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Archive Reports 2017/18 - Preferente Division

 

 PLAY-OFF FINAL - 2ND LEG: CD ALGAR 1 MAZARRON FC 1  (10.6.2018)

MAZARRON ARE PROMOTED ON 3-2 AGGREGATE

The Los Amigos de Mazarron FC supporters arrived at the ground some 90 minutes before kick off to ensure they had the best seats available. It was a lovely sunny day and we waited to see whether the slender one goal lead from the first leg would be enough, especially as Algar had an away goal.

With four regular players on the sidelines, top scorer Dani Morales, Raso and Javi Torrano injured and influential midfielder Boudia suspended, the strength in depth of the Mazarron squad would be severely tested. Blas Bazan was returning from his one match suspension and looking for his first goal for the club since signing from EF Alhama eight games ago.

The atmosphere was absolutely electric as Mazarron kicked off with the wind behind them and forced an immediate corner which was easily cleared. On 5 minutes Jose Da picked up a loose ball just outside the penalty area but could only send his left foot shot over the bar. He then tried a long range free kick from wide on the right which was again just over.

Mazarron were having all the early play with both Raul Torrano and Gato causing problems for the Algar defence with their long throw ins. On 13 minutes Gato and Jose Da combined to find Dani Morillas whose shot was deflected for a corner. Algar were confined to a couple of long range shots, both well off target.

After 25 minutes Algar appealed for a penalty after a challenge by Andreo but the referee correctly waved play on. The home team finally had their first chance when a cross from the right resulted in a goalmouth scramble which saw the ball rebound off the post. Then Mazarron's best move of the game between Gato and Dani saw Mauro running clear only to have his shot saved at the near post when a shot across the goalkeeper may have paid better dividends.

Algar's last chance of the first half saw a long ball find their striker who could only lob the ball over the bar as the first half ended 0-0.

With the wind behind them it was obvious that Algar were going to put Mazarron under pressure in the second half and they had the better of the early stages although again being restricted to a couple of long range shots which presented no problems for the visitors. Chino replied with a couple of surging runs down the right one of which saw him cutting inside to hit a cross shot which was saved by the Algar keeper. At the other end, Antonio Pena was dealing with everything that Algar could throw at him. On 55 minutes another trade mark throw in by Raul found Mauro whose fierce shot was clawed away by the Algar keeper. Another Raul throw saw Chino mishit his shot but it fell to Mauro who could only blaze the ball wildly over the bar.

The home side then started to control the game as they sought the goal that would take them to the Tercera Division. A shot from the left sailed just wide off the near post. Mazarron's tactic of bring everyone back to defend corners and set pieces was worrying their supporters but continued to work although little was now seen of them as an attacking force.

On 77 minutes an Algar free kick from the right was headed towards the corner of the net but Antonio Pena made an incredible saving diving to his right to turn the ball round the post. The goalkeeper had almost single-handedly kept Mazarron in the game in the Semi Final 1st leg against Abaran with two penalty saves and was once again proving the man of the match.

Mazarron had a brief excursion to the other end and substitute Salvi's corner was headed firmly goalwards by Nacho but straight into the keeper's hands. Almost immediately a superb Jose Da free kick was headed just wide by captain Adrian Campoy.

Mazarron had a lucky escape when an overhead kick rebounded down from the crossbar straight into the hands of a grateful Antonio Pena as Mazarron supporters began to be believe that it was their day. However, in the last minute of normal time the referee awarded a penalty to Algar after Antonio was harshly judged to have brought down an Algar player who had played the ball towards the corner flag. Guillermo sent Antonio Pena the wrong way from the penalty kick to give Algar the lead.

The referee signalled five minutes of additional time and , if the supporters' heads went down the players' certainly did not. Adrian Campoy was sent up front as Mazarron desperately sought an equaliser and forced a corner for which even goalkeeper Antonio Pena was sent forward. The ball was half cleared for a throw in and another chance for Raul Torrano to show his expertise. His long throw found Blaz Bazan who struck a superb shot into the corner of the net to score his first goal for the Club and spark a pitch invasion from excited supporters.

Mazarron managed to survive the few nailbiting minutes remaining before the final whistle blew to signal incredible scenes on the pitch as players, staff and supporters celebrated as never before Tercera here we come!!!

Team: Antonio Pena; Raul Torrano; Gato; Nacho; Adrian Campoy; Andreo, Dani Morillas; Chino (Salvi); Blas Bazan (Alejandro); Jose Da; Mauro (Alfonso Canovas) Both teams had five players booked and Algar had one of their coaching staff sent off.

PLAY-OFF FINAL – FIRST LEG: MAZARRON FC 2 – C.D. ALGAR 1  (3.6.2018)

Another record breaking crowd gathered at our home ground for today's first leg of the play off final. With a late kick off of 19.00hrs the conditions were pleasant for both players and supporters alike.

Algar kicked off the first half and started the attack immediately with a long strike from the half way line but the result was well over the target. Mazarron retaliated by breaking up the field and into the box but Salvi (no 9) failed to find the target.

