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Westmeath manager Tom Cribbin.

Westmeath manager Tom Cribbin.

Preview: Allianz Football League Division Four

Allianz Football League Division Four

Saturday March 18

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Carlow v Waterford, Netwatch Cullen Park, 7pm

Waterford started the campaign impressively, but two defeats to Wexford and Westmeath ensure this match is crucial.

Only a victory will maintain their promotion drive, but Carlow are tricky opponents.

Turlough O'Brien's side have delivered some gutsy displays, but they have only taken three points from four matches.

Waterford are making quiet progress under Tom McGlinchey, but this is a vital match for them.

Sunday March 19

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Wexford v London, Innovate Wexford Park, 1pm

Seamus 'Banty' McEnaney has Wexford footballers feeling good about themselves and another victory on Sunday should be enough to earn promotion.

Wexford have stitched a four match winning sequence together beating Limerick, Leitrim, Waterford, and Wicklow.

Most of those fixtures were hard fought and London, managed by former Wexford forward Ciaran Deely, did beat Carlow.

London captain Liam Gavaghan and Mark Gottsche are capable performers, but Wexford, with Ciaran Lyng and Ben Brosnan firing in attack, will be anxious to keep their impressive run going.

Limerick v Leitrim, Newcastlewest, 2pm

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Having been relegated Limerick will be disappointed with their return of two points from four games.

What does offer a drop of encouragement, though, is how Limerick's Under 21 footballers have performed during the past 10 days.

A win over Tipperary was followed by a narrow defeat to Cork at Pairc Ui Rinn on Wednesday night.

Talented footballers are being developed by Limerick, but Brendan Guckian's Leitrim will want to keep their slim promotion chances alive.

Westmeath v Wicklow, TEG Cusack Park, 2pm

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Tom Cribbin is satisfied with how Westmeath, Leinster Finalists in the last two years, are performing.

Seven League points have been accumulated - the opening day draw with Carlow has been followed by triumphs over Limerick, Leitrim, and Waterford.

John Heslin and Kieran Martin have led the scoring charge, but Wicklow have shown signs of improvement in their last two encounters.

Wicklow eked out a win against London and they were spirited when eventually losing to table toppers Wexford.

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