HEYFIELD challenged Churchill, but missed opportunities hurt its chances of toppling the North Gippsland football ladder leader on Saturday.
The Kangaroos turned an 18-point half-time deficit into an eight-point three-quarter-time lead, but the Cougars kicked four unanswered goals in the final term to win 11.9 (75) to 8.15 (63).
The home team's cause was not helped when it kicked six behinds in the final quarter.
The Kangaroos were made to play catch-up after the Cougars kicked four goals to one in the first term, before both sides booted two during the second.
The momentum was with Heyfield when it kicked five goals to one during the third quarter, but couldn't capitalise on that form during the final term.
Heyfield full back Scott Anderson was again strong under pressure.
Adam Wallace, Adrian Cox and Jack Woodland were instrumental in the Kangaroos' comeback in the midfield.
Mat Rodaughan performed well across half-forward, while Charlie Driffield and Kodie Woodland each kicked two goals.
Noah Deubel and Dean Degroot were Churchill's best players, with Chris Williams, Leigh McDonald and Ben Kearns each kicking two goals.
Despite the loss, the Kangaroos remain in fourth spot on the ladder, ahead of Traralgon-Tyers United on percentage, but two wins behind third-placed Rosedale.
ROSEDALE strengthened its hold on third place with a 34-point win over Sale City.
The Blues notched their sixth win in a row, defeating the Bulldogs 12.9 (81) to 6.11 (47) at home.
The Blues led by 14 points at half-time before adding five goals to two in the third term to lead by 32 points at the final change of ends. The Bulldogs were unable to make inroads into the deficit in the final term, as the home side added three goals to two.
Brandon McDonald kicked six goals for the Blues. McDonald has kicked 30 goals in his past five matches.
Brad Scott stood out at centre half-back, while Adam Diamond was also good in defence.
Jake Pawley's work in the ruck helped get the ball to the likes of Rohan Diamond, who was strong in the midfield.
Forward Matt Royal tested the City defence, while Alex Whitehill created play from the wing.
Josh Barton, Troy Carstairs and Tom Bowman were the better of the Bulldogs' performers.
Following a third successive loss, the Bulldogs have fallen outside the top five.
YARRAM avenged its round three loss to Cowwarr earlier this season by defeating the Saints by 79 points.
A six-goal to one opening term set-up the second-placed Demons' 17.19 (121) to 6.6 (42) victory at Cowwarr.
By half-time, the Demons led by 58 points. The visitors had their chance to win by more than 100 points, but inaccurate kicking in front of goal during the final term prevented that from happening.
Griffin Underwood was best-on-ground for Yarram, while Lukas Jenkins kicked six goals.
Jack Casson was best for the Saints, who remain two wins outside the top five.
TRARALGON-TYERS United came from 10 points down at three-quarter-time to defeat Woodside by 16.
The Bombers kicked five goals to one in the final term to win 15.11 (101) to 13.7 (85). The victory puts the Bombers back into the top five.
Bill Morrison was best-on-ground for TTU, while Hayden Willaton kicked five goals.
Josh Kennedy led the way for the gallant Wildcats, with coach Ryan Foat booting four goals.
GLENGARRY won its third match of the season, defeating Gormandale by 39 points.
The Magpies won 15.17 (107) to 10.8 (68).
Jordan Symons and Jay Neagle were the Magpies' best players, with Layne Hetherton booting three goals.