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Bangor keeping feet firmly on the ground, insists Taylor


On form: Keith Taylor is delighted with Bangor’s start to the campaign
On form: Keith Taylor is delighted with Bangor’s start to the campaign

By Alex Mills

Bangor's Keith Taylor maintains no one will become carried away about his team's impressive start to their NIBA Division One campaign.

It's been a few years since the league title has resided at Ward Park, but if the Seasiders' early form is to be used as a yardstick, they could be the side that finally fractures Whitehead's domination of the trophy.

The County Down boys have reeled in 26 points from their opening four games - and they could well add to that tally when they travel the short distance to face Sydenham today.

Undefeated so far, they face Donaghadee in the NIBA Senior Cup quarter-final next Wednesday but cautious Taylor stresses that things can go wrong very quickly and he simply wants to see his men continue to battle with the same focus.

"We've had a good start to the season, which is great," he said.

"Sometimes we are slow out of the blocks and have the job of playing catch-up.

"But we are setting the pace at the minute and long may it continue. We can't afford to look too far ahead.

"We are operating on a one game at a time basis.

"Our immediate focus is now on Sydenham - a team difficult to beat on their own green. It's important to keep picking up points, even at this relatively early stage of the season."

Title holders Whitehead have recovered from their wobble against the Seasiders a few weeks back and are now back on track - five points adrift of the pacesetters.

And, they'll be looking to turn the screw today when they roll out the welcome mat to mid-table Lurgan.

Meanwhile, Dunbarton have made an even better start than Bangor as they have pocketed a staggering 27 points from their opening four games in their Private Greens League Division One title defence.

With the Gilford team not in action today - they picked up five points from their game against Pickie which was brought forward due to the Snow Patrol concert in Bangor - the chasing pack have the chance to close the gap.

Belmont and Old Bleach will feature in the big game of the day in east Belfast. Only half-a-point separates the teams - the Randalstown side are slightly ahead on 12 points - but both have only played two games.

So, if either side have aspirations of eating into Dunbarton's lead, it's a must win game for both.

There is a really mouth-watering derby affair on offer in the Provincial Bowling Association Senior League today with neighbours Coleraine and Portrush due to go head-to-head at Lodge road.

Northern Ireland Private Greens League Division One: Salisbury v Ballymena A, Ballymena B v Larne, Falls v Ewarts, Belmont v Old Bleach.

Northern Ireland Bowling Association Division One: Sydenham v Bangor, Portadown v Balmoral, Banbridge v Londonderry Park, Whitehead v Lurgan, Dundonald v Donaghadee.

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

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