Ards take a Lashing as Hinch close on leaders
James Lash accumulated 24 points in Ballynahinch's seven-try Ulster Senior League win over Ards at Hamilton Park.
The victory moves Hinch up to third place in the table on 26 points but too far behind Dungannon, on 34, and Belfast Harlequins, on 33, to challenge for the title.
New Zealander Lash controlled the game with his accurate kicking and attacking play. He scored two tries and goaled all seven.
Ards took an early lead when pressure around the visitors' line resulted in an Andrew Foster try which Paul Cox converted. Gradually Hinch took control and were 28-7 on front by the interval.
Chris Napier was the first to touch down with Lash and Matthew McKeown adding the second and third before Napier crossed for his second.
The trend continued after the restart although Ards never gave up and kept attempting to attack out of their own territory.
Lash scored his second try before John Madden crashed over and right on the final whistle the much-superior Hinch crossed for another McKeown try.