It certainly wasn't the prettiest match of the season, but the Warriors didn't care after recording their seventh senior victory of 2019 on Saturday.
Stawell took on Horsham at Central Park on a beautiful day for football. A breeze began blowing across the ground at the start of the senior contest, making an impact on foot skills of both sides.
It was the home team that made the better start, controlling the majority of the play but failing to convert in front of goal.
The Demons capitalised on Stawell's overuse of the football, scoring on transition to trail by just three points at half-time.
The Warriors slowly pulled ahead as the game wore on, keeping Horsham goalless in both the second and fourth quarters.
Despite failing to play far from their best football, Stawell managed to finish ahead of the understrength Demons 7.12 (54) to 3.3 (21).
"All round it was just a scrappy game but we're happy to get away with the four points," Stawell coach Damian Joiner said.
"Our back six were massive, to keep Horsham to three goals is a great achievement. Paul Summers was part of that, he played the best game for the club I have seen."
Demons coach Deek Roberts said his side played good football "in patches".
"We had a few lapses but there were patches where we played some of the footy we wanted to," he said.
"It is obviously disappointing but we just weren't good enough."
Cody Driscoll extended his lead at the top of the league goalkicking table with another four goals to move his tally to 34. Billy Carberry managed to kick two of Horsham's three goals, while Tom Eckel also bagged two in another impressive performance.
Injuries have wreaked havoc with Horsham's season, missing plenty of experienced players, including Roberts.
"We will get some guys back eventually, we have pretty good depth once we get some guys back," Roberts said.
"We have some young blokes starting to play the way we want which is a step forward.
"I should be right in the next few weeks, hopefully even for next week. It was good news that it (the arm) isn't too bad," he said.
The Warriors consolidated third spot with the win.
It will be a tight and tense run to the finals for the Demons now, who sit in sixth spot - one win behind Horsham Saints who recorded a massive upset over Ararat at Alexandra Oval.
It was the second time the Saints have beaten the Rats in 2019, kicking three final term goals to record a season-defining 14-point win.
Another upset nearly took place at Hopetoun, with Minyip-Murtoa narrowly keeping their unbeaten record alive.
Leading by 42 points at three-quarter-time, the Burras conceded seven final quarter goals to a rampaging Giants outfit but managed to cling to a one point win.
The Roos also had a good win on Saturday, climbing off the bottom of the ladder with a thumping 88-point victory over Warrack Eagles.