Barry Gray admits Riverside clash against Institute is a ‘six pointer’

�Press Eye Ltd - Northern Ireland - 15th November 2014. Mandatory Credit - Photo by Andrew Paton/Presseye.com, Danske Bank Premiership, Warrenpoint Town vs Ballymena United at Milltown.  Warrenpoint Town manager Barry Gray
�Press Eye Ltd - Northern Ireland - 15th November 2014. Mandatory Credit - Photo by Andrew Paton/Presseye.com, Danske Bank Premiership, Warrenpoint Town vs Ballymena United at Milltown. Warrenpoint Town manager Barry Gray

Barry Gray believes his team’s Premiership clash with Institute at the Riverside Stadium is the ultimate ‘six-pointer’.

Warrenpoint Town go into the game in the best possible shape, in the form of an unbeaten three game run.

Even though they are still sitting perilously at the foot of the table, Town have now clawed themselves within striking distance of the teams above them. They are only two points behind Dungannon Swifts and four adrift of their next opponents.

“I seem to say the same thing every week, but this is real six-pointer -- it’s massive,” said Gray.

“It has taken on even greater significance after our results in recent weeks. We were unlucky not to take all three points against Dungannon, who grabbed a last minute equaliser. We then produced a great performance to beat Portadown . . . and, I thought we should have won at Coleraine last weekend, but I’d have taken a point had I been offered it beforehand.”

Gray is targeting points from his next two games - at Instititute and at home to Ballymena United on January 1.

“It’s vital that we start winning our home games .”

“f we get anything on the road it’s a bonus,” added Gray. “Thankfully, we have a full squad to choose from going into a hectic period.

“Institute appear to have lost a bit of momentum they had earlier in the season. They have now dropped into 10th place.

“They will still be smarting form their home defeat by Ballymena last week, but we have to make sure we are ready for the challenge. Our big incentive is the fact that would could come off the bottom of the table, depending on other results, of course.”