Despite a positive performance against the league-leaders, CD Almuñécar City slipped to their second defeat in three games after a 2-0 loss away to Churriana CF.
After a goalless first-half, the visitors were on top in the second-half and had a goal ruled out for offside when Taylor James headed home on the hour mark.
Jay Clark scored the opener shortly after, against the run of play, and added a decisive second goal in the 82nd minute, another powerful header, which wrapped up the points for the home side.
CDAC have two weeks to wait for their next league fixture, when they welcome second-place Gabia CF to the Estadio Municipal Francisco Bonet.
Head coach Juan Carlos Añón made two changes to the side that drew at home last weekend, with full-back Omar Torres and midfielder Pomwene Namundjebo coming into the starting line-up.
After the two sides exchanged chances in the first 15 minutes of the game, with Juanlu striking off target for CDAC, it was the hosts that had the first clear opening.
A switch of play from left to right saw the Churriana No.11 bring the pass down before coming inside on his left foot and forcing Dallas Odle into making a good save.
The American shot-stopper was called into action again, just after the half-hour mark. A free-kick from the right was played to the edge of the area, which was gathered by the No.10 and the Churriana man shot on the turn and Odle made a terrific save to stop the shot going into the top corner.
Churriana had the final chance of the half when a cross from the right was glanced across goal and inches wide of the post by the No.9, who had his head in his hands after the effort.
The home side edged the first-half, but there was no doubt which side started on the front foot in the second-half. Juan Carlos’ side created two chances in the first seven minutes of the second period.
Luismi’s corner made its way to the back post, which was headed over by Jason Lee. The former was involved in the heart of the action again, one minute later, when he raced down the left wing and crossed low into the box, but the goalkeeper pounced on the ball at the feet of Tobias Karlsen.
CDAC continued to be the aggressor in the game and after Juanlu was denied by the Churriana goalkeeper, the visitors thought they’d taken the lead on the hour mark.
A corner was punched by the goalkeeper, but only as far as Ryu Yamaguchi. The centre back headed back towards goal and after the defender got a slight touch, captain Taylor James headed home. Celebrations were short-lived as the linesman’s flag was up for offside, an extremely close call.
Churriana took the lead just 10 minutes later when a cross was played into the far post, from the right, and substitute Clark headed back across goal and into the corner of the net.
The English-native, who came on as a substitute in the second-half, scored his second goal of the game as the striker headed in off the post on 82 minutes.
Within seconds of the restart, CDAC should have reduced the deficit in the game. The ball was switched to Bradley Booysen from kick-off, and the South African beat his marker out on the right side.
Booysen whipped a great cross into the box and Karlsen directed his header towards goal, which was saved by the sprawling goalkeeper.
CD Almuñécar City: Odle, Torres, Yamaguchi, James (C), Lee, Peterson, Namundjebo, Booysen, Peralta, Juanlu, Karlsen
Substitutes: Mendoza, Watring, Wang, Fisher, Delacharlerie, Montero, Madrid