MELVILLE Rams stumbled badly out of the blocks and could not recover in a 13.15 (93) to 10.8 (68) loss to Wembley at Pat Goodridge Park in round eight of the WAAFL B-Grade competition on Saturday.
Buoyed from a win against North Fremantle the previous round, the Rams were keen to back up that performance and prove they are a contender in 2016.
Unfortunately, an extremely lacklustre performance in the first quarter meant Melville trailed 7.0 (42) to 0.0 (0) at the first break and put the visitors on the back foot early.
The Rams managed to rally and ultimately outscored Wembley in the next two quarters to provide a glimmer of hope heading into the final term.
A couple of early goals to the Rams certainly made things interesting but it was too little too late with Wembley running out comfortable winners by 25 points.
Despite the result the Rams will be pleased with a solid three-quarter performance against a side that will no doubt feature heavily in finals action.
In the reserves, the Melville continues to search for its first win of the year after it was comprehensively beaten to the tune of 151 points by a slick Wembley outfit.
In a change of fixturing, the Colts game was played under lights after the league game with Wembley capping off a successful day for home team with an 11.13 (79) to 7.9 (51) victory.
The Rams, along with the rest of the WAAFL, have a bye for the WA Day long weekend before returning to action against Collegians at home on June 11.