issued they then suffered an early blow as Fran Costa (no 7) crumbled to the ground, off the ball, and something was obviously seriously wrong. The medics attended and after only 11 minutes MAZARRÓN were forced to make a substitution, bringing on Moha (no 14).

Both teams had chances as the game went end to end in a fast and physical game. Algar went one to one with the Mazaron goalkeeper, who made a good save. Unfortunately the flow of the game was often halted as the referee stopped the game and brought the ball back for very minor offences.

The start of MAZARRÓN's downfall came at 25 minutes as, after a wasted corner from MAZARRÓN, Algar broke up the field, showing good skill and hit the target for their first goal. Algar already looked in control as MAZARRÓN just kept “booting” the ball too long, beyond any players, where it was safely gathered by the keeper. MAZARRÓN had a chance as the ball rolled free in the box but Joseda (no 8) tapped it just wide.

Algar moved swiftly up the field and despite the original strike being punched away by the keeper, the rebound was picked up and slotted home for Algar's second goal at 35 minuets. Algar continued to have the better of the play. MAZARRÓN were lucky not to concede a third goal, when too many Algar players were in the box and confusion lead to an open goal being missed as the ball was sent well over the crossbar. The first half ended 2 – 0.

MAZARRÓN got the second half underway to the worst possible way as Algar broke in the first minute for goal number three.

The whole game went from bad to worse. MAZARRÓN were unable to keep the ball for more than a pass or two, they were out run constantly. There was a moment of hope as MAZARRÓN struck the crossbar but that was about it. Algar were stronger and faster and soon realised that they could break and a single player could go one on one with the MAZARRÓN keeper and too often beat him. This resulted in goal four at 53 minutes and goal six at 71 minutes. Goal five came after an Algar corner caused a clash in the box which resulted in a penalty which was cleanly taken.

MAZARRÓN didn't give up but their spirit was crushed and they were totally outplayed. Goal 7 came after a cross into the box connected to a show-boat scissor kick which sent the ball into the net.

With little left to play for MAZARRÓN got a glimpse of light at 85 minutes as they were awarded a penalty when the Algar goalkeeper brought down Javi Torrano (no 10) in the box. Basi (no 11) slotted the ball away cleanly to reduce the goal difference by one.

The game ended 7 - 1 It was only one match and everyone has a “bad day in the office” sometimes. Lets hope normal service will be resumed next week.

Team: Dani Caro; Raul Torrano (Pedro); Monjaz Lopez; Raso; Gato; Boudia; Fran Costa (Moha); Jose Da (Jaime); Javi Torrano; Miguel; Basi.

Man of the match voted for by Los Amigos de MAZARRÓN FC was Raso – number 4. MAZARRÓN drop to third in the league after today’s match but still only one point behind the leaders.

MAZARRÓN FC 1 - NUESTRO ABARÁN CF 1  (15.10.2017)   (MATCH PROGRAMME)

MAZARRÓN's unbeaten run stretched to seven games with a 1-1 draw at home to Nuestro Abaran. With CAP Ciudad de Murcia losing 2-1 at home to EF Alhama, MAZARRÓN still stay top of the league one point ahead of CD Plus Ultra who moved into second place after beating CD Juvenia 2-1 at home.

Comments from a number of supporters attending a game for the first time indicated that it was a good game between two fairly well matched teams.

MAZARRÓN took the lead in the 50th minute with a goal from Raul Torrano.  Nuestro Abarán equalised in the 72nd minute with a goal by Nico.

Raul Torrano's performance and goal earned him the Man of the Match award and a place in the Preferente Autonomica Team of the Week.

Despite not scoring last week Basi remains joint leading scorer in the league with Miguel of CAP Ciudad de Murcia with nine goals from seven games although three of Miguel's goals have come from the penalty spot.

Unfortunately the sending off of Dani Morales for a second yellow card near the end of the game will further upset MAZARRÓN's hopes of continuing their good form. It means that we will now be without three key players through suspension for the next game. It is Dani's second sending off this season and we have had five in total in just seven games which is just not good enough and could cost us dearly at the end of the season.

Team: Pablo; Raul Torrano; Raso; Gato; Boudia; Jose Antonio (Pedro); Javi Torrano; Dani Morales; Miguel (Jose Da); Monjaz Lopez (Fran Costa); Basi.

Man of the Match: Raul Torrano

UD ABANILLA 2 - MAZARRÓN FC 5 (8.10.2017)

MAZARRÓN FC stay top of the league after another convincing win, 5-2 away to UD Abanilla.

