Nathalia’s immediate chasing pack has been narrowed to just two teams in the Murray Football League.
While the Purples survived a massive scare against Moama, both Barooga (second) and Numurkah (third) cemented their respective ladder positions with strong wins, albeit in very different fashions.
The Blues were made to work hard against Echuca United, but eventually secured victory 11.18 (84) to 10.9 (69).
In a see-sawing affair the Eagles led at the first and third changes, with Numurkah in front at half-time and when it counted at the final siren.
Nick Fothergill and Brad Vassal dominated for the Blues, while for Echuca United it was Farran Priest (four goals) who nearly dragged it across the line.
The Hawks had a much easier outing against Congupna, with Matt Demaio (seven goals) and Spiro Vourgaslis (four) leading the way up forward.
Cameron Sandral was named the best player for Barooga for the second week in a row, while Tate Mifka and Joseph Dwyer tried hard all day for The Road in the 25.16 (166) to 8.3 (51) defeat.
The final two matches of the round have shaped the bottom six significantly, with both Tongala and Cobram recording victories to rise above the rest of the lower teams.
The Tigers had 10 individual goal-scorers in their 15.8 (98) to 8.7 (55) win over Deniliquin, with Tyron Baden snaring three majors.
The star could not stretch his best-on-ground streak into a fourth match though, and was pipped for the accolade by Dan Fitzpatrick.
John Anstee and Todd Gallagher (three goals) were once again the better Rams on the field.
Meanwhile, the Blues were able to hold off a gallant Rumbalara side to the tune of 25 points to remain ensconced in seventh spot on the ladder.
Rumba, which was missing its most prolific forward (Djaran Whyman) and a dominant play-maker (coach Nathan Lovett-Murray), won the first and third stanzas in the close contest, but still could not engineer its first victory of the season.
Corey Nexhip (four goals) and Riley Bacon (three) starred for the home side, while Michael Clarke and Alex Egan (four majors) were Rumbalara’s most influential players.
Tongala has now won three matches in a row after losing its first four.