A return of just one point against two of Almoradi’s relegation rivals is spelling out the prospect of a bleak midwinter for a side who are now second from bottom in the Valencian regional third division. They now entertain fifth-placed Alzira (11.30 am) this Sunday, ahead of a Wednesday night showdown against CD Torrevieja.

New Almoradi boss Jose Ramón López (Joserra), an ex-Torrevieja coach, watched his side from the stands get a bank holiday one-all draw last week with fellow-strugglers Buñol, and then he saw them lose away to another relegation-haunted team, Muro, on Sunday. Joserra should be calling the shots from the bench this weekend, pending approval of his registration documents lodged with the Valencian FA.

The match at Muro was a pretty poor quality affair, and Almoradi suffered a blow before the start with Adrián having to go in goal after Josete was injured in the warm up. An unlucky Saul own goal in the 11th minute was enough to sort out the game, and Muro defended stoutly, as Almoradi came a bit more into things in the second half, with Cristian Sánchez coming the closest to a leveller in the 70th minute.  

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