By Diarmaid Doherty Sport@donegaldemocrat.com @dgldemocrat

Finn Harps are readying themselves for a return to action next weekend when they travel to play Longford Town in the SSE Airtricity Premier Division.

Harps are sitting pretty in the table at the mid-way point of the season, with 17 points from their 16 games.

They’ve played a game more than the three teams below them in the table - Wexford Youths, Bray Wanderers and Longford. However, the general feeling is that Harps have put themselves into a strong position to avoid a quick return to the First Division.

Not surprisingly, Harps manager, Ollie Horgan, was quick to warn against any complacency, despite their good position. Harps find themselves a full eight points clear of the bottom two, Bray and Longford, and their win over Sligo Rovers before the mid-season break was a timely boost.

“In the first three games back, you play Longford and Bray, both away from home,” Horgan pointed out.

“So that could all turn in a fortnight. I’m quite aware of that and Bray and Longford will be most aware of that themselves too.”

The game in Longford has been brought forward from Saturday night to Friday. Longford will be looking at it as a great chance to close the gap on the Donegal side. Anything less than a win might well be considered a poor result for the Midlanders who amazingly, haven’t won in the league since the opening night of the season when they recorded an away victory at Wexford Youths.

The sides met in Ballybofey at the end of March on a night when Ryan Curran’s penalty just before the hour gave Horgan’s side a 1-0 win.

Friday night's game at the City Calling Stadium is at 8pm.

It's one of six games on Friday night with Wexford Youths travelling to play Derry City and Bray on their travels too, at Sligo Rovers.

Harps don't have a game the following weekend because their match against St.Patrick's Athletic was brought forward.

Their next home fixture is against Galway United on Friday, July 8th.

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