Ards boss Niall Currie admits his team are now in the last chance saloon!
They go into Friday night’s basement showdown against Warrenpoint Town at Clandeboye Park knowing that defeat will almost certainly send them spinning back to Championship One..
Currie’s boys are currently eight points adrift of Ballinamallard United – and nine behind 10th placed Warrenpoint Town.
And, with games rapidly running out, it’s now or never for Ards.
“This is the ultimate six-pointer,” says Currie.
“We are in a difficult position, but 12 points from our last five games is not impossible.
“We had been showing improvement over the past few weeks, but that all went out of the window against Crusaders.
“We conceded sloppy goals, which really angered me. I let the players know what I though of the performance, so I’ll be looking for a response against Warrenpoint Town.”
Barry Gray’s team are also coming off the back off a defeat by Portadown, but the manager was far from disillusioned with the performance.
“Portadown goalkeeper David Miskelly was named man of the match, so what does that tell you?” quizzed Gray.
“The display proved to me that we have the armoury to stay in the Premier League. I’ll be looking for a similar type of performance, but with a win against Ards that would almost certainly guarantee us our place in the top flight.”