Westside Strikers’ tough run has continued in FFV state league 4 west.

Having lost their past three games heavily, the Strikers were looking to bounce back against North Melbourne Athletic on Saturday.

With both sides around the middle of the table, the Strikers were aiming to increase the gap on their opponents.

Instead, the Strikers suffered a 4-0 loss, slipping to sixth and with the gap to the top four teams growing.

One side looking to overtake the Strikers, Spring Hills, returned to the winners list against Bell Park.

Having lost their past six matches, the 3-0 win is a confidence booster for the players.

Rocky Calfapietra, Rhys Main and Daniel Salic were the goal scorers for the Stallions.

The win, the Stallions’ fourth of the season, brings them up to 14 points.

They are eighth on the ladder.

Westside Strikers

Westside Strikers’ Milosh Basaric. Picture Mark Wilson

PHOTO GALLERY: Westside Strikers vs North Melbourne Athletic 

In state league 5 west, Melton Phoenix had a 3-3 draw with Balmoral.

The Phoenix, who played the final 10 minutes with 10 men, left it late to get the points.

Robert Bebenek scored the Phoenix’s third goal in the third minute of injury time.

Sergio Tapia and Jason Moody were the other goal scorers.

Phoenix moves up to seventh thanks to the one point.

In state league 1 north-west, Caroline Springs George Cross won 2-0 against FC Clifton Hill.