Shepparton United’s win against Seymour has it one step closer to securing the desired third position, but the Demons can not be complacent.
Benalla is 10 points behind United in fourth spot, but the Saints are yet to play in the split round and have a run home of bottom four sides.
Comparatively, the Demons will face Mooroopna and Kyabram, further making matters difficult to clinch third.
But defeating Seymour 38-31 has Demons captain Kirsty Hommes confident the position will be theirs as long as they secure one more win for the year.
Hommes said trying conditions at Kings Park on Saturday caused difficulties as the skies opened just as the match was starting.
A scrappy first half ensued with only 14 goals scored in the first quarter as United created a four-goal lead.
As the weather made catching and leading difficult, Hommes said her side needed to be better prepared should they be required to perform on a rainy Saturday in September.
‘‘It wasn’t drowning wet, but it was enough to make the whole court slippery and we don’t play well in the wet,’’ she said.
‘‘It’s all in our heads and we just worry we’re going to slip and we try and look after ourselves.
‘‘The difference was Seymour kept running at the ball and we took our foot off the pace and allowed them to get into the game.’’
United has continued the search for the perfect replacement in goal keeper after Megan Trevaskis was ruled out for the year with injury.
Demons coach Di Hanslow sent Jessie Barnes-Hill into the position with the former Rumbalara coach feeling at home in defence.
She took the court alongside Hommes, who enjoyed pairing with a player she knows well.
‘‘Jessie and I used to play defence together back (when playing) at the Bears, it was just like old times,’’ she said.
‘‘She went into keeper and that was a great move, she definitely turned over a lot of the ball, that was fantastic.’’
With United six goals ahead at the main break, grinding out the lead in a unpolished first half was important in the final outcome of the match.
Both sides were evenly matched from then on, as the Demons scored 17 goals to Seymour’s 16 in the second half.
●Meanwhile, Tatura took the fight right up to unbeaten reigning premier Kyabram yesterday.
Kyabram won 38-28, but Tatura coach Molly Boyle will take positives out of her side challenging the competition’s benchmark.