Juma Balinya continued to impress with a hat trick as Police put Paidha Black Angels to the sword with a 4-2 win at the StarTimes stadium, Lugogo.
Paul Willa scored the fourth goal for the Cops while strikes from Jackson Nsubuga and Yusuf Ssozi turned out to be consolations for the relegation threatened debutants.
The treble stretched Balinya’s season tally to 16 and three better than SC Villa’s Bashir Mutanda.
Balinya put Police in the lead in the 28th minute with a well converted penalty after Cheka Sabir handled the ball in the forbidden area.
Jackson Nsubuga put the game on level with a shot from outside the box eight minutes later.
13 minutes into the second period, Muhammad Kasirye fed Yusuf Ssozi who flawlessly fired Paidha into the lead.
Balinya then tied the game at 2-2 with another penalty following a Khalid Odagui handball in the box at the 77th minute mark.
At the stroke of normal time, Balinya completed his hat trick from a well laid Reuben Kimera cross before Paul Willa made it 4-2 inside the added minutes.
Victory takes Abdallah Mubiru’s coached men to the ninth place leapfrogging Express with 32 points.
Paidha Black Angels stay on the bottom of table with 12 points garnered from 24 league outings.
Elsewhere at Mwererwe, Nelson Senkatuka grabbed a brace as Bright Stars overcame Nyamityobora 2-1.
The Bright Stars skipper was on target in the 28th and 51st minute while defender Farouk Katongole headed in his own net to give Nyamityobora a consolation.
Fred Kajoba’s men are now eighth with 31 points while Nyamityobora remain second from bottom with 16 points.
At Kakyeka stadium, Mbarara City failed to close in on the second place after being held to a goalless draw by Ndejje University.
Ndejje are now two points behind 14 placed SC Villa while Mbarara City remain third on the log with 41 points, four behind second placed Vipers.
• Police 4-2 Paidha Black Angels
• Bright Stars 2-1 Nyamityobora
• Mbarara City 0-0 Ndejje University