CD Torrevieja manager Pedreño is leaving no stone unturned in his quest to have his team fit and fully prepared for the start of the season in a fortnight. Last Saturday’s contest against 2B outfit Jumilla saw Torry flash into a two goal lead with delightful precision from Luis Carlos (pictured between two Jumilla), notching four goals in total already in pre-season. Brani featured again and has earned himself a place in the squad which will be finalised next week ahead of registration with the Valencian FA.

 

After seeing his side take a two goal lead, the boss changed things around, denying Torry their first victory, as a penalty and a late strike earned Jumilla a 2-2 draw. But all attention is focussed on preparation and guaranteeing that the right people ahead of the league campaign later this month.

 

Only three or four places remain to be filled to complete the full squad and Pedreño is taking his time to ensure his final choices are correct. One of those could be the young centre back Mateu who has played with composure yet fiery determination. He has that “will not be beaten” steel in his eyes and times his interventions impeccably. He is a friend of Brani and also hails from Croatia.

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Lewis Allen has yet to break his duck but that is of little concern as his contribution to the team has been impressive, He has surprised defenders with his quickness, catching them unaware and dispossessing them to start lightning raids. He is at his best roaming along the front line, sneaking into the channels and blasting down either flank. The manager’s interesting quandary is working out how to feature him, Luis Carlos and Brani in any given game.

 

The next friendly is this event (Friday August 7th) at home to 2B outfit Hercules with an 8.00pm kick off at the Vicente Garcia stadium. The Alicante side missed out on promotion this summer, and this promises to be a stern test for Torrevieja. Once again new season ticket holders will be admitted at half price, and the next fixture sees a trip to Thader on Wednesday August 12th, and then away to Mar Menor CF on Saturday August 15th. The 200 Club draw to pick a new sponsor name on the team shirts takes place at the ground on Thursday August 20th, and then the first league match is at Ontinyent on Sunday August 23rd.