Yitay Towns cemented his home-coming with a hat-trick to rejuvenate NORTHERN RANGERS' title defence.
Returning to the club he last graced in the statewide league, Towns inspired a 5-1 win at Burnie United.
Wes Chugg and Dan Sparshott were also on target for Fernando Munoz's men at Montello Park.
Will Rodman struck late against his former side to ensure RIVERSIDE OLYMPIC and LAUNCESTON UNITED shared the points with a 1-1 draw in the fourth-versus-third clash at Windsor Park.
Will Coert had the hosts ahead early in the second half but Rodman poached United's equaliser nine minutes from time against the team where he won a Northern Championship title just a couple of years ago.
"We improved on last week's performance against Somerset but still don't seem to be able to put our chances away," said United coach Glenn Reading.
"But I'm happy with a point. It was a good result to come from a goal down."
Olympic coach Wayne Penfold responded: "It's disappointing to concede a soft goal when we were one-up.
"I don't think our tempo was right. We were too slow to move the ball forward, but they did press us a lot and stopped us playing the way we wanted to."
Second-placed Ulverstone were no match for LAUNCESTON CITY.
Two goals from Isaac Degetto and one from Josh Bula earned the hosts a 3-1 win at Prospect Park.
Leaders Devonport won 2-0 against Somerset at Cardigan Street.
Women's championship leaders LAUNCESTON UNITED romped to a 7-1 win at RIVERSIDE OLYMPIC.
Dani Gunton, Gonya Luate and Adilat Otto all bagged braces while Isobel Cootes wrote her own headlines direct from a free-kick.
United coach Cameron Heazlewood said he was impressed with his team's possession game adding that Jazlin Venn was not out of her depth on debut.
"I was impressed that we didn't drop our level and we look forward to tackling the challenge of Northern Rangers next weekend," he said.
Young Olympic prodigy Amelia Wing scored her first goal since joining older sisters Georgia and Chelsea in Jo Haezebrouck's senior side.
Third-placed NORTHERN RANGERS proved too strong for Burnie United at Montello Park.
The ever-reliable Febey Pearce scored a hat-trick and Mo Chamberlain the other two goals for Ian Loft's side.
Two second-half goals from Rebecca Barrett saw Barry Baker's LAUNCESTON CITY come from behind to defeat cellar-dwellers Ulverstone 2-1.
Second-placed Devonport Strikers just about squeezed home 12-0 against struggling Somerset.