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Archive Reports 2018/19 - Tercera Division

 

MAZARRON FC 0 - AGUILAS FC 0  (9.12.2018)  (MATCH PROGRAMME)

Mazarron and Aguilas played out a hard fought draw at the Estadio Municipal Pedro Mendez Mendez.

Mazarron started the game brightly and Diego and Habib combined well on the left before Diego's cross was cut out. Then an excellent free kick from Xavi saw Salva Ballesta putting in a dangerous cross but the flag had gone up for offside.

On 16 minutes, Basi had a shot saved while at the other end an Aguilas corner led to a shot going wide from close range. Zurdo had picked up an injury after a clash with his own keeper and an Aguilas forward and was replaced by Gato after 20 minutes. On 23 minutes a Salva Ballesta free kick was headed over the bar by Nacho and a few minutes later Salva's attempt to chip the visiting keeper from 20 yards was saved.

The visitors had a half chance after 32 minutes when a left wing cross was headed straight at Pena in the Mazarron goal who then raced off his line to clear the ball but missed his kick completely. Fortunately his fellow defenders were on hand to scramble the ball clear and an even first half ended goalless.

A good move down the right at the start of the second period saw Basi and Josema combining well only to see Salva blast the cross over the bar. Then Xavi gave away a needless free kick near the right touchline. The free kick was headed on and hit the far post only to rebound into the grateful arms of Antonio Pena. He quickly transferred the ball to the other end of the field and Diego appeared to be pushed off the ball in the penalty area. To his astonishment the referee waved away Mazarron's appeals for a penalty and booked him for diving.

Basi was on the end of a couple of crunching tackles which went unpunished before Antonio received his usual yellow card for what seemed an innocuous challenge, Mazarron continued to dominate the game and Salva's corner was headed just over by Adrian Campoy. Then on 72 minutes Andreo's pass to Basi saw the striker's shot well saved by former Mazarron goalkeeper Pablo.

A clever free kick from substitute Jose Da eluded everyone but was turned behind for a corner from which Basi had another shot saved. After 77 minutes Adrian Campoy had to dive bravely to block a fierce Aguilas shot from outside the penalty area. Substitute Chino then cut inside only to see his shot blocked. The ball fell to Basi whose effort was also blocked and finally scrambled clear by Aguilas.

In the last minute of normal time Adrian Campoy headed a left wing cross against the bar before Aguilas forced two corners in injury time, the second of which saw a shot going just wide of Pena's goalpost.

It was a better performance by Mazarron who probably deserved to get all three points on the balance of play but once again just lacked the killer instinct in front of goal.

Team: Antonio Pena; Josema; Zurdo (Gato); Adrian Campoy; Nacho; Andreo; Basi; Xavi; Habib (Chino); Diego (Jose Da); Salva Ballesta.

Man of the Match: Andreo.

REAL MURCIA "B" 2 - MAZARRON FC 1  (6.12.2018)

Mazarron's poor results against teams struggling towards the bottom of the table continued with a 2-1 defeat away to Real Murcia "B".

Already without Habib and Xavi through suspension and Boudia through injury, Manager Juanjo made two other surprise omissions from the starting line up leaving out central defender Nacho and hard-working midfield Andreo. This backfired spectacularly in a dreadful first half performance which saw Mazarron completely overrun in midfield and conceding two goals, one of which was an own goal from Nacho's replacement Alberto.

Murcia started the game on the front foot causing problems down their left wing and Mazarron's right flank where Mazarron were fielding two naturally left footed players, Gato and Chino. A free kick from the left evaded everyone at the near post and was gratefully headed out for a corner. Then another incisive break down the left saw the Mazarron defence scramble the resulting cross clear.

The first goal came inevitably from another left wing cross which Adrian Campoy looked favourite to deal with but Alberto rushed in front of him to slice the ball into his own net after 12 minutes. There was little sign of Mazarron as an attacking force until a long punt from Alberto found Basi racing clear on 20 minutes but he shot just over the bar.

A minute later Murcia had the ball in the net again after another left wing move but the effort was ruled out for offside. Mazarron suffered a spate of yellow cards as they tried in vain to stem the attacking ideas of the home team. Heredia and Salva Ballesta were being overrun in the centre of midfield and the presence of Andreo was sorely missed.

Zurdo came to the rescue with an excellent tackle as Murcia threatened to break down the middle and Mazarron were once again unable to string two passes together and content to clear long balls out of defence just to relieve pressure. In a brief two minute spell Jose Da and Diego provided two half chances for Basi, the first from which he shot just wide and the second which saw the home keeper dive at his feet to smother the shot.

However, it was Murcia who increased their lead five minutes before half time when the Mazarron defence only half cleared a free kick and the ball was played out to the left where Victor, looking suspiciously offside stroked the ball into the far corner.

Surprisingly, Mazarron made no changes at the start of the second half but had Jose Da playing in a deeper midfield role. His free kick was headed wide by Alberto on 49 minutes. Two minutes later Nacho came on in place of Chino to strengthen the midfield. However, there was no immediate improvement as the visitors continued to hit long balls down the middle straight to an opposing player.

On one of the rare occasions when the long ball did find a Mazarron player, Basi controlled Gato's pass and, seeing the keeper off his line, tried to lob the ball over him but, unfortunately, the effort went straight into his grateful hands.

Pena made a good save on the hour when he tipped a header from a left wing cross over the bar before young striker Jaime came on to replace Gato as Mazarron at last signalled their intentions to push forward.

Jaime made an immediate impact when he cut inside and fed Diego whose 20 yard effort was well saved. Mazarron started to try to play the ball on the ground but kept giving it away, hardly able to pass more than 5 yards except to an opponent. On 73 minutes Pena raced off his line to thwart another Murcia attack.

Mazarron pulled a goal back out of the blue on 80 minutes when Salva Ballesta's corner found Basi at the far post and he sent a looping header into the net. This signalled a late effort from Mazarron as they threw men forward in search of an equaliser which they hardly deserved. Salva Ballesta's shot was saved at the near post and Jose Da produced a diving save from the Murcia keeper from Salva's corner.

However, the home team almost made it 3-1 in the last minute of time added on and were only foiled by an excellent diving save by Antonio Pena. After Sunday's impressive display in the win against Muleno, it was a poor performance by Mazarron which saw them slip to eighth in the league and saw Real Murcia move out of the relegation places.

