Swans seek recovery

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STRATFORD will aim to bounce back when it travels to Lucknow for round 10 of East Gippsland football.

The Swans suffered their first defeat of the season last week to Lindenow, and will hope to recapture their dominant form which sees them comfortably sitting at the top of the table. One game and significant percentage clear of the second-placed Wy Yung, the Swans will be eager to maintain that gap.

With just the one win to date, Lucknow’s form has been patchy, but the Magpies will be confident their best can match the leaders of the competition.

The midfield battle is set to enthral, with Ryan Halford, Gary Jones and Brenton Martin in form for the Magpies, while Deven Costigan and Luke Bates were also influential last week.

The midfield is also a strength for the Swans, led by Lachlan Channing, Michael Walker, Corey Scholtes and David McLay, while Jack Bacon provides a good link to attack across half-forward.

After being held goal-less last week, Josh Kiss and Kieran O’Dwyer will look to respond in a big way, while Brent Isles will hope to recapture his goal kicking form of 2013 for the Magpies.

LAKES Entrance will host Wy Yung, with the victor to take second spot.

Down on confidence following a loss to a Brendan Fevola-inspired Lindenow outfit in round seven, the Tigers have just done enough to defeat lower ranked opponents in recent weeks.

Holding second spot on percentage, victory over a fellow finals aspirant would restore much needed confidence for the Tigers.

Entering the contest fresh from the bye and with home ground advantage, the Seagulls will be confident of taking the points, but will need to quell the influence of key Tigers playmaker Sam Denby-Blake.

Coming off an eight-goal haul, Thomas Smith has stepped up in the absence of Mark Sellings, and will be another player the Seagulls will need to stop.

PAYNESVILLE will look to further close the gap to the top four when it travels to take on Orbost-Snowy Rovers.

Hitting their straps to square the ledger at 4-4, the Gulls sit one game outside the top four and will eye off the contest at Lochiel Park as an opportunity to further improve its percentage.

After some mid season blow outs, the Blues have put in competitive showings in recent weeks looking to build towards their first win.

The Gulls may have to contend with Dale Lynn, who showed his desperation for a Bairnsdale recall with six goals last week.

Desperate to avoid a premiership hangover, the Gulls should be too strong this week.

LINDENOW has the bye.