Sunday’s derby at the Nelson Mandela stadium saw Orihuela don their grey strip with the old badge of Orihuela Deportivo, used extensively in the 1940s, whilst Torry made the retrograde move of barely landing a shot on goal whilst conceding soft ones. The throwback kit ushered in Orihuela’s first win of the season, whilst Torry need seriously to get back to the drawing board, with just one win out of three in their opener against promoted Almoradi.

It had all started so positively with the return of Damian Aguero after four successful years with the Youth team at Atletico Madrid. He was brought off the bench on the hour mark and showed that he will be a major asset to the club. However, he was unable to inject the transformation the side needed in order to turn around the deficit, with Torry two down by the time of his introduction.

They had been disappointing goals to concede, the first rifled home by Ayo on 27 minutes after no one seemed able to put in a telling tackle at the edge of the penalty box. The second trickled home from Antonio after two deflections which saw keeper Marcano go left and unable to correct himself, only able to watch the ball slowly find the right hand corner of the net. The final nail in the Torry coffin was at the death when Siro had a simple tap in to the empty net after swift passing and strong running down the right tore the Torry defence apart.

By that stage the Torry fans had seen enough and were once more swallowing the bitter pill of defeat to their nearest rivals. It was even more grating for manager Correa and captain Pastor, both of whom were at Orihuela last season. Former Torry favourites Obele (Almoradi), Brani (Ilicitano), Mati (Thader) and Pastor, who plays his football for Wolves in Australia, were all present to witness this Torry capitulation. Despite energetic front running from Lewis, Matheus and Luis Carlos, there was little by way of threat to Emilio in the visitor’s goal. Torry carved out a couple of chances, but poor control or weak finishing only drew gasps of frustration from the crowd.

There is no denying that once more there is great talent and ability in the Torry sqaud, but one win and two defeats with eight goals conceded in the opening three games is patently unacceptable. The team face a tough assignment at joint leaders Olimpic this weekend, followed by a midweek home tie against Rayo Ibense on Wednesday 14th September at the Nelson Mandela. It will be no surprise if significant changes are not in place by this stage, as the club is not prepared to play mid-table football, and is determined to compete at the top for promotion play offs come the end of term.

Torry’s best player was Vicente Boix who stormed up the right flank at every opportunity and provided several tempting crosses. He had a fierce volley from outside the box sting Emilio’s hands as the Orihuela captain made an acrobatic leap to push it over for a corner. It was a stunning shot, but one of too few and even then, not good enough.

This Sunday, Torry go to CD Olimpic who dropped their first points of the season last weekend away to unbeaten Alzira, and they will be confident of a home win to supplement their place in the top four. The game now becomes a critical one for Torry for whom three consecutive losses would get the red lights flashing amidst possible personnel changes in an attempt to avoid a repeat of last season’s dreadful start which killed off promotion hopes in a matter of weeks.

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