WANGARATTA City missed a golden opportunity to take a stranglehold on top spot on the Albury Wodonga Football Association ladder on Sunday, slipping to a 2-3 loss against Melrose FC at Lavington.
The Red Devils twice led, with George El Kotta making it 1-0 at the break after a goal late in the first half, and Adam Burchell converting a penalty at 67 minutes to make it 2-1 after Josh O’Brien had equalised.
But Evan Rawluk managed to find the back of the net twice in the final 20 minutes of play to enable the Rangers to hand the Devils their first loss for the year.
The result made for a big swing for Wangaratta City.
While the Devils still sit on top of the ladder, this was a chance to establish a sizeable gap to second.
With Myrtleford losing at Cobram, and Boomers FC inexplicably held to a draw by Hotspurs, a win on Sunday would have seen Wangaratta hold top spot with a six-point buffer to second, as well as a huge goal differential.