Belfast Telegraph

Championship: Around the grounds, August 11

By Keith Bailie

Harland & Wolff Welders have landed the most exciting signing of the summer. The Welders have snapped up 38 year-old striker David Rainey from Glenavon. Rainey has previously starred for Ballyclare Comrades, Glentoran, Ards and Crusaders before moving to Mourneview Park last summer.

Ards have signed 34-year-old centre back John Convery from Amateur League 1C side Portaferry Rovers. The Celtic youth academy graduate spent eight years at Portadown before playing for Cliftonville and Glenavon. In 2012 he quit Irish League football to concentrate on his hurling career, although he did turn out for his local football club Portaferry.

Tobermore United’s famous old Fortwilliam Park ground is currently under-going some maintenance work. As a result the Championship Two club have switched their first four home fixtures of the season and they will not return to their traditional home until late October.

Chimney Corner's absence from Championship Two means each club will have two free weeks this year. It also means two teams will be relegated rather than the initial three. The 14th placed club will be saved from the drop if no non-league team reaches NIFL criteria, but the 15th placed team will be relegated regardless.

PSNI and Armagh City both won promotion to the Belfast Telegraph Championship One last season, and they will go head-to-head on Tuesday night at Newforge. The two clubs play each other in the first round of the Wasps Solutions League, kicking off at 6.45pm.

Also kicking off at 6.45pm are Banbridge Town who host Newington, Coagh United who face Carrick Rangers and Portstewart who take on Queen’s University.

Annagh United v Dergview, Ballyclare Comrades v Limavady United, Glebe Rangers v Lurgan Celtic, Loughgall v Tobermore United and Moyola Park v Sport & Leisure Swifts all kick-off at 7.45pm. All other Championship sides have received byes into the next round.

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