There was just four goals in it as Central and Impact battled for sole possession of first place five weeks into Charlestown's top grade. Image via Kerrie Brady.

Central Leagues have taken sole control of second after defeating fellow title contenders Impact in an 45-41 edge-of-your-seat thriller in Charlestown’s fifth round.

Considering the league leaders were without goal attack Monica Dumbrill, who has played a vital role in the team’s opening four wins, the four-goal victory was particularly sweet. After defeating Impact, Central now move to clear first on the ladder, two points ahead of their United rivals.

Central coach Michelle McPherson, who played out the game against the United side as Dumbrill’s replacement, said it was a “massive team effort no matter how you look at it” on Saturday afternoon.

“It was a really good game, and we dealt with the injuries that we had well,” she said. “There was a bit of a shuffle for us all across the court, so it was a massive team effort because everyone was in a different position really, we had a big positional shuffle. It was really great to see that it all worked well regardless of the changes.”

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McPherson, who has so far guided her side to their 5-0 record in Charlestown’s top league, said the best thing to take away from the four-goal win was how competitive the game was. In fact, every game has kept the side on their toes despite the five straight wins, McPherson said, and praised Charlestown’s competitive field in the first grade.

“It was really nice to have that competitive game on the weekend because it keeps us from getting too compalcement at any point,” she said. “It’s been like that all year, the scores have no reflected at all how hard we’ve been pushed in every single match.

“As for winning, we haven’t really been doing anything more than taking every game as it comes. Our team is quite cruisy like that, we don’t panic too much for the big games. We have Job Done on the horizon now that we’re really looking forward to, and I think that will be another close, fun game in the end.”

Job Done have drawn level with Impact in second place after a 51-34 win on Saturday. Image via Kerrie Brady.

Also at the Jack Stewart courts on Saturday afternoon, Job Done kept pace with the top three after a 51-34 win over Illusion, while Watters kept hold of their top four spot by a single competitive point thanks to a 43-28 victory against Misfits. Purnells, still in fifth after this round with nine points, had the bye.

STANDINGS: Central (15), Impact, Job Done (13), Watters (10), Purnells (9), Illusion, Misfits (7).