Down thirds suffered a heavy home defeat at the hands of derby rivals North Down fifths last Saturday.

The Comber side are pushing for promotion from Junior 7 alongside Saintfield seconds and were simply too good for the locals on the shale surface which played particularly well.

Things didn't start well for Down who were forced to scramble around to get 11 players and they also had to rely on their opponents to provide both umpires.

North Down have been scoring goals for fun this season and led 4-0 at the interval. Three of their goals came from play and the other came from a short corner, with the strike giving 'keeper, David Moreland, no chance.

Down did create a number of chances in the opening 35 minutes through the hardworking Cecil Telford who was denied by a wonder save from the North Down 'keeper who produced a number of fine stops during this Junior 7 clash.

Stephen Strain went close and Telford again almost pulled a goal back, but the locals went into the interval without a goal against their name. The second period proved to be an entirely different affair with the home side playing much better, creating a lot more goal scoring opportunities.

Willie Price and Trevor Lennon used their experience in the second half to keep things a lot tighter and and the locals were delighted when Telford scored the first of his brace in the 52nd minute.

The goal came from play and when the ball was squared to Telford, he drilled it past the 'keeper to add a touch of respectability to the shoreline.

Five minutes later, Telford scored again with the goal coming from a short corner. An initial shot was saved, but the rebound fell to the experienced Down striker who drilled it into the net.

North Down, who have a very experienced side, which includes a sprinkling of the club's stars of the future, did create a number of chances in the second period, but they failed to add to their four goals.

This Saturday, Down thirds face East Antrim seconds away and they'll be hoping to pick up maximum points against a side struggling at the foot of the table.