Two goals from Hignon helped Torry extended their current unbeaten run to eleven matches but still remain a not inconsiderable eight points adrift of the final play-off position. Getting back on the winning road was important after three consecutive draws dropped them down the table. Novelda had no answer to Torry’s firepower and were blown away by the pace and sheer ferocity of the attacking prowess of the Salineros. Higon netted twice in the first half and was most unlucky not to grab at least a hat-trick, as one fierce drive from him nearly smashed the crossbar in half, another hit the post and a great save denied him again.

Other than a tendency to faff around passing between themselves in the back four, this is looking like a very good Torry outfit. The team is full of enterprise and creativity, none more so that the elfin Suarez, whose magic is sheer joy. He dinks one way then another, accelerates past defenders, then goes to ground to win a free kick when all else fails. In Allen and Higon he has powerful non-stop warriors who chase everything, constantly hassling defenders and worrying them into mistakes. Both have a desire to score and their ability matches their appetite. Add to that, the driving wing power of Vicente and Luis Carlos and this is a side hard to stop when they move into top gear. Miguel Serna in goal is simply the best. He is what Tina Turner sings about and what every club wants to have – an athletic, agile, courageous and consistent goalkeeper.

Higon took his goals with the class of a top notch striker. His pace drove him clear of the Novelda back line and as the keeper advanced, he coolly slipped it to his left and into the corner of the net. His second was a near replica, with the added degree of difficulty of having his arm tugged as he scorched into the box. This knocked him off balance, but instead of going down for the penalty, he stretched to his limit and once more skipped the ball past the keeper into the same corner of the net.

Torry failed to add further goals in the second period, despite their superiority. All Novelda had in their armoury was a sixty yard clearance cum hopeful blast from defence to their willing forwards. Martin and Matej had them well marshalled and their only flaw was an insistence to over play the ball along their back line and create their own problems. This was Torry back on the winning trail but the toughest fixtures are still to come, starting with consecutive away games at Crevillente and Orihuela, both sides above them in the standings. Success in both of these will be crucial to their outside chance of booking a play-off place, as then will the next home tie against high flying Elche B. The return of Javi Selvas will assist enormously, as will the selfless, powerful running of the forward players. It is still all to play for, but with 12 matches remaining, it is victories that are now imperative.

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