THE Kiwi Diggers let a golden chance for victory slip through their fingers in their clash with Souths on Sunday.
Leading 2-0 late in the first half after goals from captain Josh Worpel and Luke Wilson, Souths hit back just before the half-time whistle.
From there, Souths took complete control of the game, running out 3-2 winners.
Sean Aislin, Harper Galivn and Nick O'Connor found the back of the net, helping Souths across the line.
Worpel said his side "just switched off after Souths scored".
"I think that goal late in the first half helped swing the momentum in Souths direction a little bit," Worpel said.
"It was disappointing because our two goals had come from two short corners, which has been an area we have struggled in this season.
"To be honest, I think we just ran out of legs there in the second half."
Worpel said injuries had plagued the side for much of the year.
"Most of the season we have relied on a few guys doubling up and playing both first and second grade games," he said.
"It's been tough to get some consistency having so many injuries, but there's not much we can do about it.
"One positive has been that it has meant we have been able to bring in some junior players, who have really stood up.
"Young guys like Oscar Spinks and Sam Griffiths, who has been playing goal keeper for us, have been outstanding."
Worpel said the win could cost his side in the long run.
"That loss could really come back to haunt us," he said. "We are currently sitting fourth on the ladder and with how tight the competition is, we need every win we can get."
Kiwis will now turn their attention to Saturday's clash against Tudor Wests.
In the round's other match, a five-goal haul from Issac Farmilo and a hat trick from Toby Cimpson helped Workies secure a 9-5 win over Tudor Wests.