CRUCIAL matches will be played at Lockington and Colbinabbin in Saturday's 14th round of the Heathcote District Football League season.
The second-placed Lockington-Bamawm United has home-ground advantage at Norlec Oval against the third-placed Leitchville-Gunbower.
The Cats and Bombers are locked on 36 points.
LBU has a 9-2 record.
Leitchville-Gunbower is on 9-3 and goes into this clash after a 30-goal victory in its latest hit-out.
In round five, LBU won at Leitchville by 19 points.
Midfield battles will be a key factor in this match.
LBU will look to John Halloran, Matt Bongiovanni, Marcus Angove and Nathan Bacon to win their share of contests in midfield and around the packs.
The Bombers showed they have plenty of goalkicking power in their latest win.
Ryan Hocking kicked a dozen goals last round and looms as a major danger to the LBU defence.
Brad Perry, Jye Keath, Russell Lee and Joel Helman will be primed for big games against LBU.
Another big match is at M.J. Morgan Reserve where the sixth-placed Colbinabbin takes on Huntly.
The Grasshoppers have a 4-8 record and must win to move within a victory of the fifth-placed White Hills.
The Hawks beat the Hoppers by 52 points in round five, but Colbo starts favourite at home.
The ladder-leading North Bendigo should be too strong for Heathcote on the Saints’ turf at Prendergast Oval.
Elmore takes on Mount Pleasant.