FOOTBALL: Free weekend proves costly for Ballynure Old Boys

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Ballynure Old Boys’ free weekend cost them dearly, with the former Ballymena Intermediate Division leaders dropping to third place.

Main rivals, Newtowne took the opportunity to cement their number-one spot with a whopping 5-0 romp against Rathcoole. That huge win leaves them five points ahead of Gary Burns’ lads, who have played one game fewer.

Magherafelt Sky Blues enhanced their podium finish hopes with a 1-0 win against Chimney Corner, and the three points moved them into second spot.

“Newtowne being five points ahead of us isn’t a major concern,” Burns told the Times.

“First of all we have a game in hand, and secondly they have to come to us for the return fixture. We fancy our chances of sending them packing empty-handed from Mossley. They beat us 4-2 in Limavady, so if we could reverse that result, our back-to-back title aims would be back on track,” he added.

This Saturday, the ‘Nure lads will be off to The Diamond for a league clash with Rathcoole.