Marbella's home form strengthens

Goalscorer Chus Hevia in possession on Sunday
Goalscorer Chus Hevia in possession on Sunday / Julio Rodríguez
  • The Whites claimed their fourth home victory in the league on Sunday as they beat Cartagena 1-0 in a game that could have gone either way

Marbella's 100% home record in the league continues after narrowly overcoming Cartagena 1-0 on Sunday. After a problematic week behind the scenes, Estévez's men were able to correct things on the pitch, and with three important points, some stability seems to have returned to the club.

The visitors started strong. Cartagena looked like the home side as they confidently played from the back. Marbella's pressure did not disrupt the opposition, and they comfortably found space across the whole pitch.

Jesús Álvaro was particularly influential for the visitors; he made ground on the left wing and troubled the back four on several occassions. In minute 35, Jesús played a well-placed ball into the box which was met by a thunderous strike from Hugo Rodríguez, but Wilfred's quick reaction save kept the scores at 0-0.

Marbella went into the dressing room for half-time without a single shot on target - only Añón managed an attempt on goal, but debutant goalkeeper Marcos could watch his strike from 25 yards trickle past the left post and out safely for a goal kick.

Both teams played conservatively in the second half, being more cautious of making errors than they were of playing good football, and complacency began to creep in. Marbella were kept in the game for a second time by another great save from Wilfred, who stopped striker Aketxe's shot from close range.

In the 73rd minute, Marbella captain Añón injected life back into what had become a monotonous and slow second half. His left-footed shot from outside the area was too powerful for Cartagena goalkeeper Marcos, who parried his save straight into the path of Chus Hevia. Chus was able keep his composure and he slotted the ball into the back of net, sending screams of delight throughout the Municipal stadium.

Cartagena began to find some rhythm in the dying minutes of the game, but fortunately Estévez had saved his substitutions for the end. The visitors' attempts for an equaliser were punctuated and interrupted by the introductions of Juanfran, Narváez and Marcos Ruiz. The Whites hung on until the final whistle, walking away with three important points.

Marbella face Murcia on Sunday 15 October at 3pm.