Diggers Rest was made to pay for a below par performance as its undefeated run in the Riddell District Football League came to an end against Romsey.
In a battle between the top two sides, the Redbacks came from behind and stole the points with a strong second half.
The Burras led at half-time but were kept to just three goals in the second half and went on to lose 12.19 (91)-8.7 (55).
Burras playing coach Jamie Lobb said the result reflected where they were at with their football.
“Things didn’t go to plan and they’re a pretty good outfit.
“We had been winning games, but not playing well. You can get away with it for so long, but you will be hurt by teams like this.”
Lobb said he thought they had control of the game in the first half, but hadn’t been able to convert.
He said it was a tough fight in the second half.
“We were unable to maintain the running pressure.
“We were able to for a while, but then we went away from our game style.
“They got on top in the second half.”
The Redbacks had 18 scoring shots to four in the second half, showing their dominance.
Josh Wallace kicked two goals in the loss.
Thomas Taylor was named the Burras’ best, but had little support.
Lobb said they did not have many winners on the day but the match was a good learning curve for some of their younger players.
Lobb was among several players out of the side at the weekend including Cole Morton, Deven Costigan, Tom Evans, Cameron McCabe and Jesse Flannery.
The loss means the Burras slip to second on the ladder behind the Redbacks on percentage.
The Burras have a bye this weekend and Lobb said it could not have come at a better time.
On top of several players missing from the side, they ended the game against Redbacks with just one fit player on the bench,
An ankle injury to Lachie Langford was the most serious of the injuries.
After the bye, the Burras face Macedon in Macedon and then Lancefield.
In other weekend results, there were four one-sided matches.
Riddell returned to the winners’ list, smashing Woodend-Hesket 24.18 (162)-5.8 (38).
Rupertswood had little trouble against Lancefield, winning 23.18 (156)-1.1 (7). Nick Grigg continued his good form with seven goals.
Jason Cooke kicked 15 goals as Macedon had a day out against Rockbank, winning 44.22 (286)-2.0 (12).
Melton Centrals got a much-needed win, beating Broadford 18.13 (121)-4.8 (32).
Daniel Weir kicked six goals.
The win keeps the Centrals in touch with the top six, sitting outside on percentage.
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