THEY might not have gone home with the four points but an improved performance was all Myrtleford coaches Leigh Corcoran and Brad Murray wanted from their round 14 match with Yarrawonga.
After the calamity that occurred a week earlier, being blown out by the lowly Wangaratta Rovers, the Saints pushed the Pigeons all day before going down 5.8 (38) to 10.6 (66).
“It was a pleasing effort, the boys certainly had a crack,” co-coach Leigh Corcoran said.
“We needed to respond and get the basics right again and it was a lot better performance, the work rate and effort of the boys was where it needs to be.”
The Saints led at the first break through the strong efforts of midfielders Kristan Height, Mitch Dalbosco and Christian Burgess but the Pigeons turned things around to lead by seven points at the main break after three goals in the second term.
And the home side produced another three goal effort in the third while holding the Saints to just two behinds to take the margin out to 25 points ahead of the last.