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Bangor ready to step up a gear in quest for promotion

By Ronnie Ingram

The first hurdle in Bangor's quest to return to AIL rugby was cleared with a bonus-point 24-7 round-robin victory over Westport - but now the competition becomes more difficult.

They face Enniscorthy away from home this afternoon, who have been rated the best Irish Junior team after winning the All-Ireland Junior Cup and only losing twice in their League. They have already defeated Bangor 23-5, but that was four days after the Ulster team won the Junior Cup at the Kingspan.

Bangor coach Jason Morgan said: "We were forced to take an inexperienced team to Enniscorthy and held them at 10-5 before we picked up a red card and let them in for a couple of late tries.

"We are up to it this time and will be even stronger than last Saturday. Curtis Stewart returns to the back row, Michael Ferguson moves forward from the second row and Ross McCloskey is at full-back. Davy Fusco will be on the right wing as Davy Charles has a hamstring injury."

In the other game, Westport are at home to Clonmel. The rearranged Clonmel v Enniscorthy game was due to be played on Tuesday but following a meeting by the IRFU, the medical issues of playing three games in eight days have been considered so it has been rescheduled for April 16. Bangor's outing at Clonmel has been put back to April 23.

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