Following defeats last weekend, the Phobians slumped to another loss in Wednesday's matchday eight action, whereas the Porcupine Warriors could only manage a point in front of home fans.
At Anyinase, Hearts were handed a 3-1 reversal by new boys Karela United. William Opoku registered a hat-trick for the home side, with Daniel Kordie getting his side's consolation. The Accra-based outfit have consequently fallen to the ninth position as Karela have moved up to second.
And in Kumasi, Latif Salifu put Berekum Chelsea ahead on 43 minutes but Frederick Boateng hit back for Kotoko six minutes later to force a 1-1 stalemate. The Porcupine are seventh, whereas The Blues hold the 10th spot.
Ashanti Gold still maintain the top spot despite a 1-1 draw with eleventh-placed Wafa. Richard Djodi restored parity for the Miners after Umar Basiru broke the deadlock on the hour mark.
Inter Allies have moved to fourth following a 1-0 triumph over Eleven Wonders. Abdul Nassiru Hamza scored the solitary goal at Tema. Wonders occupy the 12th position.
At the Nana Fosu Gyeabour Park, Hafiz Konkoni's double ensured a 2-1 victory for Bechem United over 2015-16 champions Wa All Stars, who netted through Jeffrey Degorl. The Hunters lie eighth as the Northern Blues sit bottom of the table.
The match between Elmina Sharks and Medeama ended abruptly due to crowd troubles. The score was goalless when the decision to call off the game was taken.
Liberty Professionals and Dreams FC will square off on Thursday, while the game between Aduana Stars and Ebusua Dwarfs has been rescheduled due to the former's midweek clash with Fosa Juniors of Madagascar in the Caf Confederation Cup.