With three suspensions and four injured, the Torry line up at La Nucia was unusual, Burguillos and Eddy holding the defensive middle ground with Borja and Juanra featuring in the middle of the park. Torry were all at sea for the first quarter of an hour as La Nucia were denied by the post and then by two acrobatic Oscar saves. For a team already relegated to the Preferente, they were showing signs that it would not be a long stint out of the National League division.
The match was played on the pitch adjacent to their normally immaculate Camilo Cano surface, which was more a sand pit than anything else, as they worked on it for next term. They also watered this artificial surface so heavily that it was at times farcical in the second period, with the ball stopping mid pass and spraying up an unexpected shower for the recipient!
Level at the interval, it was a more focussed Torry in the second half, with Rafa Gomez once more leading his markers a merry dance. When Carrasco joined him less than ten minutes into the half, replacing Juanra, the duo were unstoppable. They were a yard ahead of their opponents all the time and their passes and flicks were a joy to watch, After once such delightful interplay Rafa found himself in space with defenders retreating off him. He exploited this, driving straight at goal and firing a rocket from five yards outside the box. Dani, the La Nucia keeper, extended himself to fingertip the ball over the bar when it looked a glorious goal all the way.
From the corner, Rafa bustled himself into prime position and headed into the net for the winner. Chants of “riff raff riff raff Rafa” filled the tiny stadium. The shaggy haired striker acknowledged his fans with a kiss blown in their direction.
Torry dominated the second period, Brani the Berna out pacing defenders and creating mayhem on both flanks. Dani made several good stops as his counterpart, Oscar, had a much quieter half. It was a deserved win, but one of little significance to either side – one relegated and the other adrift of the play off places.
Torry are scheduled to face Alzira in the final match of the season at 7pm on Saturday 16 May at the Vicente Garcia. This match is under threat as industrial action is planned in protest of the unfair division of television monies to clubs. It is hoped this issue will be resolved before the weekend, allowing all games to proceed as planned.
What will most certainly go ahead is the Awards Presentation Evening at El Huertano restaurant in Torrevieja on 19 May when the players will be acknowledged with trophies to commemorate the end of a fascinating season. The votes for the awards has been very close, as is the trophy for the leading goal scorer. Rafa nudged one ahead of Cesar on to the ten mark with his winner at La Nucia. Cesar will have one final opportunity to redress the balance on Saturday v Alzira. At least that is going to the wire! A few tickets, priced €15 still remain and can be purchased from the Torry Army office in San Luis morning between 10.00 and 12.00 or at the match on Saturday night at the gate.
Pedreno and his staff have agreed to continue in 2015/16, stimulating belief that Torry’s advancement is close at hand. Allied with Commercial Director Chris Darwen’s project for the new term of increased socio membership along with much bigger crowds at games, then it all looks exciting times ahead.