1-1 draw against Novelda with goals in the 15th (Matheus) and 74th (Jordi) minutes
With a lot of effort Torrevieja managed their first point of the season after a good first half and a clear slump in the second. The blue and whites started with possession of the ball, fluency and depth. Their game, with better or worse luck, showed they are a team, which we had not seen so far. Despite having to play several men out of position – Juanmi as central defender, Carrasco as a winger and Lewis in the midfield with Damián – the intensity of the home team created dangerous combinations. On 13 minutes Carrasco could not get full contact with his head in an unbeatable position, a firm cross from Luis Carlos. Matheus ended up getting his reward for numerous run with a goal that opened the scoring after being played into the centre by Pablo Navas.
Novelda were forced to do something different and evened up the fight in the midfield. Before the break Matheus got Alberto in trouble, by stealing the ball when the keeper came out of the area but Sellés arrived in time to prevent a second goal. The crowd cheered on their team constantly during a half in which the tortuous week before was forgotten.
The panorama changed radically in the second half. Gaspar Campillo’s team launched its atack without mercy and caused insecurity in the Torrevieja ranks, who worryingly kept losing the ball at the back. Diverting a shot from Javi Selero in the first minute, Buba started to stand out on his debut. Three minutes later he squandered the clearest chance so far by missing a shot from Javi Salero, who had received the ball from Neme alone in the area. The siege intensified without giving the locals time to breathe. The defence saw them and was trying to cover the attacks and the goalkeeper was safe with his blocks. Each attack was a real worry for a Torrevieja in a critical condition, lacking force but thanks to their commitment – with Lewis standing out – maintaining their advantage. However the situation continued too long to prevent the green and whites from levelling up: Jordi arrived in the six yard box and put Neme’s cross into the net. The visitors were in a hurry to restart and keep pressuring their opponents.
In the final minutes, with fresh legs from young players off the bench, Torrevieja jad a chance to strike back. In the move that ended the game, Lewis crossed to Hugo Salamanca, who was knocked over by a defender and appealed for a penalty. Then Guillém collected a loose bal but couldn’t find an angle to shoot and then the subsequent shot by Vicente Boix went just wide of the post. The Torrevieja fans, aware of the circumstances and the players’ efforts, knew to value this point while they wait for better times.
Club Deportivo Torrevieja: Buba, Vicente Boix, Luis Carlos, Juanmi, Pastor © (Guillem 79’), Carrasco, Matheus, Damián (Santi 87’), Hugo Salamanca, Lewis ©2, Pablo Navas (Booker 72’).
Novelda Club de Fútbol: Alberto ©, José Carlos, Pagán, Toto (Rafael 69’), Víctor Sánchez (Marquina 69’), Segarra (Ismael 86’), Jordi, Neme, Javi Salero, Toni Seoane, Pepe Sellés.
Goles: 1-0, Matheus (15); 1-1, Jordi (74).