Friday night football for Crusaders this week in the Danske Bank Premiership when they take the short journey to Carrickfergus where they play Carrick Rangers at the Belfast Loughshore Arena. Crusaders will be look to break the spell of draws with a moral boosting win while Carrick Rangers will want to push on from a good result against Ballymena United last Saturday.
Stephen Baxter will have the vast majority of his squad to choose from as more injured players make themselves available. We could see Chris Hegarty come back in at the heart of the defence after scoring in his comeback game for the reserves on Wednesday night as did Kyle Owens and Tom Mathieson and they have given the management team food for thought. Howard Beverland is also in with a shout after being on the bench on Monday night and Rodney Brown played as well on Wednesday night. Midfield again we could see a change in the starting eleven with Jordan Forsythe in his natural position alongside possibly Paul Heatley, Rory Hale, Philip Lowry and Ross Clarke. Declan Caddell, Gary Thomspon, Paul McElroy and David Cushley are also available. Up front Jordan Owens may start this one and rest Jamie McGonigle or again both could play with a midfielder dropping out. A win is a must after four draws and a defeat in the last five league matches having left Crusaders in third spot six points behind leaders Coleraine. The lads will of course do their best as always.
Carrick Rangers picked up three good points last Saturday when they beat Ballymena United at The Showgrounds and will be on a high. They are sitting in eighth position behind United in the table and will look to leapfrog them with another win. Niall Currie will have his home work done for this one and with some decent talent in the side Crusaders will know they have a game on their hands. Ex Crusaders keeper Aaron Hogg continues to do well in goals and yet more ex Crusaders players Willie Faulkner and Lloyd Anderson will want to play well if selected against old team mates. Daniel Kelly and Stewart Nixon continue to impress as well.
All set then for the game and as always we call on you the supporters to make the trip down. Kick off is 7.45pm and admission is £12 & £8. Get behind Stephen and the team and show we are in this together. Let's show your support both in numbers and in voice. The lads on the pitch appreciate it and would love to here you encourage them through the ninety minutes. C'mon the Crues. Keep The Faith.