It was a poor game on a dreadful artificial pitch which barely conforms to the minimum width and is a danger to players with a concrete wall running down one side of the pitch far too close to the touchline.

MAZARRÓN could not play their usual passing game but adapted well to the conditions and could have won by far more. They took the lead on 12 minutes when Basi was on hand to head the ball home from 10 yards.

Gato made it two just before half time when he volleyed home from 25 yards after Javi Torrano's header had rebounded off the cross bar.

Abanilla rallied briefly in the early stages of the second half but MAZARRÓN's defence held firm. At the other end MAZARRÓN missed a number of good chances before Basi scored his second of the game after 73 minutes after a mistake by the Abanilla keeper.

Substitute Fran Costa scored his first goal for the club on 85 minutes heading home a Raul Torrano throw in and Dani Linares made it 5-0 with a clever lob two minutes later.

MAZARRÓN went to sleep in the last few minutes. A mistake by Raso saw Pablo making a fine save only for Alberto to fire the rebound into the net. Then Adrian Campoy was harshly penalised for handball in the area and, though Pablo made a great diving save to keep out Alberto's penalty kick he followed up to put the ball into the empty net in the 89th minute.

There was just time for Abanilla to have a player sent off before the referee blew the whistle for full time.

Basi is now joint top scorer in the league with nine goals from 6 games. MAZARRÓN still have a one point lead over CAP Ciudad Murcia after the weekend's games and face a tough home encounter against Nuestro Abaran next Sunday.

Team: Pablo; Raul Torrano; Raso; Adrian Campoy; Gato; Boudia (Jose Da); Jose Antonio; Javi Torrano; Dani Morales; Miguel (Monjaz Lopez) Basi (FRan Costa).

Man of the Match: Basi

MAZARRÓN FC 6 - AD ALQUERIAS 3  (1.10.2017)   (MATCH PROGRAMME)

In one of the most remarkable games seen at the Estadio Municipal in recent years, MAZARRÓN managed to overcome the obstacle of playing with nine men for 74 minutes to earn a 6-3 home win over AD Alquerias.

MAZARRÓN took the lead as early as the fourth minute when Basi raced on to a through ball and easily beat the advancing Alquerias keeper. The visitors struck back almost immediately and a fierce drive rebounded off the goal post but they equalised on 13 minutes through Alvaro.

MAZARRÓN's hopes of retaining their position at the top of the league seemed to have disappeared after 26 minutes when both Alfonso Canovas and Andreo were sent off following an incident with Alquerias's Ismail right in front of the visitors dig out. However, Basi and MAZARRÓN had other ideas and Basi completed a remarkable first half hat trick in the 35th and 38th minutes.

Spurred on by the largest crowd of the season so far, MAZARRÓN increased their lead in the 44th minute when Javi Torrano cut inside and shot firmly into the corner of the net to give the home team a 4-1 lead at the interval.

The second half started in the same incredible vein with MAZARRÓN scoring twice more in the first six minutes. Firstly Dani Morales raced clear of a static Alquerias defence before rounding the keeper and slotting the ball into an empty net. Then Basi outpaced the visiting defenders with a surging run from the halfway line before scoring his fourth and MAZARRÓN's sixth goal of the game.

Understandably the MAZARRÓN players started to tire in the closing stages and goals from Francisco Jose and a second from Alvaro in the 79th and 81st minutes reduced the arrears and MAZARRÓN keeper Dani Caro made a number of excellent saves to keep his team ahead.

It was a magnificent team performance by MAZARRÓN with every player worthy of mention. Basi, understandably, won the Man of the Match award. although all the team could have shared it.

CAP Ciudad de Murcia inflicted the first defeat of the season on Nuestro Abaran and moved up to second place, one point behind MAZARRÓN. Next weekend MAZARRÓN travel to UD Abanilla.

Team: Dani Caro; Raul Torrano; Raso; Adrian Campoy; Gato; Andreo; Alfonso Canovas; Dani Morales (Pedro); Javi Torrano (Fran Costa); Basi (Miguel); Monjas Lopez (Jose Antonio).

Man of the Match: Basi.

CARTAGENA FC UCAM 0 - MAZARRÓN FC 3 (23.9.2017)

MAZARRÓN made just one change from the team which beat CD Esparragal last week, Javi Torrano replacing Jose Antonio.

Both sides found it difficult to cope with a strong wind in the early stages but MAZARRÓN soon had control and took the lead after 21 minutes. Dani Morales' corner was headed home by Javi Torrano at the near post the ball looping over the Cartagena keeper and into the net. Javi Torrano was unlucky two minutes later when another header came back off the post.

