CLUB-BY-CLUB PREVIEW: Dykes ready for Ballinamallard ‘dogfight’ across season

Ballinamallard United manager Gavin Dykes.
Ballinamallard United manager Gavin Dykes.

Strong summer signings across the board have served to raise the standard within the Irish League’s senior stage.

That’s the view of Ballinamallard United boss Gavin Dykes - a fact he is aiming to turn to his team’s advantage despite outside predictions of relegation concerns.

“The league is stronger than ever as far as I can see,” said Dykes. “You do not want to drop too many points and fall behind but, on the other side, on a given day any team can take points off another side.

“It is a dogfight, bar the obvious two or three clubs, so teams will move up the table I think beyond expectations and others predicted to do well may drop down.”

United hit the road tonight to tackle Carrick Rangers.