Wairarapa United maintained their three-point lead atop the Central League standings by beating defending champions Miramar Rangers 3-2 at David Farrington Park on Saturday.
And it was some familiar names doing the damage for Wairarapa, with veteran Pita Rabo scoring two goals and prolific striker Seule Soromon grabbing the other.
The result means Wairarapa remain three points clear of second-placed Wellington Olympic, who hammered Chatham Cup finalists Lower Hutt City 6-3 at Fraser Park.
Andrew Abba and Jamie O'Connor nabbed two goals each for Olympic.
Wairarapa have two games left on their schedule, while Olympic have just one.
The real threat to Wairarapa is third-placed Napier City Rovers, who beat Western Suburbs 3-0 at Endeavour Park.
Rovers are four points behind Wairarapa but have three games to play, with the two teams squaring off on August 26 in a fixture that may determine the title.
Fifth-placed Petone beat Wellington United 2-1 at Newtown Park with Paul Whitmarsh and Terry O'Donnell Petone's goalscorers.
Tawa leapfrogged Wellington United into eighth place by defeating last-placed Maycenvale United 2-1 at Hastings Sports Park.
Scott Cameron and Mike Ramackers were on target for Tawa.
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