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Fired up: Rodney McCutcheon believes early points are key

Fired up: Rodney McCutcheon believes early points are key

Fired up: Rodney McCutcheon believes early points are key

Bangor's Rodney McCutcheon believes his team are equipped for a serious assault on the Northern Ireland Bowling Association Division One title.

The Seasiders, who have had their hands on the trophy a record-breaking 22 times, entertain Dundonald at Ward Park today, hoping to build on the impressive start they enjoyed at Donaghadee last week.

"It's never easy against Dundonald," said former Ireland international McCutcheon. "They are always a dangerous side, especially at Ballybeen.

"We could be seeing quite a bit of them over the early part of the season because if they defeat Rathfriland in the first round of the NIBA Cup, we are due to play them in the second round.

"And, in the IBA Senior Cup, if they beat Leinster and we manage to get past Portglenone, we are also due to meet in round two. So we could be sick of the sight of each other."

McCutcheon insists it's important to get early points on the board when the greens are still unpredictable.

He added: "We had a good start at Donaghadee last week. It was a bit scrappy, but we came away with five points so you have to be happy with that. It could have been even better, but Graham McKee was beaten by Chris Dorman with the last bowl.

"The greens at this time of the season can be tricky, including our own. To win this league, you have to make sure you win your home games and the points you get on the road are a bonus."

The Seasiders will be without the influential Keith Taylor for the first two months, as he has had surgery, but they have beefed up their squad by bringing in Simon Denley from Pickie and Sydenham's Thomas McClean.

Fixtures:

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

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

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

Belfast Telegraph