A NARROW win over Wy Yung has kept Stratford in second place on the East Gippsland football ladder.
The Swans clawed back in the final quarter to win 8.11 (59) to 8.7 (55) away from home on Saturday.
One side of the ground was clearly favoured — Wy Yung hit the ground running, kicking two goals to a single behind, but in the next quarter, Stratford kicked four goals to three behinds.
The story repeated itself in the second half, with the Tigers kicking five to one in the third, but the Swans managed to get enough momentum to stay in front when it counted.
Jack Bacon and Rodney O’Keefe kicked two goals each for Stratford, and crucial midfielder Regan Tait named best-on-ground.
Coach Shaun Mooney was Wy Yung’s best.
BOISDALE-BRIAGOLONG showed no mercy to Paynesville, winning 22.24 (156) to 6.4 (40) at home.
There were 10 goal kickers, with Cal Egan leading the charge on six, and best-on-ground Daniel Stubbe kicking five.
The vital percentage boost will come in handy for the Bombers as they challenge the top four, facing Stratford next week and Lucknow after the bye.
Paynesville were score-less in the first, and were 71 points down at half-time. There was plenty of hard tackling as frustration mounted, but the Bombers had no trouble threading the ball through the opposition — Stubbe in particular seemed to all over the ground when he needed to be. Ben Haslam was best for the Gulls.
WITH several players returning to Lindenow, Orbost-Snowy Rovers was thumped by the Cats, 30.21 (201) to 2.7 (19).
The Blues kicked four points in three quarters as the Cats ran rampant — Darren Allen’s 13 goals a particular highlight. Allen is now on top of the goalkicker’s table, six ahead of Stratford’s Patrick Gordon.
Luke Dyer was best for Lindenow, and Curtley Nettleton best for the Blues.
LUCKNOW had two awful quarters of football in its loss to ladder leader Lakes Entrance, 12.9 (81) to 8.10 (58).
The Magpies screamed ahead to be 41 to seven at quarter-time, but kicked just one point in the second.
Similarly, in the fourth, Lakes kicked 40 points to two, sealing the win.
Gary Puruntatameri again led the goalkickers with five for Lakes, with Brett Carroll its best.
Will Siania was best-on-ground for Lucknow, while Daniel Evans kicked three goals.