Cartagena suffered a double blow after 37 minutes when two of their defenders had to leave the field after a sickening clash of heads and an ambulance was summoned to take them both to hospital. Basi then broke clear on the left and saw his clever chip over the keeper come back off the bar and Dani Morales' shot from the rebound was just over the top.

MAZARRÓN totally dominated the first half and Cartagena did not have a shot on target and the second half continued in the same vein with all the good football coming from the visitors. Dani Morales was a constant nuisance to the Cartagena defence and his pace took him past the last defender before he was scythed down on the edge of the penalty area. The referee angered the visiting supporters by only producing a yellow card but Dani made the home team pay with a delightful free kick into the corner of the net.

The game boiled over in the 77th minute when Cartagena's Jose Ruiz made the mistake of jabbing Boudia in the face, bloodying his nose. Boudia reacted with a right uppercut of which Floyd Mayweather would have been proud and the referee quite rightly sent both players off. Basi made it 3-0 in the 80th minute with another superb free kick into the top left hand corner and Cartagena's day got even worse two minutes later when Nabil was shown a straight red after hacking down MAZARRÓN substitute Monjas Lopez.

Cartagena again did not have a shot on target in the second half and It was another excellent performance by what appears to be the strongest MAZARRÓN team in recent years.

Team: Dani Caro; Raul Torrano; Raso; Adrian Campoy; Gato; Boudia; Alfonso Canovas; Andreo (Dani Andreo); Dani Morales (Pedro); Basi; Javi Torrano (Monjas).

Man of the Match: Dani Morales

MAZARRÓN FC 4 - EL ESPARRAGAL 1 (17.9.2017)   (MATCH PROGRAMME)

A scintillating second half performance saw MAZARRÓN continue their unbeaten start to the season with a comprehensive 4-1 home win over CD El Esparragal.

All the goals came in the second half but MAZARRÓN should have gone into the interval in the lead. Esparragal almost scored in the opening minutes but MAZARRÓN somehow scrambled the ball away before taking control of the game.Adrian Campoy had a header from Dani Linares' corner brilliantly saved and Boudia hit the bar with another header from a corner.

MAZARRÓN took the lead after 58 minutes when Dani Linares took a short corner to Gato on the edge of the penalty area and the full back cheekily lobbed the ball over the Esparragal keeper into the far corner of the net.

It was 2-0 after 65 minutes when Basi, who worked tirelessly up front, saw his shot blocked but Jose Antonio was on hand to force the rebound home. MAZARRÓN continued to press forward and.Basi drove the ball into the ground and over the Esparragal keeper to make it 3-0 ten minutes later.

Substitute Francisco Lopez took advantage of a lapse of concentration in the MAZARRÓN defence to reduce the arrears on 77 minutes but Basi crowned a superb personal performance two minutes from time beating the last defender and chipping the ball over the advancing keeper to the delight of the home supporters.

It was a great team effort and the victory took MAZARRÓN to second in the league table. It is very early in the season but the signs are promising.

Team: Dani Caro; Raul Torrano (Monjas); Raso; Adrian Campoy; Gato; Boudia; Andreo; Alfonso Canovas; Jose Antonio, Basi (Pedro); Dani Linares (Javi Torrano)

Los Amigos Man of the Match: Raul Torrano

MAZARRÓN FC 0 - JUMILLA C.D. 0 (10.9.2017)   (MATCH PROGRAMME)

Mazarrón's first home game of the season ended in a goalless draw. MAZARRÓN applied the early pressure with a number of long throws and corners which caused problems in the Jumilla defence without really creating any clear cut opportunities. On 11 minutes a poor clearance almost let Jumilla in but Dani Caro made a good save.

A superb through ball from Andreo after 16 minutes saw Basi racing clear but his control let him down and Jumilla were able to clear their lines. Then Andreo combined well with Javi Torrano on the left but his cross to the far post was just too long for the onrushing Basi.

Jumilla came more into the game and looked dangerous on the break but Boudia then won a strong tackle on the half way line and raced clear of the Jumilla defence only to see his shot saved. At the other end a long ball almost caught the MAZARRÓN defence out but Dani Caro made another fine save although the referee had blown for offside.

MAZARRÓN almost took the lead in the first minute of the second half when Miguel just failed to convert the rebound when Andreo's shot was parried by the visiting keeper. On 55 minutes a left wing cross found Jumilla's Nestor at the far post but he sliced his shot wide. Almost immediately Andreo rounded the Jumilla keeper and passed inside but Basi took the ball off Miguel's foot as he was about to shoot and the danger was cleared.

