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Hot streak: Garth Scates’ Bangor are on a five-match winning run

Hot streak: Garth Scates’ Bangor are on a five-match winning run

Hot streak: Garth Scates’ Bangor are on a five-match winning run

Garth Scates wants his Bangor players to use the experience of facing Glentoran in the County Antrim Shield tonight as an incentive to claim a place against the likes of Eddie Patterson's team every week.

Scates is relishing the clash at The Oval, which is followed in a fortnight's time by a home League Cup tie against Crusaders.

The two meetings with top-flight teams aren't his priority, but, after the Seasiders were unable to take the promotion berth that was rightly theirs after winning Belfast Telegraph Championship 1 last season, wanting more of it is.

"The club is applying for the licence this year, at present everything is in place, there are just a couple of loose ends to tie up as we go forward," said Scates.

"Once all that is taken care of then the challenge for myself and the players is to be in the same position we were last season and to make sure that gaining the licence is worthwhile to the club."

Bangor are unbeaten in the Championship since March, the only game they have lost this season was against Carrick Rangers in the Steel & Sons Cup and they are currently on a five-match winning streak.

Scates, who played for Linfield and Ballymena United during his career, isn't letting results pile pressure on his team as they face the Glens this evening.

"Glentoran are a Premiership team, everyone will expect them to win the game and we will give them the respect that they deserve," said Scates.

"We will go and be disciplined, but I want the players to show what they can do when the opportunity arises and play the way I know they can."

Belfast Telegraph