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Match Preview v Dergview

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Ards vs Dergview.Clandeboye Park.Saturday 23rd March at 3.00 p.m. 

If it isn't a "High Noon" scenario against Dergview this weekend, bearing in mind the two teams will play again after the split, it is at the very least a vital fixture.  When Ards beat Dundela at the end of November they had a ten point cushion over the relegation play-off spot, but the well documented run without a win since that game now leaves them just two points ahead of Dergview who have a home game in hand against the Welders on Tuesday, which is their final pre-split fixture. There are many possibilities, two defeats for Dergview leaves them five points behind Ards with five games to go. Two wins for Dergview leaves Ards four points behind them going into the split, two draws brings Dergview within a point of Ards. Obviously the ideal for the Red and Blues is three points on Saturday and a win for the Welders on Tuesday. A win is even more important given that Ards will travel to Darragh Park after the split, indeed they will also travel to Ballinamallard and Knockbreda, while they will face Ballyclare at home and either Newington at home or less likely the Welders away in their last five games.This then is probably the most important game of the season so far and neither team is in a great run of form, since that victory over Dundela, incidentally Knockbreda beat Dergview that day, Ards have only picked up three points while Dergview have picked up eleven. Five of those eleven points have come in the last five games so perhaps Emmett Friar's men will feel they do have the edge based on recent results.Ards do have a better goal difference which might be crucial at the end of the season, they are minus 18 while their opponents are minus 31, the relegation play-off spot will be occupied by one of those two teams at the end of the campaign. Although mathematically Knockbreda still have a chance, they still have three games to play before the split, it would be a record breaking escape if they were to survive the automatic drop.John Bailie will still be without Eamon Scanell as he is suspended, but regular keeper Alex Moore was fit enough to take a place on the bench against Portadown after his recent injury problems and may be considered for a starting spot. Max Miller's third goal of the season in the 3-1 defeat by Portadown on Tuesday past was the first time Ards had scored in 361 minutes of football and that will be a major concern for management and fans alike.Although confidence is low, a good support that gets behind the team from the first whistle, will hopefully inspire the sort of performance the team are capable of on their day, anything less than a win is unthinkable. 

Match Sponsor :- Anonymous Ards fan.

Ball Sponsor :- Prime Shine, Newtownards. 

Match Officials :-Referee :- Mark Milligan.1st Assistant :- Octavian George Neacsu.2nd Assistant :- Aaron Graham. 

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