Unfortunately most of the first half failed to live up to this exciting first few minutes. Both teams were desperate to take control and get an early lead but control was the last thing we saw from either team. Most of the play took place in midfield with a series of high balls being headed away, often out of play. Mazarron had an excellent free kick from 25 yards out, on target for the goal mouth. They have scored many a goal from this move throughout the season but today the Algar keeper was on his game and the ball was punched away to safety.

Both teams defence were holding up any attacks coming forward and a goal did not look on the cards for either team but Mazarron took their chance 37 minutes into the half with a free kick from Jose Da (no 10) perfectly placed into the box for Campoy (no 5) to head the ball on into the net – GOAL FOR MAZARRON. The first half ended 1 – 0.

After a slight delay when the over enthusiastic “Red Boys” let off one too many flares and the smoke filling the area needed to clear, Mazarron got the second half underway.

As in the first half Algar made the first move with a long strike that the Mazarron keeper had to go full stretch for to knock just over the crossbar. Mazarron started to play with more control, keeping the ball on the ground, making great runs and a series of successful passes. Both teams showed more skill than they had displayed in the first 45 minutes but with the defences holding firm. Long strikes, as an attempt to find the target were tried by both sides but failed.

Algar were awarded a free kick to the side of the box. Sweeping it in long to the far side of the goal, pass the Mazarron defence, but to the head of Algar's no 5 who knocked it home for an equalising goal. - 66 minutes played – 1 – 1. Algar's goal, somewhat against play, put a whole new light on the game for Mazarron but the task became harder as Algar came alive with revived vigger and aggression.

As Mazarron were about to take a free kick from the half way line, this aggression showed itself in the worst possible way. As the players waited to receive the ball, jostling for position, a Mazarron player was knocked to the ground and a full blown fight was near to erupting. The referee was straight on the incident. The situation was calmed down and a red card awarded to Algar. With Algar down to ten men and twenty minutes left to play, this was a chance for Mazarron to retake the lead?

But tempers were still frayed and the last section of the game was not going to be pretty. The previous incident was repeated as again Mazarron waited to take a free kick and jostling started again with the waiting players. Not distracted by the incident the free kick was taken long pass the goal. Struck back in, Raul Torrano (no 2) was just where he should have been and headed the ball home – GOAL – MAZARRON BACK IN THE LEAD. The last ten minutes were frantic but Mazarron held on and the game finished 2 – 1.

Mazarron made three substitutions. Algar made three substitutions. Mazarron received three yellow cards Algar received four yellow cards and one straight red card.

Man of the match was Raul Torrano – number 2 – His epic long “throw ins” have been a crowd pleaser throughout the season, often better than some of our corner kicks!

PLAY-OFFS – SECOND LEG: MAZARRON FC 2 - NUESTRO ABARAN CF 0  (27.5.2018)  (MATCH PROGRAMME)

Being just one goal down from last week's first leg, hopes were high as the largest crowd of the season arrived at our home ground for today's game. It was good to see the pitch in much better condition than we had seen for much of the main season. Even before kick off the atmosphere was electric with the sounds of horns and cheers ringing out around the ground.

Abaran kicked off the first half but the first five minutes were not good for either team with the ball being off the pitch more than on. Mazarron were first to make a breakthrough as Blas (no 9) took the ball into the box and Made a clever pass to Mauro (no 11). He took his shot but unfortunately it was just wide of the target. This was closely followed by an Abaran chance that was headed just wide.

Just ten minutes played and this was already showing signs of being a better game than last week, played at a fast pace and with more passion than we could have asked for. Mazarron just had to keep their cool and this could be our game. Both teams were pushing forward at every opportunity and there were chances for both but the defenders were doing their jobs well.

Jose Da (no 10) took a shot from the far touchline and it missed its target by a whisker. Mazarron were getting to the ball better than we had seen for many weeks.

Jose Da (no 10) stepped up for a free kick which he delivered well into the box. Abaran tried to clear the ball but Nacho (no 4) was there to finish the job and the ball was in the net – GOAL FOR MAZARRON. With Abaran's home goal last week we were now back on a level playing field with an aggregate score of 1 – 1.

Mazarron kept up the pressure, winning tackles and passing well. They were handed a golden chance when the Abaran keeper kicked the ball out badly and Andreo (no 6) was straight on to it. He struck it back towards the goal but it was just wide of the target. The first half ended 1 – 0.

Mazarron got the second half underway and immediately broke up the field as Dani (no 8) moved the ball well and passed to Blas (no 9). Taking his time he controlled the ball well and took his shot, just too high. Abaran had some good play in the box but the Mazarron defence held firm. It was time for Mazarron to get the ball into the net again. From a free kick, very near the corner flag, into the box. The keeper fumbled the ball and it was struck home, but no, no goal given. A push? Off side? I'm not sure. Maybe someone else saw something, obviously the referee did.

