A SHOCK loss to sixth-placed Lucknow has made life difficult for Boisdale-Briagolong, with just two rounds to go until the East Gippsland football finals.
The Bombers went down 11.7 (73) to 7.13 (55) at home on Saturday.
Lucknow got in front in the second term, kicking five goals to one.
Josh Stubbe and Dylan Bolton kicked two each for the Bombers, supported by good efforts from Patrick St John and Leigh Fulford, but it wasn’t enough to claw back in front.
Daniel Evans kicked three goals for Lucknow, with Jesse Glassborow its best player.
The Bombers are still in fourth on the ladder, but have a nervous two weeks ahead, taking on second and third on the ladder, while Lindenow nips at its heels a win behind.
STRATFORD continued revving up for its finals run, locking in the top of the ladder position with a 143-point win over Orbost-Snowy Rovers.
The Swans had three players kick five goals each, winning 26.23 (179) to 5.6 (36).
Jordan Robertson was the stand-out, kicking five goals in a best-on-ground effort, as did Josh Kiss and Rodney O’Keefe.
Nine other players kicked at least one goal for Stratford.
The Blues were overwhelmed from the start, with a five-goal to two first term, and they didn’t find another major until the last quarter.
Curtley Nettleton was named best for Orbost.
WY Yung narrowly defeated Lakes Entrance 9.4 (58) to 6.12 (48) to push itself into second place on the ladder.
The Tigers opened up a nine-point lead at quarter-time, but Lakes Entrance kept fighting.
Kept goal-less in the third term, a huge effort was needed from the Seagulls, but inaccurate shots at goal may have cost them in the final term - Wy Yung kicked 3.1 to Lakes’ 2.3.
Ryan Ladson was best for Wy Yung, and Regan Kyle and Wesley Russell kicked two each, while James Gibbs and Josh Piper were the top goal kickers for Lakes, also with two each.
MICHAEL Preston led the way for Lindenow in its 31.12 (198) to 2.4 (16) win over Paynesville, kicking nine goals.
Paynesville were scoreless in the third as the Cats ran rampant.
Harry Hood, who kicked two goals, was named best for Lindenow, while Lachlan McDonald was the standout for Paynesville.