The bare minimum separates Albury United and Myrtleford ahead of their round 12 match-up at Jelbart Park on Sunday.
The two sides are tied atop the table on 25 points at the halfway mark, and, incredibly, have both scored 39 goals.
United took the points with a 3-0 win at Savoy Park against an undermanned Myrtleford in round two, but both sides are expecting a much tighter contest this time around.
“We won 3-0 nil, but Matt (Park) wasn’t playing, Jayden Vescio didn’t play and I think they had a couple of other regular first graders, so it was early days at that stage to be gauging anything,” United coach Matt Campbell said.
“Obviously they’ve hit their straps as well since then and have been churning out some pretty good results.”
Campbell admitted his side will need to pay some attention to Park who is getting back to his best after missing the start of the season.
“Matt banged in five against Wang, so he’s back from his injury and that sends us message to us that he’s someone to watch, but they’ve got a few boys up there,” Campbell said.
Savoys co-coach Park admitted the side is really happy with we’re they’re at and is pleased they have produced results without fully clicking.
“It gives us a chance to improve on the way we’ve been playing and that’s exciting,” Park said.
Twin City Wanderers face a challenge from the improving Albury Hotspurs, St Pats host the in-form Cobram, Albury City take on Wangaratta, Wodonga Diamonds meet Boomers, while Wodonga Heart clash with Melrose.