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Ballynahinch crank up heat on league leaders Portadown

Ballynahinch VI only managed one league point from their first three games in Minor South but have since rectified that situation and are now up to fourth only two points in arrears of leaders Portadown V, a team they have already beaten 16-10.

On Saturday, Hinch were playing only their second home fixture and made up for last week's disappointing 20-11 defeat to Cookstown by overcoming third-placed Rainey IV 46-7.

Weather conditions at Ballymacarn Park meant that there were plenty of errors from both teams but Hinch had the better of the first period with several effective rolling mauls that challenged the visiting pack and led to an 18-0 half-time lead. Home captain Darryl Carson said: "It was an exciting second 40 minutes.

"Paddy Carson made some exciting runs and once he thought he had scored before realising he had dived over the five metre line and then Johnny Turner chipped over the defenders but was impeded and that led to a penalty try.

"We scored seven tries but finished with 14 players as Ernie McMath, who was superb in defence, was yellow carded. Overall I was pleased with the performance which will boost our confidence," he concluded.

Matthew Adams, Michael Smyth, Stevie Hanna, McMath, William Truesdale and Ritchie Spires also had tries for Matthew Shields to convert a total of four and add a penalty.

Rainey captain Michael Lee thought his team had only themselves to blame. He said: "There were far too many errors, and the failure to get the basics right was a problem.

"We were hit by injuries but our try came from out-half Matthew Miller. He kicked, regathered and burst through a couple of tackles for Hayden Murray to convert."

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