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PLUCKY POLOP BRUSHED ASIDE BY PURPOSEFUL POLA.
By Kevin Rendall / 2012-04-15 17:46:30
CD Polop 0 – 2 Santa Pola CF
For Santa Pola, their hiding at the hands of Hercules B a month ago is fast becoming a vague memory. That much is evident, because, in the four games since that debacle Pola have outscored their opponents by twelve goals to two.
The latest pair, courtesy of Paloma and Cristian on Saturday evening against a plucky but unlucky Polop, sent Santa Pola two points clear at the top of the table. Doubtless that will change once Elche Ilicitano play Albatera, but for the moment Santa Pola are sitting pretty.
Polop came into the game low on points, confidence and, by the looks of things, substitutes too. With just three replacements, their bench looked something of a lonely place, a weakness a ruthless Santa Pola seemed to enjoy exploiting. Ten seconds after the start of the match, the visitors almost went ahead when Botella was denied by an outstanding, last ditch tackle by Toni. That alarming moment aside, Polop looked reasonably comfortable and even forced two early and well delivered corners in a brief spell of pressure.
Of the two sides, it was always Santa Pola who looked the more composed, breaking down both flanks and forcing the home defence, who also survived a decent Pola penalty shout five minutes in, to hurry. Paloma, returned to the starting eleven after warming the bench last week, opened the scoring for Santa Pola after twenty minutes. He cut inside at the end of a darting run down the left to beat Polop keeper Alberto from an acute angle at his near post. A couple of late looking flags then denied the visitors further opportunities to extend their lead.
At the other end, Polop produced the move of the match by shifting the ball from deep inside their own half to the edge of the Pola box with four or five swift, incisive passes. This exhilarating passage of play ended with Rata hammering in a rising shot Pepitiu did fantastically well to tip over at full stretch. Half time 0-1
A minute after the restart the game was effectively ended when Santa Pola scored again to double their lead. Centre forward Toni is a big strong ox of a player, who with respect, is better known for his hulking physical presence than any finesse. Holding the ball up brilliantly, his superb touch freed the lightning fast Cristian who raced on and slid the ball beneath the advancing Alberto.
With virtually the entire half in which to get back on terms, Polop then proceeded to give it a real good go only to let themselves down badly with really poor finishing. Three green shirted players tried and failed to connect with a bobbling ball inside the penalty area before a bad miss by Borja – to the immense frustration of a couple of his colleagues – who could only find the side netting from close in.
Eventually, Polop ran out of steam and ideas, leaving Santa Pola well in control of the final quarter of an hour. Toni left to deserved applause from the travelling support to be replaced by Mai who was soon to cause a weary looking Polop back four one or two problems.
Skating into the box late on, he was upended by Alberto who was fortunate to escape sanction. It mattered not because soon after Benidorm referee Jesus Perez Diaz, who had a fine game, blew up to put Polop out of their misery. Full time 0-2.