A good weekend finally for Real Mallorca. They beat Mirandes 2-1 and saw both their promotion rivals slip up. Third placed Almeria threw away a 2-0 half-time lead to draw 2-2 with Real Oviedo and fourth placed Leganés could only draw 0-0 at home with Sporting Gijón. Top of the league Espanyol now only need a point to secure promotion back to La Liga after a beating Malaga 3-0. They are the form team who haven’t lost since the end of January and will probably end up Champions. That leaves Mallorca in second needing 7 points to go back up with the following 5 games to go.
Malaga v Mallorca (won 3-1)
Mallorca v Alcorcon (won 0-2)
Tenerife v Mallorca (won 2-0)
Mallorca v Zaragoza (drew 0-0)
Ponferradina v Mallorca ( won 3-0)
The results in brackets are the results from earlier on in the season, so Mallorca should seal promotion. Interestingly Huesca who were promoted as Champions last season, did so with 70 points. Mallorca now have 71 points and Espanyol 77 points.
Below La Liga Smartbank there will be a new pyramid system ran by the RFEF and all the groups are detailed here.
Atlético Baleares have cemented their position in Primera RFEF. After a disappointing season where they didn’t make the play-offs for promotion, the new Coach Xavi Calm has steadied the ship. A last minute winner from “The Tank” Vinicius Tanque gave them a 1-0 victory over Villanovense. It was good to see 1200 fans inside the stadium enjoying the game. Now they can look forward to the 2021/22 season and build a squad capable of getting back to Segunda or La Liga Smartbank as it’s known. Will they stick with the Coach? Well you would hope so, let’s see.
UD Poblense have three games left to stay in Segunda RFEF and not get relegated to Tercera RFEF. They play the top two, UD Melilla and Yugo plus the bottom side Villarrobledo in what has been described as three cup finals.
As we know UD Ibiza have already qualified for the play-offs to get into La Liga Smartbank. They went away to Barcelona B on Sunday and we’re beaten 2-1. Maybe they relaxed a little after becoming Champions but they must get back to winning ways this weekend against Nastic of Tarragona. The twelve teams that have qualified for the promotion play-offs so far are, UD Ibiza, Burgos, CD Calahorra, Athletico Bilbao B, Real Sociedad B, Celta B, SD Amorebieta, Sanse, UCAM Murcia, Linares Deportivo and CD Badajoz. There are four more left to qualify.
Peña Deportiva have had to cancel their last two games against Espanyol B and AE Prat due to two players testing positive for Covid. They are more or less certain to retain their place in Segunda RFEF.
In Tercera, the two teams currently in position for promotion to Segunda RFEF are Ibiza Pitiusas and Andratx. Ibiza beat Platges de Calvia 2-0 and are nearly there. Platges though having dominated their side of the league, have yet to win in the play-offs. Andratx are creaking a little too, losing 1-2 at home to Formentera. They are benefitting from Platges poor form. This one will go down to the final games.
No games in Division Honor until May 16th. With two rounds to go the four teams that are currently going to maintain their status are, Huesca, Mallorca, San Francisco and Cornelia. Penya Arrabal from Mallorca and At. Villacarlos from Menorca look like they will be relegated to Juvenil Nacional.
Take care everyone.
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