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Sligo will look to edge closer to the league title with victory in Bray

Updated: Friday, 21 Sep 2012 16:18 | Comments

Mark Quigley's form has been key as Sligo remain clear at the top of the table
Mark Quigley's form has been key as Sligo remain clear at the top of the table

Bray Wanderers entertain league leaders Sligo Rovers in tonight's Airtricity League Premier Division clash at the Carlise Grounds, kick-off 7.05pm.

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Sligo went top of the table in April after winning 2-1 in Bray and have stayed there since, a run of 24 weeks.

Ian Baraclough’s side are currently on an unbeaten run of 12 league games and avoiding defeat will see them equal the club record, which was set in 1977.

Sligo’s Mark Quigley has scored nine goals in the last nine games and has also scored more league goals against Bray than any other team (14 of 63 career league goals).

Striker Danny North is ruled out for the remainder of the campaign with a cruciate ligament injury as is Alan Keane with a broken metatarsal sustained in the win over Dundalk last time out.

Iarfhlaith Davoren will have surgery on a heel injury and will also not feature again in 2012.

Gavin Peers is suspended but Mark Quigley has recovered from the thigh complaint which forced him out of the Dundalk match.

Bray’s Jason Byrne and Dean Zambra, who both missed the trip to Cork through suspension, are back in contention for starting places. With their return and no injury worries, Bray have a full squad to pick from.

Sligo boss Baraclough said: “We go to Bray and it seems like an eternity since we’ve played.

“Our preparations have been good this week and I think the lads are looking forward to putting on the jersey again and playing a game.

“The only pressure we feel is pressure we put on ourselves that week-on-week we deliver and I think we’ve got better as the weeks have gone on. We have to maintain that because nothing will come easy to us.“

Bray boss Pat Devlin said: “We have to improve our finishing. It will be a tough game for us on Friday against the league leaders. It’s always tough against Sligo, but we are looking forward to it.”

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