A LATE goal by Anthony Marafioti has failed to save Bendigo City FC from defeat against Brunswick City SC on Saturday.
Played at Dunstan Reserve in West Brunswick, Bendigo City was still in the game at half time after trailing just 1-nil.
But a pair of goals to Adam Wright in the 52nd and 54th minutes made things extremely difficult for the visitors.
The margin became 4-nil when Juan Portillo found the back of the net for the second time in the 63rd minute.
Marafioti, who last season played with Brunswick City and Sunshine George Cross, added some respectability to the scoreline when he slotted his first goal in Bendigo City colours in the 90th minute.
The loss left Bendigo City without a win in its first 13 matches.
Its bid to avoid relegation from the National Premier Leagues 2 West division was dealt a serious blow with ninth placed Werribee City FC scoring its second win in as many weeks following a 2-1 triumph over Moreland Zebras.
The Zebras moved their season tally to 11 points, 10 clear of Bendigo City FC in last place.
Bendigo City hosts eight-placed Whittlesea Ranges FC next Saturday at Epsom Huntly Recreation Reserve.
Meanwhile, Luke Burns continued his solid season with Bendigo City's under-20 youth team, scoring two goals in a 6-3 defeat.
Ethan Hunter added another for Bendigo City, which at one stage trailed Brunswick City 4-0 before producing some of its best soccer of the season in the second half.
There was better news for Bendigo City FC in the junior grades, with the under-16 team breaking through for its first win of the season against Moreland City FC.
Thomas Kay, who slotted his fifth goal of the season, was the lone scorer for the winners, who jumped to 11th on the 15-team ladder.
A goal to Ruben White delivered Bendigo City's under-14 team a well deserved 1-nil win over Moreland City.
The under-15 team lost 2-nil to Moreland City, while the under-13 team lost 1-nil.