CITY OF DERRY: Third time lucky for Judges Road men

Terry McMaster will be hoping his side play this weekend.

Terry McMaster will be hoping his side play this weekend.

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City of Derry will for the third Saturday in a row try to complete their AIL Division 2B fixture against Rainey Old Boys following a waterlogged pitch at Judges Road two weeks ago and then snow in Magherafelt last weekend.

The two clubs were due to play back to back AIL fixtures in consecutive weekends but the inclement weather put paid to that.

The initial fixture due to be played a few weeks ago has been set by the IRFU to be played at Judges Road this Saturday and the fixture due to be played at Hatrick Park, last Saturday has now been set for Saturday January 23rd, replacing the Ballynahinch Ulster League Fixture that had been set for that day.

The two clubs will be looking to the weather again this week hoping to get a fixture completed and their players will be happy to get back on the pitch following inactivity for a few weeks despite continuous training.

Head Coach Terry McMaster and his charges will be well aware of what will be required to win at home as experience may prove key when the chips are down.

Derry have the players with loads of nous to play what’s in front of them and learn from Highfield’s failings two weeks ago.

Derry know it’s going to be physical and the conditions once again wet and windy so with the gym work done since the beginning of June in the bank and the right mind-set married with razor sharp line speed, pressure can produce mistakes and turn over ball.

The Judges Road men then have the class players in their ranks to produce the scores whatever the weather to win the day.

City of Derry will be hoping for a big home crowd this weekend.