Promotion target from Laurelvale’s final fixture

David Sinton.
David Sinton.

Laurelvale sit second in the Section Two standings entering this weekend’s final fixture but host Victoria in the knowledge that victory may not guarantee promotion.

The Villagers must see off the challenge of Victoria tomorrow (Saturday) then switch the focus to Saintfield’s Sunday date with BISC.

The promotion spot could come down to average run-rate, with Laurelvale currently holding a slight edge over Saintfield but aware that small margins could have a big say in the final standings.

A four-wicket defeat of BISC on Saturday by Laurelvale helped David Sinton’s players protect second in the standings behind champions Armagh and set up a showdown across the closing weekend.

“It is strange but our run-rate actually dropped last weekend despite getting a win,” said Sinton, the Laurelvale captain. “There is not much between the two teams so a win for each would force run-rate to settle promotion.

“Saintfield have switched the fixture to Sunday so, in theory, could work out exactly what they will need.

“However, we cannot worry about what happens in another match and, first and foremost, our focus must be on getting the win over Victoria.

“Victoria do not play on Sundays so switching is not an option for us but we cannot get caught up in those other aspects.

“We need to get a win then see how everything develops as a result.

“We may need to evaluate our situation during the course of play but must view a winning position as the priority rather than worry about everything else.”

Sinton remains optimistic about the squad’s future irrespective of the promotion outcome.

“In many ways, it is not about matching our results up against other sides but instead comparing this season to last year,” said Sinton. “In that respect, we have made clear progress across the past year and there is more to come from this group of players.”