Cádiz and Cartagena will be playing in the second division next season after both won through their "top of group" ties. Cádiz drew 0-0 at Real Unión, Toedtli's strike in the first leg a week ago enough to take them back at the first attempt after they were relegated last season. A heavy hail storm early in the second half helped them keep the Irún based side at bay. And Cartagena will be returning to the second level after 21 years after drawing 2-2 at Alcoyano. A strike from Mena on the half hour mark built on the 2-1 lead from the first leg. But goals later on in the second half from Negredo and Diego Jiménez appeared to be sending the match in to extra time before Juan Pablo equalised in injury time. The two winners now play-off for the second division B champions, with the two losers getting a second chance for promotion, entering in to the knock-out stage with the six winners of the other first round ties.
Poli Ejido's attempt to emulate Cádiz failed though after they lost 3-1 to Ponferradina, and they will have to play a second season at the third level. Teo and Valle put the locals two up, and Poli were left with ten men at the break after Torres was sent off for a second bookable offence. Ernesto made it three with ten minutes to go, and a late goal from Cañadas was scant consolation. Jaén look like being a big threat though after they thrashed Leganés 5-0, with Geni opening the scoring in the first half and then netting a hat-trick after the break, and Arriaga and Solabarrieta getting the other two goals.
Villarreal B were just pipped by Alcoyano for top spot in their regional group, but they are going strongly after beating Zamora 2-0 for the second time in a week. Strikes either side of half time by Chando and Joan Tomás, the second from the penalty spot, were enough to take them through. Lorca had also won their first game at Marbella by 0-2, but they struggled in the return leg, going through by a single goal margin after losing 0-1. Santi Moreno got the only goal for the visitors with two minutes to go.
Sabadell will be going in to the hat with the other seven sides after a 0-1 victory at Cultural Leonesa, although as a team who finished fourth in their regional group they will be drawn against one of the losers from the ties between group champions. The locals started as favourites after a 1-1 draw in the first leg, but Sergio Iglesias's goal early in the second half was enough for the victory. They won't be joined by Catalan neighbours Sant Andreu though after the Barcelona based team lost 4-2 at Alcorcón. Rueda and Eloi twice cancelled out strikes from Nevado and Calvillo, but a Susaeta penalty and a fourth goal from Mauri in injury time won it for the home side.
Elsewhere Antequera and Las Palmas Atlético will be relegated to the regional third division after losing their play-offs. Antequera lost 2-3 to Terrassa, Tete giving them some hope of overturning the 2-0 first leg result before Sierra and Víctor (twice) wrapped things up. Oscar's last minute penalty couldn't change the result. And Las Palmas Atlético were hammered 4-0 by Sporting Gijón B, with Javi Poves scoring two first half penalties and Alvarez and Jorge adding two more goals either side of half time. (24.05.09)