Demon Knights, Norths United and South Armidale all emerged from their round 12 Northern Inland Premier League clashes victorious.
In a local derby against East Armidale, Demon Knights ensured their opponents would go win-less for another week with a 5-nil shut out.
Despite the emphatic scoreline, DK coach Evan Quaife believes the scoreline could have been larger.
"It is a bit hard because Easts are struggling, scored only a couple of goals this year, so the calibre wasn't the best, but we defended solidly, we made plenty of chances," he said.
"Our finishing was fairly poor but we created a lot of chances which was a good sign because we haven't done it in previous weeks.
"Numbers going forward a fair bit which was good."
DK were missing a host of regulars but Quaife was pleased with the young players making the step up to the top grade.
"We had four out for the weekend, Lachie Harris was out Cal Roff, Jimmy Thompson, Jack Campbell were out," he said.
"We were a bit stretched but blokes stood up.
"Nashat Jarallah got a goal on debut, that is his first game in first grade and he is only 16 or 17 so that is nice for him.
"Sam Constance got a hat-trick and that was his first hat-trick for the club, that was good for Connie.
"Luke Birmingham first clean sheet of the year.
"Bentley Cropper was the captain for the first time."
DK still sit outside finals contention, one point adrift of fourth-place Oxley Vale Attunga, and Quaife said it is time to knuckle down.
"We are out of the four at the moment so these last eight games, if we want make to finals we have probably got to get the results out of these game," he said.
Over at Phil Wheaton Oval, Norths United faced North Companions to finish with a 3-1 victory.
South Armidale made the trip to Tamworth to face Oxley Vale Attunga.
The last time the two went head-to-head, the Scorpions delivered a 12-1 drubbing.
The Mushies closed the gap this time around but failed to get the points, the Scorpions winning 2-1.
Souths led 2-nil early on but had a player sent off 30 minutes in.
President Joe Campbell credited the side for digging deep to get the win.
"It was probably a lot tougher than what it should have been," he said.
"We had another guy off sent off 30 minutes in, we were 2-nil up at that stage.
"When you play the next 60 minutes with 10 men it makes it hard every week but they did really well to hold on."
While the Scorpions dominated when the team's were even, Campbell believes the Mushies are going to be one of the teams to beat come finals time.
"They have proved since [the 12-1 thrashing] it was something out of the ordinary," he said.
"They are a really good team, they will be right there in the finals, I predict them to be four.
"Whoever comes up against them in the finals will have to be at their best."