MATHOURA snatched defeat from the jaws of victory in Picola and District Football League action on Saturday at its own ground.
The Timbercutters lost their way in the final term against 10th placed Tocumwal, having led proceedings for three quarters.
Keeping the Bloods scoreless in the first, the Timbercutters piled on 50 points by three-quarter-time, with a two-goal buffer.
But a disappointing final stanza saw the home side boot a goal and a behind, while the floodgates opened at the other end — Tocumwal slammed home five goals two behinds to win by 13 points.
The loss drops Mathoura down to 11th, sending the Bloods skywards to 10th and two wins off a finals spot, currently occupied by Rennie.
It’ll get harder before it gets easier for the Timbercutters, second-placed Deniliquin Rovers will welcome the side with open arms come Saturday afternoon.
Mathoura coach Jack Keogh said the game seemed to be under control ‘‘until the tide turned in the third quarter’’.
‘‘Our problems came up after half-time,’’ Keogh said. ‘‘Our first half was brilliant. We were running the game and playing hard. Then in the second half they got their game going and we couldn’t respond.
‘‘From the start of the year we’ve improved out of sight, the boys have gelled and they’re hitting their straps. ‘‘It’d be nice to win those ones.
‘‘We were nearly four goals up at half-time. You’d hope we’d take some of those chances,’’ he said.
Keogh kicked four behinds and ‘‘a few’’ out on the full, which he said did not help in the grand scheme of things.
‘‘We had the chances to put them to bed, we had control of the game at half time but they had a sniff and that’s all they needed,’’ he said.
Keogh said Deni Rovers will be a tough ask, but his troops will do their best to cause the upset of the round.
‘‘All you can ask for in games like this one is effort and trying to execute the game plan. Anything can happen in a game of footy, you never know,’’ he said.