Anderson’s looking for some home comforts

Ballinamallard manager Whitey Anderson
Ballinamallard manager Whitey Anderson

Ballinamallard United boss Whitey Anderson wants to make the most of home comforts against Coleraine tomorrow.

The Mallards have reserved their best form for Ferney Park this season and recently took points of Danske Premiership title candidates Linfield and Portadown.

Those results have helped nudge United away from relegation zone - they are now six above basement side Institute and two ahead of fast improving Warrenpoint Town.

“Our home form has been good,” said Anderson. “We were unlucky not to get all three points against Portadown in our last game.

“The players stood up to what was a strong physical team. They weren’t bullied and were very unfortunate in the end. I was very pleased to get through the match with a clean sheet and another good performance.

“Those results were a boost - the boys responded after our dismal performance against Warrenpoint. What is pleasing was the fact we had the full squad available and we had no injuries. Hopefully, it stays like that for the last games of the season.

“We’ve managed to put a bit of daylight between ourselves and Institute, but we must keep that going. I’ve always stated that it is crucial to beat the teams in and around you in the league table -- and Coleraine come into that category.

“They have been a bit like ourselves -- inconsistent, but have produced some good performances,” added Anderson, who added last week added centre-back Aaron O’Hagan and goalkeeper Adam Murphy to his squad.

O’Hagan is a 22 year old who previously played for Finn Harps, Letterkenny Rovers and Castlefinn Celtic, while 19 year old Murphy was on the books of with Sligo Rovers Under-19s and his hometown club Claremorris.