Mazarron were in the box again as Dani (no 8) took control of the ball. With an almost open goal he only had to tap it in but his shot went wide. It would have been easier to score! The pressure of the day was getting to both sides as this was not the only mistake made and chance missed.

From a throw in Mazarron kept the play and Chino (no 7) took his chance. A long perfectly timed shot, the ball sailed over the keeper and into the net – GOAL TWO FOR MAZARRON.

With 25 minutes left to play Mazarron had to hold on, a goal now for Abaran and the outcome would be very different. The Mazarron goalkeeper, Antonio (no 13) had his part to play in this. Abaran had a great strike and it was only his finger tips that cleared the ball away. Abaran were pushing everything forward, with a series of well placed free kicks. Mazarron's defenders and again goalkeeper were pushed to their limits.  Play was getting frantic and Abaran were trying every trick they could, many not in the rule book, and the yellow cards started to flow freely. With just minutes left to play Mazarron could only defend, and despite the game getting very heated, that they did. Making three late substitutions (to kill time?!) they held on and the final whistle was blown. The game ended 2 – 0.

Mazarron had done it – one step further than last season. Mazarron made three (late) substitutions. Abaran made three substitutions. Mazarron received five yellow cards, including two for Blas (no 9) who will miss next weeks game. Abaran received seven yellow cards and one straight red card.

Man of the match was Antonio – number 13 – The Mazarron goalkeeper, for the second week in a row. His two penalty saves last week and many excellent saves this week certainly gave us today's result.

(EDIT............THE GOAL OR NO-GOAL WOULD APPEAR TO HAVE BEEN FOR A LATE OFF-SIDE CALLED BACK BY THE LINESMAN.)

PLAY-OFFS – FIRST LEG: NUESTRO ABARAN CF 1 - MAZARRON FC 0  (20.5.2018) 

Having finished in fourth position in the league, we take on Abaran, who finished fifth, in the play-offs. Our advantage, giving us the home leg second.

Arriving at the less than well maintained ground we took our seats on the crumbling concrete steps but were pleased to see the real grass pitch was in good condition. There was good support for both the home and away teams and even the Red Boys had brought a coach load for this important away leg.

Abaran kicked off the first half to a pacey start. They had more of the play but were not showing much control in the first few minutes. Mazarron made an early break in just three minutes but Blas Bazan (no 9) could only find the side netting with his final strike. As Abaran started to settle into the game and take more control, Mazarron took on a more defensive style of play. Just six minutes into the game Abaran had a free kick. Struck well into the box Mazarron tried to clear the ball. With the Mazarron players on the goal line the ball the ball was struck in again, this time striking Gato (no 3) on the arm – hand ball – red card – penalty – the worst start for Mazarron.

Lining up for the penalty the Mazarron keeper stood “big” in his goalmouth. SAVE!! The ball was punched away and the score remained 0 – 0. Now down to ten men Mazarron knew they had a battle on their hands, but they do have a great way of pulling together when they are a player (or two) down. Following a chance again for Blas (no 9), Abaran broke up the field and struck a perfect shot – goal. After an incident filled eleven minutes Abaran had taken the lead and their fans went wild.

Mazarron tried to push forward but were closed down and dispossessed on too many occasions. Abaran were making use of their extra player and Mazarron were stretched. Mazarron were forced to make a substitution after just 29 minutes when Andreo (no 6) sustained an injury and was unable to continue. Both teams had chances but Abaran were on top of the play and Mazarron would have to find a new approach for the second half if they were to get anything from this game. The first half finished 1 – 0.

With cheers from the crowd and some words of encouragement from Chris, the teams took their positions for the second half. Mazarron got the half underway and the play went end to end with a series of pointless high balls as with the strong wind, now in Mazarron's favour, swung the ball away from its intended targets. Mazarron were “more together” than in the first half and again Blas (no 9) showed some good skill going forward. But it wasn't long before Abaran had the ball in the box again. After much confusion and with their player appearing to be in an off-side position, the whistle was blown and, oh no, a penalty awarded again.

I don't know why, and from the protest by the Red Boys they didn't know why either! Again they stepped up and again - SAVE – our hero of the day had done it again. With only a one goal lead Abaran knew the game was not safe and their play became frantic and more defensive. Still, and not for the want of trying, Mazarron could not find a way through.

With a player down Mazarron were holding well but an equalising goal looked like something they could only dream of. To make matters worse, with ten minutes left to play Raso (no 17) crashed to the ground. The game was stopped and the trainer came to his assistance but this was more than the “magic sponge” could deal with and he was forced to leave the field, reducing Mazarron to nine men to finish the game, as they had used their three substitutes throughout the play. Knowing their fate Mazarron just wanted to keep the score at 1 – 0 and threw the whole team into defence for damage limitation.

Now I don’t want to speculate about unfair and inconsistent refereeing but when in the closing minutes of the game we witnessed an Abaran player not just committing hand ball but completely taking the ball with him into the net and only being issued a yellow card, it beggars belief. The game ended 1 – 0.

Mazarron made three substitutions. Abaran made four substitutions. Mazarron received four yellow cards and one red card. Abaran received three yellow cards.

