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Dunbarton can keep pointing way to title joy, says Greenfield


By Alex Mills

Dunbarton's Myles Greenfield insists his team must go on a points mission when they entertain Mossley at their Gilford headquarters today.

Having began their PGL Division One campaign with an impressive win at Pickie last weekend - they returned with five and a half points - Greenfield believes it is vital they build on that success.

Belmont have been crowned champions for the past two years, while Ballymena racked up a hat-trick of title wins before that, meaning that Dunbarton have been forced to sit in the shadows.

But Greenfield believes they now have the capabilities of muscling in on the big boys. He stated: "It could be one of the most hotly contested title races for some time.

"We got off to a great start last week. The one game you don't want to open your season with is an away fixture at Pickie, believe me.

"It was a tough, tight game just as we expected. I think there were only one or two shots that separated the teams at the finish, it was that close.

"Thankfully, we managed to get over the line. Make no mistake about it, Pickie will beat teams at their place, so we were delighted to come away with five and a half points. It's important we back up that result with another positive performance against Mossley."

Dunbarton haven't had their hands on the league crown since 2010. Incredibly, that was the fifth successive year they lifted the title. Even though they have lost the services of Michael Higgins and Chris Mulholland, Greenfield is optimistic for the season ahead.

"Michael is taking a year out, while Chris has moved on to Belmont as he is now living in the Belfast area," he added.

"On the plus side, we have Darren McElroy back at the club. He was a member of our Irish Cup-winning team back in 2012, while Richard McMullan has joined us from Portadown and he'll be a massive asset.

"We know that Belmont, Ballymena and even Old Bleach will be up there, but we feel we can match any of them on our day."

Meanwhile, the Provincial season gets under way tomorrow with Ballymoney beginning the defence of the Senior League title with a home fixture against rivals and neighbours Coleraine.

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

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

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

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