Despite the defeat, Mazarron are still only three points off a play-off place and have an important six pointer game at home to Aguilas on Sunday, kick off 6 pm.

Team: Antonio Pena; Gato (Jaime); Zurdo; Adrian Campoy; Alberto (Josema); Diego; Chino (Nacho); Heredia; Basi; Jose Da; Salva Ballesta.

Man of the match Antonio Pena.

MAZARRON FC 3 - MULENO CF 2  (2.12.2018)  (MATCH PROGRAMME)

Mazarron earned three valuable points in a five goal thriller and the only surprise is that there were not more goals as both teams put on a display of excellent attacking football.

Mazarron should have taken the lead in the third minute when a left wing cross saw a goalmouth scramble and the ball landed at Diego's feet. Unfortunately he shot wide when it seemed easier to score. Habib and Diego were working well together down the left and Habib had a shot blocked after a surging run from the halfway line. Then a good ball from Campoy found Habib racing clear but he slipped as he turned inside and the chance was lost.

Habib couldn't be kept out of the action and he received an unfortunate yellow card when he tried an overhead kick after Basi sliced his shot across the goalmouth. Salva Ballesta had a couple of half chances as Mazarron continued to press forward before the home team deservedly took the lead on 26 minutes when a left wing cross was superbly headed home by Basi.

On 29 minutes a Muleno free kick sailed harmlessly over the bar and at the other end a Salva free kick was headed well over by Adrian Campoy. Then Antonio Pena preserved Mazarron's lead with a brilliant diving save to keep out a Muleno free kick. There were half chances at both ends as an exciting first half came to an end with Mazarron holding a narrow lead.

It took just a minute for Mazarron to increase their lead after the interval when an excellent flowing move between Habib and Diego saw Salva Ballesta running on to Diego's pass to squeeze the ball in to the corner of the net with the help of a deflection from a defender.

Two minutes later Antonio Pena made another superb save to keep out a fierce shot from the edge of the penalty area and almost immediately he was in action again to turn another shot around the post for a corner. Muleno were striving desperately for a goal and it came on 54 minutes when a free kick was headed home by an unmarked Pablo with the usually reliable Mazarron defence nowhere to be seen.

Mazarron were giving needless free kicks away in dangerous positions but both teams continued to press forward in search of further goals. The Mazarron defence was sleeping again when another free kick found two Muleno players unmarked at the far post but fortunately the header was tame and Pena saved.

Muleno were fighting for every ball but it was Mazarron who almost increased their lead when substitute Jose Da robbed the Muleno left back and tried to chip the goalkeeper who was off his line but he just scrambled back to tip the ball over the bar for a corner. However in the 69th minute Jose Da scored one of the most spectacular goals of the season with a fierce free kick from almost on the touchline which screamed into the top corner of the net.

On 72 minutes Muleno had the ball in the net but the effort was ruled offside but they pulled a goal back on 79 minutes, when the ball was headed home again by Pablo after more dreadful marking by Mazarron, from another free kick.

Three minutes later Mazarron were awarded a free kick on the right after a seemingly innocuous challenge which somehow saw Habib and the Muleno's Jesus receive their second yellow cards.

There were half chances at both ends in what was a really exciting game before the over-officious referee blew the final whistle to signal three more points for Mazarron . The win moves them back up to sixth place just one point away from a play-off position.

It is just a pity that the performance of the referee should once again overshadow a great game of football for which both teams deserve great credit.

Team; Antonio Pena; Josema; Gato; Adrian Campoy; Nacho; Boudia (Andreo); Basi (Jose Da); Xavi; Habib; Diego (Heredia); Salva Ballesta.

Man of the Match; Salva Ballesta.

CD ALGAR 0 - MAZARRON FC 0  (25.11.2018)

Mazarron had to settle for a point in a game against lowly CD Algar which was played in terrible conditions with a gusty wind making good football almost impossible on a bumpy artificial surface.

Algar made the first opening when Alberto had to be alert to head a dangerous right wing cross for a corner. On 11 minutes an excellent ball from goalkeeper Pena was well controlled by Salva Ballesta and his cross was just too high for the onrushing Basi and new signing Habib.

After 23 minutes Basi had the first shot on target for either side with a fierce drive from outside the penalty area which was well saved by the Algar keeper. Conditions were really difficult and Mazarron, with the wind behind them, struggled to adapt and were playing too many long balls which sailed aimlessly out of play. Algar didn't help the flow of the game with theatrical dives every time they came near a Mazarron player.

As half time approached play continued to deteriorate and Mazarron suffered a blow when Boudia was injured and was replaced by Chino after 38 minutes. Alberto had to make a last ditch tackle to break up a dangerous looking Algar attack just before the half time whistle blew.

The second half couldn't be any worse and fortunately Mazarron were able to play some decent football against the wind which had fortunately died down somewhat. Algar had the first opportunity of the half when a left wing cross sailed just wide. On the hour a corner from Salva Ballesta was headed back by Adrian Campoy into the path of Habib but the striker's shot was blocked. Then Chino made a good run down the left and his cross found Habib whose shot on the turn was deflected for a corner.

It was all Mazarron now and Zurdo's cross from the left just eluded Basi at the far post. Excellent play by substitute Diego and Basi saw Salva Ballesta's shot palmed away by the Algar keeper and almost immediately another Salva shot was deflected for a corner. Zurdo was again in the thick of the action with another cross that was punched clear and Basi shot just wide after a goalmouth scramble following a corner.

Try as they did, Mazarron just could not find the finishing touch for the goal which would have given them a win which their second half performance just about deserved. The result saw Mazarron drop to seventh in the league just two points off a play off place.

They return to action at home next week for the first time since 31st October when they entertain Muleno CF.

Team; Antonio Pena; Alberto; Adrian Campoy; Nacho; Zurdo; Boudia (Chino); Jose Da (Diego); Xavi; Basi; Salva Ballesta; Habib.

Man of the Match; Zurdo.

CAP CIUDAD DE MURCIA 1 - MAZARRON FC 0  (18.11.2018)

Mazarron dropped to fourth in the league table after a 1-0 defeat away to last year's Preferente Autonomica champions CAP Ciudad de Murcia.

