STRATFORD will have the week off to regroup for its important round 14 clash with Lakes Entrance, following its one-point loss to ladder leader Wy Yung last weekend.
Stratford will be hoping to rectify its slow start in round 12 in the coming weeks with a big month ahead following the bye. The Swans faced a 45-point deficit at half-time before four third quarter goals from Bairnsdale-listed Scott Scicluna got them back into the contest only for the home side to fall short by the barest of margins.
Six points behind the fourth-placed Lucknow, every match now becomes a crunch game for Stratford, who will play Lakes Entrance twice in the run home along with matches against Lindenow, Lucknow and Paynesville.
The Swans will be without Jarryd Clohesy for key clashes against Lakes Entrance and Lindenow after he was found guilty of striking at the tribunal on Tuesday night. The Clohesy case was one of five cases heard in a busy night for the tribunal.
Four losses by under three goals and a draw may see the Swans just miss out on finals football in its return to East Gippsland.
TOMORROW, Wy Yung will be looking to retain its six-point buffer at the top of the table when it hosts Lakes Entrance, who will be high on confidence following a big win over Orbost-Snowy Rovers, victory for Lindenow will see it keep a hold on second spot, at least for this week, and Paynesville will be hoping to consolidate its position in the top four when it hosts the fourth-placed Lucknow, who will be fresh following the bye.
For more read Friday’s Gippsland Times.