CD Torrevieja 0 University of Alicante 1
Torry welcomed mid table University of Alicante to Nelson Mandela Stadium, for week 13 of the Preferente division season. This coming Wednesday evening they will play the postponed week 8 away fixture at Intercity San Juan, following the Valencian FA decree that due to extreme weather conditions (that never materialized!), to impose a block cancellation.
Where Torry sit in the table depends on how you choose to view it. The official Torry website still shows the club as having won 4 matches, whilst Gols Media and Valencian FA sites have taken into account the 6 points deduction, meaning they are down in 16th position.
Wins against Aspe and Hercules have been wiped out by the Valencian FA, due to an administrative/managerial error. Evidently Lewis played in these 2 matches, but also featured for the reserves, a contravention of league regulations. As a result, both opposing clubs have been awarded 3-0 wins, and as Torry are not intending to appeal, it appears that all the hard work by the players in these 2 matches was in vain!
The revised statistics now show that CD Torrevieja have not won a game since week 3 with a single goal success over FB Redovan.
Since last weekend’s 2-1 defeat against Callosa, Peruvian centre back Victor Bolivar has signed from Sport Huancayo of Peru, and hopefully he can shore up a leaky defence – now for a regular goal scoring striker?
Indeed Bolivar did make a good impression in his first start and he certainly looks as though he could make a difference given time, but the real problem is still the lack of a frontrunner who can take advantage of the opportunities that the Torry midfield regularly creates.
Im afraid that Omar is not that man as his performances to date have shown but with the hierarchy still favouring his weekly inclusion questions being asked are from where are the goals going to come?
Against the Uni X1 Torry did get off to a good start, looking the livelier of the two teams during the opening exchanges. They pressed hard, creating 2 early corners but both were easily cleared by the Alicante defence.
Guido was a lucky man to stay on the field following a rugby tackle on Marcos when through on goal but it was the Alicante striker who had the last laugh when he scrambled the ball over the line on 23 minutes from a Kilian corner.
Juanpe saved well at the legs of Frances when he was through on goal while at the other end Omar could only head straight into Carbo’s hands when a yard either side of the keeper would have levelled the scores.
The second period proved little better for the home side despite a new sense of urgency in their play. As the game moved back and forth chances were being created at both ends of the field but with impressive goalkeeping displays from Juanpe and Carbo the forwards were having little joy.
Alicante’s Fredy shot wide from 5 yards after creating the best chance of the half with Torry’s Guido going close with a diving header during the final stages.
A blatant push on Omar saw the referee wave Torrevieja’s penalty appeals away in the 2nd minute of added time, which might have brought them a deserved point, but it was yet another case of the strikers firing blanks as has been the case all too often during the first 3 months of the campaign.
And following the Wednesday evening game Torry will be back in Alicante next weekend with an away fixture against high flying Independent CF Alicante.
See the club website for details of date and KO time.