CD TORREVIEJA 1  SILLA CF 0

A seventh-minute strike from Hugo Salamanca gave Torry a second straight victory, and three wins out of their last four to move them up to third from bottom in the Tercera Division table, and importantly, close the gap to just two points to lift themselves out of the relegation area.

Torry were without two-goal-Segorbe-hero Pastor, who suffered an injury in training midweek, but he is likely to be fit for Sunday’s clash at Torre Levante, who are one of a clutch of teams on 12 points, just ahead of Torrevieja. Though Pastor is likely to return, there’s a doubt over Torry goalscorer, Hugo Salamanca, who had to limp off with an injury, and Juanmi has left the club to play for 2B side CD Tudelano.

Sunday’s only goal came when a fine move ended with Lewis Allen passing to Hugo Salamanca in the box. The burly striker had to make space for himself by edging left of centre, seemingly losing his chance. But he then deftly chipped the ball diagonally into the far corner of the net for an exquisite goal.   

Torry should have put the match to bed in the second half with at least three golden opportunities missed. Matheus had another storming game, working tirelessly for the team, but when one on one with Lucas in the Silla goal, he missed the target – not by much, but he should have buried it. Then Booker intercepted a pass and drove hard on goal as defenders chased him for all they were worth. As he reached the box, instead of blasting it into the net, he tried to pick out Lewis on his left, sending the player deep to the touchline and wasting the chance.

Lewis then worked hard to break free and bear down on goal from the right hand side. With Matheus alone in the box it would have been easy to slip him the ball and let the winger tap it home. Lewis, with the ball on his favoured left foot, chose to try his luck, grazing the far upright as the ball went wide. Torry almost rued those missed chances as Buba was called upon to make a superb reflex save to concede a corner in the dying minutes. The Torry keeper earned his corn during the second half, constantly frustrating a positive Silla side, and now the team have a trip to Torre Levante to look forward to on Sunday knowing that victory could take them out of the relegation zone for the first time season.

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