Seymour will be after a win and a solid percentage boost when it hosts the Shepparton Swans tomorrow.
The Lions have likely run out of chances and will likely have to run the table in their remaining five fixtures if they are to play finals, sitting 5-8, two games and considerable percentage out of the top six.
With Shepparton, Rochester, Mansfield and Tatura to come, it is a tough ask, but tomorrow’s clash with the Swans is a presentable start to the brutal run.
Seymour’s inability to produce consistently could well come back to haunt it in the run to finals; while its upset win against Benalla in round 12 showed what it can be at its best, but it is one of few impressive performances against top contenders.
It was never in the contest against Echuca last weekend in a 101-point rout, its heaviest loss of the season.
Coach Jason Cole continued exceptional form in the win, with two goals to again be named his side’s best.
Harley Taylor-Lloyd was also strong in a losing cause, kicking three goals.
Fresh off kicking their highest score of the season (48 points), the winless Swans will look to continue to build towards a tilt up the table next season.
Coach Paul Hawke said the morale of the squad remained up, with it to continue adding new tricks through the season’s remainder.
‘‘The situation and position we’re in, it would be easy to chuck it in and finish the year without achieving anything,’’ he said.
‘‘I reckon the boys have kept the enthusiasm and energy within the group. You can tell they want to get better and once they’ve shown that, you have a really coachable group.
And from last weekend’s 112-point loss to Tatura, Hawke said there were plenty of lessons to be learned.
‘‘They switched the play too easily and too quickly and created run from behind,’’ he said.
‘‘And just the stoppages, I think we can get a lot better there, they got the ball from the clearances too easy.’’