Only eight matches took place across the Championship today, with five Championship Two matches falling victim to the icy weather while Ards’ trip to Loughgall was the sole postponement in the second tier.

Those matches which did survive the conditions saw no shortage of goals – with 34 flying in across the board.

Six of those came at Clandeboye Park, where Bangor maintained their points cushion atop the division with a 4-2 win over Donegal Celtic. Andy Long, Paul McDowell, Ethan Boyle and Thomas Wray made sure the Seasiders picked up full points in their first game since their last minute heartbreak at home to Ards back on December 27th. The Wee Hoops had given them a scare when Smith and Wallace reduced the arrears temporarily in the second half, but the Suffolk Road side remain fourth from bottom.

Both Larne and HW Welders won to ensure they both stayed four points off the pace, two penalties from Paul Maguire and Ciaran Murray saw the Harbour Rats win the East Antrim derby at Ballyclare, while the Welders continued their superb league form with a comfortable 4-1 victory over the PSNI. David Rainey netted a brace while further strikes from Philip Simpson and Michael McLellan wrapped up the win, despite Ashton McDermott’s strike for the Police – who remain second from bottom -in the 43rd minute.

The top four have now seemingly broken away from the rest to lead the main title race in Championship One. Bangor are on 34 points while Larne are four points further back – both have played 15 matches. The Welders trail Larne only on goal difference, but do have two games in hand over the sides above them, while Ards sit a further two points back in fourth having played 14 games.

Carrick Rangers could yet join that leading group, but need to work through a mountain of fixture congestion. The Steel and Sons Cup winners played only their 10th league game of the season this afternoon, but saw off the challenge of Dergview 3-1, to make it nine wins in a row at Taylor’s Avenue. Conor McCloskey gave them the lead direct from a corner before Richard Lecky levelled for the visitors. However, second half strikes from Miguel Chines and Ben Roy wrapped up the points.

In the day’s remaining fixtures in Championship One, Knockbreda moved up to 5th and kept Dundela rooted to the bottom with a 2-1 victory at Wilgar Park. Ex-Duns striker Carl McComb netted a brace in a bad-tempered match, which saw some unsavoury scenes at its conclusion.

Armagh City's improving form continued with a 3-1 victory over Lisburn Distillery at Holm Park. New signing Andrew Hoey made it three goals in three games for his hometown club, before Havern and Moore wrapped up the points late on following O'Connor's 54th minute equaliser.

Only two games took place in Championship Two, at Limavady Showgrounds and Seaview respectively. Queen’s University twice came back to draw 2-2 with Paul Owens’ Roesiders, who had led twice through Jennings and Harkins but Walsh and Lavery levelled to ensure the spoils were shared.

Elsewhere, Moyola Park threw away a 2-0 lead to lose 3-2 for the second time in succession, this time it was Newington who made a terrific fightback, after Wilkinson scored a brace to seemingly put the Castledawson side in command. All four sides who played today are on 24 points, but each have played a differing number of games. Lurgan Celtic still lead the way having gained 33 points from their opening 14 games.