PICOLA UNITED dug deep on Saturday to get over the line against Blighty in the Picola and District Football League.
Picola’s players were up against it, coming off a bye and facing tough, windy conditions.
But they stood up when it mattered most to record a two-goal win over the top three side at Blighty.
It all came down to the final quarter with Blighty having the momentum for the start of the term and most of the third.
The home side went into the fourth with a 14-point lead and kicked the first goal to make the margin three goals.
But Picola’s will to win shone through and with the wind behind the team it charged home for five straight goals and the victory, 12.10 (82) to 10.10 (70).
Coach Jon Varcoe said their fitness and ability to get an even, 22-player contribution was what gave them the edge.
‘‘The guys persisted through to the final siren,’’ Varcoe said.
‘‘They came together as a team to get the result and were able to come from behind to get the win.
‘‘It wasn’t even close to our best footy given the conditions and we’ll be working over the next few weeks to try and achieve it.
‘‘But to be playing a finals contender on its home ground and getting out of a tough spot is great for confidence and an experience we can draw on in the future.’’
Blighty had the opposition on the ropes from the onset to lead by 13 points at quarter time.
The backline worked hard in the second to keep the home side goal-less, while United kicked three goals to five to gain ascendency at the main break, 37-29.
Blighty swung momentum in its favour in the third to regain the lead, 9.9 (63) to 7.7 (49), before the all-important fourth quarter was played out.
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.
Kian Wise played as the under 17 sub and finished the game with three goals and Miles, Adam Jorgensen, Tom Byrnes and Taylor Beard all finished on two.
Jorgensen continued his consistent form and played several key roles in the midfield and up forward and Blake Jorgensen was also among the bests, providing a lot of run and carry.
‘‘We had a lot of young guys step up to play reserves in Austin Morgan, Kyal Atkinson and Jayson Byrne,’’ Varcoe said.
‘‘The thirds had another strong win and part of their development is getting senior and reserves games under their belts.
‘‘It’s made spots in the senior squads even harder to get, and there’s potentially another group of players to come back into our reserves.’’
There were still plenty of sides competing for spots in the top five with United’s aim this week against Yarroweyah being to improve on its skills.