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Captain’s Corner – Jeff Hughes

We caught up with club captain Jeff Hughes ahead of Saturday’s game against Coleraine at Inver Park.

Larne come into the game on the back of a good away performance, beating Glenavon 3-1 at Mourneview Park.

Speaking on the win over Glenavon last weekend, Jeff said: “I thought the boys dug in and gave everything to get the win. With the frustration of going to Windsor last week and playing very well but coming away from it with nothing, I feel that we have bounced back in the best way possible.

“We had the vocal backing of our fans behind us as and it shows, on the pitch, the difference that they make. We just need to keep building momentum now and push on with the help of the supporters behind us as always, we can’t praise them enough.”

Looking ahead to the visit of Coleraine at Inver Park on Saturday, Jeff said: “We know we have to expect a tough game against Coleraine who have been up towards the top of the table all season long.

“We believe that we have the quality within our team to get a better result than the draw at the Showgrounds earlier in the season, but it’s up to us to go show that on the pitch.

“I would like to call on our supporters to come out  in their numbers and back the team to drive us on as you have been doing all season. We look forward to seeing you at Inver on Saturday afternoon.”

With the tragic passing of former Larne player Jerry Thompson on Tuesday, Jeff added: “All of the boys are shocked. We can’t believe the news that came through on Tuesday evening.

“During the short time that I was with Jerry at the club, I knew straight away that he was a good, genuine guy. Within the dressing room we have boys who have played with Jerry through most of their careers and others who have been friends with him since childhood so as you can imagine, it is a difficult time for a lot of our boys.

“I would like to take this opportunity to offer my sincere condolences to the family from myself and everyone connected with Larne Football Club.”

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