It has been a familiar tale of late: Riverside Olympic’s opponents one by one falling by the wayside.
In one of the stunning form turnarounds of the season, Riverside has now won five of its past six matches.
The streak that stretches back to the start of June is also unmatched on the back of what was seven straight losses that all but ended the club’s title aspirations early.
Riverside continued its impressive year on Saturday with a 2-1 win over season pacesetter Somerset.
Co-coach Alex Gaetani was pleased to notch up three more points that has taken Olympic from four to 19 points in a hurry.
“It was a good win actually by Riverside – it was a good day, a tough game, a tight result, but we manage to get away with it,” he said.
Todd and Chris Mitchell both scored in the second half at Windsor Park, with Somerset equalising between the brothers’ goals.
Gaetani is convinced his players have now bought into game plan to gel together.
“It’s just been a natural development over this season that has brought on the improvement,” he said.
“When we were losing we were very much competitive in most of those games.
“It was just things weren’t clicking in terms of being able to score goals.”
Gaetani said the club boasts a handful under the age of 18 in the starting eleven from its junior ranks.
“I dare say that’s the youngest (team) in the league,” he said.
Somerset’s loss ensured that Launceston City has consolidated the top of the championship table.
City expectedly slammed Burnie in a 7-1 away win.
The match was sewn up at half-time with a five-goal lead. Andrew Compagne scored a treble to take his season’s tally to 12 goals.
Launceston United took the points in a 1-0 victory over Northern Rangers to keep in touch with the championship leaders.
It was a welcome return to the winners’ list for United that dropped consecutive games to both Riverside and Devonport.
“It was just good to turn it around after the bad losses,” United coach Robert Murray said. “That’s all we could take from it, the three points.
“We did have a pretty good first half and couldn’t put away our chances, and were lucky to get a late goal, which they were actually put a fair bit more pressure on us.”
Chris Budgeon proved to be his side’s saviour that pulls United back to seven points behind City, two from Somerset and level with Devonport following the Strikers 3-0 win over Ulverstone.
“The last two weeks have cost us a fair bit,” Murray said, “but we just needed to turn it around again.”