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Ulster Bank League: Division 2B Previews

Ulster Bank League: Division 2B Previews

There is an inter-county table top clash in Friday Night Lights to whet your appetite this weekend as Naas host Navan in Forenaughts.

ULSTER BANK LEAGUE: DIVISION 2B: Saturday, November 3rd

Kick-off 2.30pm unless stated

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Naas (2nd) v Navan (1st), Forenaughts, Friday Night Lights 7:30

Winter is setting in but Forenaughts promises to be a hotbed of club rugby action on Friday night when Naas and Navan go head to head at the top of the table.

Naas have three wins and a bonus point and have racked up over 120 in the points for column thanks to their 78 point haul against Connemara.

Navan have an extra try bonus to put them a point ahead at the top of the table.

Both clubs are well supported in their communities so you can expect a lively crowd and equally lively game on Friday night in Naas.

Ards (15th) v Connemara (16th), Hamilton Park

Three games in and this already has a relegation feel about it as both sides are winless to date.

Connemara are still reeling from their drubbing at the hands of Naas but they showed resilience last season and could yet come good.

Ards have home advantage but it is difficult to call which way this game will go.

Armagh (4th) v Instonians (9th), Palace Grounds

Armagh’s win over Sligo last week pushed them up to 4th in the table with their two try bonuses and a draw helping them along.

Instonians are also on two wins sees them 5 points behind in this Ulster derby that promises to be a tough game.

Armagh built steadily last season and look to be in a good position to take it a step further this season and challenge for promotion. Saturday will be a step along the road.

Boyne (6th) v Suttonians (8th), Shamrock Lodge

Boyne lost out to neighbours and rivals Navan last weekend so they will hope to get back to winning ways in this Leinster derby on Saturday.

Suttonians beat Clonakilty last week to give them two wins from three and leave them mid table.

The trip to Drogheda will be a challenging one and the home side look to be the favourites.

Clonakilty (11th) v Sunday’s Well (12th), The Vale

Clon have played one more game than the Well but are yet to pick up a win. Their draw against Armagh and two losing bonuses have them on four points.

Sunday’s Well have managed one win to date and their two losses have come against Rainey and Armagh.

West Cork versus Cork City is always an incentive and the home side could cause an upset.

Nenagh Ormond (7th) v Sligo (13th), New Ormond Park

A good start for Nenagh Ormond with two wins out of three but this is a competitive Division and more will be required.

Sligo have one win from their four games but have been kept to nil in two games and will need to improve their points difference.

The  trip to Tipp may prove bootless for Sligo as the home side should be capable of taking the four points in this one.

Rainey OB (3rd) v NUIM Barnhall (5th), Hatrick Park

Rainey are right in the mix this season and will fancy all comers at home and away.

NUIM Barnhall have had two big wins to make up for their opening day loss to Kildare rivals Naas.

This promises to be a cracking game as both clubs have real ambitions this season but home advantage is likely to see the Old Boys of Rainey in good stead.

Thomond (14th) v Skerries (10th), Liam Fitzgerald Park

Two losing bonus points are Thomond’s only reward from their three games to date.

Skerries are four points ahead thanks to their two losing bonus points and they are settling in well in the Ulster Bank League.

They make their first trip to Liam Fitzgerald Park this weekend and that can be a difficult place to get a result.