The Maitland Magpies are just two wins from claiming the 2021 premiership after defeating Adamstown Rosebud 4-2 at Cooks Square Park on Saturday.
The win lifted the Magpies to top spot on the ladder on 37 points ahead of Sunday's games, including the match of the day between top-three rivals Lambton Jaffas (35) and Broadmeadow Magic (31).
The Magpies face Magic (away) and host Jaffas in the final round and confidence will be sky high that they can overcome both opponents on the back of Saturday's victory and claim a second premiers trophy after taking out their first in 2019.
Led by a double and an assist by Tye Cousins, Maitland were able to see off a late challenge by Adamstown to grab the all-important three points.
James Lowe scored for on the counter-attack for Adamstown in the 74th minute and they got their second through a lucky penalty in the 83rd minute for a 3-2 margin.
However, Cousins sealed the win calmly chipping the Adamstown keeper in the 89th minutes on the back of a cross set up by 16-year-old debutant
"At 3-0 we hit the post a couple of times and it could have been 5-0," Magpies coach Mick Bolch said.
"We had a couple of defensive lapses and the penalty to me wasn't a penalty it was just good defending. Carl just shepherded him off the ball with good body work but what do you do.
"They got out of a hole to be 3-2 but it was a great finish by Couso, a real composed finish to make it 4-2.
"We are scoring four goals every week great but we've got to cut down the errors which are leading to opposition goals."
Bolch said the equation was simple for the Magpies to claim their second premiers trophy.
"Two wins from two games and we win the comp.
"Credit to the group I think we've won six in a row now and if you look back that is 17 goals in five games.
"We are finding the back of the net and creating plenty of chances.
"We've just got to stay mentally focused for 90 minutes especially with games against Magic and Jaffas who will punish for any little slip-ups in games."
Central Coast-based players Adman Blunden in defence and Sean Pratt in a midfield/forward role returned to the line-up with strong performances after completing 14-days isolation in the Hunter.
Matt Swan also returns next week after a one-week suspension giving Bolch a full squad, barring injuries, to choose from.
Bolch highlighted the performance of captain Carl Thornton, Charlie Cox and Cousins.
"I thought Couso up front with an assist and two goals was outstanding. Since his goal against Valentine he has grown in confidence and grown into the No.9 role for us," Bolch said.
"Couso's goal at the end was all class and the great thing it was set up by an effort by young Dylan Walker.
"He actually won the ball on the sideline, beat two players and cut the ball across the 18-yard box to Couso who dinks it into the corner.
"He (Walker) is definitely a future first grader for Maitland. He got on for 10 minutes made an assist and nearly had a goal. For a 16-year-old kid going on 17 he definitely has a presence about him and he didn't look out of place at all."