Belfast Telegraph

Belmont have no margin for error

By David Mason

Belmont may have battled their way back into the Greens League Division One title race, but Davy Hamilton admits they can't afford any more slip-ups.

The east Belfast boys are neck and neck at the top of the table with Dunbarton, but crucially they have played two games more.

Reigning champions Ballymena are also in the mix, just one point behind the top two. However, they have also played one game more than Dunbarton.

"We've strung together a few good results, but still have a lot to do," states Hamilton.

"Dunbarton are currently in the box seat. We still have to play them, of course. But we need favours from other teams as well."

The top three face difficult hurdles today, with Belmont visiting Old Bleach, Ballymena travelling to Pickie and Dunbarton rolling out the welcome mat to Larne.

Meanwhile, it's tight at the top of the Provincial Senior League.

Title holders Ballymoney eased one point ahead of Cookstown following their 71-67, five-and-a-half points win at Portglenone.

The County Tyrone boys missed out on the opportunity of closing the gap as they also had to settle for five-and-a-half points from their 87-74 victory over Dunluce.

It is now a two-horse title race as Coleraine are some 13-and-a-half points adrift of Cookstown.

FIXTURES NI Private Greens League Division One: Dunbarton v Larne, Ewarts v Falls, Willowfield v Forth River, Pickie v Ballymena, Old Bleach v Belmont.

Northern Ireland Bowling Association Division One: Dundonald v Balmoral, Donaghadee v Lisnagarvey, Divis v Castle, Bangor v Portadown, Bangbridge v Whitehead.

NI Provincial Senior League: Letterkenny v Kilrea, Cookstown v Ballycastle, Ballymoney v Dunluce, City of Derry v Portglenone, Portrush v Coleraine.

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