A resurgent Riddell displayed amazing goal shooting accuracy to overwhelm Romsey in the second half of a top flight fast moving encounter on Saturday. The 20.4 to 10.10 victory means the Bombers are truly back in business to press hard for a finals berth.
It was by far the best display by the 2016 runners-up this season, and the winning margin meant a 17 per cent percentage switch between the two teams. Riddell leapfrogged over Romsey into sixth place, and broke the Redbacks' unbeaten streak at home.
Despite being without young star Nathan Croft (with Calder Cannons) the Bombers looked switched on and well balanced for this crucial match which attracted a large crowd.
Afterwards, Bombers' coach Jamie Elliott was understandably happy.
"It's all about doing a job," he said, praising the intensity and evenness of his side.
Elliott said there was enough talent, with a good mix of youth and experience (recruiting Gisborne veteran Ollie Messaoudi has been a plus) for the Bombers to go a long way. This Saturday's match against Sunbury Kangaroos is the next big test for the Bombers.
On the other hand, Romsey has to regroup and look to winning the next three games - against an improving Woodend-Hesket, Rockbank and Broadford. Any stumble here will probably end finals hopes.
The Redbacks appeared in their attractive double blue guernseys for the first time to avoid a colour clash with Riddell, and produced some good football at times in a very even first half.
It was anyone's match at the long break, and two early third term goals left the Redbacks trailing by a point as spectators became more absorbed.
A double 50-metre penalty gifted the versatile Ben Sonogan an easy goal, and from that point Riddell surged clear.
Romsey coach Corey O'Sullivan implored his players lift, and two early last term goals provided hope.
But the Bombers replied from a downfield penalty, and continued to kick goals from angles, snaps and varying distances with uncanny accuracy.
The second half produced 13 goals one behind at one stage for the winners, with play stopped for a short time in the last term as two stunned Riddell players were helped from the ground after being tackled and landing heavily on the centre area.
Macedon run continues
Elsewhere, unbeaten ladder leader Macedon continued to impress, shrugging off Sunbury Kangaroos in the second half for an impressive 18.11 to 5.12 victory. The Cats have undoubted class and versatility all over the field.
Woodend-Hesket trailed by three goals at the last break at Rockbank, but led by an inspirational Daniel Toman, slammed on 8.5 to a goal for a 13.15 to 9.12 victory.
Lancefield heartened supporters by outscoring Wallan with five goals in the last term, but the Magpies prevailed 18.13 to 10.7.
In the remaining matches Diggers Rest boosted percentage with a 29.22 to 4.3 effort against Melton Centrals, and Rupertswood eclipsed Broadford 16.20 to 2.2.