Lovers, with two games in hand, sit just three points adrift but have the best goal difference.
In Mpumalanga, Mighty Mega Force continued their rich vein of form by beating Witbank Manchester 3-1, however, there was a shock result for second-placed Barberton City Stars, who went down 2-1 to mid-table Mologadi, while Batau failed to gain ground on the two leaders after sharing points with FC Spurs following a 1-1 draw.
The Eastern Cape’s African Juventus and Young Stars played to an exciting seven-goal thriller with Juventus winning 5-2, but many other matches in this stream produced few goals.
Bush Bucks and Bay Academy played to a goalless draw, as did Tembu Royals and Manchester United.
Top of the log Blackburn Rovers scored a narrow 2-1 win over Tornado and second-placed Matatiele Pros picked up all three points with their 1-0 victory over lowly Kokstad Swallows, which now has a goal difference of minus 14.
Maluti Fet College and Bloemfontein Young Tigers are neck and neck in the Free State, but Tigers suffered a 1-0 loss to struggling Juvenils, and in a match resembling English Premiership names, Manchester United thrashed Free State Arsenal 5-1.
After 12 matches, just six points separate the top nine Northern Cape clubs with Real Madrid, Olympics, Namaqua Stars, Wings United, Kakamas Juventus, Wiliam Pescod, Young Tigers, Wanderers and Morester Jeug all battling it out for a place in the play-offs.
The same cannot be said of the North West, where RNB 54 FC, despite losing their unbeaten record, are a clear six points ahead of the chasing pack, which includes City of Motlosana Untied and NW Shining Stars.
In Gauteng, leaders Lusitano and M Tigers appear to be pulling away from the other sides in their league.