Reigning premiers North Albany moved two points clear at the top of the Lower Great Southern Hockey Association women’s A-grade ladder after downing Spencer Park in round three on Saturday. Redbacks and Park went into the match on equal points but a 1-0 victory ensured Redbacks sit alone at the top of the standings. Early in the first quarter Redbacks dominated possession in their front half, putting Park’s defence under immense pressure. Park’s defence held firm and they had their chances as well but weren’t able to link up inside the circle to find the back of the net. Redbacks’ first penalty corner from Nicole Spinks was blocked but they had another opportunity minutes later and converted. An initial shot from the penalty corner was saved but Tara Cunningham gathered the loose ball and beat the keeper with just 30 seconds left in the first quarter. Park had plenty of chances in the second term and Redbacks also had the opportunity to extend the lead but the score remained the same at half-time. The second half was similar and Park were unable to find an equaliser as Redbacks prevailed. Beck Gallimore was impressive in the win giving plenty of drive while Michelle Ericsson was important along with Cate McDonald in defence for Redbacks. Georgina Lilford provided plenty of run and carry for Park while Emma Thompson nullified the impact of Tallulah Gouldthorp and Ebony Thompson battled hard in her side’s first loss of the season. Mt Barker moved into second spot on the standings after prevailing 4-2 against Manypeaks in Mt Barker on Saturday night. Laura Archer, Shayden Gardner, Tara Simpson and Neiska Fish scored for the winners while Phoebe Pollard and Emma Wilson netted goals for Peaks. Archer and Simpson were impressive in the win while Emma Pyle toiled hard for Peaks. Park got their revenge in the men’s A-grade competition against Redbacks. Mitch Dolan netted the only goal and Darren Parkes was also vital in the result that leaves Park equal on points with Peaks at the top of the ladder. Simon Philpott and Tom Dinneen were among the Redbacks best. A brace from Mitch Bradbury helped Peaks win their second game of the season, beating Vikings 4-2. Bradbury and Chris Metcalfe scored for the winners while Leander McQuade and Mason Francis netted goals for Vikings.