The saga over the relegation of Bangor men from hockey's Ulster Premier League has taken another twist which the club hopes will see the decision reversed.
Bangor lodged an appeal to Ulster Hockey in a bid to overturn the original decision not to allow them a relegation/promotion play-off after the club finished in the penultimate place in the league table under 'percentage equalisation'.
In normal circumstances, the team which ends up second bottom in any of the men's and women's senior leagues is granted a play-off against the side which finishes runner up in the league below.
Ulster Hockey dismissed Bangor's appeal but the club are now taking legal advice in an attempt to secure a play-off against Civil Service, who finished in second place in the Intermediate League.
Bangor accepted the governing body's decision on league placings which was based broadly on points earned to games played although, in theory, they could have caught nearest rivals Queen's University.
However, Bangor felt there was nothing in the rules to say that they should not have been granted a play-off.
But Ulster Hockey stated that they had 'acted within its competition rules and upheld its own pr ocedures in arriving at the decision'.
Bangor chairman Scott Parker said: "We are taking legal advice and therefore it would be inappropriate to comment further at this time."