MELI Codro scored a second half screamer to guide Ba to a 1-0 victory against neighbour Lautoka in the Fiji Sun/Skipper Tuna National Football League match at Govind Park yesterday.
Nick named "Motor Bike" Meli fired in a low left footer in the 73rd minute to end Lautoka's two match winning streak under new coach Lambert Sarju.
Blues goalkeeper Senirusi Bokini had an outstanding game under the cross-bar but was beaten by Meli's powerful strike.
Ba goalkeeper Epeli Codro made a scrambling save in the dying stages denying the visitors a draw.
Ba Football Association secretary Iliaz Khan said Lautoka gave them a tough challenge.
Khan thanked the family members of the players and the fans for turning up to cheer the Men in Black side.
"We missed a few chances," he said.
"Several senior players were missing through injury but the other boys stood strong.
"Some have left for greener pastures so we are regrouping.
"Things are going in the right direction as we are getting the youth players involved in the senior team.
"Meli delivered the goods with a good strike. It is not only him but teamwork as well."
Sarju said the defenders allowed Meli space and time to deliver the deadly blow.
"We could not do much because our defenders were watching the ball," he said.
"But overall the match was to my expectation.
"A draw would have been OK for me but we can't do much.
"I need time to build up this team and it cannot happen overnight.
"Bokini did his job despite being injured. We need to work on a few players.
"They were not confident in the first half but stepped up after halftime.
"The game changed and we created a few chances which we missed."
With the win Ba moves to second position on the points table ahead of Nadi on goal differential.
Suva remains the leader despite the shock 2-1 loss to Labasa.