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We are desperate to bounce back, says the skipper

We caught up with club captain Jeff Hughes ahead of Tuesday’s clash with League leaders Cliftonville at Inver Park.

Larne come into the game on the back of a 2-2 draw with Portadown at the weekend, a result which saw the Invermen drop to 5th in the standings. However, a victory against the Solitude side tomorrow night would see Tiernan Lynch’s side move to within two points of top spot.

Speaking about the result at Shamrock Park, Jeff said: “I thought the boys dominated the game for large spells but in the end we just weren’t clinical enough when we had our chances and probably should have won the game comfortably.

“However, that’s football and we need to make sure that we take our chances when we are presented with them.

After being ruled out of the game at Shamrock Park and facing a spell on the sidelines, Jeff said: “It’s just one of those things. It’s frustrating, really frustrating.

“I was watching the game on Saturday and I wanted nothing more than to be out on the pitch helping the team to try and get the three points.”

Looking ahead to tomorrow night’s game, albeit from the sidelines, Jeff said: “You can sense the frustration amongst the players from Saturday’s game.

“All of the lads want nothing more than to go out there tomorrow night and put on a good performance that will hopefully secure the three points.

With the recent passing of former Board member and Life Member Alan Girvin, Jeff said: “It is incredibly sad. Everyday when we came into training, Alan would always be about, whether he was cleaning the changing rooms, brushing the stands or fixing something around the stadium, he always took the time to speak to all of the lads.

“He loved the team, you could see it everyday. I hope the lads can go out tomorrow night and get the three points for Alan, that’s all he would of wanted.”

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