Ed­die's Fi­nal Whis­tle

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With the lead­ers, Her­cules, only man­ag­ing a point away from home at the week­end, Vil­lar­real B took full ad­van­tage and picked up three points away at Ontinyent. These two re­sults mean that Vil­lar­real go top of the group, al­beit on goal dif­fer­ence, with them and Her­cules locked on 23 points. Cata­lan side, Lleida, are in third po­si­tion with 20 points af­ter their 0-1 away win at the group’s bot­tom side, Atletico Sa­guntino, who are hav­ing a night­mare sea­son. Atletico Baleares, from Mal­lorca, are into fourth po­si­tion – the fi­nal Play Off spot – af­ter their 2-0 home win against Barcelona based side, Es­pañol. Baleares have 18 points, one more point than fifth placed Sabadell. At the bot­tom of the ta­ble, the lat­est de­feat for Castel­lon means they are still without a win all sea­son and now drop into the bot­tom po­si­tion (20th) as CD Ebro man­aged a point at FC Barcelona B and in do­ing so, climb one place above them in the ta­ble (19th) with nine points, one more point than CD Castel­lon. UE Olot 0 – 0 Her­cules CF Her­cules knew that they would need to win at mid-ta­ble Olot if they were to con­tinue as soli­tary lead­ers of this group. How­ever, af­ter a poor first 45 min­utes when the home side dom­i­nated and were un­for­tu­nate not to go in ahead at the break, Her­cules came out for the sec­ond half­dom­i­nated things, without be­ing able to break the dead­lock. On re­flec­tion, a point apiece was just about the right re­sult over the full 90 min­utes. This re­sult does keep Her­cules at the top of the ta­ble with 23 points, but they do share that top spot with Vil­lar­real B who also have 23 points. CD Castel­lon 0 – 1 Lleida Es­portiu Af­ter their pro­mo­tion at the end of last sea­son, hopes were very high in the town and so were ex­pec­ta­tions. How­ever, it very soon be­came ob­vi­ous that those hopes and ex­pec­ta­tions were un­re­al­is­tic. Draw af­ter and not a win in site, kept Castel­lon in the rel­e­ga­tion places. The man­ager was sacked in the hope that the new in­cum­bent would change things around. That has not hap­pened, even those draws have now dis­ap­peared, and two de­feats on the spin, leave CD Castel­lon in bot­tom po­si­tion (20th) in this group, for the first in the 96 years of his­tory! Although they started brightly against an al­ways very well dril- led Lleida side who are once again look­ing to fin­ish in the top four at the end of the sea­son, Castel­lon are clearly lack­ing up front as can clearly be seen, hav­ing scored just seven times in the league this sea­son. Just as it ap­peared that this game would go the same way as most of their matches this sea­son – an­other draw – Lleida broke away hav­ing de­fended a corner against them and scored a last minute win­ner to take all three points and drop Castel­lon one place to the very foot of the ta­ble. CD Al­coy­ano 0 – 1 CF Badalona CD Al­coy­ano suf­fered their sec­ond home de­feat on the spin against a Badalona side who are just out­side the play off places. The nar­row and some­what harsh de­feat came af­ter the home side dom­i­nated most of the game and were un­for­tu­nate not to score on a num­ber of oc­ca­sions. The only goal of the game ar­rived in the 71st minute when a corner was met at the near post by Badalona player Chaco, to give the vis­i­tors all three points, three points which move them up to 8th in the ta­ble with 16 points and just two points out­side the top four. For CD Al­coy­ano, this lat­est de­feat leaves them in 10th po­si­tion with 13 points. They are two points above the rel­e­ga­tion places and five points out­side the play off places. It must also be said that a sec­tion of the home crowd, at the end of the game, started to wave the dreaded “white hanky” at their team. This in Spain means that they are NOT happy with them and a sign to the Board that changes need to be made. CE Sabadell FC 2 – 1 