Seagulls to battle the Blues

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LAKES Entrance will look to continue its winning way when it hosts Orbost-Snowy Rovers in an Anzac day clash on Friday.

The Seagulls began the East Gippsland football season on the best possible note on Good Friday, accounting for reigning premier Paynesville at home as part of the round four fixture.

Hosting the Blues in another public holiday clash, Lakes Entrance will fancy itself banking another four points. Boasting a new look side, the Seagulls will be high on confidence following the opening win.

The Blues will be looking for an improved showing under new coach Michael Delaney, and will look to put early wins on the board.

REIGNING premier Paynesville will face another tough assignment when it hosts Lindenow on Saturday.

While the reigning premier will come out firing following an opening loss at Lakes Entrance, the Cats have recruited well and could easily hand the Gulls their second loss.

Goal kicking practice would have been the order of the day at AJ Freeman Reserve this week, with inaccuracy hurting Paynesville at Lakes Entrance on Good Friday. Despite only having four fewer scoring shots, the Gulls went down by 34 points.

After allowing the Seagulls a six-goal start, Paynesville failed to capitalise in the second and third terms with a run of 12 consecutive behinds.

With its midfield to be led by recruit David Donchi, Paynesville’s engine room will have its work cut out.

Keith Ritchie led the way in front of goal last week, booting three of the teams four goals, and will be hoping the likes of young guns Ben Haslam and Jordan Farquhar can offer him plenty of supply.

Premiership players Brayden Radford and Damian Ashcroft were also prominent for the Gulls last week.

WY YUNG will hope to continue its late 2013 season momentum when it hosts perennial finalist Lucknow.

Having secured the signature of Mark Sellings, the Tigers will be confident they have what it takes to match the Magpies. Despite the loss of David Donchi, Lucknow still boast a strong outfit, with the 2013 runners-up out for redemption.

STRATFORD has the bye.