Darren Mullan's Newry City have been one of the surprise packages this year in the Bluefin Sport Championship (c) Philip Magowan / PressEye

BLUEFIN SPORT CHAMPIONSHIP: 20 JANUARY PREVIEW

With three fixtures scheduled this weekend for the Bluefin Sport Championship the teams will have to brave the elements as they bid for vital points approaching the split.

With the top six and bottom six breaking away after 22 rounds, it’s all to play for going into next Saturday’s final round of pre-split fixtures in the Championship.

Fourth placed side H&W Welders face PSNI this weekend as they look to bounce back after last weekend’s well- earned point against Larne, they need only a point to secure their place in the top six.

PSNI will prove stiff opposition for the Welders this weekend as they lost by a narrow margin last time out against high-flying Institute. ‘Stute ran out 3-2 winners - in what was a closely fought encounter at Newforge Lane – as Jake Morrow’s curling effort was enough to give Paddy McLaughlin’s side all three points and kept them at the top of the table.

A win for the Welders could see them jump one spot up to third should fellow promotion chasers Newry City drop points against Knockbreda.

Newry City have been one of the biggest success stories of the Championship this season, as the rejuvenated club remain in promotion contention after just one year in the second tier of local football. Newry currently sit third in the table but a win this Saturday could see them edge ever closer to second spot with Ballyclare Comrades are not in league action.

Dergview welcome Loughgall to Darragh Park on Saturday in a huge game for both sides. Dergview will be hoping to cause an upset and move away from the relegation places as they find themselves languishing just a point above the foot of the table, whilst Loughgall are battling it out with Larne for the coveted sixth place spot, with the virtue of a game in hand.

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