CHAMPIONSHIP leaders Strathdale and Colts United have kicked clear of rivals in the Bendigo Amateur Soccer League's division one and women's title race.
Just seven days after its unbeaten run was broken by Spring Gully, Strathdale took on the Reds once again on the Blues' turf at Beischer Park on Sunday.
A hard-fought contest ended in a 3-2 victory for Strathdale.
Goals for the Blues were struck by Lonain Burnett, Josh Walmsley and Jon Bryers.
Sam Walker beat Strathdale's defence again, while the Blues conceded an own goal.
Strathdale's best were Josh Walmsley, Shaun Allen and Lonain Burnett.
Sam Walker and Matt Ford played well for Spring Gully.
Strathdale now leads Spring Gully by four points after eight rounds in the championship.
Colts United scored a 2-1 victory against Eaglehawk at Strathfieldsaye.
Dylan Callaway racked up a double, while Colts conceded an own goal.
Best for the third-placed Colts were Daniel Berry, Dylan Callaway and Josh Raeburn.
Eaglehawk's best were Daniel Kelly, Toli Wanefalea and Chris Harvey.
There were five goals scored in the Golden City and Epsom clash at Shadforth Park.
City won 3-2 in a contest where Say Kapaw, two, and Josh Hutchins were on target.
Epsom's Adam Crawley achieved a double.
Best for Golden City were Say Kapaw, Steve Graham and Jaydon Abbott.
Epsom's best were Brett Quin, Lachlan Linton and Patrick Kerkvliet.
In the women's championship, Colts United chalked up eighth consecutive win.
Although last in the title race, Eaglehawk pushed the ladder leaders.
Colts won 4-2 and in the process improved their goal difference to +25.
The United line-up is five points clear of Spring Gully at the top of the ladder.
The second-placed Spring Gully scored a 3-1 win at Strathdale.
Paige Conder, Shania Cromb and Mia Killick were on target for Spring Gully.
Defences dominated the Golden City and Epsom clash at Shadforth Park.
A Carlee Frankel goal clinched a 1-0 win for City.
Best players for Golden City were Kristy Harrington, Kristen O'Connor and Alyssa Rich.
Epsom's best were Caitlin Green, Jo Hill and Bianca Trimboli.
Meanwhile, FC Bendigo's junior teams took on the North Geelong Warriors at the weekend.
The under-18s fought on for a 2-2 draw. Goals were scored by S. Scoble and G. Basha. The Foundry Hotel best player award went to B. Treloar.
Bendigo and North Geelong played out a 1-1 draw in the under-16 clash. Bendigo's goal was struck by C. McCormick, who also earned the best player award.
A high-scoring under-15 match ended in a 5-3 win for the Warriors.
Goals for Bendigo were scored by B. Kunoo 2, and A. Dwyer. The best player award went to B. Kunoo.
North Geelong won the under-14s, 8-2. Both of Bendigo's goals were struck by best player H. Coventry-Brownrigg.
FC Bendigo won the under-13s match, 3-1.
The Foundry Hotel best player award was presented to K. Thompson.
Goals were struck by J. Mathews 2, and F. Gibbs.
North Geelong scored a 2-0 victory in the under-12s match.
The best player award went to W. Beever.