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Marbella get back to winning ways in pursuit of promotion

The players celebrate the win that keeps them top.
The players celebrate the win that keeps them top. / J. Rodríguez
  • Goals from Ferrón and Juanfran sealed victory for Marbella in Sunday's derby against Recreativo

Marbella's quest for promotion got back on track on Sunday afternoon as they put last week's loss in Écija behind them and saw off Recreativo de Huelva by two goals to nil.

Head coach Fernando Estévez made two changes, with Chus hevia replacing Sergio Narváez in attack and Lolo Pavón coming in at the back to give extra height to counter Recreativo's physical strength in attack.

The home side had the ball in the net after just two minutes when Ferrón converted from inside the six-yard box. The referee had other ideas, though, disallowing it for a foul on the keeper.

The fans were on their feet again shortly after when Chus Hevia played the ball into Añón with the backheel, only for the captain to strike the ball against the post.

In response, the away side pushed out, compressing the field of play and catching the Costa del Sol side offside with increasing frequency, limiting their creativity.

Despite this, Recre themselves only had one chance - a strike from Rafa de Vicente which Wilfred gathered on the second time of asking.

The breakthrough goal game two minutes from the break, result of strong running from Dominican full-back Carlos Julio who powered down the right before sending in the cross which was parried by Marc Martínez into the path of Ferrón, who couldn't miss.

Far from sitting on their lead, Marbella went for the jugular. Within two minutes of the restart, a good combination move between Chus, Corpas and Bernal resulted in a chance for the Seville man who hit his shot over the crossbar.

The visitors took more risks to try and find a way back into the game but Marbella continued to control the play and sought to take advantage of the extra space, bringing on Juanfran to lead the attack with ten minutes to go.

His speed caused the Recre defence all sorts of problems and with full time approaching, he was able to strike on the counterattack, running from the half-way line before unleashing a strike on the outside of his right foot.

With four games left to go, Marbella are almost certain of being in the playoffs, but will still want to seal the title.