Polokwane City FC has beaten rivals Black Leopards FC in the Absa Premiership encounter to enhance their chance of avoiding relegation. City FC has now moved from second position on the bottom of the PSL log to 13th position; which is fourth from bottom of the log.

City defeated Leopards 2-1 in a league game played at Peter Mokaba Stadium on Sunday.

Rise and Shine, as Polokwane City are fondly called by fans, continued with their dominance over rivals Leopards. They improved their winning record against Leopards to five in six games played by the two sides.

City has now occupied 13th position on the log with 23.

City coach Clinton Larsen says he will only be relieved after the final game of season.

“We are very happy with the efforts and commitment that the players showed, fully deserve the three points. I’m happy for our supporters, good six points in the last two games and definitely we step in the right direction. I will never be relieved until the final game is played and the team is safe.”

Larsen however, says the referee was too harsh to give his player, Kabelo Mahlasela a red card.

“The red card I thought was very harsh for a player that was hurt in the box…we didn’t get the penalty. I think it was harsh to give two yellows there and with regard to penalties, I have always said we going to get some, we are not going to get some.”

Meanwhile, Leopards are languishing at second position from bottom of the log with 20 points levelled with Baroka FC and log tail-enders Amazulu. Leopards’ coach Allan Clark has admitted that his side was not good enough to beat rivals City.

“We didn’t deserve the game to be honest with you, we took the lead but to be fair, Polokwane City was a better team; they deserved all three points. The next game is the most important, the next two games I have to focus on another derby and we are going to have to improve our performance if we want to do better in the game.”

A scuffle ensued between Leopards and City officials during half-time at the tunnel to the dressing room. This after City officials denied some Leopards officials access to the dressing room. Police had to be called to stabilise the situation.

Leopards will lock-horns with rivals Baroka FC in their next league encounter, which will also be the battle of relegation threatened.