EASTERN Region Division One football side Hippo Valley have opened a 10-lead gap at the summit of the log standings after beating Ruwa United 3-1 in Chiredzi on Saturday.
The Lowveld-based side is firmly in control after the first 10 matches of the season and is yet to taste defeat having collected 28 points so far this season.
They dropped two points against former Premiership side Masvingo United.
The pick of the matches over the weekend was a derby match pitting the resurgent Mutare City Rovers against Tenax. The match had all the ingredients of a thriller as both teams came to the party with a pure blend of football that charmed many neutrals.
Rovers came out victors with a 1-0 win over their fierce rivals through Simba Kateguru first half header.
The Mutare Municipality-owned side is now in second position with 18 points from 10 matches while Tenax are also within touching distance with 17 points and occupy third position.
Hippo Valley have a slight advantage over Tenax and Rovers, respectively, as they have beaten both teams at Sakubva.
Mutare City Rovers manager Lyndon Kanyemba downplayed the advantage Hippo have over them saying that they still have a long way to go.
“l am happy with today’s (Saturday) win. I think we have picked up now after an indifferent start to the season. Yes, they might have the advantage, but we should remember that we still have 20 matches to go before the season ends,” he said.
“We are optimistic that we going to go to the wire; my players are raring to go and l am just hoping that we will continue to collect maximum points.”