First Division leaders drop points

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Both these matches ended in 1-1 draws and the important aspect of the two streams is that following Dynamos’ 1-0 defeat at the hands of African Warriors at the Charles Mopeli Stadium, and Bay United’s 2-0 home victory over Hanover Park, pressure is really mounting on the front-runners with numerous clubs chasing that all important runners-up berth.

Winners Park, who were at one stage second from bottom, share the same number of points as second-placed Dynamos and look a real threat to FC AK, after a fantastic run of results.

And although their coach Jacob Sakala was happy with a point against FC AK, he says his team should actually have won the match.

“We scored first and were leading for a long time until FC AK netted their equalizer just before the end,” he says.

“My team is doing well now; we’re coming up and are determined to make the play-offs. Our next match is against Dynamos. It will be tough, but it is very important that we win – now the only thing that separates the two clubs is a goal difference of two.

After a long run of bad luck and poor results, Mpumalanga Black Aces have finally picked up maximum points, thanks to Kabamba Musasa’s second-half penalty against the University of Pretoria.

Witbank Spurs remain rooted to the foot of the log following their 2-0 home loss to Ga-Rankuwa United, who find themselves in fourth place - a point behind Dynamos and Winners Park.

And with Warriors and Aces just the odd point behind, the next few weeks will be crucial as the top six sides battle it out on the pitch.

In the Inland Stream, Bay United are just four points behind Maritzburg after 12 games - thanks to a late brace by Linos Chalwe, who now has six goals to his name.

And significantly, Sammy Troughton steered Durban Stars to their second win in a row. They defeated Western Province United 2-0 at the King Zwelithini Stadium to move well away from the drop zone and leave perennial strugglers, Hanover Park and United to battle it out in the relegation stakes.

In another game, Ikapa Sporting and Nathi Lions played to a goalless draw, which ensures Lions keep in touch with United.

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