Bombers need to beat the Pies

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Alex Ford

IN a must-win match, Boisdale-Briagolong will host Lucknow in East Gippsland football’s round 16 on Saturday.

The Bombers struggled against Stratford last weekend, but need to hold onto fourth place on the ladder — coming up, they’ll play the dangerous Lakes Entrance and third-placed Wy Yung.

Lucknow is two wins out of the top four, but has a much easier run to the end, facing bottom-placed Orbost-Snowy Rovers and seventh-placed Paynesville. Strong wins against these minnows, as well as defeating Boisdale-Briag, would lock in a shot at finals for the Magpies.

The Bombers have definitely been playing aggressively, though injury hasn’t helped.

They were able to rebuild a bit of a percentage gap against Paynesville and Orbost, and had no trouble taking care of Lindenow, but were thumped by Wy Yung — a worrying portent.

STRATFORD has a much easier run to the finals, and heads east to Orbost this weekend.

Both times the teams faced each other this year, Stratford won by more than 100 points.

One worry could be injury — the Swans have lost midfielder Jack Bacon until finals with a shoulder injury, and despite a deep bench, this is not a good time for key players to be sitting out.

THE match of the round could be Wy Yung hosting Lakes Entrance.

Wy Yung has been keen to assert dominance all season, with some impressive wins, but not enough when it counted – it sits on third, a win behind Lakes Entrance.

The Seagulls, in second, have a massive percentage gap to make up before taking the top of the ladder off Stratford.

These are two reasonably evenly-matched teams, and a loss for Wy Yung, with wins to Boisdale-Briag and Lindenow, could put its finals hopes in jeopardy.

LINDENOW should be confident in its match against Paynesville.

The Gulls got their act together to defeat bottom-placed Orbost last week, but Lindenow is a very different team.