Guy Bates deserves more praise for his blistering start to the season, according to Glenavon boss Gary Hamilton.
The big Geordie, who has bagged eight goals this season, scored from the penalty spot and set up another in a dominant performance at Mourneview Park.
David Rainey, Andy McGrory and an Andy Hunter own goal helped sealed a 4-1 win for the Lurgan Blues – Scott Davidson scored Ards’ goal from the spot.
“He is in amazing form at the minute,” said Hamilton. “If he played for any of the big Belfast teams the papers would be raving about him every week.
“But I’m happy with that because we know what he is capable of. He has a fantastic assists rate as well, so he’s making a real contribution to the side.”
If you are looking for value for money on a Saturday afternoon Lurgan is the place to go at the moment. They share the top of the goalscoring charts at the moment with Portadown and that is down to the ‘score one more the opposition’ policy Hamilton has implemented, reminiscent of the heady days of the Terry Nicholson era of the late 80s and early 90s.
“I’ve always said that if we can keep the goals against column down to one then we will get at least a point,” Hamilton said.
“There will be the odd week where we won’t score but they will be few and far between.”
Niall Currie kept his players in locked in the dressing room after the game and said he found it hard to complain about the result.
“Ultimately when you concede the goals we are you can have no complaints when you get beat,” the Ards boss said.
“I thought we had more possession than Glenavon but that has been the case all season where we have had plenty of chances but not taken them.”