Mazarron started brightly and Jose Da's clever pass to Diego was just cut out by the home goalkeeper. At the other end a long range shot from Murcia sailed well over the crossbar. Mazarron were showing good approach work but both Basi and Salva Ballesta overhit crosses when in promising situations. Then Salva fired in a fierce cross shot when he might have been better advised to play the ball to Diego and Basi who were waiting in the middle.

The home team were looking good on the break and Adrian Campoy came to the rescue with an excellent last ditch tackle to break up a dangerous move. The play was flowing from end to end now and the deadlock was broken on 35 minutes when Francisco gave Murcia the lead with a superb left foot strike from just outside the penalty area giving Antonio Pena no chance in the Mazarron goal. It was the first shot on target from either side.

Five minutes later a mistake by Xavi saw the home team racing clear but Pena came off his line to make a diving save with his feet. Mazarron had enjoyed plenty of possession without creating any chances and the half ended 1-0 in favour of the home team.

Mazarron's first shot on target came within a minute of the restart but Jose Da's tame free kick was easily saved. A free kick from Xavi was then headed harmlessly by Adrian Campoy in to the keeper's hands.

Mazarron were guilty of giving the ball away in midfield and again relied too much on the long ball with aimless clearances out of defence towards the lone figure of Basi. Nacho came to the rescue with a brilliant tackle before new signing Habib replaced Diego after 57 minutes. Two minutes later Xavi was caught in possession but fortunately the resulting shot was fired over the bar.

Boudia replaced Xavi in midfield as Mazarron pressed forward in search of an equaliser. On 75 minutes Salva's free kick was headed goalwards by Adrian Campoy and Murcia just managed to force the ball away for a corner in the ensuing scramble. In a last throw of the dice Heredia replaced Gato before Andreo was booked in the 80th minute.

Three minutes later Jose Da's free kick found Adrian Campoy whose header was well saved and Habib's follow up shot was blocked for a corner. Then on 86 minutes Andreo's dreadful disciplinary record continued when he was sent off for a second yellow card, his tenth yellow to go with one red in just 12 appearances.

Even with ten men Mazarron went in search of an elusive goal. Zurdo popped up on the left of the penalty area but his final cross eluded everyone. Then Basi shot just wide and the game ended with Mazarron's final corner of the came for which Antonio Pena raced upfield to join the attack which again came to nothing.

Team: Antonio Pena; Gato (Heredia); Zurdo; Adrian Campoy; Nacho; Andreo; Basi; Xavi (Boudia); Diego (Habib); Jose Da; Salva Ballesta.

Man of the Match: Salva Ballesta.

MAZARRON FC 2 - U D LOS GARRES 0  (11.11.2018)  (MATCH PROGRAMME)

Mazarron's remarkable first season back in the Tercera Division continued with a 2-0 win against a strong UD Los Garres team.

Los Garres began the game well and hit the post with a shot from just outside the box after 6 minutes but the offside flag had already been raised when the ball was cleared. Neither side made much impression in the first twenty minutes although Jose Carlos, Los Garres' number, 9 was causing problems for the Mazarron defence with his skill and pace.

Mazarron's first dangerous move came when a superb pass from Xavi saw Salva Ballesta cut inside before he was tackled in the act of shooting and Mazarron's appeals for a penalty were denied by the referee.

On 25 minutes Los Garres had a half-chance but a cross from the left was headed well over the bar. It was a poor game at this point with Basi again often isolated up front for Mazarron who were relying on quick breaks out of defence. Then, five minutes before the interval Diego found Salva Ballesta on the right and his fierce cross shot was cut out by the visiting keeper.

Mazarron almost took the lead on the stroke of half-time when Salva's pin-point free kick was headed just wide by captain Adrian Campoy.

The second half started with Mazarron giving more support to Basi up front. The home team appealed for a penalty for hand ball but the referee awarded the free kick on the edge of the penalty area. Salva Ballesta attempted to curl the ball around the defensive wall but his effort was just wide of the target.

Basi and Salva were now combining well for Mazarron and a corner from Salva was scrambled off the line. Jose Da and Boudia entered the fray in place of the hard-working Andreo and Heredia and the impact was immediate. Basi latched onto a superb through ball after 63 minutes and hammered his shot into the roof of the net to the delight of the many supporters who had made the short journey to Lorca for this "home" game.

Jose Carlos continued to cause problems for Mazarron with an excellent run down the left. Unfortunately for the visitors his perfect cross was blazed over the crossbar from 12 yards. Five minutes later he himself was guilty of a bad miss when he headed a right wing cross wide of the post.

Mazarron made the game safe on 76 minutes with a goal which came out of nothing. A midfield tussle saw the ball land at Basi's feet with his back to goal and the striker turned and unleashed another superb shot just inside the post leaving the Los Garres keeper with no chance.

The visitors were denied a goal in the last minute when Mazarron's dependable keeper Antonio Pena made an excellent save diving to his right to keep out a header that was destined for the corner of the net.

After a very disappointing first half performance, Mazarron got their act together after the break and just about deserved the victory that takes them back up into the play-off positions in third place. The players, who now train four times a week, are as fit as any Mazarron team in the last few years, and as they continue to grow in confidence, who knows what the future may hold.

Team; Antonio Pena; Gato; Zurdo; Adrian Campoy; Nacho; Andreo (Boudia); Basi; Xavi; Diego; Heredia (Jose Da); Salva Ballesta (Chino).

Man of the Match: Basi

SFC MINERVA 1 - MAZARRON FC 1  (4.11.2018)

Mazarron were without five players through suspension but managed to earn a point in a disappointing 1-1 draw at SFC Minerva.

Minerva started the game like a house on fire, earning four corners in the first five minutes but all were well defended by Mazarron's makeshift defence which included Alberto at right back and Boudia at centre half. Then Minerva broke down the right and a cross was met with a first time shot which Antonio Pena saved at point blank range.

It was 13 minutes before Mazarron were able to launch their first attack. Andreo's pass found Diego who cut inside before hitting a right foot shot which was tipped around the post by the Minerva keeper. Minerva continued to press forward and forced another corner which was again easily dealt with.

Then on 21 minutes Mazarron were awarded a rare free kick and Salva Ballesta's pin point cross was met by Alberto who sent a looping header into the corner of the net to give Mazarron the lead. Almost immediately, a goalmouth scramble saw Alberto nearly grab his second goal but he just failed to turn the ball home.

