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Thursday 27 November 2014

Underdogs Old Bleach are still craving their first victory

Tough test: Michael Nutt admits his side face a real challenge
Tough test: Michael Nutt admits his side face a real challenge

Old Bleach skipper Michael Nutt believes his team face their biggest test of the season when they line out against Bangor in round four of the IBA Senior Cup at Randalstown (2pm).

There is a huge contrast between the clubs in terms of cup success. The Seasiders have previously hoisted the famous old trophy on 10 occasions, while Old Bleach are still craving their first victory.

But backed by home advantage this time, the Private Greens League boys are looking to set up a quarter-final clash against either Portadown or Ballycastle.

"It's one of the toughest draws, there is no question about that," said Nutt.

"Bangor are going really well this season, which is no surprise as they have so many quality players.

"They have beaten us in the IBA Cup a couple of times in recent years, but they had home advantage on both occasions. They now come to our place, which we must use to enhance our hopes of victory."

Meanwhile, little Ballycastle will be looking to keep their IBA Cup romance alive when they visit Portadown.

The Provincial boys produced the shock of the last round when they dumped highly fancied Larne out of the competition.

"It will be another difficult game, but the pressure is off us," said Ballycastle's David Hayes.

"We'll go into the game as underdogs, which suits us. We realise anything can happen in a one-off game."

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