By Lawrence Trusida
FORMER Premier Soccer League side Mutare City Rovers lost further ground in their quest to qualify for topflight football after being held to a one-all draw by Ruwa ProGroup FC at Melfort Stadium this weekend.
Mutare City came into the match needing a victory to maintain a four point gap between them and log leaders Greenfuels but they found the going tough against a stubborn Ruwa side.
The former premiership outfit had to come from behind after the hosts took an early lead, but the two teams could not be separated after 90 minutes.
Elsewhere, log leaders Green Fuels thumped Lowveld United six-nil to open a six point gap at the top of the log.
The Lloyd Mutasa-coached Green Fuels occupies the promotional place with 41 points, while Mutare City is on 35 points with Ruwa a distant third on 29 points, with all the teams having played 17 matches.
Moving to Northern Region, Simba Bhora reduced the gap at the top of the log to just one point after a narrow 1-0 win over a stubborn Ngezi Platinum Stars U19 side at Wadzanayi Stadium in Shamva.
Second half substitute Dean Chunga was the hero of the day when his glancing header off a cross from the right made the difference in the match.
In what was a cagey affair, the visitors remained resolute as the match went to the breather tied at nil-all.
However, Arthur Tutani’s charges had to dig deep in the second half and the introduction of Chunga brought some life as he made an instant impact to give Simba Bhora all the three points.
The win saw the Simba Bhora move to second on 42 points, one point behind log leaders Herentals who have played a game more, while Golden Eagles remain in third with 39 points after drawing one-all away to Chegutu Pirates.
Elsewhere, Hwange maintained top spot in the Southern Region despite suffering their first defeat of the season.
Chipangano fell one-nil away to second placed Arenel but still have a healthy six-point gap after 18 matches.
Hwange is on 45 points, while Arenel who are in second have 39 points, followed by ZPC Hwange who are on 37 points.
Former premiership outfit, TelOne failed to take advantage of log leaders Shesham’s slip up, after they drew with MSU in the Central region.
Shesham who are yet to taste defeat this season had earlier on played out to a goalless draw against Chapungu.
Unfortunately TelOne knowing that a win will put them within three points of the log leaders failed to take advantage as they were held to a nil-all draw by MSU.
Shesham, who narrowly missed promotion the last time, sit on top of the log with 46 points, while TelOne who are in second have 41 points, with Vumbachikwe on 39 and Tongogara conclude the top four places with 37 points after 20 games.