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Ulster Bank League: Division 2B Previews

Ulster Bank League: Division 2B Previews

A top four finish is the requirement to maintain Division 2B status at the end of this season. Highfield and Tullamore occupy the top two slots but only seven points separate Armagh in third from Old Crescent in 8th.

ULSTER BANK LEAGUE: DIVISION 2B: Saturday, February 28

Kick-off 2.30pm unless stated –

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Ards (16th) v Richmond (15th), Hamilton Park
The bottom two clubs in the league face off with league status at stake.

Of the two Richmond have the better chance of survival as they are only three points behind Boyne in 14th place.

An away win on the cards.

Armagh (3rd) v Bruff (7th), Palace Grounds
A key game in the race for a top four spot. A home win would keep Armagh well placed while an away win would open up the race even more.

Armagh have won their last two games while Bruff were edged my Midleton in their last outing.

You’d have to back the home side as they have been in strong form.

Boyne (14th) v Wanderers (12th), Shamrock Lodge
A must win for Boyne if they are to avoid slipping into the automatic relegation zone (albeit Richmond need to win at Ards).

Finishing in 5th to 13th place must be Wanderers target to secure Division 2C status for next season.

Boyne made Armagh work for a win last time out and may have the form to take the points at home.

DLSP (13th) v Sunday’s Well (6th), Kirwan Park
A key game for ‘Salmo in 13th place. Drop lower and they are in the relegation zone facing a playoff for survival.

Their visitors are in the hunt for a top four finish and will be in no mood to give up the race.

An away win and discomfort for the Kirwan Park faithful.

Greystones (4th) v Navan (10th), Dr. Hickey Park
Greystones currently occupy the coveted 4th place so they are a target for three or four other clubs.

Navan are probably out of the running for top four but they can still cause problems.

You’d have to back the home side though.

Highfield (1st) v Sligo (9th), Woodleigh Park
The league leaders have set a blistering pace to date, notching up 299 points and nine try bonuses – they are full value for their position.

Sligo in mid-table have been in mixed form of late – beating DSLSP and losing to Navan.

A home win.

Kanturk (11th) v Old Crescent (8th), Knocknacolon
Kanturk’s losing bonus point away to Greystones last week sees them ahead of Wanderers on points difference – but just a single point.

They have shown they can match most sides in the league but will need more if they are to avoid defeat on Saturday.

Visitors Old Crescent will travel from Limerick knowing that win gives them an outside chance of maintaining their 2B status.

Midleton (5th) v Tullamore (2nd), Towns Park
Another key game that will have a big effect on the top four.

A home win would make the race very interesting as it could even see Tullamore overtaken if Armagh were to pick up a bonus point win.

That is far from a given, however, as the midlands club are well worth their 2nd place with eight wins and seven try bonuses. This could be a cracker.