Macleay Valley Rangers leapfrogged to second place on the Premier League ladder after a hard-fought 1-0 victory over Port Saints on Saturday.
Justin Crockford's second half strike separated the two sides, as the right winger beat Saints' goalkeeper after latching onto a through ball.
The shot was one of only a few clear cut chances created by both sides, as the evenly matched team's defences limited opportunities but the pitch also hampered the build up from both sides.
"It was a fairly even game, both sides tried to play football but the surface of the pitch made it difficult - there were a fair few bumps and divots," Rangers coach Chris Walker told the Argus.
"But both sides managed to have some nice patches."
Walker was impressed with his side's defence, especially after they were forced into a reshuffle as they had a few players unavailable.
"Our defence was great. We limited them to a few crosses into the box and a couple of half chances," Walker said.
"In his first start in first grade, Mitch Korn combined well with Brad Mainey as centre backs. Both players had great games."
The Rangers will have a bye for round 15 and are still a mathematical chance of knocking off Port United for the minor premiership, but they will need United to stumble over the last four rounds.
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