WHITEY Anderson admits he is still trying to get to grips with Ballinamallard United’s stellar start to the season.
The Ferney Park club have been elevated from promoted paupers to Premiership table-toppers in the space of 11 games.
It has been a crazy ride for the Fermanagh men as they continue their remarkable journey in the top-flight.
Before last week’s 1-0 win over Coleraine – which took Ballinamallard top of the pile – Anderson admitted he had “run out of things to say”.
But following their Premiership heroics the amiable boss is happy to offer up some more musings on the club’s rise.
“I think people give you some grace when you get promoted. They see you at the top after a couple of games and say nice things about you,” Anderson said ahead of Saturday’s clash with Crusaders.
“But now we are at the top after 11 games, those opinions change a little bit.
“I am still coming to terms with the start we have had. Every time I see the table coming up on Sky Sports I can’t get over it – it is a strange feeling.
“But at the same time we are not getting carried away. It is still very early days and we have a long way to go. So our feet are firmly on the ground.”
The Mallards have won their last SIX Premiership fixtures on the bounce – including victories against last season’s top four.
Linfield, Portadown, Cliftonville and Coleraine have all fallen victim to the ‘Mighty Ducks’.
“I have been manager for over six years, and this is probably the proudest moments,” Anderson added.
“I was told Jeff Stelling gave us a mention on the Sky Sports website the other day. It’s been incredible.
“It has raised the profile of the club and of football in County Fermanagh. There is a massive buzz in the area and we have to feed off that.
“People are sitting up and taking notice of Ballinamallard United.”