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Ballinamallard boss Whitey Anderson ready for relegation scrap

Ballinamallards David Kee (front) gets this header away

Ballinamallards David Kee (front) gets this header away

Whitey Anderson admits he has no idea how many points Ballinamallard United will need to survive – but believes the battle is heading right to the wire.

The Fermanagh side climbed out of the relegation zone after ending a five-game losing streak against Dungannon Swifts.

It leaves them third from bottom, a point ahead of Warrenpoint Town.

However, the situation at the foot of the table is changing by the week and, with five rounds of fixtures still to go, five of the six managers in the bottom section will be sitting uncomfortably.

Only Ballymena, who are on 44 points, will feel their relegation worries are over.

And Anderson believes yet more twists lie ahead in the battle for survival.

“It could come down to the last couple of games but we will just look after ourselves,” he said.

“We just have to fight for every point.

“If we get a point every game, that might be enough to do us. Likewise we might get three points here, another point there – nobody knows.

“I’m not even looking at a points target.”

Ballinamallard took the lead 18 minutes into Saturday’s game when Ryan Campbell collected a long ball forward and lobbed the goalkeeper with an instinctive finish.

However, Dungannon equalised a minute before the break when Gary Liggett crossed to Matt Hazley, who finished off at the back post.

Although Swifts’ poor form continues – they have not won a league game at home since beating Linfield in mid-November – Murphy was content with a point.

“I thought we played decent football but never created anything,” he said.

“It’s a valuable point for us. It is obviously one point closer to where we want to be and it cements our place in eighth position.”

 

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