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Larne are not thinking of title just next game, insists Lynch


Larne manager Tiernan Lynch still refuses to take promotion to the Danske Bank Premiership for granted.

The Inver Park men stormed to a 17 point lead at the top of the Championship last weekend with a thumping 5-0 home win over second placed Dundela, but don't expect Lynch's side to take their foot off the gas.

Next month in the transfer window there will be more new arrivals, but for Lynch the only thing that matters is preparing well for tomorrow's trip to Ballinamallard and maintaining an unbeaten league record.

The Larne boss has much respect for Ballinamallard counterpart Harry McConkey, one of the shrewdest coaches around.

The Ferney Park men had a terrible start to the season after losing a raft of players before McConkey steadied the ship with a six match unbeaten run, which was ended by Loughgall winning 2-1 at Ferney Park last time out.

Ballinamallard may be third bottom but Lynch knows his team will face a big test in Fermanagh.

"It'll be tough. Ballinamallard are a very good side and were on a good run," said Lynch. "It's a difficult place to go, and Harry will have them well drilled, but we'll go there with confidence."

Knowing full well that their second spot is now under threat, Dundela will aim to bounce back from their Inver Park mauling at home to Knockbreda.

If they lose, Portadown can jump above them with a victory at Ballyclare, who are only four points behind the Ports.

Tomorrow's Bluefin Sport Championship fixtures: Loughgall v Carrick Rangers, PSNI v H&W Welders (both 2pm), Ballinamallard v Larne, Ballyclare Comrades v Portadown, Dundela v Knockbreda, Limavady v Dergview (all 3pm).

Belfast Telegraph