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Bangor eyeing a vital win in their big Ulster derby

Big game: Lewis Stevenson
Big game: Lewis Stevenson

By Michael Sadlier

It's getting tense towards the bottom end of Division 2C and the Ulster derby between City of Derry and Bangor could have huge implications for both.

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Bangor travel north west having lost their last seven All-Ireland League games, which has seen them slide to seventh - one place and point ahead of Derry.

And only six points back from Bangor are Seapoint and bottoms side Thomond, who are battling to wriggle free of the relegation zone.

With just four games to go, both Bangor and Derry need to put some space between themselves and the bottom rung.

Derry come into this game in much better shape than their opponents having won two from their last four games while also taking a try bonus point from losing to Malahide and then bagging two from last weekend's high scoring reverse at Omagh.

Bangor go to Derry without Phil Whyte, Jamie Clegg, Gareth Millar and Adam Alexander, to add further difficulties, but will have Lewis Stevenson.

Also in 2C, fourth-placed Omagh are at Midleton with a result needed to keep them on track for the play-offs.

In 2A, a fourth straight win for Queen's University, when they host struggling Nenagh Ormond, will allow the students to take another significant step towards securing a place in the play-offs.

Queen's are in fourth and will hope to make home advantage pay, though hard-running centre Rory Bell faces a late fitness test.

"They are fighting relegation and we know it will be tough, but we have to back ourselves at home," said team manager Chris Moore.

In 2B, Rainey Old Boys are at Galway Corinthians and need to halt a two-game losing run to protect their third place which is coming under threat.

At the other end of the table, Belfast Harlequins - in ninth position - are at unbeaten leaders MU Barnhall, while eighth-placed Dungannon host bottom team Sundays Well.

Division 2A: Queen's University v Nenagh Ormond

Division 2B: Galway Corinthians v Rainey Old Boys, MU Barnhall v Belfast Harlequins, Dungannon v Sundays Well

Division 2C: City of Derry v Bangor, Midleton v Omagh Accies

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