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Leaders Banbridge are keen to return to winning ways

By Michael Sadlier

Division 2A pacesetters Banbridge will be aiming to see off Nenagh Ormond today to continue their bid to stay ahead of the pack, though they only top the table on a superior points differential to both Naas and Malone.

Only a last-gasp drop goal denied Dan Soper's squad their third straight win at Thomond last week so the Co Down side will be very eager to get back to winning ways again at Rifle Park.

For Bann, Adam Ervine is an injury doubt so Miles O'Hagan makes a first start at full-back against the Munster side who, though they have played only one game, racked up a bonus point win last week over Queen's University.

Malone - who are in third -take to the road for the lengthy trip to meet UCC and welcome back Neil Alcorn, though both Dave Cave and Phil Eadie miss the trip due to injury while Josh Pentland is unavailable.

Elsewhere, Queen's are at home to Skerries while, in 2B, leaders City of Derry entertain Armagh in the only derby clash across the two divisions. The Judges Road outfit have won all three of their games and have taken the maximum return of 15 points, though they had a narrow enough squeak at bottom side Sundays Well last week.

Richard McCarter - who is helping coach the Derry backline - is expected to start at out-half for the North West side.

As for Armagh - who have Brian McCaughlin on their coaching ticket - they lost out at home to Highfield and will not be relishing the trip to the North West as they chase only their second league win and in a game against the division's form side.

Armagh have James Hanna back in the second row for the with Ulster U20 duo Josh McKinley and Matthew Hooks also available.

Third-placed Dungannon have been going well and they have former player Paul Magee drafted in for their visit to Highfield, who are in second, while Rainey entertain Sundays Well.

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