Undermanned Tallygaroopna came close to pulling off a remarkable comeback against reigning premier Nagambie.
The Lakers came out breathing fire following their first defeat of the season against Violet Town, piling on five goals to one in the opening term.
Things did not get much better for the home side at Tallygaroopna in the second quarter, with Nagambie having a 36-point buffer at the main break.
The Redlegs had their chances, even in the dying moments of the match, but failed to take their chances as Nagambie took home an eight-point lead.
Tallygaroopna coach Chris Earles, who booted two goals, said his side believed it had a chance the longer the game went.
‘‘We gave them too much of a start, but we didn’t write ourselves out of the game and we had nothing to lose not being at full-strength,’’ Earles said.
‘‘We threw everything at them, but we didn’t put it on the scoreboard.’’
Tallygaroopna was missing Rhys Colbeck, captain Kane Handley, Marrick Tucker, Stuart McFarlane and Luke McCluskey from its best side.
The situation got worse when Sean Gledhill went down with a hamstring injury during the game.
Max Thompson stepped up across half-back, while Zac Brett battled hard in the ruck against Nagambie big man Alex Tattersall.
Tyson Sidebottom worked hard, as did Austin Tricarico, Hayden Powles and Tim Belford.
Nagambie coach Linc Sullivan was happy his side was able to bounce back from a poor performance against the Towners.
The Lakers go to the interleague break with a 4-1 record after a testing run of games, including three genuine premiership contenders.
‘‘We were naturally disappointed with the previous loss, but we’re pretty happy with where we’re at and not even playing our best footy, either,’’ Sullivan said.
‘‘They’re (Tally) definitely a top two or three side, they’ve got a strong midfield and work the footy around well and I expect they’ll be up there at the end of the year.’’
Tattersall was best-on-ground in the ruck and Ben Hutton continued his resurgence, while Mark Nolan, Marty Shadbolt, Zach Winter-Irving and Anthony Haysom were superb.
Kyle Winter-Irving was again lively up forward, booting three goals to back up an outstanding display the week before.