STRATFORD will take the long trip to face Orbost-Snowy Rovers in round five of East Gippsland football.
The Swans hit the road with winning form for the contest between third and fourth.
Taking a narrow lead into half-time last week after a torrid first half where only five goals were scored between the two sides, Stratford easily disposed of the reigning premier in the second half to win by 50 points.
Josh Kiss has been well held in front of goal in recent weeks, and will be looking to return to form against an Orbost-Snowy Rovers back line led by Steve Alderton, who sets up many attacking plays for the Blues off half-back.
Kieran O’Dwyer has emerged as another option for Stratford, booting five majors last week, while Tye Morrison has also been in good form and can spend time forward for the Swans.
Mobile ruckman Kaine Kerton has been giving the Stratford midfield first use, with Lewis Bolton, Jarryd Clohesy and Michael Walker reaping the rewards. The trio will have their work cut out against a Blues midfield including Daniel Kane, Brad and Mark McDonald, who were prominent in last week’s narrow win over Lakes Entrance.
The Swans will be hoping to nullify the impact of Deon Scott and Clint Voss in front of goal.
The Blues got off to a slow start against Lakes Entrance last week before trailing off late to just hold on for victory, and will need a full four-quarter effort to account for an improved Stratford side looking to push towards finals this season.
LOOKING to bounce back from a loss to Stratford, Lucknow will meet a Lindenow side looking to keep in touch with the top four.
WY Yung and Lakes Entrance will meet with the victor to record its first win of season 2013.
PAYNESVILLE will retain top of the table status with the bye.
For more read Friday’s Gippsland Times.