Williamstown sure meant business in an 88-point thrashing of the winless Coburg Lions in the Victorian Football League at Burbank Oval on Sunday.

Stinging after back-to-back losses, the Seagulls came out breathing fire with a seven-goal-to-nil opening term with the breeze.

The Lions hit back with five unanswered goals of their own before half-time, but that only spurred the Seagulls to bigger and better things in the third quarter.

Williamstown piled on a breathtaking 11 consecutive goals in the third term to rip the game apart.

The Seagulls had an element of surprise about them with 12 individual goalkickers, including three each to best-on-ground Sam Dunnell and Brett Bewley and two each to Lachlan Schultz, Ben Cavarra, Mitch Norton and Willie Wheeler.

Dunell finished with 30 disposals, 13 marks and three tackles.

Ruckman Nick Meese was super with 51 hit-outs to go with 12 disposals and 11 tackles.

Williamstown moved back into the top eight ahead of Saturday’s trip to North Ballarat.

Meanwhile, reigning premiers Footscray has come back from six goals down at quarter-time to beat Richmond in the curtain-raiser to the AFL match at Etihad Stadium on Saturday.

The Bulldogs snuck home by seven points in a thriller, thanks largely to six goals and 12 marks from key forward Jack Redpath, who is on the comeback trail after a serious knee injury. The Dogs had plenty of ball winners, with Mitch Wallis racking up 30 possessions.

Footscray’s next assignment will be its toughest to date when it faces ladder leader Port Melbourne at North Port Oval on Saturday.