Nathalia rose back to the top of the Murray Football League tree after a hard-fought win against Cobram on Saturday.
With Numurkah yet to play this round, the Purples may only occupy first place for a week — but that will not bother Craig Kellow’s charges.
The four premiership points from the triumph has Nathalia two games and considerable percentage clear of third-placed Moama with just two matches remaining in the season, leaving Kellow’s troops near certainties to secure a double chance this year.
While the success at Scott Oval was not emphatic, it was never truly in doubt as eight players from the away side hit the scoreboard and Bailey Bell and Bowen Smith showcased their skills with standout showings.
For Cobram, Tyron Baden (two goals) was again its best performer, while Tom Scott (three goals), Shaun Greenway and Scott Spencer also impressed in defeat.
The Tigers battled all day, winning the second and final quarters, but it was not enough as the Purples did what they needed to do for the win.
Both sides will enjoy the weekend off when the split round concludes next week, with Cobram returning for a clash against Echuca United and Nathalia hosting Congupna.