ST JOHNSTON face Danske Bank Senior Cup finalists Donemana on Saturday as the North West Premiership action hots up.
Ian Macbeth’s team face Donemana at The Holm in a game that has a big bearing at both ends of the standings.
The top three are up against the bottom three this weekend. Leaders Coleraine travel to face bottom outfit Bready and second-placed Brigade host Strabane at Beechgrove.
Donemana, joint second with Brigade and four points behind Coleraine, host St Johnston, who are joined on four points with Strabane and two in front of Bready.
Donemana play Eglinton in next weekend’s final – the fifth year in a row the Tyrone side will contest the final – and will be looking for big displays from the likes of captain Richard Kee, Tom Riddles and Jan Frylinck.
The Saints (whose opener Andrew Fleming is pictured above) recorded their second victory of the season in beating Bready last weekend and there is no doubt that Ian Macbeth’s team has grown in confidence as the summer has gone on.
St Johnston defeated Bready by 71 runs last Saturday on a day when Rammohan Goud starred.
They’ve made massive improvements in recent weeks although Michael Rankin remains sidelined for the Railway Road side.
A Donemana win seems a certainty although St Johnston will look to make life difficult for their opponents.
Meanwhile, St Johnston have been drawn at home to Strabane in the quarter-finals of the Fleming-Agri Faughan Valley Cup.