Ballymena United won’t be resting on their laurels insists boss Glenn Ferguson

Ballymena United manager Glenn Ferguson
Ballymena United manager Glenn Ferguson

Determined manager Glenn Ferguson insists Ballymena United won’t be resting on their laurels as they approach the final furlong of the Premiership.

The Sky Blues eased further away from the relegation zone with last week’s 3-0 win over basement club Institute.

They sit eighth in the table, five points ahead of Ballinamallard United who lie ninth – and just two behind Coleraine in seventh.

“Last week was a big win for us, because it helps us stay away from the bottom places in the table,” Ferguson said.

“So it was important not to be dragged into the mix below us.

“But we are also looking above us in the table. While survival is important, we want to try and climb as many places as we can before the end of the season.

“So we are remaining positive and we will try and win as many games as we can and see where it takes us.”

Ballymena’s next Premiership test sees them return to Solitude – the scene of their heroic Irish Cup win two weeks ago.

Two late David Cushley goals saw the Braidmen come from behind to claim a 2-1 win, and book their place in the quarter-finals of the blue riband competition.

“It is another big game for us, but one we will approach with confidence,” said Ferguson, whose side will play Harland and Wolff Welders in the last eight next weekend.

“We have the cup game coming up, but we are not concerning ourselves with that fixture until we get Saturday out of the way.”

Ferguson is considering resting striker Matthew Tipton for the trip to Solitude.

Tipton missed his first game of the season in last week’s win over Institute.

“Matthew has played a lot of games this season, and we felt it was the right time to give him a rest,” Ferguson added.

“Matthew is experienced enough to appreciate why we did that.”