On the hour Javi Torrano's fierce shot from the left was saved and Alfonso's effort from the rebound was deflected for a corner. Adrian headed just over the bar from Basi's corner and a free kick from Alfonso was spectacularly saved by Alberto in the Jumilla goal.

MAZARRÓN survived a scare in the last minute when substitute Dani Andreo brought down a Jumilla forward just outside the penalty area but Dani Caro again came to the rescue with a diving save.

Team: Dani Caro; Jose Antonio; Raso; Adrian, Raul Torrano; Andreo; Boudia; Alfonso Canovas; Basi; Miguel (Dani Andreo); Javi Torrano (Moha).

Man of the Match: Boudia

C.D. BULLENSE 1 - MAZARRÓN FC 2 (3.9.2017)

With anticipation and hope, thirty Los Amigos members and friends boarded the coach for the first match of the 2017 – 2018 season for MAZARRÓN FC.

After a relaxed journey and an enjoyable beverage stop we reached the heights of the CD Bullense ground. A slight delay, caused by being unable to find the entrance, meant we only just took our seats in time for the kick off. The well appointed ground offered good seating and it was pleasing to see good home support as well as our away coach load which they were clearly not used to.

The game started slow but steady as both teams tried to find their way into the game. MAZARRÓN made the first impression but only to end in the goalkeeper's hands. There were several fouls with players being brought down, held or shirt pulling incidents which seamed of no interest to the referee. It was ten minutes into the game before MAZARRÓN started to put together a kind of decent play but a shot on goal was weak and was safely gathered by the keeper.

Bullense worried MAZARRÓN with some uncontrolled and messy play in the box which could have accidentally slipped over the line. MAZARRÓN took the opportunity to break up the field, winning a free kick just wide of the box. The strike was slightly long but struck back in for MAZARRÓN's new captain Adrian Campoy to cleanly slot the ball into the net – GOAL FOR MAZARRÓN at 16 minutes.

The first half continued with midfield play, neither side taking control. Bringing down a Bullense player, MAZARRÓN received their first yellow card for Alfonso Canovas. Despite a good shot from Bullense which was only just wide of the target, MAZARRÓN had the better of the play for the remainder of the first half, they showed better ball skills, notably from Jose Antonio, a new signing from Lorca B. The first half ended 0 – 1.

MAZARRÓN kicked off the second half but Adrian immediately lost possession for Bullense to take the ball straight up the field and into the net. Goal for Bullense within the first minute, not the way MAZARRÓN had envisaged the start of the second half. Bullense were now on fire – I don’t know what happened in their half time talk but it was definitely working. MAZARRÓN were unable to keep the ball, that's if they managed to get it in the first place! Bullense looked like scoring a second as they found the MAZARRÓN keeper way out of position but the defence did its job successfully.

MAZARRÓN picked up their pace but Jose Antonio tackled just outside the box and a free kick was awarded. The five man MAZARRÓN wall did its job and quickly moved the ball back up the field for Adrian Campoy (No. 5) to head GOAL NUMBER TWO FOR MAZARRÓN. Unfortunately for Bullense this resulted in a serious, but accidental, injury for their keeper who had to be substituted.

With nearly forty minutes still to play MAZARRÓN did not want to lose their lead for a second time. Somewhat franticly MAZARRÓN defended hard, maybe a little too hard as Dani Morales (No. 11) charged a player bringing him down in the box As the referee consulted the linesman, Bullense hoped for a penalty, but this was short lived as a free kick was awarded just outside of the box and the MAZARRÓN supporters breathed a sigh of relief. This did cost Dani a red card and MAZARRÓN were reduced to ten men. The resulting free kick was struck cleanly over the wall, then punched well clear by the keeper, a lucky escape for MAZARRÓN.

MAZARRÓN made a substitution, taking off Javi Torrano (No. 10) for Monjas Lopes (No 14) and then Jose Antonio (No 7), after a serious case of cramp, for Steven (No 15) With MAZARRÓN defending their lead Bullense played time and time again for a penalty but all to no avail. Bullense received two yellow cards throughout the play, frustrated by MAZARRÓN's defensive play. With five minutes injury time to play, MAZARRÓN played for time, holding the ball on the corner post but earnt themselves a yellow card for time wasting. One last substitution ate away the time as Basi (No 9 ) left the field in favour of Pedro (No 12) before the final whistle. MAZARRÓN came away with their first three points of the season.

Team: Dani Caro, Raul Torrano, Diego, Raso, Adrián, Andreo, José, Basi, Alfonso, Javi Torrano, Dani Morales.

Man of the Match – Adrián Campoy.