Man of the match voted for by Los Amigos de Mazarron FC was Antonio Peńa – number 13 – The Mazarron goalkeeper. This was an almost unanimous vote

CAP CITY OF MURCIA 1 - MAZARRON FC 0  (13.5.2018)

We took on the league champions for the last match of the season. Mazarron having lost last week were safely in a play off position but had missed the chance for automatic promotion. The only difference, today's result would confirm who we would play in the play offs. We arrived at Murcia's modern ground with it's well maintained artificial pitch and were pleased to see the amount of local support they had, including many young people and families.

Murcia got the match underway and immediately took control. Mazarron were clearing the ball out of danger but only with long balls to no one, as they were playing very defensively in their own half. It took a good ten minutes for Mazarron to settle into the game but despite some good work, passing the ball well among the team, they could not find a way through to the box.

Blas Bazan (no 9) tried a long, on target shot but it was punched away by the Murcia keeper and although Mazarron kept the ball they were quickly shut down.Alfonso Canovas (no 8) had a chance when his shot sailed only just over the net.

Mazarron were not out of this game by any means but Murcia were the better team and it was easy to see why they had been crowned champions. It took 29 minutes for Murcia to make the break through, moving forward up the pitch and into the box, they found the space to strike the ball straight into the back of the net to take the lead.

Mazarron produced some good play but were too slow when controlling the ball and were dispossessed on too many occasions as Murcia swept in. Mazarron did get the ball into the net after Alfonso (no 8) had made a good run but unfortunately the final strike had been flagged off side.The last chance in the first half came from a cheeky free kick for Mazarron, as the ball was struck low, confusing the opposition but the final shot was soft and no problem for the keeper.

The first half ended 1 – 0.

Mazarron kicked off the second half and pushed forward with good work from Chino (no10) but with a lack of support up front again, there was no way through.With Mazarron defending hard much of the play was restricted to midfield, and all too often, any time Mazarron did push forward they were caught off side.

Against the top team Mazarron could take heart for the play offs as they were not being crushed and continued to put up a good fight to restrict Murcia's lead to just one goal.

Raul Torrano (no 2) and Chino (no 10) worked well together and despite some comments I over heard from the crowd, I felt you could not question their commitment.

Murcia had an opportunity as they took a free kick from in ideal position but could not get the ball past Mazarron's four man wall. Mazarron too had a free kick from the side of the box but it was struck too long, if only it had been a corner kick, the length would have been perfect!

The game became somewhat “bitty” and it looked unlikely that Mazarron would find an equalising goal. As we went into extra time, and with many of the Murcia supporters already leaving Mazarron had one last chance as the Murcia goalkeeper fumbled the ball and they couldn't clear the box but equally Mazarron still could not find a finish.

The game ended 1 – 0.

Mazarron made three substitutions. Murcia made four substitutions. Mazarron received five yellow cards. Murcia received two yellow cards.

Man of the match voted for by Los Amigos de Mazarron FC was Chino – number 10.

MAZARRON FC 1 – CLUB OLIMPICO DE TOTANA 3  (6.5.2018)  (MATCH PROGRAMME)

We arrived at today's match for our last home game of the main season. Not only was it a “local derby” but it was the match which could decide the last automatic promotion position. A win for Totana today would guarantee their place, where Mazarron still had to win this week and next.

Mazarron got the game underway in front of a large and excitable crowd. They broke forward but the ball was cleared out of play. From the throw in Totana took control and played the ball right up the line, breaking at pace, with their striker in the perfect position, the ball was crossed into the box and goal. The best start for Totana. The worst start for Mazarron in just one minute.

Seeing the passion this game was inspiring it was not surprising that the first yellow card for Mazarron was issued after only five minutes. A Mazarron free kick was struck into the box and we could all see that the contact was not restricted to the ball, the Totana goalkeeper coming off worse and the game being stopped for several minutes while the trainer attended.

Mazarron kept pushing but Totana's defence were holding firm. They missed a real chance as a corner shot came into the box but Boudia (no 6) headed it just too high and it bounced on the top of the net.

We always knew this would be a hard fought game but the referee was not showing Mazarron any favours when just 20 minutes in Boudia (no 6) was shown a second yellow and removed from the pitch. Unable to keep quiet about this injustice Mazarron showed their discontent, the worse thing they could do, as this resulted in a straight red for Nacho (no 5) and two reds for the Manager and coach who had to retire to the stand.

The Totana player who had been injured returned to the pitch wearing a very fetching head bandage giving him a perfect Mohican hair style! Now with just nine men and a goal down Mazarron had a hard 70 minutes in front of them, but we have seen this before and Mazarron dug in deep, coming forward time and time again and much of the play being in the Totana half.

Unable to find a crucial way through the first half ended 0 – 1.

We retook our seats for the start of the second half and waited, and waited, and waited.Mazarron returned to the pitch, kicked a few balls around between themselves and then were called back of the pitch and we waited, and waited, and waited!!

