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McHugh refuses to panic despite shock reversal against Bangor

 

Although Whitehead were beaten in their opening home game of the season at Islandmagee Road on Saturday, Martin McHugh insists there will be no alarm bells sounding just yet. (stock photo)
Although Whitehead were beaten in their opening home game of the season at Islandmagee Road on Saturday, Martin McHugh insists there will be no alarm bells sounding just yet. (stock photo)

By Alex Mills

Although Whitehead were beaten in their opening home game of the season at Islandmagee Road on Saturday, Martin McHugh insists there will be no alarm bells sounding just yet.

The Northern Ireland Bowling Association Division One title holders lost to rivals Bangor by 23 shots - a result that catapulted the Seasiders to the top of the table.

It was Whitehead's first home League defeat for almost 12 months, when ironically, they lost against the same opponents.

However, it still didn't prevent them from going on the lift the Division One title for the fourth year in a row.

"It's disappointing, but not a disaster," said McHugh. "It's only the second game of the season, so there is plenty of time for us to repair the damage.

"We lost against Bangor at home last year but got our own back at their place later in the season. So we know there will be plenty of twists and turns up ahead."

It was the rink skipped by Bangor's Keith Taylor that did most of the damage.

He racked up a 27-13 win against Stephen McKinley, while Gary Scott defeated James Caldwell 21-11. Whitehead hit back through JR Wilson - skipping in place of Barry Browne who was unavailable - and McHugh, who recorded wins against Robert Hastings (23-18) and Mark Shannon (21-14).

Meanwhile, Belmont sent out an early warning in Division One of the Private Greens League by pocketing all seven points in their 101-55 win over Ballymena at Old Ballymoney Road.

The Belfast boys were simply too hot to handle with Raymond Barr leading the charge.

The Belmont man skipped his combination to a whopping 32-13 win against Nigel Robinson.

Stuart Bennett and Simon Martin also made a significant contribution by defeating Jim Baker (24-13) and Stephen Coleman (28-13), while Roy Battersby completed the rout with a narrow one shot (17-16) success against Andy Duncan.

Results: Northern Ireland Bowling Association Division One: Balmoral 68 (2) Dundonald 75 (5), Sydenham 87 (6) Londonderry Park 70 (1), Lurgan 76 (4.5) Banbridge 75 (2.5), Donaghadee 96 (7) Portadown 67 (0), Whitehead 67 (2) Bangor 80 (5).

Northern Ireland Private Greens League Division One: Pickie 74 (2) Larne 81 (5), Ballymena A 55 (0) Belmont 101 (7), Ewarts 48 (0) Ballymena B 94 (7), Falls 54 (0) Dunbarton 103 (7), Old Bleach 83 (0) Salisbury 68 (0).

Northern Ireland Provincial Bowling Association Senior League: Limavady 69 (2) Ballymoney 86 (5), Cookstown 75 (1) Dunluce 95 (6), Letterkenny 57 (1) Portrush 101 (6).

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