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Down Area Winter Football League round-up, March 7

With Greenwell Star not playing in the league this week, Brentwood seized their opportunity to climb back on top with a 3-1 win over Corrymeela. The Ards clubs now have five games apiece remaining and, being separated by only one point, we are surely in for another tense and exciting season finale.

Ravenhill Young Men seem to have recovered from their mid-season slump, however, despite a 4-2 win on Saturday at North Down, it seems that their renaissance has come just a few weeks too late and they will have to wait another season to challenge for the top spot.

Third-placed Comber Young Men entered the weekend as the only other club with an outside chance of challenging for the Premier Division crown but, after being held to a shock 1-1 draw with bottom club, Willowfield Parish, they also will have to wait another year for a crack at the title.

In the division's remaining fixture, Vision Athletic left it late to equalise in their 2-2 draw with Oakfield Breda. Vision have struggled for most of the campaign but seem to have steadied the ship and will be hoping to improve on their league position as the season draws to a close.

Bangor Rangers III have all but secured their promotion from Division One with a 1-0 win over Newtown Forest. This was the weekend's biggest game, as both clubs knew that a victory would almost definitely secure their place in the top-flight next season and, unfortunately for Newtown Forest, this does not seem to have been their year. 3rd Bangor OB continued their inevitable climb to the Division One crown, with a 7-2 win over Ballygowan, 43rd OB defeated Bryansburn Rangers III 6-3 and Queen's Graduates III were 2-0 winners in their game against Bangor Swifts III. 82nd held on to fourth with a 3-0 win over Stranmillis 37th OB, whilst bottom two Ards Rangers III and Bangor YM III played out an uneventful 0-0 at Dairy Hall.

Corrymeela II pulled away from the relegation zone in Division 2A with a 3-1 victory over Bryansburn Rangers IV, North Down II defeated 43rd OB II 4-2 and 3rd Bangor OB II travelled back home from their game at Newtown Forest II with the three points, after a comfortable 2-0 win.

Stranmillis 37th OB II missed their opportunity to move into first place in Division 2B, as they lost 3-2 at 8th OB II, Bangor Rangers IV defeated 82nd II 2-1, while Abbey Villa IV and Oakfield Breda II were held to draws at home by Queen's Graduates IV and Bangor YM IV respectively.

Belfast Telegraph