For some reason the Totana team and the officials had refused to return until the local Guardia were present. I never realised that a group of British Ex-pat pensioners were so intimidating!! Finally some 30 minutes later with two guards on the touchline the two teams and the officials returned to a roar of boos and play restarted.

Mazarron had made three substitutions in this time in a hope to keep the team fresh with the extra work from each and every player covering the missing men. Mazarron could not have tried any harder but after only seven minutes, with the defence stretched, Totana found a way through and found the back of the net for a second time.

Still fighting for the three points the play became unsporting from both sides. Mazarron were not giving up, if only they had played with such passion and conviction in earlier games throughout the season we would not have been in this position today.

Now 73 minutes into the game Mazarron were awarded a free kick just outside the box Totana formed a 5 man wall and Jose Da (no 17) stepped up to take the shot, and what a shot, straight over the wall and into the net, GOAL for Mazarron.

Now back to just a one goal deficit there was still a chance for Mazarron to get a point from the game. But it was not to be and tired legs were beginning to show, and hopes were finally dashed on 88 minutes as Totana found the net for the third time. Despite several stoppages throughout the game, Mazarron had no time for a final push as the whistle was blown spot on 90 minutes.

The game ended 1 – 3.

There are so many things I could say about today's referee but most of them would be unprintable and all of you who were at the game will know what I mean and those of you who were not, I’m sure will understand.

Mazarron made four substitutions. Totana made five substitutions. Mazarron received five yellow cards, including two for Boudia (no 6) equalling a red card, and also three other red cards, one for Nacho (no 5) and two for our manager and coach who were sent to the stands. Totana received five yellow cards.

Man of the match voted for by Los Amigos de Mazarron FC was THE WHOLE TEAM for the spirit and determination shown throughout the whole match.

REAL MURCIA CITY 1 - MAZARRON FC 4  (29.4.2018)

It was an early start for today's away game at Murcia City. With a 12.00 noon kick off we were all aboard the coach and on our way by 10.40. On arriving at the University ground in Murcia we were pleased to see there was no admission fee. As there was still another game in progress we set up our cushions in prime positions and many retreated in search of coffee or something stronger.

It was soon realised that all was not well and conversations were had with some very helpful locals. Oh dear, we were at the wrong ground!! So with the help of Google Maps and a local who just happened to live opposite the correct ground we boarded the coach once again and made our way into the city. Time was not on our side and we feared we would miss the kick off, but better late than never. Sure enough the game was underway as we disturbed the locals making ourselves at home with our cushions and snacks having each parted with the 3 Euro entry fee. Establishing the score was still 0 – 0 we settled to watch the match.

I like to think boosted by our arrival the first thing we saw was Dani (no 10) moving well up the right wing, wide of the box, a cross to Mauro (no 11) and the ball was in the net. Maybe we should be late more often?! OK so we missed the kick off and the first 12 minutes but Mazarron were now one up. It was a good artificial pitch and the play was fast, but not like last week, we were watching some good football, even in the somewhat breezy conditions balls were being played low and reaching their intended targets.

Murcia pushed forward and a good header was turned towards the goal from close range but the Mazarron keeper Antonio (no 13) was there to take control. Could he be a candidate for Man of the Match again this week?

It wasn't long before Mazarron had control of the match again and were awarded a corner. The ball was struck low causing some goal mouth confusion but from a lucky bounce the ball was turned in by Nacho (no 5). Goal two for Mazarron. Mazarron pushed forward again and a cross found Dani (no 10). He kept his cool taking the ball into the box, showing some good skills, and an even better finish – Goal three for Mazarron. Three goals in 30 minutes, things were looking good and thoughts of automatic promotion being a possibility once again. Both sides showed passion for the game and it was a joy to watch after what we have been subjected to recently. The first half ended 0 – 3.

Mazarron got the second half underway. Murcia, also in need of the points to save relegation, pushed forward with better skill than we had witnessed in the first half. With shots that had found the side net and the crossbar they were not taking any loss lying down. With a three goal lead Mazarron now seemed to be taking a somewhat “laid back” attitude to the match, a mindset that has lost us so many points throughout the season.

Fearing the loss of some of our top players for the all important next two matches, as the yellow cards started to mount, wisely substitutions were made. Murcia were making an impact on the match but despite their better play their finishing was still well below par. But it only takes the right situation, and Murcia found it. Pushing forward once again Murcia took the ball into the box and kept going, Goal for Murcia – 1 – 3.

This spurred Mazarron into upping their game and they took the opportunity to break forward with Chino (no 16) fresh on the pitch. His pass to Mauro (no 11) was perfectly timed and the ball was in the back of the net, one more time for Mazarron. After a little time wasting from Mazarron and no last minute come back for Murcia the game ended 1 – 4.

 Today's match had been a breath of fresh air, with both sides showing passion and good footballing skills. If Murcia could have found the right finishing skills the result could have been very different and they would not be facing relegation. I have to say even the referee was fair and kept the game flowing.

