Lismore took over second spot from Wollongbar Alstonville with a 23-10 home win over the Pioneers in Far North Coast rugby union on Saturday.
Going into the match, Wollongbar Alstonville was in second spot on 31 points with a two-point buffer over Lismore.
But the win now sees Lismore second on 33 points, two ahead of Wollongbar Alstonville.
Ballina still leads the competition on 47 points, after overcoming a determined Casino 24-22 at Casino.
The results see Casino still in fourth spot, but only a point ahead of premiers Lennox Head, who had a 35-5 win over Grafton, highighted by a three-try effort from fullback Tony Buchanan.
In the other match, Southern Cross beat Coolangatta Tweed 12-5.
Lismore 23 (Glen Paisley, Stephen Hughes tries, Ben Felicioni 2 conversions, 3 penalty goals) d Wollongbar Alstonville 10 (Adam Law try, Jerone McMurray conversion, drop goal).
Southern Cross 12 (Peato Lafaele, Jack Woods tries, Peato Lafaele conversion) d Coolangatta Tweed 5 (Ben Willis try).
Lennox Head 36 (Tony Buchanan 3, Braidon Boniface, Harry Witt, Richard Jeffers tries, Braidon Boniface 2, Dane Bellato conversions) d Grafton 5 (Kyle Hancock try).
Ballina 24 (Rick Randall 3, Matt Lloyd tries, Kane Scott 2 conversions) d Casino 22 (Dave Makejev, Terry Llewellyn, Michael Barnes, Craig Connolly tries, Michael Barnes conversion).
Pointscore: Ballina 47, Lismore 33, Wollongbar Alstonville 31, Casino 23, Lennox Head 22, Southern Cross 17, Coolangatta Tweed 14, Grafton 5.
Wollongbar Alstonville 17 d Lismore 5
Southern Cross 12 d Coolangatta Tweed 5
Grafton 19 d Lennox Head 8
Ballina 17 drew with Casino 17
Wollongbar Alstonville 26 d Lismore 24
Southern Cross 36 d Kyogle 0
Casino 17 d Ballina 7
Grafton 74 d Mullumbimby 5
Ballina 19 d Southern Cross 14
Grafton 50 d Lismore 0
Yamba 7 d Evans River 5