Blacktown City FC have drawn level with the South Coast Wolves as Bonnyrigg White Eagles are still flying ahead in the Football NSW premier league.
The Wolves were second and Blacktown third before Saturday’s engagement in Wollongong.
Blacktown come-from-behind 2-1 win now has them equal second on 16 points after nine rounds, behind Bonnyrigg on 24.
The Wolves took the lead early on Saturday via a Mark Picciolini penalty, before some fine Blacktown build-up produced an equaliser when Travis Major tapped home after 34 minutes.
Then some sloppy defending by the Wolves produced an own-goal and the matchwinner after 66 minutes.
It was only the Wolves’ second home loss this season and Blacktown assistant manager Kain Rastall appreciated the significance.
“It’s always good to come down here in the cold weather and on a bumpy pitch and get a result against the team that is coming second,’’ he said.
“To go a goal behind early in the game was always going to be a good test of character.
“I think we played some good football in the second half and our full backs Matty Lewis and Luke Austin were outstanding tonight going forward.”
Blacktown will look to go further forward when they host Sutherland this Sunday at Lily Homes Stadium.