Balzan returned to winning ways as they defeated Gudja United 2-0 at the Hibernians Stadium on Saturday.
A win which enables them to join Hamrun and Mosta on 25 points, four points ahead of Gudja United and Sliema Wanderers.
Balzan took the lead six minutes from the end of the first half to Ricardo Calixto Correa Duarte who received a cross by Alfred Effiong and hit hard past goalkeeper Glenn Zammit.
Gudja were reduced to ten men six minutes from time after Imanol Gonzalez received a second yellow card for stopping a promising attack.
Three minutes later, Balzan sealed the issue with a second goal as Steve Pisani managed to beat Zammit with a rising shot following an assist by substitute Stefan Dimic.
GUDJA Glenn Zammit, Jurgen Farrugia (61′ Aiden Jake Friggieri), Jonathan Bondin, Edison Bilbao Zarate (46′ Gabriel Mensah), Rundell Winchester, Llywelyn Cremona, Anderson de Barros, Miguel Jimenez, Juan Andres Bolanos, Justin Grioli, Imanol Gonzalez Benac.
Subs not used: Jonathan Debono, Lee Pisani, James Brincat, Peter Paul Sammut, Hubert Vella.
Coach: Josef Mansueto
Asst. Coach: Thane Micallef
BALZAN Kristijan Naumovski, Augustine Loof, Dale Camilleri, Nenad Sljivic (89′ Steve Bezzina), Paul Fenech, Alfred Effiong, Ivan Bozovic, Ricardo Calixto Correa Duarte (70′ Stefan Dimic), Samir Arab, Luke Montebello (62′ Adesei Shinobu Adeyoka), Steve Pisani.
Subs not used: Sean Mintoff, Marcus Grima, Zak Grech, Isaac Buhagiar.
Coach: Jacques Scerri
Asst. Coach: Alejandro Pantoja
Referee: Trustin Farrugia Cann
Assistant Referees: Duncan Sultana, Paul Apap
Fourth Official: Daniel Portelli
Yellow Cards: Gonzalez, Sljivic, Arab
Red Cards: 84′ Imanol Gonzalez Benac
BOV Player of the Match: Ivan Bozovic