Belfast Telegraph

Derby loss will act as wake-up call: Scates

By Keith Bailie

Championship leaders Bangor will be aiming to get back on track today after suffering their first league defeat of the season last weekend.

Despite losing to Ards, the Seasiders remain six points clear of their second-placed derby rivals and boss Garth Scates believes his side - which now boasts the services of veteran former Derry City and Glenavon defender Eddie McCallion - can bounce back against Dergview.

"The Ards result might just be a wake-up call," says Scates. "It will let the boys know that you can't just walk out onto the pitch and expect to win.

"We've dusted ourselves down and we're looking forward to Dergview. It will be another battle and another really difficult game for us."

Ards, who have added ex-Glentoran midfielder Mark Clarke and Ballyclare Comrades centre back Denver Gage to their panel, are awaiting international clearance for striker Shane Dolan and goalkeeper Aaron Shanahan to feature against Armagh City today.

Transfer-listed striker Josh Cahoon, meanwhile, is expected to join Knockbreda, who have also signed Dundela forward Carl McComb and Loughgall winger Daniel Burns ahead of this afternoon's clash with the Comrades.

Steel & Sons Cup winners Carrick Rangers host Lisburn Distillery, H&W Welders face a Donegal Celtic side boosted by the return of Conor Downey from Ards, Larne travel to Dundela and Noel Mitchell takes charge of Loughgall for the first time in their home tie with PSNI.

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