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Armagh on a mission to kick-start promotion bid

Armagh welcome bottom club Suttonians to the Palace Grounds this afternoon knowing that a win is the only acceptable outcome as they chase promotion from All-Ireland 2B.

Suttonians are the only side across all four divisions yet to have won a game and Armagh head coach Andy Hughes admits he would hate for that to change today.

Ahead of today's game, he said: "Not wanting to be the first side to lose certainly does come into it a bit. All week we have spoken about the need to avoid any complacency going into this one.

"With the position we're in, and how tight the league is, we know that we can't afford any slip-ups against teams down at the bottom.

"We've had a rough couple of weeks with injuries and we're down to our last 20 players.

"That means that everybody needs to step-up and if we focus on ourselves and our own game hopefully we'll get the job done."

Among the casualties are full-back Jonny Steenson, tight-head prop Philip Fletcher and back-row forward Mark Riddle.

Armagh have fallen to fourth in the table after losing to Greystones in their last AIL game two weeks ago but Hughes feels that his side put that reverse behind them with an impressive Senior League win over Belfast Harlequins last Saturday.

"Against Greystones we gave away two soft tries but apart from that we played quite well and then we can take a lot of confidence from the Harlequins game last weekend," he added.

Elsewhere in AIL 2B, Ards travel to Dr. Hickey Park to face Greystones.

'Stones are up to second after that win over Armagh while Ards are in 11th place following a 17-10 defeat to Navan.

Instonians welcome Tullamore to Shaw's Bridge for a vital encounter as they hope to ease their relegation fears.

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