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Belmont bid to get season back on track after setbacks

 

By Alex Mills

After suffering a quick-fire cup double whammy, Belmont will attempt to salvage their season when they entertain Old Bleach. The Belfast team were dumped out of the IBA Senior Cup last Saturday, agonisingly beaten by St James's Gate in Dublin, and then only five days later they lost a thrilling PGL Senior Cup quarter final tie against Ballymena.

Having racked up an impressive League and Cup double last season, Belmont must now try to get back on track, but their chances of retaining the PGL Division One title are already hanging by a thread.

Although they have played one game less, Belmont currently trail runaway leaders Dunbarton by a whopping 17-and-a-half points. It means there is little room for error over the remainder of the campaign.

The one thing in Belmont's favour is the fact that they will play most of their games at home over the second phase of the league campaign.

Due to their East Belfast venue being redeveloped to the tune of £200,000, they have been on the road since the opening day. In fact, Belmont only returned home for the first time earlier this week with a victory against Ewarts.

"We've a lot of ground to make up," admits Davy Hamilton.

"After going out of the two cups in such a short space of time, the league is now our only chance of silverware."

Meanwhile, the NIBA have named four new faces in the side that will contest the IBA Under-25 Inter-association Championship at Ballymena and Old Bleach on Friday-Saturday, July 14-15.

Ross Wallace, Curtis Milligan, Sam Wallace and Ryan Bell are all due to make their debut at this level.

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

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

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

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