Soccer

Reaching the PlayR-Fit Championship summit would be a Stute move

Portadown boss Niall Currie
Portadown boss Niall Currie Portadown boss Niall Currie

INSTITUTE can join Portadown at the top of the cut-and-thrust PlayR-Fit Championship with a win over Dergview under the Friday night lights at Darragh Park - and still with a game fewer played.

That would pile the pressure on Niall Currie's Ports - still on course for an immediate return to the top flight - when they travel to Wilgar Park on Saturday to take on a Dundela side previously on top form before last weekend's 4-0 humbling by Ards.

Matthew Tipton's men then showed why the second tier is such a tough league by losing 3-0 at Ballyclare Comrades in midweek.

Ards will attempt to get back on track when they face north Belfast's Newington at Larne's Inver Park.

Stute defender Shaun Leppard said the Brandywell-based side believe they have what it takes to reach the Sports Direct Premiership.

"The turnaround has been massive at the club and it all comes down to the hard work done behind the scenes, which most people don't see," he said.

"But now we've got a taste of what winning feels like, we're going to do eveything we can as a group to keep it going to try to get the club back to what it was for the fans."

FIXTURES

Friday, December 1: Dergview v Institute (7.45pm)

Saturday, December 2 (3pm): Ballinamallard v Annagh; Dundela v Portadown; H&W Welders v Knockbreda; Newington v Ards (Inver Park); Ballyclare v Bangor