Warrenpoint Town manager Barry Gray believes Saturday’s basement battle with Ards is a ‘six-pointer’ for both teams.
Following their promotion to the Danske Bank Premiership, the two clubs have struggled to make an impact and currently occupy to bottom two positions in the table.
Gray’s boys have, however, opened up an eight-point gap over Niall Currie’s team and victory on Saturday would almost certainly guarantee their place in the top flight for another term.
“It is the genuine six-pointer,” said Gray.
“A win for us would give us a nice little cushion over Ards – and would more or less secure our future in the division.
“We’ve suffered a little blip in form in recent weeks, but hopefully, we can get back on track at the weekend.
“We’re still at Stangmore at the minute.
“The contractors are ready to move in our pitch once we get a break from the rain..
“It is hoped to get back to Milltown for the split in the league, which will be a little bonus for us.”
Gray will be missing Daniel Hughes for the weekend game, otherwise he’ll have a full squad at his disposal.
“He is unavailable, which is a blow,” he added.
“Daniel has been playing with a broken toe which has affected him in training. The break will do him no harm.”
Ards manager Niall Currie is again missing a number of his squad, but he adds his squad is big enough to cope.
“It’s been the story of our season, but we’ll get on with it.
“This is a must-win game for us, there is no question about that.
“It is that stage of the season where we can’t afford any more slip-ups. We need points on the board and we are determined to do that.”