Blighty were unable to hold off a strong finishing Picola United in round 16 of the Picola League, going down by 12 points on Saturday.
Playing in windy conditions at Blighty Recreation Reserve, the Redeyes had the Blues on the back foot from the onset to lead by 13 points at quarter time.
Picola’s backline worked hard in the second to keep the home side goalless, the visitors kicking three goals with the wind to gain ascendency at the main break, 37-29.
Blighty swung the momentum in their favour in the third term to regain the lead by 14 points, before the all-important fourth quarter was played out.
From there the Blues piled on five goals to one to escape with the win.
For Blighty it was onballer Sam Singleton declared his side’s best with Jed Brain (four goals) and Jack Tyndall also performing well.
Drew Plattfuss was crucial in the ruck for the Redeyes, while onballer Kyel Bain and defender Cody Jordan had commendable games.
Scott Miles stood up to take some strong marks and kick goals at crucial times in the forward line while Brett Weldon performed well in the backline to be best on ground for the visitors.
Final score, Picola Utd 12.10 (82) to Blighty 10.10 (70).
Blighty assistant coach Brayden Hall said while the loss was disappointing there were plenty of positives to come out of the game.
‘‘We probably should’ve won it but we made a few costly mistakes that translated to Picola goals,’’ he said.
‘‘It was the best we’ve played in the past six weeks and we handled the wind quite well.
‘‘Saturday’s game showed that we’re not far off the pace among the top sides.
‘‘We’re pretty confident that we can go deep into finals if we can work on fixing those mistakes we made.’’
Hall praised the efforts of Singleton, saying the onballer’s hard work can sometimes go unnoticed.
‘‘He’s just mister consistent for us,’’ he said.
‘‘He earns plenty of the ball, and when he doesn’t have the ball he makes sure his opponent doesn’t have an impact on the game.
‘‘Drew (Plattfuss) was massive in the ruck for us. His work in the ruck as well as his second and third efforts at the ball is insanely good for someone his size.
‘‘We were definitely playing more as a team this week and with finals around the corner there’s a big buzz at the club.’’
Blighty’s chances of playing in finals in the reserves was dealt a massive blow, being defeated by the reigning premier by 26 points.
A three goal to zip second term proved to be the difference, the Redeyes unable to make a dent in the 18 point deficit.
Final score, Picola Utd 6.13 (49) to Blighty 3.5 (23).
Tristan Wilson was declared as Blighty’s best on ground, edging out Josh Phillips and Bret Leech, who were also solid contributors.
Jack Bunnett defended well for the Redeyes, with senior coach Daniel Kirchen and defender Callum McPhee also playing well.