’Vale target fresh focus

David Sinton.
David Sinton.
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Laurelvale captain David Sinton is calling on the players to regroup for the final five Section Two fixtures.

Promotion remains a target for the Villagers but defeat last weekend by 86 runs against Holywood has knocked Sinton’s men down the standings.

Laurelvale now sit joint third alongside Cregagh and Drumaness entering a weekend double-header.

Drumaness arrive in the village tomorrow (Saturday) before Laurelvale travel the next day to take on Dundrum.

“We talked after our Junior Cup exit about not letting that negative result knock us back and the same is relevant now following the Holywood defeat,” said Sinton. “It is not about spending too much time thinking about what went wrong but instead keeping our minds on the positives.

“We have had a great run of form overall and need to keep the focus up for the run-in.

“Promotion is still within sight.”

Philip Weir was the leading scorer against Holywood with 59 runs, with two wickets apiece arriving for Michael Burns and Daryl Henry.

“We could not get anyone to support Philip for any length of time and also struggled in the field,” said Sinton. “We were missing some experienced players but those selected should grab the opportunity to stake a claim.

“It is about making the most of any chance in the side.

“Everyone can play a part over the next few weeks and it is important to keep up the spirits.”