Perth and Stirling missed their opportunity to gain points on the leaders after they fought out an entertaining 1-1 draw in the All Flags Premier League soccer game at Dorrien Gardens yesterday.
"It feels like a loss today. We dominated for most of the match, but one lapse of concentration has cost us," Stirling coach Doug Hesketh said.
The visitors, who dominated for long periods of the game, were ahead on the hour mark, striker Anthony Lyons lobbing over Perth goalkeeper Alex Dunn from long range.
It looked like that goal would be the winner, but Daniel Neiderberger had other ideas, the second-half substitute firing home after good work from David Onoforo.
"I'm really proud of the lads today," Hesketh said. "Perth is never an easy place to come to but we played really well and in the end we're disappointed we're not leaving with all three points."
Inglewood and Floreat Athena played a 0-0 draw on Saturday.
"Both sides had chances, but at the end of the day I thought we deserved something from the game," said Inglewood assistant coach Bobby Despotovski.
Floreat keeper Brad Eiffe was kept busy, saving well from James Sammut in the first half.
There were plenty of chances in the second half too, the best falling to Floreat's English import Mickey Roberts, who saw his 81st-minute shot well saved by Inglewood keeper Devon Spence.
"We started sluggishly but we got back into the game in the second half, but it wasn't to be today," Despotovski said.
In other games, Joondalup gave their survival hopes a boost when they beat Bunbury 4-2 at the Edith Cowan University Campus.
Steve Howson gave the visitors the lead early but a brace from John Thornley either side of the break and a John Higgins free kick put the home side in control.
Aiden Savory's penalty gave the visitors hope but David Foster's diving header made sure of the win.
Balcatta defeated the Football West National Training Centre 4-1 at Grindleford Reserve, Sorrento beat Western Knights 4-2 at Wauhop Park and Bayswater won 4-1 away to Armadale.