Despite lying at the foot of the regional third division, Torrevieja gave a really spirited account of themselves away to a good Alzira side, and deserved more from Sunday’s encounter. Torry’s off the pitch problems were all to see as they only travelled to Alzira with a 14 man squad and gave a substitute debut to youth goalkeeper Eneko….as a forward in the last five minutes, where he actually got a chance to grab a late winner.

Torry took the lead after just four minutes as a sweeping move delivered the ball to the non stop Lewis Allen on the left wing who picked out the advancing Pastor in the middle, who in turn cracked the ball first time into the roof of the net. Torry remained resolute throughout the first half with 18-year-old Louis Booker giving a fine midfield performance, whilst Hugo was won the aerial battles and debutant Baza had a fine debut at the heart of the defence.

Alzira are a good side and they came out looking like a different team in the second half. They bossed the midfield and Torry legs tired as their opponents began to batter them. Booker was badly fouled when he courageously won a ball in midfield to set up a Torry attack and he had to be replaced with Matheus. Alzira had missed a penalty when Gisbert shot over the bar in the first half, but they did better second time round in the 84th minute when Carrasco was deemed to have fouled in the area from a corner, with Luis Garcia converting the penalty.

As Alzira bombed forward for the winner, they left themselves exposed at the back and twice Torry almost snatched the points, with two superb saves from Ovejero to keep the score level. Then in the last minute, a quick break from Alzira saw Luis Garcia rifle another into the Torry net to steal all three points.

This really was a determined Torry performance from every player, and now they have a crucial match away to Segorbe, who are just above them in the table in a proverbial six-pointer clash.

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