STRATFORD kicked six goals in the final quarter to shake off a persistent Wy Yung in round 18 of East Gippsland football, prevailing 15.14 (104) to 7.8 (50).
The Swans held a slight advantage in a tight first term, and that theme continued with the Swans holding 13-point advantage at three-quarter-time in what had been a low scoring contest.
But Stratford, who were again without key forwards Josh Kiss and Kieran O’Dwyer, proved the fitter side with the Swans trademark run and carry on display in the final term.
The Swans added six goals while keeping the Tigers to just one point to run out comfortable victor.
Jack Bacon and Liam Lemon continued their good form in front of goal, each booting three majors, while regular defender Pat Gordon continued to enjoy his spell forward, kicking two goals.
Joel Brayshaw formed part of a potent midfield and kicked three goals, with Corey Scholtes, Lachlan Channing, Michael Walker and Jesse Broadbent also amassing possessions.
Nathan Channing was also prominent for the Swans.
The Tigers were well served by Lloyd Powell and Craig Froud, who each booted two goals.
LINDENOW overcame a slow start to account for Lakes Entrance 13.16 (94) to 9.5 (59).
With its finals ambitions on the line, the Seagulls made a fast start, kicking seven goals to take a 27-point lead into quarter time.
Jesse Beha, who finished with three goals, proved instrumental in the good start but the Seagulls couldn’t go on with it, managing just two goals after quarter time.
Working their way back into the contest to face a 10-point deficit at three-quarter-time, the Cats clicked into gear in the final term, slamming home seven goals.
The Cats’ forwards were again dangerous, with Darren Allen kicking five goals. He was well supported by Will Blackley with three majors, Matt Busch and Nathan Storer.
Rod Harrison, Joel Grumley and Justin Blair were instrumental in winning the midfield battle.
The Seagulls will need a big win over Lucknow and hope Paynesville capitulate against Stratford to be any hope of making finals.
ORBOST-Snowy Rovers recorded its first win of the season, finishing the stronger to account for Lucknow 14.17 (101) to 10.12 (72).
Many young players stood up for the Blues, which bodes well for next season. Curtley Nettleton and Aaron Hambling each booted three goals for the Blues, Hamish Nettleton was prominent while Ashleigh Jonkers showed he could match it at senior level.
The Magpies were best served by Ash Smith, Deven Costigan, Tim Saunders and Aaron Carrison.
PAYNESVILLE had the bye.