A HAT-TRICK by Strathdale striker Sean Boxshall sealed victory in Saturday night's Bendigo Amateur Soccer League division one clash at Strathfieldsaye.
Unbeaten in the opening five rounds, Strathdale faced a crucial test against Colts United under lights.
The Strathdale Blues led 2-1 at half-time after Boxshall and United opponent Dylan Callaway were on target.
Boxshall beat the Colts defence to make it 3-1.
A talented Strathdale line-up includes the likes of Ben Drechsler, Alex Culvenor, Nathan Sartori and Shaun Allen.
Eaglehawk scored a 1-0 victory at home against Epsom.
After a goalless first half, Will Kerrins beat Epsom's defence as the Two Blues went on to win their second match in this championship campaign.
Spring Gully chalked up its fourth victory.
Goals by Joel Bish and Josh Baum put the Reds in control of their clash with Golden City on Gully's turf in Stanley Avenue.
A hard-fought contest ended in a 2-1 win for Gully.
There were some high-scoring matches in the women's championship.
The ladder-leading Colts United was kept goalless by Strathdale in the first half of their clash at Strathfieldsaye.
Carnie Edlin and Alishia Stratford were on target as Colts won 2-0.
Spring Gully dominated its clash with Golden City. The Gully led 3-0 at half-time and went on to win 8-0.
Paige Conder struck two goals as team-mates Nicole Ford, Jessica Harland, Jessica Smith, Jade De Marchi, Mia Killick and Ally Van Dalen also beat City's defence.
The Epsom Scorpions struck six goals and kept Eaglehawk scoreless in their clash at Truscott Reserve.
Jacinta Dikkenberg struck four goals and Melissa Vanzetta and Rebecca Adams beat the defence.