TAREE Wildcats came away with a 3-2 victory over Tuncurry-Forster Tigers in the Football Mid North Coast Premier League clash at Taree.
Level 1-1 at the break, the home side took the points with a couple of second half goals.
They now sit in third place on the table with a catch up game still to be played against Port United.
The Tigers will need to pick themselves up as they now prepare to host the table topping Macleay Valley Rangers next weekend.
In Laurieton, Kempsey Saints made it three wins from three on the road when defeating Camden Haven Redbacks 2-1.
Scores were level at 0-0 at half time before the Saints took control.
The result take the Saints into fourth on the table, six points ahead of the sixth placed Redbacks.
The top of the table clash between Macleay Valley Rangers and Port United at Dangar Street in Kempsey lived up to expectations.
An even, physical match saw the sides go to the half time break at 0-0.
A penalty was converted by Rangers to open the scoring, and twice they took a two goal advantage.
United pushed hard for the equaliser but the home side held out to make it five wins from five and hand United their first defeat of the season.
At Findlay Park in Port Macquarie, defending champions Wallis Lake proved too strong for Port Saints.
The Forster outfit came away with a 4-0 victory to remain undefeated and move to second place on the ladder.
Saints now sit six points out of the top five with a tough trip to Eden Street next weekend to take on Kempsey Saints.
In reserve grade Kempsey Saints defeated Camden Haven 1-0, Port United defeated Macleay Valley 2-0, Wallis Lake defeated Port Saints 4-1, Taree Wildcats drew with Tuncurry-Forster 3-3.
Wauchope had the bye.
Next week: Wallis Lake v Taree, Port United v Wauchope, Kempsey Saints v Port Saints, Tuncurry-Forster v Macleay Valley, Camden Haven bye
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