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Soper urging Bann to heap more misery on struggling derby foes

By Michael Sadlier

The only Ulster derby clash over the three divisions this weekend brings together Division 2A sides Banbridge and Belfast Harlequins, though they come into this game with contrasting backgrounds.

Hosts Quins are all but doomed to be departing the division and are firmly embedded at the foot of the table.

Third-placed Banbridge, though, are still in the hunt to finish top of the pile as they trail leaders Highfield by four points.

"If we are serious about winning the league then this is the kind of game we have to win," Bann coach Dan Soper said while warning his players that they cannot take struggling Quins lightly.

Elsewhere, Malone are at Nenagh though the fourth-placed Gibson Park club will need to be at their best to win.

In fifth place, Queen's University travel to Corinthians.

In 2B, leaders Armagh will be hoping to continue their drive towards claiming the title when they host Skerries.

Mid-table Dungannon are at Armagh's nearest challengers Greystones and City of Derry are at Wanderers.

Third-placed Rainey entertain Sligo - who are above them on points differential - in what looks a pivotal game for John Andrews' squad.

Sixth-placed Bangor welcome back centre Lewis Sampson after four months out as they travel to face Midleton.

Div 2A: Belfast Harlequins v Banbridge, Blackrock v Cashel, Corinthians v Queen's, Nenagh v Malone

Div 2B: Armagh v Skerries, Bective v Old Crescent, Greystones v Dungannon, Thomond v Barnhall, Wanderers v City of Derry

Div 2C: Boyne v Seapoint, Bruff v Navan, Kanturk v Tullamore, Midleton v Bangor, Rainey v Sligo

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