Deniliquin lost no admirers at Moama Recreation Reserve on Saturday.
The Rams recovered from a slow start to take an 11-point lead into the final term, but could not keep the ascendancy as the Magpies found another gear.
‘‘They’ve been in really good form of late, so we knew we were in for a tough game,’’ Moama coach Mark Lloyd said.
‘‘There were trying conditions, with a really testing wind, but we just didn’t come out to play in that third quarter.’’
The away side piled on 8.1 to 2.1 in the penultimate stanza to threaten an upset, but Moama’s stars lifted to ensure victory.
‘‘To the guys’ credit we kept our heads and went back to playing football the way we wanted to play,’’ Lloyd said.
‘‘We’ve got that really good mix of experienced guys, like Tyler Jones, Rhys Archard, Luke Eldridge and Luke Dunham who have been standouts for us, and then we have a really good mix of young kids coming through.
‘‘It was pleasing to be challenged and be able to lift and get the win.’’
Jones was again dominant up forward with five goals, while the quartet Lloyd highlighted were the four best Magpies on the field.
With Jake Hare returning from injury well, and no more troops going down, the Magpies seem to be peaking at the right time of the season and have won six games in a row.
Matches against Barooga and Nathalia loom on the horizon though, meaning Moama will have to again be at its best to keep that run going.
‘‘Jake was back and got through all right and we didn’t pick up any more injuries, so touch wood that continues,’’ Lloyd said.
‘‘It’s all about playing your best footy in September and we’re building towards that.
‘‘The next two weeks will really show where we’re at and give us a good grounding to come into finals after playing the top teams, we’ll know exactly what to expect.’’
Meanwhile, Ricky Gittens and Jayden Pitts (three goals apiece) stood tall up forward for the away side, with John Anstee and Anthony Bull again dominant in defence.
Rob Resuggan returned from suspension to also be among the best, along with Gittens, Mark Panton and Charles Trotman.
The task of securing seventh position does not get easier for the Rams after a week off, with a home fixture against Numurkah sure to test Gary Parsons’ troops, while the Magpies will meet the Hawks in hostile territory at Barooga Recreation Reserve.