Top two clash at Stratford

STRATFORD and Paynesville will both be looking to rebound from losses when they meet in a top of the table clash during round 10 of East Gippsland football.

With East Gippsland football taking a break over the Queen’s Birthday long weekend, both sides will enter tomorrow’s contest at Stratford fresh.

Both will look to rebound from upset losses, with the Swans going down to Lindenow, while the bottom-placed Lakes Entrance inflicted the Gulls’ first loss.

Despite playing in tough conditions that didn’t suit them, the Swans will take heart in the fact they remained in the game for three quarters despite a number of key players being down.

Kaine Kerton continued his good form, but key players Tye Morrison, Michael Walker and Corey Scholtes were shut down and will be looking to respond this week.

Josh Kiss was starved of opportunities in front of goal, while Keiran O’Dwyer was kept in check. The pair will be hungry for goals against the Gulls.

Both sides will be looking to curb their discipline issues from two weeks ago, with two Swans being sent-off for engaging in a melee, while ill-discipline in the forward half robbed the Gulls of opportunities.

The Swans will be looking to curb the influence of Damien Ashcroft, who ran hard to set up opportunities in the loss to Lakes.

Stratford’s defence will also have its hands full, with the Gulls boasting a potent forward line which includes tall Simon Biszko with smalls Haydn Robins and Derek Hayes at their feet.

Anthony Simpson and the Bairnsdale listed Adrian Gibbs were also prominent in attack two weeks ago.

ORBOST-Snowy Rovers will be hoping the extra week off will give it the edge over a Wy Yung side coming into form as the battle for fourth spot on the ladder heats up.

LAKES Entrance and Lucknow meet in contrasting form.

LINDENOW should keep its hold on fourth spot by virtue of the bye.

´╗┐For more read Friday’s Gippsland Times.