Mutare army side Buffaloes extended their unbeaten record to 14 matches and opened a six-point lead at the top of the Eastern Region Division One football league after labouring to 2-1 win against Tenax at Sakubva on Sunday.
The Soldiers stretched their winning streak to 12 matches and are yet to taste defeat in 14 outings, collecting maximum points in 13 matches.
Tailing them is Hippo Valley who have 34 points from the same number of games but were inactive at the weekend.
Buffaloes got their goals through Nyarai Nyangwe and Danai Chinowawa and Tenax replied through Fari Mugunwa.
Tenax felt hard done by refereeing howler by Lazarus Dirwai who made a number of questionable decisions against them. In the second half he presented Buffaloes with an unclear penalty leading to a 11-minute stoppage.
The resultant spot-kick proved to be the winner as the teams were deadlocked at 1-1. The referee had had to be whisked away by police as fans were baying for his blood after the match.
The impressive record was a clear indication that they would now be favourites to win the sole ticket into the Premier Soccer League.
Assistant coach Sicho Masachi said: “l am very happy because my players have done their homework in the first half of the season but l am very hopeful that they will continue to collect points up to the end. We have experienced players in our ranks,” he said.