STRATFORD pulled away after a competitive first half to run out a comfortable winner over Orbost-Snowy Rovers in round five of East Gippsland football.
Trailing by one point after a low scoring first half, the Swans booted seven goals in the third term to set up the 13.13 (91) to 8.8 (56) victory.
The Blues held a narrow eight-point advantage at quarter-time before Stratford kicked the only goal of the second term to go into the main change one point in arrears.
As they did last week, the Swans again made their move in the third quarter.
Mobile ruckman Kaine Kerton continued his fine form in giving his midfielders first use, with Taylor Tatterson, Tye Morrison, Lachlan Dobson and Rowan Marsden getting their hands on the football to give good supply to Keiran O’Dwyer, who finished with another bag of five goals.
Both sides kicked three goals in the final quarter with Stratford running out 35-point winner to keep a hold on third spot on the ladder.
The Swans sit one game behind ladder leader Paynesville, with percentage separating them from the second-placed Lucknow.
Magpies win thriller
LUCKNOW pulled off a thrilling victory over Lindenow, 14.18 (102) to 14.15 (99).
The Magpies were boosted by the inclusion of former West Coast and Carlton player Callum Chambers, who returned home for the week to see family.
Lindenow made the early break, taking a 14-point lead into half-time before the Magpies hit back in the third term, booting six goals to three.
The Cats hit back with five goals in the final quarter, only to fall three points short.
David Donchi booted three goals in a best on ground performance, while he had support from Shaun Ryan and Gary Jones, who also kicked three goals.
John Dick continued his good form for the Cats with five majors.
Seagulls let lead slip
LAKES Entrance is still searching for its first win, letting a 20-point half-time lead slip against Wy Yung.
The Seagulls could only manage two goals to the Tigers’ seven after half-time to go down by 10 points, the Tigers 11.11 (77) to 9.13 (67).
Matt Counahan kicked four goals for the Tigers, while James Beha booted five majors for Lakes Entrance.
PAYNESVILLE had the bye.
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