A TALLY of 2.7 during Bendigo Gold's dominant third quarter proved costly in its Victorian Football League clash at Frankston on Sunday.
Faced with a 20-point deficit at half-time, Bendigo dominated the next 30 minutes on Frankston's turf.
Although Gold set up attack after attack it added just two goals as the Dolphins capitalised on far less entries to its forward line and scored 3.4.
The Dolphins went on to celebrate their first victory of the season, 88-52, as Bendigo Gold strives to break its season duck.
Bendigo coach Aussie Jones said 2.7 was a disappointing result from the team's workrate in the third quarter.
"We missed some opportunities to be a lot closer going into the final quarter," Jones said.
Gold racked up 19 forward 50m entries and kept Frankston to just 10 in the third term.
"We started to win a lot more of the footy at stoppages and forced some turnovers,
"The third quarter was the best we have played in my time at the club," Jones said of Gold's run against the Dolphins.
"The pressure we applied was excellent and we had the game on our terms.
"The great thing was we had repeat stoppages inside our forward 50m and didn't allow Frankston to clear so easily.
"We just didn't capitalise enough on those chances near goal."
Jones said some skill errors around the ground also proved costly as Frankston went on to win the quarter, 22-19.
Lockington-Bamawm United's Lachlan Collins went on to kick a match-high four goals for Gold.
"Lachy has the great ability to be in the right spot and competes really well," Jones said.
Gold's best player was ruckman Joe Redfern.
"It was an absolutely outstanding game by Joe. He did the lot.
"He was in the ruck for 75 or 80 per cent of the match.
"Because of his athleticism he was leaping above his opponent a lot of the time. He took marks around the ground, put on defensive spoils, and worked hard at ground level."
In defence Jesse Wallin continued his fine season.
"Jesse is rarely if ever beaten one-on-one," said Jones.
On the wing or half-forward, Matt Farrelly played at high intensity and took some strong marks.
Jackson Sketcher was another of Bendigo's best in the round 10 contest.
Jones also praised the play of Jesse Collins in defence.
"He took some great intercept marks and set up a lot of play from half-back."
Gold captain Steven Stroobants and classy onballer Alik Magin chipped in with a goal apiece.
Bendigo Gold is back home at Queen Elizabeth Oval this Sunday to play the Carlton-aligned Northern Blues.