It was the proverbial danger game for Victor Harbor on Saturday when they travelled to play eighth spot Strathalbyn.
The Roosters are not used to be in the lower rungs of the ladder and with only three wins for the season were not expected to defeat finals hopeful Victor Harbor.
However, throughout the season Strathalbyn have been renown for pushing most teams, but failing for a positive result due to its inability to play four quarters.
The first term was a dour affair with neither side able to impact the scoreboard.
The Roos were missing playing coach Clint Alleway and it was obvious early that all the work the midfield were doing in getting the ball forward was not going to reap the ideal rewards.
In the second term the game opened and the likes of Weetra, Bartram, Proud and Ross were on top and Victor Harbor slipped away to 14 point lead at half time.
In a good game of football Strathalbyn would not allow the Roos to hop away and with James leading the way in ruck, Price a target up forward along with Marc Elliott, the Roosters were able to stay in touch at three quarter time. The margin was seven points.
Clamp was playing the game of his life, as he revelled in the physicality of the contest and he was inspiring his more experienced team mates to come aboard the Clamp train and defeat a side above them and gain some respect from season 2018.
In the last term, Vaninetti, like he had done all day, used his pace and skill to set up scoring opportunities for Strathalbyn and with Clamp doing his job, the Roosters hit the front.
Price was willing the ball to come to him, O’Grady, George and James were on top. It was all Strathalbyn in the last term as they kicked 3-2 to Victor Harbor’s miserable return of one point to grab a much needed win.
The Roosters wanted the win more than Victor Harbor, which was strange seeing a win for the Roos would have had them in the five on Saturday night.
Best for Strathalbn were Price with four goals, James, Clamp, Vaninetti, George and O’Grady.
Best for Victor Harbor were Bartram, Williams, Ross, Weetra, Leech and Proud.