Warrenpoint Town manager Barry Gray is urging his team to shatter their losing ‘home’ hoodoo when they face Ballinamallard United at Stangmore Park on Saturday.
The Premiership’s new boys are in danger of becoming detached at the basement of the table along with Ards, who were also promoted to the top flight last season – both are five points behind 10th-placed Ballymena United.
Gray’s team have been in residence at Dungannon while their Milltown ground is improved to meet UEFA requirements -- but they have yet to taste victory at their part-time home.
“It’s about time we got a win at Stangmore - and there is no better time,” said Gray. “To be honest, this is a must win match for us.
“We need the three points, it’s as simple as that. Ballinamallard made a great impact when they were promoted. They did superbly well to make it into the top six.
“Their form this season hasn’t been so consistent, but they are still a force. It will be a difficult match, but we need to dig ourselves out of the position we are in.”
United boss Whitey Anderson will admits he is primed for another difficult 90 minutes.
“There are no easy games in his league,” he said. “We beat Warrenpoint (3-0) earlier this season, but that means nothing.
“We have been blowing hot and cold and haven’t quite reached the heights we hit last season. I suppose there was a certain surprise element in terms of our introduction to the league. In saying that we managed to to 10 or 11 games without picking up any injuries – that hasn’t been the case this time.
“Big Richard Lecky is on the way back from injury and, if we can get him up and running I’ve no doubt he’ll score goals for us.”