It’s a clash of the bottom two clubs in Division 1B of the Energia All-Ireland League when Buccaneers host Old Wesley at Dubarry Park on Saturday. Old Wesley defeated Queen’s University and Naas but lost their other three fixtures and were also deducted 3 points for “a breach of the international player clearance process”. But for that they would lie in fifth place.

Meanwhile Buccs got their first win of the season away to Queen’s last Saturday. They had promising sections in previous matches but finally delivered a more sustained performance at The Dub where they were worthy winners. This will have given confidence a much-needed lift in the Pirates crew. If they continue to improve and also eliminate unnecessary errors, then they are capable of winning on home soil. Kick-off is 2.30 p.m.

SECONDS home to MONIVEA on Saturday night

BUCCANEERS SECONDS are home to Monivea in a rearranged Bank of Ireland Connacht Junior 1B League fixture on Saturday night. This Buccs outfit are playing within themselves and should be able to overcome the visitors. Kick-off 7 p.m.

U-20s away to UCD

BUCCANEERS U-20’s have let both Greystones and Corinthians off the hook in their two most recent outings in the J.P.Fanagan Leinster League. They cannot be so accommodating away to UCD at Belfield on Sunday when the action gets under way at 2.30 p.m. UCD have games in hand so are a bit of an unknown quantity at this stage but are likely to provide a stiff test for the Athlone outfit. The Pirates must play as a unit and be more ruthless when close to the opposition line to prevail.