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In-form Whitehead intend to keep their foot on the gas

By David Mason

Unbeaten Whitehead may be well down the road to winning their first NIBA Division One title since 2010 and, with only eight games remaining, they don't intend to take their foot off the gas.

The east Antrim boys have established a seven points lead over Portadown at the top and, crucially, they are now 10 clear of current champions Bangor.

It's full steam ahead for the table toppers with Lisnagarvey next in the firing line.

"Things are going well," said Stephen Moran. "We got off to a solid start which is always important, especially as the teams around us were slipping up. We had a good win over Carrick in midweek to maintain the gap at the top.

"We're also in the last eight in the IBA Senior Cup, but we'll be taking nothing for granted as things can change quickly. Our policy is taking one game at a time, with our focus now on the trip to Lisnagarvey."

At the other end of the table, the 2012 title holders Balmoral are looking to nudge away from the foot of the table, having managed to win merely two games from 10 starts this season.

Their latest set-back came in midweek when they picked up only one point from their visit to Lisnagarvey.

However, they now face another daunting fixture as they travel to Bangor tomorrow.

"It doesn't get any easier," said Clifford Craig, who announced his international retirement this week after 25 years representing his country.

"We've lost too many shots by single figure margins and that has cost us. But we need to get our act together before it's too late.

"We are usually battling it out in the top four, so it's something new to us to be in this position, but we are confident we can pull away from the bottom."

Fixtures, NI Private Greens League Division One: Larne v Belmont, Willowfield v Pickie, Ards v Dunbarton, Old Bleach v Ulster Transport, Ewarts v Ballymena.

Northern Ireland Bowling Association Division One: Divis v Lurgan, Bangor v Balmoral, Lisnagarvey v Whitehead, Carrick v Banbridge, Portadown v Dundonald.

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

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