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Ards determined to make point and secure glory for Gary Warwick, says Hall

By Keith Bailie

Full-back Greg Hall says Gary Warwick's Ards team-mates are determined to win the title for the hospitalised winger.

The club were rocked by the news that midfielder Warwick was assaulted in Belfast on Saturday night. The 25-year-old is being treated for a fractured skull and a broken nose in the Royal Victoria Hospital.

Ards need one point to clinch the Championship One title and return to the Danske Bank Premiership after Harland and Wolff Welders could only draw against Dergview last night.

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Hall explained: "Everyone one at the club is devastated for Gazza. He's still in hospital and has a difficult few weeks ahead, so the lads are determined to make sure he has a Championship One winners' medal. We know a draw at Knockbreda will be enough, but we have to remain focused."

Last night, the Welders had the chance to reduce Ards' lead at the top of the table to just a point, but Dergview's Nathan Cashel netted an injury-time equaliser at Darragh Park to ensure a share of the spoils.

Veteran striker David Rainey gave the Welders the lead mid-way through the second-half, only for Cashel's late strike to level the scores at 1-1.

Ards will travel to Knockbreda tomorrow (6.30pm) before playing Loughgall at the Bangor Fuels Arena on Saturday, at the same time as the Welders play their one remaining game against Bangor at Tillysburn.

If Niall Currie's men can secure a point from either of those two fixtures, they will secure the Championship One title.

Institute are now one step closer to a place in the Promotion/Relegation Play-Off. Last night, Stute beat already-relegated Lisburn Distillery 4-0 thanks to goals from Gareth Brown, Shane McGinty and Mark Scoltock, while Chris Begley scored an own goal.

Elsewhere last night, Knockbreda and Lurgan Celtic drew 0-0 while Sport & Leisure Swifts beat Portstewart 1-0 in Championship Two.

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