Glen Innes Magpies may be out of the Group 19 A grade finals race but they proved they can still ruffle some feathers as they came within striking distance of Narwan Eels at home on Sunday.
The Magpies drew level twice during the game against the third-placed visiting side and threatened to overtake on more than one occasion but errors denied them the opportunity.
In the end, the Eels took out a 38-26 victory.
Glen Innes coach Nick Ehsman said while Narwan finished with the win, his side stuck it to them.
“They're a title contender so it was very pleasing,” he said.
“We ran hard and we played that hard footy that we wanted to do. It's what we are going to do in the final two games, try and upset a few of the top teams.
“I'm sure if we held the ball a lot more it would have been a lot closer.”
The Magpies take on Inverell, who are sitting one spot outside the finals, this Saturday. The Hawks need to win their remaining games and have results go their way to finish in the top five.