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MATCH REPORT | Muro CF 0 CD Torrevieja 0. Hard to Come By!
2016-02-14 22:40:00

Match Report: Jefferson Scott / Photo: Golsmedia.


Hard to Come By!
Despite the pleasing record of being unbeaten in the last ten matches, it is less than gratifying that the last three games have all been drawn, with only a single goal managed in that trio. In fact, it is a mere three goals scored in the last six matches, which indicates a return to the "bad old days". Goals can be hard to come by, and boy don't we know it!
The team has been strengthened, of that there is no doubt. Players are giving 100% effort and chances are being created. So, how come the goals and points have dried up? First up, injuries have not helped. Selvas dislocated his shoulder and is at least another week away from fitness. Jorge sustained a foot injury which has sidelined him, whilst new boys Pablo Redondo and Chupe are working hard to get fit. In fact, Chupe got a few minutes playing time in Muro, indicating that he is likely to be ready for this weekend's clash with Novelda.
Add to that the continuing fitness problems of Rafa Gomez and the suspension of Burguillos and perhaps there are some valid reasons for this goalless display. However, the squad is choc-o-bloc full of talent, so much so that it is hard to know who to leave out of the starting line up. In this respect, Sanchez has been most unfortunate. At Muro he started and showed his worth, winning important challenges, always being available and demonstrating terrific creativity. Quintero was another who was magnificent, everything he did emphasising his quality.
Miguel Serna saved points again, most notably with a point blank save in the second period, when a goal looked the likely outcome. He is excellent and has only conceded two in his last nine outings, since the end of November. The defence has clearly been important in this statistic, but undeniably Miguel has kept the opposition at bay with some outstanding work.
So, why the new goal drought? Prieto almost opened his account for Torry. In the first half, precision passing allowed him to accept the ball directly in front of goal four yards outside the box. With consummate skill he jinked one way, feinted another and deftly out manoevered three opponents before bearing down on the keeper. Six yards from the target he somehow forgot what to do and the Muro keeper accepted the ball into his arms with relief and astonishment.
In the second period, Luis Carlos sprinted down the left wing and took the ball in his stride, hitting a superb cross right where it hurts, along the edge of the six yard line. It could not be touched by a defender for fear of an own goal and Prieto honed in on it but missed it by a whisker. It has been a similar story for Torry for much of this season, with great opportunities squandered and thus valuable points dropped. Torry slip to 11th in the table and the truth of the matter is this - wins must now be achieved in the last 13 matches - at least eight or nine - or the play offs are well and truly off! That means scoring goals and being aggressive in attack, with no fear.
The next six contests are with sides who are all aboveTorry with the exception of this Sunday at home to Novelda, who are one point below us. Winning these "six pointers" will determine whether football for Torry ends in the middle of May or extends well into the summer. The squad is the best Torry has had in a long, long time, Selvas is back soon, Chupe is nearly there as is Pablo Redondo. But the really big question is, can Torry get back on the goal trail, before the season evapoarates into another "what might have been"

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