Ballinamallard Utd chief Whitey Anderson declared his team have “five massive games” to salvage their Premiership status.
After making such an impressive start to life in the big league last season, the Mallards have slumped to 11th place in the table and are in danger of being sucked into a relegation battle.
Even though they currently sit eight points above basement side Ards, their position rests uneasily on shoulders of Anderson.
He insists it’s vital they take full points form the visit of Coleraine to Ferney Park on Saturday.
“There are five games left and all of them are going to be tough, no matter who we are playing – they are massivve,” he said.
“There are teams down there fighting to avoid relegation and they will make it hard for us.
“Ourselves, Warrenpoint, Ards and maybe even Coleraine, although they are more or less safe, will be fighting for points.
“With the way the other games went on Saturday it meant nothing changed, but we had an opportunity to put a bit of distance between ourselves and the opposition and we didn’t take it.
“It’s not a nice place to be at the minute, but at least our survival is in our own hands . . . we are not depending on other teams’ results to bail us out.
“We now have Coleraine and then Ards – they are now two massive games that will shape the rest of the campaign.”
The Bannsiders are coming off the back of a creditable scoreless draw with table toppers Linfield and manager Oran Kearney is demanding the ‘same again’ in County Fermanagh.
“There is no point in drawing with the Blues and not trying to build on the result,” said Kearney. “To be honest, I was a bit disappointed we didn’t come away with all three points, but I’m sure Linfield are probably saying the same thing.
“I don’t know how that game finished up scoreless – it as a great 90 minutes of football. There are very few goalless draws which you could say were as exciting.
“The secret is keeping that momentum going at Ballinamallard.”