Magpies handed CR United its first loss of the Hockey Albury-Wodonga division one men's season with a 2-1 victory against the competition favourites at Albury Hockey Centre on Sunday.
Lincoln Morrison and Dan O'Halloran got Magpies out to a 2-0 lead, with Henry Hall replying for United.
Magpies' defence stood tall to deny United a comeback.
An outstanding display from Wombats' goalkeeper Patrick Baine set up a 3-1 win for his side against Falcons.
Mitchell Smith and Josh MacVean put Wombats up 2-0, Jason Russell responded for Falcons, before speedster Aidan Macmillan scored the final goal to seal the game for Wombats.
An Ian Beath hat trick saw Norths record a 5-1 triumph against Wodonga to leave the Bulldogs outside the top-four with one game left.
The men's ladder after round 18 is: CR United 49, Norths 29, Magpies 27, Falcons 17, Wodonga 16, Wombats 11.
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In the women, Wodonga edged out Norths 3-2.
Goals from Imogen Albon, Danielle McLeish and Rylee Pontt cancelled out Ange McDonald and Kate Reynolds' efforts for Norths.
Falcons took down Wombats-Beechworth 3-1.
The competition leaders scored twice early, but had to see off a strong challenge.
Magpies' 2-1 win against CR United was set up by goals to Niamh Morrison and Teash O'Halloran, with Bella Heagney on the scoreboard for United.
The women's ladder after round 18 is: Falcons 42, Wodonga 38, Magpies 29, United 23, Norths 19, Wombats-Beechworth 4.