First plays second in Division 2B this weekend as unbeaten City of Derry travel to Highfield in what will be a huge encounter at Woodleigh Park. Elsewhere, there is action in Armagh, Dungannon, Greystones and Seapoint.
ULSTER BANK LEAGUE: DIVISION 2B: Saturday, November 7
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Armagh (3rd) v Bective Rangers (7th), Palace Grounds
Armagh have notched up back-to-back bonus point victories in their last two outings, at home to Rainey and on the road to MU Barnhall.
The Alex McCloy and Willie Faloon-coached side moved up into third spot ahead of Sunday’s Well, Greystones, Rainey and Saturday’s visitors Bective.
That Bective are just a point behind them in seventh place shows just how tight the mid-table section of the division has been to date. Evenly balanced on paper, how will it turn out on the pitch?
Dungannon (9th) v MU Barnhall (8th), Stevenson Park
Dungannon cannot seem to get a break so far this season. Leading 10-0 last weekend, they gave up some soft scores to let Ulster rivals Rainey take the win.
This weekend they face an MU Barnhall side who conceded a try-scoring bonus point to Armagh last time out. Both sides badly need a confidence-boosting performance and result.
Greystones (5th) v Rainey Old Boys (6th), Dr. Hickey Park
Greystones staged a strong finish against table toppers City of Derry last Saturday to garner a losing bonus point, with promising backs Paudie Geoghegan and Conor Shiel both touching down.
Rainey recovered from a poor start to take the spoils in their mid-Ulster derby against Dungannon, Gavin Martin slotting a clinching drop goal in the closing stages.
Only a point separates these sides in a congested mid-table. Who will leap ahead on Saturday afternoon?
Highfield (2nd) v City of Derry (1st), Woodleigh Park
Match of the day in Division 2A. Unbeaten City of Derry, who are hunting for their seventh straight victory, travel to Woodleigh Park following a narrow win over Greystones.
Highfield kept up the chase with a 14-3 win over bottom side Seapoint, aided by a penalty try and a touchdown from winger Paul Stack.
Despite that, the visitors remain favourites and will still be top of the table regardless of the outcome. Derry are currently six points clear at the summit.
Seapoint (10th) v Sunday’s Well (4th), Kilbogget Park
Six matches and six losses. This season has not been an easy one so far for Seapoint as they struggle for form.
Saturday sees them host Sunday’s Well who are fresh from an impressive away win over Bective. Full-back Greg Higgins helped himself to a brace in a five-try display from Robbie Doyle’s side.
This looks like another away victory and a possible move into third place for the Corkmen given the tight games in prospect elsewhere.