Soper knows his Bann side have to win

Banbridge coach Dan Soper
Banbridge coach Dan Soper

With only two matches remaining in Division 2A Old Wesley are already promoted but there are four sides scrapping for the other place in Division 1B next season.

Blackrock pole position as they have a six point cushion over Skerries with Banbridge and Cashel a further point back.

Banbridge will need to win both games and hope other results go their way, Dan Soper’s side travel to Naas, the Kildare club are fighting for their survival in the third tier, before finishing the campaign against Old Wesley at Rifle Park.

Soper knows Banbridge must look after their own results before worrying about the league table.

“We need to win, we’ve won six in the row in the AIL but we need Blackrock to lose and we’ll know by 4pm on Saturday if we have a chance of promotion,” said Soper.

“It would feel terrible if Blackrock were to lose and we lost as well, we have to go out and try to put in a good performance and it would be nice to go into our last game with something to play for.”

“Before Christmas we were losing games by narrow margins and we knew we weren’t far away, we have had some big wins but we also showed against Rainey we can also scrap it out for wins.”

“With winning the belief grows were have tough very tough games, Naas’s win to loss rate is much different to ours and it was a tough fixture last year.”

Banbridge need two points to finish as the top Ulster club in Division 2A.

“They is always a mini battle and we have won two and lost two derbies this season, we haven’t put much focus on being the top Ulster club but when it comes to the end of the season and it we haven’t go up it will be some consolation.”

Hooker Peter Cromie joins the lengthy injury list but club captain Johnny Graham returns.

Queen’s travel to promotion chasing Skerries needing a win to preserve their place in tier three however they are hampered by injury and representative call ups.

Lock Hugh Sloane is with Ireland U19’s while Irish U20 second row Alex Thompson hasn’t been released and Nigel Simpson is rated very doubtful.

Loose forward Ryan Clarke faces a late fitness test on a thumb injury.

In the backs Ulster Ravens duo Conor Young and Jack Owens are available but out half Sean O’Hagan is still missing.