CD Torrevieja 0 CF Recambios Colon 0
Despite an announcement on the club website stating that the appeal made to the Administrative Court of Sport regarding the deduction of 3 pts, following the victory earlier in the year against Almoradí has been overturned, there has been no mention made by the Valencian Federacion. Neither have the points been re-credited to CD Torrevieja in the league table so we still await the official outcome with baited breath.
In the meantime, despite the heavy rain covering the entire Costa Blanca on Sunday afternoon, under Pedreño’s second term in charge, Torry continued the task up pulling themselves up from the foot of the table as they sought only their second home win of the season.
One recent boost to the squad was the signing of former Slovan Bratislava defender Ivan Pecha, a 30 year old Slovakian with Champions League experience. It was hoped that his introduction into Sunday’s starting lineup would provide that extra steel at the back, which, as the Tercera Division’s most leaky defence, they would certainly need in their efforts to climb up the league table.
And his experience came in useful from the very outset with visitors, CF Recambios, virtually encamped in the Torry half from the very first whistle. The home side had no answer whatsoever to the visitors bombardment of their goal and but for a string of fine saves by Buba, coupled with some last ditch defending by Vicente, Luis Carlos and Pecha, the home side could have been a couple down while fans were still taking their seats.
With 5 Recambios corners in the opening ten minutes Buba had to be on his game and it was not until midway through the opening period that Torry managed to get out of their own half.
With Pedreño serving the last of his 4 match touchline ban neither was there any direction coming from the dug out, although the former Horadada manager could be heard shouting his instruction from halfway up the main stand, but to little effect.
Torry eventually found their way into the visitors goalmouth after 24 mins when a shot from Matheus sailed past the upright, but with little else to add to the half, other than bookings for Lewis, Martin and Pecha on his debut, it was going to need an inspirational half time team talk from the manager if Torry were going to get anything out of this game.
Although the start of second period saw some improvement from the home side there was still little for the Torry faithful to cheer and it was not really until the final quarter that we saw any real promise, brought about by the arrival of Robles from the bench.
Appeals by Lewis were waved away after he was crudely upended by Gomis in the box, following after which a cross into the area by Matheus only needed a Torry toe for an unlikely goal.
Meanwhile the visitors were creating opportunities of their own through Fran and Manu, but again Buba was equal to anything that they made, so perhaps a 0-0 scoreline was about the right result.
Two games this coming week for Torry. On Bank Holiday Thursday they make the short journey to promotion chasing Crevillente while next Sunday the team are back at the Vicente Garcia where they will entertain Paterna CF.
By Steve Hibberd