Lambton Jaffas and Edgeworth have welcomed the week off before crucial final-round clashes in the Northern NSW NPL.
The heavyweights had contrasting fortunes last weekend with Edgeworth letting slip a golden chance to secure the premiership in a 2-1 loss to Maitland and Jaffas keeping their finals hopes alive with a 3-0 win over Lake Macquarie.
Player-coach Josh Rose was among those at Edgeworth needing a rest after the Eagles led 1-0 into the 90th minute only to lose at Cooks Square Park.
He came off with a recurrence of a groin problem, Mitch Hunter missed the game after a training ground injury and Dylan Holz struggled through the match.
The Eagles have Adamstown in the last round and will secure top spot with a win. Rosebud may need a result to avoid another wooden spoon.
"The bye for us comes at a fantastic time I think," Rose said. "We can really refresh and get everyone back on board. It's a good chance to focus and fix some little things that have crept in."
Lambton, meanwhile, gave themselves a finals chance with a 3-0 victory over Lake Macquarie despite having Matt Thompson, Finn Parris, Luke Remington, Nathan Verity and Scott Pettit sidelined.
Coach James Pascoe said the bye had come at a good time for his side and all except Remington (shoulder) and Parris (ankle) should be back for their last-round game against Broadmeadow where a win could be needed to make the top five.
Pascoe, meanwhile, said his squad was back on board for next season with some fresh faces to come.