STRATFORD will be hoping to further entrench itself in the East Gippsland football top four when it hosts Wy Yung on Saturday.
Both sides will enter the contest in winning form, with the Tigers holding on for a narrow victory over bottom-placed Lakes Entrance, but Stratford will enter firm favourite after continuing its impressive start to the season by comfortably defeating Orbost-Snowy Rovers last week.
Stratford has typically made its move in the third quarter, like last week when it booted seven goals to two to set-up a 35-point win.
The Tigers will find it difficult to restrict Stratford for four quarters, and some work will need to be done to quell the influence of the Swans midfielders with Kaine Kerton, Tye Morrison and Rowan Marsden prominent last week.
The Tigers suffered a second quarter lapse last week, and can ill afford to do the same against a Swans side which will make them pay.
Wy Yung got the jump on Lakes Entrance last week, with Matt Counahan booting three goals, and can be considered fortunate with some poor skill and undisciplined play allowing it back into the contest in the second half.
Midfielder Reagan Kyle worked hard to get his side back into the contest last week, and will need to do the same this week, while Ryan Mitchell is another option in attack.
PAYNESVILLE will host Lucknow in a top of the table clash.
LINDENOW will be looking to bounce back to keep in touch with the top four when it hosts an Orbost-Snowy Rovers side hoping to keep its place.
LAKES Entrance will earn its first points of the season courtesy of the bye.
For more read Friday’s Gippsland Times.