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Can Bels upset the Priaulx League leaders?

Bels coach Chris Le Friec says that Rovers should be ‘ready for a fight’ this evening, as they prepare to welcome the Priaulx League leaders to the Track.

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Bels are one of just two sides to have beaten Rovers in the Priaulx League this season. (Picture by Peter Frankland)

Le Friec’s team are one of just two sides to beat Kevin Gillease’s men in the top-flight so far this campaign, picking up a 2-1 win at Port Soif back in December.

‘The big games do not bother me, when we play against top opposition the lads are always up for it,’ said the Belgrave Wanderers boss.

‘North will be praying that we do them a favour but we have no interest in that, we are in it for us.

‘We tend to do well against Rovers and we are as near to full strength as we have been in a long time, so they should not be expecting an easy ride at all.

‘We are not pushovers and whatever their team looks like I know we will find ways to hurt them.’

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Bels have struggled to replicate their early season form since the turn of the new year, winning just one of their seven games in all competitions.

However, Le Friec’s men were successful in their most recent outing as they edged out Alderney 1-0.

‘It has been difficult – we have been missing an average of eight or nine first team regulars for most games and it is no coincidence that a dip in form has occurred recently.

‘We have had a lot of Railway lads and veterans starting Priaulx games to help us out, so we really have not been able to show our best since Christmas.

‘We think that fourth place should have been ours and we have let it slip.’

Bels’ opponents currently sit eight points clear at the top of the Priaulx table, although North, who sit in second, do have two games in hand on the Port Soif side.

Elsewhere in the Priaulx this weekend, Rangers host North at the KGV tomorrow afternoon, as Chris Tardif’s men look to go above Sylvans and into sixth place in the league table.

‘We do not care about who wins the league, for us it is all about our own performance and progression so we are not thinking about denting any title hopes this weekend,’ said the Rangers boss ahead of the clash.

‘It is going to be yet another very competitive, difficult game.

‘We are aware of what North can do to teams – the league table does not lie and they are where they are for a reason.

‘We will also be missing a few lads due to injury and illness, making an already tough game even tougher, but things have been working really well recently and we want to get something from this game.

‘The lads know that we are still at the start of this journey of progression together, but things are definitely moving in the right direction.’

In the other Priaulx League games this weekend, St Martin’s will be looking to get back to winning ways as they host the struggling Alderney.

Jason Leaman’s men were beaten by Rovers at Port Soif last weekend, putting a huge dent in their title hopes following an impressive run of form in the league.

Vale Rec are also set to return to league action after last weekend’s tie with Alderney was postponed due to travel issues.

Mark Romeril’s men travel to St Peter’s to play against Sylvans, where they won 5-0 earlier in the season.

Mike Garnett’s team came out on top in the last meeting between the two teams, though, winning 2-1 at the Corbet Field in December.

A win for Sylvans could see them close the gap to Bels in fifth to just two points.

FNB Priaulx League fixtures

Today – Bels v Rovers, Track, 8pm.

Tomorrow – Rangers v North, KGV; St Martin’s v Alderney Nomads, BPL; Sylvans v Vale Rec, St Peter’s, all 2pm.