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Cook face daunting trip to face Bann

There will be a full G.O.C Estate Agents Premier League programme this weekend with the stand-out match being that at Havelock Park between Banbridge and Cookstown, with the pair currently occupying first and third places in the table respectively.

Bann are the only side with maximum points in the league, the only unbeaten team in all domestic competitions and both collectively and individually lead the goalscoring charts. Their season's tally of 75 has been shared amongst 13 players with the prolific Stephen Dowds leading the way with an amazing total of 31.

Opponents Cookstown, under the guidance of mercurial coach Stephen Cuddy, will be keen to erase the memory of the 4-2 home defeat by Pembroke in last weekend's Irish Hockey League game as soon as possible and would probably settle for a share of the spoils.

Kirk Cup semi-finalists Mossley entertain second-place Instonians at the Glade.

Still pointless in the league, the Newtownabbey men will hope to revive the memories of last month's decisive Kirk Cup pool match when they made a remarkable comeback from 2-0 down with just eight minutes to go to win 3-2.

Neil Glassey and Jordan Robinson have been pivotal in Mossley's cup run whilst it will be interesting to see which Instonians side turns up on the day.

Will it be the one that thumped Harlequins 9-1 or the one that succumbed to a heavy IHL defeat at the hands of Monkstown?

Elsewhere, Kilkeel can keep up the pressure on the leaders when they host Newry Olympic in the South Down derby.

Promoted Newry have yet to register a point having found the step up in stature more than a quantum leap.

Annadale have been showing consistent form of late in what was considered a transitional season and should have too much in the tank for visiting Harlequins, who have leaked 29 goals in just four matches whilst at Stormont it may be a case of damage limitation for NICS against the mighty Lisnagarvey.

Belfast Telegraph