Belfast Telegraph

New boys get ready for nitty gritty of promotion battle

By Keith Bailie

The promotion battle at the top of Belfast Telegraph Championship One rumbles on after a typically bizarre week of second tier football.

On Monday night, Bangor boss Garth Scates and Carrick Rangers manager Gary Haveron stepped down from their positions, despite both clubs enjoying great success this season.

As neither manager has acquired a UEFA B Licence, both clubs had to appoint new managers before they submitted their application for a Championship Licence. Bangor are currently a point clear of Carrick, but the Taylor's Avenue club have one game in hand.

Bangor are now managed by qualified coach Jeff Montgomery, while Garth Scates remains at the club as a player. Gary Haveron has taken up a coaching position at Carrick, with veteran player Glenn Taggart taking the reigns as manager.

Taggart already has one win under his belt. On Tuesday, promotion hopefuls Carrick defeated Larne 2-1 at Inver Park thanks to a late goal from Adam Dick.

Carrick have another East Antrim derby tomorrow. The Amber Army make the short journey to Dixon Park to play Ballyclare Comrades.

Jeff Montgomery's first game as manager of Bangor is against fifth placed Larne at home.

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