A poor start cost Wagga City Wanderers dearly as they slipped to a third consecutive loss at Gissing Oval on Saturday.
The Wanderers went down 3-1 at home to Balmain Tigers FC.
The Tigers started strongly and had established a 3-0 lead by half-time.
The Wanderers pegged one back when Bradley Fangas converted a penalty with about 20 minutes remaining.
Wagga City were given some hope when two opposition players were red-carded, leaving Balmain with nine players with 10 minutes remaining.
The Wanderers peppered the goals late but were unable to improve on the 3-1 scoreline.
Wanderers coach Ross Morgan said his team are not good enough to give away three goal starts and win.
“Simply, our first half performance wasn’t good enough,” Morgan said.
“Our second half was much improved but unfortunately, overall, it wasn’t good enough to warrant any points.
“We can’t give opposition teams a 45 minute head start, there was too much to do after that.
“You’re not going to get points when you do that.”
Wanderers captain Robert Fry was again outstanding in goals and saved the scoreline being much worse for the home team.
Shaun Moffat was another standout, playing a very good game in defence.
Morgan said the effort and commitment from his playing group is there, it is just a matter of playing their best for 90 minutes.
The Wanderers are away to Prospect United next week.