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MATCH REPORT | Paterna CF 2 CD Torrevieja 0. No happy ending!
2017-05-07 22:10:00

Match Report: Jefferson Scott / Photo: Joaquin Carrion.


No Happy Ending


This 2-0 defeat in Paterna on Sunday evening brought down the curtain on CD Torrevieja's 12 year stint in the National 3rd division and they will now be playing Preferente football come September. It has been a shocker of a season. They started off with a manager who left them rock bottom when sacked after five matches. They were told to vacate their home stadium after the Town Hall advised it was structurally unsafe. They lost all advertising revenue, with no facility to accommodate sponsors and those not keen to pay the admission fee could look through the railings and watch matches for free! A calamity from start to finish!
The club signed over 40 players, more than a dozen in January, in every effort to extracate themselves from their relegation plight, but despite some bright moments, the facts were stark. Scoring less than one goal per game and conceding almost two every outing, their tenure in the 3rd division could not be sustained. Fourteen consecutive matches without a win between 13 Novenber and 19 February meant a harsh, cruel winter, with much too much work to be done. But it was the lack of goals that spelt disaster, not one in Torry's last four outings. You can't win if you don't score and that just about sums it up.
The first half in Paterna was fairly even with a couple of half chances to either side. The best of the bunch was a through ball to Beltran from Molina. Beltran had a couple of yards on his chasing opponents but as they closed in on him, he fired from just inside the box and missed the target completely. Say no more. Jose Carlos was left exposed at the other end and did well to deny Selu from a corner, but all in all chances were few and far between. Paterna played with five defenders along the back and generally always had a couple of spare personnel to cope with Torry advances. They maintained this rigid formation by lumping the ball hard from their own third of the park to the edge of the Torry penalty area and contesting for possession in that danger area.
Torry coped fairly well with this tactic, but with nudges and pushes Paterna unsettled Torry and human nature being how it is, the referee probably found himself fed up blowing his whistle every time they attacked for such offences, so they got away with it from time to time, thus managing the odd chance on goal.They also were happy to try and intimidate attackers and Lewis, Molina and Beltran all came in for some bad challenges, as well as off the ball niggles. Lewis was hacked down from behind in the first period and midway through the second half substitute Borja Mir was felled off the ball as he chased a long ball. The referee was on top of this incident, cautioning the offender and awarding a dangerously positioned free kick to Torry.
From 25 yards out, Lewis line up his shot but failed to hit the target, summing up the poor strike rate of the team overall. Before the game was over, captain Javi Meca was dismissed for a second caution and as good a central defender as he is, this has become a liability in his game. He now misses the "meaningless" final fixture at home to Borriol this weekend and probably wont be that fussed. Once more Vicente Boix played well, one of only a few players with energy, determination and the will to battle until he drops. Lewis Allen also fits this bill and these two deserve credit for the total committment they have demonstrated week in week out in an otherwise listless and sorrowful season.
Civera netted for the hosts ten minutes into the second half. Their keeper whacked it from his box to the edge of Torry's penalty area. There, a nudge knocked out one Torry defender, which the referee ignored. The ball broke in the inside right position inside the box and Civera drove it home with force. After Javi Meca's dismissal, Torry did not lie down. Ten minutes before Torry were reduced to 10 men, Pastor was introduced and he nearly wriggled into a shooting position from the left flank, seeking to cut in and unleash his trademark curling right foot shot. Beltran tried similar from the other wing. But it was an injury time second for Paterna as Martin was body checked as he tried to fool his opponent on the edge of his own area. Once more the referee (who was a long way off) failed to recognise the foul and Tobias took full advantage to ram home number two and ensure third division football for his club next season.
The final farewell to division three for Torry  - for now at any rate - takes place on Sunday at the Nelson Mandela with a 6pm kick off against Sergio Garcia's Borriol. It will be an opportunity for fans to say goodbye to the vast majority of the players, who will not be playing Preferente football next term. Pastor has already been on social media to say how sad and disappointed he is to have let the fans down and not helped secure division three football for the club. He is one player who has absolutely no need to apologise and I am sure every single Torry fan will wish him well in his new career, his football progression and his new life in Australia when he departs this summer. He joined the club three months into the season and finished top scorer with 10 goals. How the club could have done with him from the off!

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