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Ards under no illusions as they prepare for Lurgan test

Ulster Elks are looking to bounce back from last week's defeat to Pegasus

Ulster Elks are looking to bounce back from last week's defeat to Pegasus

Ards will be taking nothing for granted against Lurgan as they bid to consolidate their lead at the top of the table on Saturday.

Their caution is based on previous experience having been beaten in the corresponding game at Lurgan High School last season.

Lurgan, like many clubs in the Premier League have lost more than half a team for a variety of reasons.

In addition they will go into the Ards game on the back of a disappointing 4-1 defeat by Randalstown last Saturday.

But Ards manager Phil Mills is well aware that this season’s campaign has been littered with unexpected results.

Having fallen to their first defeat of the domestic season a fortnight ago when they lost to the Ulster Elks, the Co Down side don’t want to be the victims of another upset tomorrow.

“Lurgan always give us a very tough game down there as we know to our cost from last season.” Mills warned.

“We can’t afford any more slip ups and so we will treat them with the utmost respect.”

Ards are hoping to have Lynsey Feeney back on board after the former Irish U21 international had to sit out the last three games with a calf injury.

One of the most surprising features of an extremely unpredictable set of results has been the apparent demise of Ballymoney who face a buoyant Randalstown team on Saturday at the Antrim Forum.

‘Money are currently in penultimate place in the table and, in theory, in danger of facing a relegation play-off.

Like Lurgan, they are short half a dozen of last year’s squad but should have enough quality to improve on that position between now and the end of the season.

But ‘Town are in decent form at present and have been boosted by last week’s 5-1 win over Armagh so ‘Money could have their work cut out.

Surprising in a different way has been the rise of Lisnagarvey to fourth place in the table after their promotion for Senior One.

On Saturday they will have a litmus test of their progress when they travel to the Dub to take on Queen’s who are just a point worse off.

Harlequins, who were also promoted, have 10 points but are still not safe and they would probably settle for a repeat of their earlier draw with the Ulster Elks.

But they could face a backlash from the Elks, who on their own admission, were seriously below par in losing 2-0 to Pegasus last week.

 

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