BELMONT’S trophy challenge will be scrutinised over the next seven days!
The East Belfast boys, who appeared to have the Private Greens League Senior Division title wrapped up at one stage, now have a real fight on their hands after current champions Ballymena have come roaring back into contention.
Both clubs will now collide in a double header next week – with the league title and the PGL Senior Cup up for grabs.
Before that, the Sky Blues tomorrow face what will be a difficult outing against Dunbarton at Gilford, while Belmont will roll out the welcome mat to Larne.
“There are a few crucial games coming up, there is no doubt about that,” said Belmont’s Simon Cavan. “We were well clear in the league at one stage... something like 27-and-a-half points ahead of Ballymena, but they missed out on quite a few games due to the poor weather earlier in the season.
“To their credit, they have managed to pull in maximum points from those outstanding matches and are right back in the mix.”
Ballymena hardened their title challenge in midweek, picking up 14 points from games against NICS and Willowfield.
And, Belmont also had reason to celebrate, beating Larne by 30 shots to book a spot on next Thursday’s PGL Senior Cup final – against Ballymena!
“It’s important not to lose focus,” added Cavan. “We’ll be concentrating on the Larne match. We must take one game at a time.
Belmont were vastly under strength for the cup semi final, with Robin Horner, Roy Battersby and Mark McPeak all missing and they will not be available this weekend but will return in time for the final.
Meanwhile, Bangor and Whitehead tomorrow collide at Ward Park in what could well be an NIBA Division One title decider
The Seasiders moved to within two-and-half points of the leaders following a midweek victory over Divis.
Now, with only three games remaining, it would appear the victors at the County Down venue will be favourites to land the title.
NI Private Green League Senior Division One: Willowfield v Mossley, Falls v Old Bleach, Belmont v Larne, Ulster Transport v Pickie, Dunbarton v Ballymena.
Division Two: Castleton v Ewarts, Cavehill v Forth River, Salisbury v Ballywalter, Belmont Park v Ards, PSNI v Comber.
Division Three: Belfast v Albert Foundary, Shorts v Malone, Gallaher v Knock, Nortel v Hilden, Shaftesbury v Ballywalter Park.
NIPGL Junior Division One: Ewarts v Willowfield, Old Bleach v Falls, Larne v Belmont, Pickie v Ulster Transport, Ballymena v Dunbarton.
Division Two: Mossley v Castleton, Forth River Cavehill, Ards v Belmont Park, Hilden v Salisbury, Comber v Shaftesbury, North Belfast v Cliftonville.
Northern Ireland Bowling Association Division One: Bangor v Whitehead, Divis v Banbridge, Dromore v Balmoral, Dundonald v Portadown, Lisnagarvey v Lurgan.
Division Two: Carrick v Dungannon, Donaghadee v Castle, Whitehead B v Curran, Londonderry Park v Ulster Maple Leaf, Newtownabbey v Rathfriland.
Division Three: Markethill v Ormeau, Musgrave v Glengormley, Newcastle v Bessbrook, Balmoral B v Sydenham, Banbridge B v Carrick B.
Division Four: North Down v St Stephen’s, Portadown B v Lisnagarvey B, Cloughey v Annalong, Finaghy v Sandown, Clarendon v Queen’s Island.
Division Five: Lurgan B v Dromore B, Holywood v Antrim, Lagan Valley v 1st Ballymacarrett, Curran B v Divis B, Moat Park v Newry.
Division Six: Rathfriland B v Windsor, Warrenpoint v 58th Old Boys, 13th Old Boys v Londonderry Park B, McQuiston Memorial v Donaghadee B, Castle B v BETS.
Division Seven: Ballynafeigh v Finaghy B, Glengormley B v North Down B.
NI Provincial Progressive Senior League: Dunluce v Portglenone, Cookstown v Portrush, Letterkenny v Ballymoney, Brooke Park v Coleraine.