Spain's most wanted;
Top row left to right, Pazos, Hugo, Tari, Dani, Mario Fernandez.
Bottom row left to right, Monsa, German, Marcos, Paloma, Molina, Carlos Fernandez.
Photograph courtesy of Mark Welton
Californian rockers Green Day once implored their listeners to "Wake me up when September ends" For Santa Pola coach Domingo Grau, the ninth month of the Gregorian calendar can't last long enough, you see, he's had quite a good one. His expensively(ish) assembled squad have yet to be beaten and along the way a miserly defensive effort has conceded a single goal, even that was down to some dopey refereeing that allowed Albatera to have another go when they cocked up a free kick. Sure, one or two other Preferente sides have won all four but they're bound to aren't they when they have the easy teams first.
For the first time 'Pola played on a Saturday on a plastic pitch and it seemed to agree with them as they snuck in and out of Alicante with three more points, via the gloomy and rather uninspiring Ciudad Deportiva, home ground of Hercules B. Had the sun been rising and not setting, the impressive Estadio Jose Rico Perez, the shared home of Alicante and Hercules just a stones throw away, would have cast a giant shadow over proceedings. It mattered not, Santa Pola did the business in a tetchy game of football characterized by quite a few "take no prisoners" tackles which saw at least two players depart before they were quite ready.
Left midfielder German, Santa Pola's sniper for the evening, caned in a free kick from yards outside the box with which he got the hang of both power and accuracy, useful attributes when trying to propel a football towards their goal. That was the only time said ball nestled in either onion bag legally, the upshot of which was Hercules B slipped to their fourth defeat in four games. In fairness their coach was politely requested by the referee to "sit down and shut ya noise" he declined the offer and then spent the rest of the game making the same racket from the stands.
So, September will shortly end but not before Domingo Grau Macia ends up King for a day
Full time Hercules B 0 - 1 Santa Pola