Glenavon boss Hamilton is braced for a ‘hectic week’

Glenavon boss Gary Hamilton
Glenavon boss Gary Hamilton

Glenavon boss Gary Hamilton is bracing himself for a “hectic week” of fixtures for the club.

Saturday’s postponed Premiership game with Ards will now be played on Monday night at Mourneview Park (7.45pm).

The Lurgan Blues also have a Mid-Ulster Cup tie against Laurelvale on Tuesdayh evening before a crunch Irish Cup showdown with Ballinamallard United four days later.

Hamilton voiced his disappointment after Saturday’s game with Ards fell victim to the weather.

He believes the postponement will hit the club in the pocket, not to mention put a strain on his squad over the course of the next week.

“I thought the game should have gone ahead on Saturday. Both sets of players wanted to play, as did both managers,” he said.

“The pitch was playable, but for some reason the referee decided to call it off.

“It is disappointing, especially when you see the games at Glentoran and Portadown going ahead on very heavy pitches.

“We have lost out on another Saturday gate, and it does hit you in the pocket. No disrespect to Ards, but we won’t get as big a crowd coming to Mourneview on Monday night.

“It is also a strain on the players who don’t get paid very big wages.”

Despite the busy schedule, Hamilton insists his players have to focus on the tests ahead – starting with Monday’s league meeting with basement club Ards.

“We have to refocus,” he added.

“We have to get in the same frame of mind as we had on Saturday before the game was postponed.

“We obviously want to get the three points, and then we can concentrate on Tuesday night’s game before the cup fixture next weekend.

“It is going to be a hectic week for us, but all we can do is take it one game at a time.

“Ards are in desperate need of points and they will come here looking for the win also. So we are expecting a very tough match.

“All we can do is focus on ourselves, and we want to make home advantage count on Monday.”

Glenavon sit seventh in the Premiership table, five points off Ballymena United but with three games in hand.

Hamilton is suspended for Monday’s game, while defender Gareth McKeown has been ruled out through injury.