Hamrun Spartans extended their unbeaten record to thirteen matches as they registered a seventh win in eight matches, defeating Senglea Athletic 1-0 at the National Stadium on Saturday.
The Spartans therefore stay two points clear of Hibernians and ten points ahead of Gzira United and Sliema Wanderers, who, however, have two games and one game in hand respectively.
Senglea, on the other hand, suffered their eighth consecutive defeat as they continue to chase their first win after seventeen matches.
The Spartans scored the all-important goal on the 26th minute when Joseph Mbong headed the ball home following a cross by Ailton Jorge dos Santos Soares from the left.
SENGLEA Matthew Farrugia, Sergio Uyi, Zachary Cassar, Alan Abela (67 Samuel Buhagiar; Freud Gnindokponou (67′ David Xuereb), Dion Fava, Jan Tanti (57′ Wilkerson Gomes), Luis Carlos Riascos, Andre Scicluna (80′ Daneel Abela), Dibola Diwoto Junior, Dejan Kukic.
Subs not used: Andrew Zammit, Firas Aboulezz, Luca Brincat.
Coach: Clive Mizzi
ĦAMRUN Manuel Bartolo, Darko Gojkovic, Joseph Mbong, Ailton Jorge Soares (90+4′ Darren Borg), Franklin Sasere (64′ Seydou Doumbia), Abdullahi Ige Adeshina (70′ Conor Borg), Elkin Serrano Valero, Juan Carlos Corbalan; Predrag Djordjevic, Karl Micallef, Emerson Marcelina.
Subs not used: Jonathan Debono, Christopher Galea, Xylon Portelli, Miguel Tabone.
Asst. Coach: Stefan Sultana
Referee: Alex Johnson
Assistant Referees: Luke Portelli, Mitchell Scerri
Fourth Official: Daniel Portelli
Yellow Cards: Uyi
BOV Player of the Match Joseph Mbong