The Ulster Bank League resumes this weekend after a break for provincial league action. Old Wesley lead the way in Division 2A with four other clubs in a chasing pack four points adrift.
ULSTER BANK LEAGUE: DIVISION 2A: Saturday, November 1
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Banbridge (10th) v Blackrock College (4th), Rifle Park
It is still early days in the league with only three rounds of matches played to date. Banbridge are six places but only three points behind their visitors on Saturday.
Blackrock enjoyed a big win at home in their last game while Bann lost narrowly at home to Thomond. Form favours the Dublin side but it is still early days.
Bective Rangers (8th) v NUIM Barnhall (2nd), Donnybrook
The new 4G surface at Donnybrook is proving a hit and certainly Old Wesley are riding high on the back of familiarity with it.
Bective Rangers are just two points behind their visitors but this will be a tough game. NUIM Barnhall lost to Cashel last time out but they have ambitions and will want to at least defend their second place spot.
Dungannon (16th) v Seapoint (13th), Stevenson Park
Dungannon are struggling already and with three games done they are still to pick up a league point. They will be hoping that the break of the last few weeks gives them renewed impetus.
Seapoint travel north with one victory under their belts, and that at home to Rainey Old Boys in a 74-point cracker. They are probably better than their current standing and may offer little comfort to their hosts.
Naas (3rd) v Skerries (14th), Forenaughts
Naas are tied on ten points with three other clubs. This weekend offers a chance to pull clear if they can win at home.
Skerries picked up their first victory in the last round of the league against UCC but they face a tough task on Saturday. The home side look best placed to take the spoils here.
Nenagh Ormond (6th) v UCC (12th), New Ormond Park
Three points separate the sides as we look to Saturday afternoon, so it is difficult to call at this stage.
UCC lost last time out to Skerries but they did pick up a losing bonus point to add to the try-scoring bonus they already have. Nenagh Ormond have two wins and a try-scoring bonus to their credit and look primed to add to that in round 4.
Queen’s University (7th) v Cashel (9th), Dub Lane
A mid-table clash that is hard to call with Queen’s University on nine points and Cashel on eight.
The Co. Tipperary side picked up a big win last time out when they won at NUIM Barnhall and will be aiming to add to that this weekend. Queen’s will not make it easy and this should be an intriguing game.
Rainey Old Boys (11th) v Old Wesley (1st), Hatrick Park
A big game for both sides this weekend as Rainey Old Boys try to add to their opening day win, while Old Wesley are unbeaten in their three outings to date and top of the table.
The home side’s two losing bonus points show they are not an easy touch. Wesley are the form side at the moment but will the break of the last few weeks have impacted that momentum?
Thomond (5th) v City of Derry (15th), Liam Fitzgerald Park
A bright start for Thomond with two wins, a try-scoring bonus point and a losing bonus sees them in fifth place overall.
By contrast City of Derry are without a win but they have picked up three losing bonuses and a try bonus. So, it is all set up for a very interesting tussle in Limerick.