Shepparton South left it late, but in soccer it is better late than never.
With nine minutes to go South broke the deadlock to claim a crucial 1-0 victory over Golden City away from home.
Chelsea Clarke proved to be the difference in the end tapping home the eventual winner, placing South as high as third for the first time in six weeks.
Uwe Paffrath’s women have now registered two wins on the trot and eight in total.
As a result they are now one of four teams fighting for the last two finals positions with four rounds left.
South is currently five points clear of Colts in sixth position, while a shot at a top two spot is impossible as it currently trails Shepparton United by 14 points.
However, a win this weekend against United will do South’s confidence a world of good, considering it is the only team to hinder United’s perfect record this season.
After 16 rounds South has scored 34 goals and conceded 22, with Lucinda Murdoch and Jasmine Vukcevic responsible for most of them.
Murdoch, who has played 13 games, has netted seven times this campaign while the latter has six of her own.
South will rightfully earn its position inside the top four should it fare reasonably well against United, Moama-Echuca, which sits in fourth, Strathdale and Eaglehawk.
Paffrath’s team faces a tough month and if it wants to play finals it will definitely earn it the right way.
Rival Shepparton United did not play at the weekend as a result of the bye.