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There's no chance my men will take Star threat lightly, maintains Nixon

By Keith Bailie

Ards manager Colin Nixon is taking nothing for granted when his men face Amateur League champions and recent Border Regiment Cup winners Crumlin Star at the Bangor Fuels Arena.

"We will treat Crumlin Star with the same level of respect that we would afford to a Premiership club," said Nixon.

"They've won the Border Cup and they are flying in the Amateur League. They've a number of well-known players, so we know that they are a serious outfit.

"We also have a number of injury problems with the likes of Jonny Frazer missing.

"The good news is I'm hopeful I will have a couple of bodies back, like Guillaume Keke. We're expecting a tough match but I believe in this group of players."

There is some confusion over whether Ards captain Gareth Tommons is able to play.

Tommons was suspended for Tuesday night's game with Glenavon, which was abandoned in the 51st minute. Ards are seeking clarification on whether the midfielder's suspension has been served.

Crumlin Star's squad includes former Irish League stars Miguel Chines, Joe McNeill and Gary Lavery.

The Star currently possess a 100% record in the Premier Division of the Amateur League, with the Border Regiment Cup already in the trophy cabinet.

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