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Archive Reports 2017/18 - Preferente Division

 

CD JUVENIA 1 - MAZARRON 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.

Mazarron 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 Mazarron 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 Mazarron 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 Mazarron managed to clear.

Unfortunately the only polite word I can use for what we were watching is “boring” , Mazarron 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, Mazarron 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 Mazarron slipped to fourth in the league, now four points below the leaders. Mazarron 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

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

Mazarron 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 Mazarron defence without really troubling Dani Caro who was returning to the team in goal. In the first half, Mazarron 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 Mazarron 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 Mazarron took all three points.

Mazarron picked up no yellow cards in the game and now only Nuestro Abaran and Balsicas have better disciplinary records than Mazarron 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 - MAZARRON FC 0  (19.11.2017)

Mazarron 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 Mazarron defence and Juan Pedro raced in at the far post to fire home. Mazarron 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.

Mazarron 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 Mazarron 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. Mazarron 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 Mazarron 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

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

Mazarron 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 Mazarron, gave them the lead on 13 minutes with a firm strike from the edge of the penalty area. Mazarron 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 Mazarron 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. Mazarron 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.

Mazarron'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 Mazarron'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, Mazarron 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 - MAZARRON FC 1 (5.11.2017)

Mazarron 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 Mazarron 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).

Mazarron 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)

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

A last minute goal gave EF Alhama a point after Mazarron 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- Mazarron striker Jose using his pace to cause trouble for the Mazarron defenders.

However, it was Mazarron 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.

Mazarron 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 Mazarron 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 Mazarron 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 Mazarron 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 Mazarron and two for Alhama.

CD ALGAR 7 - MAZARRON 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 Mazarron'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 Mazarron 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 Mazarron's downfall came at 25 minutes as, after a wasted corner from Mazarron, Algar broke up the field, showing good skill and hit the target for their first goal. Algar already looked in control as Mazarron just kept “booting” the ball too long, beyond any players, where it was safely gathered by the keeper. Mazarron 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. Mazarron 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.

Mazarron 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. Mazarron 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 Mazarron 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 Mazarron 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.

Mazarron 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 Mazarron 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 Mazarron FC was Raso – number 4. Mazarron drop to third in the league after today’s match but still only one point behind the leaders.

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

Mazarron'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, Mazarron 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.

Mazarron 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 Mazarron'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 - MAZARRON FC 5 (8.10.2017)

Mazarron 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.

Mazarron 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 Mazarron's defence held firm. At the other end Mazarron 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.

Mazarron 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. Mazarron 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

MAZARRON 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, Mazarron managed to overcome the obstacle of playing with nine men for 74 minutes to earn a 6-3 home win over AD Alquerias.

Mazarron 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.

Mazarron'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 Mazarron 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, Mazarron 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 Mazarron 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 Mazarron's sixth goal of the game.

Understandably the Mazarron 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 Mazarron keeper Dani Caro made a number of excellent saves to keep his team ahead.

It was a magnificent team performance by Mazarron 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 Mazarron. Next weekend Mazarron 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 - MAZARRON FC 3 (23.9.2017)

Mazarron 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 Mazarron 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.

Mazarron 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 Mazarron 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 Mazarron 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

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

A scintillating second half performance saw Mazarron 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 Mazarron should have gone into the interval in the lead. Esparragal almost scored in the opening minutes but Mazarron 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.

Mazarron 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. Mazarron 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 Mazarron 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 Mazarron 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

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

Mazarrón's first home game of the season ended in a goalless draw. Mazarron 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 Mazarron defence out but Dani Caro made another fine save although the referee had blown for offside.

Mazarron 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.

Mazarron 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 - MAZARRON 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 Mazarron 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. Mazarron 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 Mazarron 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 Mazarron with some uncontrolled and messy play in the box which could have accidentally slipped over the line. Mazarron 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 Mazarron's new captain Adrian Campoy to cleanly slot the ball into the net – GOAL FOR MAZARRON at 16 minutes.

The first half continued with midfield play, neither side taking control. Bringing down a Bullense player, Mazarron received their first yellow card for Alfonso Canovas. Despite a good shot from Bullense which was only just wide of the target, Mazarron 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.

Mazarron 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 Mazarron 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. Mazarron 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 Mazarron keeper way out of position but the defence did its job successfully.

Mazarron picked up their pace but Jose Antonio tackled just outside the box and a free kick was awarded. The five man Mazarron wall did its job and quickly moved the ball back up the field for Adrian Campoy (No. 5) to head GOAL NUMBER TWO FOR MAZARRON. 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 Mazarron did not want to lose their lead for a second time. Somewhat franticly Mazarron 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 Mazarron supporters breathed a sigh of relief. This did cost Dani a red card and Mazarron 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 Mazarron.

Mazarron 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 Mazarron 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 Mazarron's defensive play. With five minutes injury time to play, Mazarron 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. Mazarron 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.