The second division B play-offs began this week, with four sides to be promoted out of the 16 clubs involved. Melilla and Alavés were the first to kick off on Saturday evening, with the Basque side favourites to go through after the game ended 1-1. Salcedo put the visitors ahead from the penalty spot on the stroke of half time after Carlos Ruíz fouled Casares in the area, but Kabamba headed the equaliser for the North African enclave side following a corner with a quarter of an hour to go. One of the relegation play-offs also took place on Saturday, with Benidorm and Betis B also drawing 1-1. Scottish striker Ryan Harper gave the Andalusians the lead at the start of the second half, but Luis Domenech equalised for the sea-siders on the hour mark. (21.05.11)
Two of the promoted sides will come from the head-to-head games between the regional group winners, with Murcia looking set for a quick return to the second division after a 2-0 win over Lugo. Some 18,000 people turned up to see Chando give the locals the lead three minutes in to the second half, and Isaac wrapped things up with a second goal a quarter of an hour later. Sabadell and Eibar will have to wait another week though after their game ended 0-0. A 20,000 crowd saw the visitors hit the post in the first half, but Hiroshi missed a good chance to open the scoring for the Catalans after the restart, and Fito had a goal disallowed for a non-existent offside minutes later. The biggest turnout of the day though was in the Santiago Bernabeu, where a massive 45,000 crowd saw Real Madrid Castilla lose 0-2 to Alcoyano. A goal in each half from Alvaro left the youngsters on the verge of being knocked out.
Like Murcia, Cádiz are also looking to bounce back at the first attempt, and they are well on the way after a 2-0 victory over Mirandés. The Burgos based side just missed out on top spot of their group on the last day, but they went behind to a Cifuentes strike in only the fifth minute, and Moreno completed the scoreline near the end. Real Unión were another team who were only relegated last season, and their tie against Sevilla Atlético is in the balance after a 2-1 victory in Irún. Josu Iglesias gave the Basque side the edge in the last minute after Adrián had cancelled out Eneko Roma's second half opener.
A 2-1 result at Leganés as well, the Madrid based side beating Badalona thanks to a late Arruabarrena penalty. Ferrán Tacón had given the home team the lead on the half hour mark, but Sellarés equalised for the Catalans midway through the second half. Guadalajara are looking good for the semi-finals after they won 0-2 at Orihuela, Anibal and Juanjo getting the goals in the second half somewhat against the run of play. And in the relegation play-offs, Conquense are favourites to stay up after a 2-0 victory in their tie against Caudal, Berodia and Cristian getting the goals either side of half time. (22.05.11)