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Bann will need to rise again and show steel

It's getting very tight at the top of Division 2A so leaders Banbridge know they just have to bounce back from last weekend's defeat at Naas when Skerries visit Rifle Park this weekend.

Just two points now separate Dan Soper's squad from nearest chasers Naas so it is imperative that Bann avoid any more slip-ups if they are to secure automatic promotion, by finishing top of the table, and not end up in the play-offs.

Of some concern is the fact that Bann lost the corresponding fixture at Skerries earlier in the season and, allied to that, selection has been hit by several squad members attending former Ulster player, and now Connacht-based, Ian Porter's stag weekend.

"It's up to us to go out and win the next game and if we keep winning the table will look after itself," said Soper.

Queen's University could certainly do Bann a favour by taking Naas's scalp at the Dub while also boosting their own diminishing hopes of making the play-offs.

Malone, in fourth, travel to relegation battling Thomond and Jarrett Truscott's squad will be determined to get their season back on track with a much-needed result.

Two Ulster derbies take care of the things in 2B where leaders City of Derry will be going all-out to make up for last weekend's defeat at Greystones when they host Dungannon.

Derry coach Terry McMaster has demanded a response from his squad who are 12 points clear of Highfield with five rounds to play though the Cork side do have a game in hand.

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