IRISH LEAGUE: Glenavon manager Gary Hamilton is not getting carried away

Gary Hamilton
Gary Hamilton

Glenavon boss Gary Hamilton insists complacency will not be an issue when his team face Danske Bank Premiership basement boys Warrenpoint Town at Mourneview Park on Saturday.

The Lurgan Blues have suffered one defeat in their last seven outings which has catapulted them up to fourth place in the table.

In contrast, Barry Gray’s strugglers have reeled in a mere four points from 19 starts, which has them staring down the barrel of relegation, with the league campaign just past the half way stage.

“We’ll be taking nothing for granted,” said Hamilton. “Yes, on paper, everyone will be saying we are a home banker, but it doesn’t work like that. I have learned down the years that attitudes must be right, regardless of the position – whether it be Warrenpoint, Linfield or Cliftonville.

“They have been struggling, but they’ll get a result somewhere down the line. We have to make sure it’s not against us.”

Hamilton is thrilled with his boys’ form, adding: “We had a great result at Coleraine last weekend. It was a game decided by two set piece situations and deliveries from Kyle Neill and then Andy Hall created the goals.”

The Lurgan Blues chief was also busy behind his desk in recent days, agreeing new deals with Daniel Kearns, Mark Sykes and Andy Kilmartin.

“I’m delighted with the business,” added Hamilton. “I make no apology in saying that Daniel Kearns is the best I’ve played with since I returned to the Irish League 15 years ago.”

“I always thought that Liam Boyce was special, but Daniel is even better. He’s a fantastic talent.

“Andy (Kilmartin) is probably one of my three top signings for Glenavon. He’s the club’s Mr Reliable. He goes about his business without being any fuss . . . putting in tackles, breaking up play. Just doing all the dirty work.

“He has a great attitude and a great team player.

“Young Sykes has a great career in front of him. He’s broken into the team and has nailed down a first team shirt on merit.

“He has great awareness and technical ability – he’s a gifted lad. We’ll keep his feet on the ground, but I certainly can seen him going across the water at some stage.”