RONNIE McFall is hoping last week’s spirited victory over Crusaders can be the catalyst in Portadown’s season.
The early gloom over Shamrock Park has been temporarily lifted following the battling 1-0 triumph.
It was only Portadown’s second win in a season blighted by injuries and sub-standard performances.
But with the crucial three points safely tucked away, McFall has urged his players to build on that success against Ballymena United this afternoon.
“It was a big win for us last week, and a bit of a relief,” McFall said.
“It has been one of those seasons where things just haven’t happened for us.
“But we always said if we can get a win under our belts then we can push on and start climbing the table.
“Well, we earned that win against Crusaders and now we need to build on that and try and go on a run.
“Ballymena will be a tough test for us. They have proved difficult to beat this season and their late draw with Glentoran proves that.
“But we will just focus on ourselves and we want the win too.”
Meanwhile, Portadown will pay special tribute to former midfielder Davy Mills and club stalwart Tom Dixon who lost their lives in the past week.
Mills – who helped the Ports secure a first title in 1990 – tragically died following a serious assault last Sunday.
Former director Dixon was a dedicated servant of the club and was also honorary president of Richhill Reds Supporters’ Club.
A minute’s silence will be observed before today’s game and Portadown’s players will wear black armbands as a mark of respect.