Armagh coach Dodsworth keeping feet on the ground

INDOOR TEST: For Naomi Elliott and Ards
INDOOR TEST: For Naomi Elliott and Ards

ARMAGH are on a bit of a roll by last season’s standards but coach James Dodsworth is keeping his feet firmly on the ground.

He knows that all good things do tend to come to and end and that could be in sight when Pegasus visit Ardmore on Saturday afternoon.

Last season the Orchard County girls struggled against the threat of relegation for long periods only to stage a late revival which ensured they maintained their top flight status.

But this time around Armagh are already looking safe with the two promoted Senior One sides, Portadown and Victorians, seemingly doomed to occupy the bottom places with only the order to be determined.

At the top of the table things are looking good for Armagh’s opponents on Saturday as Pegasus are level on points with Ballymoney but have a game in hand

‘Money were surprisingly held to a draw by Lurgan last week so the former will be looking for a favour from Armagh.

However despite and excellent win over the Ulster Elks last weekend and a heroic failure to beat mighty Hermes in the Irish Senior Cup, Dodsworth insists the target is somewhat modest.

“As long as we finish above the bottom two we will be happy although the girls are working very hard and work well for each other.” he explained.

“We treat every game the same and approach every match the same way so we will be giving Pegasus a lot of respect.”

Ballymoney should be capable of recovering from dropping those two points when they take on Randalstown at the Joey Dunlop Centre.

But there will be a note of caution in coach Mark Evans’ team talk as ‘Townn have already drawn twice with Pegasus, once in the Ulster Shield and once in the Premier League.

‘Money will also have been practising their penalty corners having squandered eight out of the nine they forced against Lurgan.

Lurgan should have too much in the tank for basement side Victorians, who have still only a solitary point to their name.

It should be ‘as you were’ at the bottom of the table as Portadown won’t be expected to trouble Queen’s unduly at the Dub.

In Senior One Harlequins and Lisnagarvey simply keep on winning and there is no reason to suggest that won’t be the case this weekend.

Indoors Ards defend their national title in Dublin and will be happy to have avoided Hermes in their group but the two heavyweights could well meet up in the knock out stages

On Saturday Naomi Elliott’s side start their campaign with games against Old Alex and Glenanne and should be capable of progressing to the last four.

The Ulster Elks are also representing the province at the tournament and they are up against Hermes and Connacht minnows Greenfields initially.