Mazarron were now on top and Salva Ballesta had another free kick deflected for a corner from which Adrian Campoy headed Javi's corner kick well wide. On 29 minutes a clever free kick from Xavi saw Basi chipping the ball into the middle and Adrian Campoy's header was just tipped around the post for a corner.

Minerva's best effort of the first half came when a long range effort saw the ball rebounding off the post with Antonio Pena struggling to make his ground. The Mazarron keeper then raced off his line to save with his feet and break up another dangerous Minerva attack and maintain Mazarron's 1-0 lead at the interval.

Mazarron started the second half well with Basi and Chino combining to force a corner but Mazarron's cause was weakened after 52 minutes when the industrious Andreo was forced to leave the field with an injury. Even so Chino made a splendid break down the right before cutting inside and hitting a left foot shot towards the far post where Diego was just unable to turn the ball home.

Thereafter, it was all Minerva as Mazarron went onto the defensive to try to secure their one goal lead. They were unable to string two passes together and gave the ball away far too often, especially from wasted kicks from goalkeeper Antonio Pena towards the lone striker Basi.

Pena made a good save on 70 minutes to keep out a downward header but he was beaten from the resulting corner when substitute Severiano outjumped him to head into the empty net for the equaliser. Mazarron almost replied immediately but Salva Ballesta's free kick was headed onto the bar by Adrian Campoy.

Pena was called into action again on 75 minutes to thwart a Minerva breakaway and, at the other end, an excellent pass by Salva Ballesta saw Basi racing clear only to see his shot blocked by the home keeper.

Mazarron continued to give the ball away and were second best to all throw ins and free kicks but produced a dangerous move on 83 minutes with Basi, Salva and Diego involved. a move which ended with shouts for a penalty for handball ignored by the referee.

With virtually the last kick of the game Salva Ballesta tried an audacious free kick from the half way line which caught the Minerva keeper off his line but, unfortunately for Mazarron and their large band of travelling supporters, hit the cross bar and went just over.

The referee was again well below the standard required but at least Mazarron only received two yellow cards this week. On the whole it was a below par performance from Mazarron but a point away from home is not to be sneezed at.

Team: Antonio Pena; Alberto; Adrian Campoy; Boudia; Gato; Andreo (Heredia); Chino (Daniel); Xavi; Basi; Diego; Salva Ballesta.

Man of the Match: Adrian Campoy.

MAZARRON FC 0 - UCAM MURCIA "B" 2  (31.10.2018)   (MATCH PROGRAMME)

Mazarron's unbeaten home run came to an end when they were beaten 2-0 at home by UCAM Murcia who started the game second in the league.

Mazarron had Alberto replacing the influential captain Adrian Campoy who was suspended and started the better of the two teams. Salva Ballesta and Jose Da linked well to provide Andreo with a half-chance but his shot was blocked. Antonio Pena was called into action after 7 minutes to turn a shot from outside the penalty round the post for a corner.

As Mazarron continued to dominate a superb through ball by Heredia found Basi who despite a surging run forward was unable to get his final shot away and the danger was cleared. Against the run of play, the visitors took the lead after 13 minutes. What seemed a harmless free kick from the left was fumbled by Antonio Pena and Juan Matias gratefully tapped the ball home from two yards out.

Mazarron could have equalised minutes later when a Zurdo throw in was headed on to Basi at the near post and his clever flick rebounded back off the crossbar. Andreo then found himself in the visitor's six yard box but he turned back when a shot seemed a far better option and the chance was lost.

Antonio Pena made another diving save from a long range effort before Alberto was injured in a challenge with the UCAM goalkeeper and had to be replaced by Boudia after44 minutes and the half ended 1-0 to the visitors.

Mazarron received no yellow cards in the first period but Xavi was booked just two minutes into the second half prompting the referee to start the usual rush of second half cautions. Mazarron continued to dominate play and excellent work by Basi saw Jose Da hitting a fierce shot from outside the penalty area which was well saved.

Jose Da was booked for dissent on 56 minutes and Andreo was very harshly shown a yellow card a minute later for an excellent tackle to break up a dangerous UCAM attack. Nacho led the protests but was immediately booked for dissent and, along with Jose Da will miss Sunday's trip to SFC Minerva both having accumulated five yellow cards.

UCAM had a goal disallowed for offside after 60 minutes and a minute later Basi showed his strength and appeared to be held back in the penalty area before hitting a shot just over the bar. The referee continued to keep his cards out of his pocket and sent off the UCAM right back after 66 minutes for his second yellow card. Mazarron's assistant coach Jose Luis was sent from the bench a minute later and Zurdo was booked on 70 minutes for what seemed an innocuous challenge for a ball that was going out of play.

Andreo made a surging run down the right and crossed the ball perfectly only to see Salva Ballesta blaze his shot well over the bar. As Mazarron surged forward in search of an equaliser, Chino was sent on in place of central defender Nacho and immediately played a one-two with Andreo only to see his dangerous cross cut out.

It was all Mazarron now as UCAM Murcia used every trick in the book to break up play, feigning injury at every tackle and making three substitutions in a period of six minutes. Mazarron players vainly appealed for a handball in the penalty area on 84 minutes. A minute later more good work by Basi saw Chino racing down the right and Salva Ballesta just failed to convert his cross at the far post.

Zurdo was sent off for a second yellow card and then it was Basi again who provided Salva Ballesta with yet another chance and this time his shot rebounded to safety off the far post. A succession of corners saw the whole team encamped in the UCAM penalty area and from one of these UCAM broke away to score their second goal with virtually the last kick of the game.

It was a really impressive performance by Mazarron against a team who have not yet lost this season. Their work rate, energy and standard of play was excellent and, despite the defeat. they proved that they are more than a match for any team in this division.

Our enthusiastic coach Juanjo was shown a red card at the final whistle and will now be banned for the second time this season along with his assistant.

Team: Antonio Pena; Gato; Zurdo; Alberto (Boudia); Nacho (Chino); Andreo; Basi; Xavi (Diego); Jose Da; Heredia; Salva Ballesta.

Man of the Match: Gato

Lorca FC 0 - Mazarron FC 1  (27.10.2018)

Mazarron kicked off at Lorca on a pitch that puts others in the league to shame – it is immaculate.