Mazarron made four substitutions. Murcia made three substitutions, all in the second half. Mazarron received four yellow cards. Murcia received two yellow cards.

Man of the match voted for by Los Amigos de Mazarron FC was Raso – number 4.

MAZARRON FC 0 – CD JUVENIA 0  (22.4.2018)  (MATCH PROGRAMME)

With most of the teams above us in the league playing early this weekend and the results going in our favour a win for Mazarron today would have seen us rise to third in the table. Well that was the good news, but what we witnessed was anything but good news. Okay, so we got a draw giving us one much needed point but I'm sure we would have all enjoyed the point much more if we had seen some skill, ball control, attacking play …..etc., etc., etc. need I go on.

There is little point in me writing the normal format of the match report as there were so few notable moments in the game, either for or against Mazarron, that it would be over in one paragraph So instead I will sum up the game with comments I heard around the stands; My favourite being; “Today's match must have been inspired by the great writer, William Shakespeare – A comedy of errors and Much ado about nothing” Knowing that some sneaky, and much needed, watering and rolling of the pitch had taken place last week - “Putting “Keep off the grass” signs out was not the best idea, but good to know they took notice of them”.

Some supporters like to keep notes and even spreadsheets of “all things Mazarron FC” and it had been noted that today's referee was the most prolific so far this season when it comes to issuing Cards, so today was no more than we could expect, Mazarron received five yellow cards. Juvenia received five yellow cards and one red card. I hope he enjoys a nice World Cruise at the end of the season, he has done his best to “earn” it!!!

Not to mention many chants of “worst game I have ever seen” - “well that's two hours of my life I never get back” and the infamous “good luck writing a report about that”.

Well for those of you who were lucky enough to have some paint to watch drying, or you just had to wash your hair, here is what happened. 22 men walked out on the pitch. The game was fast. Lots of players went for every ball but no one hit it in the right direction. Every time the ball was in the box (either side) all players kicked aimlessly at the air or at any other player. Both goalkeepers saved some of the most pathetic and week strikes we have ever seen. Both goalkeepers fumbled the ball but no one could find an open goalmouth.

The ball spent more time off the pitch than on.  We ran out of balls at one stage and local children were sent off in search of the earlier misplaced shots. There was a record number of free kicks and throw ins.

The game ended 0 - 0. Mazarron made three substitutions, Juvenia made three substitutions, all in the second half.

Man of the match voted for by Los Amigos de Mazarron FC was Antonio Peńa – number 13 – The Mazarron goalkeeper.

BALSICAS ATLETICO 1 - MAZARRON FC 2  (15.4.2018)

With only four matches left in the season every game is now a “must win” if Mazarron are to reach second in the table for automatic promotion, but even then it is still very much in the hands of those teams above us and their results.

We did get our win and three points today but unfortunately there are very few other things I can say about today's game that are that positive.  As Mazarron play on a real grass pitch at the home ground it is always good to see the same when we arrive at an away ground but, although the grass was much greener than ours, as they can still water it, by this stage of the season the introduction of a roller would not go a miss!

Mazarron got the game underway but the game was very scrappy with neither team producing any good play. After about ten minutes the game started to come together and Mazarron were producing better play but Balsicas were fast and there at every pass, winning many tackles. From a good long cross Balsicas broke up the pitch, Juan Pedro (no 1) the Mazaron goalkeeper came out but Balsicas were through and facing an open goal, leaving Mazarron a goal down after 17 minutes.  Play restarted and quickly Mazarron had a corner. Straight from the training ground Mazarron produced the perfect cross into the box and Boudia (no 6) leapt up above the defence to head the ball straight into the net levelling the game again just one minute later.

Mazarron took a very defensive approach to the rest of the first half, with all the team spending most of the time in their own half. One of the only notable attacks was when Salvi (no 7) made a good cross into the box to Dani (no 10) but his strike only found the side netting, from the wrong side. The first half ended 1 – 1.

Balsicas kicked off the second half. In the break they must have changed the traditional oranges for Weetabix as they increased the pace of the game way above Mazarron's. But with the uneven playing surface and their general lack of real skill there was still little for their supporters to get excited about.

Balsicas had an opportunity from a corner, the ball scooped across the goalmouth but with no player in the right place to finish the job. Mazarron were still unable to keep the ball as Balsicas continued to tackle well. Against the play Mazarron broke up the field and Andreo's pass found the boot of Dani (no 10) who's clean shot found the back of the net for a second goal for Mazarron.

Encouraged by their second goal Mazarron started to up their game and as new signing Blas Bazan (no 9) was brought down in the box by the Balsicas keeper the bench was on its feet for a penalty appeal but the tackle was deemed fair and nothing given. Salvi (no 7) broke forward and crossed the ball high across the goal, if only Blas (no 9) had been two foot taller Mazarron could have scored again! Balsicas had a good chance to equalise as they passed the Mazarron defence and goalkeeper but managed to shoot wide of the target. With just minutes left to play Mazarron took every opportunity to slow the game down and eat away the time as Balsicas looked the more likely team to score again. The tactics worked and the game ended 1 - 2.

