It was a mixed weekend for rivals Shepparton and Shepparton South with the latter claiming all three points, while the former secured a respectable draw.
South travelled to Golden City and proved far too strong winning 4-1 with Sean Grant starring for the visitors.
The skilful attacker had a field day on Sunday scoring all of South’s goals.
Grant opened the scoring inside five minutes, before two goals in four minutes meant co-coaches Joel Aitken and Nathan Radevski saw their side cruise to a three-nil lead at half-time.
However, City would not die wondering with Yassir Alghazaly popping up in the 68th minute to cut the deficit for the hosts to just two goals.
In a fairly tame affair Tom Kielty caught the ire of match official Elia Andrews to be given the game’s only yellow card, as Grant secured all three points with his fourth in the 83rd minute.
It was Grant’s 14th goal of the season, while South sits pretty in second position on the Bendigo Amateur Soccer League table.
With only four games left to play before finals South is within touching distance of Eaglehawk, despite having played one more game than its rivals.
Meanwhile, Shepparton is still in the hunt for a finals berth, however, it will need a miracle if it is to feature in the play-offs.
Dillon Shelley’s troops, who sit in seventh position, drew with fifth-placed Strathdale 2-2.
Vibert Reserve played host to Sunday’s encounter and it was lively early on with all four goals coming in the first half of the match.
Reds’ Giacomo Alvisi found the back of the net in the 15th minute, however, his strike was soon cancelled out after just one minute.
Kane Goldsworthy levelled proceedings for Strathdale before Lukas Bloom ensured the visitors would complete the turnaround.
Bloom scored in the 38th minute and just as the Reds looked set to go into the sheds 2-1 down at half-time, Nick Watson scored an own goal.
Chances were few and far between in the second half and the draw now means the Reds are still a mathematical chance of playing finals, however, they will need to win all their games and hope results fall in their favour.
●Tatura has proven too good for Shepparton United in the Youth Championship on Sunday, winning 4-3 away from home.
Adon De Palma starred for the Ibises scoring two goals in a scintillating performance, however, they were made to work for the result.
United took the lead inside the first minute before De Palma levelled proceedings soon after and with scores locked 1-1 at half-time, Damian Russo and Ismet Uguz proved to be the difference.
The result now has Tatura in fifth position, while United languishes in ninth with one win.
Shepparton South put eight goals past Golden City in an impressive performance to jump to second on the table.
Ali Hosseini starred for the visitors scoring five goals as South won 8-2.
Two goals from Daniel Ndisa and a second-minute strike from Matthew Gilroy ensured South would leave Bendigo with all three points.