Banbridge and Lisnagarvey are keeping a close eye on Cookstown

Instonians Stephen Redpath will be missing this weekend
Instonians Stephen Redpath will be missing this weekend

Table toppers Banbridge and Lisnagarvey will be looking over their shoulders as Cookstown have crept into title contention over the last few weeks.

And they know that any slip ups and the Reds could be in the mix for the title.

This week Cookstown welcome Inst, who have been a bogey team for them over the last couple of seasons.

Defeat for Cookstown, would be their fourth of the season and would surely end their title aspirations.

Inst will be minus a couple of key players for the important game, James Corry and Stephen Redpath are with the Irish squad in Spain, so it was strange that this game was even on.

And with Andrew Coulter also missing, the Reds will be favourites to secure all three points.

Leaders Banbridge, will be missing Matthew Bell, for the visit of Belfast Harlequins. Bell sustained an ankle injury whilst training with the Irish Under 21’s in Dublin last weekend and he will be joined on the sideline by Simon Magowan and Owen Magee.

Lisnagarvey, welcome Mossley to Hillsborough for a game the home side must win. Garvey have also injury worries as Daniel Buser and James Dowling are both out and Jason Lynch is with Ireland in Spain.

Mossley have come off the boil in their last couple of games and it will be a surprise if they come away with anything in this game.

There is a crunch match at the foot of the table with Raphoe and Civil Service locking horns in what is seen as a possible relegation decider. Both sides are tied on four points each and whoever loses this one could be on their way down to Senior One.

Annadale are missing Michael Robson for the visit of Kilkeel. Kirk Cup winners Dale are still hoping they can nick that final fifth place to qualify for next season’s IHL.

But Kilkeel have also an eye on the qualifying slot, but they have a couple of doubts for the game, as Peter Gordon and David Glenny may not be available but David Finlay returns.

There is some doubt as to whether the Senior One top of the table clash between Portadown and Newry will be played. Newry have requested a postponement due to a bereavement at the club.

Meanwhile, North Down will be without their captain, Gareth Bailie, who has injured his hand. The Comber side can not afford another slip up this week or their title challenge will be over.