Twenty points separate Ballinamallard United and Donegal Celtic in the Danske Bank Premiership table, but for Whitey Anderson Friday night’s meeting between the sides is a crunch battle.
Anderson’s Mallards are riding high following a mesmerising start to the season – they sit second after 15 games in their first ever season of top-flight football.
For Donegal Celtic it has been a campaign to forget so far, with the Wee Hoops languishing at the bottom of the table following just one win.
Despite the gulf in points and positions in the table, Anderson insists Friday’s clash at Ferney Park is a proverbial six-pointer.
He also knows victory against Pat McAllister’s side will edge them closer to Premiership survival this season.
“We have Donegal Celtic on Friday and then Glenavon away – they are two massive games for us,” Anderson said.
“At the start of the season people would have looked at these games as being relegation battles. In many respects it is the teams at the bottom that we are wary of.
“If we can beat them then it helps us in our objective to avoid relegation.
“The players are grounded, and they know what we are working towards.
“We are enjoying being at the top end of the table, and we want to stay there for as long as possible.
“The players are excited and they want to stay where they are. They are playing well and enjoying it, so long may it continue.”
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