The Section Two season stands in the early stages but Laurelvale captain David Sinton has little hesitation in naming tomorrow’s (Saturday’s) scheduled trip to Armagh as one of his campaign highlights.
A winning start to the programme arrived against Cregagh following weather frustration for the Villagers across the opening weeks.
A clear weekend would provide Laurelvale with a chance to build momentum on a visit to derby rivals Armagh.
“It is probably the first fixture I look out for each season in the calendar and everyone enjoys the derby,” said Sinton. “We get on well with each other off the field but, once play starts, it is intense and those factors help make it one of our most enjoyable fixtures.
“We managed two wins over Armagh last season despite the difference in league positions.
“However, I recall one of our successful promotion campaigns featured a defeat to Armagh, so form always goes out the window and it comes down to performances on the day.
“They have made some good additions and started well across two games so will probably go in as favourites.
“We want to build on our Cregagh win and I do not think the placement of the first derby so early in the programme makes any difference.”
The firsts had a blank programme last weekend due to a first-round bye in the Junior Cup. Laurelvale will face Ards in the second round on May 30.
Laurelvale seconds lost out to Waringstown thirds by 120 runs in Junior League Three.
See next week’s ‘Times’ for a special feature on the Schools’ Kwik Cricket event hosted by Laurelvale.
Portadown Taverners’ early Cross-Border Shield trips to Clogher and Monaghan have been postponed in recent weeks due to weather conditions.
The town side’s next fixture is a date at Dundalk on May 29.