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Bangor staying focused after scaling summit, insists Hastings

 

By Alex Mills

With only four games remaining, Bangor have moved into pole position in NIBA Division One.

The Seasiders hardened their challenge over the last five days by reeling in 14 points from rearranged games against Dundonald and Banbridge, but the experienced Robert Hastings insists there is still a long way to go.

It's been a two-horse race from day one with Whitehead still breathing down their necks.

However, they slipped up slightly at home to Banbridge - they lost Paul O'Keefe to injury after 14 ends - in midweek, letting two points slip from their grasp.

It gave Bangor the chance to take over at the summit - and they didn't disappoint. They now lead by one and a half points.

"The pressure is on," said Hastings. "We have a difficult away game at Balmoral. But the title could be decided when Whitehead come to Ward Park (August 12). It will be a great finish."

Meanwhile, Belmont's flickering hopes of retaining the PGL Division One title could well be snuffed out when they roll out the welcome mat for Ballymena today.

Although the Belfast side are two games in arrears, they trail Dunbarton by 19 and a half points.

Fixtures: Northern Ireland Private Greens League Division One: Falls v Pickie, Ballywalter v Mossley, Dunbarton v Ewarts, Belmont v Ballymena.

Northern Ireland Bowling Association Division One: Carrickfergus v Portadown, Whitehead v Dundonald, Balmoral v Bangor, Banbridge v Divis, Dungannon v Donaghadee.

Northern Ireland Provincial Bowling Association Senior League: Letterkenny v Ballymoney, Portrush v Coleraine, Dunluce v City of Derry, Limavady v Cookstown.

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