STRATFORD held on to score its second consecutive win over second-placed Paynesville in round 10 of East Gippsland football.
A five-goal to two third term set up the win for the Swans, who held on to win by seven points as Paynesville made a final quarter charge.
Stratford took a three-point lead into the first change, and led by eight points at half-time before pulling away from the Seagulls in the third quarter to take a 25-point lead into the final change.
Paynesville hit back in the final term, kicking three goals to Stratford’s three behinds, only to fall seven points short, 14.10 (94) to 12.15 (87).
Josh Kiss continued his good form in front of goal, booting five majors, while Lewis Bolton and Pat Goodman were also good contributors for the Swans.
The win against Paynesville came after the Football-Netball East Gippsland commission awarded the Swans victory over Lucknow after they appeal the drawn result.
Stratford’s first back-to-back win for the season sees it six points outside the top four.
LUCKNOW overcame a slow start to come away with a comfortable 29-point win at Lakes Entrance.
Trailing by eight points at quarter time, the Magpies worked their way back into the contest to take a 15 point lead at three quarter time.
A five goal to three final term saw the final margin extend to 29 points, 14.10 (94) to 9.11 (65).
Shaun Ryan continued his good form with four goals, while new recruit Brenton Martin also booted four majors.
WY Yung thrashed cellar dwellers Orbost Snowy Rovers by 155 points.
The Tigers booted six goals in the first term and didn’t let up on the way to its 27.16 (178) to 3.5 (23) victory.
Marcus Latham booted 10 goals for the home side.
LINDENOW had the bye.