After 5 mins a corner taken by Xavi ended with a foul on the Lorca goallie. Apart from this incident, Lorca were dominating possession and it appeared to me that Mazarron had been set up in a defensive mode. Their first real chance on goal came after 16 mins when Salvi had a shot which needed saving by the Lorca keeper. Then another break saw Basi offside when well placed. After 20 mins Campoy was lucky to only receive a yellow card when he brought down a Lorca player running at him. The resulting free kick was put well over the bar.

Despite Lorca's dominance their first real chance on the Mazarron goal came after 27 mins, but the shot was tame and easily saved by Pena. Andreo then made a last ditch clearance for a corner which came to nothing and shortly afterwards Pena raced out to a Lorca through ball and hammered it into touch off a Lorca players toes. The half ended with Lorca again on the attack as they had been for most of the half.

A short time after the second half started saw Boudia replace Andreo (who had received a knock in the first half), for his first game of the season after his long suspension. Mazarron were having their best period of possession at this time and first Jose Da then Basi failed to test Lorca keeper when well placed. Then again after 10 mins a smart move down the left saw Basi beat his marker and a precise centre found Salvi unmarked and he had time to control the ball and from 15 yards give the Lorca keeper no chance. 1 – 0 to Mazarron.

Lorca regained the upper hand and continued to have the majority of the play. After 19 mins there was a scramble in the Mazarron 6yds box involving about 3 players from each side, after Pena failed to gather a centre. The ball pinged about but Pena eventually threw himself into the centre of the crowd to reclaim the ball. A let off for Mazarron. Shortly after this at the other end Basi had a free header, but put it over the bar – it was a good chance.

After 32 mins Pena saved superbly from point blank range, but he needn´t have bothered as Lorca were offside. Chino replaced Heredia and Jose Da was replaced by Alberto shortly afterwards. Lorca continued to come forward but as throughout the game found the Mazarron defence difficult to penetrate. As the game went into stoppage time another good move by Lorca was wasted when they were caught offside. Then another chance for Lorca was cleared for a corner. A shot from the corner was sent way over the bar by a Lorca forward just about the last action of the game.

All in all, having been set up to defend, the team carried out their duties very well and Lorca had few chances on goal. I consider that Lorca had 70% of possession, but did not do a lot with it. Mazarron I believe received 5 yellow cards and Lorca about 3 and the game was well handled by the referee.

Team: Antonio Pena; Gato; Zurdo; Adrian Campoy; Nacho; Andreo (Boudia); Basi; Xavi; Jose Da (Alberto); Heredia (Chino); Salva Ballesta.

Man of the match Antonio Pena.

MAZARRON FC 1 - FC LA UNION ATLETICO 0  (21.10.2018)  (MATCH PROGRAMME)

In a game of two halves Mazarron withstood sustained second half pressure from La Union and held on to Diego's first half goal to take all three points.

With the whole of the main stand closed following the problems at the Cieza game last week the large crowd were crammed into two sides of the ground which made for a raucous atmosphere.

Chino had the first chance for Mazarron with a shot on the turn which was blocked as the home team had the better of the early exchanges. Then good work by Diego saw Chino having another half chance but again his shot was blocked. On 26 minutes a free kick from Xavi was headed wide by Adrian Campoy with Mazarron encamped in the visitors' half.

A minute later a long ball out of defence saw Dani Barrelis taking on three defenders before hitting a crisp left foot shot which was saved by the La Union keeper. Then a Jose Da corner was met at the far post by Xavi but his firm header was tipped over the bar. On 37 minutes Adrian Campoy's pass found Diego on the left and his cross was met by Chino who hit a superb left foot volley just over the bar.

Mazarron's pressure paid off a minute later when Dani Barrelis cleverly held off two defenders before threading a perfect ball through to Diego who made no mistake from 10 yards out to give Mazzarron a 1-0 lead at the interval.

The second half saw Mazarron take their foot completely off the pedal and they allowed La Union into the game. A break down the left was finally cut out by Antonio Pena in the Mazarron goal and then a left wing corner was headed over his own bar by Adrian Campoy. On 67 minutes a corner was headed just over the bar by the La Union central defender as the home supporters started to get restless.

At the other end a Jose Da free kick was just over and then a drive from substitute Salva Ballesta was deflected for a corner. Mazarron were conceding far too many free kicks as the tackling became more desperate and a succession of yellow cards were shown by the referee. La Union's last chance came in the 86th minute but the final shot was wide of the target. The game finished on a sour note for Mazarron as leading goalscorer and Man of the Match Dani Barrelis was carried off with what appeared to be a bad hamstring injury which left the home team to finish the game with 10 men.

The victory takes Mazarron up to third place in the league, a quite remarkable start to life in the higher division.

Team: Antonio Pena; Gato; Zurdo; Adrian Campoy; Nacho; Heredia; Chino (Salva Ballesta); Xavi; Dani Barrelis (Alberto); Jose Da; Diego (Adrian)

Man of the Match; Dani Barrelis

MAZARRON FC 1 - CD CIEZA 1 (14.10.2018) (MATCH PROGRAMME)

(ABANDONED AFTER 76 MINUTES)

(As a result of Cieza failing to complete the game, the match was subsequently awarded to Mazarrón by a score of 3-0.)

The problems of writing a Mazarron FC match report when watching the game via internet transmission (this time from Odense in Denmark) were never more obvious than on Sunday. The first 35 minutes of the game were missed because of lack of internet coverage and then the fracas which led to the abandonment of the game was not picked up by the camera although the aftermath certainly was.

The first surprise of the evening was the sight of the league's joint leading goalscorer Dani Barrelis on the substitutes bench for Mazarron with Chino given his first start of the season and Basi playing the role of lone striker down the middle.

According to the local media Mazarron made a good start to the game and had the better of the first 15 minutes and should have scored on 16 minutes but the shot following a corner was well wide. Cieza then came more into the game and had three decent chances to take the lead, two from headers and one from a shot from outside the penalty area. The visitors took the lead a minute before half time when Jesus Moreno latched on to as through ball and lobbed the ball over the advancing Antonio Pena and into the empty net.

Mazarron introduced Dani Barrelis after the interval and started the second half on the front foot. Unfortunately, as has happened too often in recent weeks, they wasted two free kicks in dangerous positions, the first from Salva Ballesta and the second from Xavi. Then on 53 minutes a corner from Salva was headed just wide by captain Adrian Campoy.

