The Rojillos 100% home record has come to an end with a draw in their fourth match against a well organised Gran Canarian side and slip one position to third.
Manager Leonel “Pipa” Gancedo´s men did not play badly and there wasn’t a player on the field that didn’t give their all but they just couldn’t seem to get going.
The visitors started the game well, though Lanzarote soon began to gain possession and looked the more threatening. Winger Ismael Traoré was the Rojillos pick of the bunch and seemed most likely to break the deadlock. In the 26th minute he broke through on the right but his strike was saved by the keeper and he fired the rebound across the face of goal which was the closest either side came to scoring in the opening 45 minutes.
Ten minutes into the second half Lanzarote´s top marksmen Gonzalo Di Renzo managed to fend off his defender and from 10 yards spun but didn’t get a good connection and the keeper managed to save with ease.
Midway through the second half good work from Traoré gave León Gómez the opportunity to strike at goal. Even though the 21 year olds effort was on target and powerful the keeper positioned himself well and made another comfortable save.
The team that had knocked Lanzarote out of the playoffs last season began to gain confidence and the match became more open. In the 88th minute an excellent whipped in cross from the left found the head of Santa Brigida´s sub Aitor but fortunately for Lanzarote he opted to glance his header rather than using the power of the cross and the ball drifted well wide of the right hand post.
Lanzarote huffed and puffed until the end of the match but it was the same story as throughout the 90 minutes that they hadn’t looked convincing to be able to score. Credit must be given to the Gran Canarian side as Lanzarote have been playing some exciting football this season and they completely nullified the Rojillos attacking exploits.
Next Sunday Lanzarote will face their greatest test of the season as they take on the team that have won the last six games on the bounce and are three points clear at the top UD Las Palmas B.