Atletico Le­vante UD Atletico Le­vante went into this game know­ing that a win would move them into one of the play off places. How­ever, that hope crashed against a well-or­gan­ised and hard­work­ing Sabadell side who, af­ter this vic­tory, are now just one point and one place out­side those cov­eted play off places. The vis­i­tors were rather un­for­tu­nate to come away from this game with noth­ing but a de­feat to show for their ef­forts. They clearly dom­i­nated the game and even when they went 2-0 down af­ter 63 min­utes, they con­tin­ued to push for­ward and at no time dropped their heads. They did man­age a con­so­la­tion goal deep into added time (Juan Mon­terde on 93 min­utes), but this proved to be too lit­tle and too late. Le­vante are in 9th po­si­tion with 15 points af­ter this de­feat. They are three points out­side the top four places. Ontinyent CF 1 – 2 Vil­lar­real CF B Vil­lar­real re­serves take over at the top of the group fol­low­ing this 1-2 away win at Ontinyent. The vis­i­tors de­servedly took all three points from a match, which they dom­i­nated and had by far the best of the chances. Had they been more clin­i­cal up front, the mar­gin of vic­tory would have been far wider. The first half ended all square, which was sur­pris­ing as Vil­lar­real had so many chances to open the scor­ing. But they took the lead in the 54th minute af­ter a de­fen­sive er­ror gifted Villa the first goal of the game. They should have in­creased that lead min­utes later but the Ontinyent keeper, Craviotto, made up for his ear­lier er­ror. Some­what against the run of play, Ontinyent equalised on 64 min­utes when Ontinyent striker, Machado, get­ting his head to the ball to level things up. A ten-minute surge of pres­sure from the home side af­ter their goal was the best they could of­fer and from that point on­wards, there was only ever go­ing to be one win­ner, es­pe­cially af­ter Vil­lar­real scored their sec­ond through En­ric af­ter 73 minute. The win takes Vil­lar­real top, level on points (23) with Her­cules but ahead of them on goal dif­fer­ence. Ontinyent ate in 14th po­si­tion with 13 points. SD Ejea 3 – 1 Va­len­cia Mestalla Va­len­cia Mestalla ended up well beaten in this game, de­spite dom­i­nat­ing the en­counter for long pe­ri­ods. Signs were good for the Va­len­cia re­serve side, es­pe­cially as SD Ejea had gone over 700 min­utes of foot­ball without scor­ing a sin­gle goal. But all that changed in a seven minute spell in the first half as the home side went in at the break 3-0 ahead. The sec­ond half was more of the same with the vis­i­tors dom­i­nat­ing but un­able to score. They did even­tu­ally score a con­so­la­tion goal, but that did not ar­rive un­til the 87th minute, which was ex­ces­sively late in the day. The win for Ejea moves them out of the rel­e­ga­tion zone. They are in 15th po­si­tion with 12 points from their 11 matches played. Va­len­cia Mestalla, on the other hand, drop down into 16th po­si­tion with 11 points. CF Per­al­ada 2 – 2 UE Cor­nella UB Con­quense 2 – 1 CD Teruel Atletico Baleares 2 – 0 RCD Es­pañol FC Barcelona B 1 – 1 CD Ebro Her­cules CF – CD Castel­lon Lleida Es­portiu – CD Al­coy­ano Va­len­cia CF Mestalla – CE Sabadell FC Atletico Le­vante UD – CF Per­al­ada RCD Es­pañol – Ontinyent CF Vil­lar­real CF B – UE Olot UE Cor­nella – UB Con­quense CD Ebro – Atletico Baleares CD Teruel – FC Barcelona B CF Badalona – SD Ejea Atletico Sa­guntino take over at the top of the group fol­low­ing their 2-0 home win whilst the other teams around them all strug­gled at the week­end. Sa­guntino are on 23 points and they are level on points with both Olimpic Xa­tiva and Jove Es­pañol. The fi­nal play off place is cur­rently oc­cu­pied by Atzeneta who are on 20 points (the same tally as Eldense). At the other end of the ta­ble, Paiporta lost again and are bot­tom of the group (20th) with 5 points. Torre Le­vante are one place above them with 7 points with Pa­terna (8 points) in 18th