Tight at the Top

Only one point separates six clubs at the top of the table with also a total of six teams remaining unbeaten. There were 23 goals from the ten matches, as La Nucia sat out the weekend, with Orihuela going back to 2B.

Elche led until the 80th minutes of their encounter with Gandia, then lost through two late strikes, Oscar netting the first and Raimon bagging the winner on 85. Carlos had given the home side a lead on the half hour but the dismissal of Peral on the hour changed the course of the game. Gandia remain unbeaten with two draws and a win.


Fran Gámez booted home the opener for Acero as they got off the mark at the third time of asking, defeating Denia by three goals to nil. Oliva added a second on 35 minutes for a 2-0 interval lead. The second half was listless with little or no positivity from the visitors who allowed Oliva to double his personal tally in injury time.

300 fans watched a tense tussle on a poor pitch at Burriana and had little to smile about in a goalless first half. Saguntino drew first blood from a corner on 58 minutes and it looked like a share of the spoils when the home side levelled through an Emilio shot on 72. However, in injury time Borja nodded home from another corner to give Saguntino their first win of 2012/13.

Villareal C remain undefeated after this 1-1 draw at Ribarroja, now numbering one win and two draws from their opening trio of matches. It was Romanian Florin Andone who put them ahead on 13 minutes only to see Alberto Pomer make it all square on 25. The Yellow Submarine had shouts for a penalty on 70, but the referee was not interested, so a share of the spoils the end result.

The champions Catarroja and last year's play off side Alzira met at the Mundial 82 neither having a point to their names after two games. It was the visitors who bagged all three points with a 2-0 win, leaving last season's champions floundering at the bottom of the table as the only club without a point. That is three consecutive victories in the league for Alzira at Catarroja, who are sorely missing the leadership of John Clarkson.

Llosa beat the drop last term mainly due to a Castellon protest, refusing to play that fixture, but are pace setters this time round after their 1-0 win over the same side. It was a single goal that did the trick and Llosa are joint top on 7 points with two wins and a draw, yet to concede a goal. La Nucia is the only other side to boast a clean sheet, but that after two games as their fixture with Orihuela was scrapped after Orihuela won their battle to be reinstated in division 2B. All matches against them are thus null and void, with one team having a "holiday" each weekend from now on.

Crevillente and Jove usually enjoy a battle royale as relatively close neighbours and this match went to Jove with the only goal of the game from Guerro on 56 minutes, in a match best forgotten. Jove, with two wins are one of the leading sextet at this early stage. Muro hosted Eldense at La Llometa looking to bounce back from their defeat at Novelda last week. They are a tough act to beat at home and duly entertained fans winning a five goal thriller 3-2. Twice Eldense lead with Muro equalising for a second time in the 90th minute, then popping home the winner on 94.


Utiel are one of the final pace setters in group six with two wins and a draw and only conceding that one late goal at Catarroja on the opening day. A win here at Borriol by 2-0 forced a first defeat of the season on the hosts and sets them up for an enjoyable return to third division football. A penalty conversion just before half time from Victor Cardona was supplemented by a goal just after the interval from Prieto landed the spoils.

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