WANGARATTA City will need to reap maximum points from the final three rounds of the Albury Wodonga Football Association regular season in order to make finals, following a hard-to-swallow draw with Boomers FC on Sunday.
While the result in itself was a positive, given Boomers sit second on the AWFA table, it was a missed opportunity for the Red Devils, who never trailed during the match and were a goal up with five minutes to play.
A win would have put Wangaratta City in the box seat for a seventh-place finish and a return bout against Boomers in the first round of finals.
But as things stand now, the Devils will need to defeat fourth-placed Wodonga Diamonds this weekend to keep their post-season hopes alive.
Of the teams above Wangaratta City, Hotspurs (27 points) have the bottom side, St Pat’s, and then two tough encounters with Twin City and Melrose, and Albury City (26 points) has a bye and then hard games against Boomers and Diamonds, so it’s likely both will add another three points each to their tallies.
The Devils, with 22 points, will need to pick up another nine points from the final three rounds, with Diamonds, a bye and St Pat’s to come.