HDFL - So close it was for the CKS Swifts in their clash against the second team Laharum, in the Horsham District Football League on Saturday.
In a dogged effort the Baggies had fought their way back into the match, only to fall short at the final siren.
CKS Swifts joint coach, Paul Hanns said his team did have opportunities to win the match.
"In the conditions, because of our skill errors and our inaccurate kicking for goal, we just couldn't convert," he said.
Hanns said while it was disappointing not to come away with the match points, overall it was a good effort from Swifts against Laharum.
"Our first quarter cost us, perhaps it was our pre-game preparation, but we hadn't played a top three team for some time.
"They came out firing and this put us on the back foot and didn't allow us to make the play, " he said.
This slow start saw the Baggies trailing by 18 points at the first break.
Hanns said after this, for the next three quarters Swifts actually did the better of the two teams on the scoreboard.
"We kept clawing our way back into the game. Late in the last quarter we were within two kicks on the scoreboard. A goal just before the final siren saw us get to within three points and this was the final margin.
"We were beaten, but we got some good things out of the game, particularly confidence - the knowledge we can compete with the top teams.
"We did play some good football in the final three quarters, the players listened to instructions and they made sure we made the play and used the ball better and this was the difference after quarter time," Hanns said.
Young Damon Folkes enjoyed his move from defence to across the half forward line and he gave Swifts a focal point kicking three goals.
Ricky Whitehead played more of a defensive role as an onballer and he filled the holes well, when Laharum attacked.
Hanns said it was good to see Whitehead hitting his best form for the season as the finals approach.
Despite the wet and heavy conditions Ben Martin put in a top performance in the ruck and his work rate was outstanding.
Jake Davis was given the job on the League's leading goalkicker, Shannon Argall and he held Argall to just two goals.
Hanns was full of praise for two of Swifts younger players.
"Liam Scott was given a tagging role after quarter time and he did extremely well, while it was good to see Ash Cowen producing good second and third efforts and being at the bottom of the packs. It showed us a new dimension to his game."
Two hundred game veteran Nick Pickering, running with Laharum's key play maker Robbie Miller also impressed Hanns.
"Miller beat him in the first quarter, but Nick lifted and did a great job in holding Miller for the remainder of the game," he said.