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Tweed aims to bow out on a victory note at Ards

It will be an emotional day at Hamilton Park tomorrow as Mervyn Tweed takes charge of Ards for the last time.

Tweed has spent eight years in the hot-seat since taking over when the club lost its senior status in 2001.

After two years in the junior ranks they won promotion back to Division Three where they have remained.

In their first season back in senior rugby they reached the divisional playoff final at Lansdowne Road but lost to Greystones.

Connemara provide the opposition and Tweed wants to sign off with a victory.

Jordan Millar returns to the squad after recovering from a hamstring, injury, back-rower Ross Hackney is doubtful and centre Ajay Derwin is carrying a knock while David Armstrong starts on the wing.

The permutation for Queen’s to gain promotion from Division Three is simple, they must beat Midleton at the Dub scoring four tries in the process and hope Sunday’s Well can beat Old Wesley by more than eight points.

Midleton also need a win and hoping the result in Dublin goes the way of the Cork side if they are to claim the second promotion spot behind champions Corinthians.

Prop Mark Sampson is ruled out so Alex Houston comes into the squad, winger Luke McDowell faces a late fitness test with Mark Atkinson on stand-by.

Portadown have the same squad on duty that lost narrowly last week for their trip to Nenagh.

Banbridge need a victory at Waterpark who are already relegated to make sure they don’t finish in the relegation play-off zone. Full-strength Rainey finish off at home to Barnhall.

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