Mazarron made three substitutions. Balsicas made three substitutions, all in the second half. Mazarron received just one yellow card. Balsicas received two yellow cards.

Man of the match voted for by Los Amigos de Mazarron FC was Andreo – number 8.

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.

CF MOLINA 2 - MAZARRON FC 5  (25.3.2018)

As the end of the season draws closer there is still all to play for to reach second in the league for an automatic promotion position. With Molina being just two places behind us in the league and with home advantage it looked like today's match could be a close game.

Mazarron got the first half underway and from the first minute had the upper hand and it only took five minutes to prove it. From a free kick taken by Alfonso (no 8) the ball reached Raso (no 4). He struck it wildly and the ball went high, most people, players and supporters alike, thought the ball would fall over the back of the net, but no, it dropped just in front of the goal and Nacho (no 5) was there to easily slip it into the net – GOAL one for Mazarron.

Play restarted and just three minutes later Raso (no 4) showed great play taking the ball up the line, he crossed quickly into the box, the keeper came but failed to make the save and the ball bounced to find Dani Morales (no 10), who found himself with an open goal and he slotted it home GOAL two for Mazarron.

Less than ten minutes into the game Mazarron were flying high but Molina broke up the pitch and into the box and we could all see what was about to happen as Mazarron continued to tackle the forward player. He hit the deck – penalty for Molina. Molina stepped up to take the penalty and we could see our two goal cushion diminishing. Luckily they struck the ball badly and Juan Pedro (no 1) the Mazarron keeper punched the ball away to safety. Two goal cushion maintained.

Still on a high Mazarron continued to keep control of the game Raul Torrano (no 2) showed some good speed and skill. Mazarron missed a chance as Gato (no 3) passed the ball across the goal mouth but no one was there to just tap it home. Molina improved after they made their first substitution bringing on number 15, by far their best player and left us wondering why he was not in their starting eleven. The whole game was being played at a fast pace, no hold ups with the referee blowing his whistle unnecessarily and free kicks being taken quickly. Molina had their chances but just could not find a finish. Dani (no 10) made an excellent run for Mazarron and then with just a short pass to Salvi (no 11) the ball was in the net again – GOAL three for Mazarron.

Maybe now with a three goal lead Mazarron may have just taken their foot off the gas a little but it was a goalkeeping howler that saw their lead reduced back to two. Molina pushed forward and took their shot, the ball bounced badly and as the Mazarron keeper tried to gather it, it slipped from his grip and Molina were there to slot it into the net. Still two goals in the lead, the first half ended 1 – 3.

Molina started the second half to a fast start and immediately showed more speed and skill than they had in the first half. They broke up the field and into the box and, with what was basically a “defending mess” the ball rolled free, a real chance for Molina, but they struck the ball just over the net, a real let off for Mazarron.

Mazarron upped their game realising they did not have the points in the bag just yet and a throw in from Raul (no 2) was headed on, only just over the target. Jose Da (no 14), a substitution at half time, stepped up to take a free kick, central but 30 yards out. With a clean shot over every other player, including the keeper, the ball was in the net again. GOAL four for Mazarron.

Mazarron should have scored again as Dani (no 10) ran all the way controlling the ball with great skill and passed successfully to Chino (no 7) in the box. It should have been easy to slot the ball home but somehow he missed the target. Jose Da (no 14) tried another long free kick but this time just slightly too high and the ball landed on the top of the net. Still pushing for that next goal Chino (no 7) made a great run. He passed to Mauro Fernandez (no 9) and GOAL five for Mazarron.

With 15 minutes left the pace of the game became much slower with both teams starting to make mistakes and the play was uninspiring. We have seen this so many times before causing Mazarron to lose points throughout the season but today with a four goal lead we hoped this would not be the case.

Just five minutes to go and Molina broke forward into the box, the ball bounced and the Mazarron keeper failed to react – goal for Molina. Luckily too little too late and the game ended 2 - 5.

Mazarron made four substitutions. Molina made three substitutions. Mazarron received two yellow cards. Molina received just one yellow card.

Man of the match voted for by Los Amigos de Mazarron FC was Chino– number 7.

MAZARRON FC 3 – ALCANTARILLA FC 0  (18.3.2018)  (MATCH PROGRAMME)

Arriving at the home ground for this weeks match it was good to see that it would be played on a (mainly) green pitch as the recent rain had spurred the grass into growing again but I think the expression “playing field” would have been a better one as it resembled the local recreation park more than a quality football pitch.

Mazarron started the game and Alcantarilla had the first opportunity as Mazarron failed to clear a corner and the ball bobbled around the box before being shot wide. As the teams settled into the game Mazarron certainly had the upper hand and it only took 11 minutes for them to show their superior class. A long free kick reached just outside the box where Mazarron were fouled, resulting in a free kick just outside the box. Alfonso Canovas (no 8) stepped up to take the shot and with “Beckham like” accuracy struck the ball into the corner of the net – GOAL for Mazarron.

