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BIRCHIP-Watchem was forced to dig deep to fend off a gallant Charlton in their North Central league round 15 match on Saturday.
The Bulls extended their winning streak to 10, but only just after edging out the Navies by three points in a low-scoring battle at Birchip.
Just 11 goals were kicked for the match and Birchip-Watchem's tally of only 40 proved to be a winning score as the Bulls won 6.4 (40) to 5.7 (37).
The biggest margin that separated the two sides at any of the breaks was the five points Charlton led by at half-time.
The Bulls kicked the only two goals of the second half through Nathan Gordon and coach Lochlan Sirett.
* Sea Lake Nandaly kept Wedderburn to just one goal after half-time in its 74-point victory.
The ladder-leaders showed their arsenal of forward options with nine players kicking goals in their 16.8 (104) to 4.6 (30) win over the Redbacks, who dropped from fourth to fifth.
* Donald forced its way back into the top four after accounting for Wycheproof-Narraport by 102 points at home.
The Royals had 39 scoring shots to seven in winning 17.22 (124) to 3.4 (22), with Seamus Young (five goals) and Joshua Potter (four) both outscoring the Demons off their own boot.
* St Arnaud won its fifth game of the season with a 37-point victory over Boort.
The Magpies broke even with the Saints in the second half, but were left to rue their slow start when they had just one goal on the board at half-time as St Arnaud won 11.19 (85) to 7.6 (48).
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