The Marbella turnaround continues. Under the stewardship of new boss David Cubillo, the Costa del Sol side made it three wins in a row on Sunday with a deserved 2-0 victory at home against Melilla.
Around 1,000 fans turned out at the Antonio Lorenzo stadium for the visit of the north Africans - Marbella’s most frequent opponent in Segunda B - caught up in the new wave of optimism surrounding the club since the turn of the year.
Melilla too were aware of the turnaround in fortunes for their hosts and set up to contain Los Blanquillos despite themselves occupying a play-off place.
The hosts were much the braver in the opening 45 minutes, using their superior height to their advantage, throwing balls into the box at every opportunity. Montero, however, couldn’t make any of the opportunities count.
With the game on a knife-edge for much of the first half, chances were at a premium all round. However, around the hour mark, the visitors finally had their first effort on target but Wilfred in the Marbella goal was equal to Igor Martínez’s effort.
However, just as Melilla started to get into the game, Marbella struck. Dani Pérez bagged his first goal in a white shirt with a close-range effort after Montero failed to bring the cross from the left under his control.
Marbella could have doubled their lead shortly after but Dani Barrios gathered Juanma’s shot from a close angle at the second attempt.
The hosts were clearly out to get more and backed by the vocal home crowd, the second finally arrived with stoppage time approaching. Juanma took advantage of some indecision in the Melilla backline, robbing Richi before striking the ball beneath the goalkeeper.
Despite an inconspicuous start to the season, Marbella now find themselves comfortably in mid-table.