• Stuart Dellow

BALLYCLARE V ARDS PREVIEW

Loughshore 41 Championship.

Ballyclare Comrades vs Ards.

Dixon Park.

Friday 15th April at 7.45 p.m.

Ards travel to Dixon Park hoping for a Good Friday result against the Comrades. The teams met last month in Bangor and Ards ran out comfortable winners with a 5-0 scoreline, completing a hat trick of victories this season over this opposition. Tipton's men will therefore be looking for their fourth win over Ballyclare this season, with a goal difference so far of 12 - 2.

Following that 5-0 defeat in Bangor, Ballyclare had a mini revival, beating Dergview and drawing at Loughgall, but they have lost their last three games, including a 5-1 home defeat at the hands of promotion favourites Newry City last time out, a game in which they led 1-0 at half time! In the same period Ards saw their hopes of a top six finish collapse, picking up just four points from the twelve available, although they did pick up a creditable 2-2 draw at Dundela in their game last weekend, coming from behind twice to salvage the point which maintained the five point advantage over the Duns in the battle for sixth place.

Ballyclare will be wary of being dragged into the relegation zone, with just four games remaining they are only seven points clear of the play-off spot and with Queen's, who currently occupy that spot being unbeaten in their last five games and Institute, who are just a point behind the Comrades having won their last three, there is a danger of that happening unless they start to pick up points. Ards fans will be hoping the Comrades wait until Easter Tuesday to get the points that will probably keep them safe.

A reminder to travelling fans that the PASC are not providing a bus for this game, hopefully those intending to travel can arrange to car-share.

Match Officials -

Referee - Glenn Buchanan.

1st Assistant - Brian Wilson.

2nd Assistant - Bryan Magill.

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