TORRY OPPONENTS THIS WEEKEND
On Sunday at 5.00 pm at the Nelson Mandela, Torry entertain fellow strugglers Eldense in a relegation battle which Torry really do need to win. Eldense moved to a brand new stadium early in the season and were expected to be up there challenging for promotion but it is their next door neighbours and arch-rivals Novelda who have done just that. It has been a tempestuous and turbulent season for Eldense. They have had no less than 4 managers this season and appointed a new Chief Executive in February with big ideas in 40 year-old Valencian Catering businessman and ex-professional footballer Edu Serrano who played for the likes of Real Madrid, Castellon and Murcia. He and his committee of 9 or 10 now running the club are looking for promotion to Segunda B next season. They first have to survive this season in Tercera which is not a foregone conclusion. This new Chief Executive has not been present at their last 4 games apparently away scouting for talent for next season and this has raised a bit of a stir. He really should leave scouting to the manager and show support to his existing team . See if you can spot him today and if you do give him a wave or the finger.
Eldense have in their ranks ex-Torry old boy Manrique, who I understand will miss the game through injury and recently recruited veteran striker Kiko Ratten who has played at a decent level earlier in his career, notably for Orihuela between 2006 and 2008 where he scored 34 goals in 65 appearances. This season he was playing for a Tererife 1st Regional side Puerto De La Cruz, his birthplace. It is therefore, a step back up to the Tercera. They also havve a promising central defender, Aridane Hernandez who hails from Fuerteventura who has been watched by Atletico Madrid, Almeria and Swansea.
Since they appointed their latest Manager they have tightened up at the back and haven't conceded in their last 3 games but like Torry have found scoring at the other end problematic.
Torry will be without the suspended Villanueva and Rafa but apart from those pair should have a full squad to select from but I must hasten to add the manager doesn't really have too many options.
Torry need a WIN .
Try to be there and make some noise and
get behind the Torry Team
These are the "senior" games which are taking place locally this weekend.
Saturday 6 April 2013 Kick-Off 8.00 pm Elche CF v Lugo
Segunda B Group 3
Sunday 7 April 2013 Kick-Off 5.00 pm Orihuela CF v Ontinyent
Reg Preferente Group 4
Sunday 7 April 2013 Kick-Off 11.30 pm CD Almoradi v Pinoso
Sunday 7 April 2013 Kick-Off 11.30 pm CD Thader(Rojales) v UD Horadada
2nd Regional Group 16
Sunday 7 April 2013 Kick-Off 12.00 Orihuela Costa FC v Sporting Saladar
Torry are of course at home to Eldense on Sunday at 5.00 pm at the Nelson Mandella.
Last Sunday morning Torry travelled north to play Alzira who were in 4th place in the table going into the game and pushing for a top 4 finish and a play-off place for promotion to Segunda B. Their home form wasn’t quite as good as their away form and on their home turf they had won 6, drawn 5 and lost 5. There was then, on past results at home this season, almost an even chance of Torry getting something out of the game. Torry had the luxury of a full squad to select from except for the suspended Villanueva. The managed restored Javi Tur to goal in favour of Manolo and had a strong bench which included the fit again Abel and Koeman.
Torrys starting line-up: Tur, Vicente, Juanfran, Rafa, Messeguer Dani, Jorge, Burguillos (Abel, 68 '), Manu Amores, Cuco Ros (Patri, 81'), Luis Carlos (Koeman, 51 '), Gasch.
Despite the home side pushing for a play-off spot and a special promotion on offer for cheap entrance to the game, there where only around 100 present when the game got underway. The game was pretty even with neither side creating much in the final third. Alzira at least had a couple of efforts on target which brought saves from Javi Tur. Torry had a Burguillos volley which went over the top to show for their efforts. Alzira opened the scoring after 35 minutes when a long ball over the top was seized on by Verdu and he beat Javi Tur with a cross-shot into the back of the net and a GOALLLL to Alzira 1-0. Torry had it all to do. Just before half-time Alzira should have extended their lead after another long ball found Peirreck with time and space but he struck his effort into the side netting. 5 minutes into the second half Koeman replaced Luis Carlos for Torry in an attempt to beef up the attack. Torry came more into the game but failed to really create any danger for the Alzira defensive line. It was Alzira who created the better chances and Javi Tur prevented a second goal when he got a hand to the ball after William was put clean through and bore down on him. Verdu then went round Javi Tur but fortunately for Torry defender Rafa got back to clear his goal-bound effort off the line. Alzira then had a second goal ruled out for offside. In the last 5 minutes Torry almost got an equaliser when substitute Abel struck the
with a header from a delivery by fellow substitute Patri. If only, but it wasn’t to be and Torry returned home empty handed. The “Man in the Middle” was, as they tend to be in Spain, very fussy and active with his notebook and issued no less than
including Jorge, Rafa, Dani, Vicente and Abel of Torry.
Torry are now in 18th place in the table occupying the 4th and final relegation spot, having 1 point less than the 3 teams above them including this Sundays opponents Eldense. Torry really do need to win this one. The game kicks off at 5.00 pm at the Nelson Mandela. Try to be there and give Torry some vocal support and help become their 12th man.
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