Three of the Goulburn Valley’s Bendigo Amateur Soccer League-based sides all faced mixed results at the weekend.
Shepparton United needed a win and results to fall in its favour to keep its finals ambitions alive, Shepparton drew and Tatura faced the full wrath of second-placed Strathdale.
United travelled to Golden City and ran riot winning 5-1, and as a result, it has now jumped Strathdale in fourth position.
The visitors jumped out of the blocks thanks to two goals in 20 minutes from Omran Alhamzah and Ghulam Hussani before City halved the deficit not long after.
With the score at 2-1 heading into the main break, Mohammed Almussawi put the result beyond reach for City scoring his eighth goal, before Ermal Marku and Fedah Aziz capped a commanding victory.
Roven Shaholli’s United needed to beat City and hope Strathdale lost to Shepparton South and Sunday’s results could not have been any better.
United now sits equal on points with Strathdale as the latter has a bye to finish the season, while anything but a three-goal-plus defeat by Spring Gully will see United play finals.
Tatura, which is currently in seventh position, was on the wrong end of a 5-1 result at Eaglehawk.
The second-placed outfit proved too strong for Brent Mathers’ side, with the hosts leading 3-0 at half-time.
André Latt, Nathan Hamblin and captain Gregory Thomas opened the scoring in the first half before Thomas Leech scored a consolation in the 50th minute.
The hosts continued the onslaught late in the second half with Latt and Hamblin finishing with a double.
The Ibises have now conceded 15 goals in the past three matches, while only finding the back of the net three times.
Shepparton has again failed to register its first win in five weeks after drawing with lowly-placed Spring Gully United.
Yonas Niyigalula scored two goals in the final 10 minutes to rescue a point away from home for Dillon Shelley’s side.
The Reds striker has now scored eight goals in 15 games, with the speedster having netted in back-to-back weeks.
Shepparton will finish the season on the road when it travels to face Epsom, while Tatura hosts Colts United at Howley Oval this Sunday.