City of Derry aiming to stretch lead at top

City of Derry's Terry McMaster.
City of Derry's Terry McMaster.

Despite losing last time out at Highfield, City of Derry hold a three-point lead at the top of Division 2B.

Terry McMaster’s side were denied in the ninth minute of injury time but have the prefect chance to bounce back as they visit bottom of the table Seapoint on Saturday.

“It was a losing bonus point and it was hard to take but it was a three point victory for them, we were gutted because we thought we had won,” said McMaster.

“If somebody had said to us after that first batch of games would you take six victories out of seven and be top of the league of course we would.”

Seapoint have lost all seven games and there is a 26 point gap between the two sides but McMaster is taking nothing for granted.

“You look at and think it’s top against bottom, they are a hard nut to crack.

“Seapoint is a big wide open space it’s not enclosed and the wind comes in off the hills and it can be a heavy pitch. We played them in the final game of last season and it wasn’t until the last 10 to 15 minutes before we cracked them.

“They defend really well but their attacking game maybe isn’t the most inventive, their scrum is solid and their lineout functions so it won’t be one way traffic and we certainly won’t underestimate them,” he added.

“We just have to be patient and not force the game.”

and that was the pleasing aspect of the performance against Malone.

“We have a few boys that haven’t played for us yet coming back we have good depth to our squad, which we haven’t had in the last few years.”

Chris Barber could be in line to play his first AIL game of the season and David Houston returns from injury.

Rainey host second place Highfield at Hatrick Park but prop Neil O’Kane is unavailable.

Fifth placed Armagh travel to Sunday’s Well who are a place above them while Dungannon are on the road to Bective.