Coleraine captain Howard Beverland determined to hit the ground running

Coleraine's Howard Beverland and Mark Stafford from Ballinamallard with the Gibson Cup
Coleraine's Howard Beverland and Mark Stafford from Ballinamallard with the Gibson Cup
Have your say

Howard Beverland knows how important it is for Coleraine to get off to a good start this season.

The Bannsiders had a year to largely forget last term as they failed to find the consistency of recent campaigns.

A nine-game losing streak midway through the season left Coleraine feeling the heat at the wrong end of the table, but Beverland believes they can learn from that experience this time out.

“As much as last season is gone and done with, and something we would like to forget, there is no doubt that arched in the back of our minds will be the determination to put right the disappointment,” said the Bannsiders captain.

“Our failures and disappointments of last term, and what we have learned from it, I feel, will springboard us to better and bigger things this year.

“Every sports person even the best goes through disappointment and moments where performance isn’t what it should be and we are no different we are human too.

“The mood in the camp is positive ahead of the new season. There is great morale and team togetherness.”

The Bannsiders have a tough start with a visit to north west rivals Institute sandwiched in between home games with Ballinamallard and Linfield in the first week.

“Games come thick and fast In this league and immediately you want to get of to a good start,” said Beverland.

“We are confident in going toe-to-toe with anyone in the league but we look no further than our first game. Momentum is so important and putting together a good run of results early on is our aim.”

It won’t be easy though. Coleraine have never beaten Ballinamallard since their promotion to the top flight. That’s a record though Beverland is determined to put straight this Saturday.

“For some reason they have been a bit of a bogey side for us and I don’t know why,” he said.

“I think it’s a record they will be proud of, but in recent meetings we been very unfortunate not to come away with three points on a number of occasions.

“They may look as coming to The Showgrounds as an opportunity of picking up a win, but as a team we need to get back to making our home patch a place where teams fear coming to and turning it into a fortress to having a successful campaign.”