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By Steve Hibberd / 2015-09-20 19:29:28

CD Torrevieja 2 Muro CF 0
Much was expected of both these teams prior to the start of the season but the only sure thing going into Sunday evening’s encounter was that neither of them had won.

As such both sides were fully aware that defeat would consign the loser to the basement of div 3.  Although Torry were encouraged by the hard fought midweek draw at Villarreal, manager Pedreño knew that nothing less than a decent victory was acceptable to continue the recovery process. 

The previous match between these 2 clubs last January, resulted in an excellent 4-2 away triumph for Torry, and more of the spirit shown in that encounter was required if their winless start to the season was to be rectified.   

And that was certainly what we seemed to get as Torry were quickly out of the blocks. Indeed with a more sympathetic referee they could have had a penalty within the opening seconds when Cesar was brought down in the box. However Snr López De La Oliva waved the protestations away showing even at this early stage his no nonsense approach.

After a number of lethargic performances Pedreño decided to leave Juanfran and Juanma on the bench, replacing them with the much busier styles of Burguillos and Lewis and his faith in the player he previously managed at Horadada was repaid when the young Brit found the back of the net on 8 minutes.

A simple tap in it might have been but it was as important a goal as any the young striker has ever scored and it could just be the one that kick started the turn around that their season needed.

Lewis was again involved on 23 minutes when he tried to lob Edu in the Muro goal to set up Torry’s second but the keeper was a couple of yards outside the box earning a straight red and reducing his side to ten.

The visitors just could not suppress Torrevieja’s cutting edge or endeavour, and they were a further goal behind five minutes later thanks to Carrasco. A ball pulled back from the line by Luis Carlos saw the veteran net from 10 yards to extend the Torry lead by 2-0.

The same player should have added to his tally just prior to the break but with the hard work done he hung onto the ball just a few seconds too long and a good opportunity went begging with the interval in sight.

We were all hoping for more of the same when the 2nd half got underway and when Muro were reduced to 9 men after Alex Torrella got his marching orders on 70 minutes we really should have seen a hatful.

Luis Carlos and man of the match Lewis both went close on more than one occasion, and even Juanfran and Vincente Boix had opportunities to extend the Torry lead but despite the home side dominance, the Muro defence stood firm and with Oscar virtually a spectator for the whole of the 2nd period, Torrevieja had to settle for just the two.

Next weekend Torry travel to local rivals Novelda hoping to extend their current good run of form. Oscar might just find himself a wee bit busier.

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