MOAMA Echuca Border Raiders were brought crashing back down to earth after Strathdale came to play on Sunday.
The senior side was confident going into the match, having seen Strathdale struggle against minnows Golden City the week before.
But lightning doesn’t strike the same place twice, and they made no mistake in dispatching the Raiders 5-0 at Jack Eddy Oval.
Even with reinforcements coming to the Echuca team’s aid in the form of Sam McAllan, Tiziano Carbone returning from injury, and new recruit Josh Levy, it wasn’t enough to stop the Raiders being plundered.
And it was even worse for the reserves side. They were belted 1-7 by Strathdale — the only consolation coming from a Garry Väiko goal in the second half.
The women’s side could not field a team on Sunday, and forfeited the game 3-0.
And in the youth championship, the Raiders succumbed to a 2-5 loss, with goals for the home side coming from Darcy Nelson and Austin Linahan.
But there is light at the end of the tunnel for the club.
After enduring a torrid weekend of results they can look forward to taking on 10th-placed Shepparton on Sunday.
Shepparton is a club with an eerily similar time to the Raiders senior men in the Bendigo Amateur Soccer League this year.
With 10 points from their 13 games so far, the Raiders have gained just two points more, and sit two rungs above them in the BASL.
Raiders coach Darryl Brown said despite the scoreline he is pleased with the progress the teams have been making this year.
‘‘We’re not disheartened,’’ Brown said.
‘‘We still think it’s a good result. We’re near the bottom of the ladder and they’re very clearly the best side in the league.
‘‘We played really well. We trialled a few new ones. Sam (McAllan) was back from injury, Josh (Levy) played his first game and we were missing Adam (Richardson) who was out with an injury,’’ he said.
Brown said a win away at Shepparton is ‘‘absolutely not’’ a done deal, although they would be pushing hard to get the points.
‘‘(Second-placed) Shepparton United only beat them 1-0 so you just don’t know,’’ Brown said.
‘‘It’s hard to tell, but we will be looking to take points for sure.
‘‘At this stage last year I think we had 200 goals against us. We’re a long way off that, we’ve only had about 49 at this stage.
‘‘We’ve cut them back massively and we’re not on the bottom of the ladder, and actually have the possibility of getting up one maybe two spots more,’’ he said.