TATURA’S hopes of a top-four finish remain on-track after a convincing Bendigo Amateur Soccer League men’s division one championship win against Golden City.
The Ibises trip to Bendigo netted a 6-0 victory, matching their earlier season result at Tatura.
It was their fourth consecutive win and keeps the Ibises handily placed in fourth position on the league ladder, four points behind third-placed Eaglehawk and five points in arrears of second-placed Shepparton United, both of which scored wins on Sunday.
Tatura scored three goals in each half, with Thomas Leech in excellent touch with a hat-trick of goals.
He was well supported by coach Sean Grant, who contributed a double.
The Ibises will look to gain ground on at least one of its rivals for a top-four spot next week, when they host Shepparton United at Howley Oval.
United was forced to work hard for its 1-0 win against 10th placed Shepparton at McEwen Reserve.
A 50th minute goal to Roven Shaholli broke a lengthy deadlock between the Goulburn Valley city rivals.
Eaglehawk bounced back from a 2-0 defeat against Shepparton United to defeat Spring Gully United 3-1.
Brent Hamblin scored twice, including one from a penalty, while Nathan Hamblin added one for the Hawks, who remain in contact with the top two sides.
Samuel Nanere was the lone goal scorer for Spring Gully United, which will tackle the might of top-team Strathdale at Stanley Avenue next weekend.
Jackson Clayton scored three goals and Aaron Mertens added two for the Blues in their 5-0 win against Moama-Echuca Border Raiders.
But no goal scorer was more prolific on the weekend than Shepparton South star Joel Aitken, who found the back of the next 8 times in his side’s 10-2 victory against Epsom.
Meanwhile, Epsom extended its lead at the top of the BASL youth championship ladder following a 9-2 victory over second-placed Shepparton South.
The Scorpions set up their win with a scintillating first half in which they scored six unanswered goals.
Pa Naing Paw and Jonah Pisevski each scored two goals for the Scorpions, while Ali Hosseini was Shepparton South’s lone goal scorer with two.
A 3-0 win against Eaglehawk, highlighted by goals to Lewis Merriman, Bailey Rashleigh and Galou Kuol, enabled Spring Gully United to retain third spot.
In other games, five individual goal scorers contributed to Strathdale’s 5-2 win against Moama-Echuca Border Raiders, Aliagha Alizada and Farid Hassani both scored twice in Shepparton United’s 4-0 victory against Shepparton, and Golden City beat Tatura 4-1.