Pre-Match Guide | HW Welders 08/11/22

We welcome HW Welders to Dixon Park tomorrow evening for our next Lough 41 Championship fixture.

Match Info

When: Tuesday 8th November – Kick-Off 7:45pm

Where: Dixon Park

What: Lough 41 Championship

Entry: Pay at the gate – £8 (Adult) / £5 (OAP & U16) / £3 (U12 in the company of an adult)

Match Sponsor: Antrim & Newtownabbey Sports Forum

Ball Sponsor: Antrim & Newtownabbey Sports Forum

The Opponents

At the weekend, HW Welders lost out by the odd goal in five away to Warrenpoint Town. Adam Wixted opened the scoring with a great finish after six minutes, and doubled the home advantage right at the end of the first half following a good team move. Ryan Swan made it 3-0 not long after the break with a tap in. However Matthew Ferguson pulled one back for the Welders against the run of play just short of the hour, before reducing the deficit further a short time after that with a back post header. But Barry Gray’s side held on to ultimately secure all three points.

The Comrades

The Comrades faced defeat at home to Dergview on Saturday. Conall McGrandles might have given the home side the advantage at half-time only to clip the crossbar on 38 minutes. Ballyclare had the ball in the net early in the second half but Calvin McCurry’s finish was ruled out offside. And they hit the woodwork again on 72 minutes when McCurry cut in from the right only to send his effort against the far post. But what proved to be the winner came on 78 minutes through Bobby Deane who headed a corner at the far post beyond Declan Breen.

Last Time Out

The two sides met just last weekend when Ballyclare Comrades swept to a comprehensive five-goal victory over HW Welders at the Blanchflower Stadium. Darius Roohi opened the scoring for the visitors after 12 minutes when he followed up from Ian Fletcher’s free-kick against an upright. Calvin McCurry made it 2-0 on 26 minues after being played through Roohi before, ten minutes into the second half, Harry Wylie added a third with a deflected half volley into the top corner. Roohi doubled his tally just five minutes after that after receiving the ball from Gary Donnelly with Cathal Farren completing the scoring with a left-foot finish with around a quarter-of-an-hour remaining.