Ghanaian Mike Tetteh netted a hat-trick to help Silver Strikers secure a vital 4-1 win over Karonga United and cut the gap with Super League leaders Nyasa Big Bullets to two points.
The Bankers now have 50 points from 25 matches, but Bullets will find solace in the fact that they have three games in hand.
Silver scored in the 14th minute when Tetteh was released on the left flank, he cut inside before unleashing a terrific shot, beating goalkeeper Happy Msowoya.
The hosts continuously asked the Karonga defence questions with sweeping attacking moves but did not utilise the chances they created.
The visitors deserve a large portion of credit for their resolute defending.
Karonga, who were relying on counterattacks, kept pushing for the equaliser which they deservedly got in the 37th minute when Sherriff Shamama incredibly controlled a long, flicked ball and tricked two defenders on the edge of the 18-yard box before shooting into the top corner.
Silver restored the lead when Tetteh headed in a rebound after the Karonga goalkeeper fumbled a free-kick.
After half time recess, Mike Fodya’s hard and low free-kick beat goalkeeper Msowoya to score.
Tetteh, who was playing his first game after returning from a loan spell at Mzuni FC, sealed his hat-trick when Karonga defence failed to clear their lines and the Ghanaian beat goalkeeper in a one-on-one situation. n