Benferri 1 CD Torrevieja 2

Two friendly wins at Callosa(1-0) last week, and then at Benferri last Saturday night have set the stage for the serious league business which kicks off on Sunday as CD Torrevieja face newly promoted Almoradi, whose squad is jam packed with former Torry stars like winger Cristian Sanchez. The home side though has been boosted by the news that one of last season’s few success stories, the 22-year-old British striker, Lewis Allen, has signed up for the current campaign, despite being looked at by higher division clubs, and also getting involved with some pre-season training at Atlético Saguntino.

At Benferri, new manager Correa fielded what again looked like being his league line up for the opener against Almoradi, with the only omission being Luis Carlos who was suffering with a cold. Pastor played a captain’s role whilst striker Zapata impressed with fast, strong runs down the channels. Lewis Allen was lively and only denied by a brave Vivanco from point blank range in the early exchanges. However, first blood was drawn by Benferri on the quarter hour when a deft Guille lob completely deceived Marcano for an excellent goal.

The lead lasted a mere two minutes before Carrasco drove home to level affairs. It was left to the cultured left foot of Adrian to settle the contest when he expertly placed his right footed free kick against the post and into the net, with once more the brave Vivanco getting within a whisker of stopping it.

This was a resolute Torry display with a much better level of bite and spite in the middle of the park. Adrian was always available and used the ball intelligently. Matheus is sharp and direct, likely to cause problems week in week out. Zapata and Lewis Allen are predators with much courage and an eager willingness to work for the benefit of the team. When the physical Salamanca made his entrance for the final quarter of an hour, he added even further aggression to the attack, although his three left foot blasts from outside the box were very high over the mark.

This Sunday’s encounter at the Vicente Garcia stadium against Almoradi has a 7.00 pm kick-off, with season tickets for the 20 home league schedule available at the gate on match day at a cost of 125 euros. Fans are asked to come early as delays are expected as the season tickets are bought at the turnstiles.

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