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JUST six goals were enough for Donald to secure a crucial 21-point victory over Wedderburn in a North Central league slog on Saturday.
The Royals and Redbacks are two of the three teams, along with Charlton, fighting for the last two spots in the NCFL finals.
Donald held on to fourth spot and sent Wedderburn tumbling from third to fifth with its 6.7 (43) to 3.4 (22) victory on a windy and wet Wedderburn day, with the game at one stage interrupted by several foam blocks from a nearby building site blowing across the ground.
The Royals kicked just 1.1 after quarter-time.
However, they already had what would prove to be a winning score on the board at quarter-time as they bolted out of the blocks to a 5.6 to 0.0 lead at the first break.
It was the second game in a row the Royals kept their opponents scoreless in the first quarter after also doing the same to St Arnaud the previous week.
One of the best players on the ground was Wedderburn veteran Adam Postle in his 250th senior game for the Redbacks.
* Charlton climbed back into the top four with its 54-point win over Wycheproof-Narrapport.
The Navies' quarter-time score of 5.2 was already double what the Demons ended the game with as Charlton ran out comfortable 10.10 (70) to 2.4 (16) victors.
Mitchell Gleeson played well to be Charlton's best, while James Coatsworth battled hard against the odds for the Demons.
* Birchip-Watchem held St Arnaud to just one behind over the first three quarters on the way to its 7.16 (58) to 3.4 (22) victory.
The Bulls went to quarter-time with 3.13 on the board from 16 scoring shots, before adding 4.4 over the final three terms at St Arnaud.
Birchip Watchem's Lachlan Foott with two was the game's only multiple goalkicker in the Bulls' ninth-consecutive win over the Saints.
* Sea Lake Nandaly defeated Boort by 131 points in the clash of the undefeated top side versus the winless bottom team.
The Tigers had 39 scoring shots to three in their 20.19 (139) to 1.2 (8) win at home, lifting their already monster percentage from 315 to 346.
Eleven Tigers' players kicked goals, led by four to Brad Collins.
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