Spartans stay at top with last gasp win

Action: Blacktown Spartans returned to the winners' circle at the weekend. Picture: Gavin Leung

Action: Blacktown Spartans returned to the winners' circle at the weekend. Picture: Gavin Leung

ROUND 12 of the NPL NSW Men's division saw Blacktown Spartans return to the winners' circle and in doing so, retain their five-point lead at the top of the table.

Blacktown City kept the pressure on with a win, while at the other end of the table, APIA-Leichhardt gained a much-needed three points at home on Saturday night.

Blacktown took on Sutherland Sharks at Seymour Shaw Park and the home side was desperate for revenge after the Spartans handed them a 6-1 thrashing in round one.

And they were desperately unlucky not to secure a win.

Sutherland looked the goods for all three points, especially once Nicholas Olsen had given the home side the lead in the first half.

Spartans player Tomislav Cirjak scored with nine minutes to go to level the score and just when the game seemed destined to end at one a piece, the in-form Corey Biczo popped up to break the Sharks' hearts in stoppage time to give Spartans the win.

Spartans skipper Carlos Saliadarre made a string of superb saves between the sticks to keep his side in the match, and the win came down to the performance of their gloveman.

Meanwhile, another Blacktown side kept the winning mode going.

Blacktown City looks the most capable of chasing down Spartans, especially after their win against them last weekend.

They kept their foot on the pedal against South Coast Wolves at the weekend, giving the South Coast Wolves no chance to steal any points at Lilys Football Centre.

Travis Major, recast as a centre forward this season by Mark Crittenden, has taken to his role fantastically and he scored another goal in the final few minutes of the first half, heading past Thomas Hamilton.

The goal gave Blacktown City the confidence to push on and they played with style and confidence, as they have for much of the season.

Late goals to substitute Danny Choi and Ryuiji Miyazawa added a nice glossy finish to a good afternoon for Blacktown City, who burst Wolves' Nahuel Arrarte-inspired bubble.

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