AMATEUR LEAGUE: Alan Hall’s weekend preview

Mark Miskimmin, seen here playing for Glentoran, is now joint-boss of 18th Newtownabbey OB. Photo: Presseye

Mark Miskimmin, seen here playing for Glentoran, is now joint-boss of 18th Newtownabbey OB. Photo: Presseye

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This Saturday’s East Antrim match of the day in the Northern Amateur League is at Cloyne Crescent where 18th Newtownabbey OB and Mossley FC.

New joint-manager of 18th Mark Miskimmin insisted: “Mossley have won nine and drawn one of their 10 league matches so they’re firm favourites, and if they don’t come away with the three points they will be disappointed. If we get a draw out of it, I’ll be more than happy.”

Eighteenth have signed centre-half Neil McGrath from Lower Shankill and Miskimmin is hoping for a couple of more new recruits before Saturday.

The only 1C side to have beaten Mossley this season are 18th (in the Irish Cup) - and this one rarely goes to form.

Mossley boss Garry Campbell acknowledged: “It’s going to be the usual local derby, with not much football played. Whoever wants it more, gets it!”

Also in Division 1c this weekend, Newington Rangers, with ex-Shorts keeper Stephen McNeilly on board, are at home to Dromore Amateurs.

In 1b, Wellington Rec, unbeaten in their opening 10, have now lost two on the spin, slipping down to third after going down 3-2 at Newcastle.

Manager Stephen Donald told the Times: “We hadn’t played in four weeks, and it showed, but it could have gone either way; we deserved something out of it.”

Andy Waide got the two Rec goals. This Saturday it’s back to Brookvale Park for the visit of Donard Hospital. Also in 1b, managerless UUJ entertain Rathfern Rangers. In 1A, Barn United travel to a Lisburn Rangers side who have won four on the bounce since losing 5-0 at Larne Tech in October.

In the Premier Division, Nortel face a trip to Ardglass, while bottom club Islandmagee entertain Ards Rangers.