Ballymena United manager Glenn Ferguson will urge his team to ‘build on recent results’ when they entertain Ballinamallard United tomorrow at the Warden Street Showgrounds, WRITES ALEX MILLS.
The Sky Blues have motored into the league’s top six and, even though they were held to a scoreless draw by basement side Ards in midweek, the former Linfield striker insists they are heading in the right direction.
“We have been going pretty well, apart from the defeat at Portadown in early December,” said Ferguson.
“The game at Clandeboye was dire - it was our worst performance for some time. The only positive we took from the game was the fact we played poorly, but were still not beaten.
“Our new goalkeeper Yohan Lacroix made a couple of good saves . . . he can be happy with his debut. Now we face at Ballinamallard side that will be looking for points after their New Year’s Day defeat by Warrenpoint.
“Whitey Anderson has big strong side that are difficult to beat.”
Ferguson adds he will be hoping to bolster his squad over the month of January, with Linfield striker Peter Thompson top off his shopping list on a loan move.
“I be hoping to add a few fresh faces to boost the squad,” he added. “But it will take a bit of time to get things sorted.”
Anderson is hoping new boy Liam Martin’s international clearance is process in time for him to be included in the squad.
“We know where our problems lie,” said Anderson.
“We are the lowest scorers in the league. Hopefully, Liam will be able to solve the problem along with big Richard Lecky, who is now fully recovered from injury. We need to start scoring goals.”
Recent P’ship form (latest on left): Ballymena D-W-W-D-L; Ballinamallard L-D-L-L-W
Last 4 league meetings: Ballymena 2 Ballinamallard 0, Ballinamallard 1 Ballymena 0, Ballymena 3 Ballinamallard 0, Ballymena 1 Ballinamallard 1.
Prediction: Ballymena 2 Ballinamallard 1