FC CARTAGENA closed the gap on leaders La Hoya Lorca following a well-deserved 1-0 win over Rael Jaen last Sunday.
The return to winning ways, after two defeats on the trot, puts them just three points behind Lorca with six games still to play and cements their position in the promotion places.
In a close contest against Jaen, a well taken goal just before half time by Michel Zabaco settled a tense game with very few chances for either team.
Jaen came out stronger after the break and had their best chance to equalise but a good save from Marcos kept the home side in front.
Cartagena came back into the game and began to dominate in midfield with Rivero and Jimenez putting in strong performances.
They had a number of chances to increase their lead, but Garcia, Llorente, Rivero and Arturo all squandered good opportunities.
In the end it was goalkeeper Marcos who saved the day with a couple of late saves preventing ten man Jaen equalising.
With Lorca only able to salvage a draw against Jumilla, Cartagena moved to within three points of their local rivals and put extra pressure on as the season reaches its climactic last few weeks.
With nearest promotion hopefulls Villanovense and Marbella both drawing, this win against Jaen gained extra significance and crowned a great weekend for the Albinegros.
Next up for Cartagena this weekend is an away trip to Atletico Sanluqueno currently languishing second from bottom in danger of relegation.
Coach Alberto Monteagudo is in no danger of underestimating their opponents who are desperate for points to stay in the division, but believes his team has a great chance of keeping the pressure on leaders Lorca.
PHOTO: FC Cartagena crowd around goalscorer Zabaco in their narrow 1-0 victory over Jaen