BLUEFIN SPORT CHAMPIONSHIP: MATCHDAY 17 PREVIEW

There is a full schedule of games in the Bluefin Sport Championship tomorrow, and with just six weeks to go before the split each clash takes on increasing importance.

Saturday 1 December
Dergview v. Larne (venue: Darragh Park; kick-off 3pm)
It's bottom against top at Darragh Park as runaway leaders Larne make the journey to Castlederg to face struggling Dergview.

The contrast in fortunes between the sides couldn't be more stark. Dergview have lost their last 12 league games in a row and are in danger of being cut adrift at the foot of the table.

Larne, on the other hand, are a massive 13 points clear at the top and during November bagged no fewer than 15 goals in just four league outings. They did lose in midweek in the Co. Antrim Shield semi-final but even then pushed Crusaders all the way at Seaview before succumbing to a second half goal.

The other meeting between the sides this season produced a 2-0 win for Larne thanks to a goal apiece from Thomas Stewart and Jeff Hughes.

Dundela v. Ballyclare Comrades (venue: Wilgar Park; kick-off 3pm)
Dundela welcome Ballyclare Comrades to Wilgar Park for the first time this season hoping to consolidate second spot in the table come 4:45pm on Saturday.

Games involving the Duns haven't been short of goals this season with the net bulging an average of 4.5 times per match, more than any other club in the Championship.

Indeed, the first meeting between the sides this season ended in an entertaining 3-3 draw at Dixon Park and produced a Jordan Hughes hat-trick as the Duns clawed back from two goals down.

Dundela go into the game on the back of a midweek reversal to Portadown whilst Ballyclare went down last week at home to HW Welders and seek their first win since victory over Dergview back in early October.

HW Welders v. Limavady United  (venue: Tillysburn Park; kick-off 2pm)
HW Welders and Limavady United lock horns for the second time in less than a fortnight when the Roesiders make the trip to Tillysburn Park.

That first meeting ended in a midweek 2-1 away win for the Welders thanks to goals from David Graham and Ross Arthurs while Sean McCarron scored for Limavady.

The Welders have won three out of their last four outings to firmly cement their place in the top six whereas United need to go back to the middle of September for their last three points, although they will be buoyed by a comprehensive five-goal defeat of a youthful Coleraine in the North-West Cup on Tuesday night.

Knockbreda v. Ballinamallard United (venue: Breda Park; kick-off 2pm)
Ballinamallard United recovered from a poor start to the season to go through November unbeaten in the league and will be looking to maintain that form when they make the long journey to Breda Park.

Knockbreda had the edge over the Mallards earlier in the campaign courtesy of a Zach Barr strike with less than a quarter-of-an-hour remaining at Ferney Park but their form has been inconsistent of late, picking up just three points in November.

The Mallards lost midweek to Institute in the North-West Cup while 'Breda shipped three goals without reply away to Carrick Rangers a week ago.

Portadown v. Carrick Rangers (venue: Shamrock Park; kick-off 3pm)
Portadown picked up a crucial three points during the week with victory over Dundela by the odd goal in five, their first league win in four outings.

That moved Matthew Tipton's side back into third spot in the table just a point ahead of Carrick Rangers who have won four out of their last five games, most recently a three-goal defeat of Knockbreda.

PSNI v. Loughgall (venue: Newforge; kick-off 2pm)
It has been a successful couple of months for Loughgall, a run which has produced six wins and three draws from their last nine games and hoisted the Villagers into genuine promotion contenders.

They go into the game in the wake of a six-goal thumping of Dergview last Saturday while the PSNI, who need to go back a month for their last three points, suffered a 4-0 reversal at the hands of Larne.

Loughgall claimed the points in the first meeting between the sides this season. Gary Liggett, Nathaniel Ferris and Peter Campbell fired the Villagers into a commanding three-goal lead before a late Lukasz Adamczyk double set up a grandstand finish.

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