VCF Mestalla keep undefeated run going with win against Hércules CF September, 17 2016 - VCF Mestalla extended their extremely positive initial run in Grupo III of Segunda División B with victory over Hércules CF on Matchday 5 of the season, thanks to a goal from striker Aridai in the 66th minute. The Valencia CF side moved up to second in the table as a result, and remain unbeaten. The first half was dominated by VCF Mestalla, who caused plenty of problems for the opposition through the constantly threatening Quim Araujo. His reading of the play formed the starting point for a wealth of attacks by Curro Torres’ side, who were also solid in defence with the debuting Javi Jimenez. Nacho Gil started in the attack for the team, and created space for teammates Sito and Aridai to make the most of going forward. Aridai was the dangerman up front, bookending the first period with shots in the opening minute and final minute of the half that were saved by opposition goalkeeper Chema. Despite VCF Mestalla’s best efforts, the game went into halftime with the score at 0-0. After the break the home side continued to control possession, as Hércules defended deep and looked to attack on the counter. Chema was again a key player, a spectacular save from Quim Araujo’s backheel being just one of his required interventions to keep the game goalless. However, he was powerless to stop a great combination from VCF Mestalla that culminated in Aridai smashing the ball into the net on 66 minutes to take the lead. Finally in front, VCF were required to do more defending as Hércules searched for an equaliser. The defence stood firm, leaving their opponents with only set pieces as a real threat. Goalkeeper Sivera made a great stop to avoid an equaliser, and VCF Mestalla took another superb three points to keep their impressive league run going. Segunda B Grupo III Matchday 5 Estadio Antonio Puchades, Paterna VCF Mestalla 1-0 Hércules CF VCF Mestalla: Sivera, Nacho Vidal, Lato, Javi Jiménez, Ayala, Gregori, Aridai (Rafa Mir, min. 73), Quim Araujo, Nacho Gil (Jordi Sánchez, min. 86), Eugeni (Cifu, min. 69), Sito. Hércules CF: Chema, Dalmau, Peña, F. Roman (Pedro, min. 36), Pol, Checa, Chechu, Omgba (Javi Flores, min. 66), Mainz, Juanma, Salinas (Gaspar, min. 60). Goals: 1-0. M. 66: Aridai. Referee: Barceló Roca. Yellow cards for Ayala, Eugeni, Javi Jiménez (VCF Mestalla), Omgba, Checa, Chechu (Hércules CF). Copyright 2013-2017 Valencia Club De Fútbol. Quoting text from this article is permitted provided that en.valenciacf.com is credited as source, with a clickable link. Photographs by Lázaro de la Peña, re-use is not permitted.