IN BRIEF

Spartans swoop

Blacktown Spartans 2-1 Marconi Stallions, at Blacktown Football Park: Blacktown Spartans scored twice in two minutes — and that was that. They went back to the top of the table with their 2-1 win at home to Marconi Stallions and it was goals in the 16th and 18th minute that made the difference.

Elsid Barkhousir opened the scoring for Spartans from the spot after Brenton Rhodes brought down Connor Evans. Rhodes saw red and Barkhousir made no mistake.

As the Stallions were trying to regroup, Connor Evans added a second goal to put Spartans two-up with 20 minutes yet to come up on the clock.

Ben De Haan's side knew better than to let things slip and even though Shu Sasaki pulled one back late for the Stallions, Spartans now have a two-point lead with two rounds left to play.

Rare slip costs match

Bonnyrigg White Eagles 1-0 Blacktown City, at Bonnyrigg Sports Centre:

A mistake by Blacktown City goalkeeper Blake Tuxford cost his side the points. It was a shame, as the young gloveman made a number of superb saves throughout the 90 minutes.

The goal came shortly before the hour mark. Chris Tadrosse swung in a corner from the right and Tuxford dropped the ball cold, leaving Bonnyrigg defender Nikola Zonjic with a simple task.

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