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Ballynahinch want hands on Towns' Cup

It has been 11 seasons since Ballynahinch II held the Powerade Towns' Cup and it is one trophy they would dearly love to win again.

"We have won it five times and in the eighties as a Junior team it was in our possession three seasons in a row," said director of rugby Ronnie Duncan.

"It has always been part of Hinch history and tradition and we have shown more motivation to it than the Junior Cup so we plan to go as far as possible this time. We hope to field our usual squad with no injury problems."

Hinch have only been defeated three times this season, all by five points, twice against Belfast Harlequins II when they fielded a very strong team and then at Omagh in the Junior Cup.

They travel to Enniskillen on Saturday, a side who reached the Junior Cup semis before losing to eventual winners Instonians.

The Fermanagh team's president Pat Cassidy is looking forward to the tie, although he realises the Co Down side are firm favourites.

"Unfortunately we had a hectic January which resulted in a number of injuries, but we are hopeful most will be back for this game. We have home advantage which is always useful," he said.

Elsewhere, holders Clogher Valley with home advantage should be too strong for Armagh II.

Ballymena II and Portadown both recorded convincing second round successes and home advantage at Eaton Park could be the difference. In the other tie Donaghadee face a tough challenge from Carrickfergus.

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