Laurelvale captain David Sinton is calling on the players to shake off derby disappointment ahead of a crucial five-game schedule across eight days.
Weekend misery at The Mall left Laurelvale reflecting on a reverse to Armagh by 114 runs in Section Two.
However, Sinton is keen to move forward and regroup ahead of vital fixtures across league and cup play.
“We start off this weekend against Holywood and Saintfield then have the Twenty20 next Thursday before another double-header next Saturday and Sunday in the Junior Cup and league,” said Sinton. “In many ways, although still early in the season, this next run could prove pivotal across a number of competitions.
“We felt frustrated by a number of incidents last weekend against Armagh but, ultimately, cannot take away that our own performance did not reach the expected standards.
“Once you strip away the various small moments it comes down to how we played as a team and it was not up to the level hoped for going into the derby.
“Armagh have strengthened but if our own display had hit the level anticipated then we would have been there or thereabouts I feel.
“However, now it is about moving forward into some big games and a tough run of fixtures over the next fortnight.”
A disappointing day with the ball and in the field left Laurelvale on the backfoot and chasing a 200-plus target. However, the Villagers’ captain refused to place focus on the individual over the collective.
“We did not bowl or field that well so finished with a mountain to chase,” said Sinton. “However, it is rare that I can highlight mistakes in those areas by this group of players and we always stress the importance of winning or losing as a team.
“It is never about mistakes by individuals but about looking at our own team display and how to improve together.”
Tomorrow (Saturday) Laurelvale entertain Holywood and then travel to Saintfield on Sunday.