Mazarron were now in control of the game and a free kick from substitute Jose Da went close. Cieza were adopting the usual tactic of falling to the ground dramatically after every tackle but in the 72nd minute Mazarron appealed in vain for a penalty when Dani Barrellis appeared to be fouled in the area. In the scramble that followed, Diego's header was saved by the visiting keeper.

A rare break by Cieza saw a left wing cross go well wide of the intended target and then Mazarron scored the equaliser a minute later. A long clearance by Antonio Pena eventually saw the ball land at the feet of Salva Ballesta and his left foot shot found the corner of the net.

Unfortunately, that was the last action of the game as an incident around the Cieza substitutes bench saw the visitors taking the dramatic action of leaving the field and refusing to return leaving the match officials no alternative but to abandon the game.

Team: Antonio Pena; Gato; Zurdo; Adrian Campoy; Nacho; Andreo; Basi; Xavi (Jose Da); Chino (Dani Barrelis); Diego; Salva Ballesta.

MAZARRON FC 1 - MAR MENOR CF 1 (7.10.2018)  (MATCH PROGRAMME)

Mazarron kept their unbeaten home record with another hard working performance against a strong Mar Menor side. The visitors were runners-up in this division last year and have not finished below fifth in the last eight seasons.

Mar Menor started on the front foot forcing two early corners and looking quick and dangerous in attack. Antonio Pena had to be alert to keep out a cross shot from the right and at the other end Basi made a strong run forward but his shot was blocked for a corner.

On 13 minutes Antonio Pena came to Mazarron's rescue, not for the first time this season, when Mar Menor broke clear and he dived at the striker's feet to clutch the ball safely. However, the visitors took the lead after 18 minutes when Nacho was penalised for handball in the area. Pena made a superb save from the spot kick but was powerless to prevent the follow up shot entering the net.

Mazarron were behind for only 12 minutes when an excellent move down the right saw Basi's cross headed into the corner of the Mar Menor net for his sixth goal of the season. Two minutes later Pena raced out of his goal but his clearance only reached a Mar Menor forward. Fortunately, his shot was well wide of the far post with the goal gaping.

On 38 minutes Pena was again called into action after a ball down the left eluded Gato and the home keeper was on hand to make another diving save. Mazarron almost took the lead on the stroke of half time when Salva Ballesta's corner was headed just over the bar by Adrian Campoy.

Mar Menor began the second half on the attack and looked dangerous on a couple of breaks down their right wing. Dani Barrelis went close for Mazarron but saw his shot blocked at the last minute. Then a superb free kick from Xavi was headed down into the path of Dani Barrelis but his fierce shot brought an excellent save from the Mar Menor keeper.

The game entered a scrappy period with neither side able to make any impression but Adrian Campoy had to be alert to divert a shot for a corner. Mazarron's last chance was a free kick on the edge of the penalty area when Dani Barrelis was brought down but Jose Da's free kick was headed clear at the near post.

The draw keeps Mazarron in eighth position in the Tercera Division a highly creditable start to the season.

Team: Antonio Pena; Gato; Zurdo; Adrian Campoy; Nacho; Heredia (Jose Da); Basi; Xavi; Dani Barrelis; Diego (Chino); Salva Ballesta.

Man of the Match: Adrian Campoy

EDMF CHURRA GESA 2 - MAZARRON FC 2  (30.9.2018)

Mazarron travelled to third placed Churra and came away with an excellent draw in a very hard fought game.

The home team took the lead in the very first minute when a long ball saw former Mazarron striker Dani Morales racing past Alberto and with goalkeeper Antonio Pena racing out to the edge of the penalty area he calmly lobbed the ball over his head and into the empty net.

Churra were looking quick and dangerous up front but Mazarron also looked sharper than the previous week with Basi finally playing alongside Dani Barrelis up front. Jose Da hit a long range free kick straight at the keeper and then Andreo's shot from 25 yards was well saved as Mazarron started to get into their stride.Zurdo was harshly penalised for a foul but the Churra free kick was well wide. Then Salva Ballesta and Andreo combined well on the right but Andreo's cross shot was just wide of the target. Churra had a great opportunity to increase their lead on 38 minutes when a free kick from the right was fired wildly over the bar from just six yards.

They were made to pay for their mistake when Mazarron equalised a minute later. A throw in from Gato caused havoc in the Churra defence and the ball landed at the feet of Basi who fired the ball firmly home from 10 yards. On the stroke of half time a free kick from the right was headed against the bar by Dani Morales and the ball bounced down into the safe arms of Antonio Pena.

Churra began the second half with a left wing corner which was headed wide. Then new signing Javi saw the Churra keeper off his line but his clever effort from 40 yards did not have enough height. However Mazarron took the lead after 56 minutes when Salva Ballesta was pulled back just inside the area and leading scorer Dani Barrelis calmly slotted the resulting penalty into the corner of the net.

Churra were back on level terms seven minutes later when a free kick on the edge of the penalty area was touched back into the path of Nelson Gabriel who shot over the defensive wall past the despairing dive of Antonio Pena.

Mazarron's best move of the game came after 67 minutes when Dani Barrelis cleverly held off three defenders before finding Jose Da whose fierce shot was well saved by the Churra keeper. Churra's giant substitute Alejandro headed a corner over the bar and at the other end Andreo was leaning back as he fired over the bar from 8 yards after a right wing free kick.

It was virtually Andreo's last action of the game as he was harshly shown a straight red card for a tackle right in front of the visiting Mazarron supporters who showed their displeasure at the decision. Then a touchline spat saw a member of the coaching staff from each team sent to the changing rooms.

Mazarron could have won it in the 89th minute when substitute Heredia threaded the ball through to Basi just inside the Churra half. He raced clear but his final shot was smothered by the home keeper.

It was a much better all round performance by Mazarron who have played four of the top six teams in their six games so far and with three wins, a draw and just two defeats it has been a very satisfactory start to the season.

Team: Antonio Pena; Gato; Zurdo; Alberto; Nacho; Andreo; Basi; Javi; Dani Barrelis (Chino); Jose Da (Heredia); Salva Ballesta (Diego).

Man of the Match: Andreo.

MAZARRON FC 2 - NV ESTUDIANTES DE MURCIA CF 0  (23.9.2018)  (MATCH PROGRAMME)

Mazarron retained their 100% home record against an Estudiantes side currently at the foot of the league but it was not one of their best performances.

