A BRIAN Woodall brace ensured Inglewood United retained its lead atop the ladder after defeating Armadale 2-1 at Alfred Skeet Reserve on Saturday.
The victory means rivals Bayswater and Perth SC will have to wait at least another week for a chance to take the lead.
Inglewood assistant coach Saul Contera said he was pleased with the victory but admitted there was still room for improvement.
“We came here to get the three points and we ended up getting them so we are happy with that,” he said.
“We have got the pressure on us at the moment to win games and we have to win our games and not worry about anyone else.
“Now we have three more finals to play and if we win those three games then we are the champions.”
Perth SC left it late to seal a well-deserved 1-0 win over fierce rivals Bayswater City at Dorrien Gardens.
The win lifted Perth up to second with only two points separating it from leaders Inglewood.
A late penalty from Gordon Smith gave ECU Joondalup a hard fought 1-0 win against Perth Glory at ECU Football Stadium.
Floreat Athena made its title aspirations clear and put aside its disappointment of being knocked out of the FFA Cup with a 5-0 drubbing of Balcatta at E&D Litis Stadium.
Sorrento extended its winning streak with a dominant display to dump Stirling Lions 3-0 at Macedonia Park, while Harry O’Brien scored twice as Cockburn City beat Subiaco 2-1 at Rosalie Park.
NPL WA Round 19 Results
Armadale 1-2 Inglewood United
Perth SC 1-0 Bayswater City
ECU Joondalup 1-0 Perth Glory
Floreat Athena 5-0 Balcatta
Sorrento 3-0 Stirling Lions
Cockburn City 2-1 Subiaco