An opportunistic goal from Luis Carlos on 25 minutes propelled Torry into the lead against a sharp, combative Elche side, who played with robust determination at the Vicente Garcia stadium last Wednesday night. They were matched in effort by Torry, but the home side were outclassed for long periods of play, chasing the ball and sometimes players with much more pace.


It was an error by goalkeeper Pol that allowed the alert Luis Carlos to net his second of the pre-season, ramming the ball home with relish. Torry should have doubled the lead shortly after when Rafa Gomez dispossessed the last defender, headed left, then slipped the ball right to the advancing Juanfran. He rounded Pol and should have left Rafa to slot home, instead striking the ball off balance only to see the retreating defender get to the goal line to clear.


Elche shaved the base of the Torry post ahead of their equaliser just a minute before the interval, Aaron Niguez making no mistake. Their winner came just before the hour mark with a solo run from Alvaro Gimenez who rifled a low left foot drive into the far corner of the net. It was a just result, but Torry made another positive impression on fans who enjoyed their desire, work rate and enterprise.


Twenty year old Lewis Allen only played in the second half, but once more showed he is more than capable at this level, whilst Juanfran worked tirelessly. Meanwhile, the club is hoping to finalise new deals for two successes from last season, namely defender Ruben and wide midfielder Brani.


Hull City’s U21 side play at Torrevieja this Friday evening with an 8.00 pm kick off, with entry at just five euros, though at half-price on production of the 2015/16 season ticket (which can be bought on the night at the gate). All under 16s can see all Torry games – friendlies and league ties for free.


Finally, the odds look like being excellent for whoever lands their company name on the team home and away kit this season after a disappointing take up on the 200 Club scheme. Despite companies receiving two season tickets and effectively a free entry into the draw for this prestigious prize, only eight companies have elected to support the club in this manner. Sixty three companies tried their luck when the scheme was first introduced – and there were no season tickets given out on that offer.  The draw is less than four weeks away, so the club there will be a late rush from local businesses to get involved.

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