Huercal Overa - Similar frustrations around the footballing world
This season, Total Football is focusing on Huercal Overa CDF - a club playing on the border of Almeria and Murcia, in the fourth tier in Spanish football.
There is a huge passion for the game in Spain, but we wanted to find out the real story behind a small club like Huercal Overa.
When it comes to the games themselves, every club has different ways of doing things. There are different styles of play and different cultures. Some nations are renowned for producing falir players, other nations are renowned for their winning mentality and efficiency.
But ultimately the game is the same.
Here, Huercal Overa director Lee Rickard-Graham reports on their recent 1-1 draw with fellow newly promoted side, El Palmar EG.
Three points in mind
Newly promoted into the fourth tier of Spanish football this season, Huercal Overa CDF had three points in mind ahead of their game against El Palmar EG.
Eventually, the spoils were shared in a feisty 1-1 draw, although Huercal Overa will be disappointed to have conceded a late equaliser.
The first 20 minutes was a bit more like an English game, and saw both sides endulge in a series of tackles and neat build-up play but few goalscoring opportunities.
As the first half wore on, Huercal Overa started to take control of the match, with Rafa Soriano shooting just over the crossbar after very good work from the creative Heredia in midfield.
The pressure was starting to build on El Palmar and they were lucky to avoid not conceding a penalty in the 36th minute.
An El Palmar defender handled Sele's cross in the box. Although it looked like a clear handball, the officials didn't see the incident and play continued.
Three minutes before half-time, the deadlock was finally broken. Once again, Heredia created the chance, winning possession and sliding a nice pass to Sele on the left wing.
He slotted the ball past the El Palmar goalkeeper with consummate ease. It took Huercal Overa into the interval with a 1-0 lead.
Comfortable with the lead
The second half took some getting into for the hosts, as the visiting side made a more assured start.
However, they nearly conceded again when Sele fired a rasping drive against the crossbar, after more excellent work from Heredia.
A 1-0 lead is always a dangerous one and into the last half hour, Huercal Overa's advantage was made precarious when Tomas Campanas earnt his marching orders.
The midfielder was shown a second yellow card after a challenge on the El Palmar left back. He couldn't believe the decision made by referee Botia Moya but he went for an early bath.
As the game headed into the final couple of minutes, some good build-up play by El Palmar resulted in the equaliser to the dismay of the home crowd.
Despite three minutes of added time, the home side were frustrated and the game finished in a 1-1 stalemate.
Although the final outcome wasn't quite what was hoped for, there were plenty of positives for Huercal Overa to take into the next game, which is an away trip to Aguilas.
Huercal Overa: Michel, Gabi, Alex Minarro, Finidi, Juan Martos, Yoris, Heredia, Jose Moreno, Campanas, Rafa Soriano (David 70), y Sele (Benitez 88).
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