po­si­tion. Both Silla and Elche Ilic­i­tano are one place above them both on 9 points. CF Vil­a­marx­ant 2 – 2 CD Olimpic Xa­tiva Atletico Sa­guntino 2 – 0 CF La Nu­cia Novelda CF 1 – 5 Ori­huela CF Cre­vil­lente De­portivo 3 – 1 CF Torre Le­vante UD Alzira 1 – 0 Paiporta CF Atzeneta UE 2 – 1 UD Rayo Ibense FC Jove Es­pañol 3 – 1 CD Eldense CD Roda 2 – 0 Elche Ilic­i­tano CD Acero 1 – 0 Silla CF CD Eldense – CD Roda Silla CF – FC Jove Es­pañol Ori­huela CF – CD Acero CF La Nu­cia – Novelda CF Elche Ilic­i­tano CF – Pa­terna CF Vil­lar­real CF “C” – Cre­vil­lente De­portivo CD Olimpic Xa­tiva – UD Alzira UD Rayo Ibense – CF Vil­a­marx­ant CF Torre Le­vante – Atzeneta UE Paiporta CF – Atletico Sa­guntino Group 1 CD Al­ma­zora are top of this group with 21 points fol­lowed by CD Onda (20 points) with CD Pu­zol and CD Ca­banes one place be­hind them on 17 points. CD Ca­banes 2 – 0 UD Pu­zol CD Beni­carlo 1 – 0 CF Hu­ra­can CD Bur­ri­ana 1 – 0 CD Al­ma­zora CF Bor­riol 0 – 5 CD LAl­cora´ UD Vall de Uxo 2 – 1 CF Sant Jordi CF Al­buix­ech 2 – 2 CD Onda CF Nules 2 – 1 CF Rafalafena Castel­lon CD Castel­lon “B” 2 – 0 Al­queries CF Club Al­me­nara Atletic 0 – 0 CF San Pe­dro CF Rafalafena Castel­lon – CD Ca­banes UD Pu­zol – UD Vall de Uxo CF Hu­ra­can – CF Sant Jordi CD Onda – CF Nules Al­queries CF – CF Al­buix­ech CD LAl­cora´ – CD Bur­ri­ana CD Al­ma­zora – Club Al­me­nara Atletic CF San Pe­dro – CD Castel­lon B CD Beni­carlo – CF Bor­riol Ribar­roja CF (21 points), Re­cam­bios Colon Catar­roja (20 points) and CD Utiel (19 points) are the top three in this group. All three sides re­main un­beat­enso far this sea­son. CD Utiel 4 – 0 CD Ser­ra­nos Mis­lata CF 1 – 2 CD San Marcelino Atletico Vall­bo­nense 0 – 2 CD Buñol Al­casser CF 1 – 1 UD Castel­larOliv­eral CF Re­cam­bios Colon Catar­roja 2 – 1 Tor­rent CF UD Ju­ven­tud Bar­rio Cristo 0 – 1 Bur­jas­sot CF UD Al­daia CF 0 – 0 SC Re­quena Dis­cobolo-La Torre AC 0 – 2 Ribar­roja CF Rayo San An­to­nio – Quart de Poblet Bur­jas­sot CF – Al­casser CF UD Castel­lar-Oliv­eral – UD Al­daia CF Tor­rent CF – SC Re­quena CD San Marcelino – UD Ju­ven­tud Bar­rio Cristo CD Buñol – Mis­lata CF UD Quart de Poblet – Dis­cobolo-La Torre AC Ribar­roja CF – CD Utiel CD Ser­ra­nos – Atletico Vall­bo­nense CF Re­cam­bios Colon Catar­roja – Rayo San An­to­nio CF Castel­lonense, with 23 points, are top of this group. They are fol­lowed by CD De­nia with 21 points and CD Javea with 20 points. CD Javea are the only un­beaten side to date this sea­son. Muro CF 3 – 0 CD Con­tes­tano UD Car­caix­ent 0 – 0 CF UE Gandia CD De­nia 4 – 3 Pego CF L’ Ol­le­ria CF 3 – 1 UD Beni­ganim UD Al­ginet 1 – 1 CF UE Tav­ernes CD Javea 1 – 0 CF Tous CD Enguera 4 – 2 UE L’ Al­cu­dia Rac­ing Rafel­cofer CF 1 – 3 CD Monte-Sion UD Por­tu­ar­ios 0 – 4 UD Castel­lonense CD Con­tes­tano – LOl­le­ria´ CF UD Beni­ganim – CD Enguera Pego CF – UE LAl­cu­dia´ CF UE Tav­ernes – Muro CF CF UE Gandia – UD Al­ginet CF Tous – Rac­ing Rafel­cofer CF CD Monte-Sion – UD Por­tu­ar­ios UD Castel­lonense – UD Car­caix­ent CD De­nia – CD Javea In­ter­city San Juan, as ex­pected, are top of group 4. They have 22 points. Three sides, CD Al­moradi, CD Thader and In­de­pen­di­ente Ali­cante are one place below them, all on 19 points. Cal­losa De­portiva 1 – 2 CD Univer­si­dad Ali­cante Ben­ferri CF 1 – 3 UD Ho­radada Aspe UD 1 – 6 CD Thader In­ter­city San Juan 3 – 1 CD Al­moradi Benidorm CD 4 – 2 FB Re­dovan CF Ori­huela CF “B” 1 – 4 Vil­la­joyosa CF CF UD Ilic­i­tana 3 – 1 Vil­lena CF Her­cules CF “B” 0 – 3 CD Tor­re­vieja Elda In­dus­trial CF 0 – 0 CF In­de­pen­di­ente Ali­cante CD Tor­re­vieja – Elda In­dus­trial CF CF In­de­pen­di­ente Ali­cante – Cal­losa De­portiva Vil­lena CF – CD Univer­si­dad Ali­cante CD Thader – Her­cules CF B CD Al­moradi – Aspe UD FB Re­dovan CF – Ori­huela CF B Vil­la­joyosa CF – Ben­ferri CF UD Ho­radada – In­ter­city San Juan CF UD Ilic­i­tana – Benidorm CD

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