A second half hat-trick from Chris Price propelled the South Coast Wolves to an emphatic 4-1 win over Marconi Stallions on Sunday to help rubber stamp their life in the NSW National Premier League Men's 1 for another season.
Price made the most of several opportunities in an attacking second stanza to guide the Wolves to three points which guaranteed their safety in the Club Championship.
Wins by the Wolves under 18s and under 20s and St George's failure to overcome Manly United on Saturday gives the club a huge points advantage leading into their final round match against APIA Leichhardt.
It was a result which also helps the Wolves build momentum for next week's massive FFA Cup showdown against Central Coast Mariners and bounce back from two disappointing displays in the top grade.
"It shows the character we have got in the change rooms," coach Nahuel Arrarte said.
"These guys, a couple of them have been in and out of the squad, some have had injuries so we changed things around and we showed a lot of character and executed our game plan very well.
"We spoke about getting balls into wide areas and getting into one-on-one situations and a lot of the goals came from wide areas.
"It was good to see."
Despite dominating for most of the match, South Coast fell behind in the 15th minute after Jared Lum used a strong breeze to curl his corner kick past Daniel Collison.
The hosts drew level at Macedonia Park through Peter Simonoski who took his chance with 35 minutes played.
Locked at 1-1 at the break, the Wolves came out firing in the second half and twice had chances through Price to steal the ascendancy.
Ultimately, it was third time lucky for the winger, who was fed from midfield by Bailey in the 73rd minute and finished with aplomb.
The goal seemed to break the Stallions' spirit as Price took advantage to add a two more from a pair of cut-backs inside the 18-yard box. It capped off a stellar display from the impressive attacker.
"He has been a true professional and constantly coming up and asking what he needs to do," Arrarte said.