Bombers up for challenge

BOISDALE-BRIAGOLONG will be up for a challenge when Lucknow visits on Saturday.

Some East Gippsland football clubs may be bolstered by the return of aligned Bairnsdale players, as the Redlegs have the weekend off.

The weather could also play a part, after muddy and freezing conditions last week, this weekend does not look much better.

The Bombers have had an up and down season so far, and after a fighting loss to Lindenow last week, should be confident heading into this game.

Lucknow went down to second-placed Paynesville by 20 points after getting in front at half-time, and will be tough to beat.

This will be the match of the round, as a spot in the top four could be in play.

WY Yung will host the barnstorming Lindenow team.

The ladder leader has only lost one game this year, while the Tigers will be clinging to fourth spot on the ladder, a win in front of closest rival Boisdale-Briagolong.

PAYNESVILLE will take on Orbost-Snowy Rovers, in a game it should win comfortably.

The Blues have impressed this year, but Paynesville is looking to solidify its place on the ladder, as Lakes Entrance is nipping at its heels.

LAKES Entrance will need a high-scoring win over Stratford to keep in touch with the Gulls.

Paynesville has a clear percentage advantage — 38 points — over the Seagulls, but both teams are two wins above their nearest competitor.