They started brightly with Salva Ballesta and Zurdo sending in dangerous crosses which caused problems for the visitors defence and took the lead on 14 minutes. A free kick from Jose Da on the right was only half cleared and when the ball was played back into the area Adrian Campoy's header was fumbled by the keeper but the Mazarron skipper was first to react and fired home from close range.

Despite their lowly position Estudiantes were playing some neat football but it was Mazarron who increased the lead after 25 minutes. Jose Da cleverly floated the ball towards the corner of the net where leading scorer Dani Barrelis was on hand to apply the finishing touch with his fourth goal of the season.

As Mazarron for some reason took their foot of the pedal, the visitors dominated the remainder of the first half. After 29 minutes a break down the left forced a good save from Antonio Pena at the near post. On 33 minutes a long range effort went wide but Pena distinguished himself shortly afterwards with another acrobatic save, diving to his left to keep out a fierce drive following a throw in.

A minute later Adrian Campoy had to show his defensive qualities with a last ditch intervention as an Estudiantes striker was about to shoot . Little was seen of Mazarron as an attacking force and they were giving the ball away far too often in midfield.

The second half continued in the same vein with Pena and Adrian Campoy combining to thwart another Estudiantes attack and then Mazarron's outstanding goalkeeper was called into action again in the 53rd and 54th minutes to make two more good saves.

At the other end Basi showed his pace and strength with a surging run from the halfway line but slightly overran the ball at the last minute and the Estudiantes keeper was able to smother his effort. Dani Barrelis and Diego combined well on the right but the resulting cross was cut out.

Estudiantes continued to dominate possession in the last fifteen minutes without really troubling the Mazarron defence again. The game ended on a sour note for the home team when Adrian Campoy was sent off in the 89th minute for a second yellow card.

After the first 25 minutes, Mazarron were far too defensive minded, were caught in possession far too often in midfield and left lone strike Dani Barrelis too isolated up front with little support. Having said all that three wins from the first five games in the higher division is a more than satisfactory start and the victory takes Mazarron up to seventh in the league table.

Team: Antonio Pena; Josema (Alberto); Adrian Campoy; Nacho; Zurdo; Andreo; Jose Da (Chicho); Diego; Basi; Dani Barrelis; Salva Ballesta (Chino).

Man of the Match: Antonio Pena.

YECLANO DEPORTIVO 2 - MAZARRON FC 0  (16.9.2018)

Mazarron FC made the long journey to Yecla to take on last season's Tercera Division champions and were thoroughly outplayed in the first 45 minutes.

The game started quietly and the first action was a Mazarron free kick which was fired well over the bar by Salva Ballesta. Yeclano then attacked with a cross from the right which Nacho headed behind. The resultant corner caused havoc for Mazarron with defenders somehow managing to throw their bodies in the way of the ball to block two shots which were heading for the net.

At the other end Dani Barriles was brought down 30 yards out and this time it was Jose Da who blazed another dreadful free kick well off target. Yeclano took the lead on 18 minutes after another quick break down the right which saw Alejandro turning the cross firmly past Antonio Pena.

It should have been 2-0 a minute later when a long ball down the middle caught Alberto napping but, with only Pena to beat, Iker dragged his shot wide of the far post. The Mazarron keeper then had to be alert to smother two more chances in as many minutes as the home team threatened to run away with the game.

The pressure kept mounting with Yeclano somehow contriving to shoot over the bar from 6 yards before they finally got the second goal they deserved on 31 minutes. Another long ball out of defence again caught Alberto out of position and this time Antonio raced clear to fire the ball into the far corner of the net.

Pena made another excellent save as half time approached before Basi gave Mazarron a little hope with a run down the right which ended when the home keeper dived at his feet to claim the ball.

The half time team talk seemed to stir Mazarron into action as they made a much better fist of it in the second period. However, Pena had to make the save of the game on 48 minutes with a flying leap to turn a fierce shot from 25 yards over the bar. Mazarron's first shot from open play came two minutes later when a corner was cleared to Diego but his effort was well wide of the target.

On 53 minutes Diego was blatantly fouled in the penalty area as he rounded the last defender but no foul was given. Then clever play by Dani Barrelis held the ball up but Jose Da's intended pass to the unmarked Basi was just wide of the target. This was Mazarron's best spell of the game and Nacho's header from a Salva Ballesta free kick was saved.

Diego was fouled on the edge of the penalty area and Dani's free kick was saved by Miguel in the Yecla goal. After a spell of 25 minutes which saw Mazarron having most of the possession Yeclano again began to stamp their authority on the game without ever playing with the same fluency as they had in the first half.

Salva Ballesta curled another Mazarron free kick just wide of the target but, at the other end, an excellent move down the right wing by Yeclano saw the opportunity wasted with a poor shot over the bar. The game ended typically with yet another diving save from Mazarron's overworked goalkeeper in the second minute of added time.

It was a tough test for Mazarron who need to improve in all areas to consolidate at this higher level but the improved second half performance gives some reason for optimism.

Team: Antonio Pena; Nacho; Zurdo (Carrasco); Adrian Campoy; Alberto; Andreo (Chicho); Basi; Diego; Barriles; Jose Da (Chino); Salva Ballesta.

Man of the Match: Antonio Pena.

MAZARRÓN FC 2 - OLÍMPICO DE TOTANA 1  (9.9.2018)   (MATCH PROGRAMME)

Mazarron started the game brightly with Dani Barriles looking lively up front. On 17 minutes, Diego playing in an advanced midfield role found Dani but he was thwarted by a sliding tackle and the danger was cleared.

Mazarron were certainly playing a lot more passing football than they did at Minera last week and little was seen of Totana as an attacking threat in the early stages. However on 27 minutes Antonio Peña had to be alert to flick a header following a free kick over the bar for a corner.

Mazarron continued to have the better of the play as half time approached and forced a couple of corners one of which saw a header fly just wide of the far post. On 35 minutes Diego ran on to a through ball but his shot was wide of the far post and the first half ended 0-0.

It took Mazarron just over a minute to break the deadlock at the start of the second period. A flowing move down the right ended with Basi's cross being turned into the net at the far post by Dani Barriles. The lead was short lived however as Esteban equalised for Totana just five minutes later, somewhat against the run of play.

