Second division, day 4

Xerez find themselves three points clear at the top of the table after thrashing Salamanca 5-0. Geijo (2), Camuñas, Luque and Rubén got the goals as Pepe Murcia's side clocked up their fourth win in a row. Cádiz lost ground though after a 2-1 defeat at bottom club Almería earlier in the day. Michel and Corona scored for the hosts before Paz pulled one back with a penalty which was given for foul which took place way outside of the area!

Cádiz hold on to third spot, but Real Murcia moved up level with them on points after a 2-1 win against Castellón. Valladolid drop below them though after they were defeated 0-1 by Poli Ejido thanks to an early Marcos own goal. They stay on six points, together with eight other teams including Tenerife and Hércules, the Canary Islanders recording their second victory of the season after beating the Alicante based side 3-2. (17.09.06)

The second division looks like being another closely fought contest if today's results are anything to go by. Six games were brought forward to Saturday, but none of the favourites won and three sides picked up their first victories of the season. Castilla were one of those three, coming from a goal down to beat second placed Albacete 2-1. Youngsters Bueno and Rayco got the goals after Parri had put the visitors in front. Málaga lost for the second time in a row, a Pablo Couñago strike not enough to prevent a 1-2 defeat at the hands of Numancia, for whom Bolo and Fran Moreno gave them an early lead. Alavés did better though, Carpintero scoring the only goal as they beat Vecindario 0-1 to move up to fourth spot.

Ciudad Murcia failed to take advantage of the slip ups by their rivals, losing 1-0 to their struggling neighbours Lorca. Ramos got the goal to give his side their first victory of the new campaign. And Elche finally got their season under way, Peragón giving them a much needed 1-0 win over Sporting Gijón. In the battle between two of the newly promoted sides, Ponferradina ran out 3-0 winners against Las Palmas, leaving the Canary Islanders further down in the relegation zone. (16.09.06)