FOLLOWING its first win of the East Gippsland football season the previous week, Stratford came back to earth on Saturday.
The Swans failed to kick a goal in the second half as they were outclassed at home by Paynesville 17.12 (114) to 2.12 (24).
With the victory, the Gulls overtook Lakes Entrance into the second spot on the ladder.
Gulls forward Mathew Davison outscored Stratford off his own boot, finishing the match with eight goals. Shane Jamieson contributed four majors.
Jessie Pescod and Aaron Cameron were also part of a dominant display by the visitors.
The Swans weren’t without their chances to score goals, but Pat Gordon and Josh Kish were the only players to register majors. Liam Lemon, Justin Slattery and Tim Hawkins were the better performers for the Swans.
BOISDALE-Briagolong’s hopes of making the finals were boosted by a 28-point victory over Wy Yung.
The Bombers won the match, transferred to Bairnsdale City Oval because of flooding at Wy Yung’s ground, 17.11 (113) to 12.13 (85).
The win lifted the Bombers into sixth place on the ladder, six points outside the top four, while the Tigers have slipped to fifth.
Scores were level at quarter-time before the Bombers booted five goals to one to establish a match-winning lead. The visitors extinguished the Tigers’ challenge in the second half, adding seven goals to six.
Danny Pratt kicked six goals for the Bombers and Callan Egan four. Jayden Pratt, Shaun Bates and Sam Bedggood were also outstanding for the visitors.
The Bombers kept the Tigers’ many goal-kicking options at bay, with Mark Sellings the home side’s only stand-out, finishing with four goals.
LINDENOW was too strong for Lakes Entrance in the top of the table clash.
The Cats’ defence was on song in the home side’s 13.15 (93) to 5.9 (39) victory.
Kane Ashwood and Luke Dyer led the way for the Cats, with Michael Preston kicking five goals.
ORBOST-Snowy Rovers moved into four spot following its fourth win in a row.
The Blues thumped Lucknow 28.19 (178) to 14.10 (94) at Lochiel Park.
Thomas Smith booted kicked seven goals, while Alex Saunders continued his run of form, booting five goals, a number matched by Curtley Nettleton.