A NUMBER of missed opportunities hurt Wonthaggi Power, going down by 11 points in a tight struggle against Warragul at Warragul.
In wet and windy conditions the Power got away to a promising start with the aid of the breeze, with Joel Liddle slotting the first goal of the day from 45m near the boundary.
Another Power goal from 15-year-old first gamer Tom Murray saw the Power take a handy 13-point lead into the first break.
From there, the home side lifted as Warragul piled on three goals with the wind to snatch a four-point lead as the Power wasted opportunities with a return of 0.3 for the term.
The slog continued after half time with the Power unable to capitalise kicking with the wind.
Aiden Lindsay was in and under and fought hard all day, while Kane McCarthy made a welcome return to the side for his first match since sustaining a broken arm in round two and won plenty of the footy.
Shannon Bray and Ben Eddy were strong across half back for the Power and gave their side drive throughout the contest.
Ruckman Johnathan Miles was another fine contributor for the Power with some nice grabs around the ground and Mitch Davey contributed in his first senior game.
Three points apiece for the term told the story of a tough contest, as Warragul clung to a four-point lead at the final change.
Kicking with the wind, the home side took control of the contest in the final term, holding the Power to a solitary behind, while registering 1.2 to secure an 11-point win.
The loss puts the Power two games behind third spot and will now host Traralgon in two weeks’ time due to the split round.
The Power will be looking to regain Byron Dryden, Thomas Motlop and Simon Bates from injury for the all-important clash.
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