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Terrific hat-trick: Now real test awaits

FOOTBALL: A standout performance by captain Mark Fancourt has the Bulls looking to lock up a top three spot in this year's premiership.

The experienced striker scored a hat-trick as the Bulls completed their fourth Capital League 1 win in over-running Park Ridge 5-1 at Hubner Park on Saturday night.

"Mark was really strong,'' coach Norbert Duga said.

"Overall the effort was really good.''

However, with Park Ridge being one of the bottom teams and some tough away clashes looming, Duga was keen to keep his players focused.

"The next few weeks will really define our season,'' he said.

Those games include Caboolture this weekend, a rescheduled local derby against Western Spirit on May 4 and a battle with top side Toowong away next month.

While pleased how the Bulls are finishing games strongly, Duga is also eager to address his team's execution issues in the first half.

The Bulls were held to 1-1 at halftime.

"The game was pretty much in the balance at that stage,'' Duga said.

"I was a little bit concerned we were keeping them in the game.

"The second half was good. We came out with a bit more tempo and moved the ball a bit better and they really couldn't keep up with us.''

Zygan Condie and Jay Kitching scored the Bulls' other goals.

The Bulls continued building momentum as the Ipswich Knights slumped to their worst defeat of the season in their latest FQ Premier League clash.

The Knights lost 8-2 to home team Easts on Saturday night.

The Knights haven't won since February 18 when they beat competition newcomers Wide Bay 6-0.

The Ipswich City Bulls women lost their first game of the Brisbane Premier League season in going down 4-2 to Peninsula Power at Sutton Park.