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LANZAROTE   0   U.D. SAN FERNANDO   0     31st Jan 2016

Los Rojillos (The Reds) had to fight all the way to level their best home form record for over 20 years against a determined Gran Canarian side, with this draw it now means Lanzarote have gone 33 home games without defeat and with just this single point they extend their lead at the top to three points.

The visitors showed no fear of the league’s highest goal scorers and why should they when they have the best defensive record in the league just conceding 13 goals in their 23 matches played.

The sixth placed side came at Lanzarote from the off and were first to the ball on most occasions and were just one step quicker than the league leaders. Central midfielder Vladi was left on the bench and it was evident Lanzarote were struggling without their central midfielder dynamo.

Whilst the visitors dominated possession for the opening half hour they struggled to break down the Lanzarote defence which has only conceded three goals in the past 11 games.

The game was certainly not a 0-0 bore but goalmouth action was limited in the first period. In the 6th minute a free kick on the edge of the area by midfielder Claudio for the visitors brushed a post though Lanzarote´s keeper Agoney seemed to have his area covered. Two minutes later and Agoney was forced to save a strike from Uruguayan Nacho Quirini. The Centre forward who has played in the second tier of the league in Uruguay proved to be a handful for Lanzarote´s defence all afternoon.

The home side gradually picked up on the pace of the game and in the 40th minute a short corner on the left was passed to Toñito. The Lanzarote winger weaved his way inside and from the edge of the box fired in a low drive that was just wide and ended up in the side netting.

At half time manager Adolfo Pérez replaced Kennedy and Echedey bringing on veterans Vladi and Ángel Gil to bolster up the midfield. One thing you are guaranteed with these two players is that you will get a 100% and they both expect others to put in the same shift.

This did have the desired effect but it was still the visitors who looked the more dangerous. The Uruguayan striker was giving Rojillos defender Raúl a torrid time chasing down every through ball and not allowing the Lanzarote player a second to gather his thoughts.

On the hour mark Yeray Sosa broke through the Lanzarote defence but Agoney was quick off his line and was just able to smother the ball as the midfielder struck. Nine minutes later and Agoney again saved well palming the ball to safety from a strike from defender Amado which was sneaking inside the right hand post.

Finally Lanzarote began to impose themselves on the match and were now looking the better of the two sides. In the 73rd minute the hard working Mauri come inside from the left wing and hit an effort from 20 yards which narrowly went over the bar.

Lanzarote now began laying siege to the visitor’s goal and following a corner the ball dropped inside the six yard box but as Lanzarote tried to force the ball home the Gran Canarian side stuck bodies behind the ball and cleared the danger.

Moments later and Mauri again cut inside from the left wing and shot ferociously from 20 yards only to see the San Fernando keeper fist the ball away.

The visitors were still dangerous on the break and in the 89th minute Agoney produced a superb save saving low at the right hand post to deny Claudio a winner and to keep his side’s unbeaten home form intact.

In the 92nd minute Mauri broke through the defence but the keeper narrowed the angle quickly and produced a great save from the Colombians outstretched foot.

In the dying seconds and following a succession of corners the ball was flicked on at the near post by Rosmen, arriving at the back post was defender Fran Gil and even though the ball travelled at speed he will be disappointed to sky the ball over from just two yards out with the goal at his mercy.

A win for Lanzarote at the end would have been harsh on San Fernando as they worked tirelessly the whole game and are probably the fittest side in the league.

Even though Lanzarote failed with a win they did extend their lead at the top to three points as nearest rivals Tenisca had a terrible day at the office as they were hammered 7-0 by seventh placed side UD Telde.  Las Palmas B and CD Cotillo who are third and fourth placed battled out a draw in a six goal thriller.

Next week Lanzarote travel to Gran Canaria to face 15th placed side CF Arucas.