Ballinamallard United boss Whitey Anderson is hoping to ‘cash-in’ in terms of Danske Bank Premiership points when his team entertain Ballymena United at Ferney Park on Saturday.
Glenn Ferguson’s boys could be forgiven for letting their minds drift to the May 3 Irish Cup final against Glenavon, especially with little to fight for over the remaining three league games.
Even though Ferguson, who savoured many magical moments as a player in the Linfield days, will demand 100 per cent effort, a cup final is one of the biggest days of the season – one that no player wants to miss.
“I suppose we’ll not know what sort of a Ballymena team will turn up as they have the cup final to contend with,” said Anderson.
“They are in a safe mid-table position, so Glenn can afford to rest a few boys.
“But we must focus on our own position. We are only one point away from the play-off spot – it’s not where we want to be.
“Coleraine are only one point above us and I’m sure they are saying the same thing. We are unbeaten in three games, so it’s important to keep that going.
“I’ve told the players we must concentrate on what we must do, irrespective of our opponents. We have to forget about the teams around us.
“Yes, Ballymena have the cup final up ahead, so perhaps their mind will be on that. It will be up to us to take advantage of that.
“It’s been a tough season, but we have the chance to pull away from the bottom two or three over the next few games.”