On 63 minutes Mazarron thought they had regained the lead when Jose Da's pinpoint free kick was turned into the net by Adrian Campoy but the linesman's flag was raised for offside. Manager Juanjo was sent from the touch line for protesting too strongly. Four minutes later Dani Barriles broke through but his shot was blocked and Jose Da's audacious chip from 30 yards was just deflected for a corner.

Mazarron kept pushing forward and were rewarded with what turned out to be the winning goal on 75 minutes. Dani Barriles made a surging run down the left and cut inside before striking his shot into the far corner.

Totana surged forward in search of an equaliser but Mazarron were chasing everything and closing down the visiting players at every opportunity. Totana's best chance came in injury time when a right wing corner was headed wide. Almost immediately Mazarron broke away and substitute Carrasco had a great opportunity but shot wide from an excellent position.

It was an excellent performance by Mazarron and two wins from the first three games in the Tercera Division is a great start to the season.

Team: Antonio Pena; Jose Ma; Gato; Adrian Campoy; Nacho; Andreo (Alberto); Basi; Jose Da (Chicho); Dani Barriles; Diego (Carrasco), Salva Ballesta.

Los Amigos de Mazarron FC Man of the Match: Andreo

CD MINERA 1 - MAZARRÓN FC 0  (2.9.2018)

Mazarron made two changes from the side which beat Huercal Overa 2-0 last week with Jose Da replacing Diego and Nacho coming in for the injured Heredia.

Mazarron started the game with three central defenders and neither side could stamp any authority on the game in the opening minutes. Mazarron forced the game's first corner but Salva's cross was headed clear. Mazarron were being penalised at regular intervals, conceding a number of free kicks, most of which seemed very harsh but the defence dealt capably with everything thrown at them.

Mazarron were relying too much on long clearances but still managed to put together an excellent move on 24 minutes. A crossfield ball from Andreo found Zurdo on the left, the cross was touched on by Dani Barellis only for Basi to fire just wide.

As Minera gained the upper hand, Adrian Campoy had to dive smartly to head away for a corner and then Antonio Pena was injured as he punched a cross clear and fortunately the rebound was struck wide.

On the stroke of half time another harsh free kick was awarded against Mazarron and this time the cross was headed home at the far post to give Minera the lead. There was no time left to restart the game and the half ended Minera 1 Mazarron 0.

Mazarron's plan of playing three central defenders had meant that Jose Da and Andreo had little support in midfield so it was no surprise when Manager Juanjo made a change at half time bringing on Diego in place of Nacho.

The visitors showed more attacking intent but it was Minera who broke away in the 50th minute only to see a fierce shot from the right go wide of the target. Mazarron were struggling to string two passes together and could not keep possession of the ball even though they were coming more into the game.

Mazarron had numerous free kicks awarded in their favour all of which either failed to reach their intended targets or sailed well over the bar. Dani Barrelis found himself clear but failed to control the ball and the chance was lost and Basi's good run down the right ended with a cross that was easily cleared.

Instead it was the home team who had another good chance when a free kick was headed goalwards only for Antonio Pena to reach up and turn the ball over the bar on 70 minutes. Mazarron were restricted to a couple of long range efforts which went aimlessly over the bar before they had their first shot on target after 83 minutes when the Minera keeper made a fine save to divert the ball for a corner.

Despite more pressure in the closing stages and a number of corners and free kicks, Mazarron failed to trouble the Minera defence and a very disappointing game ended with a 1-0 defeat.

The game was a sign that Mazarron are going to find life difficult in the higher division. They need to improve their passing skills and not rely on long balls out of defence. Minera move to the top of the league after this result with Mazarron dropping down to eleventh. Mazarron received four yellow cards, Minera six.

Team: Antonio Pena; Josema (Pedro Casado); Zurdo; Adrian Campoy; Alberto; Nacho (Diego); Basi; Andreo; Dani Barrelis; Jose Da; Salva Ballesta (Diego)

Los Amigos de Mazarron FC Man of the Match: Andreo

MAZARRÓN FC 2 - HUERCAL-OVERA CF 0  (26.8.2018)   (MATCH PROGRAMME)

Huercal Overa had the better of the early play and Mazarron keeper, Antonio Pena, had to be at his most alert. He made a good save after just eight minutes when the defence was caught flat footed by a through ball.

Little was seen of Mazarron until a superb through ball from Andreo saw Salva Ballesta racing clear of the visitors defence and he coolly slotted the ball past the advancing keeper to give Mazarron the lead after 17 minutes.

Pena then easily dealt with a Huercal Overa free kick before he had to race off his line to make another excellent save with his feet when another long ball beat the Mazarron defence after 21 minutes.

Mazarron suffered two early injuries with Gato and Nacho replacing Heredia and Andreo before Huercal Overa's best move of the half. An excellent run down the left wing saw a pin point cross just turned against the bar and over by an onrushing forward.

Mazarron came more into the game in the closing stages of the first half and Basi's excellent free kick was headed goalwards to force an excellent save by the Huercal Overa keeper. Then superb work on the left saw Dani Barriles turning the visitors' defence inside out only to see his left wing cross evade two onrushing Mazarron players at the far post.

Half time Mazarron 1 Huercal Overa 0

Huercal Overa had a chance to equalise just five minutes into the second half but Alejandro headed a right wing cross just wide. A minute later Antonio Pena was in action again turning another shot round the post for a corner. However, it was Mazarron who increased their lead on 60 minutes when a shot from outside the penalty area was only half saved by the visiting keeper and Dani Barriles rushed in to turn the rebound home.

A spate of bookings disrupted the flow of the game but Mazarron's defence was finally getting to grips with the Huercal Overa attack. The visitors had the majority of the play but just could not break down the Mazarron defence and when they did they had Antonio Pena to contend with.

On 88 minutes Dani Barriles raced down the left before cutting into the penalty area but he was just unable to get his shot in and the danger was cleared. At the other end another diving save from Pena thwarted Huercal Overa again. With the last attack of the game Barriles played a lovely ball into the path of substitute Carrasco but he could not get enough power into his shot which was saved.

It was a great start for Mazarron in the Tercera Division but they had to work very hard to overcome a determined Huercal Overa side.

Team: Antonio Pena; Josema; Zurdo; Adrian Campoy; Alberto; Andreo (Nacho); Basi; Heredia (Gato); Dani Barrelis; Diego (Carrasco); Salva Ballesta

Man of the Match: Antonio Pena