Top two drop points

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United almost pulled off a shock result at Eldorado Park, but they were pinned back in the second period when FC AK equalised to make the final score 1-1.

Before the match, their CEO Abraham Ratlhagane, told the media that the fact that his side had never beaten FC AK was merely a statistic and his players knew how important the match was.

“We don’t have big-name players but are hoping to turn the situation around. If we win today, we go second. Remember, we started in 7th position and have been working our way upwards,” he says.

“There are no longer sixteen teams but eight, and the club who adjusts quicker is the one that benefits from this new format. Every result counts, no team can afford to lose or draw in this division; things change so quickly.”

And this is exactly what has happened over the past few weeks with numerous clubs piling the pressure on FC AK, who still lead the table by six points.

Tuks’ 2-1 home win over Dynamos on Friday night lifted them off the bottom of the log, while Witbank Spurs earned a valuable point at the Ackerville Stadium following their goalless draw with African Warriors, who are third, just two points behind Dynamos.

In the Coastal Stream, Maritzburg and Bay United continued their surge forward after both recording 2-0 victories over lower opposition.

Maritzburg, the only unbeaten team in the First Division, defeated Durban Stars at Chatsworth, while Bay overcame Western Province United at the Woolfsons Stadium, thanks to a goal in each by Letladi Madubanya and substitute Linos Chalwe.

In an important Cape derby, Ikapa Sporting overcame FC Cape Town 2-1 and with a game in hand are six points behind second-placed Bay United and nine behind the leaders, Maritzburg.

Cape Town opened the scoring in the 35th minute through Danian Warely, however, Ikapa stormed back in the second period with Kurt Lentjies and Grant Igesund putting their names on the score sheet.

At Vygieskraal, Hanover and Nathi Lions played to a goalless draw.