Magpies aim to shake-up top four

Stratford will travel to Lucknow on Saturday.
Stratford will travel to Lucknow on Saturday.

LUCKNOW will give the East Gippsland football ladder a shake-up if it defeats Stratford on Saturday.

The Magpies are coming off their best win for the season - a morale-boosting victory over Lindenow - and have an opportunity to join both Wy Yung and Stratford in a logjam of sides fighting for a place in the top four.

If Lucknow wins at home and Wy Yung loses to Boisdale-Briagong, there will be three teams with a seven-win, six-loss record with six rounds to play. The percentage gap between Stratford and Lucknow is relatively marginal, with the Swans the higher scoring of the two sides so far in 2019.

Conversely, the Magpies have conceded 45 less points, although a contributing factor to this has been the number of low scoring games Lucknow have been involved in.

Stratford will make the journey east following a routine win over Orbost-Snowy Rovers.

The last time these two sides met the margin was just 18 points in the Swans' favour, so tomorrow's match has the makings of a good contest.

OUTRIGHT third position is on offer for Wy Yung, who will travel to Boisdale to take on the undefeated Bombers.

Both sides enter the match with winning form under their belt, and both will be eager to continue this trend.

Wy Yung is beginning to hit its straps, having won its previous four matches, which has included impressive victories over Lucknow and Stratford. Having sat just outside the top four for most of the first half of the season, the Tigers now have a chance to consolidate their position and leave Stratford and Lucknow to fight it out for the fourth place in the finals.

Saturday's clash may well be Boisdale-Briagolong's sternest test for the season so far, as the Bombers look to lock away top spot to make a full blooded assault toward finals. While they have been winning, the Bombers will be weary of the fact they have only won three of their previous five matches by an average margin of 20 points.

Spectators should be in for a treat as both teams will be competing desperately to achieve the four points.

LINDENOW will go into its clash with Orbost-Snowy Rovers as justifiable short-priced favourite.

The Cats will be out to make up for a surprise loss to Lucknow, in what was just their second defeat for the season.

With a three-game buffer on its next group of challengers, Lindenow appears to have the double chance sown up, and will be seeking a further percentage booster when it hosts the Blues.

Those attending the game will look on with interest to see if goal kicking machine Michael Preston makes another appearance in the senior team, and will want to see the spearhead kick another bag of goals for entertainment purposes.

Orbost-Snowy Rovers has been competitive this season in a number of games but it is hard to see the Blues causing Lindenow too many problems. That being said, the Blues will no doubt put in a concerted effort to make sure the scoreboard doesn't blow out to embarrassing proportions.

THE winner between Paynesville and Lakes Entrance will receive the inglorious prize of sixth position on the ladder.

The Seagulls will replace Paynesville if it can win its fourth match for the season, in what will be a game both sides will be playing for pride.

With finals out of contention, the Gulls will be desperate to snap a three-game losing streak, which has seen performances at either end of the scale.

Paynesville will be frustrated with its inconsistency as in the past month and a half, as it showed it could compete with second placed Lindenow, only losing by 11 points, before undoing some of the good work the following week against top of the table Boisdale-Briaglong, where it lost by 165 points.

Lakes Entrance's performances after quarter-time have faded in most matches this season, so the Seagulls will be seeking greater contributions across the board to share the load when they run out on Saturday.