Second division, day 28
Recreativo Huelva took another step towards a return to the top flight with a 4-1 win over promotion rivals Levante on Sunday lunchtime. Gastón Casas put the Andalusians in front, and although Carmelo levelled the scores, Casas completed his hat-trick before Valencia wrapped things up. Nàstic are a surprise second though after beating Poli Ejido 2-0 to make it 23 points out of the last 27. Diego Torres and Pinilla got the goals after Ismael had missed a penalty earlier on.
The defeats of Lorca and Levante mean that Xerez are back up to third spot, even though they could only manage a 0-0 draw at home to Ciudad Murcia. Only one point though separates Lucas Alcaraz's side from sixth placed Almería. Meanwhile Real Murcia kept their slim hopes of promotion alive with a 1-0 win over Elche, taking them two points above their rivals and level with Albacete, who lost 1-2 to struggling Racing Ferrol. (12.03.06)
Home victories in each and every one of the six matches which were brought forward to Saturday evening, most of which involved lower ranked sides. Second placed Lorca were in action though, and they lost 2-1 at Málaga B despite taking an early lead through Sava. Strikes from Usero and Castro turned the scoreline around though, taking the Andalusians off the bottom of the table. Almería moved to within a point of Lorca after beating Valladolid 2-1, Kalu Uche and Jonathan Soriano getting the goals in the second half before Capdevila pulled one back. And Numancia are not out of the running for promotion after beating Tenerife 2-0, their fourth home win in a row.
Eibar drop to the bottom of the table after losing 1-0 to Castilla, who themselves are now up to seventh. Roberto Soldado got the only goal early on to extend his lead at the top of the second division Pichichi table. Castellón moved up a place to nineteenth after beating Sporting Gijón 1-0, and they are now only two points behind Tenerife. And Hércules climbed away from the danger zone after a 2-1 victory over Lleida, who are now level with them on points. (11.03.06)