Mazarron continued to have the better of the play as the ball remained in the Alcantarilla half for much of the half. Any chances Alcantarilla had were easily dealt with by the Mazarron defence who were reinforced by the return of Raso (no 4), one of the supporters favourites. With just ten minutes of the first half to play Dani Morales (no 10) broke from the pack and ran with the ball up the pitch. The keeper came forward but his miss timed tackle left Dani with the ball and an open goal, he couldn't miss – GOAL 2 for Mazarron.

Unable to beat the Mazarron defence Alcantarilla tried shooting from distance but their shots were no threat for the Mazarron goalkeeper, Juan Pedro (no 1) The first half ended 2 – 0.

Alcantarilla kicked off the second half, with their half time talk ringing in their ears, they upped the pace and tried a series of dummies to take control of the ball, but Mazarron were holding firm and not being fooled that easily. Salva (no 7) made an excellent run up the wing fighting off several Alcantarilla players but unfortunately failed to find a finish. Alcantarilla were definitely more organised now than they had been in the first half but any chances they had resulted in weak soft finishes, no problem for Mazarron. With the uneven playing surface and the ball bouncing around like in a game of bagatelle, it became more of a game of “head ball” than football, but this was to neither teams advantage.

With pointless midfield play Mazarron were desperate for a breakthrough to secure the three points. It took till the 84th minute for Mazarron to make that break as Dani (no 10) repeated his first goal and out played the Alcantarilla keeper again to shoot into an open net for the second time.

In the main the refereeing had been better than the standard we have unfortunately become accustom to but a late yellow card for Raso (no 4) for hand ball when the ball had clearly hit his chest only makes me think he had been watching the film “Alien” and thought a hand had protruded from his stomach! The game ended 3 - 0.

Mazarron made two substitutions in the second half, Alcantarilla made five substitutions. Mazarron received three yellow cards. Alcantarilla received just one yellow card.

Man of the match voted for by Los Amigos de Mazarron FC was Raso– number 4.

EF ALHAMA 1 - MAZARRON FC 0  (11.3.2018)

With no away coach today the Los Amigos supporters met in the sector B car park and then formed a convoy to the ground. We all just hoped the leader knew the way! Arriving safely at the ground we then all followed Bill to the entrance, well an entrance but not the one we needed. Finally we arrived at where we needed to be, still in plenty of time for the kick off.

Not wishing to make today's report more of a weather report than a match report but the first thing I must say is that today's strong wind had more of an influence on the game than many of the players.

Alhama got the game underway and off to a good start as both teams settled into the game. Mazarron had an early chance as they moved forward into the box, but despite being in an excellent position, the Mazarron player could only strike at an opposing player and not the goal. Mauro Fernandez (no 9) showed some good skill on the ball keeping Mazarron pushing forward. This was not a day for high balls and both teams were struggling to control the ball. Today's conditions were not doing either team any favours and shots were sailing well wide of the target.

Alhama started to take more control of the game but lucky for Mazarron, they were repeatedly caught off side. It was half way through the first half before Mazarron had another possible goal opportunity. Bad communication in the Alhama team saw both the goalkeeper and a defender come to tackle the same Mazarron player as he entered the box. They collided, the ball rolled free but Mazarron's resulting strike could only find the crossbar. Still struggling with the wind it looked like neither team would find the target in the first half. Keeping the ball on the ground Dani (no 11) worked his way through the defence but his final strike only found the keepers hands. With the Alhama substitutes now huddled under blankets on the bench we were all happy to hear the whistle and the first half ended 0 – 0.

The second half got underway and Alhama took a chance on a long shot which the wind dragged just wide of the net. Mauro (no 9) again showed skill fighting off defenders to reach the box but failed to find a finish. The play went end to end but still with very little control as the wind swept away the high balls. Alhama looked the better of the two teams but Mazarron's defence were working well to break down their play. With weather conditions worsening and rain looking imminent this was not the ideal way to spend a Sunday afternoon.

Then at 74 minutes it went from bad to worse as an Alhama corner was taken long, struck back into the box, cleared badly, struck again and goal for Alhama. With the rain now beating from all directions the only high point for the Mazarron supporters was to look at the wonderful double rainbow beyond the ground and wonder which end had the “pot of gold”.

The last few minutes produced no good play from either side. They were trying but conditions were against them. It makes me wonder if any of these players could survive playing in the UK when this would have been just normal weather conditions for much of the season! The game ended 1 - 0.

Mazarron made two substitutions in the second half, one due to an injury after Mauro (no 9) was elbowed off the field and into the surrounding barrier. Alhama made four substitutions in the second half. Mazarron received five yellow cards, including two for Monjas Lopez (no 8), another red for Mazarron and an important player we will miss for the next few games. Alhama received four yellow cards.

Man of the match voted for by Los Amigos de Mazarron FC was Boudia – number 5.

MAZARRÓN FC 1 - CD ALGAR 2  (4.3.2018)  (MATCH PROGRAMME)

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.