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Seasiders aiming for a second major scalp


Bangor manager Garth Scates

Bangor manager Garth Scates

Bangor manager Garth Scates

Bangor manager Garth Scates has claimed that his team's Belfast Telegraph Championship 1 clash with Carrick Rangers on Saturday is a bigger game for the club than this evening's Wasp Solutions League Cup battle with Crusaders.

However, that won't stop him targeting a second Premiership scalp in the space of a fortnight.

The Seasiders knocked Glentoran out of the County Antrim Shield two weeks ago and although gaining promotion to the top flight is what Bangor's season will be judged on, Scates isn't about to throw away the opportunity of reaching the semi-final of another senior competition.

"We played well against Glentoran and we probably should have won by more," said Scates.

"We've been a bit sloppy since and we needed an injury-time winner to get the points at Armagh City on Saturday.

"That was a good sign of the attitude and determination that we have in the squad and we are going to need that if we are going to get anything against Crusaders.

"Crusaders are a strong side, they are strong all over the pitch and we have a bigger game on Saturday, but we will have a go - there is no point in being at this stage of a competition and not doing that."

Bangor have hit 30 goals in their 11 Championship 1 matches this season and they average more than three goals a game in all competitions, so Crusaders will have to be aware of the firepower that Scates' team possesses.

"I'm happy with the number of goals that we have scored this season and it hasn't just been the strikers who have been getting them," said Scates.

"We have Richard Gibson, Andy Morrow, Jordan Forsythe, Andy Hall and Ethan Boylan all scoring, the midfield has chipped in too and it was good to see Colin Nixon get one on Saturday."

Belfast Telegraph