STRATFORD consolidated its hold on second place on the East Gippsland netball ladder after defeating bottom side Paynesville 44-30 on Saturday.
Boisdale-Briagolong slipped out of the top four after going down narrowly to top side Wy Yung, 36-32.
The Bombers will host Stratford this Saturday.
Lakes Entrance moved into fourth place with a 46-36 win at Lindenow, while third-placed Orbost-Snowy Rover defeated Lucknow 45-42.
HEYFIELD dealt Cowwarr’s North Gippsland finals hopes a blow with a thrilling 42-40 win.
Yarram also won a close affair, defeating Gormandale 49-47 to round out the split round.