Yanco-Wamoon has stayed in striking position of top spot after picking up a 22-4 win in a tough slog against Yenda at the Yanco Sportsground.
Both sides battled to find the breakthrough in the opening 20 minutes with the main concern for Yenda being a knock picked up by Chris Latu, which he was able to push through.
Yanco-Wamoon co-coach Troy Preston praised the way his side worked in the opening 20 minutes.
"It was how we expected it to be. Thought it would be a 20-minute grind to start with and we were still 0-0 after 20 minutes," he said.
"To the boy's credit, we stuck in there and rode out the battle and got a try and went into the break up 12-0. We wanted to go in in front which we did, so I'm real happy about it."
It was a quick dart out of dummy half which opened the scoring as Will Barnes found his way across the line with 28 minutes gone in the first half.
Troy Preston was able to extend his side's advantage after making a 70-metre break to score in the corner while a penalty goal right on halftime by Shannon Bradbrook gave the Hawks a 12-0 advantage at the break.
Yanco continued to build their lead three minutes after the interval with Kane Hammond getting across the line and the issues were compounded for Yenda with Moses Lolohea being sent to the sin bin.
Down to 12-men, the Blueheelers were able to make the breakthrough they needed with Todd Granger dived across after running the ball from first receiver.
The Hawks then suffered their own spell of ill-discipline with Billy Ingram and co-coach Andrew Smith sent to the sin bin, but the Blueheelers couldn't take advantage.
A late try to Harry Daudravuni ensured that the Hawks would remain level with West Wyalong and Waratahs after picking up the 18-point victory.
Despite the points going the Hawks way, Preston knows there is one area which needs improvement, their discipline.
"I thought that with 20 minutes to go we made it very hard for ourselves with a bit of backchat and some silly things and having two blokes in the sin bin at the same time," he said.
"One thing I want to work on is the discipline, but to their credit, the boys dug deep when we only had 11 on the field. Comes down to their character of the boys all working for each other."
The Hawks will now prepare to take on West Wyalong next weekend, and Preston knows his side will be tested at Ron Crowe Oval.
Yenda will look to bounce back when they take on Tullibigeal Lake Cargelligo at Wade Park.