FRANKSTON Bombers suffered a 32-point defeat at the hands of Red Hill in a Nepean League match at the Red Hill Showgrounds on Saturday.
Red Hill has now leapfrogged Frankston, Rye and Dromana to second place on the ladder while Frankston has slipped back to sixth.
In what has been a really even year with only a win and a half separating the second-placed Red Hill and eighth-placed Crib Point, Frankston coach Tony Blackford gave full credit to the Hillmen. "You only need to be off by a little bit and anything can happen," Blackford said.
The game began as an arm wrestle, both midfields locked into a tight slog and neither able to gain ascendancy, but the Hillmen managed to grab a five-point buffer at half time.
Frankston captain Hayden Moore continued his solid run of form and controlled the ruck, and young midfielder Jay Page took full advantage of Moore's dominance.
Red Hill came out firing in the third term and former Karingal midfielder Luke Adams made his presence felt in the middle after a quiet first half.
The Hillmen piled on seven goals in the third term. The Bombers rallied in the final term but were unable to capitalise in front of goal, Red Hill managing to hold out for the win.
In other Nepean league matches, Somerville demolished Tyabb by 78 points, Eagles forward Timothy Churchin booting seven majors.
Rosebud brought itself back into the finals mix with a narrow eight-point win over Dromana. Sorrento made light work of Crib Point and came away with a 66-point win.
Devon Meadows overcame a 22-point three-quarter-time deficit to defeat Pearcedale by five points. Hastings upset Rye with a resounding 51-point win.