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'Portadown's first defeat in nine games saw them slip to second. Matthew Tipton's team will be aiming to bounce back at home to Dergview' (stock photo)
'Portadown's first defeat in nine games saw them slip to second. Matthew Tipton's team will be aiming to bounce back at home to Dergview' (stock photo)

By Steven Beacom

Harland & Wolff Welders are on a roll and will hope to keep it going today when they travel to Ballinamallard United in the Bluefin Sport Championship.

It has been a testing season for new management duo Colin McIlwaine and George O'Boyle, but their team produced the result of the campaign in the division by beating Portadown 2-1 last weekend thanks to Scott Davidson and Matthew Ferguson.

Welders followed that up with another impressive win away to Ards in the quarter-finals of the County Antrim Shield when Davidson struck late on.

Now they will be going for a hat-trick against Ballinamallard, who suffered a shock loss at Ballyclare Comrades last time out.

Portadown's first defeat in nine games saw them slip to second. Matthew Tipton's team will be aiming to bounce back at home to Dergview.

Loughgall are now top as Dean Smith continues to do an exceptional job at Lakeview Park.

Top scorer Nathaniel Ferris is shining for Loughgall, who know they are in for a tricky encounter at fourth-placed Dundela today.

Newry City are fast becoming a team to watch. Darren Mullen's side have won three out of their last four games and will go into the encounter at PSNI in confident mood having hammered Ards 5-1 last weekend.

After a disappointing week, Warren Feeney knows his Ards side need to step up at Ballyclare Comrades, who remain the most unpredictable team. Bottom club Knockbreda are at home to Queen's University, who should be buoyed by a superb 5-2 victory at Dundela. All games at 3pm.

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